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The Spire Open Hearts. Open Minds. St. Peter’s Annual Congregational FROM THE RECTOR Leadership Gathering Way back in early October when the Steve Zettler current financial crisis was just getting underway, Richard Thaler, a professor The St. Peter’s ministry leaders gathered for an “in-town” retreat on the of behavioral science and economics weekend of October 17th and participated in a lively two-day forum, from the University of Chicago, was a beginning with dinner at Mustard Greens on Friday evening and guest on The Newshour with Jim finishing up Saturday with a day of fellowship and sharing of hopes and Lehrer. Speaking about the reactions of dreams for the future of St. Peter’s. individuals who invested some of their Friday evening was festive—good food and good company in Mustard savings in the stock market, he said: Greens’ private dining room. Ledlie asked the ministry leaders to share “We don’t really know whether there is stories of joy and success, and there were enough uplifting tales to fill the a panic here. We have lots of entire evening. Joe Fanelli was keen to point out that in most uncertainty. And when there’s lots of organizations, 20% of the people do 80% of the work, but given that uncertainty, we expect volatility. more than 30 ministry leaders were in attendance at the retreat, that’s People can’t really make sense of this. clearly not the case at St. Peter’s. Many parishioners are deeply interwoven in our fabric. On Saturday the group met at The Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany. We spent the better part of the day gathered in a large circle; after November 2008 beginning with prayer, Ledlie spoke on “Tools for Ministry,” which INSIDE THE ISSUE provided insight into his personal discoveries over the last 20 years as a priest. His thoughts were most helpful for tackling the issues that face St. Peter’s Annual St. Peter’s and the programmatic church we have become. He Congregational Leadership emphasized several times the need for strong ministry leadership and the Gathering, Cont’d. 2 importance of making every parishioner aware that Peter’s offers a perfect place where every one of them can happily fit into the life of the CHRISTIAN FORMATION 3 church. His exercise in “best and worst volunteer experiences” gave CHURCH SCHOOL 4 everyone a little food for thought. Claire next led a discussion on the “Theology of Ministry,” beginning by OUTREACH 4 reading from First Corinthians, and then gathering the group’s thoughts on Evangelism—a subject to which there was a wide spectrum of CHRISTMAS AT ST. PETER’S 5 opinions, to say the least. St. Peter’s Archives and the Law After lunch Marcia Rogers provided a highly entertaining segment of Unintended Consequences 6 during which she spoke on her more than fifty years as a parishioner at St. Peter’s and the way in which the church structure and congregation St. Peter’s Guides: have changed over the years. She was followed by Dorothy Stevens’ An Unobtrusive Ministry 6 equally entertaining perspectives on the changes to Society Hill in the last fifty years. Dorothy also brought with her a number of old photographs of the neighborhood, showing just how far we’ve come. 1 FROM THE RECTOR I think the retail investor might be tempted to panic, but 2. Don’t keep your worries to yourself. It’s best to face I’m not sure . . . they don’t really know how to do it. You our fears head on, and it’s best to do this holding know, you see a lion, and you know to run away.” someone’s hand. Call a friend; call me or Claire. We What do we do when we don’t know how to panic? This want to hear what’s on your heart. We can’t increase situation feels akin to fighting global terrorism or fending your bank balance or lower the price of groceries, but off the bogeyman who lives under the bed. Little to do but we can lift back the covers and look under the bed lie awake, riveted with dread, staring into the dark until with you, help you to see that the bogeyman we collapse into a fitful sleep and await the dawn of a can’t bite. new day. 3. Help someone else. Yes, this is a difficult and scary If nothing else, not knowing if, how or when to panic time for you and me, but many of us have far, far gives rise to anxiety of the worst sort: widespread, more than the average citizen, and every one of us has unattached, free-floating anxiety. Whether we have resources in times of need—friends, family, a investments or are living day to day, these are anxious community of faith. The news is filled with tales of times. What to