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.
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.
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.”
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.