THIS SUNDAY IS YOUTH SUNDAY
This Sunday at the 9am service the Youth of the parish will be taking on most of the worship ministry roles in the service (Usually Youth Sunday is on the 5th Sunday of the month, but this month the Youth Group will be away the 5th Sunday on their annual ski trip so we’re switching it with the 4th Sunday this time). A special part of the service will be a message from our own Youth Ministries Intern, Nivek Johnson, who will be giving the sermon at the 9am service.
DEDICATION OF GIFTS AT BOTH 9AM AND 11AM SERVICES THIS SUNDAY
This Sunday at the 11am service we will be dedicating a number of gifts for our music ministry. The new choir robes and cottas, new practice piano and stereo sound system and the refurbishment of the downstairs choir room are all the result of a memorial gift in memory of Bruce Horner, St. Peter’s Music Director from 2010-2016. Bruce’s widow Sallie Horner will be at the worship service to take part in the dedication.
In addition, equipment for the worship band, and the choir folders and crosses are the result of memorial gifts in memory of Ann Purnell, a former parishioner, member of the choir, and a lover of music. They will be dedicated at the worship service as well.
At the 9am service the 18 new altar server cassocks and cottas will be blessed and dedicated, thanks to a generous gift by parishioner Tom Phillips. Tom has served for many years as a coordinator for the altar servers. It is fitting that they will be dedicated on Youth Sunday.
ST PETER’S GAVE OUR NEW BISHOP A GRAND WELCOME
Over 200 people attended services this past Sunday when the Eleventh Bishop of Easton, the Rt. Rev. Santosh Marray, made his first visit to St. Peter’s. The bishop and his messages to the congregations on the feast of our patron St. Peter were well received. All of our music ministries offered a diverse selection of music, and the bishop at the conclusion of the 11am service remarked about St. Peter’s great spirit and diverse musical talents. Thank you to St. Peter’s Choir, Organist Robert Young, Peter’s Voice, the St. Peter’s Key Singers, St. Peter’s Worship Band, and the Grace Notes Hand Bell Choir for your great work.
At the 9am service Bishop San confirmed Will Burdett, Amelia Hall and Scott Mahler, and received Michael Burdett into the Episcopal Church. A reception for them was held at coffee hour following that service. Congratulations Will, Amelia, Scott and Mike!
Between the 9am and 11am services the Bishop came to visit our Sunday School space in the Annex Building and had a good conversation with our young people.
After the 11am service about 100 parishioners came to the Parish Hall for lunch with the Bishop. Many thanks to the Fellowship and Hospitality Committee and to everyone who contributed delicious food to the event. At the lunch Bishop San made some remarks, expressing optimism about the future of the Diocese of Easton. He disagreed with those who say the Episcopal Church is dying, saying that “a dying church is incompatible with a Risen Christ.” It is the Spirit at work within us that is bringing new life, and is responsible for growth. He demurred about saying church is about change; rather, he said “We are about redemption.”
Bishop San responded to a number of questions from parishioners in thoughtful and spiritual ways that many found very helpful.
“I believe this was an important moment in the life of the parish,” said Fr. David Michaud, Rector. “It was a good and fruitful opportunity for all of the parish to get to know and to form connections with our bishop. Bishops are important in the Episcopal Church, and Bishop San is committed to forging personal relationships throughout the Diocese in his role are our chief pastor. I am grateful that more people have come to realize what I have learned as a member of the Bishop Search Committee – that Bishop San is a blessed and holy man who is committed to his call.”
FILL OUT AND TURN IN YOUR FEASIBILITY STUDY SURVEY
A feasibility study is being conducted to determine support for some major capital projects under consideration at St. Peter’s. The study is being coordinated by parishioner and Vestry member Rich Stover, who will present his findings to the Vestry in a Feasibility Study Report. An important component will be the results of a parish wide survey.
You should have received a Feasibility Study Survey in the mail. Please complete and return it to the church, either placing it in the basket on the table in front of the parlor, or by mailing it to the Parish office. Thank you.
