Saint Peter's Episcopal Church
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Week of August 4, 2019
Date posted: Fri, Aug 2nd, 2019

In your daily devotions this week pray for the Church of the Province of South East Asia; the Church of Our Merciful Saviour in Penns Grove; Churches in Transition; the members and ministry of the Hispanic Commission; the ministry of Convocation Deans; and Mark Stevenson, and Pedro Guzman, priests of our diocese.

The Flowers on the Altar are given to the greater glory of God and in loving memory of Agnes Ragsdale Lusk, mother of Dave Lusk; Betsy Dow, former wife of Walt Dow, Lillian Dow, mother of Walt Dow; Rowland and Jean Napier Ricketts, parents of Jean Ricketts; George and Corrine Gruenwald, parents of Deacon Helen..

August food drive - Suggested donations for August include baby food, baby formula, peanut butter, jelly and canned soup. As always, other items are also welcome. Thank you very much for your continued support of our food drive for the people served by the Christian Caring Center.

ChildFund Update: St. Peter’s now sponsors 4-year-old Mario in Bolivia. Mario will receive much-needed educational, nutritional, and medical support. Rubino celebrated his 13th birthday and graduated from 8th grade. He left the program because secondary school is unavailable in his remote village. St. Peter’s sponsorship provided Rubino with food, a primary education, immunizations and medical care, dental care, and cultural programs. Our extra gifts funded new clothes, backpacks, a bicycle, a bed, and a stove for the family that replaced an open-air fire for cooking and boiling water. St. Peter’s also sponsors Thiago, a 6-year-old boy in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Thiago lives with his parents and sister in an extremely impoverished urban environment. Thiago enjoys street soccer and playing with friends at school. He received medical care through ChildFund this year and is now thriving. Thank you for supporting Mario and Thiago.

As we plan for the 2019-2020 Christian Formation year we are in need of volunteers to teach in our Sunday School from ages 3 through 5th grade and the J2A class (grades 6-7).  All volunteers will be trained and material is supplied.  We also need volunteers to staff the Nursery during the 10:15 service.  Our Nursery is located in the hallway just outside of the Narthex.  For more information please contact Sue Legnani (slegnani@stpetersmedford. org).  The ministry of Christian Formation belongs to all of us at St. Peter’s as its mission is to train Disciples of Jesus to go into the world to live out and spread his message of love.

The Way of Love is a program from our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, that was led by Dcn. Ken during Lent. Now there is a podcast that is available from The Episcopal Church ( or from whatever source you use for your podcasts.  In this series you will learn about the seven parts of the Way Of Love: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go and Rest.  Perhaps this is something you could use while sitting on the porch, by the pool, on the beach, in the car or before bed.  You can also download other material from the website to help you follow these sessions.

Operation Fill-a-Backpack: We’re collecting school supplies and backpacks for children served by Oaks Integrated Care. Please help fill the labeled bin in the narthex July 21-August 11. Suggestions include backpack for boy or girl, insulated lunch bag, organizers and binders, pens, markers, highlighters, pencils, erasers, notebooks, loose-leaf paper, rulers, scissors, glue sticks, index cards, book covers, report folders, calculators, tissue packets and hand sanitizers. Thanks for your support!

Rutger’s Reading Classes will again be using our facility on Fridays and Saturdays.  Please do not disturb these classes.  Thank you.

Name tags:  To help Reverend Valerie learn our names, please begin to wear your name tag.  Not only will she be able to learn our names, maybe you'll learn the name of another parishioner, too!  Name tags are hanging on the large board in the narthex.  If you do not have a name tag, please contact the office.  At the end of the service, please return your name tag to the basket on the floor in front of the board.  Thank you!

IOT Acme & ShopRite Card Sale Notice:  This weekend, Acme and ShopRite cards will be sold following the Saturday, 5pm and Sunday, 10:15am services, only. Cards will be unavailable next week. Normal card sales will resume the weekend of August 17 & 18.    


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