Saint Peter's Episcopal Church
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Week of December 16, 2018
Date posted: Thu, Dec 13th, 2018

In your daily devotions this week pray for the Falkland Islands; St. Thomas' Church in Alexandria, Glassboro and Red Bank; and Kathleen Bishop, Mark Chattin, Carol Horton, Ellen Rutherford, Valerie Balling, Barton Brown, Kristen Foley, Rosemary Lillis, Robert Nagy, Martin Oguike, Ronald Pollock, Scott Trull, James Walworth, Noel Amadi, Paul Briggs Brian Burgess, Geoffrey Collis, Christopher Sherrill, David Deppen, Francis Hebert, Alexandra VanKuiken, Susan Carney, Robert Sullivan, Sharon Sutton, William Thomas, John Crothers, Russell Griffin, Karin Mitchell, Thomas Myers, Jonathan Percival, Jacquelyn Rowe, Deborah Cook and Daniel Russell, priests of our diocese.

The Flowers on the Altar are given to the greater glory of God and in loving memory of James Moore, husband of Auderie, father of Jim, Jeff and Joe Moore; David Reynolds, Leroy Sawyer, John Bersch, Blanche Sawyer and Mrs. and Mrs. Wallace Reynolds, relatives of Jane Bersch; and David Norris, brother of Roger Norris.

Please pick up an Advent Mite Box or Christmas Folder for use during your prayer time or when you say Grace before a meal. The students of Redemption School will thank you!

Acme and Shoprite Cards are available at the IOT table following all services. Your purchase of these items supports the education of primary school students at Redemption School in Gonaives, Haiti.

We are fortunate to have a terrific staff at St. Peter's. The Vestry is reaching out to parishioners to contribute toward gifts for the church staff. If you would like to contribute toward church staff gifts this December, you may do so by: placing your contribution in a box in the Narthex, placing in the offering, or bringing it to the church office. Please include your name and write "Gift for Staff" on the envelope or memo portion on your check. The Vestry will be accepting monetary gifts from the congregation between December 1 through December 16, 2018 to be put toward Christmas gifts for our six church staff. Money received after the deadline will be held for 2019. The staff members include: Deacon, Parish Administrator, Treasurer, Sexton, Christian Formation Director, and Organist/Choir Director. Thank you in advance for your generosity. It is very much appreciated – Thank you, St. Peter's Vestry.

Christmas Giving Tree: It's time to start shopping! Gift tags for Oaks Integrated Care in Mt. Holly and Virtua Early Intervention Program will be available on the tree in the church. Please take a tag and return it with an unwrapped toy or new article of clothing for a child or teen. Please attach the tag to your unwrapped gift. Deadline is Monday, December 17. Thank you.

Morning and Evening Prayer: 9am and 7pm in Memorial Chapel. Too often, we get so caught up in the busy-ness of the weeks before Christmas that we forget to make room for the moments of returning and rest that open us to God. This Advent, we invite you to return to God and find a place of rest by joining others in reading Morning or Evening Prayer.

Greening of the Church is scheduled for Saturday, December 22nd, at 9 am. Please let Mike Krug, aka "Mr. Christmas," know if you can make it at 856-701-3429.

Your Wardens and Vestry are proud to report that the 2018 campaign for electrical and lighting upgrades is making progress! As you know, the outdoor lights at the entrances were upgraded earlier this year. Now, prior to Christmas, you will see the parking lot lights and hopefully the lights that shine on our Shield be upgraded as well! New LED lights will last for years and years, provide us with prettier and safer lighting, and will help reduce our electrical expense and usage. Thank you to the 25 families who graciously donated to this campaign. Thank you very much to our leading donor without whom we couldn't dream of completing this project. And thank you to our elecricians who have also generously reduced their price and are donating to the project!

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