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News for December 15, 2017
In This Issue
1. From the Rector
2. News From Our Senior Warden
3. Another Successful Holiday Bazaar
4. Finance Committee Report
5. Blue Christmas Prayer Service
6. Christmas Festivities at St. Peter's
7. Other Upcoming Events
8. Bits of St. Peter's History
9. Links
10. Ongoing Fellowship
11. Schedule of Worship Services

From the Rector
Dear people of St Peter’s,

The holidays are upon us, with all the attendant anxieties & cheer. The debate goes on. “We’re Christians. It’s Christmas! Call it Christmas.” “It’s the holidays! Recognize other faith traditions.” Here at St Peter’s we are blessed to be in relationship with other wonderful faith traditions, which we embrace as carriers of love & beauty & justice – the same love & beauty & justice spoken of by Jesus. We welcome the similarities and the differences.  

Many thanks to Pam Ertel for a wonderful Santa Lucia festival last Sunday. We followed the children, dressed as angels, in procession around the church building, heard the story of Lucy, sang hymns, and prayed for the welfare of the world. Thanks to all who prepared succulent goodies for the afterparty.  

This Saturday December 16 th we gather at FISH from 11am till 1pm to assemble Christmas baskets for those in need. All ages are invited to assist.

Christmas Eve is also the 4 th Sunday of Advent, so we’re celebrating the 8am Sunday service, no 10am and no Sunday School, then gathering in the evening for the 5:30pm Children’s Service, 8pm & 10pm Carols, Candles & Communion services. As a gift to the parish, Chuck McCray is officiating a Christmas Day Morning Prayer service at 10am followed by a brunch prepared by TJ Saputra. Always such a treat!

May you be blessed in the holiday season by the God of the earth & sky & water & fire, the same God of our fathers & mothers, the God of all things, in all times & in all places. May you bless others in turn.

News From Our Senior Warden

Greetings from the Vestry.
As many of you know, during our congregational annual meeting held last month, 6 new members were elected to serve on Vestry starting in January 2018. They are:
Susan Newcomb 1 year term
Marilyn Peshek   2 year term
Bill Murphy Sharp 3 year term
Traci Lindeman    3 year term
Colleen Feuling   3 year term
Becca Van Sickle  3 year term
These new members will join the existing members:
Cecil Chapman
Joy McClain
Georgy Pike
Hallie Murphy
Gayle Bowers
Allison Joffee
Retiring members are:
Rory Hogen
Tom Streenan
Terry Dezort
Doug Bocskor
Dick French
Kathleen Plante will assume the duties of Vestry Clerk staring in 2018.
As I said during my stewardship speech last month, it has been an honor and pleasure serving as your Senior Warden the last two years. But not one to go long without something new to do, I have accepted the position of Church Librarian and will start organizing the books, folders, and artifacts in the Library. Again, thanks to all who have made this an enjoyable (for the most part!!) and a rewarding experience.
Tom Streenan
Another Successful Holiday Bazaar
This year’s Holiday Bazaar on November 11th raised $6,314.95 (net of $226.55 expenses) in sales and $886 in the raffle for the “Passages” quilt created by Terry Dezort, for a total of $7,200.95. In a little turn of poetic justice, Terry’s nephew won the quilt, and he thanks us all.
Since 2005, the Holiday Bazaar and Quilt Raffles have raised a total of $88,010.75 to support St. Peter’s. Besides important fundraising, the bazaar provides a festive outreach to the community and an annual opportunity for parishioners to enjoy enhanced camaraderie.
Many men and women of the church contributed with merchandise as well as help setting up and taking down. The success of the Quilt Raffle and the Holiday Bazaar depended on the work
of team leaders including, but not limited to, Julie Rodolph, Becca Van Sickle, Suzy McCurdy, Terry Dezort, Marilyn Peshek, Lisa Braren, Lisa Young, and Jeannette Miller. And, Phil Ritger invented and constructed a pulley system to raise and lower the quilt, thus saving the men from dealing with the huge ladder normally used to set up the quilt display.
Many thanks to everyone who helped and to all of you who served as enthusiastic shoppers!
Rev. Kim Morgan, Bazaar Coordinator
Karen Kish, Assistant
Finance Committee Report
St. Peter’s Finance Committee at Year’s End
As 2017 draws to a close, I would like to acknowledge and heartily thank the members of the Finance Committee, which hopes to support and enhance St. Peter’s financial management, procedures, and overall financial picture.
• Gayle Bowers, Committee Secretary; member at large beginning in 2018
• Sandy Burnette, Committee Secretary beginning in 2018
• Tim Harris, Investment oversight
• Allison Joffee, in transition to Sr. Warden beginning in 2018
• Marilyn Peshek, member at large
• Chris Ritger, St. Peter’s Treasurer
• Philip Ritger, Treasurer support and member at large
   Tom Streenan, Investment oversight; as Sr. Warden; member at large beginning in 2018
We have a number of financial topics we could tell you about, possibly causing you to nod off. But, how about a few highlights for 2017:
   With a final payment in December, we finished paying off over the course of a number of years more than $50,000 arrears for Diocesan Mission and Support (formerly called “Asking”). This is an assessment each parish pays to support the operation of the Diocesan office, the Bishop of Nevada, and various mission projects in Nevada. Going forward, our monthly payments will be based solely on current calculations.
   We recognize and are extremely grateful for all of the following: two outright, unrestricted donations, which underwrote the Parish Hall flooring project and a needed supplement to the General (Operating) Account; a very substantial anonymous donation restricted to support the building of a labyrinth as part of our overall landscaping renovation; a restricted donation to support installation of a monitor system in the balcony; a restricted donation to help purchase new Books of Common Prayer . We also acknowledge ongoing donor sponsorship of the Coffee Hour program and of our parish subscription to Forward Day by Day.   
 Our investments, structured in widespread asset allocation, are stable and doing well. Among other things, these investments produce income which we can use for such things as outreach, ongoing education, and maintenance and repair of our historical buildings. These resources and your consistent weekly offerings allow this house of worship to function in a positive, healthy fashion.
We on the Finance Committee are grateful for the opportunity to serve.
Karen L. Kish
Finance Committee Chairman
Blue Christmas Prayer Service
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Community
wi ll be offering  
5:30 PM
Prayer Service/Candle Lighting -  MAIN CHURCH
(after the Prayer Service, the church will
be open for quiet prayer until 7:00PM)
There will be soup and light refreshments
after the Service

