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Volume 22 Issue 11

November 2011

From the Pastor's Desk

Are you a risk taker? Do you know someone who is? A young man enlisted in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was assigned to their jump school. He eagerly asked the recruiter what he could expect at jump school. "Well," the recruiter said, "it's three weeks long." "What else?" asked the young soldier. "The first week they separate the men from the boys," the recruiter said. "The second week they separate the men from the fools." "And the third week?" the soldier asked. "The third week," the recruiter said with a grin, "the fools jump." Jesus once told a story about a rich man going on a journey. He entrusted his money to some of his servants. Some of them invested their Master's resources and made a nice return, they were rewarded. But the parable is about one of the servants who received his Master's money and did absolutely nothing with it. The point of the parable is it's not so much what you have but what you do with it. Are you willing to risk yourself and the resources you have for the Lord? When asked by his master why he didn't do anything with it, he said that he was afraid. Following Jesus means walking by faith not fear. Following Jesus means trusting God. Following Jesus means seeking to hear the Master say, "Well done thou good and faithful servant," because we have attempted great things for God. Sure, it involves risk. Every great advance in life does. But the rewards are incredible. How about you? How big a risk are you willing to take for God? Sunday, November 20th is Commitment Sunday. As followers of Jesus Christ we will place our financial commitments to Christ for 2012 on the altar during each of our worship services. God has richly blessed us over the years and we are a strong church. However, we need to step up to the next level if we are going to continue to be a relevant church in our community. Your financial commitment is one way of giving thanks to God for his blessings! What will you do? Happy Thanks - Giving!

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THANKSGIVING DONATIONS This year we would like to continue donating Thanksgiving to those in need despite the closings of both SHARE and Angel Food Ministries. We will be collecting to give $35 Publix gift cards to clients of the Palm Beach County Health & Human Services Agency and people in need associated with St. Peter's. We have been working with this agency at Thanksgiving for many years beginning with Becky Gregory's associations with them. Make your check payable to St. Peter's putting Thanksgiving in the memo section. For cash donations, please use a pew envelope and mark it accordingly. You can put both in the offering plate. These donations need to be made by November 13. Thank you. Ready eady for another fun night out? Been looking for an excuse to wear those old bellbottom jeans? Well, it's time for a flashback to the 70's as our youthful thespians present "Live, From St. Peters . . ." on Saturday, November 12 at 7:00 pm pm. They'll keep you in stitches all the way from Roseanne Roseannadanna to the Land Shark. We'll be serving dessert and drinks (coffee, tea, etc), so please have your reservations in by November 9.

Worship Services

The cost for the evening is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for youth, and childr children 5 & under are free. For questions or to make your reservations, please call Mary (632 (632-5946) or Judy (818-4178). Angel Food Ministries has considered many options regarding our future. At this time we regret to inform you that we have not found a solution that will allow Angel Food Ministries to continue to distribute food on a monthly basis and have decided to cease operations. We realize the pressure that this places on our host sites, community food banks and customers. However, there is a group of former employees and food vendors that are working to find a better way of serving those who have come to depend on Angel Food. Click on the Angel Food Ministries logo for the latest information. Thank you for your prayers, faithfulness ithfulness and your commitment to Angel Food Ministries over these past 17 years.

Traditional Worship 8:00 & 11:00 am Contemporary 9:30 am Attendance at Worship September 2010 - 1,596 September 2011 - 1,648

Our Acolyte team includes young people in grades 3 and up who serve during worship,. These helpers wear special robes and assist with lighting the altar candles, which symbolizes the presence of Jesus Christ entering into the worshiping community. When you serve God by serving as an acolyte, you are doing more than carrying a flame to the altar candles. You are symbolically bringing the light of Christ's spirit into the worship service. To learn more about becoming involved in the acolyte program, please contact Monica Longo at 561-386-8213. 8:00 am November 6 November 13 November 20 November 27

Sheridan Aikey Billy Gabriel Alex Dowling

11:00 am Sara Bartels Heather Riggs Quentin Weber

Adult Mission Trip We are looking to schedule an Adult Mission trip in January or February. It will be a weekend trip. We'll be working with DOOR in Miami. The cost is $95. A typical weekend begins upon arrival for supper on Friday and ends with departure after lunch on Sunday. An orientation/logistics session Friday evening helps prepare everyone for the weekend. Activities of the weekend may include working alongside migrants in the field or engaging in recreational and learning activities with their children; interaction with homeless people at a homeless shelter by serving food or singing with them; sorting donated food or clothing at a redistribution center; lawn and building maintenance for individuals; walking through various city neighborhoods; meeting with and listening to groups who are working for change in the city. There will also be times for reflection on the events of the day. The activities chosen for our group will depend on us. We'll work with them to pick an appropriate project.

