Life at Saint Peter's
January 31, 2018
In This Issue
Upcoming Sunday Readings
A Word from Father Vince
Planning for the Future, Part II, RESCHEDULED to February 3
Littlest Parishioners PlayDate, February 2
Sunday School & Family Church
Soup & Chili Sale - Pick Up Containers to Fill!
Men's Night, Friday, February 15
125th Anniversary Brunch to be held on Sunday, April 28
Christine's Kitchen Thank-You
College Care Packages - Please Send Addresses!
SPY Spaghetti Dinner, RESCHEDULED to Saturday, March 30
2019 Street Fair Dates Announced!
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A Word from Father Vince

"On Becoming Real: The Mature Christian Life" 

Maturity may not be like anything you expected. But you can be sure it will involve having most of your hair loved off, your eyes dropping out, and getting loose in the joints and very shabby. Becoming REAL is the price we pay to love and be loved, to be engaged in the world, to say no to injustice and intolerance and to say yes to our common, shared humanity. 

Planning for the Future, Part II
Five Wishes Program offered February 3


On Sunday, February 3rd  after the 10 AM service, the St. Peter's  Health and Healing Ministry will present the second part of our planning for the future with The Five Wishes.

  • The Person I Want To Make Care Decisions for Me When I Can't
  • The Kind of Medical Treatment I Want or Don't Want
  • How Comfortable I Want to Be
  • How I Want People to Treat Me
  • What I Want My Loved Ones to Know
There are many things in life that are out of our hands. The Five Wishes document which will be provided at this workshop gives you a way to control something very important--how you are treated if you get seriously ill. It is an easy-to-complete form that lets you say exactly what you want. Once it is filled out and properly signed, it is valid under the laws of most states.

Please come to plan for your future in the undercroft after the 10 am service.  Any questions, please call or email Rev. Susan Negrotto (201-637-2962,

Littlest Parishioners PlayDate, February 2

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

Too cold to play outside, but we still need to get our wiggles out! It's time again for our Littlest Parishioners' Playgroup!

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 March date will be March 2nd if you'd like to mark your calendars. If you have questions please contact Nat Bernardo via email at  or Dana Leach, 973-364-7544 or

Sunday School & Family Church

Sunday School
This Sunday we have some great lessons prepared for Sunday School! Such a special group of children and I am always excited and amazed by all they are taking in! We had a conversation on Sunday about the flow of our Godly Play classrooms and where the stories they hear in Sunday School are located in the bible. So many of them are really understanding AND even those that aren't quite there yet in some ways are ASKING questions! I'm so proud of our children!  

Sunday School begins at 9:45.  Feel free to reach out if you have questions. I will need greeters for unit 3 beginning in March :) 

Family Church
Make sure you mark your calendars and come to Family Church on February 10th! 

Faith & Peace,
Dana Leach

Soup & Chili Sale This Sunday!

Visit our Soup & Chili Sale to add to your  SuperBowl spread and support a great cause!  

Containers will be for sale at Coffee Hour after the 10 AM service on Sunday, February 3. Proceeds provide a "campership" to Crossroads.

If you picked up a container last week, please bring your filled containers to the Upper Room before the 10 AM service on February 3rd.

Thank you for your help!
Sue Mazur & Jennifer Jackson
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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.

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
Christine's Kitchen
Thank You to Our Confirmation Class!


Thank you to the Confirmation Class for their outstanding work at Christine's Kitchen on Saturday, January 19th. They served around 80 men, women, and children and wrapped up leftovers for many to have a second meal.

Another great big thank you to those who donated time to shop, cook, and deliver the food.  These meals would not be possible without your kind and generous support. Whether it was plates for food, butter for dinner rolls, homemade brownies or Shepherd's Pie, each and every donation made a difference.  Thank you!

Save the date for our next visit to Christine's Kitchen on Saturday, April 6th.

If you'd like more information about volunteering or donating, please don't hesitate to contact Jennifer Vonderahe at or 773-575-2325.

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.
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.
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.

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