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St. Peter’s Weekly News

October 4, 2017

Schuylkill Center Presents Wildlife of Pennsylvania: This 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 p.m. sharp; however, there will be a pizza dinner and drinks from 5:00-5:45 p.m. A donation of $10 per family, $5 per couple or $2 per person is appreciated. Contact Shannon Godwin ASAP to let her know if you will be coming so she knows how much pizza to order!!

Remembering Our Friend: Eleanor Otis died peacefully on September 9th. She had been a faithful former member of St. Peter’s for many years. An interment service will be held here on Saturday, October 7th at 11:00 a.m. All members are invited to attend this service. Rest eternal, grant to Eleanor, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.

Adult Forum on Sunday: What is POWER? The organization is Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild, congregations from all across the city, intentionally bringing people together across the lines of race, faith, income level and neighborhood – lines which have historically kept Philadelphians divided. They are people of faith committed to the work of bringing about justice here and now, in our city and our region. From their website, they explain that their purpose is to lift up a new prophetic voice and bear witness to the fact that established systems no longer work for too many families in too many Philadelphia neighborhoods. Systems that allow for 30% unemployment in some of our communities, particularly our communities of color; wherein nearly 50% of our children can’t read or perform math, or graduate on time, and that appear to continually be in crisis; systems that allow one of our brothers or sisters to be murdered nearly every day; systems that allow more than 100,000 city residents to go without health insurance, and that allow a tenth of our properties to lie vacant or abandoned or foreclosed – these are broken systems. And while this brokenness hurts all Philadelphians, POWER recognizes and seeks to address the fact that it is the poor, communities of color and working families of all kinds who suffer the brunt of declining opportunities and dysfunctional systems. POWER commits to call attention to this brokenness, to advance concrete policy changes to reform these systems and to work with public and private sector leaders to bring the necessary resources to bear to turn these systems, and our city, around. This is important work. Want to learn more? Please join us at Adult Forum this Sunday as we welcome Mr. Will Fuller, POWER’s Metro Community Organizer. Mr. Fuller has worked with POWER since 2016 and we are excited to welcome him. Read more about Will and the organization at and we hope to see you in the library at 9:00 a.m. Deacon Pat

Lectionary Bible Study: We’re back in the vineyard this week; God’s vineyard. What does this image tell us about Israel? About today’s suburban church? How did Jesus use the vineyard story? How does Paul’s letter fit into the story? 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.

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+

Rite 13 News: On Sunday, October 15th, beginning at 11:00 a.m., Rite 13 will paint pottery bowls to help fight hunger and homelessness in support of the Empty Bowl Dinner taking place at the United Lutheran Seminary on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. This event depends in part on the donation and artistic talents of bowl makers like us!! More information on this event can be found at dinner.

Mom’s Night Out: Thanks to those who attended MOMS Night Out at The Kitchen Bar last Friday night. We had a fun time catching up and getting to know one another or getting to know one another better! Cheers to Shannon Godwin for organizing.

St. Francis Celebration: Our St. Francis Celebration this past Sunday saw all shapes and sorts of stuffed, scaled, furred, feathered and leathered animal friends making their way to the altar (including a bearded dragon!), and was followed by a hearty and delicious fellowship sponsored by our Rite 13 class.  Thank you so much to Rite 13, their families and their youth leaders, Julie Rece, John Hirshberger, and Meredith Flaherty, for the coffee hour goodies and exuberant hosting. Thank you also to all of those parishioners–so many of you!!–who donated biscuits for shelter dogs and made cat toys for shelter cats. Your generosity of time, talent and treasure was greatly appreciated and so very thoughtful!! The Montgomery County SPCA in Abington and the PetValu in Flourtown (partnering with Pibbles and More Animal Rescue) were delighted to receive your donations this past Sunday afternoon.

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. Contact Jeanne Robson if you are interested in purchasing a plate – or 215.441.5584.

Background Checks: You will need to complete the two PA background checks if you will be volunteering with our children at any time during this program year. The Federal Background check is only for those volunteers who have lived outside PA within the past 10 years.  Please email me at and I will forward the links to you. Thank you, Kim, DCYM.



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