Life at Saint Peter's
February 21, 2018
In This Issue
Upcoming Sunday Readings
A Word from Rev. Sue
Sunday School
Littlest Parishioners Playgroup, March 2
College Care Packages - Please Send Addresses!
SPY Pancake Supper, Shrove Tuesday, March 5
Ash Wednesday Services on March 6
Lenten Journey With Our Neighbors
Bishop's Visit on Sunday, March 24
Save the Date for Vacation Bible School!
SPY Spaghetti Dinner, RESCHEDULED to Saturday, March 30
Girls' Night Out, Thursday, April 4
Holy Communion Recognition
125th Anniversary Brunch to be held on Sunday, April 28
2019 Street Fair Dates Announced!
Harmonium Concert on April 7 in Somerset
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Rev. Sue Negrotto to Preach This Week

"Love Your Enemies"

In the Beatitudes, Jesus emphasizes God's free gift of grace. The good news of Jesus' discourse is the comfort these words offer to the poor. All are welcomed in the community of God. This week Jesus continues with the second part of the Sermon on the Plain where we are given the radical command to love our enemies. When we have difficulty loving our enemies, it may help us to remember that like us our enemies are also created by God and therefore are worthy of love and respect.

I remember being taught we need to love our enemies  but not necessarily do we have to like them. At the heart of this passage is the Golden Rule "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Jesus implies that there is a higher example to follow and that is the way of God. It is also well to remember here that loving our enemies does not mean to excuse the harmful and evil actions of others.
Sunday School
Sunday School
This 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!!

In March we will  welcome Mary Shearin back to teaching (preK-K) after a long break and Christina Doyle and Quinn Egan back in the 4th-6th grade class. I will again be with "my" class, 1st-3rd grade. We will continue with a variety of individuals assisting with greeting which has worked great for unit 2! If you are able to help please let me know.  

Peace & Love,
Dana Leach

Littlest Parishioners Playgroup, March 2nd

Saturday, March 2nd, 9:30-11:30

We have been having so much fun through the winter with 4-7 children  each month. Children play and parents visit! Playgroup is for those with children age 3 and under and takes place on the first Saturday of each month. Older siblings are welcome.  We will meet in the Upper Room unless we happen to get a lovely warm sunny day then we'll shift to the playground.  Please join us and feel free to bring others you think might be interested.

Our April date will be April 6th if you'd like to mark your calendars. If you have questions contact Nat Bernardo  via email  or Dana Leach, cell 201-694-6543 or  email.

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 NOON this Sunday, February 24th. SPY will assemble the packages that afternoon.

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

You may access the signup at this link.
SPY Pancake Supper, March 5

Save the Date!

SPY will host our Annual Pancake Supper
on Shrove Tuesday, March 5!

Tickets will be available  for sale at upcoming Coffee Hours.
Ash Wednesday Services, March 6


St. Peter's will hold Ash Wednesday Services at 7:00 am (Chapel); 12 noon (Chapel); 
4:00 pm (Chapel) & 7:00 pm Church.
Lenten Journey with Our Neighbors

The neighboring Episcopal Church parishes of Holy Spirit, Verona; St. Peter's, Essex Fells & St. Peter's, Livingston, invite all to share a Lenten journey of prayer and fellowship on the Wednesday evenings of Lent .

During Lent, we will meet each Wednesday at 7:00 pm for a quiet Eucharist followed with a short meal of bread and soup.

March 13
St. Peter's Church
271 Roseland Avenue, Essex Fells

March 20
Holy Spirit Church
36 Gould Street, Verona

March 27
St. Peter's Church
271 Roseland Avenue, Essex Fells

April 3
St. Peter's Church
94 East Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston

April 10
Holy Spirit Church
36 Gould Street, Verona

April 17
St. Peter's Chapel (Tenebrae)
271 Roseland Avenue, Essex Fells

"Together they devoted themselves to the
apostles' teaching and fellowship,
to the breaking of bread and prayers."
(Acts 2:42)
Bishop's Visit on Sunday, March 24

Bishop's Visit
Sunday, March 24

On March 24, we will be honored to receive our newly- elected bishop, the Rt. Rev. Carlye Hughes.  

Bishop Carlye was consecrated as the 11 th Bishop of Newark on September 22, 2018. She comes to us with a hopeful message of how we are all beloved by God and that we are gifted, called and sent to share this news with the world.

We will all have a chance to meet the bishop as she celebrates and preaches at both the 8 am and 10 am Eucharist.  She will join in coffee hour after both services and lead a town hall discussion during the coffee hour after the 10 am Eucharist.

Save the Date for Vacation Bible School!

Save the Dates!

Vacation Bible School at St. Peter's will be here before you know it! We can't tell you what the theme is yet, but wanted to make sure you marked the week on your calendar.

VBS 2019 will be August 5th-9th.

This is an amazing week for campers, teen counselors and adult volunteers. Please keep the week in mind as you plan your summer vacation. We wouldn't want you to miss another fun-filled St. Peter's VBS!!

VBS is for children age 3 through entering 5th grade and is from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon.  We will be in touch soon with the theme and registration information, but if you have questions you can reach us at

Kris Blake, Emily Blake & Dana Leach
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!

Please note: sign-up has been updated, please check to be sure your items were recorded if you signed up last week.

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.
Holy Communion Recognition Will Be May 4


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 3rd - 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
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
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.
Harmonium Presents 
Bach's St. Matthew Passion
Sunday, April 7 in Morristown

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