PARISH NEWS: Sunday, June 19, 2022

PARISH NEWS: Sunday, June 19, 2022

CAN YOU HELP OUR GARDENS?: Our gardens are in really rough shape. We are hoping to get a team of 4-6 people who could meet together as a group every other week for about an hour to do some weeding and watering. This is perfect for someone who may have some extra time during the week and is looking to give back. If we have a team of 4-6 people, we could tackle this in no time and make our grounds beautiful. Our paid groundskeeper’s responsibility is to cut the grass and trim. We could really use help. If you can help us, please email stpetersdartmouth@gmail.com. 

PAINT PARTY: Join us for Paint Night here at St. Peter’s Community Room on Friday, July 8 from 7:00-9:00PM! To register, call Lidia Macedo at 774.644.4181. The cost for the event is $35.00 for a 11×14 canvas.

BARBARA PHANEUF CONCERT:Barbara Phaneuf, a local favorite folk musician will visit our parish on Sunday, July 24 from 2:00-5:00PM here in our church.  It will be a very fun event.  Visit her website at phaneufmusic.com.  Tickets information will be available next week.  There are also two different FREE sample CD’s (a generous gift from Barbara) available on the Welcome Table this weekend.  Please take one of each with you.  Tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the concert.

OUTDOOR MASS | COOKOUT & KICK OFF OUR YOUTH MINISTRY: Save the date….  Sunday, September 18, 2022 beginning at 10:00AM.

PARISH DAY OF CELEBRATION | VISITATION OF BISHOP GATES: Bishop Alan M. Gates, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, will visit our St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, October 16, 2022 and will be the Celebrant of our Service of Holy Eucharist.  Following the liturgy, we will host a parish-wide lunch in our Community Room.  If you can help plan/organize the lunch, please email Fr. Scott at stpetersdartmouth@gmail.com.

SAVERS FUNDRIVE: Please help support our Savers FUNDrive to support our NEW Youth Ministry.  We hope to raise $1,500.00!  We are collecting:  clothes, shoes, accessories, jewelry, bedding, blankets, towels, linen, tablecloths, curtains, pillows, small household goods, kitchen items, home decorative items, knick knacks, toys, ties, belts, games, books, small electronics.  Items can be left in the CARRIAGE HOUSE any Sunday between 9:00AM and 1:00PM.  Please do not bring items into the church and do not leave items on the stairs of The Bridge (our counseling center) building!  Please leave all donations in the Carriage House (the small building near the front doors of the church.). Thanks to those who have already donated!

 SUMMER FESTIVAL: The annual Padanaram Summer Festival will be held on Saturday, July 30!  We are going to have a big “St. Peter’s” booth under a tent with all kinds of information about our parish.  We need people to help pass out information about our parish when people come up to the table, answer any questions and share the excitement about our parish.  Wendy Reardon, our new Director of Youth & Family Ministry, will also be joining us to let people know about our new Youth Ministry.  Please let us know if you can help share the LOVE of St. Peter’s on that day!

ICE CREAM SOCIAL ON JULY 10: We invite our parishioners to join us on Sunday, July 10 after our 10:00AM Service of Holy Eucharist for a FREE ICE CREAM SOCIAL to meet our neighbors from Afghanistan, the Sedaquats.  Hope you can join us.

DON’T FORGET TO “CHECK IN” ON FACEBOOK:  Social media is a great way to let your friends know what is happening here at St. Peter’s! Don’t forget to CHECK IN when you arrive on Sunday morning.  Feel free to text or message the link to our live stream to a friend during the service.  You could make a huge difference in someone’s life.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCMENTS ABOUT OUR COUNSELING CENTER: The Bridge will be re-starting doing in-person counseling sessions very soon, the first time since March 2020 when the pandemic began.  During the pandemic, we have been doing mostly telehealth visits now we are returning to in-person visits.  So, we need to revisit the topic about building security and patient confidentiality.

Some folks in the parish have the code to The Bridge door because during the pandemic access to The Bridge was a little more relaxed since the building was not being used.  Effective immediately, the code to the keypad to The Bridge will be changed and no one in the parish will have access to the code except The Bridge staff.

The Bridge is a Behavioral Health facility and we are bound by HIPPA regulations.  Proper boundaries need to be respected.  There is now a sign on the door that says “Employees Only.”  The only parishioners who should enter The Bridge are those who (during business hours) need to use the copier for parish business.

The important issue here is the privacy of those we serve.  If someone makes an appointment with The Bridge and is sitting in the waiting room, we cannot have parishioners walking through the building. This will be important when parish activities are happening in the evening when Bridge appointments are taking place.  So, effective immediately, the only folks who should be in The Bridge are those who are staff members of The Bridge.  Thanks for your cooperation and support.

Along the same lines, if a parishioner makes an appointment with me, I would ask that you check in with Kathy Thomas (the scheduler at The Bridge) and not to simply walk by her office into my office.  I am often on Zoom calls, or dealing with UMass Dartmouth and Bridge issues or on important phone calls.  So, if you schedule an appointment with me, please check in with Kathy.  It is becoming common place for parishioners just to walk into the Bridge front door and walk right into my office and I would like to change that practice.  We just need to be more attentive to professional boundaries.  Of course, I want to be flexible and accessible and pastoral.  However, with three distinct ministries (St. Peter’s, The Bridge, UMass Dartmouth) I can only meet with folks if there is an appointment on the books except, of course, in an pastoral emergency situation.  Thank you so much for being respectful of these boundaries as we move forward and embrace full operations!

DEVELOPMENT OF A FINANCE COMMITTEE: It is essential that every parish has a working, operating Finance Committee in addition to a vestry/Leadership Team.  Our Leadership Team is thriving but we have not had a funcitioning Finance Committee in some time.  The Finance Committee should be made up of 3-5 members of the parish, plus the Rector and the Treasurer.

The Duties of the Finance Committee Are:

  1. Work with and through the Treasurer and staff Financial Adminstator, to oversee the financial paln of the parish and to help create a strategic plan.
  2. To communicate with the wider parish and prepare a monthly financial report for the congregation so that proper communication of financial matters takes place.
  3. It is also the responsibility of the Parish Finance Committee to work with the Financial Administrator operating budget for Vestry review before the Annual Meeting each year.
  4. The Finance Committee does not have the final word on financial matters, but is an advisory board to the Leadership Team. The Leadership Team (vestry) has authority over all parish finances.  However, there should be a good working relationship between the two bodies.
  5. Ensure that an annual financial audit is performed on all funds of the Parish.

If you have financial knowledge and if you are interested in serving on the Parish Finance Committee, please email me at stpetersdartmouth@gmail.com as soon as possible.  Remember, only one person per family may serve on the Finance Committee.