The Lower Lights

NEW BEGINNINGS Advent, which began December 1 this year, is the beginning of the Church Year, as most of you know. New beginnings.

I celebrated the marriage of a couple from Connecticut this past summer. For some years they have been summer visitors to Long Beach Island and St. Peter’s Church. They have a real love for St. Peter’s. I hear from them frequently. They were the first donors to our Preservation Fund, a very substantial gift. The wedding invitations they sent out, the bulletin cover for their wedding, the gifts that they presented to a number of people who were at the wedding had embossed on them “New Beginnings.” How fitting. A new venture in life, with every expectation that the new beginning will witness the days ahead as joy filled and prosperous. With this couple, the promise is also of a faith-filled life ahead of them, for they love the Lord and his Church.

I pray that the new year for St. Peter’s will be a fulfillment of the expectations not unlike that of this couple: faith-filled, joy filled, and prosperous. Yes, prosperous in all ways that redound to the glory of God and our good as a people of faith in this church. DLT+

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POST THIS DATE NOW ON YOUR CALENDAR January 19, 2020. After Mass that day we will have our Annual Meeting in the Parish House. Besides Annual Reports and other information, we will have the election for three Mission Committee terms that are ending December 31. Junior Warden (currently James Girgenti) and Barrie Putt and Ron Diamond (currently Mission Committee members). While their terms expire, under our current house policy they may choose to run for reelection. There is a procedure for Confirmed members of this church at large to be nominated for any one of those positions (although under current house policy anyone wishing to run for the position of Warden must have served on a Mission Committee or Vestry in the past). The procedure for other nominations (and one may nominate herself/himself) will be announced early in January.

Currently, we have no approved By-laws for this mission. However, as you know, having received a prior mailing) your Mission Committee has approved By-laws for adoption at this Annual Meeting. It is important that you be present to offer any input on what you read in these By-laws. They are not binding until our congregation approves them.

IMPORTANT DECEMBER DATES: BIRTHDAYS/ANNIVERSARIES The Rev’d Donald Turner (2); Joseph Griffin (10); Kay Giberson (18); Cynthia Clarke (26); and Allacen Rathbun (30).

PERSONAL NEWS, PARISH PROFILES Joanne Kranch, who has served faithfully as Director of the Altar Guild for a number of years, will step down from that post effective December 31, 2019. She will continue as a member of the Altar Guild. Her service and guidance have been beyond superlative. Fr. Turner will appoint a new Director.

Marie Whimpenny arrived home October 29 after 5 days at the Jersey Shore Medical Center. Marie had by-pass surgery. She is doing very well, her spirits are high, and she looks forward to joining us at Mass in a week or two.

Dottie Reynolds had a horrific fall at her home, breaking her left arm. She is in good spirits, as we would expect her to be. Her recovery will take some time. Many friends and neighbors, and members of St. Peter’s have been very good to provide meals and care for her. Dottie’s address is P.O. Box 818, Barnegat Light, 08006.

Cynthia Clarke fell, engendering a slight fracture of the tibia on one leg, and a severe ankle sprain on the other. She is recovering at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, 14 Hospital Drive, Toms River, NJ 08755.


Christmas Eve Family Mass
5:00 p.m.

Christmas Day
10:00 a.m.
(Said Mass)

Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols with Eucharist
December 29, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Patti Gould, Organist
Eli Erikson, Treble

Merry Christmas!

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