Fellowship Dinner November Menu Join us, each Wednesday 6:00 PM in Fellowship Hall for a delicious dinner at a reasonable cost. $6 per adult (12 yrs +) and $3 per child (under 12). Make a reservation by completing the form in the Sunday bulletin, calling Debbie Ferrugio, 7935712, ext. 13, or by clicking here by 10:00 AM on Tuesday. Nov 2 - Barbeque chicken, corn, green beans,salad, rolls Kids - Pizza bites, fruit Nov 9- Ham, new potatoes, mixed veggies, salad, rolls Kids - Pigs in a blanket, fruit Nov 16 - Spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, garlic toast Kids - Hamburger sliders, fries, fruit November 24 CLOSED for Thanksgiving Yummy Desserts are always served! Watch for "Meet Your Chef" in next month's The Rock.

If you are interested in participating in this please email Barbara Johnston at

Great Day of Service by the Numbers by Barbara Johnston

Kids Choirs meet every 200 + Volunteer Friday at 5PM 15 Project Coordinators Celebration Singerz Baked & Delivered 600 Cookies to 13 PBSO, Fire & Trauma Hawk stations in Room 102 and Littilest Bagged 2 weeks' worth of Rice for CROS food pantries Angelz in Fellowship Hall Made 375 Sandwiches donated to CROS after-school program Contact Joseph Assembled 275 Health Kits plus extra items donated to CROS for more information. 20 Blankets donated to Project Linus 1,000 Books donated to Elbridge Gale Elementary 4 Nursing & Assisted Living Homes visited Lots of diapers counted at First Care Lots of eggs served at our great Kick-Off Breakfast Many agencies happy with our work

Great Day of Service by the Numbers (con't)

************************************************************************* ......please extend our sincere thanks to everyone who came out to help. We appreciate it! Jan E. Phillips Director of Human Resources, Volunteers & Admin. The Lord's Place, Inc. Desperately needed food pantry items are tuna, ************************************************************************** peanut butter, shelf ......You should be very proud of yourself and your volunteers. stable milk, spaghetti Nelsy Andros sauce, rice, dry pinto Homeless Female Veterans beans, macaroni and *************************************************************************** cheese and canned We could not be more pleased with the outcome of your service project at soup. Please place your Children's Home Society of Florida....................... donations in the box in the Jane Snell back of the Narthex. CHS Click on logo for more Information *************************************************************************** Count your blessings instead of your crosses; Count your gains instead of your losses. Count your joys instead of your woes; Count your friends instead of your foes. Count your smiles instead of your tears; Count your courage instead of your fears. Count your full years instead of your lean; Count your kind deeds instead of your mean. Count your health instead of your wealth; Count on God instead of yourself. --Anonymous

Watch for the Gifts by Larry Johnson

Everyone loves to receive gifts. We also love to give gifts to others that we love. Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, and Mother's Day are examples of special occasions when we give and/or receive gifts. God has given all of us many great gifts, including the universe, nature's bounty, health, abilities, families, resources, etc. In addition, God has given us Jesus Christ, to forgive us, bring us hope and lead us into everlasting life. What wondrous gifts and boundless love He has demonstrated. If we love Him, we want to respond in love with gifts of our own. Our gifts may be shared through Christ's body, the church, or through other channels. These gifts include our presence, our prayers, our service and our financial support. This year, we are "Watching for the Gifts" God has given us, and studying about how we can respond through daily devotions from the book, "Extravagant Generosity" by Robert Schnase, a Methodist bishop. We are looking for the gifts we or our family receive through the church, and how we can respond with gifts to God through the church. During four weeks in October and November, we are looking at various ministry areas to see examples of what gifts we receive from the church, and how individuals share their gifts in the church. Please consider what gifts your family receives through church ministries, and how you can respond to share God's love through these ministries. We hope that you are enjoying the daily devotions in the book, Extravagant Generosity, and that you are willing to "Step-up" and respond to God's gifts through your prayers, presence, service and resources during the next year.

