WORSHIP and SUNDAY SCHOOL
To access live-streamed Worship and view Worship Folder please use:
Sunday Education Hour for 3 year olds – adults at 9am
Divine Worship at 10:15am
Spirit Wear: Webstore CLOSES Monday 9/18
Click here to access webstore! Samples are available in Narthex again this Sunday. (Pro tip: last year, many found that t-shirt and polo sizes ran SMALL; consider ordering a size “up”)
Sunday Sept 24: MCC Survey Forum and Lunch Sign-Up (CROP Walkers also invited!)
Earlier this month, the Ministry and Call Committee distributed the results of our summer survey on the possibility of Pastor Borger “stepping back” and Pastor Clark “stepping up.” Our next step will be a Forum for further discussion on Sept 24 after worship (a “summary view” of the pastors’ current schedules will also be distributed ahead of the Forum).
Lunch will be provided, and CROP Walkers will head to the Walk immediately after. Please click here to sign-up for the meal (or sign up in the Narthex).
*Please also read the Letter in advance of the Forum and continue to pray our “MCC Prayer.” Click here for the Letter and Prayer.
Mangelsdorf Hymn Sing and Reception in Celebration of Marriage: Sign Up
Sunday, Oct 22, 3:30pm
In honor of their 65th Anniversary, Pastor Ken and Anne Mangelsdorf are hosting a Hymn Sing in celebration of God’s gift of marriage to them and to us all. Jerry Kuker will be the featured organist, and Emily Ruch will direct the St. Peter Choir in leading all of us in worship. In addition to singing together, we will hear short readings from Scripture and from theologians like Martin Luther and C.S. Lewis. The Hymn Sing will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.
Instead of material gifts, the Mangelsdorfs request your presence, your song, and your joy! If you can join us, please sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E49ACAB29ABF5C16-mangelsdorf
Join Us for this Year’s CROP Walk – September 24th!
Join us in our efforts to support this year’s St. Joseph County CROP Hunger Walk and help us fight hunger in our community and across the globe.
What is the CROP Hunger Walk?
CROP Hunger Walks are community fundraising events sponsored by Church World Service (CWS), a faith-based organization addressing hunger and food insecurity, lack of clean water, and other issues defining poverty in our community and across the globe. 25% of the funds we raise will go to local organizations in St. Joseph County, including The Christian Community Pantry, Broadway Christian Parish UMC Food Ministries, Sunnyside Presbyterian Church Food Pantry and United Religious Community Advocacy Center.
How can I get involved?
- Walk with us on Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 2:00 pm at Zion United Church of Christ in South Bend (near Howard Park). Registration starts at 1:15 pm. There are two walks – a short 1-mile walk or a long 4-mile walk.
- Donate on behalf of our walkers and SPLC. Our goal is to raise $500. Let’s make it happen!
- Online: To donate online, click here or go to our SPLC fundraising page and click on the orange ‘Donate’ button.
- Offline: Grab one of the donation folders by the slat wall and return it to Halrun Luppes by September 24.
- ATTN SPY! If you are associated with SPY, please reference “St. Peter Youth” in the ‘Message’ field online or on your check as CWS will make a matching gift of $125 if our youth group raises at least $250.
- Pray for the CROP Walk and for our participation in it.
To learn more about CWS and CROP Hunger Walks visit CROP Hunger Walks. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Halrun Luppes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-292-2792 (mobile). Thank you for your support!
Ministry Updates and Opportunities
ANNOUNCING FALL 2023: Adult Bible Studies and Small Groups
Sunday Morning Adult Study: Live Connected in Spiritual Formation – The Book of Ruth
Pastor Borger will teach and lead discussion on the Book of Ruth starting on Sunday, September 17. How do we see God forming the character and relationships of everyone in this narrative? How might this help form our character and relationships as we “live connected”? How does this connect with our overall story in Israel and in Christ?
When: Sundays, 9am | Where: Church Fellowship Hall
Friday Night Bible Study
The FNBS meets TONIGHT, September 15 at 6:30pm for dinner, followed by study beginning at 7pm. This year’s focus will be Chad Bird’s book, Limping with God: Jacob and the Old Testament Guide to Messy Discipleship. Anyone is welcome to join; no previous bible study experience needed!
