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11 January, 2018
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:

News is published below, corresponding to above category links.

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 Groups:  "What's Up with God?" 9 am, Parlor;
"Sunday School for Parents": 9 am, Conference Room

Adult Forums: 11:30 am, Parlor

Contact information and bios of  Clergy and Staff.
Contact information and bios of  Vestry
Rota and Readings
Sunday, January 14 | The 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
And [Jesus] said to him, "Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."                                              John 1:51

 Click here to read:  Sunday's Roster of Clergy, Lay Ministers & Readings
Music Notes for Sunday, January 14
On the second Sunday of the Epiphany season, the choir sings 
a setting of a hymn text by Aurelius Prudentius Clemens who was born in northern Spain in what was then a Roman province; perhaps in Saragossa around 348 AD. He died sometime between 405 and 413. Prudentius served as a lawyer for Theodosius I until he retired to become an ascetic. During his later years he wrote a number of hymns and poems which reflect his Roman Catholic faith. His hymn "Bethlehem, Of Noblest Cities" is typical of his work as it exhibits his mystical nature by his interpretation of the Magi's gifts.
     The music is by the English composer, organist, conductor Malcolm Archer (b. 1942).

Bethlehem, of noblest cities
None can once with thee compare;
Thou alone the Lord from heaven
Didst for us Incarnate bear.

Fairer than the sun at morning
Was the star that told his birth;
To the lands their God announcing,
Hid beneath a form of earth.

By its lambent beauty guided,
See, the Eastern Kings appear;
See them bend, their gifts to offer,-
Gifts of incense, gold, and myrrh.

Solemn things of mystick meaning!
Incense doth the God disclose;
Gold a Royal child proclaimeth;
Myrrh a future tomb foreshows.

Holy Jesu! in thy brightness
To the Gentile world displayed!
With the Father, and the Spirit,
Endless praise to Thee be paid.
                                                Prudentius c. 348-410
                                                translated by Edward Carswell (1814-1878)
Director of Music Ministries, Tim McKee
Is Singing in a Choir on Your Bucket List?
If singing in a choir is not on your bucket list, it should be! Do you know that singing is: good respiratory therapy, helps keep more of your brain working, enriches your spirit, calms you down, makes you happy, is a way to share God's beauty with others, AND it helps you score higher on your math tests? For the next two months the choir will be preparing two magnificent musical works, an opportunity to enjoy a rewarding experience without a long-term commitment.

The first, "By The Rivers of Babylon" (Psalm 137) is for women's choir, 2 flutes, cello, harp and organ and was written by Charles Loeffler. It lasts about 11 minutes.  You may listen to it here. The second is Brant Adams' "Exsultate justi in Domino" (Psalm 33) for men's chorus. It lasts a little more than 5 minutes.  You may hear it here.

To enjoy this great music, all you have to do is attend Wednesday evening rehearsals from 7 - 8:30 for 10 weeks (you could probably miss one or two).
We will offer both works in worship on Palm Sunday morning, March 25.
Contact Tim McKee if you have questions, at
Revival: Saturday, January 20
The Presiding Bishop, 
Michael Curry, is traveling   
throughout the country this year offering a series of revivals. He's coming to The Diocese of Georgia and Honey Creek Camp and Conference Center on January 20 for Fearless Faith, Boundless Love. Join in this day of renewal and fellowship. Lunch trucks will be serving food at Honey Creek Retreat Center starting at 11 and the event begins with fellowship at 12 pm (with music provided by the Albany State University Chorale, Savannah Children's Choir, Trina Meade, and Roger Moss). The main event Revival service starts at 1 pm.

Transportation:  Please call Amanda Ridberg at 912.598.7242 to see about riding the bus, as space is now limited to just a few more people.The cost per person for round trip transportation is $35, with financial assistance available. Parking is limited and individual drivers will likely be shuttled from a remote parking area. A bus, leaving around 9:30 am, would make for an easy trip and a chance to spend some time with other parishioners. 
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 .
Updated Sermons Available Online
You can listen to sermons, here.

