TODAY IS THE FEAST OF THE CONVERSION OF S T. PAUL
Paul, a lifelong Pharisee who had been viciously persecuting the early church, is confronted by our Risen Lord on the road to Damascus, and is converted into a believer and eventually one of the church’s greatest preachers, evangelists and theologians. Today in the church we celebrate that joyful conversion.
Collect for the Conversion of St. Paul – January 25
O God, by the preaching of your apostle Paul you have caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we pray, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show ourselves thankful to you by following his holy teaching; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
FEASIBILITY STUDY SURVEYS DUE SUNDAY
Thank you to everyone who has turned in their feasibility study survey. If you have not, please fill it out and turn it in by this Sunday. We want to hear from you! The survey results will be compiled and a report given to the Vestry about the feasibility of raising funds for some major capital projects under consideration at St. Peter’s. 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.
YOUTH SKI TRIP THIS WEEKEND
Please keep our youth and their families in your prayers as they travel this weekend to the mountains of Western Maryland for the annual Youth Group Ski Trip. May they arrive safely this Friday, have an enjoyable and safe day on the slopes Saturday and return safely to the flatlands of the Eastern Shore on Sunday.
SPRING FOYER GROUP SIGN-UPS
Foyer groups are an excellent way for members of St. Peter's to get to know each other better in a setting away from church. Groups of 6 - 8 adults will gather monthly for dinner and socializing. Participants are placed in groups that will stay together for the months of February through May.
Home groups: Each month a different person/couple will host the dinner and provide the drinks and simple entree. Others in the group will provide the balance of the meal.
Restaurant group(s): If you prefer not to entertain in your home or just want to try something different. Each month a different person/couple will be the host and make the arrangements for a restaurant. Participants will pay for their own dinners.
Family groups: If you’d like to be part of a group that includes your children. We need several families to sign up in order to do this.
There are only 2 "rules" for the dinners:
• No discussion of church business
• The evening should end by 9 PM.
There will be a sign-up sheet during coffee hour or you can e-mail Ann Allen at email@example.com or call her at 410-546-9068.
FREE FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION THIS THURSDAY EVENING
There will be a free screening of the film Before the Flood, a National Geographic film from Academy Award winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens this Thursday January 26 at 7pm at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury and all are invited to attend. The screening is sponsored by the Wicomico Interfaith Partners for Creation Stewardship. After the film there will be a conversation about local impacts of Climate Change and a faith response. St. Alban’s is located at 302 St. Alban’s Drive in Salisbury.
DIOCESAN CONVENTION INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION
The 149th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Easton will take place Friday, February 24 through Saturday, February 25 at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MD. Parishioners from all the parishes in the Diocese of Easton are welcomed to attend. Information on the Convention program and registration is available now on the Diocesan website: http://dioceseofeaston.org/our-ministries/diocesan-convention/. Information is also available on the table outside the parlor at coffee hour this Sunday.
At convention, Father David and St. Peter’s will put forward for consideration Resolution 6, which would establish a permanent Diocesan Property Committee and would allow for local control of some diocesan properties like Old Green Hill Church. A copy of Resolution 6 can be found at http://www.stpeterschurch.net/wp-admin/upload.php?item=3992.
VAN DER BOGART 2017 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
The 2017 Alvin J. and Margaret J. Van der Bogart Memorial Scholarship applications are now available on the parish website’s scholarship page: http://www.stpeterschurch.net/youth/scholarships/. Deadline is March 10. Amount awarded for this one year scholarship is between $13,000-$14,000 for the 2017-2018 academic year.
The Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to assist in or provide for the higher education of a young man or woman resident of Wicomico County. In addition to the residence requirement, the applicant must be have a cumulative unweighted Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher at the high school or the college which the applicant is currently attending, and must have applied for admission to a college or university as a full-time student.
The recipient of the Van der Bogart Scholarship shall be chosen on the basis of merit from among all applicants and not need. If the qualified applicants are relatively equal in their merits, preference will be given to a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The scholarship is given to a young person who, among the applicants, has best shown academic capabilities for higher education and who best embodies the principles of Christian ideals and living. See the scholarship page on the website for more details.
The 2016 Scholarship recipient is parishioner Brynn Roman, who is currently attending Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.
THANK YOU LETTER FROM WI-MIDDLE
We recently received the following letter from our partner school, Wi-Middle:
Wicomico Middle School would like to thank you so very much for your generosity in donating gift cards and monies to help some of our underprivileged students. We have had the “Angel Tree” program for several years where a staff member would choose a name and sponsor an Angel. However, each year our list continues to grow. Our first year started with about 10-12 Angels and presently has increased to almost 50 Angels. Every year has been even more difficult for us to fund this program. Our staff at the school has been very generous, however, due to the increase of students, times are tight now for a lot of people. This year was the first year, due to your generosity, that we were able to help every student that was on our Angel Tree list. This was a total answer to prayer. Your small token has made a huge difference in the lives of these children. I have had the privilege to shop for some of these students and see the faces on the families when they pick their gifts up. It is very touching.
Please share this thank you with your congregation and give everyone a huge shout out from Wicomico Middle School, the students and their families.
-Janie Goslee, Angel Tree Coordinator
-Kelley Morris Springston, Principal
-Kristen Jackson, Teacher
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
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Ministers for Sunday,
January 29th Services
Vestry Person on Duty: Sharon Clark
Altar Guild: Laura McCarthy, Betsy Hanulak, Debra Souza, Punky Vickery, Mary Garuer
SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE
Holy Eucharist 7:45AM
Eucharistic Minister: John Phillips
Ushers: Buddy Venables and Phil Bradshaw
Coffee Hour Host: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
Holy Eucharist 9AM
Crucifer: Charlie Potterton
Acolyte: Brenner Maull
Torch Bearers: Will Potterton & Maggie Beauchamp
Lector: Amanda Jenkins
Eucharistic Minister: Amanda Jenkins
Ushers: Carolyn Jenkins & Will Burdett
Coffee Hour Host: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
Holy Eucharist 11AM
Crucifer/Acolyte: Jimmy Hill
Lector: Ernie Cornbrooks
Eucharistic Minister: Tom Clarke
Ushers: Richard Culver & Ron Wilkins
Coffee Hour Host: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
Grace Notes Rehearsal
Grace Notes Choir Room
Adult Choir Rehearsal
Adult Choir Room
Women's Bible Study
Holy Eucharist I
Holy Eucharist II
Children's Sunday School
Holy Eucharist II
Key Singers Rehearsal
Key Singers Choir Room
Men's Bible Study
Property Committee Meeting
Holy Eucharist/Public Healing Service
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