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April 26, 2015

Mike Newmans Block print of St. Peter's Christmas

 Block Print by Mike Newman


Link to the reports from Jan 18 Annual Meeting

2014 End of year pictures

Link to the pictures

Daily "Day by Day"

Follow the Star

Daily meditations in words and music.  

Saints of the Week, - April 26- May 3, 2015

[Robert Hunt, Priest and First Chaplain at Jamestown, 1607]
[Christina Rossetti, Poet, 1894]
Catherine of Siena, 1380?
[Sarah Josepha Buell Hale, Editor and Prophetic Witness, 1879]
Saint Philip and Saint James, Apostles
Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, 373

  Easter 4, April 26, 2015  (full size gallery)

        See the Sunday Review


April 29 - 10:00am, Ecumenical Bible Study 

April 29 - 5:00pm, Youth Group  

May 1 - 3, Parish Retreat at Shrine Mont 

May 3 - 10:00am, Godly Play (preschool through 2nd grade) 

May 3 - 11:00am, Morning Prayer at St. Peter's

May 4 - 12:00pm, Coffee Hour


This Sunday at St. Peter's - Servers, Readings   

Continuing - Easter Tide,  UTO Spring Ingathering

Echoes of Booth in Port Royal, April 25

Visitors could see a main site involving John Wilkes booth on Sat. and enjoy walking tours led by Vice Mayor Jim Heimbach. St. Peter's was open and had hourly guides from 10am to 4pm.

Laura Long reenacted Booth's meetup with Sarah Jane Peyton on the site where it happened. Visitors then strolled to Water Street and tour homes and St. Peter's.

Photo gallery is here as well as the story.

Fixin' Up the Mountain - The Shrine Mont Capital Campaign

Our parish returns for a second year to spend with Christ Episcopal, Spotsylvania. 10 are going this year. Shrine Mont has meeting space for parishes during the year and a summer camp program

Shrine Mont is in the midst of a capital campaign to improve the summer camps portion of the facility.  The camps are over 50 years and obvious some renovation is needed.  There are two basic needs. Half of it involves people and the  other half facilities:

1. More to the Mountain Fund - $1MM. "Half of our goal—$1 million—will be used to create the More to the Mountain Fund. This endowment will help 175 additional youth and families attend a Shrine Mont Camp each year. It will also make the salaries of our 100+ summer staff members more competitive. As a result, Shrine Mont will better reflect the true diversity of the Diocese and the Church."

2. Maintenance- $1MM Through the campaign they will:

  • Renovate and replace cabins
  • Better protect facilities from the elements
  • Create new staff housing
  • Expand camp capacity and meeting space

That's the basic goal $2MM. But there is an extra $500M for a "stretch goal". This is an ongoing maintenance funds to "enable us to better care for the camps, enhancing the experience of campers and reducing long-term maintenance expenses."

So how are they doing ? They are at $1,875,000+

St. Peter's as a church has contributed.  We have had campers in the summer - the Fishers are now going there and the Longs preceded them. We are asking individuals in the church to contribute.

Consider a gift to the renewal of this wonderful facility and to support future campers

Links:  1. Main site
             2. Ways to Give You can give over a number of years. 
             3. Shrine Mont camps visit June, 2013.  
             4. List of anticipated improvements

Last year's Parish Retreat-

St. Peter's was invited by Christ Episcopal in Spotsylvania to share with them their Shrine Mont Reservation. We sent 12 people. 

All agreed that they would like to repeat the experience next year. Highlights include a trip up to the cross. (Yes, Zeke made it! though tired later), walking the labyrinth, visting a cover bridge near Mt. Jackson, participating in the program on Benedictine spirituality and a campfire on Sat. night. 

Eunice reflected on the weekend at Shrine Mont . "Love the ambiance, the buildings and the people.  Two things that struck me about the facilities were how well maintained they were (the pride taken in the gift of this place) and the feeling of safety.  All rooms were open and no locks - not even in your private room (unless you requested it).  

