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April 11, 2016


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1. Newcomers – Welcome Page

2. Contact the Rev Catherine Hicks, Rector

3. St. Peter’s Sunday News

4. Aprl, 2016 Server Schedule

5. Latest Newsletter-the Parish Post (April, 2016)

6. Calendar

7. Parish Ministries

8. What’s new on the website April 23, 2016

9. Latest Photo Galleries 

10. Latest Bulletin (April 24, 2016) 9am, Bulletin (April 24, 2016) 11am  and Sermon ( April 17, 2016)

April 24, 2016, 11am 

11. Recent Services:

Easter, March 27

Photos from Easter

Easter 2, April 3

Photos from Easter 2

Easter 3, April 10

Photos from Easter 3

Mike Newmans Block print of St. Peter's Christmas

 Block Print by Mike Newman


We’re starting a repository of favorite book titles and authors. More information..

Submit your favorite book(s) to our growing repository.

Lessons in how to read music from the weekly bulletin.

Current Lesson, Part 10, April 3, 2016 –  Rest signs and first and second endings

All Lessons

Link to the reports from Jan 17 Annual Meeting


Daily "Day by Day"

Follow the Star

Daily meditations in words and music.  

Sacred Space

Your daily prayer online, since 1999

"We invite you to make a ‘Sacred Space’ in your day, praying here and now, as you visit our website, with the help of scripture chosen every day and on-screen guidance."

Daily C. S. Lewis thoughts

Saints of the Week, April 17 – April 24

[Emily Cooper, Deaconess]
Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Martyr, 1012
Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1109
[George, Soldier and Martyr, c. 304]; also [Toyohiko Kagawa, Prophetic Witness in Japan, 1960]
[Genocide Remembrance]

April 17, 2016 (full size gallery)

Sunday, April 17  Description with photos

April 20 – 10:00am, Ecumenical Bible Study, Parish House

April 20 – 3:30pm – 5:00pm. Village Harvest distribution

April 24 – 9:00am, Holy Eucharist, Rite I

April 24 – 10:00am, Godly Play, preschool through 2nd grade

April 24 – 10:00am, "Weaving God’s Promises", 3rd grade and up

April 24 – 11:00am, Morning Prayer

Sunday, April 24 Readings and Servers   

Tablets removal, April 22, 2016

On April 22, Roy Carter and Don Lee did a careful job of removing them from the wall. Cleo Mullins our main contractor recommended them The panels are now at the Richmond Conservation Studio where Cleo Mullins will repair and restore them. What have we learned from the removal:

1. Before the panels there was blue paper.  It is tearing and fragile and the lettering is smaller. The panels may have been added when the paper began to crack. The blue recalls another use of blue was used in the center section which Cleo Mullins uncovered during early investigations into the ables. We may assume the paper was added first after the fire in 1849 and that the tablets were later to replace it.  

2. The panels were on the back of wood (pine) shipping panels. On the back of them "Gray and Pendleton Port Royal Glass with care." Thus it is probable the panels were local and not removed from another church. This tells us the origin of the panels but not the artist

3. There is water damage at the bottom. The panels also held some fragments of plaster that came apart when the tablets were removed.

4. Since two nails of different time periods were found, it is not surprising that the panels have been removed at another time.

See the photo gallery

Our second community event in a week. So how did we do ? Check this link.

We had about 40 at the concert.  A beautiful space for a concert! Thanks to Linda Davis for these pictures. Thanks to Cookie for the reception and the Pogues for being the hosts to the musicians. 

The Work Begins – The Altarpiece makeover

The works begins on April 22 with the removal of the tablets to Richmond.

The Altarpiece page has all the information about the project. The work will likely take 2-3 months.  

Today,  Catherine announced the date of the tablets removal, the first stage of the work and added a prayer for the project. Scaffolding will be added the week of April 24 for the work to be done at St. Peter’s – the guilding, the middle section. 

Johnny also talked about the generous financing for the project and the securing of a $5,000 grant from the  O’Neill Fund for the Stewardship of Historic Resources .


The Tablets  are coming down.. and the Kitchen goes up

Work is nearing the end of the kitchen project. Last week the cabinets were complete and they are awaiting the counter tops and appliances. A photo gallery of the entire process will be published at the conclusion of the project







Feb 13, 2016 – After, Before                          March 20, 2016 

April 3, 2016                                            April 10, 2016 

April 17, 2016            

We’re part of the Community Give again this year – May 3

The Community Give is a 24 hours day of giving on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 12:00 a.m. until midnight. It is about working together for a single day, celebrating our spirit of generosity and making a significant and heartfelt impact on each of the lives touched by nonprofits, such as St. Peters serving our region that impact our lives.

We made $1,255 in the Community Give on May 5 last year! 

Make your donation May 3 at the Community Give website for St. Peter’s Village Harvest Food distribution here.

