YOU HAVE BEEN HEARD! VESTRY APPROVES ACTIVITIES AND INITIATIVES RESULTING FROM DISCERNMENT PROCESS
At last month’s cottage meetings there were a number of great ideas presented and a desire to move forward in enacting initiatives to grow our church and our ministries. At yesterday’s Vestry meeting the Vestry expressed its support and pledged to put many of these ideas into action in the next few months and next year. Some are already underway but some will need to be funded in next year’s budget. With a generous stewardship response to this fall’s annual giving campaign, St. Peter’s will have the resources to turn all these good ideas into reality.
Below are four areas of action that St. Peter’s will seek to do more (an * means action is already being taken):
1. Deepen connections among each other
2. Increase visibility and strengthen ties with the Salisbury community
- In 2017 schedule monthly all parish fellowship get-togethers: dinners, activities, etc.
- Produce and distribute 2016 Parish Pictorial Directory by Disciplepix*; publish in-house pictorial directory in future years
3. Expand mission outreach/volunteer services
- By the end of this year erect on-premise directional and information signs on the property*
- Update audio-visual system in the church to record and post clips from worship and events in the church on social media – explore eventual live streaming
- Update and redesign parish website
- Publish and distribute new church brochure*
- Install outside lighting of the church building
- Continue 3rd Friday Downtown presence*
- Develop comprehensive process for integrating newcomers into the life of the church*
- Produce promotional material for our music events and programs*
- Open and promote Parish Hall for use by outside community groups
- Establish a 250th Anniversary Committee to plan activities for our parish’s anniversary in 2018
4. Foster spiritual growth and develop ministries for Youth and Families
- Outreach to young people in need: continue with partnership with Wi-Middle,* more involvement with Agape Ministries, explore new youth outreach ministry
- Outreach to homeless: continue with winter emergency men’s shelter,* explore supporting and hosting homeless feeding programs, free lunches, etc.
- Outreach to the elderly: in 2017 contact MAC and explore addressing the needs of the elderly in our community.
- New ministries through the Wicomico Mission Cluster: work in partnership with our fellow Wicomico Episcopalians on a new outreach ministry in 2017.
This information will also be available in a handout on Sunday.
- Develop a plan in 2017 for spiritual formation events and activities, hold a parish spiritual retreat in 2017, hold quarterly sessions on spiritual practices, and begin a new spiritual prayer group.
- Begin an Adult Forum for parents between the 9am and 11am service that focuses on topics about faith and parenting.
- Explore a casual worship service for families on a Sunday night or a weeknight.
- Develop at St. Peter’s a culture of Christian service – focus next year on what it means to serve God and his church theologically and practically; identify areas of service that are in need and develop strategies to make it easier for people to help.
KEY SINGERS PERFORM AT BISHOP INVESTITURE, TO SING AT 11AM SERVICE
St. Peter’s Children and Youth Choir, the Key Singers, were the first choir to perform at the beginning of Bishop Marray’s investiture service at Chesapeake Community College this past Saturday and they did well singing God is Never Late, and representing St. Peter’s. They will be present this Sunday at the 11:00am service singing the gradual hymn.
PARISH OFFICE CLOSED FRIDAY
The Parish office will be closed on Friday, October 21.
VESTRY ACCEPTS FINANCIAL REVIEW
St. Peter’s finances for fiscal year 2015 were reviewed by a licensed auditor and a financial review presented to the Vestry yesterday. The Vestry approved the review in compliance with the Diocese of Easton’s requirements of an annual audit of the church finances. A copy of the financial review is available in the Parish Office.
NEW HVAC SYSTEM TO BE INSTALLED IN THE PARISH HOUSE
In August the air conditioning on the second floor of the Parish House failed and it was determined that the heating and cooling system needed to be replaced. Yesterday the Vestry approved a proposal by the Property Committee to replace the system. This should be good news to the hand bell choir and the children and youth choir who have been without climate control for the past couple of months. No news yet on the exact dates when the installation will take place.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PLEDGING
As part of our fall stewardship campaign, here are some FAQs about pledging that might be helpful as you consider your support of St. Peter’s in 2017.
What is a “pledge?”
A pledge is your commitment of a certain amount of money to help St. Peter’s to grow. You are welcome here, and your pledge helps us extend that welcome to others. Your pledge to St. Peter’s says, “I am part of this community and I want to show that this parish and its goals are important to me.”
Why does my pledge mean so much to St. Peter’s?
St. Peter’s depends almost exclusively upon pledges to fund and fulfill its mission. Indeed, unlike some denominations, we receive no money from the Diocese or National Church. Quite the opposite: we pay an annual assessment to fund the ministry of the wider church.
How do I decide how much to pledge to St. St. Peter’s?
The standard of giving in the Episcopal Church is the tithe, or 10% of income. Your giving is as personal as your prayer life, and only you can know what is right for you at this stage of your journey. The important thing is to make a heartfelt commitment. You’ll find that as St. Peter’s grows, you are growing too.
