St. Peter’s Weekly News
March 22, 2017
Helping Foster Children: This Lent St. Peter’s Church joins with a local group called “On Gracie’s Wings,” which was formed to honor Grace Packer and to benefit special needs children and foster children. We will participate in “Gracie’s Closet” to help fill suitcases with personal items for foster children, so they have something of their own to bring when they go to their new foster homes. Our part of the project is to provide new underwear, socks, and toiletries for school-aged boys and girls (kindergarten through high school). To make sure we cover a variety of sizes, you will find a poster in the Chapel Hall with stickers showing different age groups (Boy or Girl; Elementary, Middle, or High School). Please take a sticker and then leave your items in the big blue box in the Parish Hall. Thank you for helping. Questions? Contact Shirley Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Evening Prayer: takes place every Monday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel. Come join Emily and your fellow parishioners for this 20 minute service of prayer, scripture reading, and quiet contemplation. Make Evening Prayer a part of your Lenten discipline this year.
Adult Forum Update: March 26 marks the final scheduled week of Rick Pearce’s enlightening series about praying for ourselves, those we love and those in whom we find it a little more challenging to see the good. Appropriately, we follow Rick with the theme of forgiveness during the month of April. On Sunday April 2, we look forward to welcoming Bill Roth as our guest presenter, then we have two weeks off for the Palm Sunday/Easter season. We will reconvene April 23, where I take the director’s chair for two weeks of discussion about forgiveness. We’ll read a short essay together each week and have open discussion about it; the readings will be available beforehand if you like to look ahead and the authors may include Nadia Bolz Weber, Anne Lamott, or Desmond Tutu among other possibilities. Please join us at the usual time and place, the beautifully-redone library at 9:00 on Sundays. Deacon Pat
Lent Madness: The brackets are updated and remember, you can influence the vote! Lentmadness.org tells you how your lobbying can help and, for those of you who submitted brackets, there is serious money at stake here – well worth trying to manipulate the outcome.
Family Event: If you want to have an amazing time with amazing people from church join us at REBOUNDERZ Indoor Trampoline Park, 616 East Main St., Lansdale Pa 19446 on Saturday, March 25 at 6:00 p.m. There is a sign up sheet on the red education bulletin board outside the Parish Hall. You must sign up in advance so I can get a head count. All St. Peter’s families are welcome! Please contact me with any questions. Peace, Shannon Godwin, Coordinator of Children’s Ministries – email@example.com.
Diocesan Lent Day: March 25 from 9:30am-3:30 p.m. at Church of the Good Samaritan. Come and join clergy and laity from across the Diocese as we engage in a day of reflection with Fleming Rutledge. Fleming is one of the best known and respected preachers in the Episcopal church; one of the first women ordained to the priesthood; and a prolific writer and respected thinker. It is a great honor for us to be able to host her. “Hope in Dark Places” is a day of teaching, reflection and workshops as we prepare for Holy Week and Easter. It is an opportunity for our Diocese to set aside time at the beginning of Lent to think about the message of the cross in the 21st century and prepare for the preaching, devotional and formational work of Holy Week.
Peace Walk Preview: An introduction to the Fourteenth Annual Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation. (The walk will take place on Sunday afternoon, April 30th in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia). Members of the Montgomery Deanery will be participating together as a group at the Walk. The Preview Event is scheduled for Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 2 to 4 at the Episcopal Church of our Saviour, Old York and Homestead Roads, Jenkintown. Program includes a brief video, sharing from walkers representing various faith traditions, plenty of Q &A time and refreshments.
Consider Serving: The Nominating Committee is preparing a slate of candidates for those willing to serve in the leadership of our parish. We will be electing vestry members, as well as lay representatives to the Deanery and lay deputies to Diocesan Convention. If you are willing to offer your time and your talents to our parish or diocese, please speak with Mike Godwin, Chair of the Nominating Committee – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bishop’s Visit: On May 14 Bishop Gutierrez will make his official visit to St. Peter’s, presiding over the Eucharist and serving as preacher. This will also be opportunity to have our Bishop preside over baptisms and confirmations. In its essence, the Rite of Confirmation is an affirmation’s of one’s baptismal vows. It is a public declaration of one’s desire to make the Episcopal Church their spiritual home. Retired Bishop Porter Taylor of Western North Carolina offered this about Confirmation, “It is saying that God has been doing something in my life and I want to mark that by standing up in the midst of the congregation and having the bishop lay hands on me in order to celebrate the movement of the Holy Spirit.” Welcoming Bishop Gutierrez among our community again will be a great celebration. It will be made even more special with the experience of baptisms and confirmations. If you are interested in exploring the Rite of Confirmation, please speak with me. Emily+
Library Renovations: The library has a fresh coat of paint, refinished floors and new furniture thanks to the generosity of one of our parishioners and the hard work of Roy Gibson and Tim Valera. Please take a look at our beautifully renovated space and thank Roy and Tim for their work!