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.
As you start considering winter activities, we’d like to remind you that St. Peter’s Players biennial musical will be starting in January 2016, with performances March 11, 12 & 13. This year’s presentation is Godspell.
The St. Peter’s musical is a fabulous experience for youth and adults alike. Youth from grades 2-12 – usually about 70 – are the actors and parents help with every aspect of the production. This is an incredible community building experience for all and is a highlight of the year for many of our youth. But it does require a commitment to attend all rehearsals.
Below is the general scheduling information:
Auditions are on 12/6 at noon. All high schoolers and middle schoolers who want solos should audition. There is no need for the elementary schoolers to audition. Everyone interested is included in the production!
Rehearsals for the entire cast will be held from January 10 through March 6 EVERY Sunday from 1-4 PM. Elementary and Middle school participants should also plan on rehearsals on about 4 Saturday afternoons for 3 hours. There will be additional weekend rehearsals for soloists, usually later on Saturday or Sunday afternoons.
During Tech Week (the week leading up to the performance), there are rehearsals on March 7, 8 and 10 from 6-9 PM. Performances are March 11, 12 & 13, 2016.
Sign up information for Godspell will be coming soon!
The Yard Sale Is Here!
Pick up a pricing packet or two, go through your wonderful possessions, and bring it on in! Virtue is so rarely its own reward, but believe me, you will feel lighter just uncluttering a tad! Feeling lonely? Come on down — there is always a party when two or more of us are gathered! If you are breathing, you are qualified to participate in this endeavor! Check out the CCB form here for more details or contact the church office.
Program on Poverty in Arlington: Sunday, October 25
Please join us this Sunday, October 25th for a “Forum on Poverty in Arlington” from 6:00-8:30PM. The executive directors of four local organizations, the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (shelter and more), Arlington Thrive (financial support), Arlington Food Assistance Center (feeding), and Bridges to Independence (shelter and more) will educate us on how their organizations are addressing these local needs.
Anita Friedman, Arlington County Director of Human Services will begin the evening with an overview of poverty in Arlington; and a sandwich supper will be served. It promises to be a stimulating evening! We hope you will attend this important program about poverty in our own backyard.
Women’s Bible Study: October 20
This fall the Women’s Bible Study is discussing “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life” by Joanna Weaver. We meet in the church library every two weeks (October 20 is our next gathering) with coffee and snacks. Women are welcome anytime, even partway through the semester – come try it out! Childcare will be available. Questions, contact Kristin W. through the church office.
Godzilla News – Annual Jack-o-Bowl: Wednesday, October 21
We will begin at 7:00 with dinner followed by a quick run through of the youth service. Then we will have a few games with a Halloween theme followed by our Jack-o-Bowl-remember to bring a pumpkin! Next Outing: Saturday, November 21-We will be either ice skating or bowling. Questions? Contact Nikol at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-536-6606
Return from Sabbatical “Dinner for Fr. Craig: Saturday, November 7, starting at 6:00 PM
The church will hold 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” will be provided. Those attending are asked to sign-up to bring a side, a salad, or desert. Signup sheets are available in the Narthex.
Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington Gala: October 29
Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington is holding its major Gala, “A Step Along the Way”, with a Silent and Live Auction in our neighborhood on October 29th from 6-9 p.m. at the NRECA at 4101 Wilson Boulevard. Tickets are $100 a piece and will benefit Samaritan’s “Next Step” program to help those challenged by homelessness in our community. For information and a link to purchase tickets, please visit http://samaritanministry.org/gala. If you want to carpool to the event, please email Paddy L.
Cereal Collection: October 18
ASPAN is coming to work with the Sunday School on October 18. We are collecting cereal for the homeless shelter. Please bring in an extra box of cereal on Sunday, October 18!!!
Godzilla Outing! – Sunday, October 18 (DATE CHANGE)
Leaving St. Peter’s at 2:30 PM. The date for the corn maze outing to Lawyer’s Farm is changed to this Sunday (originally October 24). We will leave from the church parking lot at 2:30 and return between 7:00 – 7:30 PM. Nikol needs to know by 4:30 PM Thursday who is coming so please contact her by then. Drivers needed. Nikol needs at least one more driver please let her know if you can help out. Cost: $7 to get in to the farm + plus money for the pumpkin cannons ($10 for 4 shots and $6 for 2 shots.) And money for any snacks from the concession stands. This is outside so please dress for the weather! If it rains prior to us going I suggest old shoes and/or boots. (I do ask that the kids bring an extra pair of clean shoes for the ride home)
Lunch Bunch: October 20, Noon in the Fellowship Hall
We invite all to join us for this luncheon hosted by Jim & El L. You can either sign up on the sheet provided in the narthex, or by contacting St. Peter’s. We hope you can join us for an afternoon of good friends and good food.
Power Pack Program (P3) Is Back!
St. Peter’s Power Pack Program is starting up again this week. Lists are available in the narthex. All food is needed by November 1st. Thanks to all who helped out and donated last year, it was a great success and we were able to donate hundreds of power packs, helping many local children. We hope to do the same this year. Also, any middle or high schoolers looking to achieve some service hours or wanting to volunteer, the program is looking for some help. If you are interested in helping out you can see Amelia L. in the narthex after the service or contact the St. Peter’s office.
Save The Dates!
The 2016 Annual St. Peter’s Parish Weekend at Shrine Mont will be April 22-24, 2016.