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St. Peter’s Weekly News

September 27, 2017

Donating Dog Biscuits & Cat Toys: As part of our St. Francis celebration we will donate dog biscuits and cat toys to local shelters. Please join us during coffee hour at the back of the parish hall to help make the cat toys. Please bring all your homemade or store bought dog biscuits with you. The recipe for the biscuits may be found at the end of the email. All donations will go to the Montgomery County SPCA in Abington and/or Pibbles & More Animal Rescue, which is partnering with PetValu in Flourtown, PA. Thanks!

Mom’s Night Out: Moms with kids in the nursery, Godly Play, Older Elementary, J2A, and Rite 13 classes are invited to a fun evening out on September 29. We will be headed out to the Kitchen Bar for a kid free evening! Please let me know ASAP if you can go so we can RSVP for seating and reserving the room. Thanks, Shannon, Director of Sunday School and Family Ministries (DSFM)

Adult Forum: We don’t have a specific theme for the month of October but I promise there will be some fascinating discussions. Starting us off this week will be Rick Pearce, who has opened our eyes to so much over the years. Michael Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in his statement For Such a Time as This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy, calls for fasting on the 21st of each month through December 2018; the 21st of each month is targeted because by that time each month, 90% of SNAP (formerly food stamp) benefits have been used, thereby causing the last week of the month to be the hungry week in America. During announcements, Rick has spoken to us about participating in this way to focus our awareness on our sisters and brothers who are less fortunate than many of us and this week at Adult Forum, he will speak to us further about fasting. Please plan on joining us at 9:00 in the library, and thank you. Deacon Pat

Panera Bread: This 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. Then, take home some Panera bread or pastry!

Lectionary Bible Study: What does it mean to be made in God’s image? And what did Jesus do when he found himself in that same image? And, how should we now live in that image? What other questions will you have about the readings? Bring them to the library after the service, along with your coffee and cookies, and we’ll read, mark, question, and inwardly digest these writings as we embrace the truth they offer us.

Schuylkill Center Presents Wildlife of Pennsylvania: On Thursday, October 5th come and enjoy a presentation of live animals from Pennsylvania. Experience the sights, sounds and even the touch of some of the animals. The presentation begins at 6 pm sharp, however, there will be a pizza dinner and drinks from 5:00 – 5:45 pm. A donation of $10 per family, $5 per couple or $2 per person is appreciated. Contact Shannon Godwin with any questions –

Music News: This Sunday we will welcome back Patrick Fink as our guest organist. Patrick will be serving throughout the month of October. We give thanks to Dave Mosteller who has agreed to serve as our Interim Interim Minister of Music over the next six weeks while we work to secure a long-term Interim. We also give thanks to Kathy and Tim Flaherty who will continue to serve in their staff roles, to members of the Adult Choir and Bell Choir, and to Linda Toia and the Folk Group, all of whom will continue to lead us in singing God’s praises! With deep appreciation, Emily+

New Nursery Caregivers: Alayna Gottemoller, a junior at Abington High School and Brigid Rose, a senior at Cheltenham High School will serve in this position. Nursery care is available September through May for infants through two year olds. The sunshine nursery is located on the lower level next to the Sunday School classrooms.

Hunger awareness for September:  Many of the people who are food insecure are children. Without a steady source of good food kids do poorly in school and in their physical and mental development. Socially these kids often suffer also. Your prayers are needed. Please consider donating food, healthy kid friendly food, in our food basket at church.

Hurricane Relief: How can you help our sisters and brothers in the aftermath of Harvey and Irma? Episcopal Relief and Development works directly with the churches and communities affected. Every dollar you send goes directly to helping folks in need. You can write a check to St. Peter’s and in the memo line put Hurricane Relief or you can give an online donation or

Stand With Iraqi Christians: We give thanks for the visit last Sunday by members of St. Martin’s Church, Radnor as they shared stories about their partnership among our Iraqi sisters and brothers in Christ. If you could not stay to watch the documentary, click this link to view it: Our Social Concerns Committee will be developing ways to support and partner with St. Martin’s in their growing ministry.

For Sale: 1960 Plate of St. Peter’s available for $5.00. Limited number of plates available. Money raised will go to the General Fund. Combination soft cover Book of Common Prayer and Hymnal. One in good shape ($10.00); four in fair shape ($5.00). These books were given in memory of Gerald Belcher. Contact Jeanne Robson if you are interested in any of these items – or 215.441.5584.

Dog Biscuit Recipe – Howlin’ Hula Cookies

(makes 20 dog treats)

8 ounces canned unsweetened crushed pineapple

¼ cup vegetable oil

¼ cup honey

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups white flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Drain pineapple and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine oil and honey. Add egg, pineapple and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda in a separate bowl. After blending, add this into the wet mixture and stir well.
  5. Drop tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Cool on a rack, then serve. Store in an airtight container.


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