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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.”

 

Our Fall Gardens

Our Fall Gardens

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.

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.

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.

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.