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Ladies Night Out, March 9, 2013 March 9, 2013

Besides a dinner and fundraiser where the men cook for the women, this year featured a murder mystery in Pandora City|How could a church fundraiser where the men cook for the ladies lead to this gruesome murder ? Everything seemingly had gone well. Everyone dined on a feast of venison, meatloaf, fish, macraoni, salad and varous deserts. But there was tension in the air from the time of the appetizer where the citizens of Pandora City confronted each over concerning imaginery and real wrongs.

Review of the First Week in Lent, 2013 February 17, 2013

Here are 50 slide that review 4 events and services of the first week in Lent, 2013:1. Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 2. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 3. From Repentance to Hope: A Service of Remembrance, Celebration and Witness, Feb. 16, 2013 (held at St. George’s Fredericksburg). 4. Lent 1, Feb. 17, 2013

From Repentance to Hope: A Service of Remembrance, Celebration and Witness, Feb. 16 February 16, 2013

This was collaboration between the Diocese of Virginia, St. George’s and the City of Fredericksburg to formally apologize for the sin of slavery and how as Episcopalians we benefited and then to instill a sense of hope for the future. Bishop Shannon led this part of the service. The event coincided with the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in early 2013 which was read. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in America, Katharine Jefferts Schori, led the Celebration of hope and preached. After the service, current Mayor Greenlaw and former Mayor Davies led the crowd of about 500 on a walk to the slave block and then to a site where there was a sculpture commissioned by St. Georges which was dedicated.

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 February 13, 2013

Ash Wednesday came with a cold steady rain that seemed to fit the mood of the day. “Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior.” The bulletin for the service is here.|For such as night we had a good crowd at 21. People appreciated being there. Certainly one highlight was Nancy’s solo on “The Glory of These Forty Days. ” The words are attributed to Pope Gregory in the 6th century. “The glory of these forty days We celebrate with songs of praise; For Christ, by Whom all things were made, Himself has fasted and has prayed.” While we remember our sins and misdoings, the mood is not dwelling on the past but on improving the future

Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 February 12, 2013

We had a small crowd at 16 for Shrove Tuesday with several families traveling. But Dave’s pancakes and Nancy’s sausage were yummy. The intimacy actually helped the conversation in being able to gather in one room. We all ate more than we should but we did what we should in remembering the medieval custom of using up all of the eggs, cream and fat in the house before the Lenten fast began the following day. The day was lovely in the afternoon which was captured on film.

Annual Council, 2013 – Jan. 24-26, 2013 February 2, 2013

Annual Council is like a great medieval fair. There are vendors, contests, parades and events but like a fair a meeting place among those who assemble once a year. It is a cacophony of sights, sounds and talk. There is the business of council the morning session each morning on Friday and Sat and the workshops in the morning and various breakfast before the Sat. session. Just enough. Catherine and Eunice represented St. Peter’s. The pictures are a combination of the vendors and personalities of the council and some of the program.

Second/Third Century Eucharist / Congregational Meeting January 20, 2013

This was one of the most of the unusual Sundays at St. Peter’s, combining ancient liturgy of the 2nd/3rd century Christian experience with the congregation meeting. The liturgy were using comes from two ancient sources. Todays Eucharistic Prayer comes from the Apostolic Tradition of Hippolytus of Rome, written early in the second century, for the Eucharistic Prayer. The closing prayer is from the Didache, or The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, believed to have been written in the late first century or early second century. This morphed into the Congregational Meeting which followed an agape meal or love feast used in certain religious meals among early Christians that seem to have been originally closely related to the Eucharist.

Epiphany, 2013 January 6, 2013

Epiphany was a moderate winter day with sunshine increasing through the day. Unfortunately we had a low turnout – only 33. However, the church appropriately decorate with stars – hanging, on the pews and on wreath outside. Certainly one of the highlights was coffee hour at the Longs. The Longs had prepared a feast to coincide with that of Epiphany – one of celebration.-Grilled meat, salmon, vegetable lasagna, winter vegetables in a pumpkin, peas and mixed vegetables. Don’t want to forget the dessert – persimmon pudding from Alex’s own tree, chocolate cake and other cakes.

New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2012 January 1, 2013

About 20 gathered on the last night of 2012 for fellowship, food and more food. Johnny cooked his venison as the main course but there were openers of chicken, small hotdogs, cheese and with the meal many vegetables and later desserts.

Lesson and Carols, Dec. 30, 2012 December 31, 2012

Lessons and Carols is a great way to the end the year with a summary of the Christmas season in songs and words. A cold day outside but with exciting singing and readings inside. The choir previewed two new possible hymns for next Christmas. So we look forward too.

Christmas creche display, 2012 December 25, 2012

Creche adorned the windows during Christmas, 2012 One was left by Karen Woodruff and has been in the Parish house. Others were contributed by Catherine, Nancy W and Eunice. Here is a gallery of 8 of the creche. Notice how the appearance is altered depending on the light conditions. The pictures were shot both in the afternoon of Advent 4 and on Christmas Eve. St. Francis is credited with creating the first creche – a living one in 1223

Christmas Eve, 2012 December 25, 2012

The Christmas service was centered around music and story told through scripture. Brad and Helmut began it with violin and piano for three numbers and the choir added 7 carols, including Nancy’s solo on “O Holy Night”. Scripture was highlighted through Catherine’s reading of the Christmas story.

Christmas Play, 2012 December 24, 2012

With a cast of 20 we presented the “Angel Garbriel”, written by Catherine. The focus was more on the angels with meetings between Gabriel and Mary, Gabriel and Joseph, Gabriel and the Shepherds. We also had a scene between King Herod (Fred) and the wisemen. Baby Jesus was real – daughter of Ben and Kelly who played Joseph and Mary. Nancy did a solo on the famous carol, “Angel Gabriel.”

Community Dinner #6, Dec. 14, 2012 December 15, 2012

This was our 6th and final community dinner, begun in mid-2011 and sponsored in part by a Mustard Seed Grant. We went out in style – 100 + people, not counting Santa and the workers. We partnered with Parks and Rec. and Caroline’s Promise which was an idea from Nancy. Workers from the Evening ECW included Barabara, Phyllis Sue, Catherine, Elizabeth, Andrea and also Nancy with the beverages and cake. Thanks for Barbara and Nancy for their planning. A beautiful evening as you will see in the pictures.

Choir Retreat, Dec. 8, 2012 December 9, 2012

The Choir held a special rehearsal for their Christmas music on Sat. Dec. 8, 2012. After two hours of rehearsals they were ready for their own Christmas meal – Nino’s pizza, salad and Brad’s special cheese cake. Thom Guthrie was on hand also lending his voice.