"Come across to Macedonia to help us." We set sail from Troas and came to Neapolis and then to Philippi. Acts 16:9
By the river in Philippi, Paul meets Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. Then, Paul and his companions stay at her home.
On either side of the river is the tree of life and its leaves are for the healing of the nations.
This Sunday - The 6th Sunday of Easter
Above is a "tryptic" of just some of the images we will be given this Sunday. Paul on his 2nd missionary journey (50-52 A.D.) is called in a vision to Macedonia. There he will meet Lydia, who many believe will house the first Christian community in Philippi in her own home. Little by little, these small communities of Jesus' disciples will leaven the whole world beginning around the shores of the Mediterranean. As the promised Spirit of God flows through them like a river of life - the leaves of their trees are for the healing of the nations. So has it been for the last 2000 years and so, too, God is still doing with us.
10:15 AM - Rite II Eucharist
The Right Rev. Carlye Hughes - Celebrant & Preacher
11th Bishop of Newark
11:30 AM - Parish "Town Hall" Meeting with Bishop Hughes
There will be no 8:00 am Eucharist this Sunday.
The Sunday Bulletin for Easter 6 is available HERE.
Bishop Hughes' Visitation - THIS SUNDAY - May 22
Bishop Hughes visits each of the 90+ parishes of the diocese every two years. This is her first responsibility as the chief pastor of the Diocese of Newark. Through her preaching, celebrating and pastoring she draws us together as this local part of the universal church through worship, conversation and a renewal of relationship as followers of Jesus. I invite everyone (and especially the children) to join in Bishop Hughes' visit on Sunday, May 22.
Announcement of the Rev. Deacon George E. Dredden, III's
Ordination to the Priesthood - Monday, June 6 at 7:00 PM
It is a great joy to share the invitation to Rev. Deacon George Dredden's Ordination to Priesthood. George would like to extend this invite to all the parishioners of St. Peter's. The ordination will be Monday, June 6 at 7:00 PM at Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral in Newark. For those unable to attend in person, the Ordination will be live streamed on the Diocesan YouTube channel.
Men's Breakfast - Saturday, May 21 at 8:30 AM
The men of the parish normally meet for a hearty breakfast and good conversation of the last Saturday of the month. This month that falls on Memorial Day weekend so the breakfast has been moved to the 21st. All the men of the parish are welcome and you will not be disappointed by the delicacies offered by our renowned chefs.
Action Auction 2022 Returns to Rockaway River CC!
Planning for this year's Action Auction is just getting underway, but a date has been reserved for our triumphant return to Rockaway River Country Club after 3 years. Please set aside Saturday, October 1 for this can't-miss event of fun and fellowship. As always, contact Kevin Edwards (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Anthony Floreno (email@example.com) if you are interested in joining this committee, or just watch this space for our first meeting date to be announced in the coming weeks.
Extending God's Embrace
Centennial Renewal - The Next 100 years Beyond Our Walls
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
More Important Than Ever
‘Join in and Reach Out’ has been a guiding philosophy driving St. Peter’s ministries for many years. In answering the Gospel call to transform lives, we respond with love and compassion as we serve those in need within our community and throughout the world. Reaching out to the community to share our gifts and talents is a key mission of St. Peter’s Church.
And to sustain our outreach ministries, we need to continue to work toward expanding and strengthening our parish community. We must project our friendly, hospitable character in all that we do – not only in our personal interactions with visitors and the broader community, but also with safe, attractive, and welcoming facilities.
The focus of St. Peter’s Centennial Renewal is restoring and upgrading our grounds and exterior facilities to make them safer, more functional and more inviting. The key components of the planned Centennial Renewal include:
New terrace outside the undercroft entrance, providing a wonderful gathering place for our parish and the community.
Access ramp from parking lot to proposed terrace with a welcoming pedestrian landing area at the parking lot level.
Reconstructed Boulevard staircase leading to the terrace, inviting guests and passersby to enter, come to rest, and enjoy our grounds.
Memorial Garden renewed with wall and privacy fence, replacing failing arborvitae and deteriorating wooden ties.
New church sign at corner of Martin's Lane to clearly invite visitors in.
Slope stabilization across entire Boulevard frontage, allowing for enhanced landscaping and plantings.
Updated stormwater management, including selective regrading, repaving, and expanded rain garden capacity.
Coming up next week: Inviting the Community In
Godly Play® Core Training
Coming in June is a rare, local opportunity to receive core training in Godly Play. This hybrid training (on-line and in-person) will be offered by St. Peter's in Morristown.
Experience and learn Godly Play stories, practices, and theology in a collegial, prayerful setting. Deepen your understanding of children’s spirituality and nurture your own spiritual life. By exploring the fundamentals of a Godly Play room at an accredited training event, you will learn and practice skills to help children explore the existential limits of their lives through wonder, play, and core stories from the Bible and liturgical lessons.
Online: Four 90-minute Sessions on Zoom Wednesdays
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM - June 1, June 8, June 15, July 13th
In-person at St. Peter’s Church:
Saturday, June 25th — 9:00am-5:30pm
Sunday, June 26th — 1-5:30pm
So far we have 5 St. Peter's parishioners interested in attending.
100 years ago Rev. Henry Wilson and his wife, Theresa, were instrumental in the establishment of St. Peter's Church. Now we are renovating this building named in their honor that was the first rectory of St. John's in Boonton and first site of the Wilson School (which was later situated down the Boulevard from us, where the Craig School is currently located).
Construction is well underway to return this building to a habitable space for the purpose of resettling a refugee family.
Chute built to remove the damaged plaster and lathe from 3rd floor
Brand new mansard roof and flashing and 37 new windows
Replacement Windows being installed in the future living room
BEFORE - Diane Grabowski cleaning out the 3rd Floor in February.
AFTER - Damaged plaster removed. These outer walls will be insulated
Left to Right - Our "project managers" John Garrison and Doug Sonn with our G.C. Jeff Luisi of Genesis Building
John and Jeff inspect repairs to water damaged laundry room. Doug is in the "office" checking the numbers.
BEFORE - The old rector's office. This wall will separate the new bathroom and kitchen.
CURRENTLY - Framing and plumbing nears completion for the new bath and BR closet in the old office.
BEFORE - Office room in the Wilson House on the other side of the wall from the old Rector's office.
CURRENTLY - Framing and plumbing ready for the install of the new kitchen cabinets.