The Lower Lights


Do you remember the St. Peter's evenings at the Surflight Theater, with a lovely dinner at a local Beach Haven restaurant prior? And maybe ice cream at a local shop after the performance? The late Betty and Randy Waterfield arranged for our wonderful evenings some years ago. What memories! And now, the memories become reality, thanks to Maria and Robert Schmidt! They have arranged for our special night at the Surflight Theatre for Wednesday, August 28. The show, at 8 p.m., is "Ain't Misbehavin'."

Prior to the show we will have dinner at Buckalew's. Here is the menu. You'll choose one.

• Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with Rosemary Sauce, served with Chef's Potato and Vegetable du jour
• Steak Frites topped with Blue Cheese Butter & Parsley, and served with French Fries
• Chicken Pot Pie in a creamy sauce w/Corn, Carrots, Pearl Onion, Peas & Potatoes, topped w/Flaky Puff Pastry
• Teriyaki Glazed Yellowfin Tuna served with Rice and Vegetable du jour

Cost per person is $55.95 which includes dinner, tax, gratuity, and the show. Registration sheets are on the table in the rear of the nave. Checks are made payable to St. Peter's-at-the-Light. You may give your completed sheets to Bob or Maria at church, or mail them to their home address. Further instructions are on the sheet. If you have questions, call Bob (908) 768-1854 or Marie (908) 391-3864. Join your St. Peter's friends for this grand night out!

OUR SYMPATHY is extended to Dottie Reynolds and her family at the death of her husband, DeWitt. Dottie and DeWitt had been married 60 years. We have posted the obituary from The SandPaper on the bulletin board in the Parish House.
Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord;
And let light perpetual shine upon him.

OUR CHURCH PICNIC always on the Sunday nearest the Feast of St. Peter and Paul (June 29) will be this Sunday, June 30 after the 10 a.m. Mass. This is a pot luck dinner, with meat and beverage provided by the church. So, bring yourself and a dish to share. This is a great time to invite your neighbor who hasn't attended Mass since he was a kid!

IMPORTANT JULY DATES: BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES: Ronald Diamond (17); Lois Stiles (18); Donald Furrer and Katie Spikes, Anniversary (22); and Adele Mount (31). Are you missing? Notify Fr. Turner (609) 494-5048 or

PLEASE CONSIDER OUR INVITATION to serve as hostesses/hosts for our annual Open House during July and August. Our facilities are open to the public on every Tuesday of these months for island visitors — and locals, too! The Open House is from 10 a.m. to noon on those days. Your tasks would include setting out the road signs announcing the Open House, and being present in the church to welcome visitors. There is sometimes a stream of visitors, but for the most part people will stop in just from time to time, so this is a good opportunity for you to just relax for a couple of hours. Bring along a good book — or your bank statement, which you can reconcile with your checking account in quiet moments! A sign-up sheet will be present on the table in the rear of the church, beginning Sunday, June 23.

RECENT OUTREACH GRANTS authorized by the Mission Committee include $1,500 for The Choir School of Asbury Park, $750 for the Manahawkin United Methodist Church “Loads of Love” laundry ministry, $1,500 for “Our Daily Bread” food pantry at St. Stephen’s Church, Waretown, $1,500 for the Diocesan Episcopal Church Women’s (ECW) Scholarship Fund, and $750 for “Hearts of Mercy.” The latter organization is new to us. The following information about them is taken from their web site.

Hearts of Mercy. We are a newly established nonprofit organization in Southern Ocean County, New Jersey. Our goal is to help families and children facing the challenges of homelessness live a full and happy life. Homelessness in Southern Ocean County is becoming a larger problem. Hearts of Mercy, Inc. is in contact with a number of Section 8 housing establishments and has been providing general needs to the people in these situations. How we can help:

• Mentoring
• One on one Tutoring
• Sponsor children in after school sports activities
• Skills training
• Lifestyle guidance
• Provide meals and basic necessities
• Assist with personal development

The Mission Committee also sent $200 to support the Bishop George E Councell Memorial Golf Tournament, one of the activities of the Fifteenth Annual Trinity Cathedral Community Day. This contribution allows us to have a half page color ad in their 2019 Souvenir Booklet.

Your Mission Committee continues to support the Vicar’s Discretionary Relief Fund with grants each month. These funds are specifically directed to needs within our church family. As is always the situation when addressing needs, the opportunities for this outreach exceed the resources. This is why you will continue to find envelopes in the pew racks for your individual donations to the Fund. If you write a check for your gift, please be sure to write “Discretionary Fund” on the memo line.

MINUTES OF THE MOST RECENT Mission Committee meetings are posted on the bulletin board in the Parish House. You may remove them for reading while in the facility. Please place them back on the board when you are finished.

AFRICAN TEAM MINISTRIES TO VISIT ST. PETERS on July 7 and 14! No, not the medical team and social workers that serve our Anglican mission in East Africa, but the jewelry and other creations we receive to sell for them every other year. Necklaces, matching ear rings, napkin rings, carved wild animals, spoons and forks for salad bowls, thingamabobs (noise makers kids love), scarves, bracelets, etc., all created by the people who are served by the ministries. Every cent we receive is sent to support the mission. Charge cards are welcomed! Don't miss this gala event! Great opportunity to set aside some things for Christmas gifts!

ST. PETER’S CHURCH RECEIVED A FEW NICE GIFTS. We are grateful to Donna and Dick Evleth for a very tasteful and durable new bench for our garden. We also received a $2,500 gift from a couple who live in Connecticut and spend a week or two in Barnegat Light each summer. This is the initial contribution to our Preservation Fund.

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