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THE ROCK 

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church..." 

Matthew 16:18 

SEPTEMBER 2022

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP

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9:30AM Contemporary

11:00AM Traditional

View online at stpeters-umc.org

IN THIS ISSUE

From the Pastor's Desk

Children & Youth Ministries

Children & Youth Arts

Intentional Discipling/Adult Ministries

Child Enrichment Center (CEC)

Traditional Music

Contemporary Music

Salty Service

Staff Contact Information

Quick Links

"From The Pastor's Desk"

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“You thrill to God’s word, you chew on Scripture day and night” Psalm 1:2


I was with my 9th grader, Sydney, in the grocery store and we were looking at cereal. I saw a box of Honey Smacks (the one with the Frog) and I told my kid that when I was a kid they were called Sugar Smacks. At some point, when health food fads started happening, the cereal companies realized parents were averse to buying food that was explicitly labeled as sugar. The solution was to change the recipe… NOO! They just changed the name of the cereals.

We love the idea of eating healthier, but we do not like the practice, so we readily buy into eating empty promises and lies. How often are we disappointed when we are told the best way to lose weight is to eat less and move more! Much like the rich young ruler whom Jesus told to sell his stuff, we walk away sad.

What through me, though, was when I started paying attention to what I was eating. 4 Oreos are equal to 1 Cheeseburger! That cookie may give you instant satisfaction, but provides no nutrients, is not filling, and is stored away in our body as fat. I look at food in relationship to my goals now. This doesn’t mean I neglect taste, but I am more judicious as it relates to the full picture of my life.

Our life is bombarded with the idea that consumption is what brings us joy. Our commercials are full of people using mundane products as if they’ve solved world hunger. A mop will not improve your dating status, Sunny Delight won’t suddenly make your teenager want to talk to you or even out loud. TV shows, Sports, etc, are simply distractions from problems, not solutions. Yet we spend so much time feeding on these empty calories.

But God has given us a different food. The Psalmist sings, “Taste and see that the Lord is good”. Jesus proclaims himself as a living water in which we will never thirst again. He says he is the bread of life. We long for substance, but rarely put the effort into trying it. Yet, it is there for the taking!

To feed on God’s word is to nourish the soul to experience, the ears to hear, and the eyes to see that we may live into our calling as humans to, as Thomas Merton writes, “know what God knows, will what God wills, and love what God loves”. We can only do this if we spend time listening to God through the many means of grace offered to us. One of those is through scripture.

The next few weeks we are looking at the practice of Lectio Divina and then we will follow this up with a deep dive into the Lord’s Prayer. Lectio Divina is a way of praying the scripture. There are four parts, Lectio, we read the text, Mediatio, we meditate on the text, Oratio, we pray the text, Contemplatio, we live the text.

Guiro the 2nd, a 12 century monk, said of Lectio Divina, “reading, puts the solid food into our mouths, mediation chews it and breaks it down, prayer obtains the flavor of it and contemplation is the very sweetness which makes us glad and refreshes us”

If we want to understand God’s call in our life, get to know God better, feed on the substance of life and not cheap high caloric imitations with no nutritional value, then we will put effort into listening to the word of God and embracing his work of transformation. I invite you to join us over the next few weeks to learn more as well as visit the link provided for your edification. Let us walk together and learn of his love and work that we may be a part of his love and work in this world.




Peace,

 

Pastor Cory                                                    

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Children and Youth Ministries

Shelly Albright

Our children and youth had a busy spring & summer filled with all sorts of activities from Vacation Bible School to Mission Trips. This summer brought a new wave a families and their children into our church. We have seen new faces on Sunday mornings and in our programs. 


As we enter fall, we will need more people to help lead, teach, sponsor and chaperone! We have a need in each area of our ministry: nursery, Sunday school, children’s choirs, Upward Basketball, youth group on Sunday evenings, small group leaders for youth and of course working in the pumpkin patch.


Please reach out to me, if you are interested in serving. Together we can figure out the perfect way for you to help grow our children into disciples!


To learn about our ongoing and upcoming programs and events, please visit our website.

JOIN OUR TEAM! Here's Why...


