Life at Saint Peter's
June 16, 2018
In This Issue
Upcoming Sunday Readings
Special "Life at St. Peter's"
Vacation Bible School
Mission Trip Sponsorship
David P. Hegg II Award
End-of-Summer Choir Camp
Family Church & Sunday School
Nursery Care will Resume in September
News from The OpShop
Street Fair T-Shirt Return
New Web Site
Parish Calendar
Pay Your Pledge Online
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel!
Amazon Program Benefits Saint Peter's
Pastoral Counseling
Your Eblast
Piano Lessons
Voice Lessons
Quick Links
Upcoming Sunday Readings 
You can look ahead at the readings for this Sunday by connecting to the Lectionary Page.
This Sunday, June 17, is the Fourth Sunday After Pentecost .
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Special Weekend "Life at St. Peter's!"

Welcome to 
"Life at St. Peter's -- Weekend Edition!"

Perhaps we should title this "Summer Edition," since it is the last regular e-blast of the program year. We will return to our weekly format in late summer. Please read through this newsletter for news on all that is going on at St. Peter's!

Stay tuned for news of a special 125th Anniversary Celebration in the Park on June 24, and our Fall Festival on September 22!
Spread the Word About Our
Vacation Bible School!
   If you've enjoyed our Vacation Bible School, 
please be sure to let friends and family know 
so they can join us as well!

Spots are filling up quickly, and we will be advertising in the wider West Essex community in the coming week. To reserve a space for your child, please visit our VBS web site.

VBS Craft Night - Monday, June 18th
Time for our 2nd VBS craft night! Please come help us do some craft and decorating prep for this year's Rolling River Rampage Vacation Bible School! A fun night and no crafting experience necessary :).  

We will meet from  7:30-9:30 in the upper room. If you like grown-up scissors, please bring your own as we can't guarantee enough for all. Questions contact Dana Leach, 973-364-7544 or
Support this year's Mission Trip!

This year 18 members of SPY will travel with 
Fr. Anthony and their chaperones 
to Gatlinburg, TN from July 7-15!

Please support their efforts with a
Mission Trip Sponsorship.

If you wish to sponsor the Mission Trip, 
we ask that you donate $50 and keep those on the Mission Trip in your prayers (you will be assigned an individual to pray for as well).

As you can see from the video below,
this annual trip is a source of pride for our St. Peter's Youth, as they work together to make a difference in the lives of others.

Judy Himes Awarded 
David P. Hegg II Award!

On June 10, 2018, 67 members of the diocese were honored with the David P. Hegg II Lifetime Achievement Award at the 22nd annual Senior Ministries Evensong, held at St. Peter's Church in Morristown with the Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, Bishop of Newark, officiating.

Our own Judy Himes received the Hegg Award at the lovely Evensong service on Sunday, June 10, and many of her friends from St. Peter's were there to support here.

(photo credit Esther Pivarnik)
End-of-Summer Choir Camp

Summer choir camp for children will be offered from August 27 through August 31, 2018. Children entering third grade in September and older are invited to participate. Rehearsals are held daily in the choir room from 10:00 - 11:30. 

Children will participate in learning to read musical notation, rhythm exercises, pitch matching and recognition, note learning, vocal skills, and group singing. Offerings will also include how to navigate the Hymnal 1982 , service music, and the Book of Common Prayer . No prior musical training is required. 

Last summer the choristers learned 8 - 10 new anthems which were sung during the church year. Early preparation of the year's repertoire pays huge dividends as the school year becomes increasingly busy with schoolwork and activities. Daily activities include a short snack at half-time.  A short noon worship service will be offered by the children on Friday, August 31. Fee is $60.00 payable to Saint Peter's Music Ministry. For more information contact , or call 973-377-9068.