"It was so nice to be in a place where you feel comfortable to let your children run free.  The outdoor stone chapel was a beautiful place for our Sunday service.  Also, friendships were made that already have us looking forward to joining with those folks again next year.  " 

Here is a photo gallery from the participants. 

 Tucker Fisher's Trip to Shrine Mont

Our roving reporter Tucker Fisher was on the scene at Shrine Mont and brings you this report

"When we got to Shrine Mont we settled into our room. After that we went to dinner. Then we went to the ballroom. In the ballroom, we met the people from Christ Church. Four people were in my age range. We played together outside, had snacks, and had evening Compline. Then we went to our rooms and slept. The next day we went on a scavenger hunt, boys against girls, we tied. David and I went to the Shrine three times. We also, went to one of the springs. It was Penny Springs. I also went to the cross twice, once on Saturday afternoon with a group from both churches and then again at 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning. It was pretty when we got there to see the sun come up." 

 Betty's Shrine Mont Gallery

Click here to access it. Some wonderful clear and vibrant pictures of the weekend experience.

Taking it to the Streets

Thanks to Andrea Pogue this is the 4th anniversary of this event!

•Use this opportunity to securely dispose of those out dated, sensitive documents and financial records that you have accumulated over the years; and

•Use this occasion to clear out old file cabinets, boxes, folders and envelopes containing pay stubs, tax records, bank statements and receipts that have amassed over time.

Bring them to St. Peter's on Friday, May 8 between 4pm and 5pm and watch the action.  

This is a fund raiser for community enrichment and charitable outreach efforts. We also need to pay for the shredder. Please a consider a generous donation to this cause.

Whether for the environment, to help St. Peter's or to rid your home of excess papers, come down and bring your stuff on May 8

St. Peter's in the Community Give, May 5 

The Community Give is a 24-hour day of giving on Tuesday May 5, 2015 from 12:00 a.m. until midnight. It is a day when everyone in our region (Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline, King George) is asked to make a donation and show support for the local nonprofit organizations that positively impact our lives every day. " 

St. Peter's is a beneficiary through our Village Harvest program, our monthly food distribution program. We are asking people in Port Royal and Caroline County, in particular, to donate and help us buy fresh produce for our clients. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors to donate to the Village Harvest  online on May 5. 

We served 60 on the first distribution on Nov 19 and are now up to 77 on the third Wednesday of each month, distributing in excess of 500 pounds. 

For every $10 you donate you are providing, 10 pounds of food for 20 people. 

Two ways to donate:

1. Go to the Community Give site -https://www.thecommunitygive.org/and search for "Harvest" 

2. We have created our own publicity in the form of a special part on the website, churchsp.org/food . Links are on the first and last page for donations. Giving a little money goes a long way!

The page goes into the background of food insecurity and the problem in the county, how we have addressed it in the Village Harvest, information about St. Peter's, a gallery and finally a pitch to the reader to donate.

The goal is to provide a harvest of our resources – money to purchase fresh produce, excess food donations from parishioner and our talent - to put together fresh produce, canned foods and recipes - all to benefit the village of Port Royal and surrounding areas . We established a connection with the Northern Neck Food Bank as a source for fresh produce. 

 The Next Village Dinner- May 20- What we need ?

We are collecting tuna fish and peanut butter for the next Village Harvest in particular, though any canned goods are welcome. Please bring them to the church by May 17.

We can also use workers for May 20 to help fill the bags.  Many thanks for all who provide assistance for this vital ministry. 

 Lectionary, May 3, Easter 5

I.Theme -   Living in and Through Jesus

 Abide in Me

Jesus said to his disciples, "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me." - John 15:1-4 

The lectionary readings are here  or individually:

First Reading - Acts 8:26-40
Psalm - Psalm 22:24-30 Page 612, BCP
Epistle -1 John 4:7-21
Gospel - John 15:1-8 

Today’s readings reveal what it means to live in and through Jesus. In Acts 8, Philip explains to the Ethiopian eunuch the good news of Jesus. The author of 1 John reveals that true faith becomes visible through the obedience of active love. In today’s gospel, Jesus explains that, like branches connected to a vine, we abide with him and experience great fruitfulness.

