Life at Saint Peter's
February 14, 2018
In This Issue
Upcoming Sunday Readings
A Word from Father Mike
Family Church & Sunday School
Men's Night, Friday, February 15
College Care Packages - Please Send Addresses!
Holy Communion Recognition
SPY Pancake Supper, Shrove Tuesday, March 5
SPY Spaghetti Dinner, RESCHEDULED to Saturday, March 30
Girls' Night Out, Thursday, April 4
125th Anniversary Brunch to be held on Sunday, April 28
Harmonium Concert on April 7 in Somerset
2019 Street Fair Dates Announced!
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A Word from Father Mike

Like a Tree Planted by Water

Our forebears in faith were desert dwellers who knew well what it was to experience dry wind, drought and desolate land. No doubt, we too, can resonate with this experience in our own lives. Yet, God has promised us an experience of blessedness that the scriptures this Sunday describe as being like a tree planted by water that bears fruit in and out of season. Is that possible? How might we become that tree?

Family Church and Sunday School

Family Church
Have I mentioned how I LOVE Family Church?! The children all did such an amazing job this week. Many thanks to Jocelynn Dilkes, Jack Latson & Colin Carr (first time reader) for reading so beautifully; Luke Latson, Koen Vonderahe & Frankie Hunkele who were so helpful ushering; and last minute element bearers Alexandra Hunkele and my new friend Jackson who so carefully delivered the gifts! The Children's Choir also did a lovely job singing. Thanks, Mr. John! Our next Family Church is March 10th so make sure you reach out so your child(ren) have an opportunity to share their gifts with the congregation through this special service.

Sunday School
No Sunday School this Sunday due to the school vacation so make sure you come next week (24th)! Next week will be our last Sunday with a fabulous group of teachers. We are so blessed as a parish to have Serena Watkinson (preK-K), Liz Muller (1st-3rd) and Mary Beth Weber (4th-6th) working with our children! We also had Emily Blake greet for our littlest ones each week and a wonderful crew of greeters for 1st-3rd grade including Patty Vitiello, Carolyn Wescott, Mary Shearin and Kevin Hersh.  Many, many thanks to them all!!

Peace & Love,
Dana Leach

Men's Night, Friday, February 15

Our newly elected vestry person, Tim Stafford, and Jack Brown are co-hosting St. Peter's next Men's Night on Friday, February 15 beginning at 6 PM in the undercroft.  

Tim and Jack are cooking, so please bring beer, wine or snacks. Please RSVP to Tim Stafford so that he knows how many to cook for.

College Care Packages - Addresses Needed!

Members of SPY will be putting together our annual College Care Packages at  the end of February to send to our youth who are attending college.  If you would like to donate, please see our sign up list with suggested items, add your name and email and then the number you are willing to donate. You may drop off your donated items in the large bin at the back of the church or at Christina Doyle's home: 46 Buttonwood Road, Essex Fells by February 24th.

Any questions please contact Christina at  or 301-802-7878.

You may access the signup at this link.
Holy Communion Recognition


St. Peter's Church wants to celebrate the importance of receiving  Communion for children and their families and has designated May 4, 2019 as Holy Communion Recognition Sunday. The Episcopal Church does not call this First Communion because many of these children have already received Communion as small children.

Three interesting and engaging classes have been designed to help the children, second grade and older, prepare for this special day. Please mark these Saturdays on your calendars:

April 13 th - 10:30 am
April 27 th - 10:30 am
May 4 th - 10:30 am

Father Mike would like to speak with the parents at the time of the first class. Liz Muller will be teaching the classes with me. We are looking forward to making this day and  the preparation fun and meaningful. More information will be coming.

Please call or email me if you are interested and looking forward to this program for your children.

Rev. Susan Negrotto
SPY Pancake Supper, March 5

Save the Date!

SPY will host our Annual Pancake Supper
on Tuesday, March 5!
SPY Spaghetti Dinner, March 30

Our SPY Spaghetti Dinner has been
Rescheduled for Saturday, March 30

Tickets purchased for our previously-scheduled date will be honored.  Didn't get your tickets yet? They will be sold at Coffee Hour closer to the event and at the door.
Girls' Night Out, April 4

Save the Date! Please join us for a Girls' Night Out on Thursday, April 4th at 7pm at Kimberly Butler's home at 25 Hathaway Lane in Essex Fells.

The event will be BYOB, and we'll do a pot luck of appetizers and desserts. Click this link to sign up!

So, grab a friend and join us for a fun evening of catching up!  ALL ARE WELCOME! Please contact Pam Au at or 201-960-5566
for more information.

Celebrate Our 125th Anniversary with
a Brunch Celebration on April 28!

All are welcome to our special "125th St. Peter's Birthday Party" being held at the Essex Fells Country Club on  Sunday, April 28th, 2019.  The brunch will begin at 11:30, so come right over after the 10 AM St. Peters Church Celebration Service!  

The cost is $36 for adults and $17.95 for children 12 and under. We will send out invitations to all parishioners in early March with an RSVP date of April 19th. We are excited to honor and celebrate this great parish of St. Peters and look forward to seeing you there. Please save the date now, as we'd love to have everyone who is part of St. Peter's attend.

If you have any questions, or would like to reserve your place now, please reach out to Pam Bayard at .   

Happy 125th Anniversary to all of us!
Pam Bayard
Harmonium Presents 
Bach's St. Matthew Passion
Sunday, April 7 in Morristown
2019 Street Fair Will Be June 7 & 8


The Street Fair is coming!

Our annual Street Fair will be held on June 7th and 8th from 5:30-9pm. We are looking for a few good men, women and youth to help make this event a success. There are many different types of opportunities available whether it be helping out at game and food booths, donating strawberries, shortcakes or tricky tray items or being involved in the set-up and take-down.

If you are interested and/or willing to help out, please contact Christina Doyle by email or telephone 301.802.7878.

You are invited to view our website! 

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