St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Carson City
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775-882-1534     www.stpeterscarsoncity.org   3 14 N. Division St., Carson City, Nevada 
September 21, 2017
In This Issue
Oppty to be of Service
The Quilt!
EfM Answers
St. Peter's History
Male Spirituality
Lighter Side
Upcoming
 Lectionary Readings
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From the Rector


Dear people of St Peter's,
 
    I write from San Diego where Marietta is  delivering the commission on which she has worked so long & hard this year.  The woodworker will be inlaying the pieces of her design to finish the aumbry for All Saints' Palo Alto.  This marks a transition to a more 'normal' life for us, if only in our imaginations; still work to be done but at a less harried pace.  We're visiting friends in So Cal, including my spiritual
director, before returning home.
 
   In the meantime, we've been asked to make sure all  Episcopal women know they are invited to attend the Annual meeting of the Episcopal Women of Nevada during the upcoming Diocesan Convention.  The meeting will be held on October 5th at 2pm at Trinity Cathedral in Reno.  Please RSVP to
Barbara Schafer at  schaferb75@yahoo.com or Constance Skidmore at  cwskid@att.net by Oct. 1. 
 
 
May the peace of God be with you all.
Jeff+

Gratitude
 
A heartfelt thanks to our parish members who helped St. Peter's collect $422 for this summer's United Thank Offering (UTO) campaign. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and I know the UTO organization will be able to put it to good use.

Our next collection will be sometime in November, dates to be announced in October. If you would like a blue collection box, we will have those available in the parish hall by early October. -- Chris Ritger, UTO representative

 

Opportunity to Be of Service
 
  Here's the latest update on the Habibi family:
 
     Carson City schools started August 21st, and the six Habibi children are all enrolled and attending classes. The youngest four are attending Mark Twain and the two oldest are attending Carson Middle School. While all the children are making progress, they need more individual tutoring help.  Open tutoring is being held at the Habibi home from 4:00-5:30pm on Monday - Thursday evenings.  The home is located at 1425 Spooner Drive in Carson City. If you find yourself with a bit of free time and you'd like to let the kids show you how much they are learning, please stop by.  If you have questions, please contact Roxie Brewer at brewerfam@sbcglobal.net.
 
     In addition, we are told that employment for Mr. Habibi is still a problem, mainly due to language barriers, but he keeps trying.  Mrs. Habibi has been sick with this pregnancy, but remains in good spirits. She is due in October. 
 
   The children have been assigned tablets to complete homework assignments, but the home does not have internet, a needed service.  Thankfully, a volunteer has stepped forward and offered to pay the monthly service.
 

The Quilt is Up!
 
     As most of you have seen, the quilt for the quilt raffle is on display in the Parish Hall.  Tickets are for sale.  Click here for the main flyer.  Show your friends.  They may want a few tickets. 
     Many thanks to Terry DeZort for her creativity!!   The drawing will be in November at our Parish's Annual Meeting.  You need not be present to win.


Questions to be Answered 
Are You Interested in Deeper Study?
 
On Tuesday, October 17th at 6:30 pm, there will be a question and answer session for anyone interested in learning about EfM -Education for Ministry. This gathering will be held in the church library and is open to all parishioners.

If you have any further questions now, please call Louise Hogen at 883-7224.
 

Bits and Pieces of St. Peter's History

The 1874 improvements to the church included a  new chancel composed of a platform, topped by an arched canopy supported by four columns.  Doors on either side of the chancel opened to a new addition: the Sunday school and meeting rooms.  St. Peter's beautiful stained glass windows were also installed at this time.

---- The Friends of Historic St. Peter's


Writing as a Spiritual Practice
The Heart of Our Story.... Learning who we are and why we are here
 
Writing can be a powerful and transformative spiritual practice -- through which we can cultivate an expansive mind, open heart, authentic relationships, liberated creativity and a freer soul.  This space is going to give examples of PROMPTS that are intended to give you a launching pad for some writing.  Please approach this as a spiritual practice and invite the Holy into your writing time.  Here are some suggestions to begin with:
 
HOW:  If you'd like to engage in a bit of self-discovery,
consider setting a timer for 15 minutes and  begin with one of the PROMPTs below (or other topic that calls to you).  Then just write whatever comes to mind until the buzzer goes off.  (Don't edit it, don't correct your spelling or worry about punctuation.  This is NOT that kind of writing.  The only person who's going to look at it when you are done, is you.  And if you want to keep going, reset the timer for additional time.)   Later, feel free to dive into the other PROMPT if it begins to call to you.  

PROMPTS for this time:

If I had permission to avoid people and situations that upset me, I'd: ___________________.

Hmmm.  Snow on our mountains on the last day of summer:  ___________________.
 

Practicing the Presence of Spirit--
Even on a Busy Day
  graphic of seeing with love
Seed Thought:
Right speech is just as important as right conduct.  The Buddha pointed out that one's speech is a direct reflection of what is in one's mind.  Telling stories at the expense of another person, revealing details of conversations that would best remain private, exaggerating or distorting facts and speaking with authority when the expertise is not ours are ways in which the ego seeks self-importance.  As the Godseed within us begins to mature, our speech becomes simpler, humbler and more truthful. 
 
