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Rally Day is Sunday, September 9th. On that day we will welcome everyone back from summer vacations and kick-off the new fall Sunday School year. It also gives us all a chance to re-commit ourselves to regular church attendance and to involvement in the life and ministry of our church. I hope you will attend our worship services that day. At the 10 AM service, we will be commissioning all the adult volunteers who teach in the Sunday School (children and youth), along with those who lead our Children’s Chapel services, and those who care for our youngest members in the Nursery. We will also recognize the grandparents who make up our church family. Following the 10 AM service that day, we will hold our Annual Church Picnic on the front lawn. Hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, popcorn, and sno-cones will be provided and everyone is asked to bring a side dish to share with others. Our Vestry members will be providing desserts.

In addition to the great food and fellowship, there will be games and activities for children of all ages including face painting, a bounce house, races, a pie eating contest, bocce, and corn hole. There will be something for everyone! This is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a church family, enjoy each other’s company, and build a strong foundation for the year ahead. Picnic clothes are very appropriate for worship services that day - red (especially St. Peter’s tee shirts) is encouraged. Hope to see you on September 9th!

Vestry Nominations. We will soon be receiving nominations to serve on the 2019 Vestry. The Vestry consists of the elected lay leaders of our congregation. Vestry members serve a three year term and are involved in the planning and implementation of our church programs. They also share in caring for our church members and their needs. Vestry members are required to be confirmed Episcopalians who are willing to submit a financial commitment to the parish and take an active part in the ministries of this church. The Rector or any current Vestry member will be happy to answer any questions you may have about serving on the Vestry. We will be electing four new Vestry members at the annual parish meeting in January, 2019.

Confirmation Class Coming in the Fall. We have requested to have one of our Bishops visit us for Confirmation sometime this fall- the date has not yet been set. In the meantime, a class will be held for all those who desire to be:

+ Confirmed (must be at least 12 years old) or
+ Received into the Episcopal Church from the Roman Catholic Church or one of the Orthodox Churches or
+ Who want to re-affirm their Christian faith.

The classes will be held between Sunday services (9-9:45 AM) beginning Sunday, September 16th. They will continue through the month of October. More details will be forthcoming. If you have questions, please contact the church office at (466-9392). These classes are also open to anyone who wants a refresher course in the basics of the Christian faith and/or more information about our Anglican/Episcopal traditions.

Peace and Love,
John+