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St. Peter’s Weekly News

August 17, 2016

Office Closed:  The office will be closed Monday, August 22d.

Special Bishop’s Visit: On Saturday, September 10 at 3p.m. Bishop Gutierrez will preside over a festive Eucharist in which we will celebrate the saints of St. Philip’s and St. Peter’s. We will conclude the service with a special consecration of the new Memorial Courtyard space where members of St. Philip’s will be reinterred later in the fall. A special reception will follow the Eucharist and consecration ceremony.  The Vestry and I invite you and your families to participate in this service with our new Bishop as we celebrate the joining together of our two communities. With joyful hope for our future together, Emily+

Consecration Flowers: We would love to have the sanctuary filled with flowers for the Consecration service with Bishop Guiterrez on Saturday, September 10.  If you would like to make a contribution for these flowers, please fill out a Flower Request Form, attach your payment and place it in Patty McDonough’s mailbox outside of the office. Request forms are located in the back of the church, outside the accounting office and on the table outside the Chapel. Suggested donation: $40. Request forms need to be submitted no later than Sunday, September 4.

United Thank Offering In-Gathering: Will be held on Sunday, September 11. The United Thank Offering is an organization founded by women to meet compelling human needs and to expand the mission and ministry of the church through monetary grants.  The UTO is a way for each of us to give thanks to God with daily prayers and offerings.  UTO boxes and envelopes will be collected at both services.

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 –

Education for Ministry (EFM):  Classes are starting in September.  Are you looking to live into your faith more fully, to have faith connect more deeply with everyday life?  Do you ever wonder what God is calling you to do?  What can the Bible teach us about the world today?  If you want to seek answers through study, reflection, and community, EFM – a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice — may be for you.  There will be an EFM information session in the Library after church on Sunday, August 21, with Laurel Mosteller.  All persons interested in EFM are encouraged to attend. If you are interested in more information, please contact Laurel Mosteller and/or Pat Sampson to learn more about this program.

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

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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