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New Altar Linens

New Altar Linens

This past year, Pat and Jim Algrant – faithful communicants of St. Peter’s – died and left two bequests, one for the Altar Guild and another to be used by St. Peter’s at the discretion of the Vestry. After careful thought, Rhonda Hart (Altar Guild directress) and members of the Guild decided to use the gift to purchase new linens. The first of these arrived just in time for Lent. Take time to admire the handsome new purple (color of the season) linens and note the lovely embroidered inscription, expressing gratitude for this gracious gift (photo above).

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Celtic Theology/Spirituality Forum 4 p.m. Sundays

Celtic Theology/Spirituality Forum 4 p.m. Sundays

Rector’s Lenten Forum on Celtic Theology and Spirituality to be held onSundays during Lent at 4:00pm in the Parlor, (March 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 7). St. Peter’s has offered for the past year+ an evening Celtic Eucharist. It is our fastest-growing service. Why? In what ways is Celtic theology and spirituality different from or similar to what we know of Christianity on Sunday morning? What are its unique graces and gifts to our spiritual lives?  Join us to learn more about the renewal of this rich strain of Christian worship and thought, and then join us to experience our contemporary expression of Celtic Spirituality in our meditative service.

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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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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch

March 5th, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,   the Episcopal Church Women are again hosting a special Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch with pancakes, sausage, syrup, fruit and sherbet.  All are invited to this traditional feast before the season of Lent begins on Wednesday. Adults $8, for adults; $4 for children – and pay at the door (reservations not required)  Proceeds will benefit St. Peter’s outreach ministries. 

The women of St. Peter’s and a man or two, will cook and serve fabulous pancakes. Gluten-free pancakes also will be available on request. The St. Peter’s folks organize the food, cook it all, decorate the parish hall with a Mardi Gras theme, and delight in serving each guest. 

The day before Ash Wednesday, known as Shrove Tuesday in the Anglican Church in England, and marks the beginning of the Christian season of fasting and prayer called Lent ending with Easter. Shrove Tuesday is commonly known in English-speaking countries associated with the United Kingdom and its Anglican traditions. The celebratory aspect of the day developed long before the Protestant Reformation, and was associated with releasing high spirits before the somber season of Lent. It is analogous to the continuing Carnival tradition associated with Mardi Gras.


 

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Reading the Bible Online Seminar Feb. 21 & 28

Reading the Bible Online Seminar Feb. 21 & 28

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 HartwellRegister here

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Annual Meeting Sunday Jan. 20 followed by “Meet the Candidates”

Annual Meeting Sunday Jan. 20 followed by “Meet the Candidates”

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.

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Summary of Advent and Christmas Activities

Summary of Advent and Christmas Activities

Advent & Christmas Activities at St. Peter’s
December 15, 9:00 am – 1:00 p.m. Advent Quiet Day;
December 16, 5:30 pm, Festival Service of Nine Lessons and Carols;
December 23, 9:00 am, Fourth Sunday of Advent;
10:00 am, Greening of the Church;
December 24, 8:00 pm, Christmas EveCandlelight Eucharist with Choir;
December 25,10:30am, Christmas DayFestive Christmas Eucharist;
12:30 pm Community Christmas Meal;
December 30, 9:00 am, Christmas 1, Holy Eucharist and Holy Matrimony;
January 6, 9:00 am, The Feast of the Epiphany.
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Advent Quiet Day Dec. 15, 9-1 p.m.

Advent Quiet Day Dec. 15, 9-1 p.m.

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.

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Dec. 16, 5:30 p.m. Lessons and Carols: Nine Readings with Music & Carols

Dec. 16, 5:30 p.m. Lessons and Carols: Nine Readings with Music & Carols

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.

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ECW CHRISTMAS FAIR Continues at Oceanside High School Sat. Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

ECW CHRISTMAS FAIR Continues at Oceanside High School Sat. Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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.

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