Author: Saint Peter's

Renewal of Baptismal Promises and Ordination Vows

Renewal of Baptismal Promises and Ordination Vows

Join Bishop Brown in person or online for a diocese-wide service renewing baptismal promises and ordination vows at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland on Tuesday, May 18 at 11:00 am.

For those joining us online, you can access the service on the Cathedral’s livestream channel here. Those planning to attend Eucharist in-person, please register here and read more about the street and parking garage options here.

Courageous Communication Workshop Series

Courageous Communication Workshop Series

Registration is now open for a five-part workshop called Courageous Communication (aka nonviolent communication) sponsored by St. Peter’s beginning May 14.

Especially in times of political, racial, and social division, we want to consider and practice how to listen with compassion, speak with gentle clarity, and stand our ground in love. We recognize such courageous communication as a hallmark of many traditions (and of those with no such tradition) and we are looking to engage a sense of shared community with our neighbors in the Midcoast of Maine.

Sessions will be held on Zoom from 9:30 to noon on Friday mornings, from May 14 to June 11, with breaks provided.

  • Each session will be facilitated by Peggy Smith, a licensed trainer in nonviolent communication. Click here to learn more about Peggy.
  • Peggy advises that participants print off emailed materials since having hard copies, along with paper and something to write with, will facilitate discussion.
  • Recommended donation for the facilitator is $130 per person, but pay what you can and know that no one will be turned away for nonpayment. Make checks payable to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with “Courageous Communication” in the memo line and mail them to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White Street, Rockland, ME 04841. All monies will go for the facilitator. Alternatively, you can donate to the facilitator by following the Give Donation link on this website. (Select one-time donation, restricted gift, and write in “Courageous Communication”). Please submit donation no later than June 10.
  • The Workshop has a ceiling of 30 persons.
  • Participants may withdraw at any time. But registration will be considered closed to new participants on May 21. The Workshop requires time to build trust within small groups, and continuity and commitment are important ingredients to the Workshop.
  • Register for the Courageous Communication Workshop by emailing the parish office (office.stpetersrockland@gmail.com). Include your name, contact information, and statement of desire to join Courageous Communication. A mailing from the facilitator with Zoom details will constitute your registration receipt.

For more information, please contact the parish office: office.stpetersrockland@gmail.com or 207-594-8191.

Community Speakers Series: Helping You Cope with Care for One with Dementia

Community Speakers Series: Helping You Cope with Care for One with Dementia

The Community Speakers Series organized by the Pastoral Care Committee at St. Peter’s is offering another program in the series on Difficult Conversations titled “Helping You Cope with Care for One with Dementia.” The program will be Sunday, April 11, at 2:00 PM via Zoom.

Click on the button below to join the Zoom meeting on April 11. PLEASE NOTE that the “doors” to the Zoom meeting will be open at 1:30 p.m. You are invited to enter beginning at 1:45 p.m.; the program itself will begin at 2 p.m. as advertised.

Cheri Blouin, LSW, director of social services for Knox Center and Quarry Hill, will be our presenter for this program. Both these facilities have specialized units for those afflicted with dementia and multiple forms of memory loss. Since 1997, she has conducted a local support group for area residents who have loved ones coping with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The group is affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association of Maine. Due to the Covid pandemic, the support group is currently using a Zoom platform.

There will be a time for questions and for open sharing followed by a short concluding discussion.

Future programs will cover end of life issues and family conversations. These topics surround difficult and sensitive issues that are important but often avoided in conversations even with close family members. Future dates in 2021 will be announced later.

The programs are free and open to the public.

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Come, Pray – The Prayer I Need This Day

Come, Pray – The Prayer I Need This Day

A program of prayer for Lent.

After the last year in which churches around the world have been closed and congregations scattered, the brothers of Saint John The Evangelist invite you to “Come, Pray.” Join them in the receiving the daily gift of prayer – at home or wherever you find yourself. Across the weeks of Lent, listen in as the brothers discuss the rich and varied ways we pray, together in church and in our personal prayer.

The series is centered on a weekly 20-minute video. The brothers invite participants to explore and experience diverse prayer practices alongside them, joining their regular, live-streamed worship, special services, and online teachings.

You can find out more, access the videos, and subscribe if you wish on their website: ssje.org/comepray

Opening to Grace

Opening to Grace

The Community Speakers Series organized by the St. Peter’s Pastoral Care Committee is offering a new program titled “Opening to Grace.” The program will be held on Sunday, February 7, 2021, at 2:00 PM via Zoom. Presenters will be Rev. Abby Pettee and Dr. Kirsten Staples.

Click on the button below to join the Zoom meeting on February 7. PLEASE NOTE that the “doors” to the Zoom meeting will be open at 1:30 p.m. You are invited to enter beginning at 1:45 p.m.; the program itself will begin at 2 p.m. as advertised.

