Call from the Presiding Bishop for a Monthly Fast on the 21st of the Month
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have issued a joint statement calling for prayer, fasting and advocacy.The statement, For Such a Time as This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy, calls for fasting on the 21st of each month through December 2018, at which time the 115th Congress will conclude. The 21st of each month is targeted because by that time each month, 90% of SNAP (formerly food stamp) benefits have been used, thereby causing the last week of the month as the hungry week in America. The fast will launch with a group of national and local leaders doing a three-day fast together May 21-23. These leaders include Presiding Bishop Curry, Presiding Bishop Eaton, and leadership throughout the Episcopal Church.
Veterans Celebration – May 28, 2017
The Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church, 35 Orange Avenue, Clifton, NJ will hold a Healing and Anointing Prayer Service to remember Veterans who have died and honor living Veterans. The Service will take place on Sunday May 28th at 4:00 PM. A social will follow in the Parish Hall.
Reading in Multiple Languages & Wear RED For Pentecost – June 4, 2017
For the feast of Pentecost, you are invited to share your knowledge of another language by reading the story of Pentecost with others in different languages. Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Church. The Spirit was manifest in tongues of fire. Since fire is red, you are invited to wear something red for Pentecost.
Pride Sunday – June 4, 2017
St. Peter’s Church will celebrate our annual Pride Sunday in conjunction with Pentecost on June 4, 2017. On that day we will celebrate the contributions of the LGBTQ community to the church & society.
St. Peter’s Day – June 25, 2017
We shall celebrate St. Peter’s Day on June 25 with a Holy Eucharist at both the 8 and 10:15 Holy Eucharist. While the actual feast of our patron falls on June 29, we will remember him on June 25.
Garden for Mary
As part of the plan to begin a ministry to the Hispanic Community, St. Peter’s Church will put together a Garden for the Blessed Virgin Mary in the front of the church. Sal Lagattuta, a Master Gardener, has volunteered to organize the garden, to select flowers that have had a historic relationship to Mary and to prepare a stand for a statue of Mary and Jesus. The Garden for Mary comes as a way for us not only to beautify the front of the church but also to create a welcome for people who may have a devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The statue will be displayed in All Saints Chapel.
Start Up Committee Forming: Spanish Ministry at St. Peter’s Church
In response to the changed population in Clifton, a committee is forming to start the ministry work. Please contact the Rector to join the Start Up Committee.
St. Gregorios Church to Rent from St. Peter’s Church
St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church is renovating their church. They used St. Peter’s Church during Holy Week and will continue to use the church on Saturdays from April 29 through July 1.
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Outreach News and Opportunities
Diocese of Newark awards St. Peter’s Haven $14,000 Grant
The Episcopal Diocese of Newark awarded St. Peter’s Haven $14,000 in an ACTS VIM Grant to support the expansion of the Healthy Food Pantry. St. Peter’s Haven is reaching out to the families of the 5,000 children in the Clifton School District who qualify for the Healthy Food Pantry but are not presently participating in the program. An outreach to the Senior Citizens in the City will also expand the number of people who receive food.
Save the Date -- St. Peter’s Haven Tricky Tray – September 14, 2017
St. Peter’s Haven will host its annual Tricky Tray on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the Bethwood in Totowa. Doors open at 5:30. Tickets are $50. The Tricky Tray comes as the annual fundraising event for these ministries. We would like to reach a goal of $25,000 to support our ministry to the homeless and hungry.
Pantry Food Needs
St. Peter’s Haven’s Food Pantry is working to develop healthy food options for its clients by encouraging donations of healthy foods. When donating foods, please consider donating 2 pound bags of brown rice, whole grain pastas and cereals, salt free tomato products and healthy soups.
St. Peter's Haven Volunteer Opportunities
Food Pantry: Wednedays, Thursdays, & Saturdays: 9:00AM - 12Noon