The Parish Weekly Piper                                        November 1, 2018

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From the Desk of Pastor Karen

Love your Neighbor.  No exceptions.

Dearest Friends,

This past Saturday a tragedy happened that sickens the soul.

A gunman entered a house of worship and opened fire.  Eleven people died.  The shooter acted out of hate for Jewish people.  This horrible atrocity took place in this country that was founded on the principles of freedom, freedom of religion being a fundamental right… and yet this happened… again.

Last Wednesday a man went into a Kroger in Kentucky and shot and killed two people.  This hateful act was racially motivated and before the gunman went to Kroger he went to a neighborhood church, a predominately black church.  The doors were locked and he couldn’t get in, so he went to the Kroger instead.

There are so many other incidences of violence and hate that have occurred lately.  There are issues that are causing tremendous tension in our nation.  The tension is rising and people are hurting and communication is getting harder and harder.

The divides are widening; the tolerance for one another is diminishing.

We live in a violent, complicated world.  And our God is with us.  Jesus was born into a violent, complicated world.  He lived in the midst of occupation, and he died at the hands of those who would not tolerate the speaking of truth to power.  But even in the midst of that political religious tension, even in the midst of that violence, he taught us to love one another.  He taught us to forgive each other and to bring compassion and healing to our relationships and our communities.  He taught us these things and demonstrated these things in the midst of tension and violence.

Brothers and sisters, our violent, complicated world in which we live is in need of the healing love of Jesus.    The church is caught up in the tension of our society and many of the unchurched people in our communities associate the church with judgement and intolerance.  For this reason it is so very important for us to communicate and demonstrate love and healing.   Our new banner at St Peter’s (pictured above) speaks a message of love.  We hope that it will catch the eye of passersby and that they will be inspired to love, but also that they will see us as people who embrace the healing, loving message of God.    We hope too that WE will be inspired to love in all that we do.  That we would speak in love, act in love, and grow in love.  That we would speak the truth in love when we hear words of intolerance and hate and that we would stand by, walk with, and speak for those who are the targets of that hate and intolerance.

Be bold, sisters and brothers!  Be not afraid! Love you neighbor that doesn’t look like you, or think like you, or love like you.  Love your neighbor that doesn’t speak like you, pray like you or even vote like you. Love your neighbor… no exceptions!

I love you, my siblings in Christ.

Peace, pk

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Gratitude Corner

 

       
   

Our special words of gratitude this month go out to Gene Kelly and Haydon Rudolph for their faithful attendance to the building and property of St Peter’s.  They keep busy with the endless tasks of keeping the church and parish house in good shape!  Thank you both so much!

 

If there is someone you have noticed that works hard for our churches and you would like to thank them in our Gratitude Corner, write a note and send it to the office!  Thank you!!

Gene Kelly                                               Haydon Rudolf

  St. Peter’s WELCA Happenings

The Shepherdstown Apple Butter Festival Bake Sale was a big success!  Thanks to all the men and women who made the delicious goodies, especially Wayne Goodrich who made 12 pies!  We had the best assortment of baked goods ever and completely filled up two tables.  Thanks to those who worked at the Festival:  Kathryn Henry, Beth Hammer, Donna Ord, Patty Stealey, Jerri Burgess, and Tammy Kershner.  Thanks to Karen Weigel for handling the Sunday Love Offering sale.  Thanks also to two people who made very generous gifts to WELCA.  We cleared about $1,200!  This money will be given to charity throughout the year and everyone’s efforts are very much appreciated.  Charities supported in the past include:  Jefferson County Community Ministries, Good Shepherd Caregivers, Caring Cupboard, Community Lutheran Partners Inc., Katie’s Fund, Shenandoah Women’s Center, Project SMILE, and others.  St. Peter’s – You Rock!!

Tuesday, November 13 – WELCA meeting at the home of Kathryn Henry at 1:30 p.m.  Please join us to help make beaded Chrismons with Suzanne Offutt.

Wednesday, November 28 – Quilting in the social room at 10 a.m.

All hands needed, no experience necessary

Save the Date for the annual Christmas program at Gail’s house  Tuesday evening, December 11 at 6:30 p.m.

St. Peter’s Building Plans Updates

November 4: At St. Peter’s share in viewing the floor plans, site plan, and elevations of the proposed Parish House Revitalization. Meet in the Social Room after church.

