June 13 E-News

Rector's Thoughts

Dear Friends,
 As most of you have heard  or read by now,  I will be leaving St. Peter's in August.  Please know that I did not make this decision lightly and there were a number of factors that led to this decision.    While I am certain that God has good things in store for St. Peter's and for all our ministry's, I am also sad to be leaving you, the people of St. Peter's.  In our time together I have come to know and love you. I am so grateful for each one of you allowing me the privilege of being your rector.   We have grown deeper in our faith, shared times of joy and times of sadness, times of challenge and times of growth.  With God's help, and the leadership of your vestry and our Diocese we will all get through this transition.  I know that together we have made a difference in our community sharing God's love and you will continue to do so well into the future.  If you would like to join me  to talk about hopes, dreams and our time together I will be hosting afternoon tea in the Library on June 25th, July 2nd and July 9th from 1-3pm.  I look forward to seeing you on one of these dates. 

Making a Difference
Saint Peter's Nursery School

We are well underway getting the nursery school ready to open in the fall! Our classrooms have a fresh coat of bright paint, and the old playground is coming down to make way for one that is brand new !

Upcoming This Week
(View all events, including recurring events on our  calendar   or  Upcoming events page )
  • Book Sale this week! Set up is in full swing. Stop by during the day to help sort books.
    The sale starts Friday at 9am and goes until 5pm. Sale also on Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Help is needed at the sale both days and for cleanup on Saturday. Transporting leftover books to Frederick is also needed on Saturday (assuming it is not raining). Contact Barbara A if you can help: bkandreassen@comcast.net . Thank you for supporting the mission and ministry of St. Peter's. 
  • Please support our youth mission trip by becoming a share holder in the trip!  The youth will serve the people of Niagara Falls through work projects, partnering with soup kitchens, homeless shelters and senior centers, and volunteering with children's programs. Our trip needs lots of support and that is where you come in!  We are selling "shares" in our trip and are looking for partners in our church family.  Each share is only $20 (you can buy as many shares as you like!)  As a shareholder you share in the mission of our trip with your prayers as well as your financial help.  We will update you with a postcard during our week away.  We will also hold a shareholders dinner on August 28 at 6:00!  That dinner will be our opportunity to thank you, share stories about our trip and thank you some more. If you would like to become a shareholder in our trip please make a check out to St. Peter's Episcopal Church with "youth mission trip" in the memo.  If you would like to support a particular youth attending please put his/her name in the memo as well, this will reduce their cost directly.  If you have any questions please contact Andy Romano, aromano66@hotmail.com.  
  • Suds to share God's love. Come to St. Peters for a car wash fundraiser on June 17th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of all sizes accepted to get your car nice and clean and support the youth mission trip.
  • Our playground is getting renovated! In preparation for the nursery school we are developing a whole new playground for Saint Peter's. While this is in progress the playground is closed. Work on removing the old playground is already underway, so please keep your children away from the playground area for their safety! 
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows is having its annual summer picnic for seniors, widows, widowers and orphans June 24, 2017 from 12:30 pm-3:30 pm at Memorial UMC Fellowship Hall 17821 Elgin R. Poolesville, MD 20837. Please RSVP by June 19 Contact Richard Norwood (301) 943-6845 or Spencer Schmidt (301) 349-2057
  • Bassett's is hosting a fundraiser on Wednesday June 21. 10% of all food sales go towards a mission trip to Haiti for local women Marisol Alicea and Candice Riggin. They will be working with the Missionaries of Charity to preach the Gospel in their hospital and school. You can find more information at gofundme.com/candices-haiti-mission
  • Summer Bible Treasure Hunts at Olney Square Park (the corner of Bowie Mill and Gelding) Enjoy a scavenger hunt for 7 boxes with treasures from scripture about one of the fruits of the spirit. Aimed at children from toddler through elementary school. Caregivers are expected to participate in the hunt for God's treasures. Begins June 20th. Contact Mo. Shivaun for more info. motherschivaun@icloud.com
