Fisherman's Banner 
13 July, 2017
Five Pillars of Ministry & Leadership

At their 2016 retreat during the interim period, the Vestry organized our existing groups and committees for effective leadership and ministry, in order to be more clear about all that happens here at St. Peter's. 

Banner will present St. Peter's news and events within the Five Pillars:

Worship & Music
Parish Life
Ministry Support

You are Welcome Here - Come Worship with Us!
For more than twenty-five years, St. Peter's Church has provided a safe haven of blessing and peace for hundreds of faithful seekers.  St. Peter's welcomes all who seek God or a deeper knowledge of God.
We welcome all who are drawn to the warmth and friendliness of this congregation or to the elegant simplicity of our beautiful worship space. St. Peter's seeks to be a place of life-giving joy, service and healing in a fragile world. 
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
3 West Ridge Rd, Savannah

Parking on street beside & in lot behind the church

Summer Worship Schedule

Sunday  Worship: 8 and 10 am
MONTH OF JULY ONLY: Single Sunday Worship Service, 9 am

"What's up with God?"
Sunday Adult Formation will resume in the fall, at 9 am
Children's Summer Schedule

The nursery is open at 9 -11:30 am for children from birth to 3 years (July only: 8:45 - 10:30). Children up to 3rd grade are also welcome at 9 am; they return to the church at 10:30 (July only: 9:30) for communion with their parents. Children 4th grade and up should join the church in worship as it begins at 10 am (July only: 9 am).

Centering Prayer, 7 pm in the Chapel

Bible Study, 10:30 am, in the Parish Hall
Final Bible Study gathering for the summer: August 2

Thursday Service
Holy Eucharist in the Chapel at 7:30 am will resume in the fall

Parish Office Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 4 pm
Friday: 9 am - noon      

Contact information and bios of  Clergy and Staff.
Contact information and bios of  Vestry .            
Rota & Readings
Sunday, July 16  | The 6th Sunday after Pentecost

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

                                                        Isaiah 55:10-11
Click here to read : Sunday's Roster of Clergy, Lay Ministers & Readings
We Welcome the Rev. Kelly Steele this Sunday, July 16 
The Reverend Kelly Steele, a priest and missioner in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, is working to create a "fresh expression" of Christianity, The Church of the Epiphany, which is an experimental church in downtown Savannah. Epiphany serves Christ in all people, specifically through companionship (including those who won't go to church), community collaboration and engaging worship. Ultimately, they seek, name and celebrate God's boundless love and invite everyone to More. Follow Epiphany and Kelly's adventures at:
Music Notes for Sunday, July 16

The prelude on Sunday, July 16 is by William Selby (1738-1798) who was born in London. By his late teens he had already held several organist positions.  As a young adult, he emigrated to the new world where his first significant position was as music director and organist for the historic Trinity Church of Newport, Rhode Island.  Later he served as organist of King's Chapel in Boston where he remained for the rest of his life.  He is remembered for founding the first music festival in colonial America.
The processional hymn today is based on Psalm 103. 
It was penned by Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847) an Anglican priest, hymn-writer and poet. From the time the hymn was first printed (in Lyte's "The Spirit of the Psalms") in 1834, it has been immensely popular. In fact, Queen Elizabeth II asked that it be sung as the processional hymn at her wedding. The tune "Lauda anima" was composed specifically for Lyte's text by Robert Brown-Borthwick (1840-1894), also an Anglican priest.

Tim McKee, Director of Music
Sunday Worship in JULY: One Service at 9 am
We are combining our two Sunday celebrations of the Holy Eucharist into one service and meet at 9 am
Our primary hope is that it will give our two worshiping groups 
a chance to get to know each other a bit more. 
Coffee Hour will follow. 
"Fearless Faith, Boundless Love"
Camp Revival at Honey Creek
Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 2 pm

The Revival will feature the Most Rev. Michael Curry as preacher, and music from Savannah Children's Choir and the Albany State University Chorale. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will not want to miss! 
A coach bus will take people to and from Honey Creek on the day of the Revival. We will leave promptly at 12:00 noon from St. Matthew's and return by about 7 pm. The cost of riding the bus is $35 per person, which includes the $8 registration fee for the Revival itself. Bag lunches will be provided for all those who ride the bus, for no additional fee. 

Register for the Revival, here.

June Worship Attendance and
YTD Financial Support
Both attendance at worship and financial support of the church's ministry are two of several ways to gauge participation in the life of St. Peter's.

Participation in Sunday Worship (Averages)
June 2017 Average                    175                    (May - 209)    
2017 Average YTD                     222
2016 Average                             204

Monthly Financial Update
Both contributions to the church and our expenses have monthly and seasonal variances. Summer is certainly a time when people get behind on pledges and plate giving decreases as our attendance drops. A gentle reminder to please catch up if you are behind on your pledge. 
Your Vestry, Treasurer, and Finance Committee. 

                              June 2017                          Year-to-Date

   Budget          Actual   Budget
Pledged Income $47,354.80 
$41,462.63 $422,916.92 $435,185.87
Plate Income $3,489.00 $5,000.00 $28,134.26 $30,000.00

Centering Prayer/Meditation:
Offering to God "the attention of your heart"

Tuesday evenings at 7 pm in the Chapel
For centuries Christians practiced contemplative prayer 
and meditation. Centering Prayer was developed more than a half century ago, to rekindle these transformative practices of early Christianity.  All are invited to join our Centering Prayer group led by Lynne Kemp, to explore  spaciousness and quiet in the midst of our busy lives. 

