Happy Friday and Happy S(o)uper Bowl Weekend St. Peter’s!
We’ve got a number of things coming up so let’s get right to it…
1. Wear your Nick Foles Jersey…Cut out the Dog Masks that will be in the Inquirer…Come to fellowship hall and tail gate before the game…. Souper Bowl Sunday is our annual event with St Peter’s Youth and Social Ministry working together to create great food, fellowship and ministry for two of our programs.
Souper Bowl – Members of the congregation use their time and talent and make delicious soups to donate to the event. If you have a special soup that you’d like to make and share – we welcome your donations. The Church kitchen will be open from 1-3 on Saturday to accept your soup. We will package up your soup in pint containers and sell it at our Souper table after both services. Soup is sold for $4 a pint and all proceeds go to Social Ministry.
At the SAME time – our Youth will be working in the kitchen to build hoagies to sell to support Youth Ministry (all hoagie sale volunteers are asked to arrive in Fellowship Hall at 8:30am on Sunday morning). There are no order forms once again this year, simply head down to Fellowship Hall and select your favorite from Turkey and Cheese, Ham and Cheese, Italian, and Cheese. Each hoagie is dry but has tomato, lettuce, black pepper and oregano. Hoagies may be purchased in Fellowship hall following both services. Hoagies are $7 each and proceeds go to Children, Youth, and Family Ministries.
The kitchen and fellowship hall are alive with two ministries working together in joyous cacophony! And HEY the Eagles are in the Super Bowl! Grab your hoagies and Soup so you don’t have to miss a moment of the game.
2. Roundtables part 2: Mark your calendars! On Sunday, Feb. 18th and 25th after worship, and Monday, Feb. 26 at 7:00, the Transition Team will be hosting another set of Roundtables to explore more deeply the four ministry areas of Christian Education, Fellowship, Social Ministry, and Worship. You will have an opportunity to explore what you want to see happen in them, what you are willing to do in them, and address any barriers that need to be overcome. More information to follow!
3. It seems like it was just Christmas but we are swiftly approaching the start of Lent. Ash Wednesday falls on Wednesday, February 14th this year and we will be holding our Ash Wednesday services at 12pm and 7:30pm. Throughout Lent we will be holding Lenten Midweek Soup Suppers and Vespers every Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Join us for a delicious soup supper, fellowship, prayer, and vespers as we explore the basic catechisms of our faith. We hope you will join us for this wonderful way for the whole family to deepen our faith together as we journey through Lent.
4. Do you like music? Do you sing in the shower or in the car? Do you find yourself tapping your foot to the beat of a song? Do you enjoy sharing the life, love, and joy of Jesus Christ with others? If so, you can join the choir! All are welcome to join our choirs at St. Peter’s! You do not need to be a professional musician and if you can’t make every rehearsal or every Sunday that is ok too – all you need is a willing heart to share the Good News of Jesus Christ through music. If you have any interest in joining the choir, or any questions, please contact John Kampmeyer, Jr at email@example.com. As a special limited time offer – if at least 5 new people join the choir Pastor Suloff will sing an anthem with the choir!
Adult Choir rehearsals: Thursdays at 7:30pm
Bell Choir rehearsals: Thursdays at 6:30pm
Children’s Choir rehearsals: Sundays following the 10am Worship Service (starting February 11)
6. Pastor McMullan’s new Bible Study continues this Sunday after the 10am worship service in Fellowship Hall! Get a bowl of soup, a hoagie, or both, and join Pr. McMullan for fellowship and conversation. Ever wonder why the pastors preach on one thing and not another? Ever wonder why those readings and not others? Ever wonder on what else we might have preached on if we had more time? Are you just plain curious about what’s in the Bible to begin with, and are confused by it? The “Bible study, discussion time” after the 10:00 service focuses on the scripture readings for that Sunday. We’ll begin around 11:00ish and end around 12:00. By focusing on the Sunday readings, we’ll be looking at small chunks of scripture which you would have already heard that day. Plus you get to ask all the questions you want about the sermon, but didn’t have time to going through the line shaking hands.
7. More than 800 million people – that’s 11 percent of people in our world today – are hungry. As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond. We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. Working with and through our congregations, in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Lutheran churches overseas and other partners, ELCA World Hunger is uniquely positioned to reach communities in need. From health clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty.
Supporting the ELCA World Hunger Appeal is serious and important but it can be fun too – in the spirit of the Super Bowl and the Souper Bowl our synod, the Southeastern PA Synod has been challenged by New England see how much money we can raise to tackle hunger in the ELCA World Hunger Big Game Synod Challenge. Consider giving $5200, $520, or $52 to honor Big Game LII
Honor your favorite player by giving their jersey number, or a multiple thereof. You can donate online at http://support.elca.org/goto/TeamPhiladelphia. Join us on the road to victory against hunger!
That covers everything for now St. Peter’s so we look forward to seeing in worship on Sunday and supporting our Social Ministry and Children, Youth, and Family programs at the Souper Bowl, and at all of the upcoming service, events and activities coming up as we share the life, love, and joy of Jesus Christ together.