Upcoming This Month
  • St. Peter's Music Camp June 26-30th 9am-3pm K-12  Registration open soon.  If you would like to be a counselor at Music Camp please contact Kevin Collar at kandccollar@aol.com.   Service Learning Hours Available!
  • Women of Spirit Book Club is June 28th at 7:30 pm.  
Register Now
St. Peter's Family Camp Weekend Retreat at Shrinemont June 23rd-25th. Save the date!  Need a break from cooking? Need a break from the business of life and desire some family fun? Join us at St. Peter's family camp in beautiful Orkney Springs. We sleep in cabins, share delicious meals, swim, read, hike play and pray.
  • Cost for the weekend includes all meals (6) and lodging for 2 nights (Fri-Sun)
  • Adult double occupancy $150 per person
  • Single Adult $200
  • Children 4-12 $56
  • Children under 3 FREE!!
  • Financial assistance available contact Rev. Ann
Dates: June 26 to June 30 2017
Times: 9 am to 3 pm
Bring: your instrument, water, bathing suit and towel and your enthusiasm for music
Cost: $250 for the 1st child, 10 % discount for each additional sibling. Pre-school $125 9-12
Sign up now to reserve your space. Please direct all questions to: kevincollar56@gmail.com
Looking Ahead...
  • Vacation Bible School Dates are set! July 10-14 from 9 am to 12 pm.  if you would like to help out at VBS contact Carole Bailer at bailers@verizon.net.   Service Learning Hours Available! 
    • Register now online, on the app, or get a paper form at church.
  • Youth Mission Trip to Niagra New York, July 30th-August 4th.  Open to 6-12th grade. We have 2  spaces left.  For more information contact Andy Romano aromano66@gmail.com
  • Save the date! Saturday, September 9th - Harvest Hoedown! All parish fundraiser
  • Financial Peace University is coming to Christ Church, Kensington and Transfiguration, Silver Spring! Managing money can be one of the most stressful parts of our lives. Starting in June, Christ Church, Kensington and Church of the Transfiguration, Silver Spring are partnering to offer Financial Peace University, a nine-week faith based course in personal finance which has given hope and empowered thousands to embark on a path of financial well-being. Cost for course participants is approximately $100.00 (limited scholarship money is available, please contact Kurt Ellison for more details). Mondays in June and July, 7:30-9:00 pm at Christ Church, Kensington. Sign Up By Clicking Here! https://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1041121  Thursdays in June and July 7:30-9:00 pm at Transfiguration, Silver Spring. Want to find out more? Contact Kurt Ellison via e-mail to kurt.ellison@runbox.com.
  • EFM is back for the Fall!  Have you always wanted to go deeper in your understanding of Christianity and be part of a small group  to study, learn and discuss?  Consider EFM Education for Ministry. Questions? Contact Rev. Ann, Tracey Forfa or Sally Lermond.
Nursery School
This Fall Saint Peter's is launching a Nursery School to support the mission, ministry and outreach o f Saint Peter's. It is for children ages 2.5-5 and will run from 9-1 Tuesday through Thursday. Registration is open now! Please contact the director Beth Watt at stpetersnurseryschool@saintpetersnet.org or visit stpetersnurseryschoolpoolesville.com for more information.
Prayer List
Please Pray for Members and Friends of our Parish: 
Samantha Baker, Mary White Lok, Sam Hardwick, Linda Pallett. Chris Rabida, Berry Thompson, Winsome Brown, Lana Ragazinsky, Bonnie Reiff, Barbara Heap, Steve Seger, Sue Moyer, Charlotte Bennett, Cindy Cummins, Sandra Ferris Ziffler, Patricia Ferris,  Jose Jimenez, Bonnie Reiff and Barbara Heap

Pray Those in our country's Armed Forces:

Happy Birthday:
Marcia Jacobs, Gail Lee, Lindsay Clarke, David Schramm, Olivia Romano, John Maher, Rande Davis

In the Diocese:
St. Alban's Church, Washington and Iglesia San Albano
Pray for all fathers and those who have been as fathers to us
Ministers in our Sunday Services
June 18,  2017 - Second Sunday after Pentecost 

8:00 a.m. Service
Eucharistic Minister - Steve Horvath
Lectors - Bruce Kirby, Bill Lermond
Ushers - Bruce Kirby

9:30 a.m. Service
Eucharistic Minister - Sandy Steele
Lectors - Patricia Brown, Sandy Miller
Ushers - Ivan Chisala, Pauline Chisala
Quick Clicks
Here's what's  happening at St. Peters!

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Key Contacts
Reverend Ann Ritonia: Ann@saintpetersnet.org
Office Administrator:  stpeters@saintpetersnet.org
Josh Graf, Minister of Music:  joshgrafmusic@gmail.com
Mary Pat Wilson, Senior Warden:  mrptwilson315@gmail.com
Bruce Kirby, Junior Warden:  bakirby1@comcast.net