SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK
Sunday, October 2nd
9:00am Sunday School
11:00am Love Fellowship Church of God in Christ
Tuesday, October 4th
6:00pm Worship Team
7:00pm Band Rehearsal
Wednesday, October 5th
10:00am Bible Study
11:30am Leah Circle
Thursday, October 6th
10:00am Fidget Mats
Sunday, October 9th
9:00am Sunday School
11:00am Love Fellowship Church of God in Christ
As of Thursday, September 22nd, we have $13,000 in our general fund, and all financial obligations are up to date. We have also made over $10,000 in Social Outreach Donations to the Greater Milwaukee Synod, SCIO, Rainbow Kids, Samaritans Hand, Crossways Camps, and El Salvador, in addition to the generous donations from our members. Thank you for your financial gifts! As is typical this time of year, our current need continues to be financial donations to the general fund. Please prayerfully consider contributing to the St. Peter general fund to help us continue our day-to-day vital ministries.
WORSHIP AND WITNESS MISSION NEWS
Fall Worship Times
8:00am – Worship (Sanctuary)
9:00-9:45am – Sunday School (Meet in Fireside Room)
10:00am – Worship (Sanctuary)
Coffee Fellowship will be between services in the Fellowship Hall
St. Peter Live
Our service is livestreamed to our Facebook page (https://m.facebook.com/stpetersheboygan/) each Sunday morning. Following worship, the service will be uploaded to YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkvPIB8agxVhS72C5822etA) and our website (https://stpetersheboygan.com). The weekly bulletin is attached to this email if you would like to follow along with the online service.
We have a new piano in the Sanctuary!
We give thanks for the gift of our new piano. We know it will enhance our worship and help us praise God. Please enjoy looking at and listening to the piano, however, please do not touch or place things on the instrument, and it cannot be moved. Thank you!
Sign up to be a Worship Assistant
It is now easier than ever to help with worship! Visit the Sign-Up Genius site to help with reading, ushering, communion and tech through October. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084aaaac2eaaf58-worship
LIFELONG LEARNING MISSION
Join us for Sunday School at 9:00am. Kids ages 3 years old through 5th grade are invited to join us for a time of bible stories, music, and activities. Please click the link to register for Sunday School. https://stpeter.breezechms.com/form/3931c5
Confirmation is on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm. Please click the link to register for confirmation. https://stpeter.breezechms.com/form/3931c5
Leah Circle will meet on Wednesday, October 5th at 11:30am in Fireside Room. Bring a sack lunch. We will be doing our Bible Study from the Gather Magazine after our brief meeting and lunch.
SOCIAL OUTREACH MISSION NEWS
Lutheran World Relief School Kit Assembly
Many hands make light work!! Join in to help assemble Lutheran World Relief school kits between services on Sunday, October 9th. We have enough supplies to assemble 400 school kits because of so many generous donations of paper, pens, pencils, erasers, scissors, rulers, crayons and pencil sharpeners. In addition, we would like to thank the sewers who made the 400 bags to fill. (That’s a lot of thread!)
The school kits, in addition to health kits, layette kits and many beautiful quilts will be boxed and blessed on October 9th, to be ready to be loaded on the semi-trailer on October 15th. We have a great crew from St. Peter taking the first shift (7:00-9:30am) for trailer loading at First United Lutheran Church where other churches in our community will add their donations before it travels to a LWR warehouse in Baltimore, Maryland.
The impact of such generosity cannot be expressed in words but felt in the hearts and hands of each quilt or kit that reaches around the world where it is most needed. Thank you to each and every one who has shared in this project.
The Mitten Tree is up in the back corner of the Fellowship Hall and ready for your donations of warm mittens and gloves for our friends at the elementary schools. We did receive a wonderful donation of almost 120 handmade hats – so we would love your donations of mittens and gloves in a range of colors and sizes. We would love to send items to the schools before it gets cold, so they are ready to go! Thank you!
Northside Christian Food Pantry
Each month we prepare a list of most needed items. Below is a list of the needed items for October: Bottled Juice/Iced Tea, Spaghetti Sauce – no low sodium sauce is needed at this time, Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, Cereal, Breakfast Bars, Large Canned Soup, Pasta/Rice Sides, Canned Meals/Beef Stew and Plastic Grocery Bags.
Thank you, St. Peter, for your partnership in serving the community. Our board, volunteers and those in need are grateful for your food and financial donations. Pat L.
