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9 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:

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 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

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, November 12  | 23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist | 8 am & 10 am

But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an everflowing stream.
                                                                          Amos 5:24

Click here to readSunday's Roster of Clergy, Lay Ministers & Readings

You still have time to mail in or drop off your pledge card; if you prefer, you can fill in your pledge card, online.
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.
Pilgimage to Scotland
May 24 - June 4, 2018

Flyers will be soon be available everywhere; brochures
for those seriously considering this pilgrimage are available in the Parish Office. Questions? Doris+ 912.598.7242 or
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.
What's up with Communion at 10 am Eucharist?

We're seeking to tighten up the worship service a bit and deepen the experience of receiving communion. 
As you approach the rail:
  • Those on the right side (facing forward) of the nave and south transept fill in beginning beneath the pulpit. 
  • Those on the left side (facing forward) and in the north transept fill in beginning at the center of the rail at the head of the aisle. 
The whole dance will move from right to left, instead of from the center out. Ushers will help direct and there's no punishment or shame for getting it wrong! 

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

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.

Christian Formation

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SUNDAY, November 12
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Children & Youth Sunday School
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
in the Parlor;
"Sunday School for Parents" 9 am 
in the Conference Room

 Adult Forum, 11:30 in the Parlor
"Eastern Orthodox and Finding God," led by
Chuck Watson

 SPY, 5:30 - 8 pm | IHN Preparation
We'll be cooking dinner for our guests, so be sure to gather at 5:30; we will have our regular SPY program afterwards.
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Bible Study  
Meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30  in the Parish Hall.
Wednesday, November 1st, we began a new study of the Gospel of Matthew: Conversations with Scripture by Dr. John Yieh. All are welcome!

EYCS Awards Record Number of Scholarships

Episcopal Youth and Children's Services is a unique organization in our Diocese that provides need-based college scholarships and financial assistance for summer camp at Honey Creek. 

To date, EYCS has provided over $1,000,000 in college scholarships for over a thousand youth of the Diocese and over $40,000 to  hundreds of children to attend Honey Creek.

This year, EYCS has granted $80,400 to 53 college students  and given $8,000 to Honey Creek.  Six members of St. Peter's are recipients of EYCS college scholarships.

Sunday, November 12 is the annual EYCS Ingathering across the Diocese.  Please help support EYCS by using the gold envelopes in this Sunday's program.  

All donations are tax deductible and help our Episcopal children. 
Thank you.
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.
Questions?  Contact the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee, Marilyn Sobke at 912-598-2840 or
Celebration Breakfast
 November 19 at 9 am  
We'll gather in the Parish Hall for breakfast hosted by the Vestry and Staff: eggs, grits, bacon, fruit and breakfast breads. In addition to celebrating and giving thanks for the 2018 financial commitments, we'll also get an update on the dollar amount and the number of pledges we've received. 

Please let us know if you're coming: signup sheets on the Welcome Tables at both entrances, a phone call to the office or online signup
Our St. Peter's Youth (SPY) are Fundraising
and Helping Us Decorate for the Holidays!

As in Christmas seasons past, SPY will be selling beautiful red, pink, white and marble poinsettias in 6.5 inch pots.

Orders will be taken through Sunday, November 26, and the plants will be available at St. Peter's for pick up on Sunday, December 3.
Ordering is easy! Here's how:
  • Download and print this form, fill out, and leave at the desk in our Parish Hall, along with a check made out to "St. Peter's Youth" OR
  • Fill out a form at coffee hour, along with a check made out to "St. Peter's Youth" OR 
  • Stop by the Parish Hall at any time and fill out a form (found in back of Parish Hall) and leave at desk, along with a check

Buying wreaths, garlands, and table decorations from Washington State is another 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.)
RSVP for ECW* Fall Brunch Now!
Saturday, November 18, 10 am - 12 noon, Parish Hall
With the Rev. Lauren Flowers Byrd, Speaker:

"Strength & Vulnerability: Mary Magdalene and Marilyn Monroe"

All women at St. Peter's are invited --
You do not want to miss this speaker and brunch!

Please RSVP by 5 pm on 
Wednesday, November 15: 
Maggie Mitchell 912.598.7707 or

 *ECW | Episcopal Church Women
Finding God in Our Own Stories
On Monday mornings at 10 am in the Sandpiper Room at The Marshes, Dan and Ginger Malachuk, parishioners at St. Peter's, will facilitate a discussion on a scripture passage from the upcoming Sunday's Lectionary readings. Words and stories from Scripture often evoke remembrances from our own lives - and our discovering or rediscovering God's presence in them.  

