Fisherman's Banner April 12
Five Pillars of Ministry & Leadership

Our groups and committees at St. Peter's are organized into five categories, or "pillars," for effective leadership and ministry:

Click above links to go to each area, if desired.

You are Welcome Here - Come Worship with Us!
Parking on street beside & in lot behind church
Sunday Worship: Holy Eucharist  at  8 and 10 am.
(We love having children of all ages at St. Peter's! We have 
Quiet Bags  with materials for them during service, if you'd like. 
Just ask an Usher to show you where they are.)

Nursery:  open for children through 3 years of age, 8:45 - 11:30 am.
Godly Play: Children from 4 years - 3rd grade, 9:45 am

Youth Sunday School: 9 am 
Adult Sunday School: 9 am

Adult Forum:
11:30 am, Parlor

SPY = St. Peter's Youth Group!

Contact information and bios of  Clergy and Staff.
Contact information and bios of  Vestry

Thanks to Frank Logue, Canon to the Ordinary 
and Drone Master, for photo.
Rota and Readings
Sunday, April 15 | 3rd Sunday of Easter

"The Color of Everything"
A line from one of my favorite Flannery O'Connor stories, it's what I'm calling my (brief) weekly meditation/reflection/communication with the parish. I'm using a platform called "Tiny Letters," which is my promise to keep them short. (The platform also offers a free subscription option if you'd like to receive them directly and have an easy way to email me back with your own thoughts.)

In this week's brief reflection, " Images of Holy Week and Easter" . . .  to see all the ways we Christians observe our high holy days, to see the realities of human life (despair, pain, joy, hope) in the faces of others who follow Jesus, to see a reflection of your own experience in the faces of those seemingly so different. 
Sunday Service at 8 am in the Church
We will hold our 8 am Eucharist in the Church until "summer slump" hits. Because we gathered in our chapel during Lent, 8:00 worship certainly felt more intimate and personal. It was also full, which made kneeling, having some personal space and moving around difficult for some. Having "enough space" is important for regular attendees and new people. "When your worship service reaches 80 percent of comfortable capacity (measured at 30 to 36 inches per person), you may be pretty certain that you are discouraging frequent attendance by current members and presenting a 'no vacancy' sign to newcomers," says Alban Institute senior consultant Alice Mann in her book Raising the Roof. 

While I want to keep evaluating this, I think it will make sense to move back into the chapel when many of our parishioners are gone during the summer months. If you're interested in more detail about room capacity and church attendance and growth, this a good article . Some of it applies to this particular situation and some does not.
Pilgrimage to Holy Lands | May 24 - June 4, 2019
SAVE THE DATE ! Hunt is planning to lead a group of St. Peter's parishioners and perhaps others if there's space, on a journey that millions of Christians have made for nearly 2 millennia. 

Early in the 4th century, Empress Helena, mother of Constantine, traveled from  Western Europe to the Holy Land. Legend has it that she was in search of the concrete realities that underpinned this new Christian faith. If Christ was indeed crucified, and raised from the dead, then this must have happened not in books and stories, but in a certain place. Her journey changed her life, that of her son, and the entire world. 

You are invited to join Hunt and fellow St. Peter's parishioners on a pilgrimage to that same place. Not only will you see the places where it all began, but you will see the "facts on the ground"- what it means to be a Christian in Israel and Palestine today. 

Final prices won't be available until August when airlines release seats. You can get a sense of what we'll experience here
Photos from Bishop's Visitation
Last Sunday Bishop Scott Benhase joined  us to lead worship and preach. He  officially received George Heck (3rd photo, below) and Steve Langston (4th photo below) into The Episcopal Church.


Prayer for Unity: National Day of Prayer Service
May 3 at SIUMC

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for our nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Since its inception, this day has continually united Americans from all socio-economic, political, and ethnic backgrounds in prayer while also encouraging personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.
On May 3, 2018 at 7 pm, the 22nd service on Skidaway Island will be held at Skidaway Island United Methodist Church, with all 5 island churches and St. James Catholic Church participating. The service will focus on Prayer for Unity.
The general public is invited. A reception follows the service, with child care available. 
Questions? Please contact George James at
Fill the Pews!

