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Bishop Lane’s Response to Events in Charlottesville

Bishop Lane’s Response to Events in Charlottesville

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.

August 26 and Sept 9: Join Centering Prayer Group

August 26 and Sept 9: Join Centering Prayer Group

Saturday, August 26 at 8:30 a.m. and  Saturday, September 9, at 8:30.

Join us if you would like to be part of an ongoing group meeting at St. Peter’s to share centering prayer. At the close of the four introductory sessions facilitated by Judy Mullins, a small group decided they would would like to consider continuing to meet.  August 26 and September 9 were scheduled as dates to to sit in group silence, followed by a discussion of ongoing guidelines and a regular time that is convenient for all. One possibility it to schedule centering prayer sessions twice a month on a day and time convenient for those in the group.

Whether or not you participated in Judy’s introductory sessions, if you currently practice centering prayer or would like to be part of such a group – please join us.  Also feel free to contact Mary Alice Bird, mabjab51@gmail (the temporary convener) if you would like further information.

Looking for a Place to Celebrate?

Looking for a Place to Celebrate?

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.

UPDATE on Future Directions

UPDATE on Future Directions

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.

Introducing Centering Prayer

Introducing Centering Prayer

We are excited to offer a four week opportunity to learn about and practice Centering Prayer led by Judy Mullins (July 8, July 22, July 29, and August 5 from 8:30 am-10am).

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

Presiding Bishop on the President’s action and the Paris Climate Accord

Presiding Bishop on the President’s action and the Paris Climate Accord

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

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