The program continues every Monday at 10, through next Monday, November 13.
Monthly Lunches at the Marshes
If you live at the Marshes, join other parishioners and Episcopalians and a member of our clergy staff for a monthly luncheon on the second Tuesday of each month, October-June.
From time to time, other members of the St. Peter's staff might come too. We'll gather in a small dining room, share a brief order of Noonday Prayer and enjoy lunch and conversation. 
Our next lunch is next Tuesday, November 14, at noon:
Contact Michelle Rice, The Marshes Community Life Services Director, at 912.598.5030 to sign up. Cost of lunch is $8. 
"In Search of a Prophet: 
A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran"  
A lecture and book signing by Paul-Gordon Chandler about 20th century Lebanese-born poet-artist Kahlil Gibran on Tuesday November 28, 7 p.m. at St. Paul's (34th and Abercorn Streets). The lecture is free and open to the public. 
Paul-Gordon Chandler is an Episcopal priest, author, interfaith advocate, art curator, and social entrepreneur. The lecture is wonderful background information for the exhibit "Kahlil Gibran and the Feminine Divine" at the Jepson Center at the Telfair until January 2. Telfair Museums boasts the largest public collection of visual art by Kahlil Gibran in the United States, donated in 1950 by his lifelong supporter and mentor Mary Haskell Minis. 

Read more about the exhibit.  
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? 
Community Thanksgiving Worship Service
On  Sunday, November 19 at 5 pm, all of the island churches will unite in thanksgiving to host a casual community sunset service.  Worshippers should bring folding chairs to enjoy the sunset on the banks of the Skidaway River, at the Skidaway Oceanographic Institute. Hot cider will be provided.  Give thanks to God in the beauty of this glorious community where we live and worship.
Foyer Groups 
Each year we look forward to our Foyer Groups, 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 December 1st either in the Parish Hall during the Sunday Coffee Hour or by contacting June Palmer at 912.598.693 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.
CHANGE OF DATE 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! 

Fred Irwin, Emilie Miller, Cassady Mitchell, Parker Mitchell, 
Frank Mason, Hamilton Searcy, Odette White, 
Bobbie Taylor, Sandy Bocard

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

Crissy & Shep Sheppard

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.   
St. Peter's Angel Tree

Good news: the 2017 Angel Tree will be up and ready in the Parish Hall for the November 26th service, so that everyone who wishes to help will be able 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:
Getting to Know Our Neighbors, from Near & Far
Linda Tierney-Pufahl and John Pufahl, along with some friends, have adopted a fully vetted Afghani family of father, mother, 3 young children and one on the way, via Lutheran Settlement House (LSH). They have arrived without much in the way of clothing and other necessities of life. LSH has provided an apartment with the bare necessities and Linda has asked that we help, particularly with baby clothing and supplies, as well as warmer clothes for the older children. 

We are in the process of getting all the pertinent needs, sizes, etc. for this family and happily have received permission from them to have a "party" celebrating their arrival. Stay tuned to Banner for more info on warmly welcoming this family: 
likely in early December. 
Conversations with Artist-in-Residence
The art installation of Jerome Meadows' assemblages at St. Peter's presents a variety of intriguing compositions. When one understands Meadows' works are conversations about the ways of the world around us, we begin to see them as a pointed response to society. 

We invite you to join us for wine and cheese on Thursday, November 30 at 5 pm with artist Jerome Meadows and curator Tania Sammons as they guide a dialogue about Jerome's work in both art historical and every day contexts.  We'll begin with about 15 minutes for guests to browse the exhibition and select a work they find of particular interest. This will be followed by a 30 minute presentation by Tania, as curator, putting the works into context (Q&A to be included). Three or four works identified by the guests will be selected for focused conversation.

Please call the office at 912.589.7242 to let us know you're coming to join in the "unveiling" of his truths!

(The artist is donating 10% of all sales of his work from the exhibition to  Living Waters , an emerging outreach program of 
St. Peter's.)
Family Promise Hosting Week | Nov. 12 - 19
Families will be visiting from this Sunday, Nov. 12 to next Sunday, Nov. 19.  Family Promise, also known as Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), 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, shop for breakfast and lunch items, help set up or clean up, or simply learn more about the program, please call Jim Brawner at 912.692.0687 or 912.257.9680.
The Savannah Children's Book Festival is coming to town again on  Saturday, November 18th.  Once more it will be a fun-filled event in  Forsyth Park, celebrating and encouraging children's reading.  The  expected attendance once again will be over 10,000!

Please contact George Hubbs at 912.598.7894 or at church   to ask questions  and sign up.  
We need you and you'll have a very positive time.


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.