Life at Saint Peter's
May 20, 2017
In This Issue
Upcoming Sunday Readings
A Message from Our Interim Rector
Sunday School
Dedication of Window Honoring Mother Stephanie
Street Fair is Coming!
Street Fair Tricky Tray Baskets Needed
Street Fair Poster
An Invitation to Celebrate with Fr. Anthony on Saturday, June 17
Between the Sundays
Coffee Hour
Blood Pressure Screening on June 4
Vacation Bible School Registration Open!
The OpShop
Food Pantry Needs
Pay Your Pledge Online
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel!
Amazon Program Benefits Saint Peter's
Pastoral Counseling
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.
Sunday, May 21, is the Sixth Sunday of Easter.
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A Message from Our Interim Rector

"Commandments and Companionship"

Commandments are more than "rules" we are meant to live up to. They are guidelines for the development of our souls--challenges to grow into our best selves. That's why Jesus links love and "keeping my commandments." If we love what Jesus stands for, what he embodies of human goodness, his commandments are the exercises that will develop the soul-muscles we need to reflect God's own character in our lives. All love-relationships have commandments, that is, habits, customs, rituals, behaviors that help the love to grow. Respecting all these makes companionship with the loved one flow more fully.  On Sunday, I'll be exploring how companionship grows through fidelity to implicit "commandments" or inherent building-blocks of relationship.

Our Easter Season sermons have explored ways the eyes and ears of our faith can be opened wider to see God at work among us. 
The final sermon in this series will be next week.

Sunday, May 28:
Ascension/Rogation Sunday
Split the Wood, and I am There

Sunday School
Family Church
Another SUPER Family Church! Many thanks to our readers, Julia DiGiovanni, Nadira Khan and Sally Cutting who each read so clearly! Also, thanks to our ushers Richie Musser & Andrew Stern; it was the first time ushering for each of them and they did great! And we had two new helpers for the elements as well, Allan Rodriguez and Davis DeRuyter, who safely delivered their special gifts! :)  I get so many complements each month on how well the children do and I couldn't be prouder!!

Sunday School
We are winding down the year and I hope to see you all in  Sunday School as we near the end!
May 21st -  Sunday School
May 28th - Memorial Day weekend - no  Sunday School
June 4th -  Sunday School
June 11st - Family Church & Teacher recognition

Please come on the 11th to thank and support our wonderful teachers!
PreK-K: Jennifer Jackson, Serena Watkinson and Michelle Spell (greeters - Emily Blake, Katie Butler & Emma Veffer)
1st-3rd grade: Dana Leach, Sarah Blake & Emily Blake (greeter Sarah Blake & Katie Butler)
4th-6th grade: Jasmine Barbour, Mary Beth Weber, Sarah Latson and Christina Doyle

With Faith & Love,
Dana Leach
Dedication of Window in Honor of Mother Stephanie on Sunday, June 4

Dedication of Window 
in Honor of Mother Stephanie

On our upcoming Pentecost Sunday, June 4, Saint Peter's will have the pleasure of welcoming its former Rector, The Rev. Stephanie Wethered, and her family for the dedication of a new stained glass window in the Vestry (the clergy vestment room) commissioned by the Vestry and funded by donations from grateful members. Based on the parable of the widow and her lost coin, the window celebrates the women of the Biblical heritage and the role of women, lay and ordained, who serve God in the church. The window will be unveiled and dedicated at the conclusion of the 10 am Eucharist, with a Pentecost-themed coffee hour to follow. 
Street Fair is Coming!!
Street Fair - June 9th & 10th!

Thanks A MILLION to those who have already volunteered to help with The Fair! If you have not been added to someone's list yet, please give a holler!  You could EVEN put yourself on TWO lists :)

A reminder of contact information:
*Game Booths  (especially need face painters and brave souls for china smash)
Dana Leach,  973-364-7544 or

*Snack Bar
Danielle & Peter Torok,  973-226-8552 or  

*Chicken Dinner
June & Dave Cowell,  973-226-1733  or 

*Set-up, June 3rd &  Break-down,  June 11th
Ed Kamper,  973-228-3945 or  

Things we could use :)
BOOKSgently used, especially children's books, best sellers, hardcovers, and cookbooks, all of which sell well.  Although we are appreciative of ALL donations, please donate books you think someone would like to buy. We probably can't resell your college World Lit textbook, for instance and sadly many "how to" books have been replaced by Google :)  Books can be left to the right as you come in the back door from the parking lot.  Boxes are easier for us to stack so preferred.

