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.
St. Peter’s series of talks called “Spirituality for the Second Half of Life” addresses 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. This series addresses these issues.
Sunday, December 2nd at 3:00 pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White Street in Rockland. The Rev. Mary Ann Hoy will discuss cognitive disorders, memory loss and its spiritual dimensions. Before her ordination in 1999, Rev. Hoy, a Syracuse University journalism graduate, spent several years as a newspaper reporter, columnist and section editor at papers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maine. She received her M.Div. from Bangor Theological Seminary and was employed as the associate at St. Andrew’s Episcopal church in Newcastle for 12 years. While at St. Andrew’s, she became very interested and involved in ministering to persons with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. After leaving the parish, she founded a program offered by the Episcopal Diocese of Maine on Dementia-Alzheimer’s ministry. She is currently the assisting priest at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Portland and continues her involvement with persons with cognitive memory loss and their families. She lives in Brunswick.
Bring your questions and thoughts—from the ordinary to the eternal meaning of life. The programs in the community series are free and open to the public. For additional information contact the parish administrator at St. Peter’s at 594-8191.
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.
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.
Touched by Suicide? Family member, friend, self, EMT, healthcare provider?
Sunday, November 4, at 5:30 p.m. St. Peter’s will hold a community All Souls’ Evensong as a service of witness, prayer, and music for those whose lives have been touched by suicide. For more information, call the parish office at 594-8191.
The annual parish potluck Harvest Dinner is Saturday, October 13, at 5:30 p.m. This is a wonderful time for members and friends of the St. Peter’s community to gather together in fellowship. It is an opportunity to become better acquainted with one another and to share our communal life. Vestry members will provide main dishes (including vegetarian selections). Others, to the extent possible, are asked to contribute a s”side” – which can be an hors’d’oueve, salad, vegetable, bread, or dessert. The theme for this evening will be “thanksgiving.” As we continue to discern the future direction for our church, we pause to give thanks for the many blessings that God has provided us through this discernment process.
Over the past year, several parishioners and friends have been engaged in “beautifying” the grounds around St. Peter’s. Bushes have been pruned, trees cut back, hostas and lamb’s ears replaced the weedy bed by the parking lot, and a cheerful flower bed replaced impacted lilies and perennial geraniums in the “flagpole” garden bed. As late as October 8th (date of photos), we have enjoyed their efforts. Thanks to all – Debby Atwell, Mary Alice Bird, Jane Chatfield, Judith Haines-Carter, Marty Rogers, Corey Walmer and all those others who quietly helped.
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.