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Reviewing the Tablets, Oct. 19, 2014 October 19, 2014

On Sept 18, 2014 L. Cleo Mullins of the Richmond Conservation Studio visited the church for the purpose of an examination of the tablets and proposing solutions due to problems she uncovered. Surprises – Test cleaning of the background with methanol and dimethyl-formamide showed that the field behind the letters and cross was originally a bright cerulean blue-color, but it has been painted over with a dark maroon or reddish-brown colored oil paint, probably the same paint used when overpainting the pinnacles. Her report is . We have on the tablets.

Cooking for the Team, October 17, 2014 October 17, 2014

|Roger, Eunice, Cookie, Johnny, Betty, Clarence, Charles and Catherine for their help in feeding a bunch of hungry guys in “Cooking for the Team”, Caroline High School football team. They partnered with Second Mount Zion, Dawn, including Beverly Baylor, Elnora Smithers, Dorothy Tolliver and Stanley Quash. St. Peter’s fixed the chicken and macaroni and Second Mount Zion the String beans, fruit and rolls

Charter Day/Blessing of the Animals, Oct. 4, 2014 October 4, 2014

St. Peter’s had a table this year at Charter Day and provided activities in relation to St. Francis day also on October 4 as well as selling ECW gifts. Most people did not obviously have their pets. So Catherine provided “pet blessings to go” for both dogs and cats which included a St. Francis blessing, some pet treats and information about the church. She gave out 30 dog packets and 26 cat packets, only 10 calories flavored with pumpkin and sweet potatoes to fit the season. She did bless at least 8 dogs that were at Charter Day.

Gospel on the River, Sept. 21 September 21, 2014

A photo gallery by Barbara Wisdom. A wonderful late afternoon of hospitality, conversation, music and the singing of traditional hymns along the beautiful Rappahannock River, Sept 21, 2014.

Lyra Concert, Sept 16, 2014 September 16, 2014

We were pleased to welcome Lyra, our second annual concert on Sept 16, 2014, a beautiful late summer evening in Port Royal. Lyra is a collective of over 20 musicians in St. Peterburg Russia established in 1994. Smaller groups tour the US and other countries giving concerts. Our group was 4. We had between 80-100 people enjoying the concert and we are hoping we can continue the series in the future. We thank the Heimbachs and Davis for housing the group and particularly the Davis for the wine/cheese reception.

Aug. 3, 2014 – A special coffee hour August 3, 2014

It was a special Sunday at St. Peter’s – a Coffee Hour celebrating the upcoming wedding of Justin and Karen.|After church there was a “prelude to Coffee Hour” just outside the parish house with drinks and toasts. Presents were provided to Justin and Karen in a basket. Nancy recalled how the engagement went. Today, Helmut played “Ave Maria” for them today while we sipped sparkling cider, orange juice with champagne and mimosa punch. Alex and Justin provided toast. Justin thanked the Church for being with him through his life.|Nancy and Cookie were at the church early preparing drinks and food. The food in Coffee Hour included a wonderful salmon and bernaise sauce, ham sandwiches, chicken salad, a bean dish, cheese and a celebratory cake. It was sponsored by the Wicks and Bowens.

July 31, 2014 Vacation Bible School – Day 4 July 31, 2014

We welcomed two new children to the group today, Mia and Brock.Everyone heard the story from I Samuel about Nabal, Abigail and David. Nabal and Abigail were rich, and David cared for their sheep. When David went to ask Nabal for some food to share with the other shepherds who worked for him, Nabal said no. David was so angry that he wanted to fight. Abigail decided to seek a different way, and so she prepared a meal and took it to David and the other shepherds, with apologies for Nabals behavior. David forgave Nabal and was grateful to Abigail for finding a different way for the two men to resolve their differences.|We heard the story, talked about how we gather around Gods table and as we share the bread, we become friends with one another.|Games included some review games for the week, and for snacks, we made and baked pretzels and had brownies

July 30, 2014 Vacation Bible School – Day 3 July 30, 2014

We continued with our theme this year of Welcome! Give and Receive Gods Great Love.|Zacchaeus climbed a tree to be above the crowds to see Jesus. Jesus stopped under the tree and called Zacchaeus by name, and then invited himself to Zacchaeus house for supper. Zacchaeus is forever changed.|We heard the story, got to act it out (Tucker was the tree), then took turns climbing a tree and sharing friendship bubbles. For craft time, we made a tree, the leaves were our handprints.|We returned to the parachute game from Monday since it was popular.

