Life at Saint Peter's
June 16, 2017
In This Issue
Upcoming Sunday Readings
A Message from Our Interim Rector
Bishop's Visit This Sunday, 6/18
An Invitation to Celebrate with Fr. Anthony on Saturday, June 17
Father's Day Grief
VBS Craft Night, Monday, 6/19
Summer Schedule
Street Fair Thank-You
Sunday School
Ornament of Lost Coin Window
Coffee Hour
The OpShop
Food Pantry Needs
Pay Your Pledge Online
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel!
Amazon Program Benefits Saint Peter's
Pastoral Counseling
Piano Lessons
Voice Lessons
Quick Links
Upcoming Sunday Readings 
You can look ahead at the readings for this Sunday by connecting to the Lectionary Page.
This Sunday, June 18, is the Second Sunday after the Pentecost.
Our Staff
Join Our List
A Message from Our Interim Rector

"Summer Season of the Spirit"

Ever get a sudden inspiration to do something good? Feel moved to reach out in compassion to help another? This is likely to be the Spirit at work in your spirit.

Almost half the Church Year--the Pentecost Season--focuses on the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Spirit is the dimension of God "nearer than breathing," which animates all life and seeks to work with us to bring forth all our best, Christ-like qualities. From Advent to Pentecost  Sunday we focus on the life of Christ, so we can see what God-like character in action looks like. Then we have a season where we hear,  Sunday by  Sunday, the substance of Jesus' teaching to help us apply what Jesus taught in our daily lives.

Summer Sundays are important! Don't miss hearing, week by week, what Jesus actually told us to do, and how he saw human life in God. 

Bishop Beckwith's Visitation at all Services
June 18

Our Diocesan Bishop will be with us to preach, celebrate Communion, lead us in a renewal of our baptismal vows, and lead a Bishop's Forum during a special Coffee Hour in the Undercroft after the  10 am service.
We are all asked ponder this question: 
"What part do you feel you play in God's mission in the world? 
What are some of the ways you serve God's purposes?"

The Vestry will then meet with the Bishop for lunch to discuss how we see St. Peter's serving God's purposes in our communities. 

Father Anthony's Institution on June 17
Father's Day Grief

It's easy to forget that for many, this upcoming Sunday, Father's Day, can be full of emotional landmines. Our Pastoral Assistant and Bereavement Specialist,  Vince Corso, offers his insights to spouses with young children who are coping with the death of a Dad, in the lead-up to Father's Day. The article is published on-line at or you may download a copy here.

VBS Craft Night, Monday, 6/19

We will hold HERO CENTRAL VBS on August 7-11!

Thanks to those who came to our craft and decorating night last week. Our next volunteer opportunity is coming up in June!

Join us Monday, June 19 at 7:30 in the Upper Room for a Craft & Decorating Night!

Registration has opened and is filling up quickly! If you would like to have your child join us, please fill out the registration form and return it to the church office soon.
Summer Schedule

Staff Planning Day
Wednesday, January 21
Office Closed - No Midweek Eucharist

9 am  Sunday Wee Believers is over until  September 10

Last Wednesday  Noon Healing Eucharist on  June 28

Street Fair Thanks
To all who hammered, hauled, stood for hours, picked up balls, carried, fed people, sold tickets of all types, donated food, books and those amazing Tricky Tray baskets ... to those who came to the Fair, brought friends and relatives ... and to all those in between ...

Thank You!!  

It was a hugely successful Street Fair and we couldn't have done it with out everyone's help. It was truly St. Peter's at its best!  

