11.24.2021 Weekly Update

Sunday, November 28th  
Worship 8am
Worship 10am
Love Fellowship COGIC 11am

Tuesday, November 30th  
Quilting 9am

Wednesday, December 1st  
Bible Study 10am 
Confirmation 6:30pm

Thursday, December 2ndFidget Mats 10am
Dartball (at Eagles) 7:15pm

Sunday, December 5th
Worship 8am
Sunday School 9:15am
Worship 10am
Love Fellowship COGIC 11am

Sunday, December 19th
Christmas Program  
Worship – Congregational Interactive Program 8am
Worship – Children’s Program 10am

Friday, December 24th  
Christmas Eve
Worship – Family Focused 2pm
Worship – Band Led 4pm

Worship – Choir Led 7pm

Saturday, December 25th
Christmas Day

No Worship

Sunday, December 26th  
Worship 9am

St Peter Live!!
You can now watch our worship service live!  Our 8am service will now be livestreamed to our website (https://stpetersheboygan.com) and 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).  In case of technical difficulty, the service will still be recorded and posted as soon as possible after worship. 

8:00am & 10:00am – Worship in the sanctuary.  We will wear masks and distance. 

9:15am-9:45am – Sunday School in the parking lot if the weather is nice and in the fellowship hall if the weather is not nice.  A grown-up must stay with each household of children.  See details in ‘Lifelong Learning Mission News’ below for more details. 

Christmas Poinsettia Order 
Let’s make our sanctuary a beautiful and festive place to worship this Christmas season!  Poinsettias are 6.5″ and have 4-6 blooms.  They are available in red, white, pink and marble, and are $10.50 each.  Please send your order and check to St. Peter by Sunday, November 28th.  Plants may be picked up after the Christmas service. 

Choir Rehearsal
Join us for choir rehearsal on Wednesday, December 15th at 6:30pm to prepare for the 7pm Christmas Eve Service.  Please let Myra know if you have any questions or would like to attend.

Christmas Wishes for Safe Harbor
This year, St. Peter is teaming up with Safe Harbor to help area families have a merrier Christmas.  There is a Christmas tree set up in the narthex decorated with paper ornaments.  Each ornament has a wish and demographic printed on it:  ie, Hat, Scarf and Gloves – 5 year old boy.  Please grab as many ornaments as you’d like, do your shopping and bring the unwrapped gifts and ornaments to St. Peter by Monday, December 13th (or follow the instructions on the ornament.)  If you have any questions, please let Carrie know.

What is WELCA?  
We are WELCA and our purpose is:  As a community of women all women of the church created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith continuing to have our weekly Bible study and monthly Leah Circle, affirm our gifts sewing quilts for LWR and Linus, making fidget mats for local nursing homes, childcare centers and for mental stimulation, assembling layette, health and school kits for LWR, having St. Peter’s Café, and other fundraisers allow us to have more impact in the worldsupport one another in our calling reaching out with greeting cards, emails and phone calls, engage in ministry and actioby including all women and promise healing and wholeness in the church, society and world supporting El Salvador, Bridgeway, ELCA Synod, LeRoy G Knaub Scholarship, Youth Camp, Confirmation reception and quilts for graduates.  So, we invite all women to come join us in our activities and meetings.  All are welcome. 

Quilting for Lutheran World Relief 
Join us for quilting every Tuesday from 9am – 12pm in the quadroom.  Please come, we have a lot of work to do.  With all the earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters, LWR is in desperate need of quilts.  No experience necessary.  We will teach you.  See you there.  Peace, Wendy B. 

Fidget Mats  
The fidget mat group would like to extend the invitation to join us every Thursday in the quadroom from 10am to noon.   We have been abundantly blessed with all sorts of fabric, doodads and gizmos to put on these sensory mats to be distributed to nursing homes, high schools and child care education centers which are used for distraction, comfort and mental stimulation for those in need.   No need for experience, you’ll be surprised at your own creativity and we will give you direction.  As our group will tell you, it is therapy and enjoyment for us also.   There is much to do so stop in when you can and see what goes on!