do? Blaming someone won’t help. We hardship befalling some of the wealthiest in the world. cannot fix the problem ourselves; we cannot control the Yet, the current crisis will be cataclysmic for the American or global economy. poorest. Now is not the time to close in upon ourselves or cling more tightly to what we have. Now So, we must pay careful attention to our own response: is the time to open our hearts and hands to the needs adjust our priorities and, as possible, reduce our of others. Doing so will help them, and will help you spending. We also need to reduce our anxiety level. Said too. Giving helps us place our trust in God. Jesus: “Look at the birds of the air Consider the lilies of the field . . . I tell you, do not worry about your life, what 4. Come and worship. And bring a friend. Every you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, Sunday is a feast, and a celebration of thanksgiving! what you will wear. God knows you need these things. Strive first for the kingdom of God, and all these things will be given unto you.” I propose a few ways to do this: Peace! Ledlie 1. Pray. No fancy prayers—just breathe and ask God to help you be aware of God’s presence. Prayer centers us, creates inner calm. Prayer helps us to envision a future that is more promising than is otherwise apparent. Ask God to help you trust in God. St. Peter’s Annual Congregational ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY AND BISHOP’S Leadership Gathering VISITATION: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2 The Rt. Rev. Fredrick Borsch, chair of Anglican Studies, Kevin Dill was up next speaking on “What Goes In, and Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and What Comes Out,” with respect to our programmatic retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, parish. As he drew his diagram it became very clear that visits St. Peter’s to share in our worship and to offer the quite a bit goes into St. Peter’s, but the rewards of what Episcopal rites of Confirmation, Reception and comes out are even greater. Reaffirmation on All Saints’ Sunday. We finished up with a session led by Elaine Markezin Bishop Borsch also hosts an open forum at 50 Minutes on during which we were we given the opportunity to that day. envision where we might see St. Peter’s in the next ten years—sort of a wish list, if you will. Some wishes were THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE grand, some simple, but all admirable and many Join us for a service of thanksgiving on Wednesday, achievable, God willing. November 26, at 7:30 PM 2 Christian Formation 50 MINUTES PARENTING CAFE Sundays, 10 AM, in St. Peter’s House Parlor A monthly series on parenting problems and solutions OPEN FORUM WITH THE RT. REV. FREDERICK WINNING THE FOOD BATTLE WITH YOUR KIDS BORSCH Sunday, November 9, 10 AM November 2 St. Peter’s School Library (3rd Floor) Bishop Borsch, chair of Anglican Studies, Lutheran Food and eating can easily become a battleground between Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and retired bishop of parents and children. the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, leads a conversation · How do we approach the issue of food with our about the Episcopal Church and answers questions about children? the church, both local and national. · How do we spot early warning signs of an eating MATTHEW’S GOSPEL THROUGH THE LENS disorder? OF THE ARTS Join us as Amy Jersild, LCSW, leads a conversation about November 9 and 16 healthy eating and eating disorders. Poetry, painting and music all provide distinctive readings Coffee, tea and snacks provided. Free child care available. of Matthew’s story and a variety of means of under- standing the figure of Jesus at the gospel’s center. Each day, SPEAKING OF FAITH ® members of the congregation will introduce a number of artistic responses to Matthew, ranging from the Book of Sundays, 10 AM in the secondfloor front office of Kells to the musical Godspell and including works by St. Peter’s House Carpaccio, Bach and T.S. Eliot. Join us as we celebrate the Our Sunday morning Speaking of Faith® discussion group power of art to illuminate the good news of the Bible. is an ongoing encounter with Krista Tippett’s “narrative COPING WITH HOLIDAY STRESS theology” as she and each week’s guests discuss classic November 23 spiritual issues and the challenges of everyday life. As much fun and joy as the holidays can bring, they can Each week’s program is available beginning on Thursday at also bring stress. Dr. Sara Corse, therapist with the Penn speakingoffaith.publicradio.org, and the radio broadcast Council for Relationships, helps us to navigate the waters of airs Sunday at 7 AM on WHYY 91 FM. family get-togethers and other potential holiday pitfalls. ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS KICK-OFF November 30 See article on page 5. “NEW! GOOD GRIEF” GROUP STARTING UP SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 All of us experience loss—the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, the end of a marriage—and all of us grieve. Grief, while always surprising, is normal, and faith does not deny grief or the pain of death and loss, but rather helps it become part of life. The Rev. Dick Ullman and Dr. Sara Bressi Nath will facilitate a “good grief” group, designed to explore grief and faith in a safe, supportive environment. Six sessions are planned: the first three will be November 9, November 16 and November 23; the remaining sessions will be negotiated with the group. The group will meet on Sundays from 12:45–2 PM in Ledlie’s office. All who have grieved or are grieving are invited to join. To obtain more information or to sign up, contact Claire Nevin-Field at email@example.com. DECEMBER 50 MINUTES PRESENTS A SPECIAL SERIES ON THE BIRTH OF THE MESSIAH ENTITLED “HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT” The Rev. Dick Ullman will lead 50 Minutes on December 14 and 21 in this two-part exploration of the birth of the Messiah. Dec. 14 The Bible and the Birth of the Messiah We visit the stories of Jesus’ birth in Luke’s and Matthew’s gospels. Dec. 21 Travelogue of the Birth of the Messiah We visit the places of Jesus’ birth as they exist today and in great art. 3 Christian Formation, Cont’d. “COUNTERING PHARAOH”: CHRISTIANS AND THE CONSUMER CULTURE Wednesdays, November 5, 12, & 19, 6:30–8:00 PM You’re gonna have to serve somebody, well it may be the devil or it may be the Lord but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.—Bob Dylan Probably at no other time of the year are we confronted with more rampant consumerism than in the few months before Christmas. According to Walter Brueggemann, renowned Old Testament scholar and professor, we are in a sense bound in slavery to the Pharaoh of consumerism as much as the ancient Israelites were bound to Pharaoh himself. Join us for a four-part exploration of this journey from the slavery of consumerism to the freedom found in God. Each evening will begin with video clips of Brueggemann discussing the issues around consumerism from a Biblical perspective, followed by conversation and prayer. A light supper will be provided. Child care is available, if requested in advance. If you have questions or to arrange child care, please contact Claire Nevin-Field at firstname.lastname@example.org. SEEKING JESUS WITHIN: SILENT MEDITATION ON GOD’S HOLY WORD Wednesdays, 7:00–7:45 AM, and Thursdays, 6:00–6:45 PM Give yourself 45 minutes one or two times per week for silent prayer. We practice Lectio Divina—meditating on a passage of Holy Scripture. No prior experience with meditation or prayer is needed—only a desire to seek God; instruction is provided. We meet in “The Tower Room,” a bright sunlit space on the second floor of the bell tower. This program is led by the Rector, the Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin. Questions? Ask Ledlie. Please note: We will NOT meet on Thursday, November 27, Wednesday, December 24, and Thursday, December 25 Church School Outreach NOVEMBER WORKSHOP ROTATIONS CAMP GETALONG: NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER (Church School for Grades 1–6) CAMP DATES The next Camp Get-Along will be held on November 2 11/2 101 Ways to Pray continues with knitting as from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM at St. John the Evangelist, 3rd and prayer, led by Ann Wilkerson. Reed Streets. To sign up, contact Sara Bressi Nath at 11/9 101 Ways to Pray—hymns, chants and 215-870-5649 or email@example.com. collective prayer, led by Ann Wilkerson. On December 6 at 11 AM, the campers will go see A Christmas Carol at the Walnut Street Theater. If you are 11/16 Our Stations of the Creche, an Advent journey interested in helping out with this event, contact series. We begin with music—Lessons &Carols. Sara Bressi Nath. 11/23 Stations of the Creche—story and games; Do your part to alleviate hunger experience the trip to Bethlehem, led by Katherine Salvaterra. in our community. 