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St. Peter’s Weekly News

February 17, 2016

Joint Service at St. Philip’s: This Sunday we will join our friends at St. Philip’s for their 10 a.m. worship service. We will not be holding any services, education or parish activities here at St. Peter’s. As in November, both choirs will be singing together and their bell choir will be performing. Emily and Pat will be assisting their Rector, Robin, with the liturgy.  Their space is accessible and they have handicapped parking in front of the church. This is an important next step in our potential partnership, so we encourage you to please join us for this special occasion! Please see the end of this email for directions to St. Philip’s.

Carpooling for Sunday: We will meet at 9:20 in the parking lot of St. Peter’s and leave for St. Philip’s at 9:30. If you are in need of a ride or are willing to drive folks, please join us. Any questions, please contact Bob Hartung. Thanks!

Evening Prayer: Evening Prayer returns in Lent. It will take place every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in the chapel. Come join Emily and your fellow parishioners for this 20 minute service of prayer, scripture reading, and quiet contemplation. Make Evening Prayer a part of your Lenten discipline this year.

Help Fill Welcome Baskets: Once homeless families are working with Inter-Faith Housing Alliance of Ambler. After a period of emergency housing, these families participate in a two-year transitional housing program at Hope Gardens. The families pay for rent and utilities, participate in education programs, and continue case management. Moving into an apartment at Hope Gardens is a big step. Setting up a new apartment is costly for a family with limited means. This is where we come in. We can help Inter-Faith Housing Alliance provide a Welcome Basket to each new family moving into an apartment. Here’s a list of items that Inter-Faith suggests: Laundry detergent, Dish soap, Windex, 409 cleaner, Toilet paper, Paper towels, Plunger, Toilet bowl brush, Mop, Broom, Dust pan, Bucket, Bath towels, Kitchen towels, Trash bags, Iron. If you would like to help provide Inter-Faith Welcome Baskets, look for our Giving Tree poster and take one or more leaves that show the item(s) you’d like to provide. Then leave the items in the Laundry Baskets in the Narthex before any Sunday service from February 14th through March 13th. Questions? Please contact Shirley Smith or Dori Meginley.

Trivia Night: We are proud to present the 4th Annual Trivia Night on Friday, February 26 from 7:00 -10:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Come enjoy a night of friendly competition and creative fun. Teams of up to 8 people per table compete for a prize of $150 for the best score in a broad-based trivia game, as well as a prize of $100 for best theme/costume per table. Suggested donation is $20 per person or $150 per table with all remaining funds going to the St. Peter’s General Fund. Walk-ins are welcome and will be placed with a team. Teams of less than 8 are also welcome. BYOB and BYB (Bring Your Brain)!

Special Guest Preacher and Speaker: The Rev. Sarah Hedgis, the Director of The Episcopal Mission Center, will serve as our guest speaker at adult forum and preacher at the service on Sunday, Feb. 28. Join us on this day as we learn about and celebrate the good work of The Episcopal Mission Center. Go to to get a sneak peek of their ministry!

Are you creative? We are looking for someone to help design new sanctuary banners to hang behind the altar in memory of Mary Lou Richards, Daniel’s mother. If you are artistic and would like to help us over the next couple of months with this special project, please contact Roxanne Walter.  Thanks!

Blood Drive: Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Parish Hall. There is an urgent need for blood donations! Make your appointment today – CLICK HERE

Final Community Meal: The last scheduled community meal is set for Sunday, February 28 and for this one, not just your attendance is requested but also your culinary skills! We are assigned the food, which will be served from 5:00 until 6:00 at St Paul’s Elkins Park. I will put a signup sheet in the Parish Hall. Let me know if you need a disposable foil pan. Ask me any further questions and, as always, thank you for your willingness to help! Deacon Pat

Children’s Choir on Easter: I would like to have a children’s choir on Easter Sunday to sing during the flowering of the cross.  This choir would rehearse on three consecutive Sundays after church, February 28, March 6 & March 13. Parents, please encourage your children to participate in this special children’s music ministry.  Since the children did such a great job singing during the Christmas pageant, it would be so lovely to hear them again on Easter Sunday! Thanks, Tim B.

Hallelujah Chorus: St. Peter’s Adult Choir invites participants to join in the singing of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus at the conclusion of the Easter Sunday service on March 27. There will be an open rehearsal after church on Sunday, March 13.   Please attend if you are interested in singing. In the meantime, click on the link below to access tools that were uploaded by my predecessor, Stanley Fink. These are great links that will help you to practice your vocal part:

Video Camera Operators Needed: We are in need of folks to operate the video camera on the five Sundays when I preach between now and May. If you’d like to be trained to do this, please let me know! Thanks! Emily

Directions to St. Philip’s from St. Peter’s:

From the front of the church:

Head south on Easton Road

Turn right onto Jenkintown Road

Turn left onto Edge Hill Road

Continue on PA 152/Limekiln Pike

Turn right onto Willow Grove Avenue

Turn right onto Church Road

At the Paper Mill Rd light make a slight right turn onto Oreland Mill Road (immediately after you go over Paper Mill Road)

The church is 6/10 of a mile on the left.

There is street parking in front of the church including handicapped spots. There is a parking lot on the right just a little ways past the church.

Address is 317 Oreland Mill Road, Oreland, PA 19075

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