Life at Saint Peter's
April 7, 2017
In This Issue
Upcoming Sunday Readings
A Message from Our Interim Rector
Piano Concert on April 7
Sunday School
News From The OpShop
Holy Week
Street Fair
Easter Lessons & Carols, April 23
Angel Food Ministry Fundraiser on 4/23
Next Men's Night will be May 5
Vacation Bible School, August 7-11
Coffee Hour
Communion Class will start in May
Food Pantry Needs
Pay Your Pledge Online
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel!
Amazon Program Benefits Saint Peter's
Piano Lessons
Voice Lessons
Pastoral Counseling
Quick Links
Upcoming Sunday Readings 
You can look ahead at the readings for this Sunday by connecting to the Lectionary Page.
This Sunday, April 9, is Palm Sunday.
Our Staff
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A Message from Our Interim Rector

Why Did Jesus Die?

Some Christians see Jesus' death on the cross as the whole point of his life, but the Gospels paint a much richer picture. Jesus was a man on a mission to re-call his people to God's way of justice and compassion, and to oppose the unjust and uncaring powers-that-be in his time. Following his vision of God's just rule provoked increasing opposition, but he was unwavering in his devotion to the vision. His death was a seemingly inevitable outcome of his mission, and he accepted it, believing that his sacrifice would add power to his message--which is what happened. Death could no stop him: He lived still! And his vision of a truly mutual, just, compassionate way of life spread like wildfire, still inviting us into its power today. 
We have a chance to walk through the steps of that final week in our Holy Week and Easter services. Come and let that fire touch your hearts this year!

Fr. Bob
Piano Concert on Friday, 4/7
Sunday School
Sunday School
Palm  Sunday is this week and it marks the end of Lent ! There will be no  Sunday  School this week, instead the children will join us in church to experience the Palm  Sunday  service and the reading of The Passion. I encourage all to try to attend as we approach the most solemn week of the church calendar. The understanding of our faith continues to deepen within the children and I am so proud of them.

The Palm Sunday service helps them to remember Easter is not all chocolate bunnies and jelly beans, a fact that many, if not most of them, are already starting to grasp. You can't have the JOY of Easter without the sadness of the Crucifixion. The palms are a tangible way for us all to remember.

For questions or to become involved with  Sunday  School or Family Church, feel free to reach out! 

With Faith & Love,
Dana Leach
News From The OpShop
Visit The OpShop for our unique offerings in clothing, books, art work, and home goods (including Easter decorations!). 

We will be open this Saturday, April 8!

Please note that we will be closed during Holy Week, no shopping on Thursday, April 13 or Saturday, April 15.

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

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Holy Week

Our Holy Week services begin this Sunday, April 9 with Palm Sunday. Participation in these services can be a wonderful preparation for Easter! Volunteers are needed to help provide the meal for Maundy Thursday and read at the Noon Good Friday Service. 
  • If you can provide a simple stew, salad, or bread on Thursday, April 13, please RSVP to  Christine Corso
  • If you would like to read at our Intergenerational Stations of the Cross at Noon on Good Friday (April 14), please see Fr. Morris.

Palm Sunday, April 9:
Palm Procession and Holy Eucharist, 10 am
No Sunday School
(Assemble in Garth before 10 
to process into Church

Holy Wednesday, April 12:
Tenebrae Service, led by David Cowell, 7:30 pm (Chapel) 

Maundy Thursday, April 13:
Pot Luck Supper 6:30 pm (Undercroft)
Maundy Thursday Eucharist and Foot Washing, 7:30 pm (Church) 

Good Friday, April 14:
Good Friday Stations of the Cross, 12 noon
Good Friday Liturgy, 7:30 pm

Easter Vigil, April 15
Easter Vigil Service, 7:30 pm (chapel)

Resurrection Sunday, April 16:
Holy Eucharist, 9 & 11 am
Easter Egg Hunt between the Services
Street Fair
Street Fair - June 9th & 10th!  
If you haven't already marked your calendar,
do it NOW!

This Sunday we will begin sign-ups for Street Fair! Yay!  Two months away and it is time to start "rallying the troops!"  Please consult your calendar and see if you can take on a booth for the weekend. 

Can you work both  Friday  and  Saturday  nights? GREAT!  

Can you run a booth for one night? GREAT!

Do you only have a couple of hours and could help with a  5:00-7:30  or  7:30-10:00  shift one night? GREAT!

Also coming up, be on the lookout for opportunities to help with Snack Bar, Chicken Dinner, Set-Up and Break-Down.  AND/OR donate a Tricky Tray basket! 

Please consider giving as much time as you are able and get excited for this fun weekend together lifting up the Spirit that is Saint Peter's! You can also give me a call or send an email and I'd be happy to mark you down!

With Faith & Love,
Dana Leach  (973) 364-7544
Easter Lessons & Carols, April 23

On Sunday, April 23, we will have a special service of Lessons & Carols with Communion at our 10am service. Please join us as we raise our voices in song and celebration!
Angel Food Ministry Fundraiser, April 23

The Angel Food Ministry is holding a fundraiser after the  10am  service on  Sunday, April 23rd.  We will be selling delicious, ready to bake/freeze  Brunch Egg Casseroles  for $10 each.

The money raised will be used to make meals to restock the Angel Food freezer.  

Thank you for supporting this ministry!
Serena Watkinson and Maggie Wohltmann
Save the Date for Men's Night, May 5!

The men of Saint Peter's are invited to gather on May 5 for a long overdue Men's Night. Menu to be determined, but it's Cinco de Mayo, so lots of ideas to choose from!

Please save the date!
Save the Date for Vacation Bible School!

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

Registration will open on Easter and we will soon be scheduling our craft and decorating nights to prepare. Stay tuned for ways to be involved in this wonderful ministry!

Please save the date!
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! 
Communion Class

Youth Holy Communion Class

All children in second grade or older are welcome to learn about  Holy Communion and be recognized in a special celebration on  Sunday, May 14, at the 10am service.

Communion classes will take place on Saturday, May 6 from 9- 10:30 and Saturday, May 13 from 9-12 in the undercroft.  The children will discuss the Last Supper, learn the basics of Holy  Communion, and bake the bread to be part of the Sunday  celebration on May 14.

Since the Episcopal Church professes full inclusion in the Church  at Baptism, including in the partaking of Holy Communion, this  class is simply a formal way for children to learn more about Holy  Communion and celebrate with our St. Peter's community in a  unique and fun way.

Please RSVP by email to Serena Watkinson if your
child is interested in participating.

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! 

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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. 

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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!

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


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

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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