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Faith - By Rev.
We have all heard many Bible stories about Faith. To the woman in the crowd with the hemorrhage, Jesus says "Daughter, your FAITH has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of
your disease." To a blind man, Jesus says "Go; your FAITH has made you well." And immediately he regained his sight and followed Jesus. Jesus tells the disciples, "If you have FAITH the
size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will
move; and nothing will be impossible for you." He also tells
them (and US), "Whatever you ask for in prayer with FAITH, you will receive." Faith. We
know we are supposed to have it! But what IS it? "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for,
the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) Abraham was the ultimate example of faith
to first century Jews. He packed up all his family and possessions and “Went out not knowing
where he was to go” because God told him to. Abraham ACCEPTS the assurance, even though
it is impossible to see, almost impossible to imagine.
Such faith seems so overwhelming to me. It is so hard for me not to be purely rational and
practical. But faith does not make us put our brains away.
God created us intelligent and rational. Faith does not replace intelligence, IT ADDS TO IT!
We know that we have Left and Right sides of brain, analytical and poetic sides. Faith is like
another side of the brain! It ADDS to our understanding of the universe and the Lord God Almighty. Faith allows us to understand the world, and its creator, in a new and exciting way!
Faith does NOT require us to put our brain in neutral. It does NOT require us to ignore everything we know is true. It invites us to know and understand more.
But Faith IS a leap. Faith DOES challenge us to see the world in new and different ways. And
it DOES require us to take risks. We must occasionally let go of what the world has always told
us is true. Now is a time when the world seems to be spinning faster and faster and so much
seems to be changing. Technology allows us to do things we couldn't even dream were possible
just 20 years ago. There IS security and comfort in believing only what we can see and feel and
understand. And yet God challenges us to have Faith, "the assurance of things HOPED FOR,
the conviction of things NOT SEEN."
The Challenge is always to “LET GO and LET GOD” Let Go of Concerns and Conceptions.
And Let God handle EVERYTHING in His time and way. This is not easy. It requires faith.
Yet it is what God challenges us to do if we are to live the abundant life He wants for us. "Faith
is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Please Keep in your Prayers….
Our Parish Members:
Carol Eaton, Debbie Pur ser , Bill Ayer s, Lenny Fike, The Jones Family, Brian Br ackin,
Jamie McGlaughon, Fleming Best, Sally Dittoe, Sarah Phillips, Will, Lauren, Benji Williams, Bobbi Strope, Susan Henderson, Betty McGurn, Patti Baucom, Evelyn Fetzer, Vic Yeck,
Jo Ann Riddle, Fran Swift, Alan, Jessica & Tyler Br inson, Alyssa Capps, Jeanne Thomson, John, Linda & Tim Stavesky, Hank Vroom, Joe Kerensky, Rick Vanek
Our Family and Friends:
J.R. Mar ion,Carol J ones, Gene Stein, Parise Car ney, Lynne Wester bur g, Doris Tar pe,
Lynne Peter son, Mike Stevens, Trudy Payne, Barbara, Dave, Diana, Cissy, Andrew Leggett, Kathy Grimes, Stewart McLaughlin, Victoria S., Bridget, Margaret Kadar, Beth Ross,
McKenzie, Katie & Casey Butter wick, Emma Kinkle, Jamie Patr ick, Sean Stokes, Farrington and Betts Families, Cameron Yopp, Pam Br own Linzer , Emma Ingles, Althea
Mager, Veronica Petrie, Michelle & Norm, Cameron, Carol & Ruth, Rusty, Kathy, Amelia
Stroff, Julie Shields, Tom T., Barbara Eubanks, David & Laura Burns, Maggie McLachlan, Megan Gr iffiths, Jessica Littlefield, Sheila Sharpe, Suzanne, Donna Neebe, Maurice White,
Fr. Steve Clar k, Lib & Dwight Pr imm, Rosa Smallwood, Lanette Bar bour , Bobby Stanley
Our Deployed Parishioners, Family and Friends:
Kemper J ones & Matthew Champney
For those Studying for Ordination: Sar ah Smith
For our Newly Baptized - James Austin McClanahan and his Family
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
Grace Church, Trenton
The Very Rev. John Bonner, Dean
San Esteban, San Pedro De Marcoris
Birthdays – 8/31 Shirl Brilakis, , 9/1 Gini Schopfel, 9/7 Jeanne Jones, 9/11 Linda Collins, 9/12
Jim Vroom, 9/12 Andrew Boucher, 9/17 Melanie Foster & Matthew Vroom, 9/20 Gary Gilliken, 9/21 John Strope
Anniversaries - 9/3 Lou & Evelyn Wegman, 9/11 Mike & Elaine Stroff, 9/18 Carl & Sally
The Altar Flowers have been placed by Jo Ann Riddle in
Honor of her dog Sunny and all our loving pets, who are our
four-legged family members!
Who to Contact
Mark your Calendars for September 20th!
Sunday School is returning for grades K-5th!