ACTS 8:26-40. This passage tells how the gospel became a missionary faith outside of Judaism.  The story is told as part of the main theme of Acts: To trace the expansion of the early church under the leadership of the apostles from Jerusalem to the Gentile nations of the world, especially to Rome, the capital city of the empire. 

Philip has been presented as evangelist to the despised Samaritans. Now he has been sent to another outsider. Ethiopia in the first century referred to southern Egypt, now the Sudan. The eunuch may have been a Gentile proselyte or a “God-fearer,” who accepted much but not all of the Jewish law. As a eunuch, he would have been barred from Jewish worship,  because he could not have any male heirs, “sons of the covenant”   although Isaiah prophesied the inclusion of eunuchs. 

The fourth servant song from Isaiah (Isaiah 52:13–53:12), which becomes the inspiration for the eunuch’s inquiries, was central for the early Church’s understanding of Jesus’ death and resurrection as Christians searched the scriptures to find confirmation of what they had seen to be true. 

PSALM 22:25-31. Psalm 22 consists of a lament repeated by Jesus on the cross and a thanksgiving in which the psalmist describes the distress he is suffering and his trust in God. These verses express unwavering confidence in God’s saving deeds.  This psalm figures prominently during holy week.

1 JOHN 4:7-21. Perhaps the finest definition of God is given here: “God is love.” In this reading, the theme is set in the context of the nature of God. Love is God’s most characteristic activity.  God’s love is not an emotion but an event, made known to us in and through Christ’s incarnation and our redemption. Because this love is so intricately tied to Christ, the Christian’s mission of love is of necessity a mission of witness. We love one another as a manifestation of God’s life in us.

Like partners in a dance, we are invited to love each other as God loves us. No one has seen God, but as we love one another we allow the world to catch a glimpse of God’s true nature. In fact, God’s love is somehow incomplete until we feature that love in our lives. 

JOHN 15:1-8. Jesus is offering these words to his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion. He knows what is going to happen – both to himself and to his flock – and they do not. They are about to be cut down by his crucifixion and death and he is assuring them that it will not be mere, senseless cutting but that they will survive, even flourish.

The second context is that of the community for which John writes, 60 years after the resurrection. Because by the time they hear these words they have already been scattered, likely thrown out of their synagogue, and have had plenty of reason to feel like they’ve been abandoned. But John writes to assure them that while they have indeed been cut, it is the pruning for more abundant fruit and life.

The allegory of the vine and the branches offers insight into the way the early Christian community saw the redemptive relationship between God, Jesus and the faithful. John stretches the image most picturesquely.

Jesus, as Son, the representative of Israel, is “the true vine” (v. 1) who fulfills the calling of Israel.

The solid trunk of the vine emerging from the ground grows long, tender branches on which the fruit is produced. Without those branches, newly grown each year, the vine cannot produce. Cut off from the root, the branches are useful only as kindling for a fire. This was a common source of firewood in ancient times. 

God is described as the vine grower who cares for both the vine and the branches.  The Father is the vinegrower who “prunes” (v. 2, “trims clean”) the branches. Jesus reassures the disciples that they are already “pruned” ( v. 3, translated “cleansed” in the NRSV) by his word. 

For John, Christian life is an active and committed life. There cannot be a living, unproductive branch. Those who do not remain, or abide, are taken away.   This is exactly what has happened to Israel and to the church through the ages. Those who do abide through prayer bear fruit and show themselves as Jesus’ disciples. Part of that caring requires rigorous pruning so that the vine continues to produce good fruit. 

Read more from the lectionary 

St. Peter's Church 823 Water Street  P. O. Box 399 Port Royal, Virginia 22535  804-742-5908.  Reverend Catherine D. Hicks, Priest-in-Charge, stpetersrev@gmail.com;    Site Map