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ADVENT and CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE at St. Peter’s

ADVENT and CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE at St. Peter’s

Advent & Christmas Activities at St. Peter’s
December 5, 8, 19, 22 – 9:00 -10:30 a.m. Contemplative Prayer Workshop 
December 16 – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Advent Quiet Day
December 175:30pm, Festival Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
Note: this service takes the place of our Celtic Eucharist that evening
December 24 – 9:00 am, Holy Eucharist with Music – Fourth Sunday of Advent
Note: ONE morning service only
         – 10:00 am, Greening of the Church
         – 5:30 pm, Christmas Eve, Festive Celtic Eucharist
7:30 pm, Christmas Eve, Carol Sing
8:00 pm, Christmas Eve, Festive Candlelight Eucharist with Choir
December 2510:30am, Christmas Day, Festive Eucharist for the Nativity
12:30 pm Community Christmas Meal
December 31Christmas 1 with services at 8:00 and 10:30
January 6, 2018 – 5:30pm, Twelfth Night, Choral Feast of the Epiphany with Music, Sermon, Holy Eucharist and Reception following in the Parish Hall.
LUNCH AND CONVERSATION . . .on spiritual life after fifty.

LUNCH AND CONVERSATION . . .on spiritual life after fifty.

Dec. 12, at Noon in the Parlor: LUNCH AND OPENING CONVERSATION ON OUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS IN THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE.  Lael, our rector, is scheduling a series of programs in coming months that address the our spiritual journeys as we age.  This is an opportunity for us as members of St. Peter’s to invite friends to join us for a light lunch and on open-ended, facilitated conversation (Mary Alice Bird, facilitator) to share thoughts and topics we would like to see addressed in this upcoming series. As aging children, parents, friends, or children –  our shared life experiences – whether small or large, practical or theological – all open avenues to deeper communication with God and one another. Lunch provided, but to help plan for for the day, please sign up on the church bulletin board or call the office or let Mary Alice or Lael know you are coming.  And bring a friend.

Tuesday, Nov 2, 5: p.m. Community All Souls  Service

Tuesday, Nov 2, 5: p.m. Community All Souls Service

November 2 – All Souls’ Evensong, 5:30 pm, A service of music and prayer to remember deceased family and friends, is particularly  dedicated to those whose lives have been touched by suicide: family members, friends, healthcare workers, police, social workers.  As a community, we will remember all who have died by their own hand and to share of the mourning of all people touched by the loss of friends, family, and community members.  Together we will acknowledge our collective reluctance to reach out to those who suffer, and will stand in witness to God’s redeeming love for all.  Although this service will draw on the Anglican tradition of Evensong and the centuries old Christian All Souls tradition to remember those who have died, this service is purposefully intended to encompass people of all faiths., and we invite all persons mourning those who have died to join us for this service of remembrance.

 

Parish Harvest Dinner Sat.Oct. 21

Parish Harvest Dinner Sat.Oct. 21

Join members and friends Saturday, October 21st at 5:00pm for the Annual Harvest Dinner.  This is a time for fun, fellowship, food, and an opportunity to give thanks.  It is also a great time for those new to St. Peter’s or or normally only attend one of the two Sunday services, to have fellowship and conversation about Christian live with everyone connected with the church. The Vestry will provide main dishes; all others, as able, are asked to  bring a side dish (salad, veg, bread, or dessert).  But don’t stay a way if you have a busy schedule or no longer cook much, there is always more than enough food.  It is helpful to let the office (594-8191) know if you plan to attend, so we are sure to set up enough tables.

Community Blessing of Animals Saturday, Sept. 30

Community Blessing of Animals Saturday, Sept. 30

St. Peter’s invites the community to share a “Blessing of Animals,” on Saturday, September 30th at 10 a.m. on the grounds between St. Peter’s and the adjacent public playground. St Francis loved all of God’s creatures, and so do we. Around the traditional St. Francis’s fall feast day – many churches observe a similar  “blessing of animals,'” to honor St. Francis and God’s love of all creatures.  This simple service is a meaningful way to celebrate your own relationship with the pets and animals that give deep meaning to your life.  It is a particularly enjoyable event for children.  So bring your pets (or favorite stuffed animals) and join us a blessing at this brief outdoor service. All welcome! In the event of rain, the service will happen in St. Peter’s parish hall.

 

Bishop Lane’s Response to Events in Charlottesville

Bishop Lane’s Response to Events in Charlottesville

Bishop Lane’s response to the events in Charlottesville is among a crop of very fine responses from the Episcopal Church: “… white supremacy is a corruption of our fundamental beliefs as Christians: that all of us are created in the image of God and, in Christ, are brothers and sisters.” You may read Bishop Lane’s entire response HERE  Printed copies will also be available in the narthex on Sunday.

Looking for a Place to Celebrate?

Looking for a Place to Celebrate?

St. Peter’s is a great facility for a party celebration” (Cathy Feener, caterer).  July 9, from 4 – 7 p.m., John and Mary Alice Bird celebrated their 80th birthdays at St. Peter’s, with about 175 friends. Their caterer noted how the location, parking, and facilities make this an excellent party venue.  The Bird party flowed from the large fellowship hall (with beverage bar and entertainment area) into the parlor (with food table) and unto the lawn, where tables and a beverage bar were set up. Looking for charming rental venue, contact St. Peter’s 594-8191 for details.

UPDATE on Future Directions

UPDATE on Future Directions

CONGREGATIONAL  UPDATES about ST. PETER’S FUTURE

Sunday July 23: the Vestry and Future Directions Task Force will present an interim report at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services

Additional Updates will appear in upcoming issues of the Rock and communications mailed to the congregation.

For the past eighteen months, the church has been engaged in a discernment process to identify future directions for the St. Peter’s community.   This has involved numerous presentations, group discussions, and personal visits. In February, the Vestry appointed a special Future Directions Task Force to develop recommendations for Vestry consideration by September 2017.  Their report will be shared with the congregation.

Introducing Centering Prayer

Introducing Centering Prayer

We are excited to offer a four week opportunity to learn about and practice Centering Prayer led by Judy Mullins (July 8, July 22, July 29, and August 5 from 8:30 am-10am).

Centering Prayer is a form of Christian contemplative prayer that deepens one’s capacity to abide in a state of what ancient practitioners called “attention of the heart.”  Once you get the “hang of it”, attention of the heart allows you to be fully present to God, while at the same time fully present to the situation at hand.  One can think of it as a practice that, over time, anchors you in the peace of Christ, so that without being conscious of it, you discover you are operating from a deeper, calmer, more mindful and more joyful state. For more information about Centering Prayer please visit this website. Read More