Life at Saint Peter's
June 22, 2017
In This Issue
Upcoming Sunday Readings
A Message from Our Interim Rector
Bishop's Visitayion
Welcome Pam Bayard to Vestry
Cowells Honored with Hegg Award
Search Process Moving Forward!
VBS Registration almost Full!
Summer Schedule
Summer Coffee Hour
The OpShop
Father's Day Grief
Street Fair Thank-You
Sunday School
Ornament of Lost Coin Window
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 25, is the Third Sunday after the Pentecost.
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A Message from Our Interim Rector

"Putting Jesus First?"

Don't think that "putting Jesus first" in your life means putting religion first. Jesus came to teach us a way that leads to "life more abundantly." Religion is meant to serve life; life is not meant to serve religion.

Jesus is the ultimate pragmatist: he models what humans need for people to live together successfully. We put him first when we choose to live in ways that make the best in us and other flourish.

What are your most important goals in life? Which of those aims would Jesus love? How do they help create good in the world, for you, those you love, and those around you?

In the next few weeks, sermons will explore how Jesus leads us to "choose life" in the best way.
Bishop Beckwith's Visitation,  June 18

When our Diocesan Bishop Mark Beckwith spent  Sunday  morning at St. Peter's on June 18, he not only preached and celebrated at both services, but engaged both congregations in a time of conversation about being the church in a time of profound social change. He applauded St. Peter's long-standing relationship with the local community through The OpShop, Nursery School, Street Fair, and other outreach ministries.

At lunch with the Vestry, what Vestry persons value about St. Peter's was discussed, as well as the ways the parish is beginning to turn outward in renewed strength after a time of necessary focus on internal matters.

The Bishop predicted that priests searching for a new position would find St. Peter's "highly desirable," and that we would receive a number of resum├ęs.

This was Bishop Mark's last formal Visitation, as the search for his successor is now proceeding, with a consecration date for the new Bishop set for September 2018. 
Welcome Pam Bayard to the Vestry

Congratulations, Pam Bayard! Pam, who was chosen as our Alternate, has been unanimously elected to complete the term of Caroline Medina on Saint Peter's Vestry.

Caroline Medina continues to recuperate and will be moving to live closer to her family.

The position of Alternate on the Vestry is an important one for just such instances, and is now vacant. Please call upon God's spirit to help you discern if you are being called to serve on the Vestry.
Cowells Honored with Hegg Award

On Sunday, June 11, David & June Cowell were honored with the David P. Hegg II Lifetime Achievement Award. The Hegg Awards are given annually to members of our diocese who are  long-standing, active members who have made  contributions to the congregation and/or the diocese.

Congratulations June & Dave!

St. Peter's Search Process Moves Ahead

The call has gone out through the posting of our Parish Profile with the Diocese, inviting prospective candidates for our new full-time priest position to send us their resume. The Search Committee will meet monthly through the summer and hopes to begin the initial round of interviews in the early Fall, and issue a call before year's end.

Please hold the committee in your prayers as they sift through resumes, conduct interviews and select candidates to present to the Vestry for decision. 

VBS Registration Almost Full!

August 7-11!

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

Volunteers are needed during the week of VBS! Please reply to this email if you have one or more days to help our superheroes take flight.

Registration is filling up quickly, just a few slots left! If you would like to have your child join us, please fill out the registration form and return it to the church office by July 1.
Summer Schedule

Staff Planning Day
Our staff enjoyed a restorative and productive day together this week. Thank you for your patience as the office was closed for the day.

9 am  Sunday Wee Believers is over 
until  September 10

Last Wednesday  Noon Healing Eucharist 
will be on  June 28

Summer Refreshments in the Courtyard

On Summer Sundays, beginning this week, there will be tea, lemonade and cookies in the Courtyard after the  10 am service.  Join with others for this informal time of fellowship.

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

Final shopping day before 
our summer break!

50% off storewide 

this Saturday, 6/24 10 am - 2 pm

Clothing-Furniture-Jewelry- Books-Artwork-Accessories-Home Goods

The OpShop will open again in September.

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Father's Day Grief

For adult children who are grieving the loss or absence of a Dad,  our Pastoral Assistant, Vince Corso, offers some comfort, wisdom and insight.   Download a copy here.  
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

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.
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


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

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