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30 November, 2017
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:

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Seeking Vestry 2018 Nominations: Submission Deadline December 3



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 church

Sunday Worship: Eucharist Services  at  8 and 10 am.

We love having children of all ages at St. Peter's! We have Quiet Bags with materials for them, 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:  "What's Up with God?" 9 am, Parlor
"Sunday School for Parents": 9 am,  Conference Room

Adult Forums: 11:30 am, Parlor

(No Sunday School or Forum this Sunday, December 3 
Advent Wreath-making, 9 am to noon, around worship services)

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, December 3 | 1st Sunday of Advent
Holy Eucharist | 8 am & 10 am
A lmighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light . . . from the Collect for today

Click here to read Sunday's Roster of Clergy, Lay Ministers & Readings
St. Peter's Rector Discretionary Fund
Loose plate offerings are the financial gifts placed in the offering plate on the first Sunday of the month, that are not part of an annual pledge or otherwise directed. This is usually the cash offerings not in an Offering Envelope. The St. Peter's Rector Discretionary Fund, managed by the Rector and Associate Rector, which includes loose plate offerings, is used to assist parishioners and others with emergency expenses such as utilities, medical bills, occasional scholarships for camps and conferences for young people and adults unable to afford them otherwise.

Advent Begins This Sunday, December 3

Please watch for detailed communications about opportunities for reflection, prayer, and silence as we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ. 

Please note our very special Advent Wreath Making workshop this Sunday, December 3 and the return of the midweek Eucharist on Thursdays at 11 am. Details below.
The 2nd and 3rd Sundays of Advent are "business as usual," with our regular worship and Christian formation schedules. 
The 4th Sunday of Advent is December 24, which at sundown becomes Christmas Eve. We'll gather for "The 4th Sunday of Advent" with Morning Prayer at 9 am in the Parish Hall. 
This modified schedule gives us a slightly different worship experience and makes it possible for the Altar and Flower Guilds to prepare the church for Christmas in advance. 

Christmas worship schedule: Holy Eucharist at 5 pm and 10 pm on December 24 and 9 am on December 25. Additional details in emails and printed material next week.
Advent Wreath-Making with Collage Artist
This Sunday, December 3, 9 am - noon 
St. Peter's Guest Artist Jerome Meadows will lead us in creating personalized advent wreaths, using his "assemblage" technique (think 3-dimensional collage!).  To that end, as always, St. Peter's will provide forms, candles, and a variety of art supplies, including wire and glue. 

The personal piece will come from you . . . and in Jerome's mind, you will bring found or special objects: jewelry, stones, sea shells, small photos (6" or less), small children's toys or trinkets, favorite pieces of fabric, or special papers, permanent natural elements such as nuts, branches, etc . . . each of which would have some iconic meaning to you and your family. If these are to be permanent Advent wreaths and you'd like, greens to be a part, a fir or other wreath might be placed under the wooden frames to allow reuse of your creation.

You might check out the elements in Jerome's art in St. Peter's Gallery, before choosing your own objects - join in the adventure: the sky's the limit!
Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord:
 Simple Holy Eucharists in the Chapel 

November 30 - December 21, Thursdays at 11 am
We live now in another age of anxiety with as much division and fear as in the Vietnam era. We need to heed Jesus saying, "Behold I make all things new!" WE must become the "new," and be the peacemakers for today with hope in Christ.
Come and "put that mind among you that was in Jesus Christ, who did not cling to his Divine status but humbled Himself" and lived among us as "one of us." We will be asking "what can I do to be a Peacemaker in these times?" We will pray for discernment.
The music of Handel's Messiah will be used throughout these four Thursdays to  help us digest the Word of God.
OCTOBER Worship Attendance 
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)

October 2017 Average        200                           (Sept: 172)    
2017 Average YTD             199               
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. 

                   October 2017               Year-to-Date

   Actual      Budget      Actual      Budget
Pledged Income $82,978.00
 $65,999.28 $625,845.64 $634,784.80
Plate Income $  4,151.00  $  5,000.00 $  40,135.62 $50,000.00

We will have November Figures Next Week
Re-engaging: An Update on Fall Pledge Campaign
Last week, our Sr. Warden Pat Shea sent an email to the congregation, updating us on the status of the 2018 Engage! campaign. If you missed the emailed letter, here's a copy. Pledges for 2018 may be made electronically by using this link, by emailing or phoning Donna Garrison in the church office, or by dropping by the office and picking up a new pledge card. Pledges for 2018 may also be updated in the same ways. 
From the Finance Office:  New Ways to Give
St. Peter's is now accepting debit cards, credit cards and ACH drafts (electronic checks) for secure online giving. You can make a gift via text or through a web-based form. 

