St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Telephone: (585) 334-1110 Non-profit Org.
3825 East Henrietta Road U.S. Postage
Henrietta, NY 14467-9147 PAID
Permit No. 93
ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED March 2009
Turn clocks ahead one hour
before going to bed Saturday
night, March 7!
St. Peter's "Net"
March 2009 (a monthly publication) Website: http://www.stpetershenrietta.org
Volume 2009 Issue 3
Editor: Chrystal Dudley Assistants: Ethyl and Sandy Steffens, Barbara Kowulich, and Judith Shepherd
Dear St. Peter's Family,
The plane crash last month in Buffalo affected all of us. Even if we did not know anyone on the
flight, we are reminded that life can end in an instant. We are reminded that we are not in
control. We are dust and to dust we will return. We just don't know when.
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. The imposition of ashes is a powerful reminder that we are
truly mortal and that it matters how we live each day. Life is a gift. The seasons of our church
year allows us to reflect on our lives in a fast paced society that can distract us from what is
most important. Lent is a time to stop, think, pray and reorient our lives. What are our
priorities? Had we been on that plane, would we have been satisfied with how we were living
our lives? What would have been our regrets? How are we spending our time? There is grace
that comes from tragedies such as the plane crash. That grace comes if we allow ourselves to be
jolted out of our routines and really examine our lives.
True change can happen in our lives only through prayer. We may try to change a habit or a
behavior and succeed for a little while but then we go right back to our old ways. Prayer is what
transforms us and prayer is what keeps us on the right path.
We are all praying the Lord's Prayer during Lent. Lent begins on Feb. 25th and goes through
Easter Sunday (April 12th). Ask God for help and pray the Lord's Prayer at least once per day.
Attend every Sunday during Lent and I will preach about a section of the Lord's prayer that
goes along with the Gospel. You will be changed by this prayer.
As I write, the devotional book on the Lord's prayer just arrived by UPS. The opening
paragraph says it all:
"Your forty-day Lenten journey with the Lord's Prayer gives you an opportunity to learn from
Jesus what it means to follow him in the way of God. It is an invitation to ponder what God has
to say to us in the teaching and example of Jesus, an invitation to learn, and - in the grace of
God - to live what you learn."
Thy will be done!
Sundays in Lent Sermon Titles:
March 1: Family Sunday: "Lead Us Not Into Temptation"
March 8: "Thy Kingdom Come"
March 15: "Forgive us our Trespasses"
March 22: "Deliver us from evil"
March 29: "Thy will be done"
April 5, Family Sunday: "For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever!"
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"The Prayer That Never Fails"
Six Sessions on Spirituality and The Lord's Prayer
Join us in the parish hall on Tuesday nights this Lent for this exciting series!
6:00 p.m. Soup Supper
6:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Class
Session 1, March 3
How close can we come to a holy God? (Hallowed be your name)
Session 2, March 10
Crossing to the future (Your Kingdom Come)
Session 3, March 17
How can we glorify God in our daily lives? (Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven)
Session 4, March 24
What place does self-sufficiency have in the Christian life? (Give us this day our daily bread)
Session 5, March 31
What does the reality of our forgiveness say to our treatment of others? (And forgive us our trespasses as we
forgive those who trespass against us)
Session 6, April 7
How does a Christian respond to the enormity of evil in the world? (And lead us not into temptation but
deliver us from evil)
Materials needed for class: Resource book "Lord, Teach Us To Pray” Order from Julie. Cost: $13.00
Lenten Class: Soup, Supper, and Sustenance!
Frequently asked questions!
What if I didn't sign up for the Lenten class book? Can I still go to a class?
YES!!!!!!! St. Peter has graciously bought some of the books and will have them at church for people to
use during the class.
What if I can only get to one or two classes out of the six? Should I bother to come?
YES!!!!!!!!! You can benefit from any class you decide to attend.
What if I forgot to sign up for the class and I just show up? Will there be enough soup for me?
Yes, remember the loaves and fishes story?
What if I'm not at all familiar with the Bible and other church information?
Then this class is for you.
What if I've studied the bible and even taken a few seminary classes will I be bored?
Come and enjoy!
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C Church School
96% of amount budgeted. We show a that time we will allocate a portion of
deficit of $4,800 for the month. our total budget for 2009 which is
On Saturday, February 14th we had $3,100.
o a great time making valentines with Actions Taken:
The Vestry prioritized projects Habitat for Humanity House –
r our neighbors at Brentland Woods!
