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St. Peter’s Weekly News

May 10, 2017

Office Note: The office has been without Internet service for one week now. We are working on switching our carrier. If you need immediate assistance, please call us at 215.887.1765.

Bishop’s Visit: Bishop Gutierrez will make his official visit to St. Peter’s this Sunday!!

9AM ADULT FORUM led by the Bishop. He will share with us his ministry & the ministry of the Diocese.

10 AM EUCHARIST with baptisms and confirmations.

11:30 AM SPECIAL RECEPTION following the service in honor of our Bishop and the newest members of the church.

Please join us for this special occasion!

Remembering Our Friend: Maxine McCleary, a long-time member of St. Philip-in-the-Fields died peacefully on Tuesday at the age of 96.  We will celebrate her life at a Memorial Service here at St. Peter’s on Saturday at 11 a.m. Visitation will take place from 9:30-11 a.m.  Please keep Maxine and her family in your prayers. Rest eternal, grant to Maxine, O Lord.  And let light perpetual shine upon her.

Commissioning New Verger: In Sunday’s service the Bishop will commission Bob Hartung to a new ministry in our congregation. You may be wondering what a verger is and does. Well, it’s what Bob has been doing informally for years now – helping the clergy plan our more elaborate services, assisting behind the scenes, and making sure the liturgies run smoothly.  Sunday, we’re just making his role official by giving him a title, a new vestment to wear and by praying for him! Please thank Bob for his faithful service among us. What is a Verger? Often a visitor to a new parish church will see the verger in a simple cassock moving about the church preparing for worship. The verger is able to respond to any inquiry concerning the upcoming service, church facilities or current program offerings. Among other duties, the verger’s logistical support allows the clergy more time for pastoral and sacramental responsibilities. We often say that every parish has a verger whether they are identified as such! Many of the typical verger duties include assigning, training and checking in lectors, chalice bearers, acolytes and prayer intercessors. Indeed, the verger often is nothing more than a stage manager behind the scenes making sure that everything runs smoothly during the liturgy. All of the verger’s duties are specific to the church in which they serve and can evolve through many years under the direction of the rector. Some parishes have a verger or vergers at all liturgies and others only on festival and feast days like Easter, Pentecost, and All Saints’. Especially helpful with visiting clergy or special services, the verger checks on additional seating, hospitality and welcoming newcomers. In most parishes, either small or large, the clergy who incorporates the verger position will wonder why it was not done earlier! –From the Episcopal Verger’s Guild

Adult Forum Update: We welcome Debbie DeKalb on May 21, our last scheduled meeting. As you know, Debbie is Jewish and manages to gracefully balance her own deep faith with her participation as one of our gifted choir members and now Vestry member. Please join us for these remaining sessions.

Taizé Service: Join us for our bimonthly Taizé Prayer service on Thursday, May 18 from 7-8 pm. We gather in the quiet of the church to listen for God and sing our prayers in the style of the Taizé community.

Children’s Sabbath Service: Sunday, May 21 we will celebrate the children of St. Peter’s with our annual service at 10 a.m.  Children will preach, sing, read, offer prayers and lead the service.  The Folk Group will be playing! We will also be honoring all leaders, teachers and helpers whose dedication has allowed us to have another successful year.  Please plan to join us for this exciting event!

Layette Sunday: is coming on May 21st. We will be collecting handmade and store-bought items to donate to young mothers in need and their babies. So now is the time to start knitting, crocheting, or sewing. Thrift & Gift has a nice selection of new and gently used baby items for newborns through toddlers. These items will be donated to the Nurse Family Partnership.  A basket will be in the Parish Hall to place your donation. Questions? Please contact  Shirley Smith – 215.887.9448.

Day by Day Booklets: Our Day by Day booklets for May, June, and July are here, in the tract rack, the office, and a few in the narthex tract rack. This is a devotional booklet that may help you in your own spiritual journey


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