RECOGNITION OF DEACON ANNE
How well do you know your Deacon? Come and test your knowledge and share a laugh. As you know, Anne’s final Sunday with us will be May 20 and we are very thankful for her 6 years of service. Following the 10:15 service, we will have a coffee hour with a guessing game that she is putting together with John Lord, loosely based on NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” Also, we are organizing a gift for her, so if you would like to contribute towards that gift, checks can be made out to St. Peter’s with “Anne Burke” in the memo line.
FR. CRAIG’S OFFICE HOURS
Starting in June, Fr. Craig will be increasing his office hours to include Wednesday evenings from 5-8 p.m. These hours are being offered to members of the parish who wish to simply “drop by” and speak with Fr. Craig and a vestry member about whatever may be on their mind.
Fr. Craig continues to be available for private consultation Tuesday-Friday and Sunday afternoons by appointment or drop in when available.
PARISH SMALL GROUP MEETINGS
The Vestry is scheduling small group meetings, which will be hosted in several Vestry members’ homes, in order to hear from members of our church community. The agenda for these meetings is simple: to listen to what you, our parishioners, want and need from St. Peter’s and what your dreams are for our parish in the years ahead.
We are working from a comprehensive parish list and hope to have invited everyone. However, if you have not received a phone call or email invitation from a member of the Vestry, and wish to be a part of these small group conversations, please contact Fr. Craig, or one of the Wardens directly, providing both your phone number and current email address.
Our next Seniors Lunch will be held on Thursday, May 31 at noon. Our time together will begin with a simple Eucharist followed by a bag lunch. Our program will be an Ice Cream Social and conversation in regards to themes for the Fall’s meetings. Please notify Linda in the Church Office if you plan to attend.
60 IN 30
Every month the Community Market will be collecting a specific food item to be given to the CM guests or used for a special CM fundraising event. Our goal is to collect 60 items (which will insure each market family gets one) in a month. Please help us provide 60 bottles of pancake syrup in May – maple syrup, pancake syrup, or sugar free pancake syrup – to our guests. Thank you for your support.
PILGRIMAGE TO ROME, ASSISI AND SICILY
We are in the midst of organizing a 12 day pilgrimage to include Rome, Vatican City, Assisi and Sicily for May 2019. Our pilgrimage will take us to the spiritual sites of Rome, including the praetorium steps Christ walked when questioned by Pontius Pilate. At Vatican City we will go under the Basilica to the Necropolis below in order to visit the site of St. Peter’s tomb. In Assisi, we will walk the streets and visit the churches where St. Francis prayed and taught his followers. There will be opportunity to visit the tomb of St. Claire and sip cappuccino on the town square where Francis denied his father’s wealth. In Sicily, we will visit the oldest and best preserved of the Greek ruins, walk the streets where St. Paul walked, and if the stars align, hopefully, have time to visit with our old friend and former Rector Fr. Ruffino.
Details of the pilgrimage are still coming together under the watchful eye of our Tour Guide, Paolo Carmen, president and owner of Keyrow Tours. If interested, please contact Fr. Craig. An informational meeting with Paolo and Italian dinner will take place at Fr. Craig’s home on May 19 at 6 p.m.
SUPPORT FOR DAYCARE IN PUERTO RICO
The Narragansett Deanery is asking for help to support the rebuilding of a Daycare in Bayamon, Puerto Rico that was flattened to the ground during Hurricane Maria. Please send monetary donations to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 99 Peirce Street, E. Greenwich, RI 02818-0334. Make the check out to St. Luke’s and put Daycare in the memo line. The donations will be used purchase day care and school supplies, and to build a playground roof. This collection will run through May 15.
SUMMERTIME MARKET EVENTS
There is still snow on the ground, but it is not too early to plan for this summer’s Market events.
July 7 – 8:30-10:30 Pancake Breakfast
July 17 – 6:30 p.m. Ocean State Waves Deanery Baseball Game
July 21 – 8:30-10:30 Pancake Breakfast
August 11 – 9-1 Gigantic Yard Sale
If you would like to be a part of a fun group of people who enjoy working together, meeting our neighbors in the community, and living out God’s call to serve others, join the Volunteers of the Community Market. We gather on Friday afternoons, Thursday mornings, Sunday mornings after the services, and on four special days during the summer. Volunteering at the Market is a tremendous way to enrich your worship experience and make new friends. Speak to Becky Johnson, Sue Tassone, or John Lord if you are interested.
In May we are going to begin a new program called “60 In 30” Everyone can play! Watch for details in future E-nets.
ALTAR FLOWERS OR SANCTUARY LAMP
Please remember that there is a sign-up sheet (on the bulletin board across from the kitchen) to request dedicating altar flowers or the sanctuary lamp candle in memory or thanksgiving. Sign up early to get a particular Sunday of importance; maybe to remember a birthday or the anniversary of a loved one’s passing.
We still don’t have everyone’s date of birth, so if you haven’t been wished Happy Birthday this past year, please send a quick email to the Church Office to give us each family member’s birthday. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Remember that Morning Prayer is being said Tuesday-Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.