SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK
Sunday, November 6th
9:00am Sunday School
11:00am Love Fellowship
Tuesday, November 8th
5:30pm Worship Team
Wednesday, November 9th
10:00am Bible Study
Thursday, November 10th
10:00am Fidget Mats
7:15pm Dartball vs. Lightning
Sunday, November 13th
9:00am Sunday School
11:00am Love Fellowship
Stop by the office door, grab a sticky note, and write down something you are thankful for. It can be anything! Maybe you are thankful for certain people, places, things, or activities. You can share your gratitude for our church, certain ministries, or places where you volunteer. Then, post it on the glass wall as a way to share gratitude and give thanks to God. It is also a way for us to see what different people are thankful for in our faith community. Fill out as many as you want to!
SAVE THE DATE!
On Sunday, December 4th, we will be taking part in the Congregational Vitality Survey. The survey is a positive tool for us to use as we joyfully explore how we all experience St. Peter. It is a chance for us to engage in conversation about who we are as a church and what we see for our future. The survey is not about assessing or evaluating what we like or don’t like about our church, it is an opportunity for us to talk about how we see our church and identify what we do well and what we can do even better. Please plan on attending worship on Sunday, December 4th to complete the survey at either the 8:00am or 10:00am service.
The St. Peter Council met on October 20, 2022. Reports were shared and each Mission gave updates. The date for the annual meeting was set for February 5, 2023, at 11:00am. A motion was made and approved for WELCA to hold a cookie sale. The council discussed participating in the ‘Congregational Vitality Survey.’ This was recommended to us by the synod and is an opportunity for us to learn about how we can focus our attention on the growth and vitality of St. Peter. A motion was made, and was passed, for St. Peter to participate in the survey. More details will be shared soon about the survey.
Note: You will continue to receive regular council updates in this email. These updates include the significant information from the most recent meeting. If you would like the “official” minutes, you may reply to this email and Carrie can send them to you. Copies of all council and team meeting minutes that we receive can be found in the binder marked “Council Reports” that is kept below the bulletin board in the narthex.
Last week we shared the news with you that our checking account balance was $800.00. We expressed the need for immediate action, and you responded. Thank you! As of Monday, October 31, our checking account balance was $5,650.00. Because of your generosity we can continue to support the vital ministries of our church. Weekly giving needs to average $5,300 to meet our budgeted expenses.
If you don’t currently share financial gifts, please prayerfully consider if this might be a good time for you to start. If you can contribute an additional gift, it would be put to good use. What you give matters and God works through you to do the work of the church. Thank you!
WORSHIP AND WITNESS MISSION NEWS
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.
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 November. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084aaaac2eaaf58-worship
Christmas Poinsettia Orders
Let’s make our Sanctuary a beautiful and festive place to worship this Christmas season! Reply to this email or call the office (920.452.4771) if you would like to order a poinsettia. All plants are 6 ½ inches, have 4 – 6 blooms, and can be picked up after the Christmas Day service. Please place your order by Sunday, November 27th. Plants can be ordered in Red, White, Pink or Marble, and are $10.50 each.
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
Join us for Bible Study, led by Myra, on Wednesday mornings from 10:00am to 11:00am in the Fireside Room.
SOCIAL OUTREACH MISSION NEWS
We Bake You Decorate
Unfrosted Cutout Christmas Cookies! Mixing, rolling, cutting, and baking Christmas cutout cookies is work, BUT frosting and decorating them is fun! Let WELCA’s cutout cookie fundraiser do the work and leave you with only the fun. Place an order for cookies by December 2nd and we will have them mixed, rolled, cutout, baked and packaged for you for pick up and payment on December 10th & 11th. We will also offer a gluten free option. Order forms are available at church or by emailing or calling the church office. There is also an order form attached to this email – you can fill it out and mail it in or drop it off at church.
Lutheran World Relief
LWR collections are always ongoing. Currently for the months of Nov/Dec we are collecting: For the Layettes: T-shirts in sizes 6 mos – 24 mos, and socks in toddler sizes. For Health Care kits: white bar soap, wide tooth combs, and nail clippers. Your donations are tax deductible, just ask Carrie for a form. Thank you so much.
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
NSCFP is grateful for St. Peter member’s generous food and financial donations. Every month a new list of most needed items is put in St. Peter’s weekly email. The following is a list of greatest needs for November: Large Soup, Canned Tuna/Chicken, Assorted Crackers, Pasta Sides/Boxed Potatoes, Baked Beans, Dish Soap, Toothbrushes/Toothpaste, Juice/Iced Tea.
Please continue to collect and drop off your doodads and gizmos, we are getting requests for more mats from several different organizations. They’re a hit! Please join us every Thursday from 10am – noon in the Quadrooms. We have all the supplies you need and would be happy to talk you through your first mat!
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.
Winter market begins the first weekend in November at the First Congregational Church, located at 310 Bluff Avenue. The winter market will continue every first and third Saturday through April, from 9am-12pm. We will continue to offer EBT and $15 Double Your Bucks match at every market!
We have had some unexpected transitions in Bridgeway, as well as some hardships among our aftercare families, such as serious medical issues, mental health instability, and reduced employment. If you are able to help some of our families with holiday gifts, we would be grateful that they have an opportunity to create warm memories during difficult times. Please contact executive director, Lisa Stephan, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giving Tuesday and End of Year Giving: Please mark your calendar and join us on November 29th. We will be taking curbside donations (9-10:30am, 1-2:30pm, 4-5:30pm) and providing house tours (11am-12pm, 3-4pm). Our fundraising end of year goal is $20,000. There is an in-kind list posted online, www.sheboygancountyinterfaith.org/giving-tuesday.
Items that we would especially appreciate at this time are copy paper, black Sharpies, ballpoint pens, bus passes, and birthday decorations (adult and child).
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.
Please keep the following people in your prayers:
David, Terry, Liz, Jim, Eva, Jazzy, Kathy, Karen, Diane, Denny, Kiel School District, Allison, Kelly, Leslie, Dan, Jean, Eleanor, Those in El Salvador Following Tropical Storm Julia, 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.