Join members and friends Saturday, October 21st at 5:00pm for the Annual Harvest Dinner. This is a time for fun, fellowship, food, and an opportunity to give thanks. It is also a great time for those new to St. Peter’s or or normally only attend one of the two Sunday services, to have fellowship and conversation about Christian live with everyone connected with the church. The Vestry will provide main dishes; all others, as able, are asked to bring a side dish (salad, veg, bread, or dessert). But don’t stay a way if you have a busy schedule or no longer cook much, there is always more than enough food. It is helpful to let the office (594-8191) know if you plan to attend, so we are sure to set up enough tables.
Beginning October 14th, the Centering Prayer group will meet the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the small parlor adjacent to the Rector’s Office (second floor above the fellowship hall). On the 2nd Saturday of October and again in December, new members are invited to join the group and attend a short orientation at 8:15 a.m. Interested Persons can just show up on for the scheduled orientation or contact Mary Alice Bird at email@example.com to learn more about the group. Interested persons are also encouraged to “google” centering prayer online to learn more about this particular form of silent prayer meditation. The format for the hour together will begin with 20 minutes of shared silence, followed by time to share experiences, and concluding with 20 additional minutes of shared silence.
Looking for a worship service? We have introduced a Sunday evening Celtic worship service at 5:30 pm. Our Celtic worship, drawn from the liturgical traditions of Iona and Northumbria, combines meditative silence and music, simplicity of utterance, and faithful commitment of care for the earth. This way of prayer, of opening oneself to God’s love, God’s forgiveness, and God’s hope – to the fullness of God’s presence in our lives – is hundreds of years old but speaks with immediacy to the yearning of our hearts now. This service encourages participation from all seeking to deepen their spiritual journey and through shared prayer to break down barriers between different faith traditions and seekers. A brief fellowship period with light refreshments follows the service.
St. Peter’s invites the community to share a “Blessing of Animals,” on Saturday, September 30th at 10 a.m. on the grounds between St. Peter’s and the adjacent public playground. St Francis loved all of God’s creatures, and so do we. Around the traditional St. Francis’s fall feast day – many churches observe a similar “blessing of animals,'” to honor St. Francis and God’s love of all creatures. This simple service is a meaningful way to celebrate your own relationship with the pets and animals that give deep meaning to your life. It is a particularly enjoyable event for children. So bring your pets (or favorite stuffed animals) and join us a blessing at this brief outdoor service. All welcome! In the event of rain, the service will happen in St. Peter’s parish hall.
Bishop Lane’s response to the events in Charlottesville is among a crop of very fine responses from the Episcopal Church: “… white supremacy is a corruption of our fundamental beliefs as Christians: that all of us are created in the image of God and, in Christ, are brothers and sisters.” You may read Bishop Lane’s entire response HERE Printed copies will also be available in the narthex on Sunday.
St. Peter’s is a great facility for a party celebration” (Cathy Feener, caterer). July 9, from 4 – 7 p.m., John and Mary Alice Bird celebrated their 80th birthdays at St. Peter’s, with about 175 friends. Their caterer noted how the location, parking, and facilities make this an excellent party venue. The Bird party flowed from the large fellowship hall (with beverage bar and entertainment area) into the parlor (with food table) and unto the lawn, where tables and a beverage bar were set up. Looking for charming rental venue, contact St. Peter’s 594-8191 for details.
CONGREGATIONAL UPDATES about ST. PETER’S FUTURE
Sunday July 23: the Vestry and Future Directions Task Force will present an interim report at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services
Additional Updates will appear in upcoming issues of the Rock and communications mailed to the congregation.
For the past eighteen months, the church has been engaged in a discernment process to identify future directions for the St. Peter’s community. This has involved numerous presentations, group discussions, and personal visits. In February, the Vestry appointed a special Future Directions Task Force to develop recommendations for Vestry consideration by September 2017. Their report will be shared with the congregation.
July 2 – A Service of Patriotic Readings and Hymns in honor of Independence Day. Join us for a special service of civic readings and American songs at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 2.
Please note that on that Sunday Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at the 8:00 a.m. service only.
Centering Prayer is a form of Christian contemplative prayer that deepens one’s capacity to abide in a state of what ancient practitioners called “attention of the heart.” Once you get the “hang of it”, attention of the heart allows you to be fully present to God, while at the same time fully present to the situation at hand. One can think of it as a practice that, over time, anchors you in the peace of Christ, so that without being conscious of it, you discover you are operating from a deeper, calmer, more mindful and more joyful state. For more information about Centering Prayer please visit this website. Read More
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry has issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s action and the Paris Climate Accord.
“With the announcement by President Donald Trump of his decision to withdraw the commitment made by the United States to the Paris Climate Accord, I am reminded of the words of the old spiritual which speaks of God and God’s creation in these words, “He’s got the whole world in his hands.” The whole world belongs to God, as Psalm 24 teaches us. (…)
Read full article on the Episcopal Church website: HERE