The Mouse for January 31, 2021
"Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up."
—1 Cor. 8:1
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community:
Epiphany 4
Sermon Preview: "Too much knowledge"

Why do people get offended? Why do people give offense? Those seem like relevant questions in these days of deep division.

Saint Paul wrote to the divided Corinthian church in this Sunday's epistle. He warned those who "posses knowledge" (those who know better) to be considerate of those who were "weak" (or, to put it bluntly, those who were ignorant). "Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up," he said.

The strong rationalize, the weak feel they've been had.

Come hear (or tune into) Sunday's sermon, "Too much knowledge," to find out why charity is better than casuistry.

In-Person Worship
for Sunday, January 31, 2021

Holy Communion, 8 a.m.
Morning Prayer, 9:30 a.m.

Saint Peter's is currently not located in a Covid-19 hot spot as determined by the New York State Cluster Action Initiative. We are therefore permitted to hold indoor, in-person services with the following restrictions, as determined by the Vicar and Wardens:

  1. Seating has been reduced to 25% of capacity
  2. Seating is socially-distanced
  3. Masks are required
  4. Congregational singing is suspended
  5. Communion is distributed in one kind only

We ask that you please not come to church in person if you have Covid-19, have symptoms consistent with Covid-19, or are subject to the provisions of the New York State Covid-19 Travel Advisory.

You can live-stream the 9:30 service on Sundays by clicking here.
Catechism Corner

Q. What are we by nature?
A. We are part of God's creation, made in the image of God.

The question might have been "What are we?" but the catechism adds the prepositional phrase "by nature" to show that man must be defined in terms of something else. Only God is self-defining. The Catechism's answer—that man (as defined by nature) resembles the self-defining One—is astonishing, and hints of deeper thing to come.

From the Book of Common Prayer, pp. 845-862.
History Highlight

St. Thomas in Amenia and Grace Church in Millbrook are the "spiritual offspring" of St. Peter's, Lithgow. Both churches were assisted in their founding by clergy from St. Peter's.

—Louise Tompkins, A Landmark: The History of St. Peter's Protestant Episcopal Church (Lithgow, NY, 1971), 15, 17.
Every Member Canvass (EMC)

It is the time of year for the annual EMC appeal campaign!

Letters were mailed out last month, explaining the purpose of the campaign—to raise money for the operating expenses for St. Peter's—and outlining the anticipated operating expenses for the upcoming year. The good news is that in spite of all the COVID-19 restrictions, St. Peter's remains a place of constancy and connection in our congregation thanks to the wonderful services that Jake presides over each Sunday. The bad news is that even though we are not all able to gather together in person each week or have coffee hour, the expenses of running the church are not reduced in any way.

We have a lofty goal this year to raise $270,000, which is a significant increase over last year's goal of $230,000, so we are asking everyone who is able to consider increasing their contribution to St. Peter's by 20%. If we are to meet this goal, it is going to take 100% participation from the Parish, and, if circumstances allow, increases in everyone's giving levels.

The Vestry and our Vicar have already pledged for 2021, and in some cases, even fulfilled their pledges before year's end as a way to show their commitment to funding the 2021 budget. It is our hope that the congregation will follow their lead, and help us meet our goal.

EMC Committee members (Jim Wilson, Ginna Sermier, Sarah Stack, Andrew Garcia, and Phil Balshi) together with Vestry members will be following up with calls and emails to everyone in the parish in the next few weeks to make sure everyone understands the purpose of this appeal and its importance to the financial health of St. Peter's. Look for those emails and calls, and thank you in advance for considering our request for your support!
Sarah Stack, for the EMC Committee
Memorial Flowers

If you are interested in dedicating flowers in memorium or for a special occasion, please send an email to stpeterschurch@optonline.net with the date and the name(s) to whom you would like to dedicate the arrangements.

You can either send a check to St. Peter’s (PO Box 1502, Millbrook, NY 12545) or put the check in the weekly offering with "flowers" on the memo line. You may also add a dedication in the bulletin or leave it anonymous.
The church is always open, so if you would like to stop by for a quick prayer or meditation, please feel free to do so. Masks and hand sanitizers will be available in the church entrance.
Remember - no clothing donations at this time!
Collect for Epiphany 4

Almighty and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and in our time grant us thy peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Text or call the Vicar at (845) 745-8160 for prayer or a pastoral visit.

N.B. the Vicar has a new email address: jwdell2@pm.me.
Questions about the parish? Please email:
stpeterschurch@optonline.net

The Mouse is compiled and edited each week by the Vicar. He asks that submissions to The Mouse be made by the Wednesday prior to Friday's edition. Please send submissions to jwdell2@pm.me. Thank you.