To describe the program, the presenters share this quote from Anne Lamott’s Travelling Mercies, Some Thoughts on Faith: “Grace meets us where we are, but does not leave us where it found us.” Through conversational sharing and discussion we will consider how significant health events and grief can be a catalyst for opening to and receiving grace.

Rev. Abby Pettee, ordained in the Episcopal tradition, has served for the past 10 years as lead chaplain through the spiritual care services department at Pen Bay Medical Center. She is part of an interdisciplinary team of healthcare providers on behalf of holistic well-being. Abby values ecumenism and interfaith dialog on behalf of helping to cultivate safe and empowering opportunities for learning from one another, and partnering. Prior to healthcare chaplaincy, Abby was an inner city mental health care provider and advocate. She has a passion for folks who find themselves on the margins of our society because of mental health difference and stigmatization. Abby enjoyed studying recently at Boston College because of Jesuit values being deeply embedded into her coursework. Service to others and care for the whole person was emphasized.

Kirsten Staples, MD is a board-certified internal medicine physician who has practiced at Pen Bay Medical Center for 20 years. She earned her medical degree at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. She was drawn to the University of Rochester’s focus on the biopsychosocial model of caring for patients. After completing her internal medicine residency training, she and her husband moved to midcoast Maine. She had the privilege of caring for primary care patients here in Knox county for 18 years before transitioning to caring for patients in the hospital. She currently is a hospitalist at Pen Bay Medical Center and values working with interdisciplinary teams including spiritual care.

There will be a time of open sharing followed by a short concluding discussion.

Future programs will cover end of life issues, family conversations, memory and cognitive decline. These topics surround difficult and sensitive issues that are important but often avoided in conversations even with close family members. Future dates in 2021 will be announced later.

The programs are free and open to the public.

Prayers for our Nation, from the National Cathedral

Prayers for our Nation, from the National Cathedral

In the two weeks leading up to the presidential inauguration, the National Cathedral will offer brief online prayers for our nation, together with interfaith and ecumenical colleagues, each day at 5:00 PM. We invite you to spend five minutes in prayers for safety, solace and national unity.

To join in these prayers go to the National Cathedral web site and you will find the link near the top of their home page. Find it here.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services at St. Peter’s

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services at St. Peter’s

Christmas Eve

We will gather outside in front of St. Peter’s at 5:30 PM for an in-person Christmas Eve service. The usual CDC protocols will be in place: please maintain social distancing between family groups and wear a mask. We will take information for contact tracing. As we have in the past, I invite you to bring your own communion bread and wine. We will have some chairs to share with those who need support, but most of us please plan to stand for the (abbreviated) service. The current forecast is for cloudy skies with rain holding off until later. Hale and hearty, please bundle up and join us for this special Feast of the Nativity.

For those not wanting to venture forth, know that you can watch the Christmas Eve Service at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland with Bishop Brown preaching. This prerecorded service will “go live” at 5:00pm from the St. Luke’s LiveStream Page or from the St. Luke’s YouTube Page.

Christmas Day – 9:00 – 11:00am, Private Prayer in the Church

On Christmas Day the church sanctuary will be open for private prayer from 9:00 – 11:00 AM.  The church looks lovely with poinsettias and the crèche in place, and candles will be lit. We will continue to maintain CDC protocols: we will limit the numbers of people in the sanctuary at one time, contact tracing information will be taken, and we ask that you wear a mask and keep 6′ social distance between family groups. But you are welcome to come in, sit for quiet contemplation, kneel at the altar, and receive holy communion from the reserved sacrament.  

A Christmas Day service from St. Luke’s Cathedral will also be available for viewing at 10:00am. You can watch it from the St. Luke’s LiveStream Page.

St. Peter’s Community Speakers Series on Difficult Conversations

St. Peter’s Community Speakers Series on Difficult Conversations

The Community Speakers Series organized by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is resuming using the media tool Zoom. The first program in this new series will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 13, and is titled Love in a Time of Coronavirus with presenter Manette Pottle. She will speak to her own experiences of the losses, the challenges, and the unexpected gifts of the pandemic, and what she has learned about maintaining relationships. Attendees will be invited to share their own experiences in small groups followed by a short concluding discussion.

Note that the program begins promptly at 2:00, but you can join as early as 1:30 so that you will have time to adjust your device settings.

Manette is a member of the St. Peter’s community and a documentary film producer with a passion for justice and transformative story-telling. Most recently, she produced the documentary Picture a Scientist, about gender bias and discrimination in the sciences, and was a producer of the evangelical environmentalism documentary Behold the Earth. Prior to film production, she produced the Camden International Film Festival, and for many years operated a sustainable landscaping company and farm in Appleton. She earned her B.A. in photography and critical theory at Yale University.

Future programs will cover end of life issues, family conversations, memory and cognitive decline. These topics surround difficult and sensitive issues that are important but often avoided in conversations even with close family members. Future dates will be in 2021 and will be announced later.