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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!”