Text Giving:
  • For one-time gifts, text giving is quick and easy; text STPSAV to 73256 to give. 
  • Currently, text giving is only available for general fund gifts. 
  • When an opportunity to make a gift for a relief effort is available, there will also be the option to make a gift via text.
  • Be aware that standard text messaging rates may apply.
Giving Online through a web-based form:
If you need assistance or a tutorial for either of these methods, please contact the office and Donna Garrison will be happy to help you learn how to take advantage of these new options: 912.598.7242.
Music Notes for Sunday, December 3

As we begin the Advent season, a time of exciting introspection, the music changes to express both our anticipation and contemplation. The processional hymn is the exuberant "Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending," which speaks of triumph and rapture and wherein we sing "Alleluia!"  Rather than singing "Glory to God in the Highest," we will sing two verses of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel." 
We will chant the psalm not to the usual simplified Anglican formula, rather, we sing in unison using the more solemn plainsong Tone viii. 

The offertory anthem is from Handel's "Messiah" and at communion Russell Martin will sing "For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth" and "The People That Walked In Darkness."   
Please join in the singing and this Advent season find your faith renewed.
Tim McKee, Director of Music Ministries
Christmas Caroling at St. Peter's
Sunday, December 10 at 4 pm
This year, the Christmas Caroling event will be moved inside the church. Leading the singing will be our Chancel Choir, our soloists and the children of the Music Academy.

Come and bring your friends as we get into the spirit of the season and sing together our favorite secular and sacred carols.  The Music Committee will host a reception following the singing.
St. Peter's Children's Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 4 pm
For the pageant to be all that it can be, children must learn the story and practice the songs, youth have to practice readings, and lots of volunteers must help with costumes and organizing the children for rehearsals.
Will you consider helping this year? If your child can take part in the pageant, please let me know as soon as possible what character they prefer to be (shepherd, angel, donkey for example). If you are willing to help get the children in their costumes and to guide them during rehearsals and performances, please let me know right away.
Tim McKee
To the Glory of God
If you would like to make a donation 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
After a brief hiatus and a training session from parishioner Jeff Manley to pass his soundboard & sermon ministry torch, our audio sermons are now updated. You can listen to them, here.

Our deepest thanks to Jeff for his long-standing ministry, and best wishes to him and Jusak Bernhard as they move to be near Jeff's parents.

Christian Formation

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EducationSUNDAY, December 3
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No Sunday School, No Forum
Advent Wreath-making, from 9 am to noon
See details above.

SPY , 11:30 - 12:45
SPY Poinsettia Fundraiser Handout & Brunch
SPY will be handing out the delivered poinsettias in the youth room, so all youth should plan on meeting there right after church to help. Be sure to b ring a few dollars for lunch, as we'll head over to The Village Grille as soon as the poinsettias are gone.

Bible Study  
Meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30  in the Parish Hall,
currently for a study of the Gospel of Matthew: Conversations with Scripture by Dr. John Yieh. 
All are welcome!

PilgrimagePilgrimage to Scotland
May 24 - June 4, 2018

DEADLINE for Registration is DEC 15! If you are even considering going, contact Doris+ at  912.598.7242 or 
soon for the flyer and/or brochure.
L.O.V.E. Seeks New Mentors
The L.O.V.E. mentoring program in ten Savannah Title One schools has been very successful this year. We have had a 20+% increase in the number of mentors, but as students complete their marking periods, more children are being identified as candidates for our program.  

The schools are urging us to increase the number of mentors so more children can experience the one-on-one mentoring that helps them be successful in school. Mentors spend one or two hours a week with early elementary students who need help in reading and math and thrive with the extra attention of a caring adult. No prior experience is required; just a desire to help a child.  

Learn more about our program and download a volunteer form at our website:
SAVE THE DATE: there will be an orientation and information meeting for new mentors and those interested in learning more about L.O.V.E. on Monday, January 8th at 4 o'clock at the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church.

Getting to Know Our Neighbors, from Near & Far
Linda Tierney-Pufahl and her friend, Joan Sedberry,  are First Friends of Lutheran Settlement House (LSH). LSH works with the government to place fully vetted refugees throughout the USA.

Linda and Joan are currently assisting a family of 5 from Afghanistan. The family spent 8 years in Pakistan waiting to enter the USA and includes the father, mother, and 3 young children (an 8-year-old girl, a 6-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, with another little girl expected in January).

We will have a welcoming party for the family on Saturday, December 2 at 10:30 am.

The family  has arrived without much in the way of clothing and other necessities of life. LSH provided an apartment with basics and Linda has asked for our help, particularly with items for the new baby, though the other children need some warmer clothes.You can sign up online, using sizes and a list of the family's needs; there are also signup sheets on a single clipboard at each worship service, at coffee hour, and in the office. 

Questions? Contact
St. Peter's Angel Tree

The 2017 Angel Tree is up and ready in the Parish Hall for  everyone who wishes to participate this year. 

As in years past, we will be helping St. Mary's Children's Center, Safe Shelter and Family Promise. Due to the overwhelming response and generosity from our congregation last year, we have added more families to our list!

