TODAY IS ASH WEDNESDAY: BEGINNING OF LENT
Today we observe Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent and one of two appointed Fast Days on the church calendar (Good Friday is the other fast day). Episcopalians are encouraged to attend church services today to receive ashes and to eat less or in other ways fast from some usual activities, and to devote some time to prayer and self-reflection.
St Peter’s Ash Wednesday church services today are at 7am, 12noon, and 7pm.
GREAT TURNOUT FOR LAST NIGHT’S SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER
More than 100 people came to eat pancakes and sausage, listen to music, have some good fellowship, and bang on a drum or percussion instrument at yesterday evening’s traditional Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. The event was hosted by your Vestry and featured Peter’s Voice, St. Peter’s Choir, the Key Singers, Grace Notes Hand Bell Choir, and Robert Young providing some additional keyboard music during dinner. We ended the evening with a drum circle directed by Carol Schwalm. Thank you to everyone who performed and who cooked and served, and a special thank you to Senior Warden Sharon Clark for organizing such a successful event.
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS GROUP TO MEET MONDAYS AT ST. PETER’S
St. Peter’s Outreach Committee has recommended and the Vestry last Wednesday approved hosting a Narcotics Anonymous group meeting Monday evenings in St. Peter’s Parish Hall. The group will start meeting after the Men’s Shelter is concluded, probably by the end of March. “There is an opioid epidemic in our community, and hosting a twelve-step program in our Parish Hall is one way to have an impact,” said the Rector, Father David. “We also are trying to encourage more community use of our facilities and the Vestry believes this is a step in that direction.”
ST. PETER’S WELL-REPRESENTED AT CONVENTION
At the Diocesan Convention February 24-25 St. Peter’s was represented by its delegation: Fr. David Michaud, Clergy; Atif Gaddis, Laura McCarthy and Linda Hurley, Delegates; Deb Souza, Sarah Fielding and Bravard Cornbrooks, Alternates. A report was given to the congregation about the convention at all three services this past Sunday.
St. Peter’s also had one of the largest representations of youth with 10 of our youth attending, along with Youth Leaders Sherri Hall and Nivek Johnson. Many of our youth had roles in the Saturday morning worship and they took part in a flashmob to close out convention.
At Convention, Father David was elected as 4th Alternate Deputy to General Convention. Most likely he won’t get to go to the 2018 General Convention with the Diocesan Deputation, but he will be attending as a member of the General Convention Secretariat.
Information on the Bishop’s Address and Legislative action on Resolutions will be included in an upcoming Keynoter article, and should be posted on the www.dioceseofeaston.org website.
LENTEN SERIES AND POTLUCK BEGINS NEXT TUESDAY
Join the Tuesday Evening Lenten Series: “5 Marks of Love: Living Life Marked as Christ’s Own” as we look at how we can live into Jesus’ mission – How does the Divine Life express itself in and through us? What are the “marks of love” that reflect and manifest the life of God abiding and at work with us? Videos, workbooks and good discussions are part of this series from the Episcopal brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There’s a potluck at 6pm – please bring a dish to share – and the class gets underway at 6:40pm. Six Tuesday evenings in the Parish Hall beginning March 7 (you can even get there early and start with Evening Prayer in the church at 5:30pm).
MEN’S EMERGENCY SHELTER MARCH 10-17
St. Peter’s is hosting the Men’s Emergency Shelter the week of March 10-17 in the Parish Hall. Thank you to everyone who has signed up to volunteer. Please make sure you have marked your calendar – your help is very important to the success of this ministry.
There are a few volunteer opportunities still available. See the sign up sheets at coffee hour or contact Bob Souza firstname.lastname@example.org or Scott Maher email@example.com.
Contributions are still needed to defray some of the costs of the shelter. Please make out checks to St. Peter’s Church and put “Men’s Shelter” in the memo line. You can place them in the offering plate on Sunday or mail them to St. Peter’s Church, 115 St. Peter’s St., Salisbury, MD 21801. Thank you for your generosity.
WALK THE WAY OF THE CROSS
There will be three opportunities to participate in a half hour liturgy of the Stations of the Cross at St. Peter’s Church at 7pm on Fridays this Lent: March 10, March 24 and April 7. Retrace and remember Jesus passion from his being condemned to death and his walk to Mt. Calvary to his crucifixion and burial in the tomb.
NOMINATIONS FOR VESTRY AND DELEGATES TO CONVENTION
The Nomination Committee is seeking candidates to run for a three year term on the Vestry and a one year term as Delegates/Alternates to the 2018 Diocesan Convention. Those interested should contact Committee Chair Sharon Clark.
