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St. Peter’s Weekly News

October 12, 2016

Rummage Time:  Our fall rummage sale is happening! Start to gather your donations (packing similar items together will make unpacking and sorting easier!) Bring your donations on Sat, Sun, Mon or Tues 10/15, 16, 17 or 18. Special preview night – the “Friends and Family sale” is Thurs., Oct. 20, 6:30 – 9 pm.  The sale is open to the general public Fri. Oct. 21, 6 – 9 pm. Bag sale is Sat., Oct. 22, 10 am – 3 pm. Clean up at 3 pm. There are many ways to help. Sign ups on bulletin board in Parish Hall or NEW — via “sign up genius” on line.  I have current women’s group members but if you are a guy or a member of St. Philip’s that would like to be added to that electronic sign up list, please shoot me an email, so I can include you.  It will give job descriptions and time slots for you to sign up into.  It will also email you a reminder of your commitments.  Thank you, Kate Boyce

Adult Forum:  What time is it? What day is it? What season is it? The stores in the mall are confused. Shall we market in orange and black (Halloween), or for Thanksgiving? Or is it time for red, white, and green? Which calendar should we use? What about All Saints Day, Christ the King, and Advent? Ben Stewart (chapter 3 of A Watered Garden) will help us sort this out. On Sunday, come, pick up a coffee in the kitchen and join us at 9am in the library for another lively Forum discussion.

Lectionary Bible Study: In the Gospel this week, Jesus tells a story about our “need to pray always and not to lose heart.” How does the story from Genesis, along with the Psalm, enrich our understanding of Jesus’ story? Bring your questions, comments, and stories (and snacks), and join us as we read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest this week’s readings in the library after the 10 am service.

October 23rd is Guatemala Sunday: Here at St. Peter’s we will celebrate our friendship with, and our commitment to our friends in five Northeast Guatemala parishes.  Some fifty children receive partial scholarships from the members of St. Peter’s Church, making it possible for them to remain in school rather than spend their time begging or doing manual labor.  “Education has the power to break the chains of poverty.”

Craft Fair on Guatemala Sunday: Mostly made by Guatemalan women whose husbands were abusive or were “disappeared” in the Guatemalan civil war, the sale of these crafts provides a livelihood for poor families, funds for the ministry of our Companion Committee, and the opportunity for you to purchase distinctive and attractive gifts.  Everybody wins!

Reinterment Service: We are in the process of moving forward with the transfer of cremains and memorial items from the St. Philip’s Memorial Garden. Once this holy work has taken place, Pat and I will offer a reinterment service on Saturday, October 29 at 11 a.m. A reception with light refreshments will follow. All are invited to join us and family members for this service as we celebrate the lives of your loved ones and pray for them in their new home. Emily+

Timeline Exercise: If you did not participate in the Timeline exercise 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.

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.  Plan to join us on Monday, Nov. 14 & 21. The class scheduled for Monday, October 16th has been canceled.  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.

Background Checks: You will need to complete the two PA background checks if you will be volunteering with our children at any time during this program year.  The Federal Background check is only for those volunteers who have lived outside PA within the past 10 years.  Please email me at and I will forward the links to you. Thank you, Patty.


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