Life at Saint Peter's
March 30, 2017
In This Issue
Upcoming Sunday Readings
A Message from Our Interim Rector
Lenten Preaching Series
Sunday School
News From The OpShop
Coffee Hour
Piano Concert on April 7
Next Men's Night will be May 5
Communion Class will start in May
Food Pantry Needs
Pay Your Pledge Online
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel!
Amazon Program Benefits Saint Peter's
Oratorio Concert in Montclair on 4/1
Piano Lessons
Voice Lessons
Pastoral Counseling
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Upcoming Sunday Readings 
You can look ahead at the readings for this Sunday by connecting to the Lectionary Page.
Sunday, April 2, is the Fifth Sunday of Lent.
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A Message from Our Interim Rector

When St. Augustine wrote his "Confessions," very little of it was about his sins. We "confess" our faith and our love, too.  Confessio, or confession, does not mean focusing only on sins--actions or attitudes that cause genuine harm to the fabric of goodness in ourselves, others, or the world. Confession means self-declaration, to ourselves and others, of an honest assessment of our strengths and weaknesses, our good deeds and harmful actions.

We are meant to thank God for the good qualities we rely on to be helpful, kind, and just, and to have heartfelt contrition over any harmful actions--and to rejoice in God's forgiving, accepting love in all things.
Fr. Bob
Lenten Preaching Series

"Ten Commandments Sunday"

At this Sunday's services we will use a responsive prayer based on the Ten Commandments (good refresher!), and at 10 AM there will be a haunting sung response to each: "Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law."  Join us for this special way of marking the Sunday before Holy Week begins!
Lenten Preaching Series

Lenten Preaching Series: 
"Tuning Up the Soul: Basic Christian Practice"

"Tuning up" an instrument means adjusting it to the right pitch. Tuning up a car means returning it to good running shape. Our souls-out inner selves-need tuning up if we are to meet life with readiness, courage, compassion and creativity. Our Lenten series will look at how the very basic activities we do in a  Sunday service can be used more deeply and intentionally to help us "get back on track" with the grace of God as life keeps challenging the running shape of our souls. You'll hear some good hints on how to make you worship--and daily life--play fine music!

Lent 5, April 2:
Confession: Self-Declaration (Fr. Morris)

Sunday School
Sunday School
This week is the 5th  Sunday in Lent. We are having an AMAZING Lent in  Sunday School! I wish you could have all seen the connections being made in the 1st-3rd grade classroom between various past lessons and the different parts of Jesus's life. The 4th-6th grade never even got to the Gospel reading because they became so involved in discussing what type of leaders God might want; what type of jobs God needs done. And there is ALWAYS enthusiasm in the PreK-K classroom :)  Truly wonderful things are happening in  Sunday School!

To hear more, ask questions or become involved please 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!).

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 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 Caroline Medina
  • 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
(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 a.m.
Easter Egg Hunt between the Services
Street Fair
Street Fair - June 9th & 10th!  
If you haven't already marked your calendar do it NOW!

Our next Street Fair planning meeting is Monday, April 3rd at 7:30 in the church office. PLEASE COME! If you can't come please reach out and volunteer your time to help with this spirit-lifting, faith-building, fundraising and FUN event!

We need people to staff game booths, food stalls, set-up, break-down ... also be on the lookout for sign-ups for donations (Tricky Tray baskets, food, books...). 

Questions, or to help, contact June Cowell, or  Dana Leach,
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! 
Piano Concert on Friday, 4/7
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!
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!

Oratorio Concert, April 1 in Montclair


The Oratorio Society of New Jersey

Dr. Sandor Szabo, Music Director/Conductor




Vivaldi Magnificat

Perfolesi Magnificat

Poulenc Stabat Mater

Chamber Orchestra and Soloists


Saturday, April 1 at 8:00 pm

Church of the Immaculate Conception

30 N. Fullerton Avenue

Montclair, NJ


All tickets $20, free parking


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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