Prayer/Practice:   Gracious God,  thank you for the growing maturity in my soul and the awareness of right speech.  I call upon the Holy Spirit today, and upon my guardian angel, to keep me aware of what I say, and to whom.  May my words be truthful, encouraging and humble.  May my words be kind and filled with care.  Amen.

[Adapted from p. 264, of Pocketful of Miracles, by Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.]   

A Love Letter from the Divine.....
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     You suffer depression.  You despair over the state of the world, the state of people in your life.  You think of me as distant, perhaps even as a fantasy.  The beliefs of believers leave you wistful, unable to believe.  Experiment with me.  Open your door just an inch through willingness.  I do not need much foothold.  I can work with you as you are.  You are not the first disillusioned one I have encountered.  Your depression is very real.
     Allow me to lift the smallest corner of your world.  Let me show you the beauty of a rainfall.  Let the droplets wash over your grief, dissolving its hard crust.  If that does not soften your heart, I have rainbows, gentle breezes, moonrises over mountains and cities alike.  Remember: I am a force to be reckoned with.  bring me your despair.  I have fine doctors, strong healers with wonderful techniques.  We will find the therapy that suits you.  We will lead you gently out of your blackness into the sunlight of the spirit.  Your woes are real to me.  I do not slough them aside.
     I am your maker.  I know your heart.  I know the defenses and the devices you have devised.  I understand your fears.  I sympathize with your needs.  You do not come to me to face ridicule.  Instead, I bear compassion.  I long to touch your broken heart.  Open the door just the slightest crack.  Let me speak to you.

[This is an excerpt from Answered Prayers, Love Letters from the Divine, by Julia Cameron, p. 149.]
 

A Moment of Zen


Male Spirituality --- Encouraging an Inner Life 
mens rites of passage 
This is a series of articles aimed specifically for the Men of St. Peter's.  The material is taken from the written works of Fr. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest who is renowned for his retreats and lectures on male spirituality.  This is not intended to be a "daily devotional."  It is meant to be more confrontational.  It is truthful and brave; and invites you to be the same.   
 
Both Are True                                   
    
     God's love allows you to embrace all that you are: both the light and the dark.  A mature spirituality calls you to own both sides of your life -- at once.
     And you know what?  If there is one thing harder than owning your dark side, it is believing with all your heart that you are much more a Son of the Light (1 Thessalonians 5:5) and rejoicing that your name is already "written in heaven" (Luke 10:20).   
                                 
---Do I believe that I am a Son of the Light?
What, really do I believe?
      
  [Adapted from p. 223 of On the Threshold of Transformation: Daily Meditations for Men,
 by Fr. Richard Rohr]
 
 On the Lighter Side

(Thanks to Isobel for sharing this cartoon with us!)
 

Ongoing Fellowship Activities

Please Join Us (in the Parish Hall unless* otherwise indicated) 1st Monday at 5:30pm--
 
Every Wednesday from 6 to 8pm -- Circles of Support Community           *(meets in the parish hall and the Rectory, next door to the church)

1st and 3rd Thursdays at 5:30pm -- Caregivers' Exchange Group
      (information and fellowship for anyone who's a caregiver)

1st Saturday from Noon to 5:00pm -- Wine Walk
             (our sanctuary and parish hall are open for hospitality) 

2nd Wednesday from 11:00am to noon -- St. Peter's Ladies' Group                                      (all St. Peter's women are cordially invited)

2nd Thursday from 5:30 to 7:00pm -- Mary~Martha Guild   
                    (all St. Peter's women are cordially invited)

2nd Saturday from 8:00 to 9:30am -- Men's Breakfast
            (all St. Peter's men are cordially invited)

2nd Saturday from 9:30am to 1:00pm -- Ladies' Crafting Day 
            (all St. Peter's ladies are cordially invited; bring something to work on or join in a group project.  Bring a sack lunch if you like!)
(We take December and January off.)

2nd Saturday at 9:30am -- Prayer Shawl Knitters 
      (Meet with the Lady Crafters in the Parish Hall; for info contact Pat F-P or Karen L-F)  
4th Friday from 5:45 to 8:30pm --  Sophia's Salon Reading Group
       *(meets at a private residence, for info contact the Rev. Kim)


St. P's Gratitude Garden: The first frost and freeze has come. Our contact is Gayle Bowers. 


Schedule of Worship Services
Watercolor painting of St.P's altar by pat f-p
St. Peter's Altar ~~ by Pat Frederick-Perona

Sundays    

8 am:  Holy Communion: Rite II  
10 am: Contemporary Worship Service and Sunday School with Godly Play (in the Rectory).             
Wednesdays
10 am: Healing Service and Holy Communion

We at St. Peter's are a lively spiritual fellowship blessed with the rich heritage of community involvement.  We are open-minded, inclusive, and family-friendly.  We hope you find us to be intellectually and spiritually stimulating.  

The Rev. Kim Morgan, Associate Priest and E-news Editor