Jacob seems to be anything but a model disciple. And yet he is also “Israel,” the namesake of the Old Testament community of God, chosen and blessed. In Jacob’s life we see our lives, our struggles, our failures…but most especially, the God who loves us and chooses us as his own. Come explore his story as we learn more together about ourselves and about the God of Israel, who is with us and for us in Jesus the Messiah.
Book: Check it out or order here (the church will cover the cost if needed)
Time: Meal, 6:30pm | Study 7-8:30pm
Dates: 1st and 3rd Fridays [Sept 15, Oct 6 and 20, Nov 3 and 17]
Where: Fellowship Hall
Sign-up: Please contact either John Schroeder (email@example.com) or Mike Fonck (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let them know you’re interested.
Pick Your Next Usher Date!
Thanks to everyone who has served as an usher or part of an usher team. It’s time to pick another date to serve! Please sign up on the Sunday Servants sheet on the slat wall. You can see the specific list of duties, with video demos, here. A veteran usher will assist you and teach you one extra duty beyond communion each time you serve.
Crucifer: Pick a Date to Carry the Cross!
Anyone interested and able is invited to carry the Cross for the processional at the beginning of worship. Sign up on the Sunday Servants sheet in the Narthex and watch this video to prepare.
We need volunteers for hospitality on Sundays. Pick up some treats from the store such as mini rolls, strudel, fruit, donut holes, small cinnamon rolls, or similar. Total cost is no more than $20 (3-4 packages). There is a sign-up sheet and instructions on the table by the slat wall. Please contact Nancy Kroll if you have any questions at (574) 229-9496.
Week of September 10, 2023
General Fund: $6,164.01
Sunday 9/10: 120
M.A.C. Food Pantry
• food collected this week: Cindy will return toward the end of the month
• this week’s shopping list: Jiffy mix, hamburger helper, Jell-o
Contact Cindy Matthews (574) 855-3504 for more information.
Sewing Quilt Team
• 10 quilts this week
The Sewing Group meets Tuesdays to cut squares, size sheets, assemble backs and fronts of quilts, iron sheets, sew and pin quilts. Participants of ANY skill level from the least to the greatest are welcome. If you are interested in this human care ministry, contact Helga Platz (574) 514-3751 for more information.
Braille Bible Team
• 12 books of I Chronicles in Unified English Braille with SPY (on Saturday, Sept 9)
• 25 books of I Kings in Contracted English Braille (on Tuesday)
Contact Sharon Csaszar (574) 904-1411 or Sandy Ellis (574) 220-3636 for more information.
Links and General Info
Prayer Requests may be submitted by:
- Using the convenient on-line Submit New Prayer Request Here Link
- Adding written prayers to the “Our Gathering Prayers” form on Sunday morning
Announcements may be submitted by:
- Using the online form: https://splcm.org/forms/submit-announcement/
- Filling out an announcement form from the left of the slat wall in the Narthex and placing it on the pastor’s chair to the right of the Cross at the front of the sanctuary.
St. Peter Members Website Page
Did you know that we have a dedicated page just for members of St. Peter? This page contains monthly celebrations for birthdays, baptisms, and wedding anniversaries; annual Kingdom Spending Plan (budget); monthly financial reports; MLT and Voter Assembly minutes and announcements; church Constitution, and more. NOTE: Password is the same as “prayers” password; call the church office with questions, 574-255-5585.
Changes have continued. If your group needs to use Zoom, please email PC at email@example.com.
Your St. Peter Leadership
- Mission Leadership Team (MLT)
Brian Reedstrom (President)
David Seitz (Vice-President)
Alex Homann (Secretary)
David Luster-Bartz (Treasurer)
Andrew Deliyannides (At-Large member)
Elizabeth McGrath (At-Large member)
Dylan Bergstrom (At-Large member)
Chuck Ryan (Head Elder), Marty Orlowski, Brian Reedstrom, Mark Waldron, David Gurnee, John Schroeder, Jeff Rockwell
Pastor Bryan Borger, Senior Pastor
Pastor Adam Clark, Associate Pastor
F: “Flex” (call to see)
- Education Hour: 9:00-9:50am
- Divine Worship: 10:15am