The Mouse for May 30, 2021
"Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us."
— Ecclesiasticus 44:1
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community:
Memorial Day

Our guest speaker and honoree this year is Colonel Scott Nolan (Ret.).

Colonel Nolan has served 29 years of distinguished service in the United States Army, as Colonel, Chief Strategist and High-Level Operations Leader, with extensive experience in international relations, high level strategic planning, technical operations and national security. He has served important leadership positions in Iraq, the Republic of Korea, Germany, and in the U.S.

Colonel Nolan is the recipient of many awards earned throughout his extensive and distinguished military career, including: the Order of National Service Merit, Defense Superior Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, and two Bronze Stars.

Sunday, May 30, 2021, 9:30 a.m.
(1343 Shunpike at U.S. Route 44)

Rain or shine.
(There will be a large tent.)

Please note: there will be no 8 a.m. service
and no church school at the 9:30 service this day.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, June 20, 11-1 p.m.
Father's Day BBQ and Hymn Sing
Church Lawn

Beginning June 6 we will relax the social-distancing and mask requirements for those who are fully-vaccinated.

Congregational singing will resume on July 4.
Hobby Horse

An occasional series highlighting the diverse interests, hobbies, avocations, and talents of our Parish community.
Tilly Strauss writes about her passion for making maple syrup:

"It's truly a labor of love and family bonding. My Dad started with a few trees ten years ago, and now we tap about 1,100 trees. It's a fun activity that forces us outside, in the woods, midwinter. My secret motto is: 'there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.'

"I love being out there with my Pa and often we see wild animals such as turkeys, pillared woodpeckers, owls, foxes, and deer. We had an unusual year this year as temperatures varied wildly and several times we were preemptively ready to turn off the taps. In the end, we processed about 195 gallons of syrup between late February to mid-March through our cozy sugar shack.

"What excited me the most this season was learning about how sugar bush stands of northeast America are essential for a rich song bird habitat. In fact we have more song birds between here and Quebec than any other area on the continent!

"So, while the blue plastic lines hang limp from tree to tree, the birds move in to nest and raise their young in woods left alone for 3/4ths of the year! I recently illustrated two small zines about how syrup is made on our farm and one with simple recipes from friends and family that use our maple syrup or sugar.

"If anyone is interested in trying our pure sweetness we have plenty to offer! Bottles can be found at the Trevor Zoo gift shop, Ronnybrook Farm, the McEnroe stand, or through us on my art website. Next spring (2022) we welcome visitors when the sugar shack is steaming. It's a fascinating fun time for company to enjoy."

If you would like your labor of love featured in an upcoming issue of The Mouse, please email the Vicar with a few short paragraphs and include one or two pictures.
A special thank you from the Food Pantry

The Rev. AJ Stack, executive director of the Food of Life/Comida de Vida food pantry and priest-in-charge at St. Thomas Church in Amenia recorded this special thank you video:

Flowers at St. Peter's

The floral guild is always grateful for donations. If you are interested in dedicating flowers in memoriam or for a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, please send an email to 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.

Remember - no clothing donations to St. Peter's at this time!
Worship guidelines

  1. Seating is currently ~35% of capacity and socially distanced
  2. Masks are required
  3. Congregational singing is suspended until July 4
  4. 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.
A Prayer for Our Country

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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