St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Carson City
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775-882-1534   3 14 N. Division St., Carson City, Nevada 
November 2, 2017
In This Issue
Bazaar Help
St. Peter's History
Male Spirituality
Lighter Side
 Lectionary Readings
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From the Rector

Dear people of St Peter's,
     A special word of thanks goes to Georgy Pike for arranging St Peter's Nevada Day Parade float - a horse drawn buggy to celebrate our upcoming 150th 
Sandy's period costume 
anniversary.  After officiating a wedding in the church building that morning, Marietta & I found our crew at the last minute in order to join the parade, along with Deacon Betty, Sharron Brewer, Cecil Chapman, Sandy Burnette in period costume, and Georgy.  It was great fun!
      Sunday is the Feast of All Saints, when, in worship, we will renew the promises of our  Baptismal Covenant - to break bread together in communion & fellowship, to persevere in resisting evil, to proclaim the good news of God, to seek & serve Christ in all creation, to
strive for justice & peace.

Blessings in the coming days. 

     1.  Many thanks to all those who helped with our Fall Clean Up, including Tom and Isobel Streenan, Stephen Panter, Hallie Murphy, Joy McClain, Jeff Paul, Terry Dezort, Gayle Bowers and Rory Hogen.
    2.  Many thanks to Donna and Bill Murphy-Sharp, Marilyn Peshak and all others who helped make Saturday's class by Canon Catherine on Medieval Mystics a Grace-filled experience.  Great attendance, great hospitality and great content!

Only One Week Away!!!!!
St. Peter's Parish Holiday Bazaar: November 11th 
Saturday, November 11th, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, is our annual Holiday Bazaar. We hope that you will come to enjoy this festive fundraising event.
There are several ways you can help:
1.  Please help us spread the word to your friends and family. Attached is a copy of our Bazaar flier.  Please feel free to print a few copies off and post them at your office, hairdresser, school, etc.  It is a fun event to invite your friends and the wider community to.

2.  Help us transform our Parish Hall into the festive Bazaar on Friday, November 10th.  We begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp (not earlier) and are finished by noon.  Even if you can only help for one hour, that would be great.  Our greatest need is help from 9:00 until 10:00.  Please mark your calendar for that Friday morning and join us in the Parish Hall.  Thankfully, it is a holiday for most folks.

Thank you for your creativity, generosity and energy that makes our Bazaar a success!  Any questions, please contact the Rev. Kim at

Bits and Pieces of St. Peter's History

     In May 1875, St. Peter's steeple bell cracked.  It was repaired by having the cracked portion replaced with a new segment.  Ultimately the
operation was unsuccessful and by 1879 the bell could no longer be rung.

---- The Friends of Historic St. Peter's

Writing as a Spiritual Practice
The Heart of Our Story.... Learning who we are and why we are here
Writing can be a powerful and transformative spiritual practice -- through which we can cultivate an expansive mind, open heart, authentic relationships, liberated creativity and a freer soul.  This space is going to give examples of PROMPTS that are intended to give you a launching pad for some writing.  Please approach this as a spiritual practice and invite the Holy into your writing time.  Here are some suggestions to begin with:
HOW:  If you'd like to engage in a bit of self-discovery,
consider setting a timer for 15 minutes and  begin with one of the PROMPTs below (or other topic that calls to you).  Then just write whatever comes to mind until the buzzer goes off.  (Don't edit it, don't correct your spelling or worry about punctuation.  This is NOT that kind of writing.  The only person who's going to look at it when you are done, is you.  And if you want to keep going, reset the timer for additional time.)   Later, feel free to dive into the other PROMPT if it begins to call to you.  

PROMPTS for this time:

St. Catherine of Sienna wrote that "God is closer to us that water is to a fish."  For me that means: ___________________.

Meister Eckhart wrote that "God is at home (in us), it is we who have gone out for a walk."  For me that means: ___________________.

A Moment of Zen

Male Spirituality --- Encouraging an Inner Life 
mens rites of passage 
This is a series of articles aimed specifically for the Men of St. Peter's.  The material is taken from the written works of Fr. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest who is renowned for his retreats and lectures on male spirituality.  This is not intended to be a "daily devotional."  It is meant to be more confrontational.  It is truthful and brave; and invites you to be the same.   
Standing in the Threshold                                      
     In liminal space, we face the things we can't do anything about (fateful things) and the things we can't do anything with (useless things).  It is the fateful or useless things that invariably do something with us.  God, says St. John of the Cross, is by definition the "unfamiliar," always beyond the expected and ordinary.  So we must go there.
     We need to break out of our accustomed patterns, become uncomfortable, in order to be granted new eyes.  We need to fast instead of eat; maintain silence instead of talk; experience emptiness instead of fullness, anonymity instead of persona, poverty instead of plenty.  In any chosen liminal space, we descend and intentionally do not immediately come back up or out; we seek status reversal instead of status, and social displacement instead of social belonging.   It is first of all scary but invariably quite rewarding by the end.  You really do change.
      Then you can reenter the old world with new freedom and spontaneity.  
---Where can I find liminal space?
  Can I create it, or should I simply look for it right where I am ?
  [Adapted from p. 227 of On the Threshold of Transformation: Daily Meditations for Men,
 by Fr. Richard Rohr]
 On the Lighter Side

(Thanks to Isobel for sharing this cartoon with us!)

Ongoing Fellowship Activities

Please Join Us (in the Parish Hall unless* otherwise indicated) 1st Monday at 5:30pm--
Every Wednesday from 6 to 8pm -- Circles of Support Community           *(meets in the parish hall and the Rectory, next door to the church)

1st and 3rd Thursdays at 5:30pm -- Caregivers' Exchange Group
      (information and fellowship for anyone who's a caregiver)

1st Saturday from Noon to 5:00pm -- Wine Walk
             (our sanctuary and parish hall are open for hospitality) 

2nd Wednesday from 11:00am to noon -- The Jean Moltz Sunshine Ladies' Group       
  (all St. Peter's women are cordially invited to this ministry of  
                       outreach and fellowship)

2nd Thursday from 5:30 to 7:00pm -- Mary~Martha Guild  
                       (all St. Peter's women are cordially invited)

2nd Saturday from 8:00 to 9:30am -- Men's Breakfast
           (all St. Peter's men are cordially invited)  
2nd Saturday from 9:30am to 1:00pm -- Ladies' Crafting Day 
            (all St. Peter's ladies are cordially invited; bring something to work on or join in a group project.  Bring a sack lunch if you like!)
(We take December and January off.)

2nd Saturday at 9:30am -- Prayer Shawl Knitters 
      * (meets in a private residence, for info contact Pat F-P  
4th Friday from 5:45 to 8:30pm -- Sophia's Salon Reading Group 
       *(meets at a private residence, for info contact the Rev. Kim)

St. P's Gratitude Garden: Ready for winter slumber.  Our contact is Gayle Bowers. 

Schedule of Worship Services
Watercolor painting of St.P's altar by pat f-p
St. Peter's Altar ~~ by Pat Frederick-Perona


8 am:  Holy Communion: Rite II  
10 am: Contemporary Worship Service and Sunday School with Godly Play (in the Rectory).             
10 am: Healing Service and Holy Communion

We at St. Peter's are a lively spiritual fellowship blessed with the rich heritage of community involvement.  We are open-minded, inclusive, and family-friendly.  We hope you find us to be intellectually and spiritually stimulating.  

The Rev. Kim Morgan, Associate Priest and E-news Editor