Life at Saint Peter's
April 13, 2017
In This Issue
Upcoming Sunday Readings
A Message from Our Interim Rector
Holy Week
Easter Sunday
SPY Car Wash on April 30
Street Fair is Coming!
Street Fair Tricky Tray Baskets Needed
News From The OpShop
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 16, is Easter Sunday!
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A Message from Our Interim Rector

"Alleluia, Christ is risen," we say on Easter, the Day of Resurrection, but this dramatic story of new life is only one part of the great story of God's involvement in our lives. 

Advent reminds us we can wait expectantly for God's goodness.
Christmas affirms that God is "Emmanuel," in our very midst.
Epiphany shows the grace of God at work teaching us and healing us.
Lent demonstrates that even Jesus struggled with his darker impulses, as do we.
Holy Week and Easter affirm that in our darkest hour, God's grace can lead us through every hell to a new day. 
And Pentecost will reveal that Christ is not off in some distant heaven, but is a life-giving Spirit available to anyone who gives themselves in trust to all that is good, compassionate and just. 

Come and celebrate the New Life available every day to hearts that trust in the grace and goodness of God.

Fr. Bob
Holy Week

Thank you to Warden David Cowell for leading our Tenebrae service last night. Our Holy Week services continue with Maundy Thursday dinner this evening at 6:30. Please join us for a simple meal in the Undercroft, followed by our service in the church at 7:30.

Participation in these services can be a wonderful preparation for Easter!

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, Saturday, April 15:
7:30 pm in the Chapel

Easter Sunday
SPY Car Wash, 4/30
Street Fair
Street Fair - June 9th & 10th!  
If you haven't already marked your calendar,
do it NOW!

We are beginning our sign-up to work
"The Fair!" 

Please see Dana Leach (973-364-7544) to help with Game Booths;

June or Dave Cowell (973-226-1733) for Chicken Dinner;

Peter or Danielle Torok   (973-226-8552 ) for Snack Bar;

Ed Kamper (973-228-3945 ) for assistance with Set-Up & Break-Down .

Remember, SO much easier on us if you reach out and let us know you can help rather than having us track you down!  And SO much more fun when you are a part of this amazing event!  Thanks in advance to all!
Street Fair Tricky Tray
Street Fair - June 9th & 10th
Tricky Tray

The Saint Peter's Street Fair is quickly approaching and we are in need of some donations of baskets for our Tricky Tray. This was such a success last year so please consider donating a full basket or grab a friend and create one together. If you would rather give a monetary donation, big or small, we can combine donations to create a fabulous basket for you.

There will be a sign-up board at coffee hour after church. If you are unable to sign up, you can call Stephanie Kent at  973-461-3243 or email Quinn Egan at and let us know what type of basket or donation you want to make. Baskets should be worth $40 or more.  Baskets should be dropped off in the church office by May 26th.   We will wrap the baskets if you are not able to.
Some basket theme ideas...
Spirits, Spa, Gift cards, Sports, Cooking, Children, Teen, Home Goods.

Thank you so much for considering making a donation. 

Peace and Love,
Stephanie and Quinn

News From The OpShop
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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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! 

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!

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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