DISCERNMENT REPORT: WHAT WE LOVE AND WHO WE WANT TO BE
This past Sunday morning Fr. David presented to the congregation at each service a report of what has been learned this month at our discernment cottage meetings about what we love at St. Peter’s and where we’d like to be in the next 5-10 years.
Everyone received in their bulletin the “word cloud” below which illustrates what we love about the parish. The more people mentioned something, the larger it appears.
There were an amazing amount of ideas generated about what we can be doing for mission, and it occurred to the Vestry in reviewing all these many ideas that while they are looking at some capital needs, the parish also needs to better define our mission needs and dreams, some of which we can start doing this year, some of which we need to be included in future budgets and initiatives. The Vestry has asked the Discernment Committee to identify these mission needs and dreams -- many of which came out of the cottage meeting discussions -- and to organize and to present them to the Vestry at its meeting next month, and then report to the congregation what plans there would be to implement many of these ministries and ideas. Below are some of the underlying themes that came out of discussions about what might be possible in our future:
On the topic of our physical space, here are some of the major responses we saw:
- Undertake mission outreach and ministry to the community
- Encourage a sense of community within the parish – providing more opportunities to connect and support one another
- Effective outreach to newcomers to our church
- Better marketing and advertising of St. Peter’s to the congregation and the wider community
- Focus on youth and families – more programs, and do a better job at Christian formation
- Better use of the Parish House and Annex spaces during the day – moving toward possibly using the first floor of the Annex for mission outreach
- Committed, effective stewardship of our buildings
- Enhanced music programs
- Upgrade our technology
- Hire more staff to allow us to do more – consider adding an assistant priest, program administrator, and other positions as we grow
- More convenient and abundant parking
- Encourage more spiritual practices, such as retreats and prayer groups.
Father David’s full report and meditation that was given on Sunday can be found at: http://www.stpeterschurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Pentecost-20_09-25-16-Discernment-Report.pdf.
- The physical space should help us to connect – to become one congregation and less 3 services in isolation—socially bring us all together
- Need to ask: What is the best use of our space – how can we encourage and accommodate new ministries, to have the Parish Hall be a multi-use facility? A number of suggestions were made in the different groups, which the Discernment Committee is now analyzing.
- We need to take advantage of our unique location downtown
- We need to maintain what we have and to make our space more inviting.
COME TO CAFÉ NIGHT THIS SUNDAY
On Sunday, October 2, the Trailblazers Youth Group will host the season’s first Café Night in the Parish Hall from 5pm to 7pm and all parishioners and their friends are encouraged to attend. The theme is Oktoberfest and all proceeds benefit St. Peter’s Trailblazers. What a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and fun – hope to see you there!
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS SUNDAY AFTERNOON
In celebration of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi there will be a Blessing of the Animals this Sunday afternoon, October 2 at 4pm at St. Peter’s Courtyard. All parishioners and their animal companions are encouraged to attend this brief but meaningful service. Father David will be blessing all breeds and species of animals.
Please join us for this fascinating study. Contact Carolyn Jenkins, 410-742-7764.
GOD’S ABUNDANCE AND STEWARDSHIP WORKSHOP TONIGHT
The Diocese of Easton is offering a workshop entitled God’s Abundance and Stewardship tonight (Wednesday) from 5pm to 9pm and St. Peter’s will be hosting this workshop in the Southern Convocation at St. Peter’s Parish Hall. There will be dinner at 5pm followed by a program intended to explore the connection between God’s abundance and our understanding of stewardship from a spiritual perspective. All are invited to attend. For more information, go to http://www.stpeterschurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/sept-28-stewardship-workshop-info.pdf.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY BEGINS OCTOBER 8
Women’s Bible Study returns Saturday mornings this fall at 8:30am in the Parish Hall, beginning on October 8. The study series is called "The Armor of God" and will last 6 weeks. All are invited to participate. A brief synopsis: All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you. A cunning devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you---your emotions, your mind, your family, your future. But his reign stops right here, right now. With you.
SEEKING NURSERY ATTENDANTS
The Parish is seeking applicants for Sunday nursery attendants for immediate consideration. The job announcement can be found on the parish website at http://www.stpeterschurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/NurseryAttendant-Second_Job-Description.pdf. Please pass this information on to anyone you know who may be interested. This is a paid position.
