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October 19, 2014


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Mike Newmans Block print of St. Peter's Christmas

 Block Print by Mike Newman



Beginning Oct. 26 at 10am in the Parish House.

For more details

A New Food Initiative - "Village Harvest"


In an effort to make fresh food more available to those in our area in need of food, the ECW is going to head up a new project, titled "Village Harvest." This month beginning Oct. 1 we began gathering the names of those who would like to receive a bag of food, including fresh seasonal produce and a recipe providing information about how to cook the food. We solicited clients on Oct 1 when the Food Trucks visited Port Royal. 44 signed up, including 13 children. 

People can sign up by form, phone or online for a food distribution. The first pick-up would be on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 between 4:30 PM-5:30 PM and continuing the third Wednesday of each month thereafter.

Got a Can of soup ? Bring it in during Sundays in October

Well, you might not have one of the Andy Warhol-inspired cans but we can use any can of soup to support our new food ministry when we distribute in November.  Please bring them in during Sundays in October. Thanks!

Painting the Outside of the Church

The church is beginning a month long process to repaint the church as of Oct 1.

As of Sunday, Oct. 5 the coverings were being removed from the windows. By Sunday, Oct. 12, the paint had been removed from the windows on both sides of the church.

Johnny Davis, the junior warden, is heading up the project.  The church was last painted over 10 years ago but a specific date is not available.

Out of three quotes, they chose J. L. Clark of Warsaw whose name they received from a friend in Essex County. Clark uses a special chemical process to first remove older layers to get down to the wood and then specially treat it. He will be removing the lead based paint in the process.  

After then scraping, stripping and other preparations he will provide two coats of paint to the windows and one to the walls. He will sure up the glazing on the windows.  As part of the job he will plug the rust spots around the church.

Daily "Day by Day"

Follow the Star

Daily meditations in words and music.  

Saints of the Week, Oct. 19- Oct. 26

Henry Martyn, Priest and Missionary to India and Persia, 1812; also [William Carey, Missionary to India, 1834]
Saint James of Jerusalem, Brother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and Martyr, c. 62
Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, 899

 Sunday, October 19, 2014   (full size gallery)

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October 26 - 9:00am, Holy Eucharist, Rite I. (Bring a can of soup for the Village Harvest Food Ministry) 

October 26 - 10:00am, Godly Play. 

October 26 - 10:00am - "Bible" miniseries will begin in the Parish House.  For more details

October 26 - 11:00am, Morning Prayer, Rite II. (Bring a can of soup for the Village Harvest Food Ministry)


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

All Saints Remembrances 

The All Saint’s Day Service is Nov 2.

Email Catherine by Monday, Oct. 27 with the names of those who have died in the past year that you would like to have remembered.

Fall colors come out at Lake Logan, NC, Credo Retreat

Catherine spent a week at Lake Logan, NC, west of Ashville, as part of continual education and renewal. The conference was the Credo Recently Ordained Conference (4 years and under). Fall came alive during that time and she brought back some pictures.

The Tablets, Part 2 - Problems and Solutions

Part 1 on the history of the tablets is here

On Sept 18, 2014 L. Cleo Mullins of the Richmond Conservation Studio visited the church for the purpose of an examination of the tablets and proposing solutions due to problems she uncovered. Her resume is here.

Her full report is here along with a gallery of photos. The following is a summary of her report from her own words based around the problems she found and suggested next steps:


1. Moisture and earthquake(s)

The altarpiece and the wall to which it is attached have suffered from moisture damage due to leaks along the roof flashing and most recently, due to shaking and settling of the building due to earthquakes.

There are cracks in the wall and plaster framework, which should be addressed.Recent damage due to earthquakes has caused fracturing in the lower left corner and upper left edges of the framework, where there are new cracks and chips. There are several areas of prior damage and loss to the molding with a large section missing from the inner edge of the left-most arch. These areas have been painted over with brass paint.

The roof needs repair as the moisture in the wall is causing the painted areas of plaster to flake and the wooden tablets to bow, crack, and lose paint along the wood grain.

2. Previous efforts to restore- painting over.

The altarpiece has also been severely damaged by well meaning, but poorly conceived and executed restorations. The framework, central panel, pinnacles, and angel corbels have all been extensively altered by overpaint.

3. Wooden panels

Two of the panels are bowing visibly and appear detached at the top.

The paint and ground layers are cracking, exposing the ground and brighter blue of the field.

Fine lines of loss and flaking are found along these cracks due to compression as well as along the grain of the wood, which runs vertically. Deterioration is more advanced in the warped panels. The left panel of the right pair has a splinter along its right edge with a scrap of white cleaning cloth stuck in it, indicating that someone has been wiping the panels

4. Painted Pinnacles

These decorative panels have been solidly overpainted with a dark maroon or reddish brown-colored paint  

Divots in the overpainted surface indicate that there was previous flaking of the original surface. This is especially true of the right panel, which shows extensive losses

Deterioration in this panel is obviously active and on-going. There is a large crack extending through the lower edge of the frame and up into the painted panel.


1. Wooden panels The wooden panels can be removed from the wall and brought to the conservator s studio, where they can further be examined and then treated  

Probable treatment would include glueing and strengthening the wood along the checks and cracks in the panels. Sealing the reverse and edges of the panels with synthetic resin varnish and wax to stabilize the wood and serve as moisture barriers. Local consolidation of the paint and ground where flaking has occurred. Cleaning of the paint surface, then varnishing it with a clear synthetic resin. Inpainting (retouching) of the losses to match the surrounding extant paint

2. Framework and gild -I would recommend that the conservators then return with Russell Bernabo, Gilding Conservator, who can assess the framework and gilded areas. More test cleanings should be made to assess the condition and possible treatment of the pinnacles, central panel, and framework.