Christian Formation   
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Nursery: 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

"What's Up with God?"  9 am | Parish Hall

Sunday School for Parents:  9 am | Conference Room

Sunday Forum 11:30  am, Parlor  
Representatives from Parent University  and Performance Initiatives, this year's recipients of proceeds from The Market at 3 West Ridge will join us.

SPY 6 - 8 pm
We will be discussing upcoming events including our Ski Trip and the rest of our plans for 2018!  *SPY Parents Potluck Scheduled for Jan 28*
Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church 
to Host Lecture Series
The award-winning January Series of Calvin College runs daily through January 23 and will be broadcast live at the Presbyterian Church from 12:30 to 1:30 pm.
A few of the featured presenters include Katherine Boo, a staff writer for The New Yorker whose work has been honored with a Pulitzer Prize; Jeremy McCarter, co-author of Hamilton: The Revolution who witnessed the Broadway show's journey from concept to cultural phenomenon; and John Swinton, professor of Pastoral Care at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, on dementia and humanness.
The experts will offer informed perspectives on a wide range of today's most relevant topics, including race in America, technology and national security, biowaste and global poverty, and aging, among many others. Visit Calvin College website for a full list of speakers and topics.  For more information or to arrange complimentary child care, contact the church office at 912.598.0151.
Market Kick Off:
Charities to Speak at Adult Forum
We are delighted that representatives from Parent University and 
Performance Initiatives will be speaking this Sunday, January 14, at the adult forum in the Parlor at 11:30 am. 

These two charities are dedicated to pro-actively improving the lives of at-risk children from birth to adulthood. Parent University, a component of Savannah Early Childhood Foundation, enhances parents' skills as first teachers, preparing children from birth to 5 years for success in school and life.  

Performance Initiatives is dedicated to helping youth ages 7-18 become effective citizens through fitness, nutritional, and academic programs. Come to the forum to learn more about these worthy charities and how YOU can be pro-active in supporting The Market at 3 West Ridge, and therefore these charities. 

Visit The Market's table in the Parish Hall during coffee hour to buy tickets, become a sponsor, and volunteer to help. 
You can also sign up for tubing, or contact Doug Eberle at to help. Spread the word by liking us on Facebook and . . . MEET US AT THE MARKET!
Hosting Family Promise | January 21 - 28
Happy New Year and thanks to everybody who volunteered with Family Promise, a.k.a. Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) last year!  St. Peter's first hosting week in 2018 will be from Sunday, January 21 to Sunday, January 28.  

Family Promise is a network of congregations in the Savannah area that take turns hosting homeless families with children for a week at a time on a rotating basis. If you would like to volunteer as a dinner host or an overnight host, or help set up or clean up, or simply learn more about the program, please call Jim Brawner at 912.692.0687 (home) or 912.257.9680 (cell).  Later this year, we will also be hosting Family Promise May 27- June 3, and October 7-14.  Thanks!
Vendors for The Market Need Overnight Homes 
Love meeting new people? Love to entertain? The Market at 3 West Ridge 2018 needs YOU! Housing on our beautiful island is a huge draw for our vendors; let's show them what living in the "Hostess City of the South" is really like. 

The dates are February 13, 14, and 15. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Wilkes, 2018 Housing Chair, at 912.704.3988 or
Update on 2018 Stewardship Campaign
ENGAGE!!! That was the rallying cry of this year's Stewardship campaign. And that's exactly what happened. Thank you to everyone who pledged their 2018 financial support to St. Peter's. Thanks especially to those of you who 
re-engaged by recalculating and revising their commitment. Our pledged income is nearly 5 per cent higher than 2017. This is a stretch year for St. Peter's. With your support, we are able to build on a stronger and broader foundation with greater confidence into a new, ambitious year. Thank you all for that.
# Pledges
Amount Pledged
% of Pledges
% of $ Pledged
$ per week

