Mid-January News from Saint Peter's
Welcome from Rev. Elaine

Hooray!  Hooray for St Peter's!  Thank you for your wonderful welcome and being who you are.  I look forward to getting to know each of either through one-on-one conversations or group gatherings for tea, coffee or a meal.  Working together collaboratively requires developing common language, through communication, shared projects and knowing one another.

The search committee and vestry communicated to me that you gained new insights about your life together through the interim time.  So, incorporating those, and benefiting from your work last year is high on my agenda.  Moving into the future together requires dreams and action steps, knowing who we are and who we want to be.  This involves including treasures of the past as well as rich, creative imagination.  Let us develop as bread for the journey, joy, laughter and faith.

I am profoundly glad to be here.

Annual Meeting

On Sunday, January 22, St. Peter's will conduct its 53rd Annual Parish Meeting.
The meeting starts at 10:45 a.m. in the Parish Hall. This is a great opportunity to learn all that has been accomplished in the previous year as well as the plans for the coming year.
Following the meeting will be an all-parish Pot Luck. Use the link below to access the 2016 Annual Report that includes reports on all aspects of St. Peter's in-reach and out-reach for the year and a financial report for 2016. 

Copy of Annual Report:  
Community Meal

St. Peter's prepares and serves the Community Meal on Wednesday, January 25.  The Community Meal is a full dinner served six nights a week free of charge to anyone who is hungry and can get to the meal site on time to eat. We at St. Peter's prepare and serve this meal on the fourth Wednesday night of each January, March, May, July, September and November. We serve a basic meal of: a hot main dish, vegetable, bread and butter, milk and lemonade, and assorted desserts. Those providing food items should have them at St. Peter's by 5:00 p.m. the day of the meal. The meal site is at 6th St. and Harrison in Davenport.  Service is from 5:45-6:30 p.m.5:00 p.m. The sign-up board at the back of the church displays opportunities for you to help. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

Looking Ahead ...

St. Peter's Monthly Breakfast Gathering- On the second Saturday of every month parishioners gather for fellowship and food at 9:00 a.m, State Street Village Inn, Bettendorf.  If you haven't tried this event, join us on February 11. All are welcome.

Ash Wednesday is March 1 and begins the Lenten Season. Last year, we had two Holy Eucharist services at noon and 7 p.m.  During the Lenten season, we have reserved Wednesday evenings for a Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. followed by a simple soup supper and discussion beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Rev. Elaine is anxious to hear your feedback on the suggested times for Ash Wednesday services and for Wednesday evenings in Lent. Please
try to give her your ideas and comments in the next few weeks.

Lenten Retreat, 2017- Our annual Lenten Retreat will be held March 24-26 at St. Mary's Monastary in Rock Island.  The retreat begins on Friday evening at 3:30 and goes through Sunday morning Eucharist.

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