Sermon and Announcements for Dec. 13, 2020

We are in the season of Advent and December 13 is the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Advent comes from the Latin word meaning “waiting”. During this season we are waiting for the 2nd coming of Christ and the celebration of the birth of Christ on December 25th. You can read more about Advent here.

We continue to gather virtually by Zoom. If you would like to join us, send us an email and we’ll send you the link.

The YouTube link for the Candle Lighting and sermon are found here.

The Lessons and Questions for Zoom discussion groups (PDF) are here.

ST. PETER’S WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS

For more information on our programs, to get a program link, and to volunteer please email us.

Thank you to everyone who is participating in the CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS FOR THE GROUP HOME. Due to the numbers of contributors we have established a time and place for ingathering these small gifts: please bring them by the Parish Hall on Sunday, 20 December, between 2 and 4PM. If this date doesn’t work for you, please let me know and we can make other arrangements. This large time slot is an effort to keep the numbers of people in a specific gathering small but in any event, we will be meeting you curbside so that you don’t have to get out of the car.

This Advent season, join Rev. Sarah and the St. Phoebe School for Deacons for Evening Prayer, Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. ET via Zoom. This is an opportunity to close the day together and open our hearts in anticipation with others around our diocese. Each week one of our diaconal postulants will lead this time of prayer and reflection so your presence is a support to their journey of formation. All are welcome to join the Zoom meeting at the following link: Zoom Link for Virtual Chapel

WATCH YOUR MAIL for information from the church. The mailing will ask us to verify or update or contact information. It will also include information on our 2021 “One Together Initiative” in stewardship. St. Peter’s is a blessed community full of people who are a blessing to so many others. We are excited to share with others.

DELIVERING MEALS: We are joining with River Road Baptist Church to have meals delivered to those in need. If you have someone you’d like to add to the list contact Ron Carey, Olivia Brown, LaVerne Taylor or Deacon Karla Hunt.

STAY TUNED for more information from our Interim Vicar, the Rev. Dr. Dorothy White, on an upcoming project of “Gift Bags of Social Justice”. This project is coming in January.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION and the FOOD BANK take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Food is available for pick up at 8:30 am on the Wednesdays.

BIBLE STUDY via Zoom each Wednesday at 7:00 PM. Email Lindsay Goodrich to join.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER is offered on the second and fourth Saturday at 3:00 PM on Zoom. Contact Olivia Brown to join.

PLEDGE: you can keep up on your pledge to the church in two ways during this time:  1. By sending a check to the church at 1719 N. 22nd St., Richmond Virginia, 23223 or our post office box at St. Peters, Church Hill PO Box 38754 Henrico, Virginia. 23231–9998.  2. Or giving online through the donor dash box on this website.

THE SHARING CIRCLE is an opportunity for us to share our resources in needs with each other during this pandemic. Olivia Brown is the contact person for the sharing circle.

What is the SHARING CIRCLE?
St. Peters has started a sharing circle during this time of the coronavirus where we can connect parishioners who need things with those who can make them available. For example, if you need transportation, someone to run an errand for you, toilet paper, or advice on how to get something, we can connect you with someone in the parish who will provide those things. If you are in threat of eviction from your home or rental habitat,we would like to know and may be able to provide some assistance. Likewise, if you have something to offer like you can give a ride to someone, pick up groceries, want to host a zoom meeting for a craft activity that can be done while we are shut in, like cooking, baking or book club, feel free to let us know. Deacon Karla Hunt is available for pastoral needs if you would like a phone call to stay in touch, prayers by telephone, or something else. The sharing circle is open to all parishioners. If you’d like to participate with a request or with an offer, please contact Olivia Brown. All REQUESTS ARE CONFIDENTIAL.