Life at Saint Peter's
March 3, 2016
In This Issue
This Week at Saint Peter's
Upcoming Sunday Readings
Our New Leadership
Men's Night
Lenten Opportunities
Sunday School
Rector Search Committee Survey
News From The OpShop
Easter Baskets for Children in Need
Save the Dates for Street Fair & VBS!
Coffee Hour Hosts Needed
Please Help Fill Our Freezer
ShopRite Cards
Schedule a Chat with Father Barrie
Food Pantry Needs for March
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel!
Amazon Programs Benefit Saint Peter's
Voice Lessons
Piano Lessons
Prayer Services

Morning Prayer with Father Anthony
Tuesday through Friday mornings
in The Chapel

Evening Prayer
in The Chapel
Quick Links
Upcoming Sunday Readings 
You can look ahead at the readings for this Sunday by connecting to the Lectionary Page.
This Sunday, March 6, is the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
Join Our List
Server Schedule
You may download a copy of March's's service schedule by clicking here.
Our New Leadership

The following were elected at the Annual Meeting on January 31, or are continuing in service:  
Peter McCabe (2017) and Dave Cowell (2018)
Vestry Members:
William Boggier (2017), Jason Brown (2019), Tim Cutting (2019), Evan McLaughlin (2019), Caroline Medina (2017), Sally Munson (2018), Knadya O'Kelly (2017), Alan Pulitano (2018), Mary Shearin (2017), Peter Torok (2018), Mario F. Verrico, Sr. (2018), and Serena Watkinson (2019)

Terms expire at the annual meeting in the year indicated in parentheses.

Convention Delegates for 2017:  Cathy Swanson, Alan Pulitano, Susan Negrotto; Alternates: Pam Seaman, Robert Crook, Peter Torok 

We have posted an enhanced Annual Report on the website--enhanced because it includes some committee reports that were not available for the Annual Meeting on 1/30.

You are invited to take a few minutes to read about the wonderful things our parish has accomplished and the opportunities made available for spiritual growth. You may download it here to learn even more about how Saint Peter's serves its members and the communities of West Essex.

Men's Night, March 4


Alan Pulitano & Vince Corso have coordinated an evening of Italian food for tonight! If you are able to come, you are still welcome to join them. Please e-mail Vince so they know to expect you or just come to the Undercroft at 6:30!

Lenten Opportunities


The following programs are continuing this week:

Embracing Forgiveness, a Lenten offering for adult formation, will meet Sundays at 11:30am in the Undercroft: March 6 & 13. You may attend any or all of the sessions. Throughout Lent we will engage in a discussion of what forgiveness is and what it is not--on both a personal and a communal level.

A lunch discussion of Blessed Is She: Living Lent with Mary. Bring your lunch, and we will read and discuss a chapter each week. Tuesdays at 12 noon, through March 15, in the Parish House conference room. Please speak with one of the clergy if you would like to join us. 

For a full list of Lenten Offerings at Saint Peter's this season, please visit the News & Media page of our web site, where you will also find our new Parish Calendar!

Sunday School

There will be regular Sunday School this week with our wonderful teachers, Serena Watkinson, Kathy Vacca and Mary Beth Weber!  

Any questions let me know!
Dana Leach 
(973) 364-7544
Search Committee Survey

Thank you to all who submitted thoughtful responses to the Parish Survey. The Search Committee met this week to begin reviewing them and we are determining our next steps.

Mark Livingston & Members of
  the Search Committee
News From The OpShop

Join us at The OpShop
this Saturday, March 5
for a special fundraising event!
We will be open 10am - 2pm 
Like us on Facebook

The OpShop will be closed during Holy Week
No Shop hours Thursday, 3/24 or Saturday, 3/26

Happy Easter!
Easter Baskets for Children in Need
We will once again be providing Easter Baskets for children in need from the Therapeutic Nursery in East Orange. We have an ambitious goal of 35 Easter Baskets this year!

Any basket is appreciated, either homemade or store bought. Baskets should be for children between the ages of 3-7 years old. The due date for all baskets will be Sunday, March 20th (Palm Sunday) but please feel free to bring one in before that date to the office or to Christine DiGiovanni's home at 35 Inwood Road in Essex Fells.  