YOUTH HOLY COMMUNION CLASS BEGINS SUNDAY, MARCH 5
St. Peter’s is offering during Lent a “Holy Communion Class” for youth over four Sundays for those parents who would either like to have their child make their first communion after completion of the class and for those parents whose child is receiving Holy Communion but who like their child to receive further instruction by participating in this class.
Classes will be held during the Sunday School hour on March 5, 12, 19 and 26. The Class will then receive Holy Communion together on Sunday, April 2 at the 9am service. Parishioner Nancy Burdett is the instructor for these classes.
REGISTER IN ADVANCE: Because materials need to be ordered in advance, interested parents are asked to call St. Peter’s Church secretary Cathy Parsons at 410-742-5118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, There will also be a sign-up sheet on the table in the Parish House during coffee hour outside the Harrington Room. Be sure to provide the following information: Name(s), age, home address, email address and the best phone number at which to reach someone and if you prefer a voicemail or a text.
SURPLUS BOOKS FROM LIBRARY AVAILABLE
The Parish Library has been reorganized, thanks to the good work of parishioner Sarah Hughes. There are a few books that are either out of date or are surplus to the library that she has stacked in a corner of the library – free for the taking, first come first served.
LITURGICAL CALENDARS STILL AVAILABLE
There are still 2017 Liturgical Calendars for sale in the Parish Office – this is the calendar that gives you the liturgical color of the day, feast days and special instructions. Contact Cathy Parsons to get yours today: email@example.com, Suggested donation $2.50 each.
VAN DER BOGART SCHOLARSHIP
Deadline for applications for the Van Der Bogart Scholarship is March 10. For more information go to: http://www.stpeterschurch.net/youth/scholarships/.
VOLUNTEER NEEDED IN PARISH OFFICE
A volunteer is needed to staff the Parish Office from 10am to 2pm (or longer) while our Parish Secretary takes leave on Thursday, March 16, Friday March 17 and Monday, March 20. If you are able and willing to help answer phones, greet people and help with some basic clerical tasks, please contact the Parish Office at 410-742-5118 or Father David at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Cathy, her husband Wayne & her son Hunter, along with family and friends will celebrate the wedding of her daughter Sierra Parsons to Sam Grahovac on Saturday, March 18th at the Green Hill Country Club. Please, pray for the happy couple as they embark on this new adventure.
Parish Prayer List
Please remember to pray for:
Madison Baker, Carolyn Bradshaw, Will Burdett, Ron Collison, Jean Culver, Roland Dennis, Lucy Graf, Rex Gravenor, Amelia Hall, Diane Hammond, Margaret Hudson, Rosa Hudson, Sam Jenkins, Kelly Karwacki, Becky Kelly, Frances Kendall, Cathy Malchow, Lisa McClister, Kerry & Kim Mendenhall, Karen Mullins, Ruth Anne Oartel, Delma Tingle, Diana Waesche, Patricia Werle
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Ministers for Sunday,
March 1st Services
Vestry Person on Duty: Rich Stover
Altar Guild: Laura McCarthy, Betsy Hanulak, Debra Souza, Punky Vickery, Mary Grauer
SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE
Holy Eucharist 7:45AM
Eucharistic Minister: Jimmy Hill
Ushers: Buddy Venables and Phil Bradshaw
Coffee Hour Host: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
Holy Eucharist 9AM
Crucifer: Jordan Willey
Acolyte: Zach Bugas
Torch Bearers: Colin Willey & Parker Scheckells
Lector: Judy Wyatt
Eucharistic Minister: Nivek Johnson
Ushers: Tom Robinson & Carolyn Jenkins
Coffee Hour Host: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
Holy Eucharist 11AM
Crucifer/Acolyte: Jimmy Hill
Lector: John Phillips
Eucharistic Minister: Ernie Cornbrooks
Ushers: Richard Culver & Ron Wilkins
Coffee Hour Host: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
Grace Notes Rehearsal
Grace Notes Choir Room
Adult Choir Rehearsal
Adult Choir Room
Holy Eucharist I
Holy Eucharist II
Children's Sunday School
Youth Communion Class
Holy Eucharist II
Key Singers Rehearsal
Key Singers Choir Room
TRAILBLAZERS Youth Group
Lenten Study & Potluck
Men's Bible Study
Holy Eucharist/Public Healing Service
||Emily Della Ratta
St. Peter's Church
115 St. Peters Street
Salisbury, MD 21804
The Rev. David Michaud
Parish Office Secretary
Adult Choir Director
Children's Choir Director
Bell Choir Director
Altar Guild Directress
Christian Education Chair
Atif Gaddis - 2017
Chris Hall - 2017
Amy Maull - 2017
Linda Abbott - 2018
Linda Hurley - 2018
Richard Stover- 2018
Ann Allen - 2019
Nancy Burdett - 2019
Phil Shields - 2019