November 11: (repeat of the above)

November 18: At St. Peter’s the congregation is invited to participate in a conversation about financial considerations for the Parish House Revitalization project hosted by the Church Council.

St. James WELCA Happenings

We will be starting a new project (for us) on Saturday making wreaths for a fundraiser. We will be donating all proceeds to a worthy cause decided at our meeting this Saturday. We thank Diane Link for opening up her home and spending months hunting down the pinecones we will need. We are excited to have Vicar James coming and leading us with devotions and prayer.

 

Asbury United Methodist Church Invites You

The 8th Annual Senior Christmas Luncheon  65 & Over

December 1. 2018 at 1:00pm until 4:00 pm

Asbury United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown

RSVP by November 18th

 

                                                                                                    Heads Up!
St. Peter’s will participate in a Historic Church Tour on December 26, 2018, from 3 PM to 6 PM.  This event is being planned and sponsored by the Historic Shepherdstown Commission (think Entler Hotel), and the Shepherdstown Visitor Center.  On the 26th people will have finished exchanging gifts & eating Christmas dinner, but the churches will still be decorated and we’ll surely still be in the holiday mood!  Put this date on your calendar!  Contact Kathryn Henry to get info or to volunteer. We’ll need greeters and docents – persons who like to talk about history, certainly the history of the Shepherdstown Lutheran Parish!

Announcements

11/03– Saturday, St. James’ WELCA meets at 10:00 am at Diane’s House

11/04– Sunday, Confirmation Class, 1:00 pm at St. John’s in Martinsburg

11/07– Wednesday, Bible Study, 6:30 pm at St. James’

11/09—Friday through Saturday, Lock-in at St. James’, details below

11/10– Saturday, St. James’ WELCA meets at Diane Link’s home, 10 am

11/13– Tuesday, St. Peter’s WELCA, at Kathryn Henry’s home, 1:30 pm

11/14– Wednesday, Bible Study, 6:30 pm at St. James’

11/20– Tuesday, all councils meet starting w/ St. James’ at 6:00 pm

11/21– Wednesday, Bible Study, 6:30 pm at St. James’

 

*St. James’ will not have the time of conversation this coming Sunday.

The new date will be announced.

Youth Lock-in

Attention confirmation youth and everyone from 6th grade and up. There is a Lock-in starting Friday evening November 9th. Everyone is invited! The location will be St. James’.

 St. James’ Canned Food Drive

Please don’t forget we have a container in the back and are always collecting canned food for those in need.  One can a week challenge– if you just bring in one can on

Sunday you will have given 52 in a year.

 

Caring Cupboard needs a few volunteers!

~A Thank-you note writer…   Caring Cupboard could use a friend to write notes of thanks to donors and volunteers.  This job will not take much time, but it helps the mission and certainly helps the directors!

~Grocery unloaders…  Each month Annie and/or Jennifer go shopping and return to the Parish house with a van loaded down with cases and cases of food.  If one person has to unload and put away all that food it is exhausting and it takes forever!  If a group of volunteers work together to unload, the job is quickly done and everyone is happy. J  We need a list of email addresses of people willing to help.  When a shopping trip is planned an email will go out and those who are available to help can meet at the parish house at the appointed time.  It should only take about 30 minutes of your time.

Please call the church office to volunteer!  Thank you!

 

 

Christmas/ Epiphany Pageant!

This year Epiphany,  January 6, will be on a Sunday, and on that day St Peter’s and St James will meet together for worship at St James at 10:00.  The Word will be proclaimed on that day by the children of both churches  who will perform a Christmas/Epiphany Pageant.  They will perform the Nativity stories from both Luke and Matthew and lead the congregation in singing Christmas and Epiphany hymns.

If you are interested in helping and/or having your children participate, please call the church office.  Thank you!

 

8th Annual Senior Christmas Luncheon

65 Years & Older

Asbury United Methodist Church here in Shepherdstown

December 1, 2018 at 1-4 pm

Sign-up sheets are in the back of the churches

RSVP by November 18th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rom the Desk of Pastor Karen

Love your Neighbor.  No exceptions.

Dearest Friends,

This past Saturday a tragedy happened that sickens the soul.

A gunman entered a house of worship and opened fire.  Eleven people died.  The shooter acted out of hate for Jewish people.  This horrible atrocity took place in this country that was founded on the principles of freedom, freedom of religion being a fundamental right… and yet this happened… again.