  1. Kids are a Priority to God- Jesus said "let the little children come to me."
  2. Generations are Impacted- Influencing todays kids with biblical truth is multiplied when they become parents and continue the cycle of love.
  3. Valuable Lessons are Learned- not just by the kids!
  4. Kids Need at least 5 Meaningful Relationships at Church-A huge factor in ids continuing church engagement as an adult is how many adults were in their lives expressing care for them in their church community.
  5. Teaching is a Great Way to Build Your Biblical Knowledge
  6. You Get to Know Some Really Great Kids!


If you love God and love his children, there may be a place for you in Children or Youth Ministry.

For information on ways you can serve, contact Shelly Albright at salbright@stpeters-umc.org

The Lord's Prayer Study

Children & Youth, in all of our instructional programs, are participating in Adam Hamilton’s study The Lord’s Prayer the Meaning and Power of the Prayer Jesus Taught. The purpose is to guide them through learning this prayer which is an important pillar of worship in the Christian tradition.


Currently, the study is being taught in our children’s choirs on Friday evening. We have divided the choir into age appropriate learning groups. Our Sunday school classes will begin the study with the rest of the church. It will be the same message with different activities just in case the children are participating in both the Friday evening class and Sunday school. 

Our youth will be begin the study at the same time as our adults. Just like with the children, all of our instructional programs will be participating albeit in different ways. These programs include Sunday evening youth group and our small groups. 


If you would like more information regarding this study, please contact me! 



Pumpkins are Coming Soon!


We will be having sign ups for shifts posted online soon. We will also have in person sign up sheets outside the sanctuary on Sunday mornings. 

We need bread bakers too!



SPECIAL GUESTS

It was so nice to host Pastor Cory's home church while they did a 

summer concert tour in Florida!


Children and Youth Arts

Jenn Morgan


CHILDREN'S CHOIR

Children's Choir

2022-2023 Season

has started and we are always welcoming

new singers!


For more information contact

Jenn Morgan

 jmorgan@stpeters-umc.org


Click on the calendar link to see

rehearsal/performance schedules 

CHILDREN'S CHOIR CALENDAR AUG - DEC 2022


Click the link to watch videos of the

Children's Choir performances.

CHILDREN'S CHOIR YOUTUBE PLAYLIST

CONGRATULATIONS!

TO OUR 2021-2022 CHILDREN'S CHOIR AWARD WINNERS

The Leadership & Excellence Award


RJ Thomas


RJ just started the 4th grade and has been participating in Children's Choir since 2019.


The Christ Like Award


Hazel Hooker


Hazel just started the 3rd grade and has been participating in Children's Choir since 2018.


YOUTH BAND


For More Information


Contact

Shelly Albright

salbright@stpeters-umc.org


or


Jenn Morgan

jmorgan@stpeters-umc.org

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Intentional Discipling

Adult Ministries

Rev. Rachel Lever

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS

The following persons have joined St. Peter's since the last issue of The Rock:


Emily and James Basey, Ella and Cara

Sara and John Dyben, Holden and Lillie

Darlene and Bob Kumler

Kim and Scott Smith

Carlene Brown

Jen and Reid Lentz, Elijah and Noah

Nancy Martz

Melodee Yoder

NEW SERMON SERIES AND CHURCH-WIDE STUDY 

Begin September 11

Join a Small Group!



The new sermon series and church-wide study will be based on the book, THE LORD'S PRAYER: The Meaning and Power of the Prayer Jesus Taught. All adults are encouraged to participate in a small group as we study the book as a church family. Email Rachel Lever if you would like to lead a group, rlever@stpeters-umc.org. Watch for a listing of small groups. The cost of the book is $12.00.

NEXT STEPS

Are you interested in exploring the next step in your faith? If so, join Rev. Cory Britt on Sunday, September 11, 12:30 PM. This will also serve as Session 1 for New Member Orientation.


NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

Are you ready to consider membership at St. Peter's? If so, please mark your calendar with the following dates:

Sunday, September 11, 12:30 PM ~ Next Steps 

Sunday, September 18, 12:30 PM ~ Session 2

Sunday, September 25, 12:30 PM ~ Session 3 

To participate in Next Steps or Next Steps and New Member Orientation, email Rachel Lever, rlever@stpeters-umc.org. Childcare is available upon request.



