2018 Newsletter

St. Peter’s & St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

25 Pomona Ave

Providence, RI 02908

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401-272-9649

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The Rev. Maryalice Sullivan, Priest-

Email: revmas90@gmailcom

The Rev. James Kelliher, Deacon

Email: revjjwkelliher@gmail.com

Holy Eucharist @ 10:00 am Sunday 

Morning Prayer @ 8:30 am Friday


We welcome you in the name of God. Enter St. Peter’s & St. Andrew’s not as a stranger, but as a guest of God. If this is your first visit here, we are honored and blessed to worship with you. We pray that you will feel welcome and that you receive spiritually for this worship time. We hope you return to worship with us again. We invite you to join us for coffee hour following the service.

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St. Peter’s & St. Andrew’s - Weekly E-pistle- September16, 2018

Epiphanies

The word epiphany means the sudden realization of something that was unknown to you.  Epiphanies can be very big or rather small and they happen when they happen.  One of my own epiphanies came from the experience of eating cold pizza for breakfast.  I know that does not sound like much but for me it was the beginning of a new way of thinking and looking at the world.

I had stayed overnight at a friends house.  We had pizza for dinner and there were leftovers.  In the morning my friend served me the leftover pizza for breakfast.  Ordinary, plain ordinary event in my life, but for me it was the first time that I had eaten anything but breakfast food for breakfast.  In my mind there were rules, hard and fast rules about breakfast, it could be cereal and bananas, bacon and eggs, pancakes, French toast and that was pretty much it.  Any other food was reserved for lunch and beyond.  To eat any other food was against some unwritten law and would probably lead to some unwritten punishment.  

Eating that cold pizza early that morning was oh so good.  It dispelled my sense of rightness and wrongness about what one could eat for breakfast.  It opened for me a new way of thinking.  I found myself thinking about how many other things did I hold to be true that I needed to look at.  

This one simple event opened in me a process of looking at what I know and hold as a sacred truth and know that it is limited.  Understanding that there are other sacred truths just as important, just as holy and just like I bit into the cold pizza and it was good, so are many things outside of my own frame of reference; outside of my own experiences of life. It was a holy moment filled with grace.  Such a simple thing, a simple epiphany given by God that for me has become a way of life.  It has led me to places like the slums of Dorchester as well as the beauty of Tanzania.  We are all sisters and brothers created by God.  We are different from one another but it is in the tension of the differences that creative energy emerges and wonderful things happen. 


Maryalice

 

Construction updates

This week we were able to secure the floor sander and the contractor for the repairs for the parish house and the painting of the rectory.  Now we wait for the contract and for the actual start date.  It is all a process sometimes moving slowly and at other times moving at the speed of light.

The clearing out process has continued with two more closets downstairs emptied.  Under the sinks, the one in the kitchen, and the two in the bathroom have been cleaned and all cleaning products, because of their hazardous materials, are now stored in an upper cabinet in the anti room to the bathroom. 

A leak in our basement of the parish house was discovered in the process of cleaning things out.  A solution to the leak or at least a partial solution is to re-direct the water from the outside drain pipe.  A bit of creativity and we should be able to solve the cause of this problem.  At some point we will have to re-point our bricks, taking care of our buildings is to be ever observant, diligent and to remain aware of these wonderful gifts we have been given.

Already the work that has been done is making a large difference.  We are blessed.

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St. Peter’s & St. Andrew’s - Weekly E-pistle- September23, 2018

Prayers, Please Pray with me

 

Will you pray for my brother who’s in the hospital?  Will you pray for my husband, he needs surgery next week?  Will you pray for my dog, she’s very sick?  These are the requests made of me on a regular basis.  And, yes, I’ve been asked to pray for pets, often in fact.  My response does not change, no matter the request.  ‘Of course, but why don’t we pray together now.’  One individual told me she didn’t know how, since I was clergy she figured I could pray for her.  

These requests no matter the circumstances, validate me as a clergy person, but prayer is not and should not be reserved for the select few.  After all, what is prayer, but a conversation with God.  Prayers from a clergy person are no more valid or important then anyone else’s.  I certainly, do not have the ‘hot line’ to the Almighty.

And what are my prayers?  I’ve shocked more then a couple people that I’ve prayed with.  They’re not fancy, not full of divine words of wisdom and piety, they are just as I said, a conversation with God, asking as an intercessor on behalf of the person making the request.  Many may argue this point, and I would not be pretentious enough to debate it, but time in prayer is necessary not only on behalf of another, but ourselves as well.

 

I offer to you a suggestion, that was given to me many years ago, even if you have nothing to say, spend 5 minutes in silence and listen for God to speak to you.  You’ll be surprised at how well this feeds the soul.  In our busy day to day world, if all you have is 5 minutes, why not spend them doing something that perhaps might just change your life or outlook.  I pray for each of you daily, and hope you’ll pray for me as well.  Lord knows we could all use all the prayer we can get.

God bless you all...  Jim

Building Community, praying, learning, eating, laughing, holding each other in times of

joy and sorrow - being a welcoming oasis of love to all.

Our life together is ever evolving.  Up until now most of the time has been the cleaning and the repairing of our buildings.  That has taken a lot of energy and time and will continue to do so.  It is good.  One bid at a time, one piece of the reconstruction at a time, one closet cleaned, one draw emptied of ancient things long forgotten and no longer useful or needed and little by little we have been moving forward.  At this moment we are current with our bills, there is new energy, new hope and new joy.  

Now we can turn at least some of our focus to building community within the parish and the neighborhood.

Sunday October 7th will be the Blessing of the Animals during the 10:00 o’clock celebration of the Holy Eucharist

Sunday October 14, 21 and 28 there will be a table cloth in the parish house.  During coffee we will have the opportunity to trace our hands on the cloth and this cloth will become our Altar hanging for the Feast of All Saints on Sunday, Novermber 4th.

During Advent we will have a tree in the sanctuary which we will decorate with hats and mittens to be given away.  We will also have the opportunity during coffee hour
to make a Christmas ornament to hang on the tree when the hats and mittens are removed.
 

Fun/Fund Raiser:

Mark your calendars:

Saturday afternoon, November 3rd we’ Re invited to come together to paint a slate.  Slates were left to us by Rev. Joyce, and yes, there will be an artist on hand to give us specific directions on the how’s why’s and what’s so that each of us will have a beautiful slate to take home.  There will be several baskets for raffle, hors d’ourves, deserts, and more.  This will be a fun afternoon.  The price will be $20.00 a ticket and the rest of the details will be forwarded.  Tickets will be available next week.  So begin to think about who you might invite.  We have a goal of selling 50 tickets.  This will give us the money needed to continue to have a balanced budget.

Saturday, December 1st will be the annual Christmas bazaar, food, fun, come one come one and all and bring your friends.