WOMEN’S MEETING WITH BISHOP MARRAY NOV. 17
All women are invited to meet with our new Bishop Santosh Marray on Thursday, November 17 at the Diocesan Center in Easton from 9:30am until 2:00pm. This will be an opportunity for women from throughout the Diocese to share ideas and participate with the bishop in the fellowship of the Eucharist and a luncheon. Each parish is asked to be represented. If you are interested in attending and representing St. Peter’s, please contact Father David or the parish office for more information and to register.
BISHOP MARRAY’S INSTALLATION ON OCT 15
We will be celebrating the Investiture of our new bishop, the Rt. Rev. Santosh Marray, at 11am on Saturday October 15 at Todd Performance Center, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills. Music begins at 10:30am. All members of parishes in the Diocese of Easton are encouraged to attend. Parishioners are encouraged to carpool and arrive early. It’s not that often that we experience the Investiture of a new bishop – it is quite the celebration! The Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be the celebrant and the Rt. Rev. John McKee Sloan, the Bishop of Alabama, will be the preacher.
The regional rehearsal for the Investiture’s Combined Diocesan Choir is this Saturday, October 1 at St. Peter’s Church at 10:30am.
If you are a Lay Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Visitor, Worship Leader or Acolyte, you are invited to vest and process behind St. Peter’s banner at the Investiture on October 15 but you need to let Father David know in advance so he can make sure you have a place to sit. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 7 to let him know you intend to be part of the procession.
More information about the Bishop’s Investiture is available on the Diocesan website: http://dioceseofeaston.org/xi-bishop-investiture/
JOIN ST. PETER’S CARING TEAM
'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me. Matt. 25:40
One of St. Peter’s many successful ministries is the care of members of our congregation who are in need. Those who are willing to offer help are part of St. Peter’s Caring Team and over the past few years members of the team have quietly and effectively helped parishioners with meals, rides, and visits. Would you be willing to join the Caring Team? Here’s what’s involved: You sign up as a member of the team with Pastoral Care Committee Chair Laura McCarthy, giving her your email address. Then, when Laura is informed of a need, she sends an email out to all the Caring Team members. If you are able to help out with a meal, or a ride, or a visit, or some other need, you just send an email back and volunteer. If you can, you don’t respond and perhaps the next time you’ll be able to help. That’s it – no meetings to attend, no forms to fill out -- you are just notified when your help is needed and you decide whether or not you can help.
To join the Caring Team, contact Laura McCarthy at email@example.com.
Father David is recovering well from a bad cold and is back in the office today, expressing his appreciation for all the prayers and well wishes he has received.
Doc Chaffinch’s brother Ronald recently passed away. Please keep Doc and his family in your prayers during this difficult time.
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, Sarah Young.
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Ministers for Sunday,
October 2nd Services
Vestry Person on Duty: Atif Gaddis
Altar Guild: Ann Chaffinch, Margaret Gravenor, Liddell Madden, Katy Stover, Sally Thrash
SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE
Holy Eucharist 7:45AM
Eucharistic Minister: Bill Day
Ushers: Buddy Venables and Phil Bradshaw
Coffee Hour Host: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
Holy Eucharist 9AM
Crucifer: Paige Robinson
Acolyte: Zachary Bugas
Torch Bearers: Zachary Robinson & Parker Scheckells
Lector: Gretchen Nichols
Eucharistic Minister: Amanda Jenkins
Ushers: Atif Gaddis & Carolyn Jenkins
Coffee Hour Host: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
Holy Eucharist 11AM
Crucifer/Acolyte: Jimmy Hill
Lector: Julie Milliken
Eucharistic Minister: Linda Smith
Ushers: Mill Brooks & Richard Culver
Coffee Hour Host: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
"St. Michael & All Angels" Evening Prayer
Grace Notes Rehearsal
Grace Notes Choir Room
Adult Choir Rehearsal
Parish Choir Room
Holy Eucharist I
Holy Eucharist II
Children's Sunday School
Holy Eucharist II
Pastoral Care Committee Meeting
TRAILBLAZERS Youth Group
Home of Trudy Day
Key Singers Rehearsal
Key Singers Choir Room
Men's Bible Study
Property Committee Meeting
Holy Eucharist/Public Healing Service
Worship Committee Meeting
||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