St. Peter’s series of talks called “Spirituality for the Second Half of Life” addresses 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 such as palliative care, hospice, funeral planning, and cognitive disorders prepare us for later years. Bring your questions and thoughts—from the ordinary to the eternal meaning of life.
The next program is on Sunday February 10th at 4 pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White Street in Rockland. The topic will be Funeral Planning. Our guest speakers will be Walker Hutchins (of Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home in Rockland) and the Rev. Lael Sorensen, rector of St. Peter’s. They will respond to questions like what practical matters are involved, what conversations can we have now with our loved ones, what decisions can be made now, and in what specific ways do funeral homes and churches help facilitate the processes around death and grief. Bring your own questions and concerns.
The programs in the community series are free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary. Beverages and light snacks will be provided. For additional information contact the parish administrator at St. Peter’s at 594-8191 or see the Latest News announcements at www.stpetersrockland.org.
Sunday, January 20, immediately following the 9:00 a.m. service, the parish will gather in the sanctuary for the Annual Meeting. This is your opportunity to elect Vestry members and delegates to the Diocesan Convention. Reports will be presented, primarily in written form, to update everyone on the activities or the past year and plans for the future of St. Peter’s. The approved 2019 operating budget will also be reviewed. In these times of social change and discernment of new ways to be church, being informed about our own congregation is important – so plan to come. Refreshments and coffee will be available.
Then following the meeting, plan to stay to “meet the candidates” for the next bishop of the Diocese of Maine.
Meet the Candidates for Next Bishop of Maine – Sunday, January 20, after the Annual Meeting, 1:30-4:30pm. The Portland “Walk-About” with candidates will be live-streamed, and we can watch from the comfort of our parlor. Bring a bag lunch and settle in as we have an opportunity to watch and phone in with questions of the candidates for our next bishop. Our delegates from St. Peter’s (The Clergy and Lay Delegates Marty Rogers, Harold Van Lonkhuyzen, and Doree Fisher) need your wisdom and impressions.
If you would like to read up on the candidates, their resumes and responses to some short questions, take a look at the Bishopquest Website.
An online two-week discussion of how the Bible came into being, ways to read it, and how Episcopalians read it. You can join this from the comfort of your home. We will meet online on Thursdays February 21 & 28. Orientation and introductions are at 6:00pm and the seminar is from 6:15-7:15. If you are new to using Zoom on your computer, we will help you to get oriented before the first session, and if that fails you can participate by phone.
Our leader, Deirdre Good ThD, is an experienced teacher of the New Testament and Christian origins. She is a licensed lay preacher in the Diocese of Maine, a parishioner at St. Margaret’s Belfast, and on the faculty at the Stevenson School for Ministry in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. We’ll record the presentation for churches who want to use it in the future. This seminar is free. Questions about the seminar? Please email Deirdre Good or Jane Hartwell. Register here
Advent Quiet Day – Saturday, December 15th from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The pre-Christmas season can be hectic with many competing demands for our attention, and it is easy to overlook the spiritual aspect of the season. When we feel too busy, though, the very things for which we think there is no time are often the most important for our health and well-being. Sponsored by the Pastoral Care Committee at St. Peter’s, Rev. Lael will lead a guided Quiet Day (really half day). Snacks and a light lunch will be provided.
Lessons and Carols is a favorite Advent or Christmas service that combines the reading of nine scripture lessons from the Old and New Testament with choir anthems and congregational carol singing. St. Peter’s is offering the community the opportunity to participate in this traditional service (most famously associated with Kings Chapel, Oxford) on Sunday, December 16 at 5:30. This is a lovely and meaningful way to gain insight into Christian life – and we invite all spiritual sojourners to join in stepping aside from from the commercial frenzy of this season and into a vision of the just, compassionate and healed world that God wants for his creation.
Saturday, Dec. 1, Members of St. Peter’s will have a booth at the Oceanside High School’s Holiday Art & Craft Show, featuring MABird Accessories, with proceeds to benefit St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. MABird (parishioner Mary Alice Bird) works with recycled sweaters, knits and other textiles to create unique cashmere and mixed knit hats and scarves for men and women. She also uses recycled textiles to make Catnip Mice, Lavender Sachets, and Balsam Holiday Sachets – all are reasonably priced and are make unique handcrafted holiday gift items. MABird was not able to participate in this year’s November 17 Fair at St. Peter’s; but reserved table space at Oceanside’s Fair. So if you missed getting some her items on November 17, you have an opportunity to do so on Dec. 1 – and your purchases will benefit St. Peter’s outreach ministries in the Rockland area.
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.
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.