The response to "Fill the Pews" has been terrific. To date, we have 165 sets 
plus the 30 donated by Lucille Downs for the Chapel. Our goal is 250 for the sanctuary.  The dedicatory bookplates will be from a watercolor of the church door by Barby Townsend. Sets can be ordered with  the purple paper form available in the office, or order online .   Let's Fill the Pews!  
Questions? Ann Koepke, Chair:
Music at St. Peter's

This Sunday we again welcome the families of the St. Peter's Music Academy and recognize the singers who have earned ribbons awarded by the Royal School of Church Music. Supported by St. Peter's as an Outreach Ministry, by gifts from Susan and Steve Roberts and by tuition, the Music Academy aims to teach children the skills to actively make music and to develop a lifelong appreciation of music through vocal, piano and rhythmic movement instruction. This is especially important at a time when we mostly experience music only as passive consumers.
We are a diverse group of children from greater Savannah and from widely varying family backgrounds who unite to make music of many different historic and cultural origins. On Sunday we will sing in English, Greek, Spanish and Zulu. Through practice and hard work we learn that it is deeply rewarding to work together and to aim for what is beautiful in God's creation.

Tim McKee, Director of Music Ministries
St. Peter's Music Academy Summer Music Camp
The St. Peter's Music Academy Summer Music Camp will take place June 11-15 from 9 am until noon.  Children ages 7-14 are encouraged to sign up right away by emailing Tim McKee at

Activities include singing, dance and keyboard.  Enrollment is limited.  Fee: $35.
To the Glory of God:
Altar Flowers
If you would like to make a donation for flowers in memory of  or to honor a loved one on an anniversary or a birthday, in thanksgiving for someone or in honor of a special occasion,  please click here to sign up

If you prefer not to sign up online with your flower request, contact Amanda Ridberg  at 912.598.7242 or

Altar Flowers are fully supported by donations from the congregation in the form of dedications and memorials.  To read further details you need to know,  click here .
Sermons Available Online
You can listen to sermons, here .

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Nursery Provided for   c hildren through 3 years, 8:45 - 11:30 am

Godly Play:  Children 4 years - 4th grade, 9:45 am

Older Children & Youth:  9 am

Adult Sunday School:
"What's Up with God?" 9 am in the Parlor

Adult Forum: The Spirituality of Sexuality, led by Westina Shateen Matthews
11:30 in the Parish Hall.  

We will be having our usual SPY program from 6-8. 
Come for food, fun, and fellowship!
Seeking Part-time Children's Minister
St. Peter's seeks a part-time Children's Minister (Pre-K thru 5th Grade). 
Consider sharing this with anyone you know who might be interested.

Summer Camp at Honey Creek
In addition to providing the usual fun activities of all summer camps, the summer sessions at our diocesan camp and conference center provide campers with a concentrated Christian formation in a fun, kid-friendly environment. 

As part of St. Peter's renewed commitment to children's Christian formation, Hunt will be the Spiritual Director for one of the week-long sessions.
Read the Patristic Literature found in St. Peter's Library

Did You Know . . . that if you wanted to read about the church fathers who established our church following the Crucifixion, you would look at the Patristic literature? Our St. Peter's library has many interesting readings on these Apostolic Fathers who wrote before and after the Council of Nicaea (AD 325). They include such men as St. Augustine of Hippo, Tertullian, St. Ambrose, St. Jerome, Clement of Rome and Iraneus.
Come take out one of our new books by Raymond Brown called The Church The Apostles Left Behind.  The group now Reading Conversations with Scripture, led by Doris Buchanan, can attest to the scholarship of Brown as a fine reference source for the Book of John. Or you might try Reading Scripture With The Church Fathers, by Chris Hall; bibliography available in the Library.

