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Vacation Bible School – Day 1, August 12, 2013 August 12, 2013

Vacation Bible School got off to a good start with 10 children and several adult leaders. Thanks to Elizabeth, Cookie, Eunice, Marion, Barbara, Kelly, Catherine and Becky for their help to make it a success. Becky was the grand coordinator. While the evening was hot no one seemed to mind. While the children gobbled down sandwiches, the adults had barbecue, slaw, potato salad and a wonderful lemon dessert Cookie made. Children were divided into two classes – one around play and games and the other around Paul. The Adults began their own study of Paul’s letter to the Galatians.

July 4, 2013 at St Peter’s July 4, 2013

St. Peter’s was involved in several ways:|1. Place of rest during the day. We showed two slideshows on the beauty of St. Peter’s constantly during the day and a new slide show “We Do- Life at St. Peter’s” (previews below). Marilyn Newman provided harp music|2. ECW and others (such as Johnny, Charles, Roger, Clarence) provided lunch. They made just under $600!|3. After lunch , St. Peter’s Mike and Nancy led a hymn sing with patriotic organ solos by Thom Guthrie.|4. In the main celebration, Mike and Nancy sang the National Anthem and of course, Mike did the Declaration of Independence reading.

Bishop Johnston visitation, June 23, 2013 June 23, 2013

We welcomed the Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston today for a 2pm service. He became Bishop Coajutator in 2007 and assumed the Bishop role in 2009 when Bishop Lee retired. He ordained Catherine to the priesthood in 2010. A review of the service with participants followed by a forum about 1:20pm. The session was mainly for Rob and Marsha Dobson who were being confirmed. We also honored Mark Thompson for his work on the organ since 2011. The Bishop received two gifts from the church – St. Peter’s wooden cross and Rev. Fall’s book on the Diary of Robert Rose. Rev. Karen Woodruff was recognized for saving the pictures of former St. Peter’s priests.|After the service Parish house was the scene of a wine and cheese reception with some sweets by Brad and Laura. The new “Hall of Priests” put together by Cookoie was blessed by the Bishop.

ECW trip to Ginter Gardens, June 6, 2013 June 6, 2013

The ECW enjoyed their trip to the Lewis Ginter Gardens in Richmond, especially the butterfly exhibit. The gardens spread over 40 acres and is developed into more than a dozen themed areas – dozen themed gardens include a Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Healing Garden, Sunken Garden, Asian Valley and Victorian Garden. Ginter was a Richmond philanthropist who bought the land in 1884. In response to the new craze for bicycling he founded the Lakeside Wheel Club in 1894. This was the original structure which is now Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s historic Bloemendaal House.

ECW Cleansweep, June 2, 2013 June 2, 2013

ECW made over $520 in Operating Clean Sweep in Bowling Green on June 1. Many people helped – Cookie and Johnny, Betty, Roger and Eunice, Jason, Nancy, and Catherine

Trinity Sunday and Memorial Day, May 26, 2013 May 26, 2013

A glorious trinity Sunday! Memorial Day weekend has been cooler that any in memory with temperatures in the 60s and 70s, too cool for swimming but wonderful times to spend outside. 9am had only 7 parishioners. It was Morning prayer since 11am was reserved for Trinity Eucharist.11am had 37 people for Eucharist. Probably what will be remembered is the congregation linking arms and dancing. As the sermon stated – Brendan O Malley tells us that in the Christian Church for the first thousand years Christians danced in procession to and from the church. This dance was known as the Tripudium, which means three steps or transport of joy. The dancers linked arms and danced in row after row moving through the streets and into the church and around it during the hymns of the service, and then out through the streets as a recessional. So we danced through the church.

