January 31 E-News

Rector's Corner
Dear Church Family,
     This Sunday, February 4th, is Epiphany V and Scout Recognition Sunday! Join us as we recognize the Scouts in our congregation. All Girl and Boy scouts are invited to wear their uniforms to church and be recognized for all of their wonderful achievements over the last year.

     Our gospel lesson for this week is Mark 1:29-39, in which we see Jesus teaching by example. He is in the home of Simon Peter's mother-in-law who was in bed with a life threatening illness until Jesus arrives and heals her. Everyone is amazed by the healing powers of Jesus. I find the next section of the passage remarkable. "Next morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. What a powerful message! It reminded me so much of the discussion of prayer that our Bishop led at Convention. Even our Lord Jesus needed some quiet time away to find strength, solace, direction, and wisdom from God. How often do we neglect a life of prayer or worse deceive ourselves into thinking that we are stronger than Jesus and can handle everything ourselves?!
My first Rector out of seminary, The Reverend Alfred Tisdale, was particularly fond of this passage and used to paraphrase the final paragraph. "The disciples searched and interrupted Jesus while he was praying, exclaiming excitedly: "Jesus, everyone is looking for you! You've got visitors to see, phone messages to hear, emails to answer, tweets to read... why are you wasting your time praying?" Jesus looked at them, shook his head, exhaled, then said, "okay, this is going to take a little longer than I expected . . ." Join us this Sunday as we explore the role of prayer in our daily lives.

Making a Difference
Thrift Shop Help Needed
Friendly Thrift Shop (right across the parking lot from St. Peter's) is in need of more volunteers from our church. It is run by volunteers from multiple churches around town on a rotating schedule. One Saturday a month from 10-1 and a Wednesday every three months from 7-9 pm is our slot. Please call the office if you can volunteer! 301 349 2073
Upcoming at St. Peter's
(View all events, including recurring events on our calendar or Upcoming events page)
  • Hearing Aid Found A hearing aid was found at the church on Thursday last week. If you are missing one please contact the office at 301 349 2073.
  • Mandatory Mission Trip/Youth Ministry Meeting for YOUTH AND PARENTS:Sunday, February 4 at 11:30. We will provide pizza, go over mission trip details and talk all things youth ministry. If you are planning on going on the mission trip this meeting is mandatory. Even if you are not planning on going on the trip please come! We need your input on youth offerings at St. Peter's. We will be finished with the meeting by 12:30 so the youth can head to Laser Tag from 1:00-3:00!   $25 covers lunch and 2 sessions of laser tag at Castle Laser Tag in Gaithersburg.  RSVP to Katie Longbrake by January 29, klongbrake@gmail.com or 240-477-0414.
  • Women of St. Peter's Winter Breakfast and Meeting All ladies are invited to join the WSP for their winter breakfast and business meeting this coming Saturday, February 3 at 9am in the Parish Hall.  It is pot luck so please bring a breakfast item to share.  Let Barbara A know if you can attend and/or have any business item to discuss:  bkandreassen@comcast.net .  We will be discussing our budget and planning ahead for the Book Sale and Rummage Sale.  New faces always welcome!
  • The Early Childhood Program is hosting two Pampered Chef Fundraisers! Program Parent Joy Zucker-Tiemann is a consultant for Pampered Chef and is coming to St. Peter's to lead a workshop at the end of which you'll have 7 freezer-ready meals to take home! Dates for this fundraiser to support our fledgling Early Childhood Program are Tuesday, February 6 at 7 pm and Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm. Sign ups are first come first serve, and each workshop is limited to 10 people! Sign up here. Call Beth Watt at 301 349 2073 for more information. 
  • Sunday School is collecting toilet paper rolls! We are hoping to get at least 20, but they will always keep for another craft if we get more. Please drop them off in the church office before 9am on Sunday 2/11.
  • Please join us for The Good Book Club starting on February 11th at 9 a.m. during Coffee Hour. During Lent and Easter this year, St. Peter's will be joining with our sisters and brothers across the Episcopal Church in reading Luke and Acts.  The Rev. Emily Lloyd and Sandy Miller will be joining classes for this special church wide bible study event! Join the Facebook group and watch a video of our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, speak about this wonderful opportunity!
  • Chemo-Care Bags Liam Speck-McMorris is collecting items to create care bags for Chemo therapy patients for his Eagle Scout project. He is collecting hospital socks, chapstick, hand sanitizer, eye sleeping masks, medical masks, ginger candy, tissues, journals, soduku books, pens, pencils, encouragement jars, ear plugs, folders, lotion, playing cards and handwipes. Please contact Liam if you are able to make a donation! liam.garethmsm@gmail.com (202)-617-9039
  • Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Join us for a Palm burning service and pancake dinner on Tuesday, February 13 at 6:00 pm!
  • A Shrinemont representative is coming on Feb 11th to join us and talk about our church retreat! Further details to come!
Event Reminders!
  • The Altar Guild is in need of volunteers. No experience necessary. On job training provided, and minimal time is required to set up the altar before and/or take down the supplies after the services. Contact Nancy Dowdy (301) 275 1664 or nancydowdy1@yahoo.com
  • BOOK SALE The Book Sale is scheduled for March 2 and 3. It is not too early to start sorting through your books and deciding what you no longer want to keep. Bring to church anytime now.
  • Cherubs Music Has moved to Mondays!! Please join us for a free music class open to the community for children ages 3-6. Meets Mondays from 4-5 pm. The Cherubs Program follows a familiar pattern; children attend a weekly ensemble rehearsal with varied movement activities and games and periodically play their songs for the congregation and community.
  • Calling all children and youth!! Anyone 3rd grade and older is invited to help serve in our Sunday worship services as an acolyte. If you or your child is interested please contact Mother Emily at elloyd@stpeterspoolesville.org
  • Youth Group meets for Bible Study on Sunday mornings at 9:00 in the Youth Room.  All students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to attend.
Prayer List
Please Pray for Members and Friends of our Parish: 
Mary White Lok, Sam Hardwick, Chris Rabida, Berry Thompson, Winsome Brown, Lana Ragazinsky, Thomas G. Lee, Judy Byerly, the Kidney Family

Pray Those in our country's Armed Forces:
Nathan Rolls, Simon Brown, William Stamm, 

Happy Birthday:
Carolyn Brown, Teresa Kraegel, Geoffrey Smith, Sophia Conlon, Lawnie Taylor Jr., Karen Schramm

In the Diocese:
Episcopal Relief and Development
The Companion Diocese Committee - Jerusalem
The Committee on the Partnership with the Anglican Church of Southern Africa
Ministers in our Sunday Services
February 4, 2018 - The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

8:00 a.m. Service
Eucharistic Minister - Tracey Forfa
Lectors - Libby Hillard, Carol Baxter
Ushers - Alf Andreassen, Libby Hillard

10:00 a.m. Service
Eucharistic Minister - Sandy Miller
Lectors - Sandy Steele, Patricia Brown
Ushers - Ivan Chisala, Pauline Chisala

Isaiah 40:21-31
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39
Psalm 147:1-12, 21c
Quick Clicks
Here's what's  happening at St. Peters!
Key Contacts
Emily Lloyd, Rector: elloyd@stpeterspoolesville.org
Office Administrator: kyra@stpeterspoolesville.org
Josh Graf, Minister of Music:  joshgrafmusic@gmail.com
Mary Pat Wilson, Senior Warden:  mrptwilson315@gmail.com
Bruce Kirby, Junior Warden:  bakirby1@comcast.net