The Key is the monthly newsletter of St. Peter’s.
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Classes in January will be January 7, 14, and 21.
Author Loren B. Mead to Lead January 10 Adult Forum
Navigating the treacherous waters of congregational and cultural change can be daunting, but knowing that others have come safely through those waters before can make the journey less unsettling. As founder and president of The Alban Institute, Loren Mead helped hundreds of churches steer around the shoals and whirlpools. In his latest book, The Parish Is The Issue, he reflects on what he learned over five decades of ministry and leadership and offers inspiration for a new generation of leaders seeking to create change.
Rev. Mead served as a rector in South Carolina and North Carolina before agreeing to direct Project Test Pattern, a national initiative of the Episcopal Church in 1969. The Alban Institute, which he founded in 1974, grew out of this work. He was president of the Institute until 1994. After leaving, he wrote a series of books on The Once and Future Church and was a popular speaker and consultant. He still consults with parishes. He is an associate at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.
On Thanksgiving Day, St. Peter’s offers a Holy Eucharist, Rite II service at 10:00 AM. We hope you can join us for an hour of giving thanks for all our blessings. The parish office will be closed on Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, in observance of the holiday.
The time and date of the annual Godzilla All-Family Xmas Xtravaganza!!! is Sunday, December 13 starting at 5:00 PM. There will be games for all ages! All are welcome! This is a fun evening for families of the middle school and high school youth to come together for some fellowship right before the holiday season. And we welcome anyone who wants to just enjoy an evening with St. Peter’s youth to come! It will be a potluck so please bring a side, salad, or dessert to share.
The Advent season is a season just around the corner; soon we will be in the season where we are preparing to celebrate the birth of Christ!
St. Peter’s has many traditional events that go on during this time. Please be sure to mark your calendars!
- Sunday, December 6, 7:30 p.m. – The Annual Messiah Sing-Along
- Sunday, December 13, 9:00 a.m. – St. Peter’s Christmas Pageant
- Sunday, December 13, 5:00 p.m. – The Annual Godzilla All-Family Xmas Xtravaganza!!!
- Sunday, December 20, 11:00 a.m. – A Festival of Lessons and Carols
In November, middle school and high school youth will meet on Wednesday, November 4, and Wednesday, November 18, for Godzilla’s regular meeting night.
Gatherings start at 7:00 with dinner followed by some time of fellowship and fun! All youth sixth through twelfth grade are invited to join us!
Saturday, November 21 is our scheduled monthly outing for youth. We will either be bowling or ice skating. Look for details in the coming weeks via e-mails from Nikol and the Sunday bulletin.
Adults Needed: Nikol is always in need of volunteers to help out on Wednesdays and to help drive and chaperone on our weekend outings. You need not be a parent to help out! If you enjoy any of the activities we do or the company of Arlington’s finest teenagers please feel free to volunteer your time. Contact Nikol with questions!
All Are Invited To A Worship Service Led By Youth: Sunday, November 1 at 5:00 PM
From the same group that gave you a phenomenal worship service last February comes another youth led worship service Sunday, November 1 at 5:00 p.m. Youth will once again be involved in every aspect of the service. They have chosen the music and will give the evening’s sermon. The will also read, sing, usher, chalice, etc. We hope you will be able to join us for a great hour of worship!
Daylight Savings Ends Sunday, November 1!
Don’t forget that we fall back an hour this weekend! Be sure to move your clocks back an hour before going to bed Saturday night–you don’t want to be late for church!
Return from Sabbatical “Dinner for Fr. Craig: November 7
On Saturday, November 7, starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall, a dinner celebrating Fr. Craig’s recent Sabbatical will be held. Fr. Craig provided a short video summary of his Sabbatical travels during the “Welcome Back” Adult Forum on September 20. For those who were unable to see the video, he will reprise that cinéma verité at the dinner. The dinner and program format will allow Fr. Craig and Meta a little more time to talk about the highlights of their travels and answer any questions you might have about the sabbatical. They will also discuss the meaning of “sabbatical” time and its importance in one’s spiritual life.
Dinner Details – The “main course” of roasted turkey will be provided. Those attending are asked to sign-up to bring a side, a salad, or dessert. Signup sheets are available in the Narthex or you can RSVP via this form. Thank you!
Please Keep Pledge Payments Up-To-Date!
The Finance Committee has reviewed the pledge income received as of the end of September. At this time we are $60,000 behind projected pledge income. We request that everyone bring your pledge payments up-to-date and not wait until the end of the year. Pledge statements have gone out for the third quarter and you should receive them shortly, if you have not already. You can always view your pledge status in your secure CCB account. If you need a CCB login – please call or email Nikol Destatte. In CCB click on your name in the top right – choose “Profile” from the menu and then choose the “Financial Tab.” Look under “Individual” or “Family.” Thank you!
Cornerstones | Speaker and Kids’ Game Night: November 15
On Nov. 15 from 5:30-7:30, the Cornerstones (families with children fifth grade and under) will again host the Rev. Dr. Joyce Mercer, professor of Pastoral Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary, to speak about “Keeping Spirituality in the Crazy Holiday Season.” While the adults enjoy the speaker, the kids will enjoy board games. We will begin with dinner. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share, as well as games for the kids to play. Please RSVP, you can sign up by filling out this form!
Annual Parish Meeting: Sunday, November 1 at 10:00 AM
It is very important that all adults in the parish attend this meeting! Please make every effort to be there.
**Note: The 11:00 service will start at 11:15 that morning.