In October all the classes visited the pumpkin patch and enjoyed the puppet show and Scarecrow! Parents and Grandparents enjoyed watching the children parade around, showing off their Halloween costumes; there were Cinderella's, pirates, cowboys, policemen, princesses, spidermen and much more. Our first chapel programs were on Monday October 10th and Tues. October 11th. Pat Banks Mrs Mandi, Miss LaDona and Miss Joy really helped the children learn about all the things that were "Made by God." Miss LaDona used a stamp that says "Made By God." The children were introduced to CiCi the chapel change puppet. All the chapel change collected each month will be donated to CROS ministries. Mark your calendars to join us for our next chapel programs November 7th and 8th. We are looking forward to Thanksgiving. Our annual Feast for the Pilgrims and Indians here at the preschool is a big event. Each class will be preparing a dish to share as we gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving on November 21 & 22. The Bible verses for each age level emphases expressions of giving thanks to God. 3 year old classes: "always be thankful" Luke 17:11, 4 year old classes: "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good" Psalms 106:1 In our areas of study this month we will be learning about harvest time, farms and farm animals, nutrition and the change in the seasons. The four-year old classes will be going for a tour of Publix as they learn about good nutrition. The walk-in freezer is one of the favorite spots to visit and watching the bakery staff decorate the cakes is another. The Parent Staff Fellowship has started the year with several events. The P.S.F. sponsored Book Fair was a wonderful success. The coupon books raised $5,600.00 for PSF. The parents and staff decorated the dividers for the Fall Holidays. It was nice to see all the creative decorations. The staff at The Child Enrichment Center wishes everyone a blessed Thanksgiving. "Give Thanks to the Lord for He is good!" For more information Contact Pat.

Give thanks with a grateful heart Give thanks to the Holy One Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ His Son

Joseph Farrar

Thanksgiving is upon us this month. Many of us will be preparing to receive and prepare a feast for family and friends. Let us be sure to keep Christ in focus as we enter this joyous and expectant time. Let us continue to keep looking for the coming of Christ. The music ministry is busy preparing "The Nativity Experience." This evening is the companion to last Spring's "Passion Experience" and will include wonderful music and drama. If you enjoyed the "Passion Experience" be sure to invite your friends, family, and coworkers to join us for this very special presentation. Information on free of charge tickets will be coming out very soon. Afterwards

we will be celebrating our fourth annual "Taste of Christmas" in the fellowship hall, so be digging out the recipes for those special holiday treats and plan to share them with your church family as we renew this tradition. We are always looking to add people to our music ministry, so if you feel God is calling you in that direction, please contact me at the church and let's see where you can fulfill your call to ministry. And now let the weak say, "I am strong!" Let the poor say, "I am rich because of what The Lord has done for us!" Give Thanks!

Children's Ministry

Join TeamKID/EES as we present an incredible event where each child will experience all the amazing and surprising things Jesus did, such as calming a stormy sea, walking on water, raising people from the dead...and how Jesus brought himself back from the dead, making him the Greatest Tomb Raider of Shelly Albright all! TeamKID/EES is from 6 to 8pm, Friday November 18.

SLIMETIME REPORT Slimetime was a huge messy success with 67 children and 20 volunteers in attendance! Teamkids enjoyed making monstro bubbles, creating bouncy balls, battery bowling and digging through slime.

Professor Gizmo and Widget taught Teamkids that God Loves Them no matter what!!!

The Atomic Cafe was fulled with 67 Teamkids making atoms from gumdrops and pretzel sticks. Many thanks to Monica Longo and Carol Westervelt for making a delicious dinner!!


Youth Ministry Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this year's pumpkin patch a success! From unloading pumpkins Oct. 2nd to the last few mushy ones picked up on the 31st, over a hundred and fifty volunteers were involved. It is truly amazing that such a large project can run so smoothly on the power of volunteers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Christine Oien This year St. Peter's has been asked to be a Relay Center for Operation Christmas Child. We responded and were accepted as a site. This means that we are collecting Operation Christmas Child boxes November 14th-20th in the gym from Noon-4. Our goal is 500 boxes. This is a very special project and while we have supported it in the past by putting together boxes, now we are taking it one step further. VOLUNTEERS are needed in many ways for this project:    

Relay Center Volunteers- hands on, assist people dropping off shoe boxes Prayer- Pray that God will touch the heart of children receiving boxes Pack a Shoebox- Pick up a brochure and box and create a gift Donate- Monetary donations can be made to Samaritans Purse

This is a way to share God's love around the world, don't miss out!!!