St. Teresa of Avila
Catholic Church
3000 N. Lompa Ln.
Carson City

During this time,
we will pray for light and hope in our darkness.

While everyone around you seems to be in the Christmas spirit,
their joy only seems to make you feel even more on the outside looking in.
This year has been hard for you. It could be that you’ve lost a job,
ended a relationship, or are grieving the death of a loved one.
Perhaps this time of year brings back especially painful memories.
Join us as we create a holy place
for our grief,
our losses, and our pain.

Why We Gather
"Prayer is first and foremost about relationship,
our relationship with God
and our relationship with one another
in the Body of Christ.
These relationships fill our lives with meaning and purpose.
Prayer, then, is not so much an exercise of piety as it is an exchange of love."
—from The Little Book of Hours

Christmas Festivities at St. Peter's
Sunday, December 24
One morning service at 8am

Christmas Eve Services:
5:30pm Children’s Service
8pm Carols, Candles, & Communion
10pm Carols, Candles, & Communion

Monday, December 25
10am Morning Prayer Service
Flower Requests
If you would like to submit a donation for Christmas flowers with names to be included on the "In Memory Of/In Celebration For" list, please leave a filled out form in the collection plate or the parish office by Monday, December 18. Forms can be found in the parish hall and near the church entrance.
Wrap-up your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/88-0202630 and Amazon donates to St. Peter's
Other Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 16 at 11am
F.I.S.H. Christmas Baskets Assembly
Where: F.I.S.H. 138 E. Long St - corner of Carson St and Long

Sunday, December 24
8am Service Only
Christmas Eve Services:
5:30pm Children's Service
8pm & 10pm Carols and Communion

Monday, December 25 at 10am
Morning Prayer Service w/Canon Chuck McCray

Friday, January 5- Saturday, January 6
Vestry Retreat at Camp Galilee

Bits and Pieces of St. Peter's History
Carson City c. 1871
At Christmas in 1889, the Alms Basin, containing the words "Of Thine Own Have We Given Thee", was presented to St. Peter's by vestry member Frank Cheffins in memory of George, Alfred and Emma Cheffins.
--Friends of Historic St. Peter’s
Upcoming Lectionary Readings
Info Links
Ongoing Fellowship Activities
Please Join Us (in the Parish Hall unless* otherwise indicated)
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 Karen Kish)
St Peter's Altar by Pat Frederick-perona
St. Peter's Altar by Pat Frederick-Perona
Schedule of Worship Services
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 Very Rev. Jeff Paul, Rector
Kate Ludwick, Administrative Assistant & e-news editor