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St. Peter’s Weekly News

August 3, 2016

Newsletter Deadline:  Please send articles for the September/October issue of the KEY to Erin Pugh by Friday, August 5 at

Counters Needed:  The Counting Team is looking for new volunteers to count on Sunday after service.  Please consider this very important ministry as two of our long-time volunteers will not be available to count for the next month or two.  Training will be provided.  Please see or email Carole DeKalb with any questions –

Looking for New Nursery Caregiver:  After five and half years serving as our nursery caregiver, Annie Swafford is stepping down from her position. We give thanks for her wonderful ministry among our youngest members. She provided a safe and caring atmosphere for our children and gave our parents the opportunity to participate in worship. If you’d like to reach out and thank Annie for her faithful service, she can be contacted at

This means we are now looking to hire a part-time nursery caregiver to work Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This individual must be at least 18 years old. Background checks will also be required upon hire. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please have them send a resume with references to Emily at or Shannon at  Our hope is to have someone in place by the fall season. Thanks for your help! Emily & Shannon

Youth Ministry Update: This summer we will have a series of gatherings to begin working together to re-imagine and revitalize our youth program. Parents, youth, vestry members, youth leaders (present and past), any and all interested are invited to attend these gatherings! The next one will take place on Tuesday, August 16 at 7 p.m. in the library. Please join us!   As we work to re-imagine our youth program, I have also begun to advertise an Interim Coordinator for Youth Ministry to serve among us during this period of transition to help oversee the Rite 13 and J2A programs including a pilgrimage in the summer of 2017.  The full advertisement is below. I need your help to get the word out about this 7 hr a week (mostly Sunday) position.  If you know some who loves working with teens and pre-teens and has great organizational skills, please send them my way! Thanks, Emily+

Interim Coordinator for Youth Ministry: Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, Glenside, is looking for someone to help coordinate and oversee our youth ministries through a period of transition. This 7 hour/week paid position will work with a group of volunteers, the Rector and other parish staff. The ideal candidate will be energetic, organized and able to engage youth (ages 12-18) and their parents in our programs and in our parish life. Experience with youth as well as volunteer coordination is preferred. Please send cover letter and resume to The Very Rev. Emily Richards at

Day by Day Booklets: The August – October booklets are here and available in the tract racks or in the office. These booklets are free for each person who is interested in using it for daily meditation on Scripture passages, as we read and apply to our own situations. If you haven’t tried Day by Day yet, now is your opportunity.

The Blessing of Backpacks: will take place on Sunday, August 14. Please leave your donations of backpacks and school supplies in the large box in the Parish Hall. This year the backpacks and supplies will go to Delta Family Services and Foster Care on Mt. Carmel Avenue ( Besides backpacks for boys and girls, the children will need 1-inch binders, filler paper, spiral notebooks, composition books, pencils and pens, crayons and colored pencils, index cards, plastic rulers, small dictionaries, glue sticks. Paper and writing/coloring products are especially useful so Delta can replenish the children’s supplies through the year. No scissors please!

Ice-Cream Social: Join us for our annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 14th during Lemonade Hour.  We provide the ice cream – you bring your favorite topping(s)!

Listening Circle Opportunity:  Our two Listening Circles will resume meeting in September.  Listening Circles offer a place of safety and trust where participants are better able to connect with that place of wisdom and truth within them. We meet monthly to experience and practice deep listening. We learn to ask open honest questions of each other, rather than offering advice. We take time to share some of our personal stories with each other, and we use poems and stories to help guide our conversations as we explore some of the questions that arise about life.  New members are welcome.  Please contact Linda Toia, or Melissa Olson, if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity.






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