Special thanks to Kristie Foryt and
anticipated for the (3-year) Capital
Campaign. Also member chose, or
Southwest Coalition Project on
n Cheri Morrison for helping to were assigned, to serve as liaisons for
Britt told the commission that all
organize and provide supplies for
e this event.
volunteer work on our Habitat house
Mary Holley, clerk of the Vestry is now complete. Remaining work will
r During Lent, while the adults are be performed by skilled professional
labor (cabinetry, trim, etc.). St. Peter’s
participated in three workdays with
several participants working more
than one day. We were all pleased
with the project, and with the support
The Youth Group spent each Sunday we got from our church. The coalition
in February helping younger Sunday raised over $72,000 which was $7,000
School students prepare for the greater than their goal of $65,000. St.
Peters raised around $3,000 for the
Shrove Tuesday Talent Show. Many
project. The dedication for the house
thanks to everyone who supported
learning about the Lord's Prayer
will be delayed until May, so as to
the Youth Group at the Shrove give the recipient family time to
during the service, our K-2nd grade Tuesday Pancake Supper and to all complete their 450 hours of personal
class will be incorporating it into our the participants in the Talent Show! labor on Habitat projects (necessary to
lessons as well. We recite it receive a Habitat house). We plan to
together each week in class, but do We are still collecting cans and
attend the dedication.
we understand what we are saying? bottles to help pay for our Summer
Service Trip. Rush Henrietta Area Food
Please remember to bring your Terminal (RHAFT)
offerings to church school for our For the Youth Leaders, We need a volunteer from the
mission project. At the end of the Carl D’Angio congregation who would be willing to
school year we will be helping to take food collected for RHAFT on the
provide books for kindergarten and Monday after the first Sunday of each
Hospitality month to the RHAFT facility. The
first grade students at School No. 9
to take home and read over the Committee facility is open 10 a.m. to noon each
Monday. Anyone interested should
summer. So far this school year we On Tuesday, March 3, the 6-week
contact Britt Hopkin (442-2462) for
have collected about $130. We have Lenten series will begin. The evening
three months left. Can we reach will open with a soup and bread
$300? We are also collecting gently- supper at 6:00 p.m., followed by Updates on Prison Ministry
Julie’s program on the Lord’s Prayer Prison Re-entry and After Care
used children's books for the “Reach
at 6:45 p.m. Please sign up for any or Ministry (PRAM): Several months
out and Read” project.
all of the sessions in the Parish Hall so ago, St. Peter’s joined with St.
Faithfully, we can ensure there will be enough Thomas Episcopal (Rochester),
Rita Moufarrege, Superintendent food to serve. All are welcome! Ascension Episcopal (Rochester), and
Good Shepherd Episcopal (Webster)
On behalf of Donna D’Angio and
in partnering with PRAM. This is a
Barbara Kowulich, Respectfully
VESTRY submitted by Jen Ulrich
prison after care ministry that attempts
to develop long-term supportive
We welcomed new Vestry members relationships with prisoners or newly
Wayne Alexander, Jay Benesh, released prisoners to assist them in
Desmond Phillips, and David Sparro. transitioning back into the community
after incarceration. Relationships are
Treasurer’s Report: We have formed during incarceration through
approximately $3,600 in our checking SOCIAL MINISTRIES group meetings or while in transitional
account. $7,500 received in pledges Outreach Allocations for 2009 housing.
for January – 87% of amount The commission briefly reviewed our
budgeted – and about $260 in loose list of potential agencies to receive PRAM has recently joined forces
offerings. Total income for January a funding from St. Peters in 2009 with a with the Catholic Family Center
little over $8,000, 56% of amount plan for each member to have (CFC) to help make referrals of
budgeted. $12,900 in total expenses. recommendations for our next meeting prisoners who qualify for drug
to be held on Tuesday April 28. At rehabilitation treatment under the CFC
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grants. PRAM will continue to stay in (congregational, diocesan and 27 Jeffrey Panzer
contact with these people during and other)? 30 Robert Panzer
after their treatment at CFC. As part of
From the commission, Judy Shepherd,
this work, Britt Hopkin and Judy
Barb Kowulich, Britt Hopkin, and
Shepherd, have joined CFC as
Helen Moellering planned to attend.
