Life at Saint Peter's
December 6, 2018
In This Issue
Upcoming Sunday Readings
A Word from Father Mike
Greening of the Church, Saturday, 12/15
Lessons & Carols, Sunday, December 16
Family Church, 12/9
Christmas Gifts for FIS & Patch Children
Christmas Pageant
125th Anniversary Memorabilia For Sale
St. Peter's Christmas Ornaments Available
New Web Site
Your Weekly Newsletter
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Upcoming Sunday Readings 
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Sunday, December 16, is the Third Sunday of Advent.
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A Word From Father Mike

Gaudete Sunday - "Rejoice" Sunday

In the darkening days of the first weeks of Advent, we have begun our Sunday liturgies asking for mercy and remembering our need for God's light to dawn on us.

This Sunday, we shake off our more somber penitent mood and remember that we are moving toward the Good News of Christ's birth. We will light the pink candle and listen to the repeating joyful admonition that God is with us. 

" The Lord is in your midst ... 
he will renew you in his love." (Zephaniah 3:17) 

"Shout for joy, 
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel" (Isaiah 12:6)

"Rejoice in the Lord always ... 
Let your gentleness be known to everyone.
The Lord is near." (Philippians 4:4-5)
Greening of the Church, December 15


Please join the Altar Guild in the greening of the Church and Chapel. All are welcome to share in the joy of readying our church for the Christmas season.

The Greening will be on Saturday, December 15 at 9 am. No prior experience required and any help you can give is appreciated. For any questions please contact Alice Samuels ( or Karen Mosher (
Lessons & Carols, December 16

Our Annual Lessons & Carols celebration will be held during the 10 AM service this Sunday, December 16. Please join us!
Sunday School

Sunday School
This is the 3rd Sunday in Advent. Christmas is fast approaching. It is so important to instill in the children what Christmas is really about. I hope to see everyone in Sunday School this week (at least those who aren't singing  for Lessons and Carols)! How blessed we are to have such a large Children's Choir!  Go Mr. John!  If you'd like information about Sunday School or to become involved please reach out!

With  Peace & Love,
Dana Leach
Christmas Gifts for FIS & Patch Children

Family Intervention Services
and Patch Children
In Need of Christmas Gifts!


The exciting hustle and bustle of the holiday season is quickly approaching. While this is  a wonderful time for most, there are many that find this the most difficult time of the  year.

The children from Family Intervention Services (ranging from 0-21) and their
parents or caregivers are involved in receiving some type of counseling or services in an  effort to strengthen the family and make them more independent.

PATCH logo
 The children from the  Patch program are kids that have at least one incarcerated parent. Many times these  children and parents do not have the ability to provide gifts during the holidays. This is  where St. Peter's parishioners can help to make the holidays a little bit better with  providing them with a gift.

This year, both Family Intervention Services as well as the PATCH program will have  tags on the giving tree located in the Narthex (back of church) beginning Thanksgiving  weekend on November 25 th .

Each tag will have a child's age and gender. We are asking  that you get a toy or item you think a child of that age and gender might enjoy. 

We are  requesting that gifts be put in a holiday gift bag and returned to church no later than  Sunday, December 16th with the tag attached. You can drop the gift off under the giving  tree or at the church office.

If you have any questions about Family Intervention Services or the PATCH program,  please feel free to contact Christine DiGiovanni at (973) 618-9345. 

Thank you in  advance for your kindness and generosity!

Christine DiGiovanni
Family Church

Family Church
My heart just overflowed on Sunday. The children did such a wonderful job with Family Church! Many thanks to Beckett DeStefano & Claire Grothues who were so careful with the elements and Matthew Grothues, Vincent Korenstein & Stephanie Panitch who were so helpful with ushering. And despite some very last minute changes and nerves the readers ROCKED IT! Thanks Jake Watkinson, Sally Cutting and Lena Korenstein :)

Our next Family Church is Epiphany, January 6th, when we will have a special visit from three wisemen!

With  Peace & Love,
Dana Leach
Join Us for Our Christmas Pageant!

Join us for our annual Christmas pageant!

We are still in need of an Innkeeper - as well as lots of sheep, shepherds and angels. We also need narrators to tell the story!

If your child is interested, you can sign up via this link.

There is a spot for EVERY child that would like to participate!

We will have one rehearsal on 12/22 from 11am-1pm and the actual pageant will take place during our Christmas Eve service at 4pm.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Erika Grothues at  or via cell: 917-797-3296.  Thank you!

Celebrate Our 125th Anniversary with
St. Peter's Memorabilia!

Each week after the 10 AM Sunday church service, we will be selling our awesome 125th Saint Peter's memorabilia that would make a perfect gift for someone at Christmas time, birthday, wedding, celebration, friendship, or ... just because you love them!

We have post cards, Christmas cards, note cards, small and large coffee mugs, tiles, and ... a wonderful set of 4 coasters! We also have some of our old coins, cookbooks, and special Mother Stephanie ornaments.


Come see us as we will have the items on display and for sale after each Sunday 10 AM service. We will either be at the back of the church OR at the coffee hour.
Of course if you cannot make it to either, but want something, please call me at 973-632-1884 or send me an email.

Happy 125th Anniversary to all of us!
Pam Bayard
St. Peter's Christmas Ornaments

Create a Christmas Tree 
Full of Saint Peter's Memories for your Family!

We've created a very special collectable for you and your family! The ornament is a replica of the recently dedicated window and is one of Mother Stephanie's favorite parables from Luke, the parable of the woman looking for the lost coin.

Order today!
Ornaments are $10 each.

You are invited to view our new website! 

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