The Road to Emmaus is All Around Us
The road to Emmaus is about trusting our burning hearts and seeing Jesus along the way, in the places we least expect, and especially in the faces of our friends and neighbors. The Emmaus story is about seeing Jesus in the Eucharist, in the breaking of bread, and in the love of God that binds us into one risen body.

Read this week's reflection by the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector.
This Sunday

8:00 a.m. Holy Communion* in the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer (Rite I), including sermon, organ music, and hymns.

8:30 a.m. "Holy Chow," breakfast in the Community Room. Cost is $4 per person; $15 household maximum.

9:30 a.m. Christian Formation for all ages, locations display on signage throughout the Parish House.

10:45 a.m. Holy Communion* in the contemporary language of the Book of Common Prayer (Rite II), including sermon, choral and organ music, and hymns.

*Nursery Care - 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Infants and toddlers, ages 0-3 are welcome in St. Peter's professionally staffed nursery. The nursery area is accessible from the Church by walking through the Chapel, and proceeding up the steps to the left.
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Cookie Bake and Care Packages, April 30, 12:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Families will share a lunch and assist in preparing care packages for our college students. We will bake cookies and collect small treats and other remembrances to be mailed to parishioners who are away at college. For more information, email the Director of Children's Formation, Anna Hurdle ( ahurdle@st-peters.org).

Sunday Formation for Youth and Children, weekly. Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth, ages 13-18, meet in the Youth Suite (basement level, Parish House). For more information,  email Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children, ages 2-12, meet on first floor in the Toddler Atrium and Levels 1-3 Atria (classrooms). 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Parish House. For more information,  email Director of Children's Formation, Anna Hurdle.

Sunday Formation for Adults, April 30, 9:30-10:30 a.m. On April 30, adult formation presents "Simplifying Your Life," with vestry member Dr. John Frederick. The discussion will focus on simplifying our lives in order to cultivate an inner voice that allows us to be in conversation with God through meditation, contemplative prayer, and solitude. Looking ahead to May 6, the Reverend Dr. Luis Leon, visiting clergy, will present a discussion on Reconciliation: Reflecting on Human and Civil Rights.  The Reverend Dr. Léon was an associate rector at St. Peter's during the period of time when the St. Peter's Soup Kitchen was founded (now the Urban Ministry Center) and is now rector of St. John's Church, Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.

Pub Theology, Thursday, May 4. Join parish clergy and friends for a relaxed time of holy conversation beyond the walls of St. Peter's. On Thursday, May 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, the topic is "Being an Easter People" with the Reverend Keith Lane, Assisting Priest. If you are interested in conversation about Good Friday and its implications for our lives, this casual, drop-in gathering is for you and a guest.

Solemn Communion Retreat for Children : Children ages seven and older are invited to join catechists and Father Jacob in exploring the sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Baptism, and Holy Eucharist at the church on Saturday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m. The $20 suggested registration fee includes lunch and snacks. Parents should have received more details via email, but may contact Anna Hurdle ( ahurdle@st-peters.org ) with additional questions.
 
Newcomer Coffee, Sunday, May 7, 9:30-10:30 a.m. The Congregational Development Team invites all who are new to the Parish or want to get to know newcomers better to a time of fellowship and community building in the Parlor.
 
Young Adults' First Sunday Brunch. May 7 at 12:30 p.m., all young adults are invited to gather after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy to walk to brunch at 204 North (204 N. Tryon Street). With questions about this and St. Peter's Young Adults Fellowship, email Mary Gotschall (marygotschall@gmail.com).

Parish Community Monthly Potlucks. All are invited to share in these "no pressure" meals. Each month, on the second Sunday of the month, a different parish ministry group or team will sponsor and organize the event. On May 14, the potluck will be hosted by Community of Hope. Because they are a small group, they are asking for help with entrees (which the host group normally supplies). If you can bring an entrée to feed 8-10, please contact Phyllis Ferguson (keelyboy@icloud.com).

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Mark Your Calendars

May 7: We welcome the Reverend Luis Léon as our guest preacher.
May 14: We welcome the Reverend Gary D. Jones as our guest preacher.
May 21 : We welcome the Reverend Reggie Payne-Weins as our guest preacher.

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