How do I pledge?
We ask you to tell us about your pledge by completing a pledge card. Since pledges make up the overwhelming majority of our yearly budget, it is important that we know about your pledge so we can more accurately plan for our 2017 ministry and programs. Weekly offering envelopes will be made available soon after pledge cards are received.
When do I return my completed pledge card?
You will have the opportunity to place your pledge card on the altar in thanksgiving on October 30th, Stewardship Thanksgiving Sunday. If you are unable to come to church that Sunday, please send your pledge card to the Parish Office to the Stewardship Committee’s attention prior to October 30th so it can be included in the pledge total that will be announced the following week.
Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. II Corinthians 9:7
BOYCHOIR MEMBERS IN NEED OF LODGING NOV. 4
The Maryland State Boychoir is once again coming to St. Peter’s on Friday, November 4 at 7:30pm to be the choir for our service of Evensong and then to present a small concert after the service.
We are in need of volunteers who would be able to provide lodging in their homes Friday night for some of the members of the choir and provide breakfast and a bag lunch for them the next day. We have heard from previous host families that it was an outstanding experience and privilege to have these talented and courteous young men in their homes. If you are willing to help or would like more information, please contact Music Ministries Director Brittany Spicer directly at email@example.com. Thank you for your ministry of hospitality.
INQUIRER’S CLASS BEGINS NOV. 1
Interested in becoming Episcopalian, or just curious about the church? Already Episcopalian but want to know more about the faith? Have some questions about worship, or practices, or beliefs, or something else associated with the Episcopal Church? Sign up and take part in this fall’s Inquiry Class, Tuesday evenings at 7pm in the Parish Hall. This seven week class looks at worship, the prayer book, church history, beliefs, church organization, practices and more. The class is informal and can be tailored to topics the group wants to explore.
It is a class for anyone who has a question about the church, anyone who is interested in being Episcopalian, and those interested in being confirmed or received as adults in the church.
It is required for any adult wishing to be confirmed or received by the Bishop of Easton when he visits St. Peter’s on January 15, 2017. There is no charge and anyone is welcomed to attend. The class will be led by the Rector, the Rev. David Michaud.
Because there are materials that need to be ordered, those interested in taking the class are asked to register in advance. Contact the Parish Office, giving your name and contact information and saying you are interested in attending the Inquirer’s Class. Or email Father David directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish Prayer List
Please remember to pray for:
Carol Phillips Ailes, Carolyn Bradshaw, Will Burdett, Ron Collison, CarlAnn Cornwell, Jack Cragg, Jean Culver, Roland Dennis, Lisa Dickey, David Filgueras, Elizabeth "Betty" Foxwell, Lucy Graf, Margaret Gravenor, Diane Hammond, Kyle Harmon, Keller Hoch, Doris Hoffman, Rosa Hudson, Sarah Hughes, Sam Jenkins, Nivek Johnson, Kelly Karwacki, Becky Kelley, Frances Kendall, Simon Kissam, Cathy Malchow, Brodie Andrew Mejias, Kerry & Kim Mendenahll, Fred Mertes, Bob Nay, Ruth Anne Oartel, Andy Phillips, Quintin Ramirez, Ruth Richens, Betty Lou Steffens, Delma Tingle, Lou Volker, Diana Waesche, Brian Waller, Priscilla Wheatley, Timmy Willey, Sarah Young.
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Ministers for Sunday,
October 23rd Services
Vestry Person on Duty: Linda Abbott
Altar Guild: Betty Evans, Ann Chaffinch, Kathy Fahey, Linda Smith, Laura McCarthy, Betsy Hanulak
SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE
Holy Eucharist 7:45AM
Eucharistic Minister: Atif Gaddis
Ushers: Buddy Venables and Phil Bradshaw
Coffee Hour Host: The Spicer Family
Holy Eucharist 9AM
Crucifer: Charlie Potterton
Acolyte: Amelia Hall
Torch Bearers: Will Potterton & Colin Willey
Lector: Calvin Collins
Eucharistic Minister: Amanda Jenkins
Ushers: Chris Hall & Tom Robinson
Coffee Hour Host: The Spicer Family
Holy Eucharist 11AM
Crucifer/Acolyte: Julie Milliken
Lector: Ernie Cornbrooks
Eucharistic Minister: Tom Clarke
Ushers: Richard Culver & Ron Wilkins
Coffee Hour Host: The Spicer Family
Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal
Hand Bell Choir Room
Adult Choir Rehearsal
Parish Choir Room
Downtown Plaza & Church
Women's Bible Study
Holy Eucharist I
Holy Eucharist II
Children's Sunday School
Holy Eucharist II
TRAILBLAZERS Youth Group
"Feast of St. James of Jerusalem" Morning Prayer
Education Committee Meeting
Joseph House Kitchen
Joseph House Ministry
Joseph House SBY
Key Singers Rehearsal
Key Singers Choir Room
Men's Bible Study
Holy Eucharist/Public Healing Service
||Leah Van Gelder
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
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