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St. Peter’s Weekly News

October 26, 2016

Reinterment Service: The transfer of cremains and memorial items from the St. Philip’s Memorial Garden has taken place. Pat and I are offering a reinterment service on Saturday 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 their loved ones and pray for them in their new home. Emily+

Adult Forum: In A Watered Garden, Ben Stewart quotes author Larry Rasmussen, “We are always rooted in the earth as earth creatures. There is no other possibility.” Stewart also observes that there is more water in the bodies (60% water) assembled for worship, than in the font; and more earth in these bodies than in the potted plants that may be there, say at Christmas or Easter. So, how should we care for our bodies now and at our death? How did Jesus care for bodies? Join us in the library at 9am on Sunday as we wrap up our discussions on worship and ecology!

Lectionary Bible Study: “Zacchaeus was a wee, little man,” but he was a big tax collector and was rich. As the song goes on, “Zacchaeus was a wee little man, But a happy man was he.” Luke tells his story in the gospel reading and we balance that with Isaiah’s opening shot at the rich folks of his day, “cease to do evil.” How can a rich person be really happy? 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!

4th Annual Trivia Night: We are proud to present the 4th Annual Trivia Night on Friday, November 4th from 7:00 -10:00 p.m.  Come enjoy a night of friendly competition and creative fun. Teams of up to 8 people per table compete for a prize of $150 for the best score in a broad-based trivia game, as well as a prize of $100 for best theme/costume per table. Suggested donation is $20/person or $150/table with all remaining funds going to the St. Peter’s General Fund. Walk-ins are welcome and will be placed with a team.  Teams of less than 8 are also welcome. BYOB.

For all the Saints: Please e-mail the name(s) of your loved ones to Patty at the church office,, if you would like them listed in the Sunday leaflet on All Saints Day and have them named aloud in the midst of the service.  The deadline is Monday, October 31st.

Election Day Prayer Service: We will be offering a special prayer service at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary on November 8. We will pray for our nation, our leaders and especially for the healing of our divisions as we prepare to elect a President and local and national representatives to serve us and the people of our land. Please invite your friends and join us for this special service. Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ~The Book of Common Prayer

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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