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Five Pillars of Ministry & Leadership

Our groups and committees at St. Peter's are organized into five categories, or "pillars," for effective leadership and ministry:

Click above links to go to each area, if desired.

You are Welcome Here - Come Worship with Us!
Parking on street beside & in lot behind church
Sunday Worship: Holy Eucharist  at  8 and 10 am.
(We love having children of all ages at St. Peter's! We have 
Quiet Bags  with materials for them during service, if you'd like. 
Just ask an Usher to show you where they are.)

Nursery:  open for children through 3 years of age, 8:45 - 11:30 am.
Godly Play:  Children from 4 years - 3rd grade, 9:45 am

Youth Sunday School: 9 am 
Adult Sunday School:
 9 am

Adult Forum:
11:30 am, Parlor

SPY = St. Peter's Youth Group!
6:00 pm

Contact information and bios of  Clergy and Staff.
Contact information and bios of  Vestry

Thanks to Frank Logue, Canon to the Ordinary 
and Drone Master, for photo.
Rota and Readings
Sunday, May 13 | 7th Sunday of Easter

Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

John 17:11 
The Color of Everything | All Creatures of our God and King
In this week's brief reflection, All Creatures of our God and King One prayer I have for myself, and for all of us, is that we can allow the natural beauty and bounty around us to form us into being more fully the human beings God calls us to be.

"The color of everything" is a line from one of my favorite Flannery O'Connor stories, and what I'm calling my (brief) weekly meditation/reflection/
communication with the parish. I'm using a platform called "Tiny Letters," which is my promise to keep them short. (The platform also offers a free subscription option  if you'd like to receive them directly and have an easy way to email me back with your own thoughts.)

Sermon Series: "Abide in Me" |  The Life-giving invitation of Je sus

Final sermon in a series based on the gospel lessons for three Sundays:

"Abide in me as I abide in you" is the invitation from Jesus to all seek a deeper relationship. (John 15)

Music Notes for Sunday, May 13
On Sunday morning the Chancel Choir offers one of our favorite anthems, "By Gracious Powers," which is based on a poem, "Von guten Mächten" by Dietrich Bonhöffer (1906-1946)
Dietrich Bonhöffer
and translated by Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000). It is Bonhöffer's last poem and was written in a Gestapo prison in Berlin just a few months before his execution for his involvement in a plot to overthrow Hitler.The poem was found in a letter written to his mother just before her seventieth birthday.

 The music is by John Ferguson (b. 1941), who on April 27 was honored to receive the American Guild of Organists' (AGO) Distinguished Artist Award for his lifetime achievements. It was fitting that the presentation of the award featured a hymn festival, a form of worship and celebration that he led many times, setting a high standard for church music. Ferguson served on the faculty of St. Olaf College from 1983 to 2012 and was a major influence in shaping the future of Protestant Church music throughout the world. He has to his credit more than 100 published compositions.

You may watch a video of the AGO April 27 presentation and hymn festival here.
To the Glory of God:
Altar Flowers
If you would like to make a donation for flowers in memory of  or to honor a loved one on an anniversary or a birthday, in thanksgiving for someone or in honor of a special occasion,  please click here to sign up

If you prefer not to sign up online with your flower request, contact Amanda Ridberg  at 912.598.7242 or

Altar Flowers are fully supported by donations from the congregation in the form of dedications and memorials.  To read further details you need to know,  click here .

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Nursery provided for  c hildren through 3 years, 8:45 - 11:30 am

Godly Play: 
Children 4 years - 3rd grade, 9:45 am

Older Children & Youth: 9 am

Adult Sunday School: 
"What's Up with God?" 9 am in the Parlor

Adult Forum | A Film: Part III

This Sunday, May 13 at 11:30: " Death and Suffering at the Heart of the Universe and What Role We Play in the Future"

If you missed Part II last Sunday, come to the Art Room at 11:10 this Sunday 
& catch up! Short discussion to follow screenings.

We will be having our usual SPY program from 6-8. 
Come for food, fun, and fellowship!
Logos | May 15 at 6:30 pm

The Logos group will meet at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, May 15th, in the Parlor. All are welcome! Please join us to discuss "An Intermediate Stop" by Gail Godwin (Chapter 6 in Listening for God, Vol. 2). Ms. Godwin's writings often center around the theme of "constructive sorrow" and how we play the hands we are dealt. Questions? Contact Cindy Howell,
Who is the Beloved Disciple of Jesus?
Do You Have An Answer to the Question of the Ages: Who Is the "Beloved Disciple of Jesus," as mentioned in the Gospels? In reading Conversations with Scripture: Book of John, we are again made aware of the question. Our St. Peter's Library has two books that discuss this issue - Beloved Disciple: the Misunderstood Legacy of Mary Magdalene, the Woman Closest to Jesus, by Robin Griffith-Jones (Call # GRI 226.092) and Mary Magdalene: a Biography by Bruce Chilton (Call # CHI 226.092).

Questions? Contact Joan Loos, St. Peter's Librarian
Episcopal Youth and Children's Services (EYCS)
College Scholarships

Deadline to Apply: May 31, 2018
Did you know . . . EYCS has awarded more than $300,000 in college scholarships to 197 students in the Diocese of Georgia in the past five years!

Get all details, below or here.

