Sermon for September 13, 2020

The sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost is from Romans 14:1-12. We are excited to have Anthony Gaboton as our preacher. You can watch the sermon here.

Anthony Gaboton Jr received his preachers’ license from Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY where he worked as a youth minister and was also a resident chaplain at New York Methodist Hospital. He is currently at St. Peter’s discerning ordination in the Episcopal church, where he has been attending since 2018. He is a newer resident of Richmond Hill and works in marketing. Anthony holds a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York, where he learned under the tutelage of black theologian James Cone, and a Masters of Theology from Emory University in Atlanta.

We meet on Zoom at 12 noon each Sunday. We’d love to have you join us. Send us an email and we’ll send you the Zoom link.

St. Peter’s Weekly Announcements

For more information on our programs and to volunteer please email us.

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 hosted by Daniel and Lindsay.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER is offered on the second and fourth Saturday at 3:00 PM.

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.

EVERGREEN CEMETERY CLEANUP: Volunteers from St. Peter’s participate in cleanup at this historic East End cemetery one Saturday a month. Dates and times are posted on our Facebook page.

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.

Information for Voting 2020

We will update this information throughout the fall. We also put the updated information and quick updates on our Facebook page.

#1 First things first, you must be registered to vote! TODAY you should either verify that you are registered to vote OR register to vote. If you will be 18 by Nov. 3 you can register to vote now.

Use this link to register or check your registration online: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation

You can also call your registrar’s office:

City of Richmond call 804-646-5950                   Henrico County call 804-501-5000              

#2 Voting in Virginia for the Nov. 3, 2020 election is different from previous years. Perhaps the most important new aspect is that early in person voting begins September 18. We recommend this as it is safer and faster. St. Peter’s will be offering rides for early in person voting. Stay tuned for information. To vote early in person go to your local registrar’s office:

City of Richmond: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 900 E Broad Street, Room 105 Richmond, VA 23219-1907

Eastern Henrico County: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm 3820 Nine Mile Road Henrico, VA 23228-2745  

#3 You can also vote by absentee ballot. This requires that you fill out an application to receive the ballot by mail and that you return the ballot PRIOR to Nov. 3. We recommend that you mail your ballot no later than October 25 to ensure that it arrives in time to be counted. It is important to carefully follow the directions on how to fill in the ballot. The ballot comes with 2 envelopes. Insert the ballot into envelope A (or 1) and SIGN IT. Then put everything in envelope B (or 2) and mail it. It is postage paid. You do not need a witness signature this year.

To request an absentee ballot use this link: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/Lookup/absentee

OR call your registrar’s office at the numbers above.

If you have questions or problems that you can’t resolve we will try and help you. Send us an email at stpeterschurchhill@gmail.com

Worship for Sunday, September 6

St. Peter’s will join with the 179 churches of the Diocese of Virginia for a Diocesan-Wide Sunday Service on Labor Day Weekend, Sunday, September 6

8:00 a.m. Premiere on Facebook and YouTube

10:00 a.m. Watch Party on Facebook

On Sunday, 6 September, we have a unique opportunity to gather online with our larger Episcopal family for a Diocesan-wide service of Morning Prayer led by our bishops. The sermon will be from Bishop Susan Goff.

There are 179 parishes in our Diocese of Virginia and more than 60,000 members. As an Episcopal parish, St. Peter’s is part of something larger than ourselves. Our diocese provides us with leadership, assistance and a sense of unity with fellow Episcopalians.

You can directly access the service on Sunday morning using either of these links: YouTube or Facebook.

The video will premiere at 8:00 a.m. on Facebook and YouTube, and there will be a diocesan-wide watch party on Facebook at 10:00 a.m. The video will remain on YouTube and Facebook for viewing at any later time.

PDF of the service bulletin in English and Spanish is also available for distribution.

There will be no Zoom Coffee Hour On September 6. We will resume this on Sunday, September 13.

Truth Sermon for August 30, 2020

Our preacher for August 30, the 13th Sunday after Pentecost, is Ms. Nikki Fernandes, a young adult member of St. Peter’s. Here is the link to her sermon. Here is a link to the Bible readings for August 30.