July 29, 2014 Vacation Bible School – Day 2 July 29, 2014

Today we heard the parable Jesus told about the Good Samaritan. In response to a question from a man who wondered who his neighbor was, Jesus told a story.|We entered into the parable by hearing it and then acting it out, several times. Everyone got a chance to be different characters in the story, and the children were very creative as they acted out this drama.|We shared a snack, made beautiful goblets to share with one another and found a secret message (just as the parables have secret messages for us all) by painting, and our game today was a form of tag. The person who got tagged got bandaged, and then the bandaged person tagged someone else and bandaged that person. This game helps us to remember to be good neighbors and to care for those among us who need our help.

July 28, 2014 Vacation Bible School – Day 1 July 28, 2014

Our theme this year is Welcome! Give and Receive Gods Great Love.Today we heard the story about Abraham and Sarah welcoming three strangers and offering them hospitality. Abraham offered the strangers a place to rest, some water, some food, and he offered to wash their feet. Sarah and Abraham fixed the three visitors a delicious meal. And then the strangers had a surprise for them! They told Abraham that Sarah was going to have a baby, although she was far too old. And so Sarah laughed and said Is anything too wonderful for God!

July 4, 2014 gallery July 4, 2014

The ECW made $600 from July 4 and we collected separately $50 for the organ bellows. We had a good crowd in the church from the morning through the hymn sing.|Thanks to all those who made it a success – Marilyn for her harp in the morning; Nancy and Mike for leading the hymn sing at noon; Mike and Boyd for greeting; Thom Guthrie for his organ accompaniment; Charles, Johnny, Roger and Clarence for cooking and drinks; and all the ladies who worked diligently for lunch – Cookie, Betty, Eunice, Catherine, Mary Ann, and Andrea.

Pentecost, Year A – June 8, 2014 June 8, 2014

A spirited Pentecost as it should be with 48 present! The weather was warm, not overly hot with plenty of sunshine which works well with the power of the holy spirit. We had no baptisms but we did salute Tucker Fisher on achieving the God and Family award. Sadly, we bid farewell to the Rev. Amy Turner who started, nurtured and made Godly Play a ministry for children from preschool to 2nd grade. As part of the Pentecost surprise we had plenty of animal type balloons that were sent over the gallery during the offertory “Hail Thee, Festival Day.”

Ascension Sunday, June 1, 2014 June 1, 2014

This service had a theme around the Ascension 40 days this past Thursday and the approaching Pentecost. John’s Gospel is thematic occuring much earlier before the resurrection and is the “priestly prayer”. Acts depicts the period surrounding the Ascension and before the Pentecost next week. The sermon was about this period with Catherine using a shovel as a metaphor.|Coffee hour featured a babecue platter made by Becky, chicken salad sandwiches, pineapple upside down cake (with real pineapple from Hawaii courtesy of the Betchys), vegetables, and Trifle.

Rogation Sunday/ Memorial Sunday – Easter 6 May 25, 2014

Today (May 25, 2014) we had current veterans representing the Army, Navy and Air Force recognized for their service from World War II to Vietnam. Woody Everett, an Air Force colonial, wore his uniform which fit almost perfectly considering it had not been worn in 31 years! The other celebration is Rogation Sunday. Rogation” means “asking”. In the agrarian culture of yesterday, it was common for the church to gather on the Rogation Days to ask God to bless the crops being sown. We would have asked Him to send rain and to bless us with a good harvest later in the year.

Sally O’Brien Sunday – Easter 5 May 18, 2014

We had 40 in church today for Easter 5 with another wonderful day of sunshine and some cooler temperatures. Sally O’Brien was our guest speaker in announcements and after lunch. Catherine’s sermon dealt with the importance of foundation. Sallie’s key idea is to know your strengths and what you do well (your foundation) and build from there . Godly Play was about the parable of the mustard seed.