Sunday School & Family Church

Family Church
We had a wonderful final Family Church of the season!! Thank you to our readers: Sophia Khan, Nadira Khan, Samantha Wohltmann & Joseph Wohltmann. They all read so beautifully! We were blessed to have THREE ushers: Dylan Negrotto, Zachary Bivona and Frankie Hunkele who all worked hard and looked handsome! And Lyla Khan and Alexandra Hunkele did a super job of getting the wine & bread down the aisle without spilling a drop or leaving a trail of breadcrumbs :)

I can't wait for Family Church to resume again in September!!

Sunday School
Have a great summer!! Come to church when you can--despite the summer break from Sunday School, remember at St. Peter's, children are ALWAYS welcomel :)  I'll see you there!

With Faith & Love,
Dana Leach
Nursery Care Returns in September

Nursery Care
Sadly, last Sunday, June 10th, was our last Nursery Care for the summer. Nursery Care for 3 year-olds and under will resume after Labor Day. 

THANKS to Ann Szalay and Michelle Perry for safely caring for our littlest parishioners! On a sadder note, Michelle Perry has told us she has accepted a full-time job at the library so won't be back with us this fall. She has been guarding our littlest ones for about 15 years!! We will miss Michelle, but wish her the best of luck!

Summer Hours at The OpShop!


The OpShop is open Thursdays  12pm-3pm & Saturdays  10am-2pm in June
and  July 14th, 19th & 21st

Volunteer T-Shirts from Street Fair

If you took a volunteer shirt for Street Fair, please kindly wash it and return it to the church office. You may also bring it back on Sunday, June 17 and return it at Coffee Hour.

We are in  the "soft launch" phase and working out the kinks. We need your help to get the directory updated to include your photo and current info. The Servant Keeper Directory Program allows you to edit your profile and keep our database continuously up to date while also giving you access to your pledge and contribution history. 

Please provide your current email address so we can send your invitation! This will enable you to access the directory and manage your information. Of course, we'd love it if you would also upload a picture!

Send us your email ... 
1. Include it on your  Sunday  contribution envelope or
2. Call / mail / email the office and Eileen or DJ will add it to the database 

Once your email is in the database... 
1. You will get an email invitation to update your profile or
2. You can go to the website (  On the first menu item "Who We Are" - click on directory and enter the password to open the downloadable .pdf file. If you do not know or remember the password, please call the office or ask a staff member.
3. Go to the bottom of page to "manage my info" and there you can add your photo and edit your information accordingly. 

Michael and Pat Aliotta will be on hand at upcoming coffee hours to help with the process as needed and/or to get a picture of you to include in the directory.

Parish Calendar Updated

Thank you for your patience. You may now download the parish calendar reflecting events through June.
Pay Your Pledge Online
Saint Peter's On the Web

Did you know that Saint Peter's has our own YouTube channel? We include the Gospel reading with the sermon for your reference, and try to highlight special music by our Combined Choirs as well as the Children's Choir. 

subscribe to our channel to be notified when new videos are posted!
Amazon Smiles

Ple ase keep Saint Peter's in mind 
when you shop online

If you follow our Saint Peter's link to get to, we receive a percentage back in advertising revenue, and we are currently earning 6.5%! The more clicks and purchases we receive, the greater this percentage.

In addition, when you shop at, you may select Saint Peter's as your charity of choice and Amazon will donate a portion (0.5%) of the purchase price to Saint Peter's.

Please note that you are not charged any additional fees by shopping using these links, and you may change your charity of choice at any time. Amazon Smiles is a one-time sign-up; and earnings are in addition to those from the advertising program.

To shop using our link, please click above or use the link on the home page of our web site.

Thank you!

Pastoral Counseling

Our Pastoral Assistant, Vince Corso, is available to Saint Peter's parishioners for advice and counseling--especially around issues of grief and loss.

If additional counseling is desired, you may engage with him through his private practice.

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Your Eblast

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Piano Lessons

John Pivarnik is currently offering piano lessons for beginners through adults, with or without prior musical training.  
Please contact John at 973-377-9068 or   by e-mail for scheduling and more details.

Voice Lessons

We are a proud Member of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. 

Contact information:
Parish Office: 973-226-6500   Fax:  973-226-5477

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