Register Now for St. Peter's Vacation Bible School:
June 18 - June 22 | 9 to noon

Children 4 years through 4th grade will experience a fun-filled learning experience in VBS from Monday, June 18 - Friday, June 22 | 9 am to noon.  Open to all | $35 fee; scholarships available.  Register now!
St. Peter's Music Academy Summer Music Camp

The St. Peter's Music Academy Summer Music Camp will take place June 11-15 from 9 am until noon. Parents of c hildren ages 7-14 are encouraged to sign them up right away by emailing Tim McKee at

Activities include singing, dance, and keyboard.  Enrollment is limited.  Fee: $35.
Summer Camp at Honey Creek
In addition to providing the usual fun activities of all summer camps, the summer sessions at our diocesan camp and conference center provide campers with a concentrated Christian formation in a fun, kid-friendly environment. 

As part of St. Peter's renewed commitment to children's Christian formation, Hunt will be the Spiritual Director for one of the week-long sessions.
 Finding God in Our Stories
Monday at 10 am in the Sandpiper Room at The Marshes
Ginger and Dan Malachuk, parishioners at St. Peter's, facilitate discussion on Scripture passages from the upcoming Sunday's readings. Words and stories from the Bible often evoke personal memories and stories - and our discovering or rediscovering God in those stories. 

Family Promise (IHN) is Coming to St. Peter's
St. Peter's next hosting week with Family Promise will be from Sunday, May 27 to Sunday, June 3. Family Promise is a network of congregations in the Savannah area that take turns hosting homeless families with children for a week at a time on a rotating basis. If you would like to volunteer as a dinner host or an overnight host, or help set up or clean up, or simply learn more about the program, please call Jim Brawner at 912.692.0687 (home) or 912.257.9680 (cell).  Later this year, we will also be hosting Family Promise from October 28 to November 4. Thanks!
Update on the Parish Budget and Finances for 2018

Revenue for the period ending March 31

Total Revenue:
Total budgeted revenue:
We currently have a revenue surplus over budget of:


Expenses for the period ending March 31
Total Expenses:
Total Budgeted Expenses:
We have currently spent less than our budget by:

*Total revenue includes advanced pledge payments ($148k), in addition to monthly pledge payments and plate offerings.
The Changing of the (Art) Guard
If you wish to display your art work in St. Peter's Art Gallery and have questions, please contact A. L. Addington at 912.598.9795, who is now responsible for displaying art work in the gallery, after having the torch (and hangers) passed to him by Penny Sebrell . . . thank you Penny, for your ministry in St. Peter's Art Gallery! 
"Still Waters," by Penny Sebrell

The Gallery will receive new works of art on May 24, from 12 noon to 1 pm. Those who already have works on display may also pick up your paintings at that same time. All artwork must be two dimensional, include a wire on the reverse side to hang the painting, and should not be larger than 30 x 20 inches.
Parishioners of any artistic level are welcome to display art. Identification tags will include your name, title of the painting, medium, and phone number.
Fear Down Dog and Tree Pose No More!
 Thursdays, from 10 - 10:50 am
Join us for gentle chair and mat yoga on Thursdays at 10 am in the Parish Hall with Steve and Carol from Spry. Improve flexibility, stability and balance with a most congenial group. Nothing is needed but you and maybe a friend or two. Age is no barrier! $40/month or $10 a class, with checks payable to "St. Peter's" and dropped by the Parish Office. See you there!
St. Peter's Prayer Ministry--How to Ask for Prayers
Ask for prayers for yourself or others by submitting  this simple form . As the form indicates, you can ask for the whole congregation to pray in church for you or others by name. Or you can choose confidential prayer; only clergy and prayer guild members will be given your prayer information.

You will also find prayer request cards  to be used for this purpose, in your pew card racks.  (If this request is for another, please be sure the person wants to be on the prayer list.)

We do appreciate responses when the situation changes or when you want to remove names from either prayer list. To do so, please contact the Parish Office at 912.598.7242.
Celebration of Pentecost, Sunday May 20th

We will celebrate Pentecost at Coffee Hour on Sunday, May 20th: join us!

We are in need of hosts for Coffee Hour on May 20 and 27. A signup sheet on a table in the Parish Hall is just waiting for your name(s) . . .
If you'd like a list of helpful tips for a great Coffee Hour, check it out,  here.

Happy Birthday & Best Wishes! 

Charlie Arraiz, Mal Welch, 
Kristina Svenson, Chuck Church
  Send your names and dates to: 
Happy Anniversary & Best  Wishes!

Betsy & Hal Evans, Janet & Fred Irwin

Send your names and dates to: 
Prayers for Military Personnel & Families

Please pray for and keep in your thoughts: 
Shea & Patricia Companion,  Matt and McKenzie  Baker,  Zachary Hands, 
Phillip Lucas,
  Lance Transue,  Greg & Melissa Wilhelm,   Kirby Forssell, 
Stewart Calder Paul Textor,  Dolan Lewis.   
Parish Office Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 4 pm 
Friday: 9 am - noon  

After Hours and for any Special Events
Please remember to lock doors at St. Peter's when you leave, whenever you unlock a door after hours or for special events --
Thank you for your help on this!
St. Peter's Events Calendar Online
Check out our updated online calendar for easy access to all St. Peter's events, with details being added continually. 
To Schedule an Event at St. Peter's
As part of planning your events in St. Peter's facilities, be sure to pick up an event scheduling form from Amanda Ridberg, Parish Administrator. In order to avoid overlapping of events from occurring, events will be placed on the calendar when the appropriate form has been filled out and approved. Thanks! 

Call Amanda at 912.598.7242, Ext. 207 or email her at:
 Submission Deadline |  Fisherman's Banner

Because of multiple publishing schedules in St. Peter's Parish Office:  Please send your news and events to us for  Fisherman's Banner   by Tuesday at 5 pm, to ensure publication in that week's e-newsletter and inclusion in Sunday's printed version, This Week at St. Peter's.