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Sunday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m. Workshop on Palliative Care and Hospice

Sunday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m. Workshop on Palliative Care and Hospice

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.

 

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Loaves and Fishes Received $3,000 Grant

Loaves and Fishes Received $3,000 Grant

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.”

 

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Bible Study of the Lord’s Prayer

Bible Study of the Lord’s Prayer

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.

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More Evidence of our Active Junior Warden

More Evidence of our Active Junior Warden

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.

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Sunday Evening Meditative Celtic Worship

Sunday Evening Meditative Celtic Worship

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.

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July 1 Independence Day 9:00 Service

July 1 Independence Day 9:00 Service

On Sunday, July 1st,  St. Peter’s will again kick off the Independence Day week with a special service of civic readings and American song at the 9:00 a.m. service.  Officials from the City of Rockland will be among us as readers and hymns and choir music will highlight our heritage as a nation.  This service will also mark the St. Peter’s Choir’s capstone event for the summer services.  They will then be in recess as a choir, but will instead be worshipping in the pews with the congregation.  They will return with music for Sunday worship after Labor Day.

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Update from Building & Grounds

Update from Building & Grounds

St. Peter’s Junior Warden and Building & Grounds Committee have been busy.  Walk around and see some of the repairs and updates completed recently.  They include: 1) Getting the City to trim the potential “eye-poking” tree limbs that were hanging into the parking lot; 2) New, safe steps outside the kitchen; 3) lifts on thresholds throughout and wheel chairs are now able to come through the elevator without obstacle; 4) a welcoming, accurate and attractive new sign at the church door; 5) a temporary fix to the large sign on the outside of the parish hall to block out the old service dates. As the Junior Warden says, “So much done, so much more to do, keep your eyes open for more!”

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From Our Bishop: Aid for Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza

From Our Bishop: Aid for Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza

Dear Friends,
As I’ve watched the tragedy in Gaza unfold over the past several days, my prayers have gone immediately  to the ministry and care offered to all people by the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City. The doctors, nurses, and staff are truly on the front lines in meeting the need of those injured in the violence of recent days.
This ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East holds its doors open to people of all faiths and ethnicities and operates under extreme circumstances and limited resources even in those times that pass for “normal” in occupied Palestine. The Diocese of Maine, through its International Outreach budget line, has made donations to the the Al Ahli Hospital since 2012. Indeed, if you were at our Convention a few years ago, you’ll remember watching the video posted below that bears witness to the work of the hospital.
Last night I received an update from the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ):

Suhaila Tarazi, the director of Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, reports that Ahli is implementing an emergency response to receive trauma cases and has configured an emergency wing with 24 additional beds. The staff is on extended shifts to treat the injured and wounded. Ahli surgeons are treating serious wounds and complex limb injuries. Ahli Hospital needs immediate and substantial financial support to respond to the catastrophe in Gaza. They need to obtain emergency medicine and medical supplies and fuel for generators. Suhaila wants you to know that while the resources of Ahli Hospital are stretched to the limit, the hospital staff is working around the clock, treating and healing victims of the violence. This includes many children who have family members, friends and neighbors who are dead or injured. These children are suffering, and Ahli Hospital is providing them compassionate counseling and psycho-social therapy.

 With your help, Ahli stands as a powerful example of Christian witness in this place of desperation and unimaginable horror. Thanks to you, Ahli Hospital sends a message of hope and love.
I encourage you to join me in support the ministry of Al Ahli Arab Hospital with your prayers, both your personal prayers and in your congregations, and, as you are able, with a donation.
You may donate through AFEDJ’s secure donation site.Thank you for your generosity on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Gaza. The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane
Bishop of Maine
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