Touched by Suicide? Family member, friend, self, EMT, healthcare provider?
Sunday, November 4, at 5:30 p.m. St. Peter’s will hold a community All Souls’ Evensong as a service of witness, prayer, and music for those whose lives have been touched by suicide. For more information, call the parish office at 594-8191.
Series of Workshops on Spirituality in the Second Half of Life
Sunday, October 28, at 3 p.m., Lauren Armstrong, Medical Social Worker, and Karen McDonald, Nurse Practitioner for Palliative Care and Hospice, will offer a workshop on palliative care and hospice. This is the first in a series of St. Peter’s talks, with discussion, on challenges faced by older adults. Reservations are not necessary. For additional information call 594-8191. Additional workshops scheduled for:
- Sunday, November 18 at 3:30 p.m. The second program is on Sunday November 18th at 3:30 pm. Barbara Jean O’Brien, organist and choir director at St. Peters and certified music thanatologist, will discuss music thanatology.
- Sunday December 2nd at 3 pm. The Rev. Mary Ann Hoy will discuss the spiritual dimensions and challenges of cognitive disorders and memory loss.
- Wednesday January 16th at 4 pm. Sarah Ruef-Lindquist, an attorney and certified trust and financial advisor at Allen Insurance and Financial, will discuss financial planning.
- Sunday February 10th at 3 pm. Walker Hutchins of Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home, and the Rev. Lael Sorensen, rector of St. Peter’s will discuss funeral planning.
- A sixth workshop (still to be scheduled) will focus on intergenerational conversations and conflicts faced by families and caregivers relating to property, possessions, housing, care needs and costs and financial resources.
The annual parish potluck Harvest Dinner is Saturday, October 13, at 5:30 p.m. This is a wonderful time for members and friends of the St. Peter’s community to gather together in fellowship. It is an opportunity to become better acquainted with one another and to share our communal life. Vestry members will provide main dishes (including vegetarian selections). Others, to the extent possible, are asked to contribute a s”side” – which can be an hors’d’oueve, salad, vegetable, bread, or dessert. The theme for this evening will be “thanksgiving.” As we continue to discern the future direction for our church, we pause to give thanks for the many blessings that God has provided us through this discernment process.
St. Peter’s Awarded a $3,000 Grant to Support Loaves & Fishes
In September, the Loaves and Fishes community weekend hot lunch program hosted by St. Peter’s and staffed by community teams from eleven different community groups was awarded a $3,000 grant” from the Diocese to support “ministry to those living in poverty.” The funds will used to purchase replacement tables and chairs. Loaves and Fishes serves approximately 4,000 community meals a year, plus special Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinners. Current teams (who donate both time and food include Aldersgate Methodist Church, Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, Youthlinks, L.I.F.E. Ministry, Camden for Community, CHRHS Honor Society, Nativity Lutheran Church, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church, and the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockland. Rock City and the Atlantic Baking Company regularly provide coffee and bread, and Primo’s Restaurant provides and serves a special meal each January. The mission of Loaves and Fishes remains as true today as it did at the inception of the program: “To serve nutritious noon meals and provide a welcoming community center and secure place for weekly fellowship with others.” As one regular participant commented, “I look forward not just to a good meal, but for the chance to be with friends and others, including the volunteers.”
Over the past year, several parishioners and friends have been engaged in “beautifying” the grounds around St. Peter’s. Bushes have been pruned, trees cut back, hostas and lamb’s ears replaced the weedy bed by the parking lot, and a cheerful flower bed replaced impacted lilies and perennial geraniums in the “flagpole” garden bed. As late as October 8th (date of photos), we have enjoyed their efforts. Thanks to all – Debby Atwell, Mary Alice Bird, Jane Chatfield, Judith Haines-Carter, Marty Rogers, Corey Walmer and all those others who quietly helped.
Tuesday 6 – 7 p.m. Study Group: Currently, The Rev+ Lael Sorensen is leading a study and discussion on the scriptural roots of the Lord’s Prayer. This evening group meets from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Vestry room. This is a small, thoughtful, questioning, and open group. No advance preparation is necessary. Please consider joining them. These discussions help to both understand the context in which the scriptures were written and their application to our lives today.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study – The morning group meets at 9:00am in the Parlor and previews the next Sunday’s readings. Their practice is to dwell on what the Scriptures speak to the heart. Such Scripture reading is both ancient & contemporary. Consider opening yourself to God in this gentle way.
Bible Study for Everyone – if you would like to follow along with our Sunday lectionary readings on your own, copies of a short Commentary and study aid called “Synthesis CE” are available in the Narthex to help you prepare for next week’s readings.
If you are a “seasoned” Episcopalian, you know that the Junior Warden of a church is often also the person in charge of building and grounds. Our current Junior Warden has been particularly active this summer. One of her latest projects is the renewal of the handsome doors to the sanctuary and parish hall. Temporarily, as can be seen in the attached photo, these doors are being removed to be stripped and revarnished. Other projects include an update of the St. Peter’s sign on the exterior of parish hall, facing the parking lot. Expect to see it installed within the next few weeks – and to sport the new St. Peter’s boat logo (which is also the logo for this web site). She is also collecting donations of various basic tools, so that anyone working on building and grounds repairs or maintenance can readily find what is needed to complete the job. If you have tools you could donate to the church or want to be one of St. Peter’s “building and grounds stewards” who help with specific tasks, contact the church office and the Junior Warden will in turn be in touch with you.
Looking for an alternative worship service? Join us for our meditative 5:30 Sunday Celtic service, with participants are invited to stay for a communal meal following the service. Drawn from the liturgical traditions of Iona and Northumbria, this service 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. The service includes meditative reflections from lay persons about their personal spiritual journeys, as well as readings from diverse traditions that focus on the divine unity of all creation and encourages participation from all seeking to deepen their spiritual journey through shared prayer that seeks to break down barriers between different faith traditions and seekers.