Peace & Love,
Your Street Fair Committee

If you were one of those wonderful people who put out a Street Fair lawn sign please return it to the church office porch so we can re-use it for next year :)  Thanks!
Sunday School
Family Church
Our Junior SPY did a spectacular job with Family Church! Our readers were Zoe Boggier, Donte Chance, and Anna Torok, who each read so clearly and beautifully. Abby Boggier and Katie Butler were a big help ushering, and our elements were carried so carefully by cousins Julia DiGiovanni and Katelyn Wescott. Family Church will take a break for the summer :(

Although  Sunday School & Family Church will be on break for the summer, children are ALWAYS welcome in "big" church so I hope to see you all during the summer! Please consider helping with these important ministries next year.  If you have any questions reach out, I'd love to talk to you!  

With Faith & Love, 
Dana Leach

Nursery Care
Nursery Care will continue to be available for children 3 and younger through the end of June, then will take a break for July and August.  Michelle & Ann will be back again after Labor Day to care for our littlest parishioners. The little ones are always welcome in "big" church, however :)

With Faith & Love,
Dana Leach
Ornament of Lost Coin Window

A replica of the window dedicated to Mother Stephanie last week will be available on a Christmas ornament, and proceeds will be divided between the parish and a purse for Mother Stephanie.

If you are interested in ordering one, please contact Pam Au.
Coffee Hour: Mutual Give and Take in Action

Mutuality is at the heart of Christian practice, and the heart-beat of Saint Peter's is mutual support: some prepare the altar for the rest of us, others read so we may hear. Some take flowers to the sick and shut-in, others greet us warmly as we enter for worship. Church School teachers educate children from any family of the parish and OpShop Volunteers touch the lives of people in the larger community. 

Likewise, our after-service coffee hours are a kind of "rotating pot-luck" offering of members to members: each week a different family hosts the coffee hour for all who come. The rules are simple (and posted in the Upper Room): make the coffee (easy), bring some goodies (doesn't have to be fancy!), and tidy up the space when finished. You are invited to "join the mutuality" by signing up for hosting one week this season. The sign up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Upper Room. 

Help us help make Saint Peter's
a welcoming space for all! 
The OpShop

Our regular hours are
Thursday, 1 - 4 pm
Saturday, 10am - 2pm

We will be closed June 10,
reopening on June 15.

Stay tuned for our Summer Sale Days!

Like us on Facebook
Please Help Our Local Food Pantry

The need is great, your donation makes a difference!!

The next time you are shopping, please simply buy a double for one or two of your regular items. That's it! Don't worry about whether it's "this month's" item, it doesn't even need to be edible (a little bit of mascara could be a real treat for someone!). Please just bring an item or two each week when you can, and think of what a difference it will make!

Thank you for your generosity! 

Pay Your Pledge Online
Saint Peter's On the Web

Did you know that Saint Peter's has our own YouTube channel? We include the Gospel reading with the sermon for your reference, and try to highlight special music by our Combined Choirs as well as the Cherub Choir. 

subscribe to our channel to be notified when new videos are posted!
Amazon Smiles

Ple ase keep Saint Peter's in mind 
when you shop online

If you follow our Saint Peter's link to get to, we receive a percentage back in advertising revenue, and we are currently earning 6.5%! The more clicks and purchases we receive, the greater this percentage.

In addition, when you shop at, you may select Saint Peter's as your charity of choice and Amazon will donate a portion (0.5%) of the purchase price to Saint Peter's.

Please note that you are not charged any additional fees by shopping using these links, and you may change your charity of choice at any time. Amazon Smiles is a one-time sign-up; and earnings are in addition to those from the advertising program.

To shop using our link, please click above or use the link on the home page of our web site.

Thank you!

Pastoral Counseling

Our Pastoral Assistant, Vince Corso, is available to Saint Peter's parishioners for advice and counseling--especially around issues of grief and loss.

If additional counseling is desired, you may engage with him through his private practice.

compassion identity

Piano Lessons


John Pivarnik is currently offering piano lessons for beginners through adults, with or without prior musical training.  


Please contact John at 973-377-9068 or  by e-mail for scheduling and more details.


Voice Lessons


We are a proud Member of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. 

Contact information:
Parish Office: 973-226-6500   Fax:  973-226-5477

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