November Youth Calendar: 2nd- Small Groups 4th-5th- Middle School Lock In 6th- All Youth Sunday School Classes attend 9:30 service, Regular Youth 9th- Small Groups 13th- Sunday School, Regular Youth 14th-20th- Operation Christmas Child Collection Week 16th- Small Groups 18th-19th- High School Lock In 20th- Sunday School, Regular Youth 23rd- NO Small Groups 27th- Sunday School, NO Youth If you would like to be added onto the Youth email list to receive updates on monthly activities, please let me know! Peace, Christine Oien 561-793-5712 ext. 32 Check us out on Facebook

Adult Ministries BIBLE 1O1 Introduction - Sunday October 23 Study begins - Sunday, October 30 11:00 AM - Room 106

Rachel Lever

Have you made a commitment to Jesus Christ, but you don't know how to grow in faith? Have you joined the church in the last year, but you haven't found a group to study with? Would you like to gain a basic understanding of the Bible?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you are encouraged to attend this eight sessions class. Monte Shelley will help you learn a lot about the Bible in a short period of time. To register for the class, call 793-5712 ext. 21, or contact Rachel Lever ADVENT STUDY FOR WOMEN Tuesdays ~ November 1, 15, December 6, 20 6:30 PM - Room 102 Women of all ages are invited! We are studying the book, Christmas from the Backside, by Ellsworth Kalas. The author "opens up new possibilities of insight into the Christmas story by entering the Gospel scriptures through the "back side" ... through a unique starting point, a creative retelling, a new "lens," or the eyes of a minor or unsympathetic character." Please email Rachel Lever, or call 793-5712, ext. 21, if you would like to participate in this class. FAITH LESSONS STUDY ~ BIBLICAL SIGHTS IN JORDAN AND ISRAEL Each Wednesday 7:00 - 8:30 PM - Room 101 You are invited to join Ava Sue Hickerson for a study of the most significant Biblical sights in Jordan and Israel. This DVD based class is from the Faith Lessons series, which features Ray Vander Laan. "Travel" to the Middle East without even leaving South Florida! Experience Petra and Mount Nebo in Jordan. In Israel, see Nazareth, Tiberius, the Sea of Galilee, Mount Tabor, Megiddo, Capernaum, Mount of the Beatitudes, Mount Carmel, Bethlehem, Bethany, and Lazarus' tomb. In Jerusalem, visit the Via Delarosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall, Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Church of All Nations, House of Caiaphas, the Shrine of the Book, and the Garden Tomb. In the Judean Wilderness, see Masada, Qumran, En Gedi, and the Dead Sea. Please email Rachel Lever, or call 793-5712, ext. 21, to register for the class. Methodists have "The Upper Room Living Prayer Center" prayer ministry with a 24-hr, tollfree Prayer Line at: 1-800-251-2468. Here at St. Peter's we have an intercessory prayer group called the Pathway to God Prayer Team. Please email Nancy Benyon. Through the storm, through the night, Lead me on to the light: Take my hand, precious Lord, Lead me home. Thomas A. Dorsey-(1932)

Contact Information Website:

Phone: 561-793-5712

Fax: 561-793-5848

Senior Pastor: Dr. Rainer G. Richter, Ext. 11, Assistant to Pastor: Rev. Rachel Lever, Ext. 21, Director of Music: Joseph Farrar, Ext. 30, Director of Youth Ministry: Christine Oien, Ext. 32, Director of Children's Ministry: Shelly Albright , Ext. 29, Secretary: Debbie Ferrugio, Ext 13, Director of CEC:Pat Banks, Ext. 17, CEC Assistant:Pam Fleming Ext. 16 References

The New York Annual Conference has provided The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church in digital form on their web-site. For those with an interest the link is NYAC Contact Information New York Annual Conference 20 Soundview Avenue White Plains, NY 10606 888-696-6922 | 914-997-1570

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