News | “Godspell” 2016

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!

News 10.19.15

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 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  If you want to carpool to the event, please email Paddy L.

News 10.13.15

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.

News 10.05.15

Godzilla: Wednesday, October 7

We will begin with dinner at 7:00 PM. We will be going outside later in the evening please dress for the weather. We end at 8:45 PM.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church – American Red Cross Blood Drive: Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 1:00 PM- 7:00 PM, Parish Hall

Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to and use sponsor code: Tri-Church to schedule your life-saving donation!

 Men’s Breakfast: Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 – 8:00 AM

“In by 7 out by 8.”

Speaker: Newell Highsmith (Larry’s longtime neighbor), Deputy Legal  Advisor-State Department. Newell was a member of the U.S. team negotiating the Iran Treaty and travelled over 200,000 miles in the last year for sessions. He will give us his insight into the process. In the past he was part of the team for talks with North Korea (1994-95) and the Indian Nuclear Cooperation Agreement (2008). Contact St. Peter’s for more information. ALL are welcome!

Fall Campout!  Calling All Fathers With Children 5th Grade and Younger!

Families with children fifth grade and below are formally invited to have their fathers and children attend the Cornerstones Committee campout at St. Peter’s on Saturday, October 17th. The campout will be on church grounds and will begin at 4:00 PM. A bonfire, chili, fixings for s’mores, hot dogs, and cider will be provided for dinner. Juice and donuts will be provided for breakfast.

You are responsible for your bringing your own tents and camping gear. We look forward to seeing you for this fun-filled outdoor adventure!

 Help “Shout It From the Mountain”: October 18th

If you were a Shrine Mont camper, know a camper, or simply enjoy Shrine Mont, please join Lisa L. and Kirk Gibson, Shrine Mont’s Director of Development, on Sunday October 18 from 4-6pm in the Parish Hall. Enjoy some refreshments, share some camp memories, and hear the latest news from the Mountain. All are invited, we just ask you to RSVP by Friday the 16th to St. Peter’s  so we may plan the goodies accordingly.

 St. Peter’s Yard Sale: Saturday, October 24, 9 AM – 1PM

Volunteers and Donations Needed!

There is a saying you’ve heard before, “many hands make light work” and many hands are needed to make our yard sale a success. This will be open to the wider Arlington and surrounding area communities and help is needed to make this all happen. Please take a moment to fill out this form to let us know how and when you can help. Just even an hour of your time makes things run smoother.

Sent To Serve: Poverty in Arlington

Mission Commission invites you to an evening forum on the topic of poverty in our own backyard. Sunday, October 25, 2015, 6:00-8:30 PM in the parish hall. Program will start with a sandwich supper. Presenters are from Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (ASPAN), Arlington Thrive, Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), and Bridges to  Independence.

News 09.14.15

Lunch Bunch: September 15 – Noon in the Fellowship Hall

It’s time for the Lunch Bunch to get back together. We invite all folks to join us for this luncheon hosted by Anne & Dick J.. We will have a very interesting program presented by Nora S., “Update on 2015 White House Conference on Aging”. Today’s special luncheon will be provided by the Omelet Man. He will make your favorite omelet as you request. You can either sign up on the sheet provided in the narthex, or by contacting St. Peter’s. WeI hope you can join us and start our new season off with a bang!

Men’s Breakfast: Resumes Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 AM

Bob K. and Rusty H. will talk about their recently completed backpacking trip on the John Muir Train in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A 100 mile trek with lots of climbing three 12,000 foot passes and three 13,000 foot passes and a climb up Mt. Whitney (14,500 feet). Signup in the Narthex or contact St. Peter’s.

Sabbatical  – Welcome Back Fr. Craig – Part 1: Sunday, September 20

Sunday September 20th’s adult forum will welcome back our itinerant rector from his travels to France, Germany, and Italy with special breakfast delights from each country.

Learn what it’s like to find your recently published work on the shelves of the Vatican library or simply enjoy coffee on the left bank under the shadow of Notre Dame. In typical fashion, our rector, while in Germany, was merely registering for a conference of interest when the organizer asked whether he’d like to present a paper. Fr. Craig accepted and was a presenter at the Loyola University Chicago’s International Critical Theory Conference in Rome.

Service of Remembrance: Sunday, September 20, 7:00 PM

This is an opportunity for anyone who wishes to come and remember, honor and celebrate the lives of their deceased loved ones.

 South Africa Brunch: September 20th CANCELLED

Unfortunately Diana and Rusty H. had to return to South Africa to attend to Rusty’s mother, who suddenly became seriously ill. Please keep the Higgs family in your prayers.

Episcopal Bishops Ian T. Douglas and Eugene T. Sutton
Offering a Free Online Class: “A Christian Response to Gun Violence”

Led by two co-founders of Bishops United Against Gun Violence the class will be available to watch online anytime from September 14-28. The “Big Class,” as it’s called, is open to anyone in the world. It is a production of with financial support from the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, Bishops United Against Gun Violence, and other sponsors. The class is designed to spur thought, conversation, and action around the issue of gun violence. It consists of four 5-7 minute videos and offers questions for reflection and/or discussion following each. It takes the average learner about 45 minutes to complete the class. To learn more about the class or to register go to

“This course is not about repealing the Second Amendment,” says Bishop Eugene Sutton. “It’s about examining the roots, causes, reality, and our response to our increasingly violent and tragic age, and offering ways for Christians to take action.”