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St. Peter’s Weekly News

July 26, 2017

Office Closed: The office will be closed on Thursday, July 27th. We will reopen Monday, July 31st.

While Emily’s Away: I will be on retreat from July 27 – August 1. The Rev. Carl Metzgar will be serving as our celebrant and preacher on Sunday. Deacon Pat will be on-call for all pastoral needs from July 27 – July 30. You can reach her at 215-262-9335. Rev. Carl will be on-call from July31 – August 1. You can reach him at the church office, 215-887-1765. Thank you, Emily+

Welcome New Staff Member: We welcome Kim Leach as our new DCYM (Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries).  Her bio and brief description of her ministry can be found under the announcements section of the website    Kim will be with us 2-3 Sundays a month and have office hours every Tuesday.  Her church email is Please offer Kim a warm St. Peter’s welcome when you meet her at church! Thank you, Emily+

July hunger awareness: Please consider educating yourself about the current famine in East Africa… it is severe and under reported. Your prayers are needed. Followed by your actions to help the people in this area of Africa, if you are able, with donations to organizations like UNICEF, or Oxfam,

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

Newsletter Deadline: Please send articles for the September/October issue of The Key to Erin Pugh by August 4th at

Ice-Cream Social: Join us for our annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 6th during Lemonade Hour. We provide the ice cream – you bring your favorite topping(s)!

The Blessing of Backpacks: will take place on Sunday, August 13. Please leave your donations of backpacks and school supplies in the large box located on the ramp between the Parish Hall & Sanctuary. This year the backpacks and supplies will go to Delta Family Services and Foster Care on Mt. Carmel Avenue ( Besides backpacks for boys and girls, the children will need 1-inch binders, filler paper, spiral notebooks, composition books, pencils and pens, crayons and colored pencils, index cards, plastic rulers, small dictionaries, glue sticks. Paper and writing/coloring products are especially useful so Delta can replenish the children’s supplies through the year. No scissors please!

Adult Forum Summer Reading: I hope everyone is having a relaxing summer, filled with enough spare time to pick up a book. Looking for reading material suggestions? Of course, I’d be happy to help! After you’ve read I Let You Go by Claire Macintosh (British police procedural with a twist) and Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, you may want to prepare for Adult Forum! In November I will devote two weeks to discussing Brian McLaren’s new book, Naked Spirituality; A Life with God in 12 Simple Words. The book is available in paperback, used copies as low as 99 cents on Amazon, and in a Kindle version. We will use the study guide at the back of the book as a starting place for our discussion, but it would help if we all had a sense of the book before we met. So check the library, go to a brick and mortar store or go online and prepare to have book group in November. Enjoy the rest of the summer! Deacon Pat

Summer Fellowship: continues through September 3d. We invite you to bring a dish to share (snacks, sweets, veggies and dip, etc.) Lemonade will be provided. We will need volunteers to help with clean up after each fellowship. A sign-up sheet is posted in the kitchen.  Thanks for your help! Eileen Dooley & all fellowship hosts.

Summer Storytellers: is available during the 10 AM service for our children. Readers are needed for this fun activity. You are welcome to bring your own, favorite stories to share or choose from the books in the Library.  Please sign up on the education bulletin board. Thanks, Shannon      

Office Notes: The office is closed every Friday. Patty does not work on Fridays. Emily works from home that day and can be reached on her cell. Thank you!

Thrift Shop: Christmas in July at the shop all month long! Shop now for decorations, Christmas themed gifts & Christmas storage items.

Property Committee:  I am looking for volunteers to form a Property Committee. The mission and requirements of those on the property committee is to attend biannual meetings the fall and spring; assist in guiding property decisions for better growth and maintenance of St. Peters church; and assist in securing contractors to provide quotes for work needed. You will not be asked to perform tasks, unless you expressly volunteer to do such tasks. The primary objective of the Property Committee will be to meet and help to preserve St. Peter’s property for future use. If this sounds like something you would like to be involved in please email me at and I will include you when our meeting date has been decided. Thank You, Your Property Chair Roy Gibson.


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