Parish Office Hours
8 am & 10 am
No Sunday School
starts Sept. 16
6 pm until mid October
Mon - Thu 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fridays - closed
Dear St. Peter's Parishioners and Friends,
This coming Sunday is the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost. The pigeon clean up has begun and we still don't know whether we can be back in the church this Sunday. I will send an email later in the week with an update.
We have a new feature on our website where you can read the weekly email and Sunday email, without being subscribed or being on Facebook. Click on e-newsletter under the main menu of our website stpetersepiscopal.com.
P.S. This Saturday, Rev. Carlye Hughes will be ordained as the bishop of the Diocese of Newark (the other Episcopal diocese in New Jersey). She is the first woman and first African American to serve as bishop in the diocese of Newark. She is a seminary classmate of mine and I will be attending the ordination on Saturday morning. Please keep Bishop elect Carlye and the diocese of Newark in your prayers.
|Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
In our gospel, Jesus calls a child to him to teach the disciples about the radical welcome that God wants them to extend. Here is a welcome statement that is used by several churches.
We extend a special WELCOME to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, straight, filthy rich, dirt poor, no hablan ingles, democrats and republicans. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, broken hearted, or are in need a safe place.
We WELCOME you if you love to sing or would rather not. You are welcome here if you are just browsing, just woke up, or just got out of jail. We don't care if you're not sure there is a God or if you have never been to church. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who were forced to grow up way to fast. Welcome soccer moms, Nascar dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted.
We welcome you if you are having problems or if you are down in the dumps or if you don't like organized religion, we have been there too.
If you blew all your offering money gambling, you're WELCOME here.
We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don't work, can't spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church. We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid, or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers, and doubters, bleeding hearts... and YOU!
Readings for this Sunday can be found
. The first reading will be from the Wisdom of Solomon. We are using Track 2.
WAY OF ST. PAUL SUNDAY IS COMING! - Sunday, September 23, 2018 - The Way of St. Paul Team is all about growing our church by helping others grow in their discipleship. It is really hard work to describe and the team wants to be able to share our experiences. We will have a ministry minute from Freddie Paiva about what the Way of St. Paul is all about, a guest preacher, Rev. Dr. Rob Droste, who created the Way of St. Paul program in our diocese, a video during coffee hour and then an information session on the 1st floor of the parish house if you want to know more.
BOOKS OF SAMUEL BIBLE STUDY We meet twice a month at two different times. Monday (M) Bible study is from 7 pm to 8:30 pm and the Wednesday (W) Bible study is from 10 am to 11:30 am. Upcoming dates, September 24 (M) & September 26 (W), and October 1 (M) & October 3 (W), and October 22 (M) & October 24 (W).
SERVICE OF CELEBRATION OF OLDER ADULTS Mary Aponte and Ralph Richardson are being honored at the Service of Celebration of Older Adults to be held Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 2 pm at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton. Rev. Anne-Marie has a wedding that day and cannot attend. Please come and support our parishioners who have not just served our church so faithfully, but the diocese as well with their work on the Youth Council. If you would like to join the choir for this special event, please click here.
SHOPRITE CARDS - Shoprite cards will be available at church on Sunday after both services. After 8 am service, please see Maria Bauer, and after the 10 am service stop at the church office. You can also call the office or stop by during office hours to purchase. The church receives 5% of the sale of these cards. Buy groceries and help your church at the same time.
SAVE THE DATE for the Graveyard Clean Up Part 2. Last June, we had an amazing clean up of our graveyard but there was more to be done. We will work on October 6 from 9 am to 11:30 am with a 20 min Eucharist at 11:30. The clean-up will be part of our year round stewardship work since coming together to work is a wonderful experience of the stewardship of our talents.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS - Please join us on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 4pm for the Blessing of the Animals in front of the church. Tell your friends. It is a service people love to be invited to!
Serving this Sunday
SERVING AT THE 8:00 AM SERVICE
Readers: Rose Pennyfeather & Barbara Stack
Eucharistic Minister: Joel Leiter
SERVING AT THE 10:00 AM SERVICE
Sacristan: Freddie Paiva
Readers: John Cardillo & Lisa Balewitz
Acolytes: Vincent Luberto & Haylie Feliciano
Eucharistic Minister: Grant Brown
Healing Prayer Ministers: Meyer Pincelli & Betty Crews