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St. Peter’s Weekly News

September 21, 2016

Day of Peace Celebration: On Sunday we will celebrate the UN World Day of Peace by welcoming Jacob Bender, Executive Director of The Council on American Islamic Relations, PA Branch Jacob will lead the adult forum and preach at the service. He will then show his award-winning documentary “Out of Cordoba” (trailer at and facilitate a discussion from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in the parish hall. The event is jointly sponsored by Saint Peter’s and the Cheltenham Area Multifaith Council (CAMC). “Out of Cordoba is a timely and powerful plea for greater interfaith understanding in our troubled and often violent times.”

Lectionary Bible Study: will resume this Sunday after the 10:00 a.m. service.  Please join Larry Sibley in the Library as we reflect on and discuss the scripture passages of the day.

Children’s Choir Rehearsal: I really enjoyed working with the children’s choir last year.  They worked very hard and presented several beautiful anthems that added so much to our worship experience. I am looking forward to expanding the role of the Children’s Choir in worship this year.  We will begin our year by singing for the 10:00 a.m. Blessing of the Animals Service on Sunday, October 2d.  We will rehearse immediately after church for 20 minutes this Sunday, September 25th.  I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday! Tim Brown, Minister of Music.

Ringing In a New Choir at St. Peter’s: St. Philip’s tradition of handbell ringing, begun in 1987, will continue as Kathy Flaherty regroups and reorganizes the Bell Choir with an infusion of new talent at St. Peter’s. If you are interested in this new musical opportunity, please talk to Kathy, in person, by phone (215)242-2964 or email

Bob Hartung’s Sermon: If you missed hearing Bob’s wonderful sermon about community last Sunday.  You may find it under the Sermon section of the website.  It is a must read!

Timeline Exercise: If you did not participate in the Timeline exercise last week or want to add some important event, the Timeline will remain up in the parish hall for several more weeks. We want as many memories included from parishioners of all ages from both communities. Thanks, The Transition Team.

Welcome our New Nursery Caregiver: Kezia Alvares, a sophomore at Arcadia University will begin her duties as our Nursery Caregiver this Sunday.  Kezia is from Martha’s Vineyard, MA and has much experience working with children of all ages, including infants and toddlers in and outside of the church. Please offer her a warm St. Peter’s welcome when you meet her.  Please also note that our Sunshine Nursery has moved its location!  It can now be found downstairs next to the Older Elementary classroom.

Monday Evening Fall Education Series:  Faces of God and the Spirit: What thrills you, what inspires you, what speaks to your truth? Share your favorite quote or other selection with the group, or just come and listen. We are meeting to explore what inspires each of us in our spiritual journeys. Participants may, if they wish, bring quotes from the bible or other literature, pictures, memories or anything that has touched and inspired you.  Please come to one or all of the following Mondays: Sept 19, 26; Oct 10, 17; Nov. 14, 21.  We will meet from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the chapel. Each evening will include some readings or other offerings for reflection, followed by Compline.

Adult Forum for October, a peek ahead: Each month this year, we will look at one theme. In October, it will be water: water in the world, water on our bodies (Baptism), water and food (Eucharist), water and time (Easter). To help us along, we’ll be reading and discussing A Watered Garden by Ben Stewart, available at Amazon or Barnes & Noble, $9.99 paperback (ISBN 9780806653938) or Kindle/Nook, $9.49/$8.49. Pick up your copy ahead of time and plan to join us in the library at 9am on October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 31. The coffee pot is always on and the discussion lively. Questions? Contact Larry Sibley during coffee hour or at

United Thank Offering In-Gathering: Thank you for all your offerings of Thanksgiving for the many blessings in your lives in order to help others in need. ~ Shirley Smith

Blessing of Animals’ Service: We will celebrate the Feast Day of St. Francis on Sunday, October 2d. We will offer a special children’s service that morning, October 2d to give thanks for all of God’s creation. Please bring your furred, feathered, four-legged friends as well as any stuffed animal friends to receive a special blessing.

Rite 13 & J2A Kick-Off: All parents and youth are invited to join Emily, Melissa and the new youth leaders for this gathering following the service on Oct. 2 as we begin a new year together. A pizza lunch will be provided.

KEY Deadline: Please send articles for the November/December issue of the KEY to Erin Pugh by Monday, October 3d –



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