St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Carson City
News and Inspirations


775-882-1534   314 N. Division St., Carson City, Nevada 
May 19, 2016
In This Issue
Many Thanks
From Our Sr. Warden
UTO time
For your consideration
Love Letter from the Divine
Male Spirituality
Lighter Side
 Lectionary Readings
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From the Rector

Dear People of St Peter's,
     Now we transition from the short days of winter to the long, light days of summer.  It is a time of many transitions, a time of life & death & new life, a time of joy & sadness.
     Congratulations to our various graduates  -  my oldest granddaughter Addie from 8th grade, Jacob Unruh & Shane Johnson from CHS, my oldest son from WNC, Deacon Betty's granddaughter Savannah Wood from West Virginia U.
Congratulations to Chris Berggren for attaining his Eagle, the highest honor in the Boy Scouts.   St Peter's hosted his Eagle Court of Honor last Sunday.
Congratulations to our own "Miss Pam" Ertel (who leads our youngsters in Godly Play) for being named Teacher of the Year for Douglas County.   
     Condolences & heartfelt prayers go out to the families of Evie Arnold, wife of the Rev Chip Arnold, and Deacon Delaney Armistead, husband of Joanne Armistead.  Evie was active over the years at St Paul's Sparks along with her husband & children.  We did many a youth event together, Evie cooking up fabulous food to feed body & soul.  She was a force to be reckoned with, a mom & grandmother with a fierce sense loyalty & the presence of God among us.  She will be sorely missed.  Deacon Delaney proclaimed the Gospel at Christ Church Las Vegas for years, and served on the Commission on Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada.  Delaney proclaimed the Gospel like no other, even at the National Cathedral in Washington DC at Bishop Katherine's installation as Presiding Bishop back in the day.
    We give thanks to God for those coming up among us, for those we love but see no longer, for all the transitions & transformations of this life.


   Thanks to all who participate in and support the St. Peter's Prayer Shawl Ministry.  First they offered adult prayer shawls... then they added the fabulous Twiddlemuffs..... and now they offer prayer shawls for children.  If you know of a child who needs a prayer shawl, talk with Pat Frederick-Perona and she will make it happen!  God's love made visible!!  Who knows where the ripples will go.

News From Our Senior Warden
Greetings!  First, I wanted to make sure you knew about several things that came up at our May 17th Vestry meeting:
   1.  The annual St. Peter's ice cream social will be held Saturday, July 30, and hopefully the weather will be better than last year. Joy Mc Clain is chairperson of this event and is being assisted by committee members Lisa Braren and Isobel Streenan. Please mark your calendars, invite your friends and family, and join us.  
   2.  After 19 years of running the audio/video for the second service, Bryan Mc Curdy is passing the baton on to another newly created committee.  Let Bryan or me know if you would like to join this group and learn how to run the equipment up in the balcony once a month.
   3.  Fr. Jeff's last two sermons have been recorded; and we are working toward being able to post them on the St. Peter's website.  We will let you know as soon as the website is adjusted to accommodate these audio files.
   4.  The Finance Committee welcomes Gayle Bowers who is replacing the recently retired Nancy Krassner as our recorder and Marilyn Peshek as a member at large.
   5.   Susan Newcomb and Sandy Burnett will be taking photographs of "you all" to be placed in a new and improved St. Peter's Pictorial directory.
  And finally, here is a picture of the Plaque that will be placed in the Rectory backyard to commemorate the donation of the playground equipment and those who helped erect it.

Tom Streenan


United Thank Offering (UTO) collection

It is time for the Spring in-gathering of contributions to the United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church.  From our grateful hearts, these contributions become grants awarded in love to change lives.  This is a vital mission arm of the Church.  It is not a fund drive, but rather a discipline in our daily life in Christ wherein we offer prayers of thanksgiving for OUR countless blessings and joyfully share with others.

The traditional blue boxes for your coins are available in the parish hall, along with brochures which explain UTO's purpose and mission more completely.  We will collect those boxes on May 22 and May 29th.  There will also be a second collection basket those days for your gifts of folding money.

Many thanks to Chris Ritger who serves as our St. Peter's UTO coordinator.

For your consideration......
    One of the five Marks of Mission of the Episcopal Church is "to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth."  For this and other reasons, last month our Vestry members agreed to support efforts to reduce and ultimately eliminate the use of bottled water at St. Peter's.  In support of this decision, they are looking into whether a water filter is needed and other logistical issues.  For your consideration, here is some research compiled by our own Karen Kish which brings the issue into context.

