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Village Harvest, Aug. 15, 2018 August 15, 2018

After reaching a high number served of 153 in April and dropping in May to 112, we have been steadily increasing the numbers served over the last quarter.  June fed 100, July 119 and this month in August rose to 140. We have served 860 people this year which is below 2017 (1,039) but above 2016 (763). See the entire article

Village Harvest, July 18, 2018 July 18, 2018

The weather was temperate with temperatures in the mid 80’s under brilliant sunshine. We had a variety of help transporting and organizing the food including visiting priest Luis Garcia and his family from the Dominican Republic. He is our celebrant this Sunday

1,490 pounds of food were distributed which included a wide variety – 588 pounds of fresh produce, 463 pound of grocery items, 322 pounds of meat and 40 pounds of bakery items. While a significant number, it is under average this year’s average of 1,617 pounds. Still it is 121% greater than the same period a year ago. Parishioners are contributing school supplies this month and next.

Food went to 119 families, the largest number since April. The average food received was 12.52 pounds of food with a value of $75

Thanks to Andrea Pogue for the photos.

Youth outing to Maymont, July 10, 2018 July 10, 2018

We had 14 youth and adults come along to the nature section of Maymont estate in Richmond on July 10, 2018. A midsummer treat!

Everyone enjoyed running and playing on the well tended grounds. In the outdoor nature exhibit, we met owls, hawks, vultures, and two bald eagles. A small stream, the waterfall, the stepping stones were endlessly entertaining.

Everyone enjoyed the farm, with its goats, sheep, chickens, pigs and a donkey. The goats and sheep licked food right out of our hands. Back at the nature exhibit, we learned about the many creatures that inhabit the James River and other Virginia waterways.

July 4, 2018 at St. Peter’s July 4, 2018

St. Peter’s was the scene of the Historic Port Royal July 4, observation.

Many parishioners were involved. Cookie Davis, the President of Historic Port Royal opened the event and talked of her family roots. Nancy Long, Chair of the Caroline County Board, stressed the importance of participation and service in the collective role of government – we are the government.

The men led by Johnny Davis served lunch and netted $600. Helping him were Helmut Linne von Berg, Charles McGuire, Ken and Andrea Pogue, Bill Wick, and Laura Carey.
Mike Newman as the town crier gave an impassioned reading of the Declaration of Independence. The afternoon event included Marlyn Newman’s harp competition winners performing a mini-concert.

Cleo Coleman (a good Baptist, though she occasionally visits us and participates in weekly ecumenical Bible study) provided an amazing historic recreation of Harriet Tubman in her later years in a nursing home recalling her life on a Maryland plantation and her role in the Underground Railroad.

Nancy Long, Mike Newman, Thom Guthrie, pianist and Bill McCoy, organist (OK he is a Methodist) led the crowd in a patriot hymn fest.

The Nature Hike, June 19, 2018 June 19, 2018

On a steamy hot day, Tuesday, June 19th, the St Peter’s kids, their parents, Odessa Davis, Dave Duke and Becky Fisher, along with Catherine Hicks and Andrea Pogue gathered to hike around Portobago Bay, to worship out in the beauty of God’s beautiful world, to greet the neighbors and to enjoy creation.

The exterior sign is back, June 17, 2018 June 17, 2018

After almost a year, our external sign has been restored by Rence Rupp from Fredericksburg. The sign was placed at St. Peter’s in 1936 as part of the 100th year anniversary celebration. It began a slow deterioration about 10 years ago. The original idea was to place the original sign under protection in our parish house and then craft a new sign. Then the idea emerged to trace the old sign in 2017. Bishop Shannon helped in this process. The church then shifted to restoring the old sign in 2017 which is now complete with the sign back in place, June 17, 2018.

St. Peter’s ECW meets with St. George’s ECW, May 24, 2018 May 24, 2018

11 ladies from St. George’s ECW met with 7 of their counterparts from St. Peter’s on a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine at the church. After a tour of the Port Royal museum from Cookie, they had lunch in the Parish House

They feasted on baked tortellini, tossed salad, broccoli cauliflower, bread, cake and lemon lush for desert. (Brad contributed the cake). After lunch, they toured the church and posed for a picture on the steps of St. Peter’s. Thanks to all who helped! Kate gave out some of her famous eggs for a truly country event.

Prayer Walk Pentecost May 20, 2018 May 20, 2018

This is a successor to the 2017 walk which we did with Bishop Shannon. Last year we prayed with the Baptists, fishermen and other towns people. Above all we celebrated the beauty that we found.

Pentecost is a time of renewal for Christian believers and nature is a perfect place for us to be. Through studying the story of Pentecost, many seek and pray for spiritual gifts for the church during this time of holy celebration. There is a renewed focus on evangelism, empowerment from the Holy Spirit, deeper intimacy with God, and fellowship. For Christians, the celebration of Pentecost imparts faith, hope, a sharing of community, and an awareness of a purpose much greater than ourselves. We are sent out in mission with a new energy.

