August 2014

New Members: We welcomed Hazel Swanson and Marlys Spooner, who became new members and new members at St. Peter on July 13!

Mobile Food Bank: Mark your calendars! The Thrivent/2nd Harvest Mobile Food Bank is coming to St. Peter on August 22 (will replace our usual food pantry for that day) and October 3. We will need at least 15-20 volunteers each day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help set up, distribute food, and clean up. Please consider volunteering for this important ministry to our neighbors.

Seeking New Memorial Endowment Treasurer: The Position of Treasurer for the Memorial Endowment Fund will be available for the years 2015-2017. If you are interested in throwing your hat in the ring, please let Bea Scheele or Ina Clark know. It is a detail oriented process, not difficult and takes about 2-4 hours a quarter. Kathy Snyder is stepping down.

The program is set up on Excel and there would be a reasonable training time involved. If you would like more information please feel to ask anyone on the committee.

News from Women of St. Peter: December’s bake sale proceeds were used to support the Food Pantry, ELCA Malaria Campaign, Women of the ELCA Katie’s Fund, Synod Gathering, and the Oso Mudslide Disaster Relief.

Thanks to your generosity during Lent we collected enough items to assemble 25 Personal Care kits. These, along with 26 School kits, were shipped to LWR in May. We will be asking for specific supplies to assemble more School kits later this summer.

Our Special Giving Emphasis for summer months are: July ~ September ~ LWR kit supplies.

Thank you….

  • To all who have been helping at our church yard clean-up days. The grounds of St. Peter are looking great!
  • To our Vacation Bible School teacher and helpers!

Intern Farewell

Dear friends in Christ,

It’s hard to believe that it has been an entire year since I sat down to write my introduction to you all! And now I’m sitting down to write my farewell. First of all, I want to thank you for your continued willingness to be an internship site. It is no easy task to be a teaching congregation where your only pastor is still a student. But this is an extraordinary opportunity that you give to us interns.

I take with me into my first call so much from this past year—being able to lead worship every week, to preach regularly, to preside over the Lord’s Supper, to receive and welcome new members into the congregation, to confirm two of your youth after spending the year teaching them Sunday School, to visit with you in your homes, to take Holy Communion to those who cannot make it to church on Sundays, to pray with some of you at your hospital bedsides, to be with you and family members when loved ones are dying, to lead worship and proclaim the gospel at funerals, and to baptize….and the list could keeping going!

I am thankful, too, that you have allowed me the room to take some risks and even to make some mistakes. Some of you already know that one of my favorite prayers is the General Thanksgiving from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. For many years, a couple of lines in that prayer has struck me: “We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us. We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.” In many ways, this year has led me to acknowledge my dependence on God alone, and for that I’m very grateful.

In a few short weeks, my family and I will head to St. Paul, MN. We’ll live on campus at Luther Seminary while I finish my final semester. I’ll be in the October region/synod assignment, so I should know by mid-October which synod I have been assigned to. At that point, I’ll be able to start talking with a synod office about potential first call congregations.

Even though that will take me far from Spokane and St. Peter, I will take with me all of the tremendous experiences of the past year, all the wonderful moments of ministry, and all of your words of encouragement. I am confident that you will have a great year with your new intern, Sierra, and that you will have a fruitful ministry together over the coming months.

In leading worship over the past year, I have been blessed to give you the benediction each week. So I leave you with this final benediction from Ephesians 3:20-21: “ Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever! Amen!”

Grace and peace,

Erin

 

Intern Greetings

SierraPhotoTO THE GOOD PEOPLE OF ST. PETER,

Hello! I am so eager to meet you all and to see what God has in store for us as our lives unfold together over this next year. I hope you’ll allow me just a moment to introduce myself before I arrive on your door step in just a few short weeks.

I am a native Washingtonian and I am thrilled to be coming back to my homeland. I call East Wenatchee home. I grew up at Grace Lutheran Church in Wenatchee, where my parents were married, and my brother, sister and I were all baptized and confirmed. It was there that I began my life in Christ and continue to be nurtured and encouraged into this life of ministry.

After high school, I made a short jump east to Spokane where I attended Whitworth University. While there I studied Theology and Psychology. It was during that time, through my studies and through key relationships with professors, that I began to discern a call to ministry.

I then made another jump east, this time much further, to New Jersey, to attend Princeton Theological Seminary. This is where I have spent the past three years, deep in theological study and also working part time at St. Paul Lutheran Church. I graduated from Princeton in May with a Masters of Divinity.

Someone once told me that Luther Seminary’s unofficial motto was: “Parish or Perish.” Well, it is the parish for me! I am excited to finally be immersed in the life of the parish and I am already grateful to be so with you all. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you as I serve and worship with you over these next twelve months. I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow in the knowledge and love of God and hope for nothing more than the grace to experience and express God’s love together.

GRACE AND PEACE TO YOU,

Sierra Westerman

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