The Second Sunday of Advent
December 8, 2013
Welcome, Newcomers & Visitors!
- Greeters wearing a “Greeter” name badge and a white rose will be waiting outside on the lawn after services to direct you to answers toward any questions!
- Please write your address and phone number in the black book as it travels your row, so we can send you a letter of welcome.
- Remember, you don't have to be a member to get involved! Ask about volunteer and education opportunities at the Newcomer or Parish Life Table. Sign up for a nametag at the Parish Life Table, and it will be waiting for you next Sunday. Pick up a free sticker for the back of your car on the lawn today!
A Christmas Brunch for all of the ladies of St. Peter's will be hosted by the Mary and Martha Circle tomorrow, Monday, December 9, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. All are welcome to come and bring a friend or neighbor. This "can't miss" event is at Fran Shaw's lovely home located at 3904 W Millers Bridge Road. The theme is the Twelve Days of Christmas, with fellowship, song and goodies galore! Final chances (after being sold on the lawn today) for the Sara Clausen quilt will be sold, and the drawing will be held. Please, come join us!
Oh Angel Tree! Oh, Angel Tree!
The branches of the Angel Tree in the Parish Hall are still filled with ornaments representing the needs and Christmas wishes of our neighbors in Good News Ministry programs. If every family at St. Peter’s took just one ornament and shopped for the list, the tree would be empty, and its purpose fulfilled! This has been a short shopping season, but Christmas is a time when we thank God for the gift of Christ Jesus by blessing others. Please help make Christmas bright for our neighbors in need. The gifts are due back under the tree next Sunday.
Christmas Flowers and Music
Donations toward lovely poinsettias and magnificent music to grace our Christmas services are now being accepted! Dedicate your gift to honor loved ones or a special occasion. You’ll find envelopes in your pews and around the church for your gift and dedication. The suggested donation is $10 for a poinsettia and $25 for the music program. Dedications are due early this year; the last day for your dedication to appear in the service sheet on Christmas is NEXT Monday, December 16.
Christmas Week Services
Sunday, December 22
One service only at 10:00 am
(No Veritas service)
Tuesday, December 24
12:00 noon, 5:00 pm (No incense)
8:00 and 11:00 p.m. (Incense)
Gifts of non-perishable food will be
collected in the Parish Hall
Wednesday, December 25
Sunday, December 29
Regular services at 9:00 and 11:15 am
Veritas service at 5:00 pm
Nominations for the new Vestry slate are now being welcomed from parishioners. As a reminder, Vestry members need to be people who can see the big picture, have a clear faith, are involved in the life of the parish, and are not confused by business and financial decisions. Please submit all nominations in writing, and put in the envelope in the kitchen of the Parish Office, which is marked with the name of Rob Vezina, chair of the Nominations Committee.
St. Nicholas Sunday!
Today is the last children’s Sunday School of 2013, with a teaching theme about St. Nicholas. Parents, take the lesson home with St, Nicholas storybooks and tree ornaments from The Book Cellar, open between the morning services today.
Sneak Preview of
Wednesday Night Classes
Wednesday night classes resume on January 15, 2014. Watch for your Spring Program Guide in your mailbox and on the St. Peter’s website for full class descriptions Here is a listing of winter/spring offerings, with leaders’ names!
· A Place for Truth: Exploring Life’s Hardest Questions Dr. Sam Ashoo
·The Parables: The Greatest Stories Ever Told Jane Harding
· The Christian Hope John Dombroski
· Paul’s Letter to the Romans Fr. Michael Petty
· Divorce Recovery Workshop Dr. Ron Rickner
· The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life Dr. Jeff Trostle
· Beth Moore Bible Study: James Terri Sue Aldridge Lawson
To register, contact Fr. Michael Petty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date for our One-Day
Women's Retreat, February 22
Hooray! Marcia Lebhar will be back with us for our next women’s mini-retreat in the Parish Hall. Her topic will be HOLY COW! Exploring the Recovery of Joy, in which we’ll look closely at some of the biggest culprits in the theft of our joy, and how we can recover it. We’ll examine twenty-first century idolatry (the holy cows!), then explore three 'remedies'.
Men’s Retreat Coming Up!
Registration for the next terrific Men's Retreat at Steinhatchee continues! Mark your calendars for the weekend of February 28-March 2.
Our gala fundraising auction is just two short months away! Make sure you have your calendar set for this festive evening on January 25, 2014 at The Moon. There will be an extensive silent auction, an entertaining live auction, and music by The Boardwalk All-Stars, the crème de la crème of local bands. The evening features delicious food and drink, including the famous Steepletini! Proceeds will go toward adding back to the new building some details that were lost to value engineering before construction began. Please race to support this fun event!
