Life at Saint Peter's
June 30, 2017
In This Issue
Upcoming Sunday Readings
A Message from Our Interim Rector
Summer Sermons: Following Christ
Happy 4th of July!
Summer Coffee Hour
VBS Registration almost Full!
Search Process Moving Forward!
Summer Schedule
Welcome Pam Bayard to Vestry
Sunday School
Ornament of Lost Coin Window
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.
This Sunday, July 2, is the Fourth Sunday after the Pentecost.
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A Message from Our Interim Rector

"The Test of Hard Decisions"

"Life is difficult," says author Scott Peck in  The Road Less Traveled. Better to say "difficult moments arise in life," and Scripture presents many stories that mirror the times when we must make hard decisions. 

How will we deal with a real enemy? When should we speak up about a loved one's harmful behavior? Is this the moment to give up some cherished item or activity that stands the way of some important service to the Good?
Summer Sermons: "Following Christ"


The Advent-Pentecost Gospels inspire us with Christ's example. The summer Gospels focus on the day-to-day teachings of Jesus, showing us how Christ invited his followers into his Way. Our summer sermons will highlight ways we can follow the Way of Christ more deeply. 

July 2
The Test of Hard Decisions
Fr. Morris

July 9
Falling in Love with What Makes You Whole
Fr. Morris

July 16
Guest Preacher: Fr. Michael Muller

July 23
Climbing the Ladder or Dancing in the Circle?
Mr. Vince Corso

July 30 
God's Presence in Difficulty and Tragedy
Fr. Morris 

Aug. 6
Transfiguration: Dwelling in the Light
Mr. Vince Corso

Aug. 13
Doubt in the Midst of Faith
The Rev. Susan Negrotto

Aug. 20
Tending the Garden of the Soul
Fr. Morris

Aug. 27
Can Prayer Really Change Things? 
Fr. Morris 

Sept. 2
Having a Full-Time Faith
The Rev. Susan Negrotto

Happy Independence Day!
Summer Refreshments in the Courtyard

During the Summer months, worshippers can enjoy cold tea and lemonade and sweets in the Courtyard. We need a few more volunteers to provide simple fare for some Sundays, so be sure to look for the sign-up sheet on the Refreshment table.

Help us help make Saint Peter's
a welcoming space for all! 
VBS Registration Almost Full!

August 7-11!

Thanks to those who came to our craft and decorating night this week. Our next volunteer opportunity is coming up in July!

Volunteers are needed during the week of VBS! Please reply to this email if you have one or more days to help our superheroes take flight.

Registration is filling up quickly, just a few slots left! If you would like to have your child join us, please fill out the registration form and return it to the church office by July 1.
St. Peter's Search Process Moves Ahead

The call has gone out through the posting of our Parish Profile with the Diocese, inviting prospective candidates for our new full-time priest position to send us their resume. The Search Committee will meet monthly through the summer and hopes to begin the initial round of interviews in the early Fall, and issue a call before year's end.

Please hold the committee in your prayers as they sift through resumes, conduct interviews and select candidates to present to the Vestry for decision. 

Summer Schedule

Sunday  9 am  Wee Believers and our
Wednesday  Noon  Healing Eucharist 
will return in September.

Welcome Pam Bayard to the Vestry

Congratulations, Pam Bayard! Pam, who was chosen as our Alternate, has been unanimously elected to complete the term of Caroline Medina on Saint Peter's Vestry.

Caroline Medina continues to recuperate and will be moving to live closer to her family.

The position of Alternate on the Vestry is an important one for just such instances, and is now vacant. Please call upon God's spirit to help you discern if you are being called to serve on the Vestry.
Sunday School

Although  Sunday School & Family Church will be on break for the summer, children are ALWAYS welcome in "big" church so I hope to see you all during the summer! Please consider helping with these important ministries next year.  If you have any questions reach out, I'd love to talk to you!  

With Faith & Love, 
Dana Leach

Nursery Care
Nursery Care will continue to be available for children 3 and younger through the end of June, then will take a break for July and August.  Michelle & Ann will be back again after Labor Day to care for our littlest parishioners. The little ones are always welcome in "big" church, however :)

With Faith & Love,
Dana Leach
Ornament of Lost Coin Window

A replica of the window dedicated to Mother Stephanie will be available on a Christmas ornament, and proceeds will be divided between the parish and a purse for Mother Stephanie.

If you are interested in ordering one, please contact Pam Au.
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! 

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 Cherub 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.

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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