3. Central panel Work which must be done on site includes the treatment of the painted plaster central panel and pinnacles and the framework. Test cleanings already made suggest that the maroon overpaint on the painted plaster panels can be removed. If further tests confirm that this is safely possible, then the overpaint should be removed. The surface can then be consolidated, varnished, filled, and inpainted. An estimate for this part of the treatment cannot be given until after further tests and examination are completed.

4. The plaster framework and corbels are very much in need of repair and cleaning. The original surface treatment of the framework and corbels must also be determined. Probably treatment can be expected to include removal of the added paint and other accretions from the surface, repair and stabilization of the cracks in the plaster, restoration and filling of the missing and broken areas of molding, and restoration of th surface to an approximation of its original appearance. Hopefully, Russell Bernabo will be able to propose a treatment that is feasible for the church.

Lectionary, Pentecost 20, Oct. 26

I.Theme -    Love as the greatest of God’s commandments.

 "The Greatest Commandment "  - From Wortle

The lectionary readings are here  or individually:

Old Testament - Leviticus 19:1-2,15-18
Psalm - Psalm 1 Page 585, BCP
Epistle -1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Gospel - Matthew 22:34-46

These passages this week echo the challenge of the Christian journey. We have moments when we see God’s reign breaking through in this world–moments of justice, of hope, of peace–and other times, it seems like war, poverty and famine will continue forever. But we do not lose hope, and we know that our part counts in the reign of God. And our part is to create equitable relationships with those around us. We can’t expect to save the world but we can seek to maintain relationships with those around us. 

Leviticus provides a taste of the holiness codes of Israel, on how to live in community with one another. Leviticus is one of the most difficult books to read in the Bible, mainly for the listing of codes and laws that do not necessarily make sense in today’s society, and we are missing the context, both historically and culturally for understanding the application of them. However, the theme of how to live together in community is a theme that transcends some of the cultural and historical context–when decisions or judgments have to be made in the context of community, you can’t show partiality, but you have to be just. In connection with the Gospel the statements on our neighbors concern us - avoiding hatred, vengeance, grudges and basically love your neighbor

In 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Paul shares about his journey to Thessalonica, not physically, but rather how he has come to be there on his journey of faith–coming not to judge or to trick them or to test them, nor to please them or flatter them, but simply coming as they are, people who follow God. Echoing back to the passage in Leviticus, Paul is coming as a person of the community of faith–treating the Thessalonians as such, and expecting the same treatment in return. Paul tells them “so deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our very selves” (vs 8). To Paul, telling about God is one thing–living it out is what we are called to do, by sharing ourselves fully with the members of the faith community–being our honest and true selves, without trickery or deceit, without slander or gossip or hate in our hearts–but to be genuine people that follow Christ.

Psalm I extols the blessedness of one who avoids the path of the wicked and walks in the way of wisdom and life. The psalm is built around two contrasting images, that of a tree planted by streams of water and that of chaff in the process of winnowing the grain. The former is an image of the righteous, the latter of the wicked. The former person is ‘happy’ or ‘blessed’, the latter is perishing.

The tree prospers by fulfilling its purpose of bearing fruit in its season. God has ordained that this is a process which takes time, indeed, a different time for each individual. We prosper by growing in grace, coming to maturity, and bearing fruit. Material prosperity is not the principle focus of this text.

The law was not only the source of specific rules and regulations, but it was also intended to teach the Israelites principles which would govern their actions. The fundamental issue underlying the Sermon on the Mount was over the interpretation of the Old Testament law

Matthew’s passage is on the Greatest Commandment. Jesus has been leading up to this pinnacle teaching in his parables and teachings about the kingdom or reign of God. This passage represents the third of three attempts to entrap Jesus, after he has entered Jerusalem in triumph, riding on a donkey, with a large crowd spreading cloaks and branches on the road as they shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David.”

After the Pharisees and the Sadducees have questioned him, a lawyer asks him which is the greatest commandment. And Jesus sums up the commandments in the recitation of the Shema, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind,” and with the call “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” He was the first to place both of these side by side.

Both of these commandments sum up the Ten Commandments, for the first four are about relationship with God and the last six are about relationship with each other in the community. But Jesus goes further in saying, “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” In Jesus’ day, the Bible that the Jews knew had the Torah, the Law, the first five books–and it contained the books of the prophets (the Psalms and other writings were still being compiled). Basically, Jesus is saying that this is the point of the whole Bible. Everything else hangs on it. All other laws, codes, rules, ordinances and such fall under these two commandments. This is the point of the whole thing.

After answering this question, however, Jesus poses a question to the Pharisees about whose son the Messiah is. Jesus is trying to emphasize that the Messiah is the son of God, not just of David–in other words, the Messiah, while prophesied about in Hebrew scripture and understood in Jewish culture, is a Messiah for the world, not just for the people. Jesus is not just the son of David as a descendant of David, but Jesus is the Son of God, and therefore a Messiah for all people. And therefore Jesus’ teachings about loving others and loving God are beyond the community present but are teachings to be lived out by all who follow Jesus. They are beyond the law and culture of one people, but for the whole world.

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