We have a new Village Harvest page . We have two areas where we could use donations:

1. Keeping it going! Help us buy fresh produce for over 100 in the Port Royal, Caroline County area each month . For every $10 you donate, you are providing 10 pounds of fresh produce each for 20 people. That’s a total of 200 pounds of food!

2. Help us expand in our second year. We are completing the renovation of the kitchen which will expand the Village Harvest into new areas such as cooking classes, holding community dinners at St. Peter’s. We are looking for startup up money as well as ideas on how to expand the Harvest

Thank for those that help with this ministry, especially our buyers Johnny Davis and Roger Key and those who help us distribute the food on every third Wednesday

I. The theme for Earth Day 2016 on April 22 is "Trees for the Earth."

Why Trees?

Our planet is currently losing over 15 billion trees each year due to deforestation, land development, and bad forest management (that is roughly 48 football fields every minute). Earth Day network is announcing Trees for the Earth (#Trees4Earth), a plan to plant 7.8 billion trees by Earth Day’s 50th in 2020. That is one tree for every person on the planet!

Trees help combat climate change. They absorb excess and harmful CO2 from our atmosphere. In fact, in a single year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced by driving the average car 26,000 miles.

Trees help us breathe clean air. Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

Trees help communities. Trees help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability and provide food, energy and income.

Plant a tree this Earth Day!  Here is a list of nurseries in Virginia to find one, listed alphabetically

Read more about practical steps you can take at home to reduce energy 

ECW Spring Events, April-May, 2016

The Fall Hall kitchen renovation is anticipated to be completed on April 12, 2016. Village Dinners will resume on the first Wednesday in May.

The Diocese of Virginia, ECW Spring Meeting will be held at Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, in Richmond, on Saturday, April 16 from 12:30 – 5:00 PM. The topic will be “Learn about the 5 Marks of Mission”. Women age 50 and under are free while others will pay a $20.00 registration fee. Free child care will be available.  

Note – The registration deadline is this week- April 12; please let Eunice know if you would like a copy of the registration form or online

The St. Peter’s ECW, is planning two women’s outings in May. Please join the fun and fellowship by contacting Eunice Key, as soon as possible, at 804-241-5395 to confirm your intentions to participate in either of these activities. 

1. A day at the Virginia Theological Seminary; Friday, May 6, 2016. The topic we have the opportunity to hear is “Caring for Creation loving God & neighbor from a global perspective”. The presenter will be the former Presiding Bishop The Rt. Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori and the registration fee is $40.00. Carpool will depart St. Peter’s at 7:00 am and return about 4:30 pm.

2. A fun day of art lead by our very own Susan Tilt on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Susan will be guiding us in making an art project using fabrics. The cost will be $20.00 per person and will include supplies and lunch. The location will be in Susan’s studio in Colonial Beach and space is limited to 12 so please note this will be available to the first 12 responders. A carpool will leave St. Peter’s at 9:15 am and return about 4:45 pm.      

 Lectionary, April 24, Easter 5

I.Theme –   Christian communities provide love and encouragement

 "The Last Supper" – Leonardo da Vinci (1495-1498))

The lectionary readings are here  or individually:

Old Testament – Acts 11:1-18
Psalm – Psalm 148 
Epistle – Revelation 21:1-6
Gospel – John 13:31-35 

Today’s readings picture the love and encouragement to be found in Christian community. In Acts, Gentiles receive God’s word and the Holy Spirit just as the Jews do. John, in his Revelation, celebrates God’s final descent into our world to bring salvation and a restored world order. In the gospel, Jesus gives us a new command—love one another; by obeying Jesus, we show our discipleship.

God’s intention is to break down the dividing walls, the separations, between us and God, between us and each other, between us and creation. Jesus came to erase the boundaries, and gave us a new commandment to love one another. This commandment reframes the old: no longer are they to be about exclusion, but inclusion. No longer are people to separate themselves for God, but to come together and love one another for God. Even death will no longer divide and separate us. God’s intentions are for us to dwell together with God, as it was in the beginning. God’s desire is not destruction, but restoration. God is making all things new, and desires for us to participate in the breaking down of walls and the building up of the kingdom, or community, of God.

On earth “you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy” (John 16:20). Already the Spirit grants you peace and joy through the forgiveness of your sins. For by the cross of Christ, “God has granted repentance that leads to life” (Acts 11:18). His Gospel is “a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household” (Acts 11:14). He gives freely “from the spring of the water of life” (Rev. 21:6), “and death shall be no more” (Rev. 21:4). He dwells with His people, adorning His Church as a bride for her husband, “making all things new” (Rev. 21:5). Therefore, as the Son of Man is glorified by His cross, “and God is glorified in Him” (John 13:31), so He is glorified in us by our “love for one another” (John 13:35), which His Spirit works in us by His grace. 

Read more from the lectionary 

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