Nikki Fernandes is an active reader, thinker, teacher, dancer and wannabe writer.

She enjoys spending her time flipping through volumes of poetry with her cat Julia at her side or, in non-Covid times, hosting friends at her house for food, conversation and music.

She holds a Masters in English literature and teaches a critical thinking course for first year students at Virginia Commonwealth University. There, she loves finding creative ways for young adults to uncover their potential and form collaborative, encouraging communities with one another.

Born in Jersey and raised in Williamsburg, Virginia, she’s been a resident of Richmond for a little over ten years now. In the city, she spends her time teaching Zumba classes at the Robinson Theater in Church Hill, leading historical bike tours with Richmond Rides and partnering with Richmond Hill to help in retreat facilitation.

Her St. Peter’s community has helped her to feel like a valued member of a unique and lively church. Here, she has grown in her sense of freedom in the Spirit. She never feels forced to be present, but she always feels welcomed and regularly eager to be with the church family that she’s grown to love.

Gospel, Sermon and Announcements for August 23, 2020

While we cannot be together in person we are together spiritually and virtually by Zoom. If you would like to join us for our Zoom time together we meet on Sunday at 12:00 noon and are finished about 1:15 pm. Email the church and we will send you the Zoom link.

The gospel from Matthew 16: 13-20 can be found at this link.

The sermon can be found at this link. The preacher is the Rev. Lindon Eaves.

Lindon and his wife Sue grew up in Birmingham, England.  They went to the same elementary school but didn’t know it.  While they were still in High School, they met at a Church cricket match at a nearby psychiatric hospital in the summer of 1961. They went to church on New Year’s Day 1962 for their first date and married in 1968.

Sue trained as a teacher and Lindon as a priest at colleges outside Oxford, U.K. .  When Lindon was ordained they returned to Birmingham where Sue taught in High School and worked with adult literacy programs as Lindon began research towards his doctorate a genetics while assisting at a nearby parish church.    

They first visited Richmond in 1978 while Lindon was on sabbatical at MCV, returning to Oxford for two years before emigrating to Richmond in 1981 after Lindon was offered a faculty position in Human Genetics at VCU/MCV that Summer.

A friend introduced them to St. Peter’s where they were delighted with the openness, lack of stuffiness and sense of welcome they met when they crossed the door. Lindon went on to serve at Holy Comforter, Richmond   After the birth of their third child, Sue trained for the priesthood at Virginia Theological Seminary.  She was ordained in 1990 and served as the director of St. Catherine’s Upper School (where she had taught religion), became associate rector of St. James’ Richmond, served 12 years as Rector of St. Thomas’, Richmond before retiring from full-time ministry in 2013, later serving as Interim Rector for St. Paul’s, Richmond.

During this time, Lindon continued his research into the roles of genes and environment on human behavior while serving as a non-stipendiary priest at St.James’ and later St. Thomas’ where he continued to preach, celebrate and teach while playing an active role in the national dialogue between religion and science.

Although they still sound English, they are both American citizens and see Richmond as their home.  They have three children and three grand-children who all live in the United States. They are grateful they have been able to return to St. Peter’s where the Spirit is so alive and well.

ANNOUCEMENTS

FOOD DISTRIBUTION and the FOOD BANK takes place on the first and third Wednesday of each month. For more information contact Dr. Ron Carey.

BIBLE STUDY each Wednesday at 7:00 PM hosted by Daniel and Lindsay. Meeting ID: 92081906419. To call in, call this number: 646-558-8656 and meeting ID: 920 8190 6419. if you have any technical difficulties joining, call Daniel at 908 234 0376.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER is offered on the second and fourth Saturday at 3:00 PM. Please contact Nikki Fernandes with any prayer requests at nikkifernandes1@gmail.com or 757-880-9126 or contact Olivia Brown at 804-986-2298.

