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July 4, 2017 at St. Peter’s July 4, 2017

The Port Royal 4th of July celebration was back at St. Peter’s. Last year it was abruptly moved here due to weather.

Numerous members of the church participated this year – Cookie Davis as President of Historic Port Royal spoke; Mike Newman, Town crier, read the Declaration of Independence; Ken, Johnny and Ed selling hot dogs and melons; Sylvia Sellers and Elizabeth Heimbach pushing libraries in the town; Nancy Long, Marilyn Newman (harpist) and Tom Guthrie presenting the hymn sing and organ concert after lunch; and John Gilliland of the militias who brought the Declaration to be read.

The keynote speaker at noon was James Madison, the President. His cousin of the same name was the first Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Virginia so his presence was especially welcome.

Prayer Walk June 25, 2017

This was a meaningful event on many levels, visiting 11 stops in Port Royal for about an hour, starting at 8:30am. Bishop Shannon had not done a prayer walk or “beating of the bounds” since he was a Parish Priest. The beauty of the early morning captivated all, especially the nature stops. We invited the Baptists at Shiloh and Memorial to pray with us . We had the fisherman on the river participate. We talked about the history of the places visited. It was an event of interest to all ages. We had all 3 orders present – Deacon, Priest and Bishop

Thanks to Catherine for writing the prayers, the Bishop for walking with us and all who participated, about 13. We want to do this again with parishioners and others writing prayers. It helps us see the larger picture in our community to work with our brothers and sisters in Christ and to share in the blessings we have. A great event!

The “Best” of Vacation Bible School 2017, June 23, 2017 June 23, 2017

Thanks to Becky Fisher for conceiving the idea of using Harry Potter with VBS , for the extensive amount of work in gathering materials and other tasks to make it work at St. Peter’s. Of course, she was the lead teacher also! Thanks to Catherine for handling the music, borrowing the labyrinth and other details and to all the helpers for lunch and other needs.

And most of all for the Class of 2017 – the largest number of children served (17) in several years over a longer period of time. The full story is here.

Shrine Mont 2017 May 5, 2017

Our Shrine Mont weekend with Christ Episcopal was May 5-7 with 10 going this year. (Not pictured, Barbara and Edge). This is the 4th year Christ Episcopal has invited to share in the wonder of Shrine Mont. The theme was Celtic Christianity which was presented by Catherine on a very rainy weekend. (They couldn’t worship in the Shrine but did manage to hike to the cross.


Here are 4 years of Shrine Mont retreat

Magical Strings in concert, April 22, 2017 April 22, 2017

We had 40 for this spring concert of Magical Strings, a duo of Philip and Pam Boulding. This was our concert for 2017. The story is here.

Pam is the spokesperson for the group and plays hammered dulcimer and ocarina. Philip plays 2 different sized celtic harps, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulicmer, guitar, pennywhistles and Iris Accordian. Besides this he made the dulcimers, harps, and guitar used in the concert! You read it right! He was apprenticed to a guitar maker and with a love of Irish music this was extended into instruments for his Irish pieces.

The group has been playing almost 30 years. Since 1980 Magical Strings has recorded 18 albums on Flying Fish/Rounder, EarthBeat Records, and their own label, Magic Hill Music.

Best of Easter 2017 April 16, 2017

We started out at the Sunrise Service at the Long’s House at 6:30am. It was a half an hour later than last year. The weather was both warmer and clearer with a gentle warm breeze in contrast to the overcast 40 degree weather of a year ago.

Easter is a time of new growth. Walking through Port Royal there were plenty of examples – cherry trees, forsythia, dogwood, and new leaves on trees. Bill Wick’s Viburnum was amazing for its growth

Easter is a time of celebration and that included music. The choir had worked hard on John Rutter’s “Glory to God” with trumpeter Andy Cortez playing the descant. Andy also had accompaniments written for the opening hymn “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” and the closing “The Day of Resurrection.

Celebration was apparent in the number of Easter bonnets that were worn. We had 70 in attendance, an overflow helped by several families. The service opened with the lighting of the Paschal fire outside and procession inside.


Link. to the news page.

Colors of Spring, April 2, 2017 April 2, 2017

A collection of color, mostly outside, during spring 2017 Sunday at St. Peter’s.

A Spring Afternoon at St. Peter’s – March 30, 2017 March 30, 2017

St. Peter’s, both inside and out, comes alive on a late sunny spring afternoon with pictures taken by Catherine. These 9 photos spotlight the inside of the church, especially the new altarpiece in that light. A year ago it was under renovation.