volunteers working under the direction
of a teacher teaching GED classes to Coffee Hour Support HAPPY
people in this program. While some of Our commission was asked to host a
our clients may not necessarily have coffee hour this spring. Britt also ANNIVERSARY
been incarcerated, we consider this mentioned that he is also on the MARCH
part of “prison ministry” since so Capital Campaign Committee, and 8 Bill and Becky Gillett
many of the local prisoners are since that committee was planning to 27 Bill and Patty Gillett
incarcerated for drug offenses. hold several congregational meetings
after church, it was also going to host
The Girl Scouts Beyond Bars troop
at least one coffee hour. (Since the
which is being hosted by St. Thomas
meeting, it has been decided that
Episcopal Church is made up of girls
whose parent or parents are presently
Social Ministries will host a coffee ANSWERS TO
hour on April 5, while the Capital
in jail. In most cases they are dealing
with incarcerated mothers at Albion
Campaign Committee will host one on ORGANIZING TIP
NY. The troop plans to have the girls Did you know you can register your cell
visit their mothers in jail where they Next Meeting Date: Our next meeting phone with the National Do Not Call
will participate in activities with them, date will be Tuesday afternoon, April Registry? It’s worth a few moments to
and also participate in activities back 28, at St. Peter’s. At this meeting, we do this so telemarketers don’t eat up
at St. Thomas. The troop is presently will begin allocating financial support your minutes. Here’s how:
looking for volunteers to work in for charitable agencies, along with Go online to www.donotcall.gov
capacities ranging from leaders, to planning other projects. Select Register a Phone Number
background support. Several members Select Register Now
of our commission expressed interest Britt Hopkin, Chair (442-2462)
You can enter up to three numbers at
in volunteering. Britt will get them in a time in the space provided
contact with Claudia Gil, who is the You will also need to enter a valid
representative from the Girl Scouts DAFFODIL email address; then select Submit
who is overseeing GSBB here in
Verify the information for accuracy,
Rochester. Britt also mentioned that it SALE then select Register
would be nice to show the GSBB Many thanks to Sandy
video some time after church at St. Steffens who took If you don’t have a computer or have
Peters, since it is a very powerful orders for daffodils in support of The difficulty with the process, call Jen
presentation. American Cancer Society. This year Ulrich, Answers To Organizing, 467-
we raised $145. Thank you to all who 3181. I’ll be glad to do it for you.”
Britt also mentioned that efforts are
now under way to form a Boy Scouts participated. Jen Ulrich
Beyond Bars troop similar to that Answers To Organizing
already formed for the girls. We are
presently looking for volunteers who
HAPPY (585) 975-9240
would be willing to work on a steering
committee to form such a troop.
Diocesan Council Open Meeting
4 Gordon Maybee
Prison Reentry Aftercare
Tuesday, February 17, 6 p.m. at 9 Madelyn Atwood
Trinity Episcopal in Greece 11 Elizabeth Keeney
11 Shannon Mahoney A Ministry of the
Judy Shepherd spoke to the
13 John Keech Episcopal Church of the
commission about the importance of
14 Erica Hardy Ascension
attending the Diocesan Open Meeting 2 Riverside Street
19 Ashley (Hatch) Cass
with our bishop. Two main questions Rochester, NY 14613
21 Karolina Zibuck
were asked of each of us: Phone: (585) 254-6790
22 Jacob Povio
1. What are three major ministry 24 David Moufarrege
passions of your congregation? 25 Patty Gillett Imagine this: You are 55 years old,
26 Dan Lindsay just laid off and you go to your
2. What are the resources that could
26 Ginny Penepent brother’s 25th wedding anniversary
help your congregation realize or
26 Zach Horton party. On the way home, you have an
optimize these ministry passions
27 Carl D’Angio accident, and you are charged with
27 Kristie Foryt felony DUI. Your attorney helps you
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reduce the charge, but you still have to Officer will arrange a placement in a With Spring just around the corner,
face jail time. You receive a sentence halfway house. But in many cases, at it’s time to beat those winter “blahs”
of 9 months. Your job is gone, they the end of the incarceration, the and enjoy the fresh season! Many
won’t hold it that long. Your home is inmate is on his or her own. The activities can help “beat the blahs,”
gone, because your spouse is sheriff’s office may help with a and they’re good for you! Here are a
unemployed and your families are welfare application, and maybe even few ideas to Spring in the fun and be
tapped out for helping you. Your help arrange a rooming house. But healthy too!
friends are embarrassed, at best, PRAM can be there to assist in the
1. Drink one or two glasses of red
according to your spouse, and after six shopping, trips to RG&E, the phone
wine a day (red wine has
months your spouse stops going to company and so on that will pop up.
