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SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER FEBRUARY 28
Shrove Tuesday is a day in February or March preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. In others, especially those where it is called Mardi Gras or some translation thereof, this is a carnival day, and also the last day of "fat eating" or "gorging" before the fasting period of Lent.
 
This moveable feast is determined by Easter. The expression "Shrove Tuesday" comes from the word shrive, meaning "absolve."  Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and Roman Catholics, who make a point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what changes of life or areas of spiritual growth where they especially need to seek God's help.
 
Since this is the last day of the liturgical season historically known as Shrovetide, before the penitential season of Lent, related popular practices, such as indulging in food that one sacrifices for the upcoming forty days, are associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations, before beginning the fasting and religious obligations associated with Lent. The term Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.
 
At St. Peter’s Church, the Vestry annually provides a Pancake Supper.  This year, on February 28, 5:00-7:00, the parish is invited to dine on pancakes and all the “fat fixin’s” along with some special entertainment and fun!
 
YOUTH HOLY COMMUNION CLASS begins Sunday, March 5
Since approval of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, the Episcopal Church now recognizes that anyone who has been baptized is in full and complete communion with the church and is able to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion, regardless of age.  At St. Peter’s, the Rector, Father David Michaud, gives discretion to parents to determine when their child should receive their first Communion.  As such, on a typical Sunday we see some young children receiving Holy Communion at the communion rail while others do not.
 
Years ago St. Peter’s had a tradition of having a First Communion Class attended by children who were in first or second grade, in which they would receive instruction and then make their first Communion as a class on a Sunday.  Given the understanding now in the Episcopal Church between Baptism and Holy Communion, and also the recognition that at a certain age a course in Holy Communion for youth by the church is desirable, 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
cathyp@stpeterschurch.net,  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.
 
LENTEN TUESDAY CLASS
During Tuesday evenings in Lent in the Parish Hall there will be a potluck dinner at 6pm followed by the presentation of the new series of videos and discussion from the Episcopal brothers at St. John the Evangelist Society and Virginia Theological Seminary called “5 Marks of Love: Living Life Marked as Christ’s Own” in which we will explore discipleship as shaped by the church’s 5 Marks of Mission:  Tell, Teach, Tend, Transform and Treasure.  A workbook will be provided.  All are invited to participate in this class seeking to deepen our discipleship as we carry out the mission of the church.  Class begins March 7.
 
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY CONCLUDES SERIES
The Women's Bible Study has finished it's Priscilla Shires' study, and will be taking some time off for Lent and Easter. We will resume on Saturday April 22nd, at 0830. This will be a Beth Moore study on Esther. If interested, contact Carolyn Jenkins at cpatterj21@yahoo.com  or 410-742-7764. We would love to have you join our wonderful group of ladies.
 
SPRING KEYNOTER COMING OUT IN MARCH
The Spring issue of the parish newsletter, the Keynoter, will be published in early March.  Deadline for articles to be submitted to the Keynoter Editor, Carole DiPietro, is February 27.   Anyone can submit an article.  Contact Carole for more information.
 
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.
 
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.  See the scholarship page on the website for more details.
 
THANK YOU
Dear Parish Family,
 
A big thank you to Wardens Sharon Clark and Atif Gaddis for overseeing parish activities while Kelli and I enjoyed some Sabbath time on our annual vacation to Florida, and to Fr. Ron Knapp for taking Sunday services and Deacon Buddy Murray for taking Wednesday noon services.  Kelli and I had a good vacation and arrived back in Salisbury yesterday and I am getting caught up on messages and work in the Parish Office today.
Gratefully, 
-Fr. David

 
PASTORAL NEWS

Parishioner John Sharpe called last night to request some help with his mother, Lou Volker.  Lou Volker is at home recovering from a fall and has had assistance from Visiting Angels for the past couple of weeks.  That will be stopping soon so John has asked for some St. Peter's folks to stop by Lou's home at lunch time to fix her something a light lunch then hang around for about an hour so she has some interaction with friendly people.  John said the refrigerator is stocked with sandwich fixings and side dishes or, if someone would like to bring a dish, that would be fine, too.  Lou doesn't eat a lot so a full course meal would be too much but a small casserole would work.  
 
Right now John is looking for help the week of February 20th to 24th and the week of February 27th to March 3rd.  He needs assistance on Monday, Thursday and Friday (Tuesdays and Wednesdays are covered).  He said volunteers could arrive around noon and stay until around 1:00.  Those times are flexible. Also, it is very likely that the lunch-time assistance will continue after the initial two weeks.
 
