CHRISTMAS AT ST. PETER’S
The “Greening of the Church” has begun here at St. Peter’s Church as we transition from Advent to Christmas. The Altar Guild and many volunteers are readying the church for the Christmas Season. In the Episcopal Church we celebrate the season of Christmas for 12 days, from December 25 (Christmas) through January 6 (Epiphany). It is a season of feasting and rejoicing or the Incarnation of God through our Savior Jesus Christ. It is true that while many in the secular world are winding down their celebrations, we Episcopalian are just now getting ready to feast. Let us rejoice with the angels who proclaimed: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth, peace among those whom he favors!”
Come to St. Peter’s this weekend and invite friends and family to join you as we celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. There are two services on Christmas Eve (Sat., Dec. 24): 5pm and 11am; and one service on Sunday, Christmas Day (Dec. 25), at 10am.
At the 5pm Christmas Eve service there will be a children’s procession to the crèche at the beginning of the service, and the singing of Silent Night by candlelight after communion. Music will be provided by Peter’s Voice, the St. Peter’s Key Singers Children’s Choir, Robert Young at the organ, a solo by Brittany Spicer, and music contributions by other singers as well. Music begins at 4:30pm. All children are welcomed to participate in the procession to the crèche – parents: please have your child come to the Parish Library by 4:50pm to be part of the procession.
At the 11pm Christmas Eve service St. Peter’s Choir will perform with Robert Young at the Organ and Ron Davis on Trumpet. There will be a station at the crèche at the beginning of the service and the singing of Silent Night by candlelight after communion. Music selections include: Carol of the Bells, John Ritter’s the Coming of Our King and Angel’s Carol, Bach’s Prepare Thyself sung by soprano Carol Schwalm, He Shall Feed His Flock sung by Ann Allen and Linda Smith, Gesu Bambino sung by baritone Bob Souza, and O Holy Night sung by soprano Sharon Clark and St Peter’s Choir. Music begins at 10:30pm.
There will be one service on Sunday: a 10am service on Christmas Day which is traditionally a quiet said service of Holy Eucharist.
This year New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday and it is also the Feast of the Holy Name. For January 1 there will be just two services, at 8am and 10am.
PARISH OFFICE SCHEDULE DURING THE HOLIDAYS
The Parish Office will close this Friday at 12 noon. The office will be closed next week Monday, Tuesday and Friday, but will be open 9am-4pm on Wednesday, December 28 and Thursday, December 29. Please try to turn in any end of the year donations by Thursday, December 29 or have them mailed to the office and postmarked by December 31.
2017 OFFERING ENVELOPES ARE NOW AVAILABLE
The 2017 offering envelopes have arrived and are on tables in the parlor arranged in alphabetical order by household last names. Please pick your set of envelopes during office hours this week or next week, or when you are at worship Saturday evening or Sunday morning. If you do not see your name on a set of envelopes, please let Financial Secretary Bill Day or the Parish Office know and a set will be made available to you!
ST PETER’S BELL FEATURED IN THIS WEEK’S SALISBURY INDEPENDENT
Check out the article on St. Peter’s Bell in this week’s edition of the Salisbury Independent: http://salisburyindependent.net/salisbury-news/now-repaired-st-peters-bell-ringing-salisbury/.
CHURCH LITURGICAL CALENDARS ON SALE NOW
Church Liturgical wall calendars for 2017 are now on sale in the Parish Office while supplies last for a donation of $2.50.
PICTORIAL DIRECTORIES ARE HERE
The Parish Pictorial Directories have arrived. Those who had their picture taken have a directory in their name waiting for them on the table outside the parlor. We are trying to determine the need for additional copies. If you are new to the parish, or if you didn’t have your picture taken, St. Peter’s would like to see that you receive a directory, but more may need to be printed. Please fill out a Directory Request Form at church on Sunday or at the Parish Office. Limit one directory per household.
CHRISTIAN SHELTER IN NEED OF DONATIONS
For the rest of December we are accepting donations for our local Christian Shelter which houses homeless families and helps them find shelter and work. Collection boxes are located outside the parlor. Here are items from their donations wish list: Paper goods including: toilet paper, paper towels, disposable diapers, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, trash bags (any size) and paper napkins; Health and hygiene items including: cold and flu meds, pain med,, stomach meds, deodorant, razors and shave cream, hair brushes and combs, and baby wipes: Cleaning supplies; Non-perishable foods including powdered drink mix, juices, cooking oil peanut butter, pasta, jams & jellies, rice, cereals, canned vegetables and tuna.
COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED FOR JANUARY
Make a New Year’s Resolution to host a coffee hour in 2017. There are opportunities to sign up for Sundays in January. Give the gift of hospitality to our fellow parishioners and visitors to the church. Sign up on the sign up board in the parlor. Instructions for a coffee hour host are posted on the inside of the parlor closet door next to the coffee pots. Families, friends, church groups, and others are all invited to host a Sunday.
NEW YEAR: NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO SIGN UP FOR ALTAR FLOWERS AND PRESENCE CANDLE
The 2017 calendars for flowers and for presence candle memorials have been posted on the bulletin board in the Parish House hallway. See what’s available and reserve your dates now.
Parish Prayer List
Please remember to pray for:
Will Burdett, Jean Culver, Roland Dennis, Kristen English, Lucy Graf, Rex Gravenor, Amelia Hall, Diane Hammond, Rosa Hudson, Sam Jenkins, Kelly Karwacki, Becky Kelly, Frances Kendall, Cathy Malchow, Kerry & Kim Mendenhall, Karen Mullins, Bob Nay, Ruth Anne Oartel, Betty Lou Steffens, Delma Tingle, Diane Waesche
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Ministers for Sunday,
December 24th & 25th Services
Vestry Person on Duty: Atif Gaddis
Altar Guild: Laura McCarthy, Betsy Hanulak, Debra Souza, Punky Vickery, Mary Grauer
SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE
Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist 5PM
Crucifer: Charlie Potterton
Torch Bearers: Parker Scheckells & Will Potterton
Acolyte: Zach Bugas
Lector: Judy Wyatt
Eucharist Ministers: Bill Day & Nivek Johnson
Ushers: Sharon Clark, Ed Ripper, Phil Shields & Atif Gaddis
Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist 11PM
Crucifer: Will Burdett
Acolyte: Brenner Maull
Torch Bearers: Ryan & Aisling Nay
Lector: Richard Culver
Eucharist Ministers: Julie Milliken & Atif Gaddis
Ushers: The Allen Family
Christmas Day Holy Eucharist 10AM
Lector: John Phillips
Eucharistic Minister: Jimmy Hill
Ushers: Atif Gaddis & Nancy Burdett
Grace Notes Rehearsal
Grace Notes Choir Room
Adult Choir Rehearsal
Adult Choir Room
December 23 - Parish Office Closed
5PM & 11PM
Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist
"The Nativity of Our Lord" Holy Eucharist
December 26 - Parish Office Closed
"Feast of St. Stephen" Morning Prayer
December 27 - Parish Office Closed
"Feast of St. John" Evening Prayer
Key Singers Rehearsal
Key Singers Choir Room
Men's Bible Study
"Feast of the Holy Innocents" Holy Eucharist/Public Healing Service
||Angela 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