Mid-February News from Saint Peter's
Revival 2017

 Friday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. - Revival worship based on our baptismal covenant at
                                                  St. Peter's
 Saturday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m.- Revival worship based on our baptismal covenant at
                                                  Trinity, Muscatine
 Sunday, February 26 at 10:00 a.m.- Both congregations gather for renewal of baptismal vows
                                                   and Confirmation Eucharist at Trinity, Muscatine with 
                                                   Bishop Scarfe officiating. This is OUR VISITATION with
                                                   the Bishop. Please RSVP for the luncheon that follows.
Carpools are available for all these events. Don't let the time of day or distance keep you away.

Revival 2017 will occur across the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa as part of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's call for Revival all across the church.

At each gathering, hymns, prayers and scripture will remind us of human experiences of God.
People may share faith stories. Each may participate in one-on-one prayer stations to let go of burdens, to experience being listened to, to pray for healing, or to explore the God-shaped hole in our soul. Most of all, we will celebrate each of us in God's Beloved in whom God is well-pleased. As we individually renew our baptismal vows, the sacrament reminds us of our baptismal promises and encourages us to serve God.
Annual Meeting and Building Update
The 53rd Annual Meeting was held on January 22, The meeting was efficient, had wonderful food and good fellowship. Thanks to all who presented reports on the activities
of the last year. Congratulations to Carolyn Krenos-Bodnar as she assumes the duties of Senior Warden and Cory Satterfield who will act as Clerk of the Vestry. New members include Cory Satterfield, Monique McDonald and Jane Hoffman.

St, Peter's accomplished many building projects and issues in this last year. One piece of work still to be done is the insulating of the east wall and considering outside decoration and signage on the wall. In addition, there is still work to be done in the lower level under the walkway at the entrance of the church. The funds are available for this work and in the next months, the Vestry will be deciding how and when to complete this phase of the job. In addition, the Vestry is seeking estimates on stripping and sealing all the tile floors in the church and hallways. Anyone with information on service providers can call the office.
Ash Wednesday
March 1
Holy Eucharist with Ashes at noon
Choral Eucharist with Ashes at 5:30 p.m.
        This solemn liturgy begins a  season                of opportunity to refocus ourselves on God.
Wednesday Evenings in Lent

Join us Wednesday evenings during Lent for Eucharist, a simple soup supper, and a discussion of  Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber. 
           She's the tattoo covered mom with a questionable past with the fast-growing House for all Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado.  The blurb from the bookasks, "What if that person you've been trying to avoid is your best shot at grace today?  And what if that's the point?"
            In Accidental Saints, New York Times best-selling au­thor Nadia Bolz-Weber invites readers into a surprising encounter with what she calls "a religious but not-so-spiritual life." Tattooed, angry and profane, this former standup comic turned pastor stubbornly, sometimes hilariously, resists the God she feels called to serve. But God keeps showing up in the least likely of people-a church-loving agnostic, a drag queen, a felonious Bishop and a gun-toting member of the NRA.
            As she lives and worships alongside these "ac­cidental saints," Nadia is swept into first-hand en­counters with grace--a gift that feels to her less like being wrapped in a warm blanket and more like being hit with a blunt instrument. But by this grace, people are trans­formed in ways they couldn't have been on their own.
            In a time when many have rightly become dis­illusioned with Christianity, Accidental Saints dem­onstrates what happens when ordinary people share bread and wine, struggle with scripture together, and tell each other the truth about their real lives. This unforgettable account of their faltering steps toward wholeness will ring true for believer and skeptic alike.
            Told in Nadia's trademark confessional style, Accidental Saints is the stunning next work  from one of today's most important religious voices.  

The book is available at libraries and through amazon online. Sign up at the back of the church to help provide soup or bread on a Wednesday night. Holy Eucharist is at 5:30 pm; Soup Supper and Discussion begin at 6:00 pm.
 Lenten Retreat 2017

Mark your calendars for Friday March 
24 through Sunday, March 25
St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island.
Lenten Resources

Episcopal Relief & Development  offers a  2017 Lenten email series.  Each day during Lent you will receive a daily reflection, co-authored by a group of Anglican Communion and other faith leaders. During this season of reflection on our Christian faith, their writings will enhance your spiritual journey as they both inspire and challenge you.  Each daily meditation is presented in both English and Spanish."  This and other materials are available at http: //www.episcopalrelief.org/church-in-action/church-campaigns/lent
Forward Movement is offering a new book of Lenten meditations for the season entitled Ashes and the Phoenix. It is enhanced with art and poetry along with the daily meditations. Your can buy the paper book from your favorite bookseller or from Forward Movement There is also an ebook.
For something a little lighter, you can draw inspiration from the lives of the saints a you play Lenten Madness at http://wwwlenmadness.org/.  This educational tool has silliness and complex information, combined with some religious kitsch.  Forward Movement runs this annual event, and I have some mugs honoring past winners of the Golden Halo.