Lent 1, March 5, 2017 March 5, 2017

This week was the end of Epiphany and the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday. Lent began with a bang with a intense storm that knocked out electricity in the area for several hours. So you can say God’s power was felt in the storm and we realized our own tenuous nature, a theme of Lent! Like Jesus we were tested.

Both our events went on normally. The Village Dinner ended Epiphany with Andrea’s fish, rice, mullins and pie. We then had 20 at the Ash Wednesday service. Despite cooler snap this week, the spring flowers continued in the not spring weather.

The story is here.

Epiphany, Jan. 6, 2017 January 6, 2017

“To God the Father, heavenly Light, to Christ, revealed in earthly night, to God the Holy Ghost we raise our equal and unceasing praise.” – From “What star is this, with beams so bright”, verse 5.

We had 15 on January 6, 2017 on a cold winter night with predictions of a light dusting of snow for the next day. The church was drenched in light from the Moravian star, to the vota candles in the windows and to the altar candles. From the Isaiah 60 , “Arise shine for yoru light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”

Story is here.

Moravian Love Feast, Dec. 2016 December 18, 2016

We had 18 to enjoy the Candle Tea at 5pm and then the Love Feast service afterwards.

The Lovefeast began about 5:45pm. The Moravian Church’s celebration of the Lovefeast recalls a special event in the history of this denomination on August 13, 1727. Early Moravians lived in a communal society. The church was facing difficulties. As the members met in the church they experienced spiritual renewal led by the Holy Spirit. Because of this experience they did not wish to end the service. Facing the practical need to eat they decided to continue their worship but to bring food and eat together in the service. This experience known as the renewal of the Moravian church is celebrated annually on the Sunday nearest August 13th.

Complete Article

Golden Hour December 9, 2016

The hours 4pm-6pm are what I call the Golden Hours at St. Peter’s. On a sunny December day, the church is magnificent. The face of St. Peter’s is illuminated with a gradually setting sun which produces rich colors and as the sun hits the trees in the distance there are little portals of light that affect the view. The graveyard has elongated shadows. The colors are constantly changing during this time. The peace and solitude are wonderful.

All Saints 2016 November 6, 2016

We had 63 people in church for the celebration of All Saints and completion of 2016 projects, altarpiece and kitchen. Here is a
link to the news page. We were fortunate to have the Rev. Charles Sydnor to provide the sermon. Charles is involved in historic societies in his home county of Northumberland plus as Rector of St. George’s Episcopal 1976-2003 he was no stranger to renovations.

During the announcements, Catherine introduced and gave gifts to the Altarpiece team. She presented Cleo Mullins who acted as the central contact a copy of Ralph Fall’s Hidden Village. Cindy Helton was thanked for her work as UTO chair for the Diocese. Her communication was essential in getting the grant for the kitchen. The reception was a cover dish meal which filled the Parish House and provided plenty of use for the kitchen.

Best of VBS 2016 July 20, 2016

4 days in the Summer of 2016! An impossible task is to pick the “best” of anything. Everyone sees it differently. Nevertheless about 5 pictures were picked for each day. However, Day 4 was just too “good” and so a few more were picked. There is a title and ending slide – both appropriately on the sidewalk outside the church. The sidewalk is the gateway to the world we serve.
All this would be impossible except for photographers Elizabeth Long, Cookie Davis and Catherine Hicks. Thanks. This is a combination of their work. Many thanks.
Most of all thanks goes to Becky Fisher who taught the children during the week. That’s a lot of time of preparation and execution – and recovery from day to day. Also to the volunteers – Judy, Johnny, Cookie, Eunice, Andrea and to those who cooked lunch for the children – Elizabeth, Catherine, Johnny, Cookie, Betty.
Our main VBS2016 page has all the pictures and commentary of all 4 days.

Shrinemont 2016 May 8, 2016

We had a split congregation – 9 were at Shrine Mont, including Catherine in our retreat in collaboration with Christ Episcopal. This is the 3rd year we have done this

19 from St. Peter’s(9) and Christ Episcopal (10) joined up for the 3rd year in a Shrine Mont retreat which typically has been the last weekend in April or first in May . Catherine designed the program around the 2007 movie Lars and the Real Girl, the story of a shy young man in search for a real relationship and staring Ryan Gosling. The weekend was rainy but the Fisher family managed to make it up North Mountain. The weather was satisfactory for worship in the Shrine on Sunday with a sermon provided by Jeff Packard.