BUILDING BETTER MOMS

Registration Deadline

Monday, September 12




Building Better Moms meets at St. Peter's during the school year. The group gathers on Thursdays, 9:15-11:15 AM. During BBM meetings, the moms enjoy refreshments, fellowship, speakers and group discussion. The BBM mission is Ella's Closet in Belle Glade. 


BBM meeting dates for 2022-2023 are:

2022: September 22, October 13, October 27, November 10, December 8

2023: January 12, February 9, February 23, March 9, April 13, April 27, May 11


Registration: The registration fee is $35.00. After September 12, the fee is $40.00. Childcare will be available on a first come, first paid basis. Space is limited. The childcare fee is $20.00 for the first child; $15.00 for the second.


Email Rachel Lever, rlever@stpeters-umc.org, to request an information flyer and a registration form.







WOMEN OF ST. PETER'S

invite you to a fun and active evening

Monday, September 12, 7:00 PM


Creating Charcuterie Boards






Join us for coffee and charcuterie boards.   

There is no cost, but a love offering basket will be available.


     Reservations are requested!

 Email Rachel Lever, rlever@stpeters-umc.org, if you plan to attend.



MILESTONE!



The St. Peter's UMC Prayer Shawl Ministry passed another big milestone - Shawl # 1800. It is such a joy for us to know that these tangible reminders of God's love have been sent out all over South Florida (including to the VA Hospital and the Cancer Institute). Thanks to the members of St. Peter's, we have gotten reports that shawls have gone to people all over the United States and into Cuba, Canada, South America, Africa, and Europe. What a wide reaching ministry.


There is a large assortment of shawls in all shapes, colors and sizes (including for families with new babies) available in the narthex of the sanctuary and in Room 107. Please take them to share with friends and family, and remember, while people tend to think of shawls for people with health issues, they are for good times as well as bad.


And do you personally have a prayer shawl? Many of us enjoy putting our shawls around us as we spend time with God for our morning devotions.


--The women of the St. Peter's UMC Prayer Shawl Ministry


P.S. Please remove the little tag at the bottom of the card. Place it in the pouch on the ladder in the narthex. We will continue to pray for the person who receives each shawl.  


THANK YOU ...


... to the following persons who have led short-term small group studies since the last issue of The Rock. I am so grateful for your willingness to serve in this way.


Loving God (Wednesday pm) - Cory Britt

A Jesus Shaped Life (Sunday, 8:45 am) - Sara and John Dyben

A Jesus Shaped Life (Sunday, 9:30 am) - Carol Curtis

A Jesus Shaped Life (Sunday, 11:00 am) - Melanie and Mark Hooks

A Jesus Shaped Life (Tuesday pm) - Linda and Chuck Hardy

A Jesus Shaped Life (Wednesday am) - Carol Curtis and Rachel Lever

A Jesus Shaped Life (Thursday pm) - Ken Treadwell

Death and Resurrection of the Messiah (Sunday am) - Rosanne Brandt

Death and Resurrection of the Messiah (Tuesday pm) - Rosanne Brandt

Unusual Questions ~ from John (Wednesday am) - Rachel Lever

Dealing with Doubt (Tuesday pm) - Debbie Louda

Proverbs: Pathways to Wisdom (Tuesday pm) - Neil Spielholz

Who is Jesus? (Wednesday am) - Susan Castillo and Rachel Lever



MANY THANKS ...


... to the following for helping with Dinner and A Movie. It was a fun event with cute decorations, great food and an inspirational movie!

