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St. Peter’s Weekly News

March 29, 2017

Easter Eggs Decorating THIS Sunday after the 10 a.m. service. ALL are invited to come and help us prepare for our Easter Sunday Egg Hunt by decorating and filling eggs in the Parish Hall. PLEASE bring a bag of plastic eggs, candy or small toys that can fill the eggs. Thanks! Shannon.

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.

Ladies Night Out: at Painting with a Twist, 209 Leedom St. in Jenkintown on Friday, March 31 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Unwind from 7-7:30 with drinks, snacks & socializing with friends in a private party room. We will paint from 7:30 – 9:30 and then “unwind from 9:30 – 10:00. Questions? Ask me. Peace, Shannon Godwin, Coordinator of Children’s Ministries – shan03tchu@gmail.com

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, granny7sm@gmail.com.

Adult Forum Update: 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

Lectionary Bible Study: Ezekiel prophesied to the dry bones; Jesus called a corpse to come out of the tomb. We must be getting close to Easter!! As you hear the readings this week, listen for other echoes between them. Then, 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.”

Newsletter Deadline: Please submit all articles for the May/June Key to Erin Pugh at keyeditor@comcast.net by Friday, April 7th. Thank you!

1st Annual Katie Bacon Clean-Up Day: Saturday, April 8 from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Help make the church clean and bright for Palm Sunday and Easter. Paper towels will be available as will other supplies.  Let’s come, clean and remember Katie.  Any questions, contact Jeanne Robson,

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.

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 – mgodwin305@gmail.com.

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+

 


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