Baskets that have toys or art supplies and just a little bit of candy are most appreciated!

If you have any questions, please call me at 973-618-9345 or feel free to email me

Thank you in advance for your help!
Christine DiGiovanni 

Summer at Saint Peter's

It's not too early to mark your calendar!

This year the Saint Peter's Street Fair will take place on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11.


Saint Peter's Vacation Bible School will be held August 1-5, more details to follow!

Coffee Hours Hosts Needed
Hosts are need for Coffee hour directly following the 10am services on Sundays! While you may get as extravagant as you want, we really are only asking people to provide light finger food snacks--things such as a cheese and cracker tray, fruit or veggie platters and something sweet for the kids to snack on and drink. The purpose of coffee hour is for a brief social get together, not for lunch.

Please contact me by e-mail or at 973-618-9345 to let me know what Sunday you would like to sign up for.

Thank you!
Christine DiGiovanni 

Angel Food
Our cupboards are (almost!) bare. We like to keep a supply of ready-made meals for our Health & Healing "Angels" to deliver to members of our parish family to show support and concern of the Saint Peter's community.

If you are able to share a quart or more of your home-made soup, chili, or dessert, please contact Serena Watkinson to find out more.

And thank you!
ShopRite Cards Available

Back by Popular Demand!

You may purchase ShopRite gift cards to benefit Saint Peter's! Cards are available in denominations of $10, $25, $50 or $100.

Lisa Brown will have cards available for sale on select Sundays. Please contact Lisa directly by e-mail or phone at 973-287-6073 for more information or to purchase cards.
Want to Chat, Meet our Interim Rector?
Please know that I am available and eager to meet with you. I am in the office during the day mid-week and often here for evening meetings as well. To support each of you in your ministry here at Saint Peter's and in the world around us, I need to know what you need from me.

There are several ways to schedule our meeting. You may link here to Doodle, but if the times listed there are not convenient, please reach out directly via phone (201-390-8270) or e-mail to suggest a few times we might meet. I look forward to hearing from you.

--Father Barrie + 
Please Help Our Local Food Pantry

Saint Peter's is proud to continue our relationship with the Caldwell Food Pantry. Parishioners are welcome to help our neighbors by bringing items to church that we will deliver on your behalf. Please leave items in the baskets at the back of the church and chapel.

Each month they focus on particular items, and for March, peanut butter and jelly are particularly welcome. Personal needs items such as toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, soap, toilet paper, and paper towels are always appreciated.
Please remember that you can drop off items at the food pantry anytime, Monday through Friday from 9 AM - 4:30 PM, by leaving the food on the cart in the lobby of the food pantry. It is located at 14 Park Avenue, next to the Caldwell Post Office.

Thank you for your generosity! 

Saint Peter's On the Web

Did you know that Saint Peter's has our own YouTube channel? We include the Gospel reading with the sermon for your reference, and try to highlight special music by our Combined Choirs as well as the Cherub Choir. 

subscribe to our channel to be notified when new videos are posted!
Amazon Link

Please keep Saint Peter's in mind
when you shop online!

When you  follow our Saint Peter's link to get to, we receive a percentage back in advertising revenue, and we are currently earning 6.5%! The more clicks and purchases we receive, the greater this percentage.

Thanks to your clicks, we earn over $100 each month!

Be sure to also select Saint Peter's as your charity of choice for the Amazon Smile program!

Please note that you are not charged any additional fees by shopping using these links, and you may change your charity of choice at any time. Amazon Smiles is a one-time sign-up; and earnings are in addition to those from the advertising program.

To shop using our link, please click above or use the link on the home page of our web site.

Thank you!

Voice Lessons

Piano Lessons


John Pivarnik is currently offering piano lessons for beginners through adults, with or without prior musical training.  


Please contact John at 973-377-9068 or  by e-mail for scheduling and more details.


We are a proud Member of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. 
Contact information:
Parish Office: 973-226-6500   Fax:  973-226-5477

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