Shrine Mont May 4-6, 2018 May 6, 2018

In spite of the third rainy weekend in a row, the 8 hardy souls who went to Shrine Mont enjoyed getting together with Christ Church friends. This was our 5th year of retreats with Christ Episcopal

In the food, worship and relaxing down time we shared, we drew closer to God and to one another. Bridgette Long was hands down the most charming, irresistible person in the group. This year the group watched The Spitfire Grill, a movie that contained thought provoking themes about redemption, forgiveness, and sacrificial love

Easter Sunday, April 21, 2018 April 1, 2018

Easter celebrates the reality of Jesus’ resurrection in all its many aspects. Hope, Transformation, Evangelism and a new life.

We started out at the Sunrise Service at the Long’s House at 7:00am.
St. Peter’s had some key roles. Catherine preached. Nancy provided the welcome and Alex the opening prayer and Apostle’s Creed. Shiloh brought their band as they have in former years. The three ministers met after the service and planned a meeting to talk about security.

Godly Play was conducted based on the Paschal Candle and acting out the Resurrection story at the tomb.

Easter is a time of celebration and that included music. Andy Cortez also had accompaniments written for the opening hymn “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” and the closing “The Day of Resurrection. The choir sang “O sons and daughters let us sing” at the offertory. We had 70 in attendance, an overflow helped by several families. The church was adorned with lilies. Charles contributed Calla lilies which we had outside.

Best of Holy Week, 2018, March 25 – April 1 March 30, 2018

The full Holy week page is here with all the Holy Week related scriptures and services.

From Palm Sunday to Easter, 2018 we held 5 services this year, serving 155 people. There was a special Maundy Thursday event for the tailer court in Port Royal as well. The services varied as well as mood – Psalm Sunday with the procession, the darkness and shadows of Tenebrae, the communal footwashing of Maundy Thursday, the the cup of salvation of Good Friday and then the wonderful celebrations of Easter day. We also participated in the Port Royal Sunrise service on Sunday morning. Yes, we did walk with Jesus in his suffering and hardships and then sharing and proclaiming the resurrection. with all the Holy Week related scriptures and services.

From Palm Sunday to Easter, 2018 we held 5 services this year, serving 155 people. There was a special Maundy Thursday event for the tailer court in Port Royal as well. The services varied as well as mood – Psalm Sunday with the procession, the darkness and shadows of Tenebrae, the communal footwashing of Maundy Thursday, the the cup of salvation of Good Friday and then the wonderful celebrations of Easter day. We also participated in the Port Royal Sunrise service on Sunday morning. Yes, we did walk with Jesus in his suffering and hardships and then sharing and proclaiming the resurrection.

First Week of Spring, March 21, 2018 March 21, 2018

Before we get to the amazing story Palm Sunday and Holy Week, it is worth to pause on the effect of weather on this first week of spring. The week started with a spectacular sunrise on Monday, March 19. A good sign to lead to spring but spring never showed its face this week.

Yes, we had planned a full first day of spring March 21- Bible Study at 10am, preparation for the Village Harvest, our food distribution, which was scheduled from 3pm to 5pm and then continuing the Bible study on Revelation at 6pm.

Mother nature had other ideas with 3 to 5 inches of snow falling on the 21st. All of our activities were cancelled. Catherine called many people planning to come to the Village Harvest,

There were more disruptions. Last week and this week the interior of St. Peter’s was painted. The sacristy was cleared on Sunday and painting ensued. An emergency crew came in on Thursday to recover the church so to be ready by Sunday. The place was a mess! Adding to the difficulties was that the weather was not spring-like with a strong wind making it that much colder.

Ash Wed., Feb. 14, 2018 February 14, 2018

We began our observation of Jesus’ death and resurrection by preparing for Easter with a season of penitence. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent.

The liturgy provides words about the purpose of Lent. “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.”

The imposition of ashes follows the invitation. At this service, 18 received ashes on our foreheads in the shape of a cross to remind us of our mortality, and complete dependence on God for our lives. Only through God’s saving grace can be we be in a relationship with God.

Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 – once again February 13, 2018

Shrove Tuesday is the last day of Epiphany and the bridge to Lent which begins Wed. Feb. 14. Shrove Tuesday is a day of reflection but mostly feasting. And we did that with about 20 in the Parish House. For a variety of reasons – renovation, Village Dinner, weather we have not had one since 2013. Thanks to Dave, Eunice, Roger, Andrea, and Catherine for helping out preparing and serving and making this day a reality once again.

Thirteen concert, Feb., 11, 2018 February 11, 2018

The Thirteen was our first concert almost five years ago in Oct. 2013. We brought them back to help begin our sixth year. Many things have changed with them including singers though they still have two singers from that period. Many of their concerts, including this one, are thematic. This concert, “From Tree to Shining Tree”, was based on the environment and how composers have expressed their feelings – wonder, delight as well horror to the destruction of nature through their music.

We had 50 people on a pretty dreary day though the music lightened it up. The rain held up and it was very warm in the 60’s in February. We thank the Heimbachs for a wonderful reception at 6pm including drinks, cheese and crab dip. Also Brad Volland provided two types of lasagna at dinner which was appreciated. Thanks to others such as Roger and Eunice who helped with the dinner and logistics.