East Henrietta Road to stand in a long PRAM can be the person who comes
2. Eat dark chocolate (higher than
line of spouses and girlfriends and over and listens to how the day went
65% cocoa helps lower blood
mothers waiting to see their criminals. when no one safe or trusted will come.
pressure and cholesterol)
Inside, you don’t need to get a GED, PRAM can be the congregation that
3. Smile (counteracts stress)
so those classes are closed to you. You welcomes a newcomer, truly a
4. Physical Exercise (moving helps
are forced to go to AA meetings, and stranger among us. PRAM does
with energy levels)
you are not charged with a violent “aftercare” by extending friendship
5. Get plenty of sleep (7-9 hours a
crime so the AMT classes are closed, and companionship and brotherly help
too. You are now a felon, you have at the time when many ex-offenders
6. Exercise your brain (puzzles, read,
lost your right to vote, your credit is are told “Well, you’re on your own,
shot; you’re an outsider. The jail is now!”
7. Spend time with loved ones
clean and warm, but you are in a dorm
Is there a daily need for all of this? (Protects against loneliness &
with 50 others and there is violence,
No. But look around your home. Is depression)
anger and fear in the room with you
there a daily need for all the things 8. Relax (Relaxation helps your body
every day: no solitude, no silence, no
you and I surround ourselves with? I to rest, heal and function better)
privacy. But there is a full comple-
don’t wash my dishes in the dish- 9. Pet an animal (this can be
ment of isolation, of separation and of
washer every day anymore, nor do I soothing)
mow the lawn or blow snow or even 10. Be Positive (Having a positive
Where is God for you now? How vacuum. But we keep these tools close attitude can add more than seven
could a deity who cares for you, who to us for when we decide to use them, years to your life.)
loves you let you fall so low? Where when they are called for. PRAM is
Of course you should consult your
will you find strength to get up each there when needed. As a young
doctor with any questions and prior to
morning with nothing to look forward ministry, we need to get ourselves
exercising or drinking alcohol.
to except the squalor and fear? And known. As a church open to this
you can’t think of the future after you ministry, Ascension is getting used to *Some of the excerpts taken from
get out. You are unemployed, being the place people look for help. www.about.com; Dr. Mark Stibich, P.H.D.;
homeless and you’re pretty sure your We are thinking about these things
spouse won’t be there waiting for you. before they happen so that there is no Patty Chapman
Your faith didn’t stop this from hap- “learning curve” for when they do. Recreation Manager, Brentland Woods
pening, how can it get you through Are there ex-offenders among us?
and bear you up? Yes. Maybe not felons according to
One small attempt to answer those
Monroe County, but don’t we confess DIOCESAN NEWS
at least once a week? Are we already You are invited to help shape our
questions for you and for all the others
in the midst of this work? Of course future in the Diocese of Rochester!
who are in prison with you is PRAM.
we are. Every person who walks in
We do “inreach,” meeting with Join Bishop Singh and Diocesan
our door is welcomed, no matter what
inmates in the jail downtown and at Council for a light meal and good
their story is. Do we make a place and
the Correctional Facility on East conversation as we share our hopes
offer help, companionship and advice?
Henrietta Road. We listen to their
We certainly do. “Send us out to do and passions for ministry in our
stories, let them tell us how they feel, diocese.
the work you have given us to do, to
what the incarceration is doing to
love and serve you as faithful
them, and we assure them that there is Call the host church and make your
witnesses…” reservation today!!
Hope, that there is a reason to
maintain their faith and help them to
remain connected to the community of SENIORLIFE Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
God on the outside. We many times Episcopal SeniorLife Communities 3/24/09: St. Paul’s Church, 25
are the only opportunity they have to has asked if they could send a short Westminster Rd, Rochester
talk to someone who is not a cop, a article to be included monthly with
4/21/09: Christ Church, Main and
corrections officer, or other employee our newsletter, as space permits. This
Center Streets, Hornell
of the sheriff. We help in “reentry.” If is their first contribution.
it is required, the Sheriff or Probation
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5/26/09: St. Thomas’ Church, 122 The children in our youth program
Liberty Street, Bath THANK YOU! were able to choose gifts that they
Diane Prichard of A Meal & More, could give to two special adults in
For more information, please contact
Inc…. their lives. The prospect of giving a
The Rev. Carmen R. Seufert (315-
December 21 was a bright sunny day, gift was delightful for them and they
331-3610) or The Rev. Canon Dr.
but very cold with lots of new snow all put lots of thought into what their
Denise Yarbrough (585-473-2977)
on the ground. Despite the weather moms, dads, grandmas, or teachers
ECW Meeting with Bishop Singh conditions the dining room at A Meal might like.
and More was filled with guests who
Please come and join us at the next They also received gifts as well. Each
enjoyed a Christmas dinner of baked
ECW (Episcopal Church Women) child got a new outfit, pajamas, and a
ham and all the trimmings. Our busy
presentation at St. Paul’s Church on volunteers from St. Luke’s and St.
