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St. Peter’s Weekly News

October 19, 2016

It’s Rummage Time!

Friends and Family Sale, Thursday, 6:30 – 9 pm.

Sale open to Public: Friday, 6 – 9 pm.

Bag sale, Saturday 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

Guatemala Sunday: This Sunday 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.” The folk group will be leading us in music and our companion parish committee will be commissioned. Please join us for this celebration!

Craft Fair on 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+

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: What’s it like to be a tax collector? Why does Jesus prefer a tax collector to a lither? In the Gospel this week, Jesus tells another story about prayer. How does the reading from Jeremiah 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.

Donations Needed for Trivia Night: We are in need of donations for our raffled gift baskets for Trivia Night. Please consider donating: Gift Cards, Gift Certificates, bottles of wine, jewelry, personal items, hand baked goodies, small gift items for our baskets. All donations appreciated! Please give your donations to Helen Collins, Polly Sanford or drop in church office by October 31st. Questions? Email Polly at, and thank you! It will be a fun evening!

Transition Team Update: Re: Small suppers – We were trying to arrange for some small suppers of groups of 8 people in order for folks to get to know each other better. Each supper would have a host who would provide the main course, but each participant would contribute to the meal, also. There does not seem to be much interest in doing this at this time, and it is understandable with everything else that is going on, so we will revisit this after the holidays and try to pick times that are better for everyone. We feel it is important to get as many folks involved in these so that we can grow closer together. Re: Ingathering Luncheon – Our team is honored to be hosting a special thank you luncheon on ingathering Sunday after the 10 AM service on November 20. Look for more details in the leaflets and upcoming email news.

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.

Interfaith Forum:  The Cheltenham Area Multifaith Council presents An Interfaith Forum: Thinking About and Advocating for Our Muslim Friends in Faith on Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027.  Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. Watch a powerful TED talk from a young Muslim woman and hear two speakers sharing their own personal experiences as Muslims. Hear Rabbi Lance Sussman, Senior Rabbi of Keneseth Israel Discussing what all people of faith need to know about Islam and Muslims.  Contact Larry Sibley or Linda & Frank Toia for more information.

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