Farmer’s Market
The SCIO Winter Farmers Market has begun!  The market will be held the first and third Saturdays from 9am-12pm at First Congregational UCC, 310 Bluff Avenue, Sheboygan.  We have new vendors and new products to share.  We also continue to offer EBT services and DYB vouchers. 

The farmer’s market has been actively working with low-income patrons to increase access to fresh, locally grown produce.  Over $15,000 was spent in food share at the 2021 summer market, and the Double Your Bucks program that is sponsored by St. Nicholas Hospital increased their buying power by adding another $8,000.  We also were able to distribute 245 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program booklets to low-income seniors to purchase $25 of fresh produce at the market in 2021.  The farmers market aligns beautifully with our mission to “advocate for social justice, dignity and to improve the quality of life for all people.”

Bridgeway could use the following items: hand soap, wrapping paper (holiday or birthday), dryer sheets, and 3 matching holiday vinyl tablecloths.

Bridgeway remains focused on helping moms and kiddos accomplish their goals.  Mental health counseling, debt reduction, and actively searching for affordable housing top the list this month.  Our case manager is working with 10 families through outreach with the hopes of bringing those in who meet the criteria for residency when openings occur.  Until that time, we continue to provide food and other basic necessities to help ease their burden of homelessness or vulnerable living conditions.

El Salvador News
Below is a letter from Esmeralda Guillen who is the coordinator for the scholarship program at Apostles of Christ in El Salvador.
Brothers and Sisters of St. Peter:

I want to greet you affectionately and hope that all of you and your family members are well.

Like many people during the pandemic, I have been vaccinated against Covid. At Apostles of Christ we continue to hold services on Sundays with Pastor Cruz. We always follow the Covid security protocol during church services. No one from our church has gotten sick, thank God.      

All the scholarship recipients are studying virtually online. Thank you very much for all the support you give to the students of Apostles of Christ. 

We would like to be able to be in communication with you – maybe video calls.   

Greetings and hugs from all the people of Apostles of Christ to our brothers and sisters at St. Peter.

God bless you all,
Esmeralda Guillen Scholarship coordinator for Apostles of Christ 

Community Resources 
The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) has a helpline 800-950-6264 that is available M-F 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This helpline provides the one-on-one help and information necessary to tackle tough challenges that you, your family or friends are facing.  They also have 24/7 crisis support.  Call 800-273-8255 or text NAMI to 741-741 to receive free support via text message. 

Advent Devotionals
Advent Devotionals are available on the usher’s table in the sanctuary, or in the brown bin outside the front doors.  Please grab one at your convenience.  

Sunday School
Sunday School for children ages 3 years through 5th grade has begun from 9:15-9:45am.  At least one caregiver/parent must accompany each household of children.  We need adults to stay because we will not be having a sign-in/sign-out procedure and hope to do many activities outdoors if the weather allows.  Caregivers/parents are encouraged to participate with their children!  Masks are not required outdoors but are still required in the building. 

All students entering 6th-9th grade are invited to join confirmation classes on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm.  

Bible Study 
Join us for Bible Study, led by Myra, on Wednesday mornings from 10:00am to 11:00am in the Fireside Room.  Please reply to this email or call the church office at 920.452.4771 to sign up to attend. 

Financial Update
Thanks to our generous congregation, St Peter continues to provide in person and online worship, keep up with technology, offer quality programming, and reach out to our community!  At the end of October, member giving was over $175,000 (well above the 15-year average after 10 months) and we had over $52,000 in our checking account.  We have donated almost $13,000 of our member giving to our partners in the community and beyond (Greater Milwaukee Synod, SCIO, El Salvador, Rainbow Kids, Samaritan’s Hand and Crossways Camping Ministry), and passed on an additional $6,000 to the Northside Christian Food Pantry and several members in need of assistance.  Thank you for helping us live out our mission of glorifying God by building healthy relationships with God, with one another, and with our community following the example of Jesus Christ. 

The council met on November 9th.  Reports were given.  Christmas worship times were approved (see above).  An additional member of the audit team was selected.   

Please keep the following people in your prayers:  Dave, Vicki, Joshua, Brian, Jessie, Bob’s Family, Mya, Bette, Kelsey, Howie, Jimmy, Colleen, Ally, Peyton, Conor, Church Council,  and Apostles of Christ.