The Lower Lights

"IF WE HAD’N ET WE WOULDNA MET" and so we’re gonna et at Zion Lutheran Church on Sunday, November 19, at 5 p.m. Then we’re gonna met in the nave of the church at 6 for our Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship. Pastor Bill McGowan will be the Officiant, Father Turner will be the preacher. Please bring a dish to share for the carry-in dinner (for those of you not accustomed to such classy Hoosier definitions, it’s a pot luck supper!).

SPEAKING OF THEM THAR HOOSIERS it was once said by a comedian that when a plane approached a landing in that state’s capitol, pilots announced to their passengers, "Ladies and gentlemen, we are approaching Indianapolis. Set your watches back one hundred years." Well, ladies and gentlemen, we are approaching Sunday, November 5, so before you retire Saturday night, don’t forget to set your watches back one hour! If you don’t you’ll be late for Mass on Sunday!

AND SUNDAY IS GOING TO BE A VERY SPECIAL DAY as little Emilie Deborah McDill is baptized into the Body of Christ. We are already familiar with this charming child of God, for her parents Shean and Rachel McDill, have been very faithful in bringing her to Mass. This coming Sunday, The Sunday After All Saints’ will be the occasion of a Solemn Mass. (Incense will be used.) On this Sunday we traditionally remember family members and friends who have died. If you have a name to add to that list of the remembrance of the departed, please notify Father Turner.

ALSO ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5 we will be receiving pledge cards for blessing at the time of the Offertory. A special basket will be placed on the table at the rear of the nave for you to leave your cards when you enter for worship. This is our "Ingathering Sunday." It is, as it were, the moment we commit the rich harvest of our lives in thanksgiving to God, from whom all blessings flow. When the cards are blessed think of that moment as the offering of your life to the glory of God. All that we are and all that we have is God’s gift to us for the time we have in this life. Our lives are given in trust for us to live them faithfully in all ways. We are asked to be good stewards of that trust. Part of that stewardship is to "render to God the things that are God’s." Let us be as generous as we can to give back to God a portion of God’s gifts. Those gifts not only sustain our life together in a very special place we call "St. Peter’s," but allow us to be very generous in ministering to the needs of those whom we are called to serve in what we know as our "outreach ministries."

ANNUAL PARISH CLEAN UP DAY (which hasn't been very "annual" for some years) will happen this year, with your participation. The tentative date: Saturday, December 2. We are going all out this year, with dumpster and shredder on the premises. Mark your calendars. Set aside this date for your welcome contribution to the beauty and tidiness of St. Peter's!

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY for Owen Caffrey and Charlotte Seitz, who at the time of this writing are patients at Southern Ocean Medical Center. Also remember Tom Martie, who is at home recovering from recent surgery at Deborah. It is a good practice to remember during the week those persons on our Parish Prayer List. Those names are printed in the Sunday worship bulletin. Be sure to take the bulletin home with you when you leave Mass.

WHEN YOU COME TO MASS EACH SUNDAY there is something very important to remember. The Psalmist has written: "The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him." (Psalm 11: 4.) It is polite, of course, to greet each other when we enter the church for the worship of God. It is necessary and appropriate to approach our awesome God in silence as we set our thoughts to the worship of God. We suggest that when our organist begins the prelude to worship that we accept that moment as an invitation from God to "keep silence before him." Other worshippers may be kneeling in prayer at that time to prepare their hearts to glorify God in the liturgy, as we have done when we entered our familiar place in the nave. Out of respect for them we keep silence, too.

EVERY WEEK, ONE OF THE MEMBERS of the Mission Committee assists our treasurer, Ron Diamond, by counting the donation in our offering plates. We require two counters, and we need volunteers. Please consider assisting by volunteering for a Sunday. It is not difficult, and your help would be greatly appreciated.

ST. PETER'S IS OPEN DAILY for prayer and meditation from 9:15 a.m. (the beginning of Morning Prayer) until 5:35 p.m. (following Evening Prayer). Considering the number if votive candles that are lighted each day, the church attracts many people. The garden is a favorite spot for quiet reflection, too, when it’s not too chilly. On Sundays the church is open from 9 a.m. until 5:35 p.m.

NOVEMBER DATES . . . BIRTHDAYS! Walter & Marie Whimpenny, Anniversary (2); Walter Whimpenny (3); Beverly Bass (6); Tammy Stiles (7); Candace Turner (7); Stephanie Schnatz (23); Judie & Barry Putt, Anniversary (25), and Cynthia Shull (26). Update the list? Notify Fr. Turner (609) 494-5048 or


A blessed Thanksgiving to all!



The Rev'd Donald Turner, Vicar   Vicarage: (609) 494-5048  Cell phone: (609) 661-1663
Ronald Kolla, Organist (215) 704-4568