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 our 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. Her phone number is 804–986–2298 and email is brownoe19@gmail.com
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 at 804-986-2298 (please leave a message if there’s no answer) or email brownoe19@gmail.com. All REQUESTS ARE CONFIDENTIAL. If you have any questions you can reach out to Olivia or anybody on the work team which includes the following: Karla, Daniel, Lindsay, Thom, Marc, Peter, Danny, and LaVerne.

Sermon for August 16, 2020

We continue to meet via Zoom. While we are not together physically we are together online and have a wonderful time together. If you’d like to join us please email the church and we’ll send you the Zoom link.

The readings for this Sunday are: Genesis 45:1-15; Psalm 133; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; and the Gospel is Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28.

The sermon for August 16, the 11th Sunday after Pentecost, can be found here. Our preacher is the Rev. Sue Eaves.

Sue and her husband Lindon grew up in Birmingham, England.  They went to the same elementary school but didn’t know it.  While they were still in High School, they met at a Church cricket match at a nearby psychiatric hospital in the summer of 1961. They went to church on New Year’s Day 1962 for their first date and married in 1968.

Sue trained as a teacher and Lindon as a priest at colleges outside Oxford, U.K. .  When Lindon was ordained they returned to Birmingham where Sue taught in High School and worked with adult literacy programs as Lindon began research towards his doctorate a genetics while assisting at a nearby parish church.    

They first visited Richmond in 1978 while Lindon was on sabbatical at MCV, returning to Oxford for two years before emigrating to Richmond in 1981 after Lindon was offered a faculty position in Human Genetics at VCU/MCV that Summer.

A friend introduced them to St. Peter’s where they were delighted with the openness, lack of stuffiness and sense of welcome they met when they crossed the door. Lindon went on to serve at Holy Comforter, Richmond   After the birth of their third child, Sue trained for the priesthood at Virginia Theological Seminary.  She was ordained in 1990 and served as the director of St. Catherine’s Upper School (where she had taught religion), became associate rector of St. James’ Richmond, served 12 years as Rector of St. Thomas’, Richmond before retiring from full-time ministry in 2013, later serving as Interim Rector for St. Paul’s, Richmond.

During this time, Lindon continued his research into the roles of genes and environment on human behavior while serving as a non-stipendiary priest at St.James’ and later St. Thomas’ where he continued to preach, celebrate and teach while playing an active role in the national dialogue between religion and science.

Although they still sound English, they are both American citizens and see Richmond as their home.  They have three children and three grand-children who all live in the United States. They are grateful they have been able to return to St. Peter’s where the Spirit is so alive and well.

Announcements for the week of August 9, 2020

For information on the programs below you may contact the person listed OR email the church office at stpeterschurchhill@gmail.com

FOOD DISTRIBUTION, where the food is sorted and packed, and the FOOD BANK, where it is distributed, take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month. We practice safe handling of food and distribution. For more information contact Dr. Ron Carey.

BIBLE STUDY is each Wednesday at 7:00 PM hosted by Daniel and Lindsay.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER is offered on the second and fourth Saturday at 3:00 PM.

PLEDGING: 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 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. If you have any questions you can reach out to Olivia or anybody on the work team which includes the following: Karla, Daniel, Lindsay, Thom, Marc, Peter, Danny, and LaVerne.

Gospel & Sermon for August 9, 2020

We continue our online worship and fellowship. If you would like to join our Zoom coffee hour at 12 noon on Sunday please email the church and we will send you the link.

The reading of the gospel is found here.

The sermon is found here. It comes from Bishop Susan Goff’s online chapel and features the Rev. Dr. Dorothy White, Associate Priest at St. John’s (Church Hill) and St. Mark’s (Richmond).

Dorothy is the fourth of five children born to the Oscar N. and Dorothy D. White of Knoxville, Tennessee.  She was raised in a Christian home and came to love the LORD at an early age.

Dorothy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  She went on to earn a Master of Arts in Theology from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She has also earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond. 

The Reverend Dr. Dorothy White is currently serving as Associate Priest at both St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church.

She is retired from St. Catherine’s School where she served as School Chaplain. Additional duties included serving as a Teacher of Religion and Philosophy.