11/30 Advent Alternative Christmas project kicks off Volunteer to help sort and shelve cans of with animals in our parking lot. food during Food Cupboard’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. Vestry Nominations Sorting dates are Tues, Nov. 25, 4 to 7 PM, and Wed., Nov. 26, The Nominating Committee is putting 9 AM until 9 PM. together a slate of candidates for elections Shelving date: Fri., Nov. 28, to serve on the Vestry or as Delegate to the Deanery and Diocesan Convention. 9 am until noon. To learn more or to nominate yourself or We need many helping hands. another parishioner, please contact Bob Children ages 4 and older are welcome. Hornsby (firstname.lastname@example.org) or To volunteer, contact Jill Minick at 215-365-2883 Donna Wechsler (email@example.com) by or firstname.lastname@example.org or Anne Eiswerth at November 10. email@example.com. 4 Outreach AN ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS Many of you may remember our annual Heifer Christmas project fondly. This year, we are taking our Heifer project and raising it! From November 30 through December 21, you will have the opportunity each Sunday morning, before and after all of our services, to give the gift that can change a life by donating to one of St. Peter’s Outreach ministries. A donation to the Food Cupboard feeds a person or a family, a donation to our Guatemala Partnership helps a child to get an education, a donation to Camp Get-Along helps children here in Philadelphia learn to get along with those who look different to them and a donation to Episcopal Relief and Development’s Gifts for Life program gives an animal to a struggling family, helping them to make a living and survive. In return for your gift—in addition to knowing you have made a difference in the world—you will get a gift card, drawn by our own Connie Moore, letting a recipient know that a gift has been given in his or her name. This Christmas give the gift that truly does keep on giving. For more information, contact Claire Nevin-Field at nevin- firstname.lastname@example.org. FOOD CUPBOARD COLLECTING GLOVES FOR ITS CHRISTMAS GLOVE DRIVE The Food Cupboard will be giving gloves to its clients in December. This year’s glove drive begins in November and ends December 7. We need contributions of pairs of both men’s and women’s gloves. Keep an eye out for the pre-Christmas sales! FOOD CUPBOARD NEEDS YOUR PAPER GROCERY BAGS Food Cupboard still needs full-size paper grocery bags for packing. So keep them coming. It’s a great way to recycle used grocery bags! Christmas 2008 at St. Peter’s CHRISTMAS MEMORIALS Each year at Christmastime you have the opportunity to A FESTIVAL OF LESSONS & CAROLS remember loved ones and to offer special thanks by Sunday, December 21, 5 PM making a donation to the Christmas Flower Fund or to St. Peter’s annual “Lessons & Carols” is presented in the the Special Music Fund. grand English cathedral style, by the boy, girl and Donations to the Flower Fund cover the expense of adult choirs. decorating the church for Christmas celebrations. Donations for the Special Music Fund are used CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES specifically to fund brass players for our Christmas Eve Wednesday, December 24 and Easter services. 5:00 PM Holy Eucharist with Children’s Pageant Please join us in supporting these important aspects of our common life of worship, our celebration of the birth 8:00 PM Holy Eucharist with music of Incarnate Love. 10:30 PM Concert Please provide the appropriate information: 11:00 PM Choral Eucharist with full choir and brass ____ A gift for the Flower Fund ensemble ____ A gift for the Special Music Fund CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE Given in memory of: Thursday, December 25, 11 AM ________________________________________________ Join us in celebration of the joy and spirit of Christmas. ________________________________________________ Given in Thanksgiving for: _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ All donations should be into the church office by Monday, December 15. Thank you for your generosity. St. Peter’s Church 313 Pine Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 215-925-5968 5 ST. PETER’S ARCHIVES AND THE LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES Cynthia J. Eiseman One of the overarching objectives of the St. Peter’s archives project is to make the collections accessible to scholars, parishioners and other users. Another principal objective is to protect and preserve the materials in the collection for future generations. For about as long as anyone can remember, many people had access to the archives. Indeed, they were not even called the archives; they were simply boxes and files of church records. These materials