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The Second Sunday in Advent


"Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away."

St. Luke 21:33

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The Most Reverend Chandler Jones joined us this past Sunday. Bishop Jones started the service with the Sacrament of Holy Confirmation and then led a beautiful Holy Communion service. Fr. Yossi presented six people for confirmation and one person to be received!


In his sermon, Bishop Jones reminded us that the Second Sunday in Advent is also known as Bible Sunday. He then tied together Christ as the eternal word of God, the importance of Bible Study to Christians, and the Christian's answer to the charge of being a sinner at the final judgement.


Please find the complete service and sermon at the following link:



Thank you Bishop Jones for the beautiful service. Thank you, Fr. Yossi and Br. Scott for serving with the Bishop.



Congratulations and welcome to all our new members: Hutch, JP, Misty, Lin, Sam, and Mere (sadly - not pictured is Josh)!

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We enjoyed a BBQ themed lunch with Bishop Jones after services! Rose Marie and Lin picked up the BBQ fixings from Phil's Dream Pit. All the other delicious dishes were brought by St. Peter's amazing members!











Thank you to everyone for all the wonderful food and company!




During lunch, Carol led us in a joyful rendition of "Jesus Loves Me."











After lunch Bishop Jones signed the new prayer books for several of the confirmands.




We were so happy to have Mike and Claudia with us!! A most blessed and wonderful Second Sunday in Advent!

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Toys for Tots:


The Marines's Toys for Tots program picked up all our toy donations this past Sunday morning! Thank you to everyone for your very generous donations - all total we had over two full boxes of toys. Also, many thanks to JP for coordinating with the marines on this very special charity.

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Preparations for the Bishop's Visit:  







This past Wednesday after Bible Study, we finished getting the church ready for Advent and the Bishop's visit!

















Thank you Teresa, Diane, Sue, Carol, and Rose Marie for all your work - the church looked beautiful for the Bishop's visit!


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Sunday, Dec. 17, The Third Sunday in Advent:  



We will present The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols starting at 10:30 am. This service features scripture readings, traditional Christmas hymns, a string quartet from the Symphony of the Mountains and light refreshments after the service. Please plan to bring a sweet or savory finger food to share after the service.


If you are one of the readers for this service, please be at the church by 10 am.

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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: 



On Christmas Eve Br. Scott will lead Morning Prayer at 9:15 am. Fr. Yossi will celebrate Holy Communion at 11 am.


On Christmas Day Br. Scott will lead Morning Prayer at 9:15 am.

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Mike and Claudia shared this picture of them with several of their beautiful grandchildren!

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Our next Women's Bible Study is on Wed. December 13 @ 11 am at the church. This will be our last meeting of the year and we will complete "The First 24" study. We will resume our Bible Study on January 10 - more information to come! Please remember to bring the book, your bible, and a lunch!

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Sue continues to lead our weekly online prayer group on Discord every Thursday at 2 pm. Thank you so much Sue for taking the time each week to lead our prayers! If you have a special prayer request but cannot join us, please send your request to Sue. Please contact me if you would like to join us on Discord.

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Advent Devotional: 



The Advent Devotional created by our local Deanery is available at the Deanery website:



Fr. Rivard is the head of the Deanery of Appalachia of which St. Peters is a member. Thank you Fr. Rivard for putting this Devotional together and for all the contributors including our own Fr. Yossi and Br. Scott. Please note next Sunday, December 3, is the First Sunday in Advent.

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December Activities


Wed., Dec. 13 11 am Women's Bible Study

at the church


Thur., Dec. 14 2 pm Online Prayer Group


Sun., Dec. 17 10:30 am Lessons & Carols

Fr. Yossi

refreshments after the service


Wed., Dec. 20 Women's Bible Study cancelled

Thur., Dec. 21 2 pm Online Prayer Group


Sun., Dec. 24 9:15 Morning Prayer, Br. Scott

11 am Holy Communion, Fr. Yossi

Christmas Eve Celebration


Mon., Dec. 25 9:15 Morning Prayer, Br. Scott


Wed., Dec. 27 Women's Bible Study cancelled

Thur., Dec. 28 2 pm Online Prayer Group


Sun., Dec. 31 9:15 Morning Prayer

11 am Holy Communion, Fr. Yossi

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