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St. Peter’s Weekly News

January 11, 2017

Remembering Our Friend: Helen Bechtle died peacefully on January 6. She had been a lifelong Catholic until six years ago she walked into St. Philip-in-the Fields which was located across the street from her home. She was immediately welcomed into the community and even became a confirmed member. When our two communities joined together she began worshipping faithfully among us. Helen’s life will be celebrated at a Memorial Service on Saturday, January at 11 a.m. at Craft Funeral in Flourtown. Click this link to read her obituary: Please keep Helen and her family in your prayers. Rest eternal grant to Helen O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.

This Weekend: We will continue our education visioning process with Melissa Rau this Sat., January 14 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and then again on Sunday, January 15 immediately following fellowship until 3:30 p.m. A pizza lunch will be provided.  Melissa will also serve as our guest preacher at our service on SUNDAY. Like previous gatherings, parents, youth leaders (present and past), any and all parishioners interested are encouraged to attend these gatherings. Come on Saturday. Come on Sunday. Come both days, if you can! Please join us for this important work! ~Emily, Melissa and Your Vestry

Adult Forum: continues into the new year with contributions by our incredibly gifted & generous parishioners. The theme for January is “Journey”. All of us come to be where we are through fascinating, winding paths and we will be blessed to hear just a few of those. On January 15, Gustavo Sanchez will explain the road that led him from Panama to our community.  On January 22, Shirley Smith will share her experiences with us and finally, Calvin Haas will share his explorations with us on January 29. As always, Adult Forum meets at 9 am in the library and we welcome all. Bring your coffee! Deacon Pat

Music Lessons: We are going to learn a new opening hymn this Sunday in place of the prelude.  The choir and I will teach it to you so please plan to come early. In order to prepare, I have included a YouTube clip of the hymn being sung at the National Cathedral in Washington:  It begins with a very complicated choral introit.  Don’t get discouraged.  We are not singing that part. The hymn starts at about two minutes into the clip. Happy listening, Tim Brown.

Lectionary Bible Study: A sword, an arrow, a light, a lamb, a rock; images in the readings for this Sunday. What other pictures can you find in these readings? And what do they mean? Bring your observations, questions, and snacks as we probe this week’s readings in the library after the 10 am service; “so that by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.”

Photo Board: We would like to have all church members represented on our photo board. There will be an opportunity for photographs to be taken after the 10:00 church service on January 15th.   This is for those who would like to be added to our photo board, or if you need to update your present photo. Please contact Audrey Kipphut at 215-884-4691 or with any questions.

Parish Meeting: We will continue our tradition of having an all parish meeting immediately following the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, January 22.  We will give an update on the transition work that has been completed during the fall, an update on our education visioning work, a review of the approved budget for 2017 among other things. Please join us for this special gathering. ~Your Vestry

Jazz and Joe: Does January put you into a “Mood Indigo”?  Well, mark your calendars! Jazz and Joe is coming to Saint Peter’s on Sunday, January 22 at 7:00 PM.  Be a “Sophisticated Lady” or gent and “Take the A Train” to St. Peters for our hoppin’ jazz coffeehouse! If you enjoyed Alan Segal and his Jazz Sanctuary when they played for our All Saints Day Service in November, then you will not want to miss them when they return to St. Peters in January.  All proceeds go to support the Saint Peter’s music ministry.

2017 Calendars: Please pick up your new calendar on the table outside the chapel.

The Key:  The January/February edition of The Key may be found on the table outside the chapel, in the church office or outside the Thrift & Gift Shop.

Pledge cards: If you have not as yet filled out and turned in your 2017 pledge card, please take the time to do so.  Every gift counts! Every pledge makes a difference in the life of our community! You may put your card in the offertory plate or in Patty McDonough’s mailbox.  Extra cards can be obtained by contacting the church office.  Thank you to all who have already made a commitment!

2017 Pledge Envelopes:  We will provide pledge envelopes beginning in the new year. There will be envelopes on the table outside the chapel every Sunday. However, if you would like to have a supply at your home feel free to email or phone the office with the number of envelopes you need.  I am happy to make a packet for you.  Patty.







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