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. 

Gospel and Sermon for August 2, 2020

Gospel reading from Matthew 14:13-21.

Sermon by Deacon Karla Westphall-Hunt.

The Reverend Deacon Karla Hunt was ordained 29 September 2018 as a vocational deacon after 30+ years as a lay member at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

She is a retired geologist with two adult daughters and a 13-month old granddaughter. She is also the leader of the pack of two lab mix ‘pound puppies.’

Deacon Karla has been with us here at St. Peter’s since August 2019 participating in the food distribution program, pastoral care and healing prayer. 

Thank you for joining us for these online offerings. If you’d like to join us for Sunday worship and coffee at 12 noon via Zoom please contact us via email and we’ll send you the link.

Do You Want to Deepen Your Bible Study?

Are you interested in studying the Bible, theology, and deepending your call to ministry in the world? If so, explore EfM, Education for Ministry, a program from the School of Theology at Sewanee.

EfM invites participants into small, mentored groups that provide the framework for understanding life and shaping actions as Christian faith is deepened. EfM seminar groups meet in local settings and online, and provide a four-year curriculum that develops a theologically informed, reflective, and articulate laity.

There is an EfM group meeting via Zoom that is mentored by Deacon David Curtis at St. John’s Church Hill. St. Peter’s members and friends are encouraged to explore it. You can read more at the EfM website or by contacting Deacon David Curtis at St. John’s, or sending an email to stpeterschurchhill@gmail.com.

Farewell to the Terry Family

Saying good-bye can be bittersweet, can’t it? That’s how the St. Peter’s family feels right now. On July 19 we bid farewell to the Rev. Andrew Terry, his wife Tiffany and their son Langston. They are moving to Texas where Fr. Terry will begin a new position as a missioner with the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. The move will also bring them close to family in Texas. For all of this we give thanks to God.

We send them off with sadness but with hearts full of thankfulness and joy for the gifts and friendships they’ve brought us for the past 5 years. We are also filled with anticipation and excitement about what lies ahead for St. Peter’s. Stay tuned to this website and our Facebook page for updates on our new leadership and plans.

At the farewell service on July 19th the congregation presented Fr. Andrew with a new stole and a framed picture of all of us. The picture is taken from one of our current Zoom fellowship times, and it is surrounded by the names of everyone at St. Peter’s. You can see the gifts in the picture below.

Go in peace Andrew, Tiffany and Langston. You are loved and will be missed!

Fish Fry

We will not have our annual Crab Feast this fall because of the corona-virus pandemic.

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But we hope to have a fish fry on October 24! It will be curb side pickup only.

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More details will be released as we get closer to the date.