Parish Newsflash

October 17, 2019

 Thank you so very much, people of St James and St Peter’s!

Last week I was presented with gifts and card for Pastor’s Appreciation day and I was feeling the love.  I am looking forward to my Spa Day from the women of St Peter’s and many gifts from St James… the gift certificate for Four Seasons Books, a gift card for the popcorn shop, a bottle of wine, a box of chocolates, a jar of jam, a necklace and earrings, all in a lovely basket!  And since then, a bag of Reese’s and some apple dumplings!

I feel spoiled rotten and… well… very much appreciated!

Thank you all so much!  I love and appreciate YOU!

Love and Peace, Karen



10/19- St. James’ WELCA meets 10 am at the Fellowship Hall

10/21– Monday, Book Group meets at Gail’s, 6:30 potluck

10/22– Tuesday, Men’s Barstool Theologians, 4:00 pm, Domestic

10/22- Tuesday, St. Peter’s Council meets, 6:30, Kershner’s home

10/23- Wednesday, Bible Study, at St. James’ 5:30 potluck

10/24- Thursday, Mutual Ministry at Parish House, 1pm

10/29– Tuesday, Men’s Barstool Theologians, 4:00 pm, Domestic

10/30- Wednesday, Bible Study, at St. James’ 5:30 potluck

11/05– Tuesday, Men’s Barstool Theologians, 4:00 pm, Domestic

11/10– Sunday, Confirmation, St. John’s, 1:00-5:00 pm

11/12– Tuesday, Men’s Barstool Theologians, 4:00 pm, Domestic

11/18– Monday, everyone has photo day at St. James, see below

11/19– Tuesday, Men’s Barstool Theologians, 4:00 pm, Domestic

11/19– Tuesday, All Councils meet starting at 6:00 w/ St. James’


Apple Butter Festival is October 26th!

Please see how you can help, article on next page


St. Peter’s WELCA

Monday, October 21 – Book Club discussion of “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” at Gail’s house.  Bring a potluck item to share.  Starts at 6:30. Let Gail know if plan to come.


Save the Date- This is for BOTH St. James’ & St. Peter’s!

Photos for the new membership book will take place at St. James’ Fellowship Hall on November 18th, more details to follow

 Pop Top Challenge!!

St. Peter’s is participating in the challenge sponsored by Thrivent Financial to benefit Ronald McDonald House.  Please save all of your pop tops from cans:  sodas, soup, tuna, pet food, beer, etc.  Bring them to church whenever you remember and drop them in the RED BOX in the social room.  Let’s fill up our box by the deadline:  November 30!!

Ask, Seek, Find!

For more than 2,000 years, they’ve been called the “best-known,” the “least understood,” “completely distinct,” “least obeyed,” and “the most complete description of the Christian counterculture.”  The Beatitudes:  Jesus’s rallying cry for all humankind to lead a different sort of life.  No matter how many times you read Matthew 5-7, you’ll always see something new, and always have questions.

Drop in at St. Peter’s and join our discussion group starting October 20th, 10:00 a.m. in the Parish House Conference Room.  Blessed are those who ask questions! Have a lovely week, Susan


Does anyone have a good photo of St. James’ Church in the snow?

Please let Nadine know (304) 876-6771


Hayride & Bonfire Friday, October 25, 6-8pm

Hotdogs and S’mores will be roasted over the fire.

Come to Trinity Lutheran’s park for fall fun on this Friday night in October.  We’ll spend time around a campfire roasting hot dogs and S’mores—chips and drinks will be provided too.  We’ll enjoy a hayride and time together. Invite friends, neighbors, & family!  Kids & Adults!

Free!  All are welcome to this fun event.

Bring some unique candy, if you wish, with which to make the S’mores.  Past hits: Reese’s Cups, Rolos, Peppermint Patties.

Apple Butter Festival is October 26th!

Please mark your calendars now so you won’t forget to come out and support the Shepherdstown Apple Butter Festival on Saturday, October 26th at the Fire Hall. The Apple Butter Festival raises money for the volunteer fire company in Shepherdstown. Crafters and churches purchase table space to hold their own sales.

Each year, St. Peter’s members help our women’s organization (WELCA) by contributing items for our bake sale. This is the only formal fund raiser for WELCA each year and WELCA depends on this activity for our charitable giving and support of synod and national WELCA activities. Here are some ways you can help:

Contribute – Bake cookies, brownies, cupcakes, cakes, bread, and pies and package them ready for sale. Candy and fudge are also popular and almost anything non-perishable would be welcome at our sale table. Baked goods need to be delivered to the Fire Hall as early as possible on Saturday morning, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the latest. If that’s not possible for you, deliver goods to Heidi Metzger’s house on Friday afternoon or evening by 7 p.m., Oct. 25th. Items should be packaged and labeled as to what they are, especially if they contain nuts or peanut butter. There is a sign-up sheet in the Social Hall.

Volunteer – Volunteer to staff our table or transport baked goods from the car to the Fire Hall or transport left over goodies to St. Peter’s Social Hall at the end of the sale. Shifts at the table are usually 2-3 hours long, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. It’s a very pleasant and worthwhile way to spend your time. There is a sign-up sheet in the Social Hall.

Purchase Baked Goods – Visit the Apple Butter Festival and purchase baked goods from our table. Most will freeze well and our pies are especially popular. Great prices for homemade food!

Questions – please contact Heidi Metzger at 304-240-9836 or

Thank you for your participation!


Volunteers Needed to Help with Apple Butter

The Fire Department has asked for help on Monday, October 21st with preparing the apples and on Saturday starting at 5:00 am firing kettles and stirring apples all day. There will be lots of fun, not all work.

For additional info please contact Doug Pittinger (304) 876-6038

or Denny Barron (304) 876-6686

A Way to Serve

St. Peter’s is looking for someone who would like to volunteer their time and line up the acolytes and crucifers for the worship services. Please let Pastor Karen know if you would like more information.