    With each innocuous personal-sized plastic bottle of water, consider:
* in 2006 Americans spent an estimated $11 billion drinking 8.3 billion gallons of bottled water, nearly 10% increases over the prior year
* American municipalities spend billions bringing clean, cheap water to the public in an environmentally efficient manner, subjecting it to hundreds of thousands of quality tests
* the EPA regulates the quality of public water supplies, it has no authority over bottled water; FDA regulation, only for interstate transactions, is subject to a weaker regulatory framework
* at least 40% of bottled water comes from municipal water supplies
* the taste of tap water in America has repeatedly prevailed in blind taste tests
* bottled water costs from 240 to 10,000 times as much as water straight from the tap
* the price of a gallon of bottled water equates to $7.50 to $11 a gallon
* 1.5 million barrels of crude oil are used each year to manufacture plastic water bottles for U.S. consumers, enough to generate electricity for more than 250,000 homes for a year
* manufacturing PET generates more than 100 times the toxic emissions compared to making the same amount of glass
* 800,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent are released in making about 50 million PET bottles
* up to seven times the amount of water in the bottle is used in processing
* in bottled water filtration, an estimated two gallons of water is wasted for every gallon
* shipping this heavy commodity from Europe and places as far away as Fiji creates significant carbon dioxide emissions; trucking it throughout the U.S. consumes significant amounts of gasoline while generating damaging emissions
* some bottled water is shipped or stored cold, expending electricity for refrigeration
* 23% of PET plastic bottles were recycled in 2005, down from 40% in 1995
* recycled plastic bottles rarely contain more than 10% recycled plastic
* plastic bottle litter can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade, if then
* incinerated with other trash, plastic releases toxic chlorine into the air while heavy metals deposit in the ash; plastic in landfills leak toxic additives such as phthalates into the groundwater
* some local streams and underground aquifers are becoming depleted through excessive withdrawal for large bottled water processing facilities
* it is estimated that 80% of mid-ocean flotsam was discarded on land, 90% of it being plastic

Writing as a Spiritual Practice
The Heart of Our Story.... Learning who we are and why we are here
Writing can be a powerful and transformative spiritual practice -- through which we can cultivate an expansive mind, open heart, authentic relationships, liberated creativity and a freer soul.  This space is going to give examples of PROMPTS that are intended to give you a launching pad for some writing.  Please approach this as a spiritual practice and invite the Holy into your writing time.  Here are some suggestions to begin with:
HOW:  If you'd like to engage in a bit of self-discovery,
consider setting a timer for 15 minutes and  begin with one of the PROMPTs below (or other topic that calls to you).  Then just write whatever comes to mind until the buzzer goes off.  (Don't edit it, don't correct your spelling or worry about punctuation.  This is NOT that kind of writing.  The only person who's going to look at it when you are done, is you.  And if you want to keep going, reset the timer for additional time.)   Later, feel free to dive into the other PROMPT if it begins to call to you.  

PROMPTS for this time:

"They" say that God's love is UNconditional and freely given ---even to me.  If I'm even a little bit reluctant to open up and receive that gift, it's probably because    ______________.

Our days are getting longer again!  Having more sunlight in the evenings ___________________.

A Moment to Ponder.......

We must love them both:
      those whose opinions we share and
      those whose opinions we reject.
 For both have labored in search for their truth and both have helped us in the finding of our own.
                 ~~Thomas Aquinas 
Practicing the Presence of Spirit--
Even on a Busy Day
  graphic of seeing with love
Seed Thought:
One of the most beautiful practices that I have retained from my Jewish roots is the recitation of blessings, called brachot, which are prayers of gratitude.  Judaism is similar to Greek Orthodox Catholicism in being a tradition of gratitude.  In Judaism there are over a hundred blessings which express our gratitude to God for every kind of natural wonder --- things that grow, stars that shine, rainbows, food we eat, even the natural functions of eliminations that keep our bodies healthy!

Prayer/Practice The bracha is a blessing of God for all that has been created.  You can say an impromptu blessing whenever you notice something of wonder or beauty, for example: 
Blessed art Thou, Creator of the Universe, who has given us ... the first star of evening, or the light of the moon, or the smile of babies. 
Today, recite at least five brachot upon seeing something of beauty.  After each one, spend a minute or two in mindfulness.  Be aware of the way in which the life-force awakens in your body through gratitude and mindful attention.
[Adapted from p. 156, of Pocketful of Miracles, by Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.]   

A Love Letter from the Divine.....

     You are a story with no listener.  You are lonely, longing to share your tale.  Pay attention to what I say, I am the great listener.  I long to hear your thoughts and feelings.  I am hungry to hear your heart.  Bring me the small stories you have noticed.  Bring me the grand adventures you have endured.  Your life is the story I like best.  Share your life with me.
     Allow me to be your witness.  Allow me to be your listening ear.  Do not censor what you tell me.  Bring me everything.  I am hungry for it all.  I love the stories that you tell.  You surprise and delight me.  Your actions fascinate me.  You are the focus of my heart, my favorite story unfolding.
     Do not be afraid that you bore me.  I made you.  Nothing about you is boring to me.  Do not be afraid you tire me.  I am tireless and always ready to listen.  Find your voice.  Clear your throat and speak to me easily.  I am enchanted by you and all that you tell.  Your words are more precious to me than any coins.  Your thoughts are more valued than any jewels.  Tell me your story.  Unspool for me your lovely heart.
[This is an excerpt from Answered Prayers, Love Letters from the Divine, by Julia Cameron, p. 71.]

