Saint Peter's Episcopal Church
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Week of December 9, 2018
Date posted: Fri, Dec 7th, 2018

In your daily devotions this week pray for the Falkland Islands; and Idalia Craig, Jefferson Hulet, Henry Chan, Joanna Hollis, harry Mazujian, Arthur Powell, Elizabeth Sciaino, Ricardo Sheppard John Zamboni, Terence Blackburn, Elizabeth Geitz, Henrietta Lavengood, Lee Powers, Eugene Zeilfelder, Joseph Wolyniak, Joan Mason, Connor Haynes, Martha McKee, John Mitchell, Daniel Somers, Tinh Huynh, John Koenig, Servio Moscoso, Donald Muller, Barbara Briggs, Richard Morley and Susan Osburne-Mott, priests of our diocese.

The Sanctuary Candle is given to the greater glory of God and in loving memory of Thomas and Suzanne Williams, parents of Tom, April and Pam Williams.

Acme and Shoprite Cards, Advent Calendars and Fair Trade Gift items at wholesale prices 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 Sunday, December 16. Thank you.

Consider Episcopal Relief & Development's Gifts for Life this season. Gifts for Life make for meaningful, creative gifts for teachers, family, etc. A Holiday Match means that your donation will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $700,000 total) through the end of the year, so your gift will mean twice as much! Pick up a catalog or a brochure under our IOT (International Outreach Team) bulletin board in Williams Hall or the narthex, or visit Episcopal Relief and Development does good work around the world; check it out! You may also donate to the US Disaster Fund to help victims of hurricanes and wildfires at (not part of the matching grant).

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.

Advent Mite Boxes and Christmas Coin Folders are available on the narthex table. We encourage you to use one or both, perhaps as you say Grace before a meal. Offerings received will benefit the students of Redemption School, Haiti.

"The Longest Night"- Faith Presbyterian Church, 318 Stokes Rd., Medford, offers Christmas worship with space for grief or sadness at this special service on December 20, 2018 at 7pm.

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.

S.O.A.R. -For our December meeting we're having a lunch at PJ Whelihans in Medford Lakes, where the Settler's Inn used to be. Date is Tuesday, December 11th at 12:30PM. I hope you all can join us. This will be our last meeting this year!

St. Peter's all-new Prayer List begins on February 1, 2019: Just a reminder that our current prayer list will be erased on January 31, 2019. Please contact Lisa in the church office or Deacon Helen directly (609-238-0593 or with any names you would like kept on the list after January 31. You may also write a note in the prayer request binder located on the narthex table.

The children will also practice each Sunday for the Christmas pageant that will be presented at the 10:15 service on December 16th. There will be a dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 15th at 10:00 am in the church. It's very important that if your child is in the pageant that they attend this so that they will be comfortable with the music and their part in the pageant. Thanks for your help and cooperation.

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