This Sunday, Briana Kupper, one of our soprano soloists, will be singing a pre-recorded arrangement of the hymn “Amazing Grace”. The story behind this hymn and its writer, John Newton, is interesting.
John Newton crammed a lot of living into his 82 years. His mother died when he was six years old, and he joined his father at sea when he was eleven. He served his apprenticeship as a sailor and rose through the ranks until he became the captain of a slave ship. He abandoned the religious training that he had experienced as a child and reveled in the dissolute life of a slave trader. He was noted for his profanity and his cruelty.
But one stormy night, when his ship was in danger of sinking and he was in danger of dying, Newton had a real change of heart. READ MORE.
Congratulations to our class of 2020 college graduates!
Mikaela Dredden graduated Cum Laude fromGeorge Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Mikaela majored in International Affairs with minors in Spanish and Political Science and was placed on the Dean's List. She will be working for AlphaSights in NYC as an Associate starting July 2020.
David Cronin graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. He will be working in Life Sciences.
His parents and family are very proud of him!
Harrison Sonn graduated Magna Cum Laude from Villanova University’s School of Business with majors in Finance & Business Analytics. Post Graduation, Harrison will be working as a FLDP associate financial analyst for Johnson & Johnson.
"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness"Psalm 96:9
During our stay-at-home order our two Altar Guild coordinators, Wendy Mitchell and Jane Kio, have still been hard at work. Wendy has even taken the time to deliver a 6-part refresher course for the Altar Guild. Wendy has done her work so carefully and lovingly that I asked her if I could share it with the congregation. We will include one part over each of the next 6 weeks of KeyNews.
PART ONE includes the history and purpose of altar guilds and an introduction to "Holy Hardware." READ MORE HERE.
St. Peter's Outreach
Outreach in time of coronavirus
St. Peter's Outreach Committee is helping people who are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic: We participate in Faith Kitchen (Dover) regularly, we send a steady stream of non-perishable foods to the Mental Health Association for distribution to clients; and we recently sent significant donations to North Porch, the Interfaith Food Pantry, St. Andrew's Food Pantry (Newark), and the Mental Health Association.
We request another form of assistance. The four churches in downtown Dover (Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian) run three food pantries and support over 200 families. They need rice and shelf stable milk (like Parmalat), and have asked if St. Peter's can assist. Contributions of rice in any size, from small packages to large economical bags, will help fill a gap. (We will break large quantities into smaller bags for distribution to client families.)
A container marked "Dover - Food Pantries" is outside the Parish Hall door, and we will be grateful for donations to help support our sister churches in Dover who are making every effort to support families their neighborhoods. Many thanks to all.
The Voice Online - May 27, 2020
Click HERE for a link to this weeks's edition of the diocesan e-newsletter, The Voice Online.
This week, as we begin to evaluate when churches are ready to entertain the thought of public worship, Bishop Hughes says our goal is not to be afraid – our goal is to be wise. And to be wise means we have to think things through.
Also please refer to the new diocesanCOVID-19 page for up-to-date messages and resources related to the pandemic.