Registration - Desiree Berrios

Table decorations - Carolyn Hmara

Cooks - Jerry and Debbie Tuliano, Mike and Marsha Mitchell, Tom Petri

Clean-up crew - Mark and Marianne Forrest, Jack and Melody Kazee, Bob and Darlene Kumler

Movie - Joey and Angie Sigley 


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GROUPS FOR ADULTS

++ Denotes groups meeting by way of Zoom

** Denotes short term small groups


SUNDAY

AM - Fellowship Class++  The Lord's Prayer - Begins September 11 

AM - Small Group for Parents of Children and Youth

PM - Next Steps - September 11

PM - New Member Orientation - September 18 and September 25

PM - Abundance of Joy Reunion Group++

PM - Salty Sisters Reunion Group++

PM - Men's Book Study++

MONDAY

AM - Beyond the Sermon++

PM - Men's Reunion Group++

PM - Zoom Prayer Gathering++ 

PM - Women of St. Peter's (2nd Monday) - September 12

PM - United Methodist Men (3rd Monday) - September 19

TUESDAY

PM - Women's Small Group++

PM - Women's Reunion Group++

PM - The Lord's Prayer - Begins September 13

WEDNESDAY 

AM - Women's Breakfast Reunion Group++

AM - Wednesday Small Group  

PM - Prayer Shawl Ministry 

THURSDAY

AM - Men's Breakfast Group++

AM - Building Better Moms - Begins September 22 

FRIDAY

PM - Women's Lunch Reunion Group++

SATURDAY

AM - Men's Breakfast Reunion Group++

**Contact Rachel, rlever@stpeters-umc.org, for more information about these groups.

CROS

Marianne and Mark Forrest deliver the food that is donated each week by our congregation.  It is taken to the CROS Ministries warehouse.  The following numbers reflect the generosity of our church family.

January - 269.4 pounds

February - 824.1 pounds

(636 pounds were canned soup from the Souper Bowl Challenge)

March - 131.8 pounds

April - 308.7 pounds

May - 217.4 pounds

June - 362 pounds

July - 249.2 pounds

August - 401.6 pounds


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Child Enrichment Center

Lori Maxwell

Director of CEC

Ready for a New School Year

Back to school!  We are ready for a year filled with fun and fellowship. Our teachers are back on campus with crisp clean classrooms and brand new supplies ready for little ones to walk through the door.  In addition, we all renewed our CPR and First Aid skills.  We welcome a few new members to our staff family.  Miss Claudia and Miss Sadie to the Orange Room, Miss Marjorie to The Rainbow Room, Miss Regan to Lunch Bunch and Miss Kailyn to our substitute list. 

 Many of our new students attended our summer camp and became acclimated with our teachers and routines.  Our capacity has increased to 122 from 92 with the addition of our "New" Rainbow Room.  We are very excited to offer an additional VPK class to help accommodate more families interested in our program.  

Our Parent Staff Fellowship Organization is back in full swing.  Our current fundraiser is happening now.  We are selling All Around coupon books. If you are interested in purchasing one, please stop by our CEC office between 9-2 or call us at

561-798-3286.

During our Meet the Teacher sessions, we offered Lemonade for a love offering.  The children enjoyed sipping lemonade with new friends in the courtyard after visiting their new classrooms.  The love offering was collected by Miss Anne and Miss Inez who were Layla's preschool teachers at CEC and friends who also attended CEC.  Layla is a CEC alum who was in a serious accident May of this year.  We presented the love offering to the Rogan family to help offset her medical expenses.   

A new year gives us a chance to begin new and fresh.  It is an opportunity to for us to all look ahead and work harder to make it a better and brighter future for our students.  We wish all a happy and healthy school year.  Good Luck!

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Traditional Music

Jim Sheldrake

Director of Traditional Music



Meetings, meetings, meetings. Ugh! Business meetings, staff meetings, social meetings, ZOOM meetings. We are “meeting-ed to death!” Some meetings are mandatory, attendance is required and non-negotiable. These gatherings tend to have a heavy agenda with a serious atmosphere. Some meetings are social; more lighthearted, fun, enjoyable. I find the best meetings to be inclusive of both…serious as well as lighthearted. My level of engagement and my takeaways are much higher in these well prepared and well-crafted settings. And that includes “Sunday-Go-To-Meeting.”


From the earliest times Christians have met together on Sunday to worship God. Sunday is the first day of the week and the day of the Resurrection. We gather, we meet “To worship God” – Worship: the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration to God. How is that done? How do YOU express your reverence and adoration to God on Sunday mornings? Some will say they sit quietly and listen. While there are moments in our services where that is appropriate and meaningful, I suggest that approach for 60 minutes on Sunday morning does not fulfill our purpose for worship.


