Nevelson Chapel restoration team is hard at work! All artwork has been removed from the Chapel as construction is set to begin soon.
Dear faithful people of Saint Peter’s Church:

On this, the 26th Sunday after Pentecost, our liturgical experience with Jesus from the Gospel according to Saint Mark concludes as Jesus teaches us to be confident and faithful in the midst of “war and rumor of war” — a timely message for us all.

Sunday’s 6:00 p.m. Jazz Vespers liturgy will be an interfaith service of Thanksgiving and Solidarity.  

“How does my ____ faith help me deal with these difficult times?” is the question we’re asking Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and Christian faith leaders to respond to at a series of 10:00 a.m. forums. This Sunday at 10:00 a.m., I will respond to that question. The series will continue on December 9 with (hopefully) an Imam and on December 16 with Rabbi Rachel Ain of Sutton Place Synagogue.

There is no 10:00 a.m. Forum on November 25.

The 10:00 a.m. Forum on December 2 will be led by James Beaudreau and Mieke Vandersall and will be about the next iteration of the Saint Peter’s Church website.

There will be no CHURCH LIFE email until Thursday, November 29, 2018.

  • Sunday, November 25 is the Last Sunday after Pentecost, also known as Christ the King Sunday. There is no 10:00 a.m. Forum this day.
  • Sunday, December 2 is the First Sunday in Advent. The Gospel for this year (series C) is the Gospel according to Saint Luke.
  • Sunday, December 16 is our annual Hanging of the Greens celebration.
  • Monday, December 24, EVE OF CHRISTMASS
  • New time 10:00 p.m. SOLEMN MASS OF CHRISTMAS

With great joy I am pleased to announce that at noon on Monday, November 26, the Rev. Dr. James R. Nieman, President of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, will visit Senior Pastor emeritus John S. Damm and lead a “naming ceremony” for the creation of the John S. Damm Faculty Chair in Leadership. The major donors for this honor, Lawrence and Krista Tietjen, will be joining us for this ceremony. The commemorative plaque presented to Pastor Damm will read:
In recognition of Rev. Dr. John S. Damm
on the occasion of the naming and establishing
of the John S. Damm Faculty Chair in Leadership
at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
26 November 2018

  1. Work on the Planters/seating along the front (Lexington Avenue) of the Church has commenced and includes waterproofing the planters as well as new plantings. After this work is completed, leaks in the back of the Sanctuary emanating from these planters will also be repaired.  Seating at those planters will also be restored.
  2. Work on the Outdoor Plaza and subway access is extensively behind schedule. Latest estimates for completion and re-opening are “by the end of the year.” However, New York City mandates that no construction work take place between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day sooo…
  3. Nevelson Chapel is closed until HVAC work is completed in early Spring.

Peace and Courage!
The Rev. Amandus J. Derr
Senior Pastor
  • The Fiction Book Discussion Group will next meet on Sunday, December 9 after brunch to discuss Transit by Rachel Cusk. We'll meet in Pastor Derr's office. At that session we'll pick a January date to discuss the "read ahead" book, Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee. All are welcome to join us!

  • The Interfaith Service at Jazz Vespers this Sunday, November 18, will feature bassist Linda May Han Oh.
Your giving makes possible the Advent and Christmas decorations we all love so much this time of year! Give today for your name to be included in the list of donors on Christmas Eve - the deadline to be on the list is Wednesday, December 19 by 3:00 p.m. Please visit or pick up an envelope at the front desk to make your gift!
Benefit Concert for NRDC
You are invited to a benefit concert for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) featuring Catherine Russell, Dave Douglas, Camila Meza, and Fabian Almazan, as well as Endless Field with Ike Sturm premiering new music with string quartet - hosted at Saint Peter’s Church. Join the performance on Monday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. Find out more details HERE
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