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St. Peter’s Weekly News

January 13, 2016

Last call for SkyZone! Please email me ASAP if you are coming as I have to have a final headcount THIS SATURDAY! Email me the number of people jumping and the first and last name of the people jumping! And don’t forget to fill out the online waiver BEFORE arriving Saturday January 23, 2016! Arrival is 3:30, jump time is 4! Pizza is around 5 and we are out by 6! I’m quite certain this will be a fun time! Hope to see you there! Shannon Godwin, Coordinator of Children’s Ministries –

8:00 a.m. service: While Emily continues to recover from her surgery the 8 o’clock service on Sundays will not be held. Thank you for your understanding.

Adult Forum: Sunday we welcome guest speaker, Rich Lewis who will present on the topic of prayer. Rich says, “Centering Prayer is not a race. It is a marathon.  We will discuss prayer, centering prayer and contemplative prayer. Centering prayer does not replace other forms of prayer. It complements them.”  Rich has been a daily practitioner of centering prayer and states that it has changed his life. Rich is currently writing a book with Amos Smith titled, “Jesus Paradox:  The Heart of My Faith, Discovering The Dynamic Union of The Historic Jesus and The Divine Christ.”  Please join us at 9:00 am in the Library and welcome Rich to our parish.

Lectionary Bible Study: Weddings can be simple or elaborate, joyful and calling for celebration. Isaiah promises a wedding to Israel and Jesus shows up at one, providing drinks for all. What’s the meaning of all this celebrating? Bring your observations and questions (and snacks), and join us for a lively discussion around the lectionary texts in the library after the 10 am service.

Face of Poverty Series: In this season of thanksgiving and blessings, we remember those among us who are so much less fortunate. Please consider attending the remaining Deanery-sponsored events on Sunday 17, 24 and 31 from 5:00-6:30 here at St Peter’s. The series will be presented by two deacons who have much experience and knowledge to share; the meetings are free and open to the public.

All Parish Meeting: We will continue our tradition of having an all parish meeting immediately following the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday, January 31. At this meeting we will give everyone an update on the process with St. Philip’s and get your feedback about this potential partnership. We will also discuss briefly other matters of our common life and ministry such as: staff, property, and finances, Please join us for this special gathering.

Loaves and Fishes Food Cupboard: Is looking for volunteers to pick up grocery items from Target in Abington on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week at 8:00 a.m. It only takes about 30 minutes of time and deliver to Loaves and Fishes in Jenkintown on Summit Avenue.  If you are interested, please contact Marylouise Still at 215.680.3308.

Staff News: Working with Patty McDonough for over a year now, we both have come to realize she has many skills and gifts that could enhance the daily running of our church office. And so in January Patty will begin overseeing the financial operations of the church as well as continuing her administrative duties. She will work closely with Tim and our finance team. She will be the point person for all questions concerning financial matters. If the matter needs to be addressed by Tim or a member of the finance team, she will not hesitate to get them involved. Please begin putting all check requests, bills, pledge information or any other financial inquiries in Patty’s mailbox. To reflect her increased responsibilities, the Vestry approved an increase in compensation for Patty and they have given her the title of Parish Administrator at our request. We are so blessed to have Patty serving among us and are grateful that the administration of the church is in her capable hands. Please offer your own words of appreciation the next time you’re in the office or you send her an email! Faithfully, Emily and Tim.

Pledge Cards: If you have not as yet filled out and turned in your 2015 pledge card, please take the time to do so. You may put your card in the offertory plate or in our Accounting Warden, Tim Voit’s mailbox.  Extra cards can be obtained by contacting the church office.  Thank you to all who have already turned in their cards.

2016 Pledge Envelopes: Are available on the table outside the chapel every Sunday. However, if you would like to have a supply at your home feel free to email or phone the office with the number of envelopes you need.  I am happy to make a packet for you.  Patty.

Offering Envelopes: We now have special offering envelopes available in the church office. Each packet includes an offering envelope for birthday, property, music, food cupboard, ECS, Thanksgiving, and Day by Day booklet. Please stop by and pick up a packet.


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