On Friday, September 16th, 24 fidget mats and 7 cuffs were delivered to Pine Haven in Falls, North High and South High. Fidgeters, keep up the outstanding creativity you have in creating mats because not only do they give us joy, but we are doing what Jesus wants us to do in loving our community. The comments were: “These are cool and you guys rock,” “These are awesome and creativity is wonderful,” “How fun! and 3 classes will share these great mats.”
God Bless this congregation for their generosity in gifting the doodads and gizmos so we in turn can continue to gift mats. I wish everyone could see the reaction when I make these deliveries. Priceless! To the Glory of God. Peace!
Join us for quilting for Lutheran World Relief on Tuesdays from 9am– 12pm in the quad room. Please come, we have a lot of work to do. No experience necessary. We will teach you. See you there.
Items that we would especially appreciate at this time are toilet paper, napkins, 13-gallon garbage bags, and facial tissues.
Bridgeway remains near capacity in our ministry to assist vulnerable women with children. They are getting into the swing of back to school and the new pace that comes with a new routine. The mentoring program has started, and we are grateful for the generosity of our Bridgeway graduates to share their support and lived experiences to help current women in residency.
Bridgeway Appeal 2022: Please be generous with your support! We are serving over 200 women and children annually through residency and outreach programs. Your support is more important than ever so we can continue to meet the needs of this vulnerable population!
The SCIO Summer Farmers Market runs through the end of October! We will be in Fountain Park every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am-1pm, offering EBT and Double Your Bucks at every market. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers will only be available through the end of September. Winter market begins the first weekend in November – mark your calendars!
Family Pathways is the only private supervised visitation program in Sheboygan County. If you or a family you know is going through a transition, please contact us about this service. There are currently openings on our schedule. firstname.lastname@example.org
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is now operational. This lifeline provides care and support to people experiencing stressful situations. It is a free, confidential, and is available 24/7. People of all ages who need help for themselves or a loved one can access the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by: calling 988, sending a text message to 988, or using the chat feature at 988lifeline.org. People who contact 988 will be connected with a trained counselor who takes note of the person’s needs, understands how the person’s problem is affecting them, provides support, and, if needed, gets the person additional help.
A HELPFUL REMINDER ABOUT RESPECTFUL COMMUNICATION
The St. Peter Church Council uses the Respectful Communication Guidelines (developed by the Kaleidoscope Institute) and invites teams and individuals to practice the guidelines as well. Below is a brief explanation of the Respectful Communication Guidelines that would be helpful for you to look at as we continue to focus on being a healthy congregation that practices healthy communication.
Guidelines for communication are like the traffic rules that one has to understand and observe before getting a license to drive a car. We are required to pass a test proving that we know and will follow the rules in order to be safe. With interpersonal communication, we do not require people to pass a test but, we do need to remind people about how to interact respectfully. When we react to others with negative attitudes, put-downs, judgments, and dismissal, it is not helpful to the community.
Different communities use different versions of communication guidelines. The Respectful Communication Guidelines are written in an acronym that helps people remember them.
R = take RESPONSIBILITY for what you say and feel without blaming others.
E = use EMPATHETIC listening.
S = be SENSITIVE to differences in communication styles.
P = PONDER what you hear and feel before you speak.
E = EXAMINE your own assumptions and perceptions.
C = keep CONFIDENTIALITY.
T = TRUST ambiguity because we are not here to debate who is right or wrong.
Communication is an important element in building a more inclusive community. People of different backgrounds bring with them different communication styles. Sometimes these differences can cause conflicts among members of a community- often in an unconscious way.
If we are to express the essence of God’s inclusiveness, we need to agree to behave differently when we are attempting to build a more inclusive community. The Respectful Communication Guidelines provide a foundation to uphold the well-being of the community.
A resource of the Kaleidoscope Institute, found at: http://www.kscopeinstitute.org/respectful-communication-guidelines/
Please keep the following people in your prayers: Arlyn, Those struggling with their identities, Brooklyn, Jaden, Hannah, Jill, Darlene, Esmerelda, People dealing with cancer, Dave, Bryon, Kelly, Diane, Tracy, and Apostles of Christ.
BULLETIN AND WEEKLY NEWSLETTER ARTICLE DATES
Announcements for the bulletin and weekly newsletter are due at noon each Wednesday. Please submit information to Carrie, at email address email@example.com. The staff will review and make final decisions based on clarity, space, content, timing, and needs of the community.