Pentecost, 2013 – May 19, 2013 May 19, 2013

We had 36 at our service which is lower than normal with people away. Other visitors included the 17 year old cicadas as well other critters – ants and spiders. More pleasing were the line of small yellow wildflowers in front of the church and in the graveyard and the geraniums in the church window sills. The weather was somewhat dull until the end of the service when the sun shone through but also which raised the humidity. Most of those who came did wear red to symbolize the holy fire coming down to the disciplines on that memorable Pentecost. Geraniums lined the windows and was a symbol for the day

The “Best” of Holy Week and Easter April 2, 2013

Here are 50 images of the period from Palm Sunday to Easter, 2013. From Palm Sunday to Easter, we held 5 services with 166 in attendance. We also participated in the Port Royal Sunrise service on Sunday morning. On Sat. we held our 7th community dinner for 80-120 children feeding them lunch and holding an Easter egg hunt. Yes, we did walk with Jesus in his suffering and hardships and then sharing and proclaiming the resurrection.

Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013 11am April 1, 2013

At 11am, we had 54 for Easter on an increasingly cloudy and by service time some light rain. Most of all it was just cold and damp. Not Easter like! Some additions to the service this year – a set of wind chimes Catherine carried in procession. Also, with abundant children we had a children’s sermon before the main one. The metaphor of a flower bulb that rises is a wonderful metaphor for the risen Christ.As with last year we lit the paschal fire, symbolizing the new light from Christ this Easter.

Sunrise Service, March 31, 2013 – 7am March 31, 2013

The day started out early for some of us at the Long’s for the 7am Sunrise service. Unfortunately, while the son came up briefly it was soon hidden by the advancing cloud cover.|St. Peter’s was well represented in scripture and song. Nancy and Helmut performed twice on “Because He Lives” and “Victory in Jesus.” Catherine provided the opening prayer and Gospel reading. Both Memorial Baptist and Shiloh were represented. Rev Joe Dobbin of Shiloh presented the sermon on “First 7 Words After Resurrection.”|The Longs offered a wonderful reception with various egg, sausage casseroles, doughnut, hash browns.

7th Community Dinner, March 30, 2013 March 30, 2013

We had our 7th Community Dinner on the Saturday before Easter. As with Christmas we partnered with Parks and Rec and Caroline’s Promise. Parks and Rec provided the publicity and decorations. Caroline’s Promise the easter baskets and crafts. St. Peter’s donated 880 plastic eggs plus 43 bags/boxes of candy, individually wrapped. We had slightly lower numbers than Christmas and estimates ranged from 80-120

Good Friday, March 29, 2013 March 29, 2013

Good Friday is a blend of all of the Holy Week services. There is a long reading like Palm Sunday, this year in Luke. The reading in Good Friday is always from John, a very detailed account of Christ’s last day Like Tenebrae, Good Friday creates a mood and like Maundy Thursday is one day, the last one for Christ. It maybe is the most emotional one from disbelief over the arrest, flogging, trial and eventual crucifixion in a quickly moving Friday to one of horror, anger and reflection.

Maundy Thursday, March 28, 2013 March 28, 2013

Maundy Thursday is remembered for the “Last Supper” meeting with the disciples with the footwashing, the foreshadowing of Judas betrayal and the movement into Gethsemane. We had a traditional Seder supper at 5pm. The 7pm service featured the washing and anointing of hands. By the end of the service the altar is stripped in preparation for Good Friday.

Tenebrae, March 27, 2013 March 27, 2013

The story was inside and out. Unlike the other Easter services, Tenebrae doesn’t relate to a specific Holy Week event as Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. It sets a mood and brings you through the Holy Week story through a set of “shadows”. Each shadow generally has a reading from Luke, a Psalm and a hymn.|Outside, the weather was continued cool from the weekend. Two hours before the service there were threatening clouds. The unsettled weather moved toward full sunlight in a short amount of time captured in the gallery.

Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013 March 25, 2013

An overcast, cool Palm Sunday. We have pictures of the Lenten Quiet Day plus the music, Liturgy of the Palms and Passion narrative.