Last Wednesday a man went into a Kroger in Kentucky and shot and killed two people.  This hateful act was racially motivated and before the gunman went to Kroger he went to a neighborhood church, a predominately black church.  The doors were locked and he couldn’t get in, so he went to the Kroger instead.

There are so many other incidences of violence and hate that have occurred lately.  There are issues that are causing tremendous tension in our nation.  The tension is rising and people are hurting and communication is getting harder and harder.

The divides are widening; the tolerance for one another is diminishing.

We live in a violent, complicated world.  And our God is with us.  Jesus was born into a violent, complicated world.  He lived in the midst of occupation, and he died at the hands of those who would not tolerate the speaking of truth to power.  But even in the midst of that political religious tension, even in the midst of that violence, he taught us to love one another.  He taught us to forgive each other and to bring compassion and healing to our relationships and our communities.  He taught us these things and demonstrated these things in the midst of tension and violence.

Brothers and sisters, our violent, complicated world in which we live is in need of the healing love of Jesus.    The church is caught up in the tension of our society and many of the unchurched people in our communities associate the church with judgement and intolerance.  For this reason it is so very important for us to communicate and demonstrate love and healing.   Our new banner at St Peter’s (pictured above) speaks a message of love.  We hope that it will catch the eye of passersby and that they will be inspired to love, but also that they will see us as people who embrace the healing, loving message of God.    We hope too that WE will be inspired to love in all that we do.  That we would speak in love, act in love, and grow in love.  That we would speak the truth in love when we hear words of intolerance and hate and that we would stand by, walk with, and speak for those who are the targets of that hate and intolerance.

Be bold, sisters and brothers!  Be not afraid! Love you neighbor that doesn’t look like you, or think like you, or love like you.  Love your neighbor that doesn’t speak like you, pray like you or even vote like you. Love your neighbor… no exceptions!

I love you, my siblings in Christ.

Peace, pk

__________________________________________________________________

Gratitude Corner

 

       
   

Our special words of gratitude this month go out to Gene Kelly and Haydon Rudolph for their faithful attendance to the building and property of St Peter’s.  They keep busy with the endless tasks of keeping the church and parish house in good shape!  Thank you both so much!

 

If there is someone you have noticed that works hard for our churches and you would like to thank them in our Gratitude Corner, write a note and send it to the office!  Thank you!!

Gene Kelly                                               Haydon Rudolf

 

 

          Sharing from the Office (Nadine)

I wrote Barbara Keiling an email. I was thinking of her and asked if she had snowfall yet. She was kind enough to send me a lovely photo of the town of Frostburg. And yes, they have had their first snow fall.

 

 

 

From Dennis Probst

St. Peter’s WELCA Happenings

The Shepherdstown Apple Butter Festival Bake Sale was a big success!  Thanks to all the men and women who made the delicious goodies, especially Wayne Goodrich who made 12 pies!  We had the best assortment of baked goods ever and completely filled up two tables.  Thanks to those who worked at the Festival:  Kathryn Henry, Beth Hammer, Donna Ord, Patty Stealey, Jerri Burgess, and Tammy Kershner.  Thanks to Karen Weigel for handling the Sunday Love Offering sale.  Thanks also to two people who made very generous gifts to WELCA.  We cleared about $1,200!  This money will be given to charity throughout the year and everyone’s efforts are very much appreciated.  Charities supported in the past include:  Jefferson County Community Ministries, Good Shepherd Caregivers, Caring Cupboard, Community Lutheran Partners Inc., Katie’s Fund, Shenandoah Women’s Center, Project SMILE, and others.  St. Peter’s – You Rock!!

Tuesday, November 13 – WELCA meeting at the home of Kathryn Henry at 1:30 p.m.  Please join us to help make beaded Chrismons with Suzanne Offutt.

Wednesday, November 28 – Quilting in the social room at 10 a.m.

All hands needed, no experience necessary

Save the Date for the annual Christmas program at Gail’s house  Tuesday evening, December 11 at 6:30 p.m.

St. Peter’s Building Plans Updates

November 4: At St. Peter’s share in viewing the floor plans, site plan, and elevations of the proposed Parish House Revitalization. Meet in the Social Room after church.

November 11: (repeat of the above)

November 18: At St. Peter’s the congregation is invited to participate in a conversation about financial considerations for the Parish House Revitalization project hosted by the Church Council.

