I love the photo of Norma and myself trying to get ourselves in position and we're laughing about something in the process. I'm sure it had to do with something Norma said. Jimmy snapped the shot before we were ready but I think it is so much better this way.
There have been many such serendipitous ("occurring or discovering by chance in a happy or beneficial way") moments during my first week here at St. Peter's: - Praying with Lisha in the sanctuary on our first day and someone from the Chelsea Mornings AA group unexpectedly walking in and getting to hear his story of transformation because of St. Peter's. - On Sunday, several unexpected "Hey! I know you!" moments between old and new members: people whose kids had gone to school together, others who had met years ago because of mutual friends and loved ones. - Meeting yet ANOTHER dancer (I think we've got enough dancers at this point to form a crew!) at evening prayer and dinner on Wednesday who lives right across the street from the church. - Getting an email from a parent whose family decided (on Sunday) to commit to St. Peter's because the kids wanted to come! (Their youngest daughter came back from children's worship and asked, "Can we come to this church every day"?)
Moments like this bring me great joy because they are signs of God's presence among us. I could not have planned or orchestrated them myself. God is doing something new at St. Peter's and it involves Norma, me, you and others who are not yet a part of us. I am excited to see where he will take us on this adventure and how he will surprise and delight us along the way.
St. Peter's Children's Ministry (for ages 3 and up) will be held during the 10:00am service. The children will be with their families until the Collect of the Day and then follow the Children's Ministry Coordinator to the Parish House. (They will return for communion. We will be using Montessori-based curriculums like Godly play which was kindly donated to us from Fort Washington Collegiate Church!
Come run with us! For the month of October, a group will be meeting at St. Peters to run each Monday at 6:30pm. This is a great opportunity to get to know each other and the neighborhood. Please feel free to invite friends to come and run as well! All speeds/distances/ability levels are welcome. If needed, a bag drop will be available at the church during the run. If interested, please contact Michelle Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let's get to know each other! This fall, we will be hosting a series of small group dinners so that we can get to know each other while sharing a meal. If you are interested in attending or hosting (either at your space or at the church), please reach out to Michelle Howard (email@example.com).
Cleaning Day, Saturday, October 19, 10:00am-3:00pm. It may not be spring but it is a new season at St. Peter's so let's CLEAN! This is a great opportunity to roll up your sleeves with your church family and get our house spic and span. Sign up for one hour (or more!) with Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Opportunities: If anyone is interested in Lay Ministry in any of these areas, please speak with Michelle Howard (email@example.com Lector, Greeter, Usher, Prayer Leader, Acolyte, Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM), Coffee Host, Sacristan. These are all wonderful ways to deepen your spirituality by participating in providing beautiful liturgy for our parish.
Interested in joining our incredible food pantry team? Please contact Alice Blount-Fenney at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office (212-929-2390) for more information on how you can help.
Evening Prayer update: Evening Prayer has moved to Wednesday nights at 6:30pm! The service will be held in the rectory. If you are interested in leading Evening Prayer, please contact Lisha Epperson Lisha.email@example.com
Prayers of the People: We invite you to communicate to us your individual prayer requests which we will read when we pray. All these will remain included in the Prayers of the People for one month. (Yes, you can always add them again.) Please email your prayer requests to Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org OR write them in on the appropriate list as you enter Church on Sunday.
This week we ask for prayers for the following: Ingrid Seus, George, Robert, Joe, Sam, Mark Racas, Lena, the victims of all gun violence, Lon Hodge, Georgia and Harvey Rodgers, Bill, Benjamin, and Tony.
And for those who have died: Nancy Murphy, the four homeless people in Chinatown, those killed in Halle, Germany
Events at St. Peter's St. Peter's is bustling with activity seven days a week. From 12-step groups to poetry and play readings, photographers, Senior Fit, orchestral, choral and ensemble groups. There are St. Peter's- sponsored events as well as outside rentals. It seems like a week doesn't go by without a special performance in the church.
Ongoing Weekly meetings: Chelsea Mornings (AA), Mon-Sat, 8:00am-9:00am Chelsea Mornings at Night (AA) Mon 7:00-8:00pm Senior Fit, Tuesdays, 10:00am SLAA, Tuesdays, 6:30pm; Wednesdays 730pm and Fridays 9:30 am (SLAA meetings are men only)
Weekly Services: Holy Eucharist; Sundays at 10:00am Evening Prayer: Wednesdays at 6:30pm (Please note new day)
Music in Chelsea Fall Series: Music in Chelsea was founded as a way to help support St. Peter's Food Pantry. Music in Chelsea is a series of concerts, generally in the summer and early fall, to which all are invited and welcome. The suggested donation is $10.00, with a half price option for seniors and students.
All the proceeds go to support the operation of our Food Pantry, and we are deeply appreciative of the musicians and artists who have so generously donated their time and the gift of their music.
Mark your calendars for these Sundays @ 4:00pm Fall 2019: Sunday October 27, 2019 4:00pm BACHTOPUS a contemporary accordion ensemble returns to our series; music by living composers and Johann Sebastian Bach “Bachtopus tastes good with lemon and a little butter.” – NYT
MEMBERS Robert Duncan Peter Flint Mayumi Miyaoka Jeanne Velonis
PROGRAM Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695) King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z. 628 Carl Philipp Stamitz (1745 - 1801) String Quartet in Eb Major Johann Fisher (1646 - 1716) Tafelmusik W. A. Mozart (1756 - 1791) String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421
November 10 Amazing Grace and her Amazing Friends November 24 Chelsea Musica returns !