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St. Peter’s Weekly News

March 1, 2017

Ash Wednesday Services:

5:30 p.m. Brief and Informal Family Service in the sanctuary

7:30 Holy Eucharist with the choir in the sanctuary

Both of these services will include the imposition of ashes.

Sunday’s Service: This Sunday as we enter into Lent, we will begin the service in a way that is both familiar and yet somewhat new.  We will gather for the service in silence without a prelude.  This is a time for prayer, meditation and reflection.  As the bell tolls we will begin to chant the Great Litany (S-67 in your hymnals).  The celebrant will chant and you are invited to join with the choir in singing the congregational responses.  During the litany there will be interludes where the bell tolls and the priests, acolytes and choir process.  We are trying something new and we hope that it offers a way for you to enter more fully into the Lenten season.

Lent Madness: It’s time for Lent Madness! In case you need a reminder of how to play, it’s easy. Pick up a bracket outside the chapel and put your name on it. Fill out the sheet with your picks and put it and a fresh, unmarked five dollar bill in my mailbox. Fill out as many entries as you like and the winner will split the proceeds 50/50 with the church. While supplies last, help yourself to a copy of the Saintly Scorecard, a booklet to help you make your decisions and learn all about the cast of characters. All entries must be in by Ash Thursday, March 2. Let the games begin, Deacon Pat.

Stations of the Cross: This year we are adding a new opportunity to deepen our Lenten observance by offering Stations of the Cross every Wednesday from 5:30 – 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  We will be using Kathrin Burleson’s paintings and accompanying reflections from her book, The Soul’s Journey to journey with Jesus and to contemplate the meaning of the cross for ourselves. If you can’t join us for one of these Wednesday offerings, the artwork and reflections will remain in the Sanctuary throughout Lent. You are welcome to participate in this time of prayer on your own.

Adult Forums in Lent: For adult forum in Lent we will meet to pray together in the library. Using a Buddhist love meditation (Metta) we will pray for ourselves, those we love, those we do not know and those we dislike (or hate). This will be done in the format of Morning Prayer and the beatitudes. Consider joining us in the library at 9:15 on Sunday (each Sunday in March and April 2) as a Lenten discipline to ready yourself for the Eucharist and to orient yourself for the week to come.

Lectionary Bible Study: Adam was tempted and lost. Jesus was tempted and won. We are tempted and we lose some, win some. What did the Apostle Paul write about that?  Bring your observations, questions (and temptations!), 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.”

Panera Bread: Sunday is our Panera Bread “Bucks for BRAINS — Yummies for You” day. Stop by the Panera bread table in the Parish Hall. Make a donation that will be shared between scholarships for the youth of Guatemala and funding for research into the cause and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, the 6ths leading cause of death in the US. Then, take home some Panera bread or pastry as a “thank you”!

Women’s Group Dinner: Friday, March 10th at 6:00 pm in the parish hall. All women are invited to join us for a shared meal and conversation and laughs!  We will “debrief” the retreat weekend and have fellowship. Questions or signup, please email Polly @

Rite 13 Ceremony: on Sunday, March 12 at the Sunday 10:00 AM service. We will celebrate and honor John Ivory, Valerie Neske and Jackson Reazor in this rite of passage.  It is important that these young people know their church community supports them so please plan to attend this event! This will be our monthly children’s service so all your kids will be included.

Thrift & Gift Shop: is in need of boxes with lids.  Please drop any boxes you may have at the shop.  Thank you, Jeanne Robson.

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