St. James WELCA Happenings

We will be starting a new project (for us) on Saturday making wreaths for a fundraiser. We will be donating all proceeds to a worthy cause decided at our meeting this Saturday. We thank Diane Link for opening up her home and spending months hunting down the pinecones we will need. We are excited to have Vicar James coming and leading us with devotions and prayer.

 

Asbury United Methodist Church Invites You

The 8th Annual Senior Christmas Luncheon  65 & Over

December 1. 2018 at 1:00pm until 4:00 pm

Asbury United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown

RSVP by November 18th

 

                                                                                                    Heads Up!
St. Peter’s will participate in a Historic Church Tour on December 26, 2018, from 3 PM to 6 PM.  This event is being planned and sponsored by the Historic Shepherdstown Commission (think Entler Hotel), and the Shepherdstown Visitor Center.  On the 26th people will have finished exchanging gifts & eating Christmas dinner, but the churches will still be decorated and we’ll surely still be in the holiday mood!  Put this date on your calendar!  Contact Kathryn Henry to get info or to volunteer. We’ll need greeters and docents – persons who like to talk about history, certainly the history of the Shepherdstown Lutheran Parish!

Announcements

11/03– Saturday, St. James’ WELCA meets at 10:00 am at Diane’s House

11/04– Sunday, Confirmation Class, 1:00 pm at St. John’s in Martinsburg

11/07– Wednesday, Bible Study, 6:30 pm at St. James’

11/09—Friday through Saturday, Lock-in at St. James’, details below

11/10– Saturday, St. James’ WELCA meets at Diane Link’s home, 10 am

11/13– Tuesday, St. Peter’s WELCA, at Kathryn Henry’s home, 1:30 pm

11/14– Wednesday, Bible Study, 6:30 pm at St. James’

11/20– Tuesday, all councils meet starting w/ St. James’ at 6:00 pm

11/21– Wednesday, Bible Study, 6:30 pm at St. James’

 

*St. James’ will not have the time of conversation this coming Sunday.

The new date will be announced.

Youth Lock-in

Attention confirmation youth and everyone from 6th grade and up. There is a Lock-in starting Friday evening November 9th. Everyone is invited! The location will be St. James’.

 St. James’ Canned Food Drive

Please don’t forget we have a container in the back and are always collecting canned food for those in need.  One can a week challenge– if you just bring in one can on

Sunday you will have given 52 in a year.

 

Caring Cupboard needs a few volunteers!

~A Thank-you note writer…   Caring Cupboard could use a friend to write notes of thanks to donors and volunteers.  This job will not take much time, but it helps the mission and certainly helps the directors!

~Grocery unloaders…  Each month Annie and/or Jennifer go shopping and return to the Parish house with a van loaded down with cases and cases of food.  If one person has to unload and put away all that food it is exhausting and it takes forever!  If a group of volunteers work together to unload, the job is quickly done and everyone is happy. J  We need a list of email addresses of people willing to help.  When a shopping trip is planned an email will go out and those who are available to help can meet at the parish house at the appointed time.  It should only take about 30 minutes of your time.

Please call the church office to volunteer!  Thank you!

 

 

Christmas/ Epiphany Pageant!

This year Epiphany,  January 6, will be on a Sunday, and on that day St Peter’s and St James will meet together for worship at St James at 10:00.  The Word will be proclaimed on that day by the children of both churches  who will perform a Christmas/Epiphany Pageant.  They will perform the Nativity stories from both Luke and Matthew and lead the congregation in singing Christmas and Epiphany hymns.

If you are interested in helping and/or having your children participate, please call the church office.  Thank you!

 

8th Annual Senior Christmas Luncheon

65 Years & Older

Asbury United Methodist Church here in Shepherdstown

December 1, 2018 at 1-4 pm

Sign-up sheets are in the back of the churches

RSVP by November 18th

In Service at St. James’ November 4th

Lector:                         Nadine Buckle

Ushers:                       Nadine Buckle & Richard Irwin

Communion:              Nadine Buckle & Richard Irwin

Acolytes:                     Connie Rutledge

 

In Service at St. Peter’s November 4th

Lector:                         Deborah Rochefort

Communion:             Linda Smith

 Ushers:                      Betty & Guy Rini

Acolyte:                      Dottie Bloodworth

Crucifer:                      Jacob Valentine