· Stop by the Steeplechase table on the lawn if you have a donation to share. It can be an awesome object, but could also be the use of a vacation house for a great getaway, travel miles, a service (like cooking a dinner, drawing up a landscape plan) . . .use your imagination! Your gift could be your time and talent by signing up to help put on this fabulous evening!
¨ Buy your individual tickets now! Regular adult tickets are $40 each. Seniors and college students are just $25. Book your babysitter and get ready to eat, drink, bid and dance the night away. Invite neighbors, friends and coworkers to this "don't miss" event.
The Daughters of the Holy Cross is an Anglican lay order of women and older girls whose primary focus at St. Peter's is intercessory prayer. National website: www.daughtershc.org. Application forms for this year's discernment class are available in the church office, or contact DHC Chapter president Joan West at email@example.com or 591-9242. Anyone interested in this ministry is invited to meet TODAY, Sunday, December 8, after the 11:15 am service concludes, in the choir room, to answer any questions and discuss discernment class meeting times
Divorce Recovery Class
St. Peter’s will offer a Divorce Recovery Class on Wednesday evenings from 6:15-7:30 pm beginning on January 15. Dr. Ron Rickner, a local Christian counselor, will facilitate. The class will deal with emotional and spiritual issues faced by people after a divorce and will make use of video teaching segments and group discussion. It is open to any interested person and is offered at no cost. Brochures describing the class are available from Fr. Michael Petty. If you know someone who has experienced divorce, please tell them about this offering. To register or to get more information, contact Dr. Ron Rickner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Margaret's Circle wants to mail care packages to the military members affiliated with St. Peters on our Keys prayer list; however, we need mailing addresses! Please send stateside and APO mailing addresses of those you know to Lisa Knight at email@example.com.
Consider buying a Christmas tree that supports Anglicans for Life. Jim King, located on Thomasville Road immediately south of Killarney Way, will donate $10 to AFL for every Fraser Fir that he sells. At checkout, mention that you are from St. Peter's and would like to donate to AFL.
All children will meet today in their regular classrooms. This is the last Sunday School session of 2013.
- Middle School and High School
- Sunday School meets Sundays from 10:25—11:15 am in the Youth House. Middle School Wednesday Nights continue from 6:00–7:30 pm, in the Youth House.
- Real Life for High School has moved back to Sunday evenings and meets from 6:30–8:30 pm featuring FOOD and lots of good company!
New Church News
Columbaria - We are offering construction prices until the new church building is complete, at which time post construction prices will be in effect. Contact Diane Biederman at 701-0664 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Furnishings Catalog for the new church is online: http://www.steppingoutinfaith.net/catalog.html
81 chairs have been given –yay!- but we need 300, so we're 219 short. $400 each.
2 plain sedilias $14,000 each:1 sedilia screen $ 8000;
2 side panel screens $ 20,000 each;
Bells A $14,000, C# $19,000;
Doors 2 sets double mahogany transept doors, $25,000 per set
4 mahogany single doors $17,000 each
Prayers for the Military
Please pray for: Lance Asher, Ryan Asher, Abraham Blocker, Adam Blocker, Liz Borelli, Josh Brown, David Chichetti, , Cole Cochran, Bruce Crooks, Jon C. Davis, Jamie Dilworth, Ryan Dozier, Eric Evans, Mark Evans, Sean Gallagher, Colin Hightower, Brantly Kilpatrick, Alex Lawrence, Brandon Lee, Van Lovett, Matt Miller, Adam Nestor, Don Penn, Robert Peterson, Andrew Raich, Garrett Searle, Bradford Smith, Kurt Spitzer, Jr., Walt Stanish, Walter Stanish, Tyler Sumners, Zack Tannen, Parry Alex Thomas, Buddy Vollertsen, Woody Vollertsen, Griffin Williams, Ryan Williams, Scotty; the wounded, families, caregivers.
The St. Peter’s Book Cellar
is open between the morning services today!
Weekday Book Cellar hours!!
Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 am—12:00 pm
Prepare for your celebration of Christmas with Christian gifts and decorations fromThe Book Cellar.
Give a gift unique to Tallahassee and St. Peter’s!
Cards by Betsy Champion, Suzanne Connor and Lynda McCaleb.
Sacred gifts by artist Bob Mullins.
Books by parishioners Judy Bailey and Joan West