WOMENS BIBLE STUDY SERIES CONTINUES THIS SATURDAY
Women's Bible Study Series continues this Saturday, January 14th at 8:30am. The group will be doing Priscilla Shier's study called "Breathe: Make Room for the Sabbath." All are invited to join this group. Briefly, if you neglect time for tranquility, serenity, and repose, we limit our Christlikeness. If you are weary, worn out and exhausted, the concept of Sabbath will change your life. It is one of God's greatest gifts. The study guide is $10.00, and it will be given out at the first study. Please contact Carolyn Jenkins for more information, or to sign up, email email@example.com or call 410-742-7764.
PICK UP YOUR 2017 OFFERING ENVELOPES
The 2017 offering envelopes have arrived and are on the table in front of the parlor arranged in alphabetical order by household last names. If you don’t 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!
COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED FOR JANUARY
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.
RECTOR AT THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH CENTER
The vows of a priest in the Episcopal Church are not only to be a faithful pastor to a parish, but to also “take your place in the councils of the church.” Your Rector is not only involved at the parish level, but at the national church level as well.
Father David has been involved in the operation of the Episcopal Church’s General Conventions since 2006 and continues to consult with the General Convention Office at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City General Conventions are the triennial gatherings of all the bishops and the clergy and lay deputies from the church’s 110 dioceses. Besides being a Deputy from the Diocese of Easton, Father David was also the Assistant Secretary to General Convention for Digital Systems at the 2015 Convention and will continue to play that role in the 2018 General Convention in Austin, Texas. He will be traveling to New York later this week for meetings on Thursday and Friday at the General Convention Office about the 2018 Convention and will return late Friday evening.
Parishioner Howard Adams was taken by ambulance to the hospital just before the 11am service this past Sunday after passing out in the Choir Room. After a few hours he was feeling much better and went home from the hospital that same day. Thank you to the many parishioners who attended to him. He is feeling fine now, but the doctor is running tests on his heart. Please keep Howard in your prayers.
Mac Wessels, 23, who was baptized, confirmed and served at the altar at St. Peter’s died on Saturday in Los Angeles. His parents, Mike and Debbie Wessels, are holding a Celebration of Life for him on Saturday, January 21, at 11:00am at Green Hill Golf and Country Club in which all are invited to attend. Father David Michaud will participate in the service. Mac is the nephew of parishioner Ruth Ann Oartel and grandson of Peggy Palmer. Please keep Mike, Debbie and their family in your prayers during this difficult time.
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, Bob Nay, Ruth Anne Oartel, Delma Tingle, Diane Waesche, The Wessels Family
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Ministers for Sunday,
January 22nd Services
Vestry Person on Duty: Linda Hurley
Altar Guild: Betty Evans, Jane Massey, Tammy Todd, Sarah Hughes, Jimmy Hill, Ruth Anne Oartel, Sona Morrison
SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE
Holy Eucharist 7:45AM
Eucharistic Minister: Atif Gaddis
Ushers: Buddy Venables and Phil Bradshaw
Holy Eucharist 9AM - Youth Sunday
Crucifer: Aisling Nay
Acolyte: Zach Bugas
Torch Bearers: Sophia Price & Holden Stewart
Chalice Bearers: Carter Spicer & Will Burdett
Banner Carrier: Bella Price
Lectors: Paige Robinson, Robyn Fielding-Jones & Amelia Hall
Intercessors: Will Potterton, Jordan Willey, Charlie Potterton & Ryan Nay
Ushers: Katie Adelezzi & Sophia Price
Holy Eucharist 11AM
Crucifer/Acolyte: Julie Milliken
Lector: Julie Milliken
Eucharistic Minister: Ernie Cornbrooks
Ushers: Richard Culver & Ron Wilkins
Grace Notes Rehearsal
Grace Notes Choir Room
Adult Choir Rehearsal
Adult Choir Room
Women's Bible Study
Holy Eucharist I
9AM - Youth Sunday
Holy Eucharist II
Children's Sunday School
Holy Eucharist II
Education Committee Meeting
Executive Committee Meeting
Joseph House Kitchen
Joseph House Ministry
Joseph House - SBY
Key Singers Rehearsal
Key Singers Choir Room
Men's Bible Study
"Conversion of St. Paul, The Apostle" Holy Eucharist/Public Healing Service
Peter's Voice Rehearsal
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