DIOCESAN CONVENTION BEGINS FRIDAY
The annual gathering of the parishes and ministries of the Diocese of Easton takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MD. The Convention begins with Holy Eucharist and the Bishop will address the convention after lunch on Friday. The members of your delegation from St. Peter’s are: Father David Michaud; Atif Gaddis, Linda Hurley and Laura McCarthy (Delegates); and Bravard Cornbrooks, Sarah Fielding and Deb Souza (Alternates). The event is open to all Episcopalians. More information can be found at: http://dioceseofeaston.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2017-Convention-Registration-and-Schedule.pdf.
YOUTH TO MAKE ALLELUIA BANNERS THIS SUNDAY
It is the custom in the church to not say “Alleluia” during Lent – to wait until Easter to proclaim “Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!” This Sunday in Sunday School after the 9am service our youth will be making “Alleluia Banners” that will be buried for Lent and “resurrected” for Easter Sunday when the children will process with their banners at the beginning of the Easter Service. It’s been quite a few years since we have done this, and so we’re glad to bring back this tradition at St. Peter’s. Families are encouraged to come this Sunday so we’ll have a good number of Alleluia banners to bring out at the end of Lent. Easter Sunday this year is April 16.
MUSIC NOTES: CHILDRENS CHOIR, BELL CHOIR PERFORMING AT SUNDAY WORSHIP
The number of youth who are part of the Key Singers is growing, and the choir will perform this Sunday at the 9am service. The Grace Notes Hand Bell Choir will also be performing at the 9am service – they traveled to St. Alban’s on February 5 to be part of Sunday worship when the bishop visited that parish and were well received. Also providing music at 9am will be Peter’s Voice. At the 11am service the St. Peter’s Choir will perform the anthem I Believe in Christ at the offertory and Richard Shepherd’s anthem Bread of the World during Communion.
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER NEXT TUESDAY, FEB. 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.
At St. Peter’s Church, the Vestry annually provides a Pancake Supper. This year, on February 28, 5:00-7:00 in the Parish Hall, all are invited to dine on pancakes and all the “fat fixin’s” along with some special entertainment and fun!
PREPARING FOR LENT
Lent is a time of “metanoia,” the Greek word for repentance, for turning your life to Christ. It is a time of reflection, of renewal, of the shedding of sins and the taking on holy habits. The forty days of Lent precede Easter and begin next Wednesday, March 1, Ash Wednesday, when we gather in the church to hear the words “You are dust and to dust you shall return,” with ashes imposed on our foreheads in the sign of the cross, and we are called to a Holy Lent – to self-examination and repentance;, to prayer, fasting and self denial; and to read and meditate on God’s holy Word.
What will you do to observe a Holy Lent? Here are some ideas to help you in your Lenten observances:
1) Regularly attend a weekday service in the church: Monday Morning Prayer at 9:30am; Tuesday Evening Prayer at 5:30pm; Wednesday Noon Holy Eucharist and Healing Service; Thursday Evening Prayer at 5:30pm; Friday Evening Prayer at 5:30pm; Saturday Morning Prayer at 9:30am. Get there early and experience the quiet and sacredness of the church.
2) Spend time in daily prayer with a Daily Meditation. Available at the church: Forward Day by Day booklet; Ashes and the Phoenix-Meditations for the Season of Lent ($5 suggested donation); Episcopal Relief and Development’s Lenten Meditations 2017.
3) 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).
4) 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.
5) Study the Bible – read the lessons from the daily lectionary, or come together with others to form a Lenten Bible Study group; attend the Men’s Bible Study at 7am on Wednesdays in the Parish Library.
6) Give of yourself to those who are homeless: St. Peter’s is hosting the Men’s Emergency Shelter March 11 through the 17 in the Parish Hall and volunteers are still needed to stay overnight with the men and to cook dinner. Contact Bob Souza email@example.com or Scott Maher firstname.lastname@example.org to find out where help is needed.
Additional activities are being planned for Saturday mornings in Lent. Details will be published in Peter’s Post and announced on Sunday.
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 email@example.com, 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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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/.
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
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Ministers for Sunday,
February 26th Services
Vestry Person on Duty: Phil Shields
Altar Guild: Betty Evans, Jane Massey, Sarah Hughes, Jimmy Hill, Ruth Anne Oartel, Sona Morrison
SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE
Holy Eucharist 7:45AM
Eucharistic Minister: John Phillips
Ushers: Buddy Venables and Phil Bradshaw
Coffee Hour Host: Pete & Betty Evans
Holy Eucharist 9AM
Crucifer: Carter Spicer
Acolyte: Brenner Maull
Torch Bearers: Delilah & Pearl Stewart
Lector: Ryan Nay
Eucharistic Minister: Linda Hurley
Ushers: Atif Gaddis & Kathy Willey
Coffee Hour Host: Pete & Betty Evans
Holy Eucharist 11AM
Crucifer/Acolyte: Nivek Johnson
Lector: Phil Insley
Eucharistic Minister: Julie Milliken
Ushers: Ron & Susan Wilkins
Coffee Hour Host: Pete & Betty Evans
Grace Notes Rehearsal
Grace Notes Choir Room
Conference Delegation Meeting
Adult Choir Rehearsal
Adult Choir Room
"Feast of St. Matthias" Evening Prayer
Holy Eucharist I
Holy Eucharist II
Children's Sunday School
Holy Eucharist II
Key Singers Rehearsal
Key Singers Choir Room
TRAILBLAZERS Youth Group
Executive Committee Meeting
Joseph House Kitchen
Joseph House Ministry
Joseph House - SBY
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Men's Bible Study
Property Committee Meeting
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