When you take your angel off the tree, please sign your name/number on the sign-in sheet so that we can keep track of where the angels have gone. The gifts (wrapped and with your angel attached to identify the gift's location) will be due on Sunday, December 10th. 

Questions? Email Lisa Wilkes at:
Let's All Wear Our Name Tags
As the season brings new people through our doors, it's a great time to recommit to wearing name tags. If you've lost yours, the church office is happy to order another one. For replacements, we request a donation of $10 to offset the cost of the name tag and shipping. But the first one's on us, so if you've never had one, please order it. 
Contact Amanda Ridberg, Parish Administrator, to place the order at or  912.598.7242.
Be a Part of St. Peter's Greeting Card Ministry!
Photo: Patty Frothingham
Volunteers needed to prepare cards for those whose birthdays and anniversaries are in the parish records, on behalf of the whole congregation. Contact: Shirley Forssell at or  Steve Langston at
We Realize that it's almost Advent, but . . .
 We have to plan wa-a-a-y ahead, for our Lenten Booklet!

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. That's the "bad news." 

The good news is that with two hurricanes, a new priest and a busy schedule, there's no shortage for inspiration. We're looking for personal reflections, memories and thoughts. 

Signup sheets, with possible scripture, are available at the church office or in the parlor. Send or give your reflections to Judy Kenney ( or Jim Toedtman (
VN2018 Vestry Nominations 2018: Engage!
The Vestry Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for three-year terms on the Vestry. 

Qualifications include involvement in the life of the parish, working well with others, and a variety of skills and abilities. No prior Vestry experience is necessary.  If you or someone you know is interested in serving in this vital capacity, please fill out a nomination form, found here, or on the Vestry bulletin board in the Parish Hall, or in the church office. Deadline for submissions is THIS Sunday, Dec. 3.
Questions?  Contact the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee, Marilyn Sobke at 912-598-2840 or

Spy will be handing out the delivered poinsettias, after 10 am service this Sunday, December 3.
Just go to the Youth Room and pick up your beautiful Christmas flowers!

Buying wreaths, garlands, and table decorations from Washington State is a SPY holiday tradition.

Lynch Creek Farm  uses Noble Fir, Juniper Berries, Incense Cedar, Variegated Holly, Salal and Ponderosa Pine cones and ships these fresh creations straight to you, on the date you select. They are beautiful and smell great!  Order yours today, here .
Diocesan Overnight Advent Retreat 
at Honey Creek | December 8 - 9

This prayer retreat will allow participants to quiet down through the practices of silent centering prayer, chanting and singing, praying with icons, Anglican prayer beads, Lectio Divina and the Daily Office. Attendees will practice each of those spiritual disciplines as a group, discuss our experience, and encourage each other in our spiritual journey. Each discipline will be book-ended by the ancient liturgies of our tradition. Participants will discover practices that will enrich their life with God in the season of Advent and beyond. 
Facilitated by Lynne Kemp and three Savannah priests: Kelly Steele, Guillermo Arboleda and Hunt Priest. Register through Honey Creek's website, 
here. (Registration fees on the site include room and board.)

Yoga in the Parish Hall
December 7 & 14 at 10 am
Movement and stillness are keys to a healthy mind, body and spirit. Join Kate Doran of Spry Mind + Body for a chair-supported yoga class and discover how 45 minutes of moving and breathing can create both physical vitality and peace of mind.

We will do traditional yoga postures, with the support of a chair, to build and maintain flexibility, strength and balance. We will also learn how to use the breath to calm our nervous system and quiet the mind. These two sessions are free to those who attend. What better time than Advent to quiet your body and mind? 
Foyer Groups 
Foyer Groups are gatherings of eight who meet in each others' homes once a month for brunch or dinner in January, February and March. This is a wonderful way to get to know our fellow parishioners better.
If interested, please sign up by Friday, December 1st either in the Parish Hall during the Sunday Coffee Hour or by contacting June Palmer at 912.598.1693 or              
When signing up, please be sure to indicate which month you would be able to host a group, or if you would rather just be on the substitute list.

for Kick-off Party
Jennifer and Will Claiborne have graciously offered to host our Foyer Kick-Off Cocktail Party on Saturday, January 6,  5 - 7 pm at 16 Little Comfort Road.  All who signed up for the Foyer Groups are invited and are asked to RSVP to June by December 30th.  Please bring an appetizer to share and $5 each to cover the cost of the wine and soft drinks.
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! 
Jim Brawner, Erin Davis, Dan Hanlon, 
Mary Ann Hess,  Julia Howard, James Innes, 
Beth McDonald, Kate Moffett,  David Neises, 
Jacquelyn Repella, Bailee Smith, Jim Toedtman

Send your names and dates to: 
Happy Anniversary & Best  Wishes!

Beckie & Steve Templeton, Odette & Bill White

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.   


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