Lou Volker lives near Salisbury University. If you can offer assistance or would like more information, contact Laura McCarthy at
ljmccarthy1966@gmail.com.

  
 
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, Diane Waesche
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Ministers for Sunday, 
February 19th Services

Vestry Person on Duty: Nancy Burdett
Altar Guild: Ann Chaffinch, Margaret Gravenor, Liddell Madden, Katy Stover, Sally Thrash


SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE 


Holy Eucharist 7:45AM
Eucharistic Minister: Atif Gaddis
Ushers: Buddy Venables and Phil Bradshaw
Coffee Hour Host: Curt & Jane Massey and Carole DiPietro

Holy Eucharist 9AM
Crucifer: Aisling Nay
Acolyte: Amelia Hall
Torch Bearers: Maggie & Garrett Beauchamp
Lector: Gretchen Nichols
Eucharistic Minister: Nivek Johnson
Ushers: Chris Hall & Carole DiPietro
Coffee Hour Host: Curt & Jane Massey and Carole DiPietro

Holy Eucharist 11AM 
Crucifer/Acolyte: Julie Milliken
Lector: Richard Culver
Eucharistic Minister: Tom Clarke
Ushers: Ron & Susan Wilkins

Coffee Hour Host: Curt & Jane Massey and Carole DiPietro
 

 
UPCOMING EVENTS

February 16

5:30PM
Evening Prayer
Church

Bulletin Folding
Parish Library


Grace Notes Rehearsal
Grace Notes Choir Room

7PM
Adult Choir Rehearsal
Adult Choir Room


February 17

5:30PM
Evening Prayer
Church

February 18

8:30AM
Morning Prayer
Church

11AM
Altar Guild Meeting
Parish Hall


February 19 

7:45AM
Holy Eucharist I
Church

9AM
Holy Eucharist II
Church

10:15AM
Children's Sunday School
Education Annex

11AM
Holy Eucharist II
Church

Key Singers Rehearsal
Key Singers Choir Room

4PM
TRAILBLAZERS Youth Group
Education Annex


February 20

9:30AM
Morning Prayer

Church

10AM
Comforter's Group
Parish Library

5:30PM
Education Committee Meeting
Education Annex


February 21

10AM
Worship Committee Meeting
Parish Library


5:30PM
Evening Prayer 
Church

February 22 

7AM
Men's Bible Study
Parish Library


NOON 
Holy Eucharist/Public Healing Service 
Church

7PM
Vestry Meeting
Parish Hall


 

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS
2/1 Kathleen McLain
2/3 Lori Butler
2/4 Ann Chaffinch
  Derek Foust
  Bruce Franz
2/5 Mattie Maull
2/6 Peter Evans
2/8 Gail Stephens
2/9 Lydia Phillips
2/11 Robert Souza
2/12 Chi Ngyen
2/15 Sally German
2/18 Andrea Matthews
  Titus Stewart
  Betty Wootten
2/19 Chris Hurley
2/22 Catherine Smoot-Haselnus
2/24 Dana Malone
  Stephen Willey
2/25 Ryan Nay
  Aisling Nay
  Pearl Stewart
2/28 Morgan Barr
  George Murray
  Jane Whitmore

St. Peter's Church
115 St. Peters Street
Salisbury, MD  21804
(410) 742-5118


Rector
The Rev. David Michaud

Parish Office Secretary
Cathy Parsons


Music Director
Brittany Spicer

Adult Choir Director
Robert Young


Youth Intern
Nivek Johnson

Children's Choir Director
Calvin Collins

Bell Choir Director
Megan Fenoglietto

Altar Guild Directress
Betsy Hanulak

Christian Education Chair
Bravard Cornbrooks


Vestry

Senior Warden

Sharon Clark
410-546-0947

Junior Warden
Atif Gaddis

443-736-9456

Treasurer
Phil Shields

410-410.341.0664

Registrar
Carole DiPietro
410-749-4364

Atif Gaddis - 2017
410-548-1263

Chris Hall - 2017
443-944-8510


Amy Maull - 2017
410-341-7272

Linda Abbott - 2018
703-850-1052

Linda Hurley - 2018
410-749-6782

Richard Stover- 2018
410-742-7401

Ann Allen - 2019
410-546-9068

Nancy Burdett - 2019
410-726-9024

Phil Shields - 2019
410-341-0664


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