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Nov. 22nd Thanksgiving: Community Dinner and Thanksgiving Day Eucharist

Nov. 22nd Thanksgiving: Community Dinner and Thanksgiving Day Eucharist

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.

 

 

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CHRISTMAS FAIR Sat, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

CHRISTMAS FAIR Sat, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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.

 

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Sunday, Nov.18, 3:30 p.m.   Music Thanatology Workshop

Sunday, Nov.18, 3:30 p.m. Music Thanatology Workshop

 

  • 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.

 

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Tuesday Monday or Evening Bible Study with the Clergy

Tuesday Monday or Evening Bible Study with the Clergy

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.

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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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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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