Mid-March News from Saint Peter's
     Please join us for St. Peter's Annual Spring Clean-Up.  We will meet on Saturday, April 8 at 9 a.m. to beautify our building and grounds for Easter. Please bring your rakes, leaf bags, indoor cleaning supplies, gloves and any other useful equipment. Any amount of time that you can offer is appreciated. Busy on the 8th? You can pick a "sprucing-up" project from the list in the back of the church and work when you can. Rain date is Saturday, April 22.

Wednesday Evenings in Lent

Join us Wednesdays, March 29 and April 5  for Eucharist and a simple soup supper, as we continue our discussion of Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber.        
            In a time when many have rightly become dis¬≠illusioned with Christianity, Accidental Saints dem¬≠onstrates 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.
             The book is available at libraries and through amazon online. We try to discuss five of the short chapters per week. Sign up at the back of the church to help provide soup or bread on a Wednesday night. Holy Eucharist is at 5:30 p.m.; Soup Supper and Discussion begin at 6:00 p.m. Please note there is no meeting on April 22, which is the night of the Community Meal
that St. Peter's serves at the Salvation Army.
Community Meal

St. Peter's prepares and serves the Community Meal on Wednesday, March 22.  This would be a perfect opportunity for those wishing to do service during Lent to volunteer some time the help serve the full dinner at the Davenport Salvation Army located at 6th and Harrison between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m.
Volunteers are also needed to provide meal items such as milk, bread and butter, and desserts. The sign-up board in the back of the church lists all that is needed.

 Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross will be offered on Friday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to participate in this traditional Lenten devotion.

 Holy Week at St. Peter's

Palm Sunday, April 9  8:00 and 10:00 a.m.
Holy Week begins with the pageantry of Palm 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 p.m. 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, April 14- 6:00 p.m. 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.

Available at Trinity Cathedral, Davenport, Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 16- 10:00 a.m. 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.

Adult Formation

Adult Formation will resume on April 2 at 9:00 a.m. After our discussion of Threading My Prayer Rug by Sabeeha Rehman, we came up with more questions about Islam and it's Holy Book, the Koran. Our next book for discussion will be The Koran: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Cook. The book is available on Amazon, on Kindle or in bookstores. All are welcome to come and participate in our lively discussions.

Shop and Benefit St. Peter's

If you shop at Schnuck's Food Store in Bettendorf, you could also benefit St. Peter's.
You can pick up an eScript Community Card at the Customer Service counter.  The cards are located right out front- no need to ask someone for assistance.  Then, you make a 1-800 phone call, give them your name, address and phone number and the number on the back of the card.  Schnuck's will contribute 5% of your purchases to St. Peter's every time you swipe your card. St. Peter's group number is ID#164759301
Upcoming Events

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.

Concert for Davenport Music Programs- On Thursday, March 30th, our music director, Perry Mears, will be collaborating with operatic vocalists (and Davenport natives) Claire Kuttler and David Tahere on a program of songs and arias to raise money for the music programs of the Davenport Community Schools. The recital will begin at 7:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church in Davenport. Donations will be accepted.

The Annual Episcopal Women's Fashion Show is May 6 with Brunch at 10 a.m. and Fashion Show at 11 a.m. Models are needed. If you wish to participate, the sign-up sheet is in the back of the church

The Spring St. Peter's Church in the Park will be on Sunday, May 21
February Vestry Highlights

  • The Vestry plans a Retreat on April 9 at the Hy-Vee on Devils Glen Road in Bettendorf from 8:30-12:30.
  • Elaine and Monique will attend the Chapter Meeting on March 19.
  • The Spring All Parish Clean-Up has been scheduled for April 8
  • Discussion continued on the exterior East wall project. The property committee will solicit three estimates for the work.
  • Jane Hoffman is evaluating the interest in a labyrinth and keeping it as an active issue.
     The next Vestry meeting will be on Sunday,April 9  at 11:15 a.m.
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