Read, Mark, Learn and Inwardly Digest the Gospel according to St. Mark
Thursday, December 7, 14 & 21 at 3:30 p.m.
On Thursday, December 7th at 3:30 p.m. Father Furman will offer a dramatic reading of the Gospel according to St. Mark in Stockstill Hall. Mark is the shortest of the four Gospels. It was written to be heard in one sitting. You are invited to join our weekly Bible study class to hear the fullness of the Gospel all at once. After hearing the full Gospel on December 7, we will meet on Thursday, December 14 to share our impressions of the first half of Mark’s Gospel about the life and ministry of Jesus. On Thursday, December 21 we will discuss our impressions of the second half of Mark’s Gospel which centers on the final week of Jesus’ earthly life. I hope you will consider joining us on this 3-week adventure exploring the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Mark!
Friday, December 15, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Our December fellowship will be hosted by Fr. Furman & Kim Buchanan. Everyone is invited. If you are new to St. Peter’s this is an excellent time to get to know some new people and for us to know you. Bring your favorite appetizer and/or a bottle of wine. Non alcoholic beverages will be provided. No need to call ahead unless you need directions. Hope to see you then!
Christmas Eve & Day Services
December 24-25, 2017
Here are our offerings for Christmas Eve and Day services
5:30 p.m. – Christmas Pageant & Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 p.m. – Christ Mass (with incense)
10:30 a.m. – Christmas Day Service
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Our Please sign up to help 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 339 S. Pleasantburg Dr. There is a sign-up sheet available in the lower narthex as well as this signup genius link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4eaaa92ba1f58-Laundry
Celebrating Holy Baptism
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Our next opportunity for celebrating Holy Baptism will be on Sunday, January 7. If you or a loved one is interested in receiving this Holy Sacrament, please contact the church office by December 15.
1st Annual Kanuga Parish Weekend
February 9 – 11, 2018
Our parish weekend at Kanuga is one of the best ways at St. Peter’s for fun, fellowship, worship and relationship building. There are adult formation programs Friday evening and Saturday morning along with special programs for children and youth. For free time Kanuga’s campus offers numerous opportunities to take time to refresh yourself, whether it’s hiking one of the many trails on the property, walking the labyrinth, relaxing by a fire or hanging out in the library. You will also enjoy fellowship time on Friday in the Fireplace Lounge and during cabin socials on Saturday afternoon. There will be music to start our program times and on Saturday night you will have the opportunity show off that special talent you’ve been waiting to share – at St. Peter’s Kanuga Follies!
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.