were stored in various places in St. Peter’s House, and interested parishioners, especially Vestry members and others active in the church, borrowed material freely from the collection. Sometimes, people took collection materials home for years at a time. Periodically, an individual found himself or herself “in charge” of the collection and would provide research assistance, primarily to people interested in genealogy. The Archives Find a Home With the renovation of 313 Pine Street in 1996, the small room at the rear of the third floor was dedicated to these collections. The room came to be called the Archives, (with a capital A) and the collection was dubbed the Archives and Historic Collections. To preserve and protect the collection and to prevent non-archival material from being stored in the small, cramped space, a lock was put on the door. As we have reported in these pages for the past several years, a dedicated group of volunteers has begun organizing these archives. The volunteers have urged parishioners to donate church-related material to the collection. And here is where the law of unintended consequences kicks in. In an effort to apply professional standards of managing archives to this collection, St. Peter’s now finds itself needing to limit access to the collections—even by the very people who previously had free access, who used the collection to benefit the church, the parish and the community and who themselves have donated valued materials to the collection. Access to the Collection is Encouraged We impose restrictions on access because preservation of the collection for the long term is the greater good. But access to the collection not only can be had, but it is also encouraged. We just ask you to be aware of these policies if you wish to use the collection: · Generally, materials do not circulate. If you want to look at something in the collection, you should plan to use it on site. If there is more than one copy of an item, permission may be sought to borrow a copy. · Make an appointment to use the archives, for two reasons: First, the collection is located in Claire Nevin-Field’s office, and we must all respect her space. Second, a member of the archives volunteers group or the Archives and Historic Collections Committee familiar with the collection must be present when someone is using the archives. That person can unlock the door, help you find what you are looking for and return it to its proper place when you are finished with it. Please try to schedule your appointment at least a week in advance, preferably longer. To make an appointment, call Kate Randall at 215-925-5968. · Copying is done at the discretion of the archives volunteer or the archives committee. Some documents are too fragile, too large or too valuable to photocopy. As in many collections, at St. Peter’s photocopying is usually restricted to 10 pages. If everyone understands and complies with these policies, the collection will be well protected, grow in size, gain stature and value and benefit not only current users but also future generations of St. Peter’s parishioners, scholars and community members. ST. PETER’S GUIDES: AN UNOBTRUSIVE MINISTRY George Fago Nearly every weekend throughout the year the Church is open to visitors and a guide is present from 11am to 5pm on Saturdays and from 1 to 3pm on Sundays. The guides, who are parish members, greet visitors, answer questions about the church and offer information about the history of the church and of the building itself. We have welcomed visitors from around the country and from around the world. If you enjoy meeting and talking to people, this would be a wonderful ministry for you to consider! Optimally each volunteer guides for a two hours once a month. Currently we are stretched beyond optimal scheduling. We will welcome with open and joyful arms volunteers who wish to join the program. No previous experience is necessary, and we will provide the training and background materials to prepare you for this exciting and rewarding ministry. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please let Kate know or contact me directly at 215-923-4473 or email@example.com. 6 WELCOME Sara Bressi Nath for her BAPTISMS AT NOVEMBER 2008 leadership of the Camp Get- ST. PETER’S We welcomed new Along ministry. members at special It is St. Peter’s practice to services on October 12: Katie Fanelli for providing the celebrate Holy Baptism on delicious lunch for the those days that the Episcopal Emily Byrne Stewardship visitor training Church deems appropriate. VESTRY Nikki Hagedorn, session. The next such date is Kevin Chu with her children January 11. If you are Denise Colliers for being the interested, please speak with Kevin Dill, Duncan & Annabelle October Church School Accounting Warden Walt Leader Ledlie or Claire. shepherd. Barbara Elliott, Secretary Tim Legnani & Kris Glover All the Outreach ministries BECOME A SPIRE Nancy Fago CONTRIBUTOR Basil Gilfillian Bill & Emily Lukens for the fair on October 5. Al Heavens Stephan Matanovic & Beth Fenton for leading the Do you have an innate flair Bob Hornsby Amanda Hall, discussion at the Parenting for writing? Or maybe you Ejner Jensen with children Oscar & Cafe on October 5. have a knack for coming up Lathrop Nelson Julian with creative story ideas? Elisabeth Doolan, who is Kathleen Stephenson, Tom McCabe & Sarah Lux The Spire editorial team Rector’s Warden stepping down from the needs contributing writers as Claudia Stowers Faith Midwood Outreach Committee, for her well as feature story Donna Wechsler Lauren Oppenheim dedicated service to the suggestions. If interested, Outreach ministries of please contact Kate Randall Gabrielle Pittman St. Peter’s Church. STAFF (firstname.lastname@example.org) Matt & Tammy Solitro or Leonora Cravotta The Rev Ledlie I. Laughlin, BIRTHDAYS IN Rector Jeanne Walker NOVEMBER (email@example.com). The Rev Claire Nevin-Field, Grace Wohlsen Assistant Rector Best wishes to those Peter Hopkins, We welcome recent celebrating birthdays in The pastoral care freezer Director of Music Ministry visitors to St. Peter’s: and Choirmaster November: has run low on food. Paula Pugh Romanaux, Nick Boreth 1 Charlotte Dienna Please help us restock. Artist-in-Residence and Principal Organist Colin Connors Anna Rekulak Drop off your food Kate Randall, Beth Darrow 2 Lorenzo Luna-Mahoney Parish Administrator donations at 313 Pine. Colleen Maxwell Bette Haitsch, 6 Fiona McMahon Administrative Assistant Colleen McKeown & Alex 8 Marc Johnson Thank you. Ed Manwaring, Parish Accountant James & Stefanie O’Mara 10 Gus Noll Wayne D. Simms, Sexton Nancy Shore & Jim Abbott Anne Harrower Gary Rodriguez, Brian & Nancy Sullivan Assistant Sexton 12 Codi Royall with Thomas & Justin Kelly & Mark Wade 18 Matthew Angelides . . . the light we with Jameson & Grayson 22 Shannon Lally sought is shining still 28 Scarlett deWyngaert THANKS 29 Christian Sondergaard Choral Evensong Many, many thanks to: BIRTHS St. Peter’s Church Tom McCobb, Margaret A service of music, 313 Pine Street Munsch, Gail Trimble and Welcome to our newest candles Philadelphia, PA Steve Zettler for locking up members: 19106-4212 the church and churchyard and prayers; gates. Stefanie O’Mara remembering 215-925-5968 John Gummere for his Vera Schultz loved ones gone before E-Mail: laughlin, design and production of the John Lee nevin-field, hopkins, Faith and Families newsletter. Sunday, November 2, romanaux or randall Those parishioners who wish 5 PM @stpetersphila.org John Lancaster’s address should contact Kate at 215- Or visit us on the Web at 925-5968. www.stpetersphila.org 7 NONPROFIT ORG US POSTAGE PAID PHILADELPHIA PA PERMIT NO. 7063 313 PINE STREET PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106 SUNDAY 9 AM Holy Eucharist Children’s Service 10 AM 50 Minutes, Speaking of Faith® or Church School 11 AM Holy Eucharist with choir Storytelling in the Tower for children in grades 4 and below TUESDAY MORNING PRAYER Prayer begins at 7:45 AM; Bible study at 8:00 AM. What’s Up at St. Peter’s 11808 & Churchyard Gardeners 111608 St. Peter’s Parents of Infants and Toddlers 11908 Saturday, 10 AM and Sunday, 1 pm Sunday, 10 am This is the last chance gardeners can play in Preschool Room of St. Peter’s School the churchyard until next year. In this season of Thanksgiving, join SPPIT as we celebrate the blessings of parenthood. 11908 TNT (Twenties ’n Thirties) Open House! We will gather in the preschool room for a Sunday, 5–7 PM seasonal craft. Children are encourage to Ledlie’s home (791 South 2nd Street, bet. bring a donation for the Thanksgiving Fitzwater & Catharine) Food Drive. Come one; come all. Ledlie is hosting an open house. Bring a friend and something to drink. TBA Knitting Group Fine conversation and fun. Questions? Email Wednesday, 5–7 PM Ledlie: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check Web site or pew bulletins for new date. 111008 Book Group Monday, 7 PM Janet Plosser’s home For additional information about church programs and Join us to discuss Palace Walk by Nagib activities, look inside. 8 Mahfouz, available at Head House Books.
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