Class will begin immediately following the children's sermon and will end in time
for Communion. 2015-2016 teachers are Courtney McDonald, Jean Hislop, and Anne
Hume who will teach on a rotational basis. We are very excited to have the opportunity
to work with the children in our parish! More information will be shared at our congregational meeting on 9/13. Please contact us if you have any questions or to enroll your
LEMONADE AND COOKIES—
COOKIES—The Youth Group will be selling
Lemonade and Cookies at the Lobster Sale. If you would like
to help with some homemade goodies and treats they can sell,
please contact Rick or Sandra!
Men's Bible Study/Social will crank back up on 9/14
at 6 PM in the parish hall! We meet at 6 PM, have
some dinner then study the bible for a bit. Usually done
by 7:30! Good food, good fellowship, and usually lively
conversation! If you haven't tried it before, give it a try,
We would love to have you. Questions?
Contact Father Bert, or Larry Lupus at 252-728-0009.
The MULLET FESTIVAL is just TWO months away!!!
(October 10th & 11th) AND
St. Peter’s will be sponsoring a booth at the Mullet Festival!
We are looking for some nice crafty items to sell. Some items would be: fishing lures,
fishing bobbers, bird houses, bird feeders, painted decorative crafts, Seasonal/
Halloween/Thanksgiving items, flower pots, decorations, handmade sweaters, socks, hand
crafted wooden toys or decorative lawn and garden items, etc.
Please either e-mail or call Rosemary at [email protected] or 910-750-4157 with
your ideas. Your assistance is most appreciated.
See schedule or call office
Robert & Sophia
Our Calendar of Events
After 10 am Service
2nd & 4th Sundays
after coffee hour
Will return in the Fall
Swansboro Care Givers Support Group
Christian Faith Formation
Will return in the fall
Daughters of the King
Men’s Bible Study/Social
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH!
2nd Weekend in October
St. Peters Mullet Festival Booth
Coffee Hour - August 30th Gayle Stone
Children’s Sermon - 8/30 Jean Hislop
Altar Guild – September - Lillian Corkum & Connie Dugan
We are in need of some Coffee Hour Hosts!
If you are interested, please sign up on the small bulletin
board in the hallway. Need more info? Please see Shirl
Bob Vroom & Kathy
Jan Mashburn & Johnathan
Hannah, Laura Fern, Carolina
Richard & Karen Pilson
Claire & Emma
9 am Service
Garrett, Anne & Bob
The Maine Lobsters Are Coming!
St. Peter’s by the Sea Episcopal Church
Saturday, September 19th, 2015 Noon un(l 3:00 pm
Live $16.00 or Cooked $19.00
Lobsters will be sold by advance orders only and the
order deadline is Sunday, September 13th.
Purchase lobsters from the parishioners or the church oﬃce.
(910-326-4757) For more informa(on, contact Anne Hume at
Net proceeds will help fund our outreach programs.
LOBSTER TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
Please see Anne or Garrett Hume to get your tickets TODAY!!
Please note the following:
1. We are selling Lobsters only - not Lobster Dinners
2. Lobsters may be purchased Live or Cooked
3. Please have your customers choose a time for pickup if hey want theirs
cooked. Times are on the tickets.
4. ALL orders and money are due no later than Sept. 13th
5. We don’t deliver, but you are certainly welcome to deliver to your customers!
6. Net proceeds benefit our Outreach Ministries.
TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE - IN THE OFFICE OR SEE
Do you have old/new jewelry or beads you no longer want?
Melanie Westmeier is looking for beads and jewelry to make
jewelry to sell at our Mullet Festival Booth this October!
If you have some you’d like to donate to the cause, please drop
off in the box on the windowsill in the connector. Also, if you
have any Michael’s coupons, she’ll gladly use those too!
FROM OUR VESTRY…
For the past decade, St. Peter’s facilities have served us well and required a minimum amount
of time and treasure. We give thanks to the dedicated parishioners whose devotion and talent
have made this possible.
The time has come for a concerted, church-wide effort to revitalize St. Peter’s.
Earlier this year the vestry made a list of needs and hosted a parish work day. Many things
have since been crossed off the list. Some projects remain that require additional funds or
specialized skills. A detailed description of the tasks and costs was recently shared in the bulletin- a copy is posted on the bulletin boards in the hallway and on the Members Only Section
of our website - www.saintpetersbythesea.org. There are also few extra printed copies at the
back of the church.
The responsibility for revitalizing St Peter’s belongs to us all. As critical as it is to reach the financial target, it is significant to have everyone contribute something. We will be tracking
both financial and participation goals on charts in the parish hall.
Please spend a moment to prayerfully consider what you can donate toward this mission.
Thank you for being part of this important revitalization effort.
With this said, we are within only $2000 of our goal!
STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE - OFFERTORY
YOU ARE INVITED!
Immediately following our
ONE - 9 am Service
FISCAL YEAR TO DATE INCOME
Please plan to be there.
WE NEED ALL OF YOU!