A Moment of Zen

Male Spirituality --- Encouraging an Inner Life 
mens rites of passage 
This is a series of articles aimed specifically for the Men of St. Peter's.  The material is taken from the written works of Fr. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest who is renowned for his retreats and lectures on male spirituality.  This is not intended to be a "daily devotional."  It is meant to be more confrontational.  It is truthful and brave; and invites you to be the same.   
The Feminine Face of God     
     It's no accident that the more macho and patriarchal a Catholic culture is, the more you will find Mary as an object of worship.  I once counted eleven major images of Mary in one church.  Jesus was hardly in sight.
     No wonder Protestants thought we had made Mary into God.  It was poor theology, but marvelous psychology.  The soul will find the images it needs to convey unconditional love; and so we Catholics put "Our Blessed Mother" all over the place.  She did lead to faith in God many people who had been wounded by men.  She still is the feminine mediator for many who have never experienced male love as safe and kind.
     It's difficult for men to entrust themselves to a God who is exclusively imaged as male.  He will presumably judge them and find them wanting.  I asked some Protestant ministers how they got along without any feminine face for God, and one quickly spoke up:  "We just painted our Sunday School Jesus with a pretty face, blond hair, and blue eyes!"
---Where have I found the feminine face of God?  
[Adapted from p. 156 of On the Threshold of Transformation: Daily Meditations for Men, by Fr. Richard Rohr]

Do You Shop on Amazon.Com???   

You can painlessly benefit St. Peter's when you shop  Until we figure out a more generic way to connect this e-mail to Amazon's site, we'll be using a featured book link.  Click on  the "Shop Now" link and it will take you to the book's information, but you don't have to buy it.  From there, you can then go wherever else you want on Amazon and your purchase will benefit St. Peter's (with no extra cost to you). 

   Our featured book this edition is written by one of our own parishioners!  Our own Peter Mires is a historical geographer whose interests include architecture and the cultural landscape.  His book Lake Tahoe's Rustic Architecture
is available for pre-order and will be released in mid-July.  This book uses photographs from California and Nevada archives to present a comprehensive picture of Lake Tahoe's remarkable rustic architecture.  This is Peter's second contribution to the Images of America series of books.  The other one (Bayou Built) is about the legacy of Louisiana's Architecture.  Congratulations Peter!!
Lake Tahoe's Rustic Architecture (Images of America)
by Peter Mires  
Paperback ~ Release Date:  July 18, 2016 
List Price: $21.99
Our Price: $19.09
 On the Lighter Side

(Thanks to Isobel for sharing this cartoon with us!)

Ongoing Fellowship Activities

Please Join Us (in the Parish Hall unless* otherwise indicated) 1st Monday at 5:30pm--
Women Together Against Cancer 
Every Tuesday from 6 to 7:30pm -- Centering Prayer
               *(meets in The Rectory, next door to the church) 
Every Wednesday from 6 to 8pm -- Circles of Support Community
1st and 3rd Thursdays at 5:30pm -- Caregivers' Exchange Group
      (information and fellowship for anyone who's a caregiver)

1st Saturday at 9:30am -- Prayer Shawl Knitters 
           *(meets at a private residence, for info contact Pat F-P or Karen L-F) 

1st Saturday from Noon to 5:00pm -- Wine Walk
             (our sanctuary and parish hall are open for hospitality) 

2nd Wednesday from 11:00am to noon -- St. Peter's Ladies' Group                                      (all St. Peter's women are cordially invited)

2nd Thursday from 5:30 to 7:00pm -- Mary~Martha Guild   
                    (all St. Peter's women are cordially invited)

 2nd Saturday from 8:00 to 9:30am -- Men's Breakfast
            (all St. Peter's men are cordially invited)

4th Friday from 5:45 to 8:30pm --  Sophia's Salon Reading Group
       *(meets at a private residence, for info contact the Rev. Kim)

St. P's Gratitude Garden: Planning is beginning.
  (Our contact is Rory Hogen.) 

Schedule of Worship Services
Watercolor painting of St.P's altar by pat f-p
St. Peter's Altar ~~ by Pat Frederick-Perona


8 am:  Holy Communion: Rite II  
10 am: Contemporary Worship Service 
                       and Sunday School with Godly Play (in the Rectory)  
10 am: Healing Service and Holy Communion

We at St. Peter's are a lively spiritual fellowship blessed with the rich heritage of community involvement.  We are open-minded, inclusive, and family-friendly.  We hope you find us to be intellectually and spiritually stimulating.  

The Rev. Kim Morgan, Associate Priest and E-news Editor