Lenten Program & Suppers
Beginning February 23, 2018
During the Season of Lent we traditionally offer a mid-week opportunity for worship, a fellowship meal, and a program. Various groups sign up to help prepare and serve those meals. In 2018 our theme will pertain to the Compassionate Outreach of Jesus in the Gospel as well as our Compassionate Outreach in his Name. During the first full week of Lent our program will take place on Friday evening, February 23. We want everyone to join us for a reception, followed by a special showing of a film about the compassionate outreach in Cange, Haiti by Partners in Health. (St. Peter’s is hosting the Cange Symposium for our diocese this year. More information and registration form can be found on the next page of this blue sheet!)
The remaining weeks of Lent, we will gather on Wednesday evenings. Worship begins at 6 p.m. followed by Lenten Suppers at 6:30 p.m. Fr. Furman’s presentation will start at 7:15 p.m., and we will conclude at 7:45 p.m.
Partnership Cange Symposium
February 23 – 25, 2018
St. Peter’s Parish and the Outreach Advocates will be hosting the diocesan-wide Partnership Cange Symposium February 23- 25, and we hope that many of you will be able to attend to learn about outreach opportunities and progress in Haiti. The opening event is on Friday evening, February 23 at 6:30 p.m. with a Dessert and Coffee Reception in Stockstill Hall. Then, the film Bending the Arc will be shown on at 7:45 p.m. in the sanctuary. Bending the Arc, produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, is a documentary about the history of Partners in Health, which began in Cange and is now an international health and medical non-profit agency. Much of their history is closely intertwined with our diocesan work in Cange, and many familiar people, sights, and sounds are presented in the movie. Further information about the film can be found at http://bendingthearcfilm.com. There will be no cost for attendance, but all donations will be appreciated and given to the diocesan World Missions Committee to help fund the work we do in Haiti.
The Symposium will continue on Saturday, February 24, in Stockstill Hall. The agenda will include local and Haitian speakers from various organizations and missions; the director of Summits Education in Boston, which is working in many community schools throughout Haiti’s Central Plateau; and Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries with updates on all of their projects (including the Cange water pump upgrades.) Lunch is included. There will be a registration fee of $15.
The Symposium will conclude on Sunday, February 25 during our regularly scheduled services. We anticipate that Marie Flore Chipps, Father Fritz Lafontant’s daughter, will present during the Faith Forum Sunday school class and that she and our other guests will serve & participate during the 10:30 worship service, reading lessons and leading the prayers.
We hope that you will attend one or more of these sessions!
- Click here to email a fillable form to register for any or all of these parts of the Symposium.
- Click here to download a copy of the form to either scan and email to Deb Yochum or to print and bring with you to the Symposium
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Please sign-up to volunteer for this great ministry! Laundry Love takes place the last Tuesday of every month from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Pumpers Laundry at 229 S. Pleasantburg Drive. There is a sign-up sheet in the lower narthex as well as this Signup Genius link: www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4eaaa92ba1f58-Laundry
Discover the Gospel according to St. John
Thursday, January 4 – February 27, 2018
Beginning on Thursday, January 4 Fr. Furman will be teaching the Gospel according to St. John at the Thursday Bible Study Class. Join us at 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays for an hour of discussion, learning, and fellowship!
Listening in Lent
Sunday, March 11, 2018 @ 9:30 a.m.
There are new challenges and opportunities before us. In short, it is time for us to listen—broadly and deeply—to your voices again. During the next six weeks you will have an opportunity to sign up and participate in a listening session of ten or twelve parishioners, led by a volunteer facilitator from St. Peter’s. Another volunteer will record the notes of our conversations. We are approaching our 50th anniversary as a congregation, and we want and need your help in dreaming and visioning together about what God is calling St. Peter’s to do and to be in its next fifty years. We need only 60-90 minutes of your time in one of these gatherings, along with your thoughtfulness about how to continue answering God’s call faithfully in this place.
Please mark your calendar now to attend the Faith Forum in Stockstill Hall at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 11. Sarah Leach, a consultant from the Episcopal Church Foundation, will be with us to talk about this process of broad and deep congregational listening. She is helping prepare our volunteers to assist with this work. At the conclusion of her presentation you will have a chance to sign up for one of these listening sessions. Your vestry’s commitment is to offer every person who worships and participates in our common life a chance to be heard. Our intention is to offer enough session dates, times, and places for more than 200 of you to participate in one of these small gatherings. (And we will schedule even more listening sessions if we need to do so.)
Thank you for your willingness to take part in this. For almost fifty years, the people of St. Peter’s have responded boldly to the mission entrusted to us. It is now our moment to help describe and define the journey forward.
First Sundays at 4 pm from October through June
“You gave me a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.” Ps 18:36
Behind the altar of St. Peter’s church, we are blessed to have a labyrinth, a spiritual path. It is set in a sacred space. Walking to its center, the pilgrim or prayer walker, lets go of all thoughts and concerns. The center is a place to tell God- “Here I am Lord,” use me for your service. Walking back out the same path that one entered, one meditates on what service they can bring to the world.
A simple prayer.
Weather permitting, join us every first Sunday at 4 pm from October through June for a community walk or simply walk and pray any time the Spirit moves you or the world troubles you.
Iter Vitae (Life’s Journey) St. Peter’s Labyrinth Ministry
Are You Called to Become A Daughter of the King?
We are a group of Christian women striving to fulfill the promises of our Baptismal Covenant through the adoption of a Rule of Life:
• To continue in the Apostles’ teaching & fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in the prayers.
• To persevere in resisting evil, and when we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord.
• To proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.
• To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself.
• To strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.
At Confirmation we promise to pray, work, and give for the spread of Christ’s Kingdom. Through membership in our Order women are:
• Strengthened through prayer.
• Helped to learn through study.
• Provided community with other Daughters.
We are a group of women living a Rule of Prayer and Service to our neighbors. We are women to whom parishioners can look for love and for help in time of need or loneliness. We seek to walk with God as our guide and try to draw those with whom we come in contact into the church. We are women who work to spread Christ’s Kingdom here on earth. We can never forget that prayer is the foundation from which our service grows.
“Prayer without work is empty words, Service without prayer is labor lost.”
We find The Order of the Daughters of the King to be a safe place in a busy world where we can be together and support each other in Christ’s love.
For more information or questions, contact Diane Moore or Beck Sullivan.
EFM- Education for Ministry
EFM is designed to address our call at Baptism and Confirmation to become ministers. God calls all of us to become ministers for the church. The EFM program purpose is to help Christian lay people prepare for this ministry by developing an understanding of their faith through the study of the Bible, church history, and theology in seminar group study. As opposed to an ordained ministry, EFM does not teach the skills of ordained ministry.
EFM will be starting our 4th year this September with our current EFM program. There are 6-12 participants in an EFM group. Currently, there are 8 participants in our program. We have seven – 4th year participants and one – 3rd year participant. The program runs on an academic year of 36 sessions. Typical study preparation time is 4-6 hours prior to the seminar. The seminars meet once a week for approximately 3 hours. There are a total of four years in the program but each participant commits to each year separately. It’s encouraged to have multiple years in each EFM group.
The seminars furnish the participants an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the written materials and develop skills of theological reflection. It is through theological reflection that participants can learn to examine their own beliefs and relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith.
The EFM program is administered by The University of the South (Sewanee). Study programs are supplied by Sewanee. The cost for registration and materials is $350.00. You may contact current mentors, Mary De Monterey or Ron Adams if interested. Also check out the official website www.sewanee.edu/EFM/. There are prospectuses for EFM on the website.