If we don't have a book you're looking for, please talk to our librarian Joan Loos about ordering it. Her email address is jskloos@aol.comThe entire catalogue can be accessed online, to browse at your leisure.  
 Finding God in Our Stories
Monday at 10 am in the Sandpiper Room at The Marshes
Ginger and Dan Malachuk, parishioners at St. Peter's, facilitate discussion on Scripture passages from the upcoming Sunday's readings. Words and stories from the Bible often evoke personal memories and stories - and our discovering or rediscovering God in those stories. 
Join Us for Market Magic, The Finale!
Let us rejoice with the recipients of the proceeds from our 2018 Market at 3 West Ridge!  At our 10 am Sunday service, Kathy Heck will recap how our time and talent led to our community building efforts. What resulted was Market Magic, $68,000, split between our chosen charities. Kathryn McLearn and Wyndie Eberle will present the record-breaking checks to representatives of Parent University and Performance Initiatives. Please join us in gratitude for how these organizations are serving Savannah's most vulnerable children, and in how we as a parish, have served them. 
Logos Group to Meet
The Logos group will meet at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 17th, in the Parlor. Please join us for a discussion concerning Carol Bly's short story, "After the  Baptism" (Chapter 5 in Listening for God, Vol. 2, edited by Paula J. Carlson & Peter S. Hawkins). Ms Bly has a moral passion to bring an "ethical wakening" to American culture. Everyone is welcome!  Questions? Please email Cindy Howell,
Interfaith Community Service Opportunity
 April 14-15
Congregations in Service is an interfaith group in Savannah, bringing together members  of local synagogues, churches, and mosques for community service  weekends twice each year.
The next service weekend is coming up, on Saturday morning April 14, and Sunday afternoon April 15. All are welcome, and there are indoor and outdoor service projects for all ages and skill levels. 
More information is available at Congregations in Service, or contact parishioner Ginger Heidel at or 912.401.5401.
Fear Down Dog and Tree Pose No More!
 Thursdays, from 10 - 10:50 am
Join us for gentle chair and mat yoga on Thursdays at 10 am in the Parish Hall with Steve and Carol from Spry. Improve flexibility, stability and balance with a most congenial group. Nothing is needed but you and maybe a friend or two. Age is no barrier! $35 for months of 4 Thursdays or $10 a class, with checks payable to "St. Peter's" and dropped by the Parish Office. See you there!
Spring Foyer Cocktail Party
Jennifer and Will Claiborne are hosting a Spring Foyer Cocktail Party on Saturday, April 14 from 5-7 pm at 16 Little Comfort Road. All who have been involved in the Foyer Parties are invited and are asked to RSVP to June Palmer at or 912.598.1693. Please bring an appetizer to share and $5 each to cover the cost of the wine and the soft drinks.

St. Peter's Prayer Ministry--How to Ask for Prayers
Ask for prayers for yourself or others by submitting  this simple form . As the form indicates, you can ask for the whole congregation to pray in church for you or others by name. Or you can choose confidential prayer; only clergy and prayer guild members will be given your prayer information.

You will also find prayer request cards  to be used for this purpose, in your pew card racks.  (If this request is for another, please be sure the person wants to be on the prayer list.)

We do appreciate responses when the situation changes or when you want to remove names from either prayer list. To do so, please contact the Parish Office at 912.598.7242.
Spring Opportunities for Coffee Hour
A signup sheet on a table in the Parish Hall is just waiting for your name(s)!
Plenty of dates are available for spring and a list of helpful tips for a great Coffee Hour is here.

Happy Birthday & Best Wishes! 

Claire Fleming, George James, Harry Mallgrave,
Fred Mingledorff, Vince Montforte, Susan Roberts
Janet Seeley
  Send your names and dates to: 
Happy Anniversary & Best  Wishes!

Lennie & Leon Barfield, Wyndie & Doug Eberle,
Janet & Glenn Laycock,  Margaret & Donald McCulloch, 
Susan & Phil Snyder

Send your names and dates to: 
Prayers for Military Personnel & Families

Please pray for and keep in your thoughts: 
Shea & Patricia Companion,  Matt and McKenzie  Baker,  Zachary Hands, 
Phillip Lucas, 
Tucker Reimann,  Lance Transue,  Greg & Melissa Wilhelm,  
Kirby Forssell, Stewart Calder Paul Textor,  Dolan Lewis.   
Parish Office Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 4 pm 
Friday: 9 am - noon  


After Hours and for any Special Events
Please remember to lock doors at St. Peter's when you leave, whenever you unlock a door after hours or for special events --
Thank you for your help on this!
St. Peter's Events Calendar Online
Check out our updated online calendar for easy access to all St. Peter's events, with details being added continually. 
To Schedule an Event at St. Peter's
As part of planning your events in St. Peter's facilities, be sure to pick up an event scheduling form from Amanda Ridberg, Parish Administrator. In order to avoid overlapping of events from occurring, events will be placed on the calendar when the appropriate form has been filled out and approved. Thanks! 

Call Amanda at 912.598.7242, Ext. 207 or email her at:
 Submission Deadline 
Fisherman's Banner

Because of multiple publishing schedules in St. Peter's Parish Office:  Please send your news and events to us for  Fisherman's Banner   by Tuesday at 5 pm, to ensure publication in that week's e-newsletter and inclusion in Sunday's printed version, This Week at St. Peter's.