Interestingly, there is no audience at a service of worship, instead there is a congregation. A congregation being a group that has gathered for a formal purpose; that formal purpose being to worship God. We are not members of an audience who has paid (or will pay when the plate is passed) our ticket and applaud the performance on stage. I suggest that the development of the theater atmosphere in newer churches has contributed to that audience mentality. Sitting back and enjoying the lighting, the sound, the music, the videos can easily distract a worshipper from purpose. Don’t be distracted, but rather, be a worshipper.


While God sees the heart of the worshipper, I believe each one of us is a contributor to the corporate worship service…the power of corporate prayer, the reverberation of joyful voices in narration and song, the affirmation extended to one another before, during, and after the service.

Soon it will be Sunday again. I encourage you to be there…with your family, with your fellow Christians…to worship God…as a congregation. As you enter the sanctuary…


Quiet Your Mind – leave the distractions of the world at the door before you enter; God wants you focused on Him for this hour. The Prelude (Music for Gathering) is designed for you to center yourself and prepare for worship. Remember, he delights in spending time with you.

Pray in Humility - We can’t just simply enter our own prayer closet and meet with Jesus. We need to prepare ourselves. It is important to come to Him in a spirit of humility, remembering that He is Lord, not our “BFF.” Humility is the heart of worship.

Praise Him - Praise him for his mighty acts…We need to admit that we’d be nowhere without Jesus. We should never take His gift of salvation for granted because we can never get it “right” by ourselves. By taking time to honestly reflect on who He is and what He’s done in our lives we become more compassionate and forgiving. Once we have a clean heart we’re ready to enter into the heart of worship.

Be Still - Spending quiet moments with God reassures us that’s He’s in control regardless of what storms we’re facing. Genuinely resting on this promise allows us to confidently enter into the heart of worship. Only then can we be prepared to hear, accept, and trust His Word.

Sing to the Lord - Sing to praise Him; sing to honor Him; sing to submit to Him; sing to pray to Him. Your heart wants to sing, and He wants to hear your voice.


See you Sunday!

HANDBELLS?


We are looking to resume the St. Peter’s Handbell Choir. If you are interested or want to give it a try, please contact Jim Sheldrake (jsheldrake@stpeters-umc.org).


The group is open to all ages, however, the ability to read music is a must. 


Contemporary Music

Jenn Morgan

Coordinator of Fine Arts & Multi-Media

CHAMBER SINGERS

Getting to Know Us

Over the next few ROCK editions we will be learning a little about the members

of the St. Peter's Chamber Singers and where in ministry God has called them.


We are so blessed that Shari Wood has returned to music ministry as the Chamber Singers accompanist! She joined the group in September of 2021. Shari and her husband Will joined St. Peter's United Methodist Church in October of 1983 and they made their Emmaus Walks in 1984. They have been active members of St. Peter's ever since. Shari was the church organist from October 1982 until April 2022. Following her retirement, she continued to serve as substitute organist as needed and has played for many Weddings and Funerals. She was a member of the Church Council for many years in several different capacities, including Recording Secretary. Shari has facilitated multiple Disciple Bible Study classes and continues to enjoy being one of the teaching leaders for the Fellowship Class on Sunday mornings.

Drew Persenaire sings tenor with the Chamber Singers and he has been sharing his musical talents and love for the Lord at St. Peter's for over twenty year. As a member of the Praise and Worship Band you can hear him sing almost every Sunday at the 9:30AM Service. Drew played the tuba in high school and college and toured with his college Concert Band. After college he continued to share his strong tenor voice by singing with the Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches for twenty-five years. Music ministry is not the only area of ministry that God has called him to serve. Drew has worked with the Kairos Prison Ministry for over twenty-five years and this past January he started teaching a class for Prison Fellowship Academy at Martin Correctional Institution on Friday nights. He feels he has been blessed to watch God work in prison transforming men from a life of crime to a life lived for Jesus.