toy. We also provided care baskets,
Thursday, April 2. Our special guest with groceries to help families stretch
Simon’s prepared and served the meal
speaker will be Bishop Prince Singh. their food budget over vacation. This
that day. The guests lingered over
The optional luncheon begins at noon is a difficult week for families when
their coffee and brightly frosted
for $5 per person in the parish hall and food stamps run low and there are no
cupcakes before heading out into the
the speaker from 1-2 pm. Please call free school meals.
cold. As they left Christ Church on
the church office at 271-2240 to East Avenue they were handed the Our tiny core staff could never have
reserve a luncheon space. We look Christmas gift bag of toiletries and done this alone. There were volunteers
forward to seeing you on April 2 . warm items such as socks, gloves, and who helped serve meals, sort mittens,
St. John’s, Honeoye Falls, is offering scarves. Our guests sincerely shop for gifts, and wrap presents. And
free Lenten Soup Suppers each appreciate all these items every year of course none of it would be possible
Wednesday February 25 – March 25 and look forward to receiving them. without gifts like yours that helped us
at 6 p.m. The Board of A Meal and More wish buy the items we needed to fill in
to thank you and all the members of special needs: extra trimmings for the
On March 1, Public Policy Sunday, your congregation who contribute the lunch, a pair of pajamas in a special
they are having the Cala's of Helping many items that are needed to fill our size, some extra gifts for teens.
Hearts and Hands do a presentation 100 gift bags. Your generous help
starting at 10am. At the end of a children’s party, one of
with this project makes our Christmas
our moms came back to pick up her
dinner a great success. We appreciate
Add to the tab tops jar in the office two children. She rolled down the
your willingness to share your holiday
by donating your tabs from soda window, and said “thank you so much
spirit with our guests. Best wishes to
(beer and soup) cans. Betty Hatch you and your congregation for a to all of you, for all this place does for
will send them to Riley's Children's wonderful year in 2009 and thank you our family.” The thanks was not just
Hospital in Indianapolis quarterly. for presents, but extends to people like
so much for the socks for our
Shriners’ Hospital in Boston is also you who support us and help keep us a
Christmas Bag Project.
collecting the tab tops. Send them in steady welcoming presence in one of
and we’ll share the wealth! Cindy Harper of Cameron Community Rochester’s most challenging
Thank you very much for your gift
Your generous gift this season made it
COMMUNITY NEWS that helped make our holidays joyful.
Your $150 was gratefully received.
possible to provide much needed
St. Ann’s Community, Rochester’s services and programs, as well as
premier provider of Senior Services, The holidays here at Cameron were
holiday happiness for our neighbors.
invites you to visit their three Adult Day very busy, yet full of excitement. Our
We appreciate your steady support as
Centers in Penfield, Irondequoit, and small staff, most of whom had never
we look ahead with hope. Thank you
Rochester that benefit older adults with experienced a Cameron Christmas,
for your support of Cameron!
memory problems, decreased channeled the energy of generous
functioning, chronic illness, depression, donors and enthusiastic volunteers. The Center for Youth…
or social isolation. Family caregivers We were concerned that the economy Thank so much for your continued
also receive much needed rest. To learn would affect our programs, but it was support of the Center. Our youth are
more about the Home Connection in one of the most joyful Christmas grateful for your help.
Irondequoit, Home & Heart at the celebrations ever.
United Thank Offering Committee…
Cathedral, and Home & Heart of We served a festive ham dinner for We acknowledge with thanksgiving
Penfield and to register for a more than 200 guests on the Tuesday your contribution to the Gift Trust
complimentary day, call 697-6361 or before Christmas. Our tables were Fund of the Episcopal Church, USA.
visit www.stannscommunity.com. filled to capacity four times over!
Each guest was able to choose from a
beautiful display of useful household
items including blankets, coffee pots,
dishes, silverware, warm fleeces,
towels and toiletries.
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Condolences to The Hartman
EDITOR'S Family on the death of Janice’s
To my St. Peter’s family,
I want you all to know how very much I appreciate the prayers, kind words, cards,
phone calls, comfort hugs, and offers of help upon the death of my husband, Bill, and then,
three weeks and two days later, our sweet German Shepherd, Anna, who did such outstanding
therapy work in three local facilities as did our always happy Golden Retriever, Chelsea, who
died at the same time last year.
Bill would have been amazed to know that so many of you even knew who he was and
flattered that you regarded him so highly. Our only family in this country is our daughter,
Dawn, who lives in Colorado with her family, so your support has meant a lot to me and I have
been touched more than words can say.
“Thank you” sounds totally inadequate, but believe me, it comes from my heart.
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