We are encouraged to pray for refugees and engage in the  Christian practice of hospitality. A Season of Prayer: 40 Days in the Desert offers daily prayers or scripture readings along with resources to learn more about refugee and migrant ministries. From Forward Movement.

Of course, you don't have to use Forward Movement resources. You can just re-engage with prayer, or pick up a Bible and read it, or find a way to do ministry in the world. But whatever you do, don't let Lent pass you by. God gives us this gift through the church, and we should savor it. How will you return to God this Lent?

Join us for Holy Week at St. Peter's

Palm Sunday, April 9  8:00 and 10:00 am
Holy Week begins with the pageantry of Pal Sunday. The service begins in the back of the church with the Liturgy of the Palms followed by a procession.
Maundy Thursday, April 13  6:00 pm Agape Supper, Worship, and Footwashing
The Agape Feast dates back to apostolic times and is a simple meal of bread, cheese, olives, and fruit.  Parishioners are asked to bring food, wine or juice to share as an example of our mutual Christian love for each other, please sign up at the back of the church.  At this service we enact that commandment in the foot washing. After an invitation from the celebrant, people come forward to have their feet washed. We encourage you to take part in this beautiful ritual, a way of making Christ's call to service real. The second important theme in this liturgy is Jesus' institution of the Eucharist. The service concludes with the stripping of the altar in preparation for Good Friday.
Watch With Me- Thursday, April 13 following the stripping of the altar through daybreak.
On Thursday night, Jesus went to the garden to pray and asked his disciples to stay awake and wait with him. Shifts of one or two people will sit silently in the chapel through the night and pray with Jesus. During the stripping of the altar, a Garden of Repose, consisting of the reserved sacrament, a sanctuary candle and greenery are set up in the chapel. These represent the Garden. Please sign up for an hour or two for silent prayer and meditation though the night. Materials guiding prayer will be provided. When day breaks, the vigil ends.
Good Friday, March 25 6:00 pm The Good Friday Liturgy
We mark Christ's crucifixion with the Good Friday Liturgy, which is made up of readings, hymns, prayers, and silence. The Church is bare and the ministers enter in silence. The Liturgy of the Word concludes with the dramatic reading of the Passion  and the remaining reserved sacrament is consumed leaving our sacred space empty until Easter Morning.
Easter Sunday, March 27 10:00 am Festival Eucharist- One Service Only- 10:00 a.m.
Holy Week concludes with the greatest feast of the Christian year, the celebration of Jesus' resurrection. We mark the occasion with unbridled festivity, pulling out all the stops in our liturgy and music.

Mental Health Community Forums

If you have personal experience with mental health treatment, are a family member of an individual with mental health issues, or are a mental health provider, you are invited to attend a Mental Health Community Forum to provide feedback. Two forum times are available: Monday, March 6 at 5-7:00 p.m., Davenport Public Library, Eastern Avenue Branch, 6000 Eastern Avenue, Davenport or Tuesday, March 7 at 8:30-10:30 a.m., Community Health Care Auditorium, 2750- 11th Street, Rock Island.

These forums will focus on assessing the mental health, substance abuse and intellectual and developmental disabilities needs in Rock Island and Scott Counties. The services available for those in need will be discussed as well as how to fill gaps in services. Forums will be led by consultants from MTM Services and the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare. The forums are hosted by United Way of the Quad Cities Area in conjunction with Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, Genesis Health Systems and UnityPoint Health- Trinity.

Upcoming Events

On Sunday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. Trinity Cathedral, Davenport will host a Hymn Festival in conjunction with singers from several local congregations. All are invited to come and enjoy an evening of music and worship.

On Saturday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. the St. Ambrose University Chamber Singers will present a concert in the church directed by Nathan Windt. All are invited.

Save the date- Saturday, May 6- Fashion Show. Details to come

December and January Vestry Highlights

  • Building issues addressed were: Orkin called regarding mice in lower level, now gone; basement heating checked; new refrigerator installed on lower level.
  • Meg Wagner "thank you" party on Dec.18 and Welcoming Brunch for Elaine on January 8.
  • Vestry members leaving are Larry Johnsen, Ghada Hamdan-Allen. Keith Wilson will remain on Vestry. New members, Jane Hoffman, Monique McDonald and Cory Satterfield welcomed.
  • Treasurer, Bruce Tinsman, reported on successful stewardship campaign and presented financial statements of year end receipts and disbursements.
  • Vestry planned for diocesan Revival in affiliation with Trinity, Muscatine.
  • Carolyn Krenos-Bodnar elected Sr. Warden; Cory Satterfield elected Clerk.
     The next Vestry meeting will be on Sunday, March 12 at 11:15 a.m.
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