Thanksgiving Community Meal November 22nd. Once again, St. Peter’s is hosting and coordinating a Community-wide Thanksgiving Dinner with all the traditional dishes and trimmings.
Join with us to help prepare this meal or to share the dinner with others. Last year, over 400 meals were served. Donations to help support the cost, provide food, or help prepare and serve are needed and welcome. Call the Church Office (594-8191) if you want to volunteer and the Administrative Assistant will put you in touch with the coordinator of the Dinner. You can also check the bulletin board in the parish hall for needs, and sign up as you are able. To make an online donation, use the DONATE button at the top of this page or send your contribution, earmarked Thanksgiving Dinner, to the church office, 11 White St., Rockland, 04841.
Saturday, November 17, St. Peter’s will hold a Christmas Fair with foods, crafts, and gift quality recyclable items on sale. The Episcopal Church Women will have a Cookie Walk (your chance to buy a dozen of different home made Christmas cookies) and frozen foods. Individual crafters will offer theme-decorated table top trees and artificial wreaths, hand made accessories, church mice and heart sachets, mittens, scarves, hats, and other items. There will also be a table of those select white elephant’s that just might be the perfect gift. Parishioners Chris McClarty will again have a booth of her unique Maridadi jewelry and accessories and Mary Alice Bird will have a special one-a-year holiday collection of her popular accessories made from recycled sweaters and fabrics. Join us for the fun, fellowship and chance to purchase “unique boutique” items for family and friends.
- November 18 at 3:30 pm, Barbara Jean O’Brien, organist and choir director at St. Peter’s and certified music thanatologist, will discuss music-thanatology, a music/clinical modality that unites music and medicine in end-of-life care. Barbara Jean uses the harp and voice at the bedside to lovingly serve the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the dying and their loved ones with prescriptive music. She will describe the effects of acoustic vibration on bodily systems and its therapeutic application for many conditions, from pain, anxiety, shortness of breath, disorientation and non-responsive conditions. She will also discuss the effects of music-thanatology not only on the person dying, but also his or her family, friends, and caregivers.This is the second workshop in a series of talks, with discussion, on challenges faced by older adults. As people age issues in life raise questions that often are not experienced in their youthful years.they may seek answers for themselves, friends, or older relatives. Understanding things palliative care, hospice, funeral planning, and cognitive disorders prepare one spiritually for the later stages of live. Participants are encouraged to share questions and experiences. The programs are free and open to the public. For additional information call St. Peter’s at 594-8191.
- 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.
Tuesday 6 – 7 p.m. Study Group: rThis evening group meets from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Vestry room to study areas of scripture identified by the group and Rector. 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 9:00 am in the Parlor with Jane Chatfield, Deacon, 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.
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.
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.