Strawberries & Shortcake -  We need many quarts of strawberries for our YUMMY chicken dinner (washed, sliced, with a little bit of sugar).  Are you a baker?  We need people to bake the shortcake (Bisquick and recipe will be provided)!  Keep an eye out for sign-ups or contact June Cowell by phone at 973-226-1733 or

Sliced Watermelon - new item to the fair! Contact Dana Leach, 973-364-7544 or

And of course, please see the article below to support the Tricky Tray, one of our most popular features!
Street Fair Tricky Tray
Street Fair - June 9th & 10th
Tricky Tray

The Saint Peter's Street Fair is quickly approaching and we are in need of some donations of baskets for our Tricky Tray. This was such a success last year so please consider donating a full basket or grab a friend and create one together. If you would rather give a monetary donation, big or small, we can combine donations to create a fabulous basket for you.

There will be a sign-up board at coffee hour after church. If you are unable to sign up, you can call Stephanie Kent at  973-461-3243 or email Quinn Egan at and let us know what type of basket or donation you want to make. Baskets should be worth $40 or more.   Baskets should be dropped off in the church office by May 26th.  We will wrap the baskets if you are not able to.
Some basket theme ideas...
Spirits, Spa, Gift cards, Sports, Cooking, Children, Teen, Home Goods.

Thank you so much for considering making a donation. 

Peace and Love,
Stephanie and Quinn

Street Fair, Friday, 6/9 & Saturday, 6/10
Father Anthony's Institution on June 17
Between the Sundays

Communicating Good News at Saint Peter's

As part of our Health & Healing Ministry, we have a dedicated team of Pastoral Callers and Lay Eucharistic Ministers. These caring individuals regularly visit parishioners and loved ones who are ailing and often unable to come to church. They bring the spirit of Saint Peter's out into the world and reassure those who they visit that they remain part of our Body of Christ.

Please hold this special group in your prayers this week, especially as they meet after the 10am service this Sunday for their quarterly meeting.
Coffee Hour: Mutual Give and Take in Action

Mutuality is at the heart of Christian practice, and the heart-beat of Saint Peter's is mutual support: some prepare the altar for the rest of us, others read so we may hear. Some take flowers to the sick and shut-in, others greet us warmly as we enter for worship. Church School teachers educate children from any family of the parish and OpShop Volunteers touch the lives of people in the larger community. 

Likewise, our after-service coffee hours are a kind of "rotating pot-luck" offering of members to members: each week a different family hosts the coffee hour for all who come. The rules are simple (and posted in the Upper Room): make the coffee (easy), bring some goodies (doesn't have to be fancy!), and tidy up the space when finished. You are invited to "join the mutuality" by signing up for hosting one week this season. The sign up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Upper Room. 

Help us help make Saint Peter's
a welcoming space for all! 
Blood Pressure Screening, 6/4

The Health & Healing Ministry is offering a Blood Pressure Screening on Sunday, June 4. Visit our nurse's table for an evaluation during Coffee Hour after the 10am service.
Vacation Bible School

We will hold HERO CENTRAL VBS on August 7-11!

Thanks to those who came to our craft and decorating night last week. Please stay tuned for another night in June.

Registration has opened and is filling up quickly! If you would like to have your child join us, please fill out the registration form and return it to the church office soon.
The OpShop

Our regular hours are
Thursday, 1 - 4 pm
Saturday, 10am - 2pm

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Please Help Our Local Food Pantry

The need is great, your donation makes a difference!!

The next time you are shopping, please simply buy a double for one or two of your regular items. That's it! Don't worry about whether it's "this month's" item, it doesn't even need to be edible (a little bit of mascara could be a real treat for someone!). Please just bring an item or two each week when you can, and think of what a difference it will make!

Thank you for your generosity! 

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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 Cherub Choir. 

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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.

compassion identity

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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