Martin Luther King Day Parade, Monday, January 15
If you'd like to march, gather no later than 9:30 am near The Diocese of Georgia's float, somewhere in the vicinity of the East Broad Street Elementary School (400 E Broad St, Savannah, GA 31401) in the "middle of the pack." It is difficult to park near the starting point, so plan to walk or arrange to be dropped off. The march takes at least an hour and concludes in front of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1401 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. We will proceed directly into the church to begin a service of Holy Eucharist. The liturgy should begin between 11:00 and 11:30 (depending on our position in the parade). Immediately following worship, join us for a reception in the St. Matthew's 
Parish Hall. Questions? Go to
Art Intake
St. Peter's Art Gallery will receive new works of art next Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from noon to 1 pm.  All artwork must be two dimensional, include a wire on the reverse side to hang the painting, and should not be larger than 30 x 20 inches. 

Parishioners of any artistic level are welcome to display art. Identification tags will include your name, title of the painting, medium and phone number.  For more information, please contact Penny Sebrell at 912.598.8262.
An invitation to volunteer for 
St. Peter's Greeting Card Ministry for 2018!
You can do it at home.
You can do it anytime of the day or night.
You can have fun learning the names of fellow parishioners.
It's for only 1 month out of the year. And IT'S FUN.
It's the St. Peter's Greeting Card Team.  
Contact: Shirley Forssell, or 912.598.8137
or Steve Langston, or 912.358.8407
Lenten Booklet Deadline: This Monday, January 15
Passing the Buck:  Remember those "blessed" dollar bills Hunt distributed to the congregation last month? What did you do with yours? How did you decide what to do, and what was the response? Tell us about it -- in a word, a sentence or a paragraph. We'd like to collect a few of them to share as part of next spring's book of Lenten devotionals. We also welcome remembrances, observations,  devotions, spiritual anecdotes, or poetry! 

St. Peter's will be publishing our fourth collection of devotions for Lent next year. Because Easter and Lent are so early, our production schedule is too. We're aiming for a January 15 deadline in order to print and distribute the booklet by Ash Wednesday, February 14.
Signup sheets, with possible scripture, are available at the church office or in the parlor, or signup online.  Also, please send or give your reflections to Judy Kenney ( or Jim Toedtman (
Helping Hands
to help one another
George Heck, Coordinator of Helping Hands, is seeking volunteers who have skills to help those in need of someone else's hands to do their odd jobs. Modest skills and willingness to help others are the only requirements! Please call George at 912.383.2278 or email him at if you're willing to help or need help.

Sue Addington  is coordinating volunteer drivers for those who need rides to church and/or medical appointments.   Please call 912.598.7242 and speak with one of our receptionists, if you'd like to drive or need a ride.

Wanda Lucas  is coordinating food preparation and delivery for  those coming out of the hospital, serious illness, or the death of a loved one. If you'd like to help or need meals:
Contact Wanda at 912.660.6717.

St. Peter's Prayer Ministry
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.
Happy Birthday & Best Wishes! 

Mike Barr, Lydia Bishop, Jennifer Claiborne, 
Lee  Huff,  Grayson Lowenthal, Steve Roberts, 
Pat Shea, Marilyn Sobke,
Beckie Templeton, Lannie Williams
Send your names and dates to: 
Happy Anniversary & Best  Wishes!

Mal Welch & Bill Costa, Gabriella & George Pellinger

An apology for a recent misprint: Susan & Charlie Arraiz celebrated their wedding anniversary on December 31.

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  
Office Closed Monday, January 15 
in observance of Martin Luther King Day   


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:  .
Lost & Found 
If you've lost something and think the loss might have occurred in church or while in the Parish Office or Hall, check in with the Volunteer Receptionist on duty or ask Amanda Ridberg, Parish Administrator: 912.598.7242, Ext. 207 or 
 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.