This Week At St. Peter’s | 4-16-23

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

2169 74th Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19138

      Church Office: 215-424-5122   Fax: 215-424-7841

e-mail address: stpetersinfo@yahoo.com

               Revs. Gwendolyn Johnson-Bond & Neil A. Bond, Co-Pastors

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2ND SUNDAY OF EASTER
04-16-2023

Welcome to worship. The scared, frightened, anxious disciples were still hiding even after some reports and sightings. Why were they, why are we, so afraid? What evidence do you require, what are your conditions for trusting faith and obedient service? At our worst points of failure, in our doubts and in our fears, the Risen Lord – who can burst through the tight-sealed tomb and the locked doors – can also burst through our locked minds and faith. Thank God for the peace of forgiveness and the power of the Holy Spirit, for second chances to live the new life of Christ and to share it! Stay Easter green and growing!

TODAY

9:00AM              All Saints Choir warm-up.

10:00AM         + EASTER SEASON WORSHIP +    (in person and online)

11:20AM             All Saints Choir rehearsal. 

 

ST. PETER’S CHURCH COUNCIL (4/10): (1) approved 3/13/2023 Council Meeting Minutes; (2) heard oral reports from Pastors celebrating the return to Holy Week worship in the sanctuary after 3 years of COVID absence and lifting up various activities and causes; (3) celebrated financial report that January – March 2023 Budget Income was $45,216.36, while Budget Expenses totaled $46,608.18; (4) discussed possible updates to our congregation’s rental policy for weddings, funerals, organizations, and private events; (5) received reports on “Philly Connect” (Bear Creek Camp this summer), Pentecost worship and picnic, and Property.

 

LOVE, NOT HATE.            PEACE, NOT VIOLENCE.

MERCY, NOT GREED.           JUSTICE, NOT ABUSE. 

HUMILITY, NOT ARROGANCE.      GOD’S TRUTH, NOT LIES. THE WAY OF JESUS, NOT JUST “MY WAY”.

 

“Trudi’s Challenge”

During our 92nd ANNUAL MEETING OF ST. PETER’S (February 26), Trudi Wright suggested that 70 people giving an extra $143.00 in regular giving during calendar year 2023 would add about $10,000 to our Budget Income, taking care of our anticipated $7,322 deficit and creating a small surplus for 2023.

Pastors Gwen and Neil liked that idea. If you would like to join in that quest, please try to designate such extra giving as “Trudi’s Challenge”. But it will blend with other general giving toward our 2023 Budget needs. Received last week: $201.00. Total since February 26: $1,307.00.

Lord, let me steadily walk your path. Help me to give witness to your love through generous giving!

ThiS week At st. peTer’s

Wednesday, 10:30AM Senior Ministry “Games and Social Activity”.

Thursday, 7:30PM                      AL-ANON PROGRAM. Find encouragement to end your own codependence!      

Friday, 6:30PM Girl Scouts. 

Saturday… EARTH DAY – It’s obvious that we all have to do better and care more.  

Saturday, 10:00AM                Eastern Star training event in Rhoda Hall. 

What’s Happening…            

April 23…  3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER. The best “heartburn” is Jesus! 

Hybrid Worship in person and online at 10:00AM.

April 29… Girl Scout event in Rhoda Hall, 10:30AM – 12:30PM.

May 1…   Property Committee meeting, 7:00PM.

May 5, 6… Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod Assembly at Franconia Mennonite Church in Telford PA.

May 6… Bear Creek Camp “Work/Play Day, Open House”, 9AM – 3PM, Wilkes Barre, PA. Pre-register! Free!

May 6… Mother’s Day “Pop-Up Shop” fundraising event, 1:00 – 5:00PM. Vendors, contact Elaine Jones. 

May 8…   CHURCH COUNCIL meeting, 7:00PM.

May 14… 6th SUNDAY OF EASTER. Mother’s Day.    

May 20… Girl Scout event in Rhoda Hall, 10:30AM – 12:30PM.

May 21…  7th SUNDAY OF EASTER. Hybrid Worship in person and online at 10:00AM.

Eastern Star “Thanksgiving Service and Meal”, 3:00PM.

May 28… DAY OF PENTECOST! A Spirit explosion of joy and power!

Hybrid worship at 10:00AM followed by shared FOOD, FELLOWSHIP, and FUN!

Pastor Clesha Staten will be our preacher. 

June 11…  BEAR CREEK CAMP SUNDAY. Come and meet some of the staff. Plan to attend a 

week of Christian camp (grades 2-12) in the Pocono Mountains. Registration is now open!   

Giving in 2023.

Those in the Sanctuary can put their offering in the offering plate to share their gratitude and generosity in response to Christ’s love. Those who are farther away might mail a check or money order to St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2169 74th Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19138… or give online bit/ly/stpetersgiving  and set up one time donation or recurring weekly gift to selected categories…or text to Give+ at 833-914-0896 and follow the instructions to register and record your contribution. You are also invited to give to: 

  1. Lutheran Charities Appeal (which supports KenCrest, Lutheran Settlement House, and 

     Gemma/Silver Springs – Martin Luther School, three local social ministry organizations, as 

      they serve over 30,000 of our neighbors with various needs.); 

  1. our selected  Mission for January 1 – June 30 of Covenant House, Philadelphia (which helps get

      homeless young adults off the streets, into a job, and transitioned into independent living);

  1. ELCA World Hunger Offering (which helps address the needs of an estimated 842 million people

      in our world – all neighbors to us – who do not have enough food). 

Lord, keep us in faith that we may have and offer life.

Upcoming Events

Jul
14
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2024
10:00 am Sunday Worship Service
Sunday Worship Service
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be gathering together for worship service on Zoom using the following information: MEETING ID: 5977365682 MEETING PASSWORD: 204934 You can also join us for...
Jul
17
Wed
2024
10:30 am Whole Foods Distribution
Whole Foods Distribution
Jul 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Whole Foods Distribution Use entrance on Briar Rd. to access the lower classroom area. Need more information? Check out this event’s ministry page.
Jul
21
Sun
2024
10:00 am Sunday Worship Service
Sunday Worship Service
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be gathering together for worship service on Zoom using the following information: MEETING ID: 5977365682 MEETING PASSWORD: 204934 You can also join us for...
Jul
28
Sun
2024
10:00 am Sunday Worship Service
Sunday Worship Service
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be gathering together for worship service on Zoom using the following information: MEETING ID: 5977365682 MEETING PASSWORD: 204934 You can also join us for...
Jul
31
Wed
2024
10:30 am Whole Foods Distribution
Whole Foods Distribution
Jul 31 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Whole Foods Distribution Use entrance on Briar Rd. to access the lower classroom area. Need more information? Check out this event’s ministry page.