For easy access to the chapel, park in the back parking lot. The office entrance will usually be locked in the evening. 
Click here for sermons on St. Peter's Website

Help with Fine-tuning the Sound System
Thanks to everyone who provided input about where the sound system was working and where it wasn't. The sound was much better in the choir and toward the front of the church, but worse toward the back. This week we made significant adjustments to the microphone Hunt uses and adjusted some of the levels that didn't seem quite right. If you are having trouble hearing, please fill out one of the information forms you'll find in wicker baskets near the exit doors. 

Christian Formation

Children's Schedule for Summer
  • The nursery is open from 9 -11:30 am (July only: 8:45 - 10:30) for children from birth to 3 years. 
  • Children up to 3rd grade are also welcome at 9 am; they return to the church at 10:30 (July only: 9:30) for communion with their parents. 
  • Children 4th grade and up should join the church in worship as it begins at 10 am (July only: 9)

 NO Adult Sunday School
Will resume in the fall.

Adult Forum at 11:30 will resume in fall

SPY takes a summer break!
Other Christian Formation Opportunities

Wednesday Morning Bible Study 
Meet in the Parlor, 10:30 am
For July:  
Gerd Thiessen's historic novel, Shadow of a Galilean

Final gathering of Bible Study for the summer:
August 2

St. Peter's Bible Challenge
Have you often wished you knew more about scripture, both its themes and its specifics? Here is your chance--y ou are guaranteed to come away with a broader understanding of the scope of our Scriptures! Sign up here, or on a list in the Parish Office.

Your Bible Challenge Schedule for reading 
We Make the Road by Walking,  by Brian McLaren

Read Part I:  "Alive in the Story of Creation" by September; meet on Sunday, Sept 17 after the 10:30 service in the Library

Read Part II:  "Alive in the Adventure of Jesus" by December;  meet on Sunday, Dec 17  after the 10:30 service in the Library         

Read Part III: "Alive in a Global Uprising" by March; meet on Sunday, Mar 18 after the 10:30 service in the Library

Read Part IV:  "Alive in the Spirit" by June; meet on Sunday, June 17, after the 10:30 service in the Library
Check out opportunities on our website, here and here.
Staff Transitions

The Rev. Patty Mingledorff, 
currently serving as one of our Priest Associates and with a long-term ministry at St. Peter's and in our diocese, has decided it's time to complete her ministry of liturgical leadership. Once a priest, always a priest, so Patty's ministry will continue here and beyond (thanks be to God), but she has discerned that she will no longer serve at the altar on Sunday mornings. She will preside at the Eucharist on July 23rd and then we'll gather in the Parish Hall to greet, thank and celebrate Patty. 

Liza Henderson
our Parish Administrator for well over a year now, is moving, along with her husband Paul, to Ponte Vedra, Florida, to be near her grandchildren. Her last day in the office will be August 15. We'll honor Liza and give thanks for her service to St. Peter's on Sunday, August 27, after the 10 am Eucharist.
Searching for a Parish Administrator
Know someone who would be a good candidate for our Parish Administrator position? The job is posted on Craigslist, in diocesan communication and on our website. Direct qualified candidates to our website for additional information about the position and how to apply. 
Need Some Summer Reading? 
The clergy have been thinning out their libraries and books on a wide variety of spiritual and religious topics are on a table in the Parish Hall, free for the taking. Browse and take anything that strikes your fancy. They'll be available until early August. Many of the books were from our interim rector Zack Fleetwood's library. 
                  Attention St. Peter's Artists!
St. Peter's art gallery will receive new works of art on Friday, July 14th from noon to 1 pm.  Those who already
have works on display may also pick up your paintings at that same time.  
artwork must be two dimensional and include a wire on the reverse side to hang the painting. There will be no size requirement this month. 

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.

Parishioners of any artistic level
are welcome
to display art.

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! 

Marty Barnes, Miranda Brawner, Will Claiborne,
William Fleming, Aloha Fletcher, Bob Jepson, Lila Kennickell, Maryellen King, Valerie Stolt, Landon Stone, Beverly White

Send your names and dates to: 
Happy Anniversary & Best Wishes!
Judy & Ronald Cadieux
Cynthia & Peter Calder
Rita & Charles Drake
Patty & David Frothingham
Janet & Wayne Kuhn
Susan & Bill McCain
Jacquelyn & James Repella

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, Lance Transue,
Greg & Melissa Wilhelm,  Kirby Forssell, Stewart Calder
Paul Textor,  Dolan Lewis. 

Send your names (and photos!) to
Click  here for a quick list of upcoming  events
in June and July at St. Peter's

Also: St. Peter's Events Calendar Now Online
We now have an updated and accurate online calendar for easy access to all St. Peter's events, with details being added continually. Check it out!
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 Liza Henderson, 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 Liza at 912.598.7242 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 Liza Henderson, Parish Administrator: 912.598.7242, Ext. 207 or 
 Submission Deadline 
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