PRAISE AND WORSHIP BAND


For more information contact Jenn Morgan jmorgan@stpeters-umc.org

About Us


Music has a way of reaching us deep in our soul and assists in our expression and response to God and to the church. Singing helps unite us and music is a tool that enhances the worship experience. It is the Praise Bands responsibility to lead the congregation through worship for the 9:30am service with praise songs like you hear on contemporary Christian radio. This is an audition group that rehearses on Tuesday nights from 6:30pm - 8:30pm and involvement is subject to openings and auditions with the groups Worship Leader.

Salty Service International Missions

One For Israel-Eitan Bar

For people growing up in Israel, Jesus and His word were never part of the conversation, not in the synagogues, not in the school system, and not in the media. They do not get access to the New Testament. Jesus has been forced out of their lives. Rabbis did everything in their power to conceal the message of Jesus. But today, after almost 2000 years later, One For Israel reaches Jewish and Arab Israelis on their smartphones, tablets and computers. Their videos on social media were viewed 55,000,000 times in the last 4 years. But outreach is only the beginning, discipleship of new seekers is one of their most crucial steps. Please continue to pray for this ministry.

 

Zambia- Kafakumba- Nate and Elinda Steury

Ann Lewis & Chris Gayle traveled to Zambia, Africa to visit with our missionaries at Kafakumba Transformational Ministries. Their Christian school is full with 90 at risk students who are provided with two meals a day, free health care, uniforms and a quality education. They have lost several teachers to a government program so pray they can replace them. The Clinic is getting

busy and just hired their first full time doctor who starts on Sept 1st. Pray for funding for her $25,000 yearly salary. God’s Kids ministry goes out six days a week to villages bringing the word of God to at risk village children. Pray that they reach more and more children each week. Pray for our missionaries Nate & Elinda Steury who are very busy with the day to day operations of all these wonderful ministries out in the African bush. 


Liberia- Johannes and Lena Ebner

It’s hard to imagine, even with the difficulties we have with gas prices, empty grocery shelves and Covid that there are countries that have unimaginable problems. Only two schools in the region, too far for the little ones to reach. There is no support, no books, no materials, and no pay for the teachers. The teachers have been trained by the Ebners and are now volunteering in the local schools. Food, shelter, and medicine issues complicate the lives of the people. Yet despite everything, they have been discipling individuals who are now in turn ready to disciple others, to carry their vision, to reach the lost for Jesus Christ.

 

Cuba- Puerta de Golpe Eduardo Murga and Alonso de Rojas- Arturo Manuel Silot Labaceno

 Where do I begin? Between Covid and the Cuban government, life has been unbearable. There are no meds, not even in the hospitals. Electricity is turned off most of the day. No toothpaste, soap or shampoo have been available. Sending anything to Cuba costs as high as 40%; therefore, we sent the money promised to our sister churches via Methodist United in Prayer’s district office. US dollars are not usable in Cuba anymore. Therefore, the money was sent to a bank in Canada to be exchanged to Canadian money. The charge is only 5%. However, it can take as long as 2 months to arrive in Cuba to the bishop’s office. One secretary is responsible to disseminate the funds to all the various churches in Cuba. As of this writing, the money has arrived In Cuba but not to the individual churches. Please pray for our Cuban brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

In His service,

Carol Walters Curtis and Ann Lewis


Church Contact Information

WEBSITE:

stpeters-umc.org

Phone: 561-793-5712

Fax: 561-793-5848


Senior Pastor:

Rev. Cory Britt

Ext. 11

cbritt@stpeters-umc.org


Assistant to the Pastor:

Rev. Rachel Lever

Ext. 21

rlever@stpeters-umc.org

Financial Secretary:

Debbie Ferrugio

Ext.13

dferrugio@stpeters-umc.org


Dir. of Children & Youth Ministries:

Shelly Albright

Ext. 32

salbright@stpeters-umc.org


Dir. of Child Enrichment

Center:

Lori Maxwell

lmaxwell@stpeters-umc.org



Coordinator of Fine Arts & Multimedia:

Jenn Morgan

Ext. 27

jmorgan@stpeters-umc.org


Traditional Worship Dir.:

Jim Sheldrake

Ext 30

jsheldrake@stpeters-umc.org


Praise & Worship Dir.:

Copeland Davis

copeland.davis@gmail.com