The Lower Lights

(Author unknown)

There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.
It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of all its beautiful colors.
Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows,
hills and valleys with lush green grass.
When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place.
There is always food and water and warm spring weather.
The old and frail animals are young again.
Those who were sick, hurt or in pain are made whole again.
There is only one thing missing,
they are not with their special person who loved them so much on earth.
So each day they run and play until the day comes
when one suddenly stops playing and looks up!
The nose twitches! The ears are up!
The eyes are staring and this one runs from the group!
You have been seen and when you and your special friend meet,
you take him in your arms and hug him.
He licks and kisses your face again and again -
and you look once more into the eyes of your best friend and trusting pet.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together never again to be apart.

(Shared by Fr. Don and Candy upon the death of their beloved Sheltie, Payton)

“ST. PETER'S DISEASE” is highly contagious, but vaccinations are discouraged. “What is ‘St. Peter's Disease?’” you ask. It is an adjective: friendly. If a visitor doesn’t catch it as they enter the church, they will catch it at The Peace. Hopefully, they will continue to feel it as they leave, as members and our regular visitors step up and say, “Welcome!”

Nicholas Bruno caught the disease Sunday morning, September 22. I think his girlfriend Caitlin Dundorf and her father caught it, too. That is my diagnosis.

After greeting people at the door following Mass I found the three of them speaking with parishioners and a few of our parish friends. Bruno, a sophomore in college, came over and introduced himself. There is no question that he caught the disease, because right away he showed me his friendship as visitors will do when they come to St. Peter's. “Besides being a college student,” he said, “I am also a carpenter with many years of experience, having been taught by my grandfather,” he said. Pointing to a pew he continued, “I sat in that, and it's ready to collapse, and there's a nail sticking out of it.” He added, “May I fix it? I always carry my tools in my car.” Probably proof enough that he was infected!

At the Coffee Hour I introduced Bruno, his girlfriend of one month, and her father. I spent some time talking with them. When the three of them, from just north of Princeton, got up to leave I extended my arm to shake Bruno's hand. He said to me, “Do you mind if I give you a hug?” Proof positive that Bruno was infected! He caught the disease from you, members and friends of St. Peter’s! DLT+

IMPORTANT OCTOBER DATES: BIRTHDAYS/ANNIVERSARIES Donald Furrer (1); Evelyn Anderson (8); Dave and Booker Deakyne, Anniversary (10); Craig Rathbun (10); Ingrid Ciaston (12); Andrew and Hilary (Turner) Erikson, Anniversary (13); Linda White (20); Debbie MacArthur (20); Joan Stacy (22); Ken and Lisa Montgomery, Anniversary (24); Ben and Patti Gould, Anniversary (24); and Al and Kathy DiAntonio, Anniversary (24).

WE HAVE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE at St. Peter's who would serve well as members of Diocesan commissions and committees. You may be one of them that God is calling to ministry in one of these capacities! What responsibilities are available? Is there a printed “job description” that might help you answer these questions? Yes! They are posted on the bulletin board in the Parish House. If you are curious you can read them there (please repost), or we can print out a copy for you to take and read at your leisure. See Fr. Turner if you want a copy.

UPDATE ON OUTREACH GIFTS. In August, $500 was given to The Branches Episcopal Outreach Center, Stone Harbor, NJ which is a ministry of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Stone Harbor; being good neighbors, the Mission Committee allocated $500 in September for the Annual Fund Drive of the Barnegat Light Fire Department. In addition to these grants, a total of $2,000 was distributed to the Vicar's Discretionary Fund.

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