The summer season is a time of transition at St. Peter Lutheran Church. As one intern pastor leaves (Eric Schwirian) we are ready to embrace the next shepherd of this congregation (Tim O’Shields) and affirm the mission of this church which is rooted in baptism.
As Lutheran Christians, we affirm the covenant God made with each of us in baptism and this informs how we serve the community of Hillyard (Food Bank / Free Community Breakfast) and the greater Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by raising up and teaching the next generation of Lutheran pastors. Our baptismal covenant with God includes:
Living among God’s faithful people, Hearing the word of God and sharing in the Lord’s supper, Proclaiming the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, Serving all people, following the example of Jesus, And striving for justice and peace in all the earth? (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, 236)
We invite you to be a part of our congregation as we confidently and joyously proclaim the Gospel through word and deed and continue to place our faith in Jesus!
(Christmas Caroling at an Assisted Living Facility)
St. Peter Lutheran Church wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
This winter began with joyous celebrations of Jesus our Savior, Messiah, and Lord’s birth. We rejoiced in this good news of great joy for all people by singing carols at the residences of our home-bound members, participating in weekly Advent meals and worship, decorating the church, and by continuing to proclaim Jesus through deeds to those in our community during our Food Bank and Community Breakfast ministries.
We invite everyone to join us in proclaiming Jesus through Word (Worship) and Deeds (Volunteering) during 2019! The rest of this winter will include acknowledging how God in Christ was and is still being revealed to us during the Epiphany Church Season. During the Lenten Church Season beginning in March we will acknowledge through prayer, self-reflection, and worship the sacrifices Jesus made for us during his life and death on the cross that lead us to his Easter resurrection.
Christmas & New Year’s Blessings to All!
Intern Pastor Eric
(A Recent Winter Photo of St. Peter Lutheran Church)
The past couple of months have provided me with the opportunity to participate in and witness the ongoing ministry efforts of this church. It is with great joy and gratitude that I can share that here at St. Peter we are living into our faith and our congregation’s mission statement:
We are a worshiping faith community called to: Serve, Teach, Pray and Love in commitment to our Savior Jesus the Messiah.
Serve: No matter when the 2nd or 4th Friday or the 3rd Saturday of the month falls on the calendar we are prepared to serve our community with food. Our volunteers for our Food Bank and Community Breakfast events come from this congregation, fellow Lutheran parishes, and other Christian churches here in Hillyard and throughout the surrounding community. There is no doubt we are proclaiming Christ through our deeds, and it is entirely as meaningful for those that receive the food as it is for our volunteers handing it out!
Teach: This past September we began our Children’s Sunday School and Adult Bible Study. This October we are beginning our Confirmation Classes where our youth will learn what it means to affirm their baptism. Our goal is to teach and walk alongside them so that they can confidently engage and read the Bible, have a deeper understanding of the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostles’ Creed, and the sacraments as well as many other topics rooted in the Word of God.
Pray: During our prayers in worship, before and throughout our ministry outreach events, and when we pray as individuals we recognize the power of prayer, how God listens, and how when we invoke Jesus name that healing and transformation are experienced.
Love: It is our goal to ensure that the love we share is without boundaries. We serve and love our community regardless of need, ethnicity, race, faith or any other description that a child of God may claim.
Let’s all continue to do our best to help each other nourish our faith, serve, and inspire the community to follow Jesus’ Greatest Commandment of Loving God and Our Neighbors!
Many Blessings to All,
Intern Pastor Eric
Welcome Intern Pastor Eric Schwirian!
Eric and his family joined the St. Peter Lutheran Church community on Sunday, August 19th. He and his wife Marie have three children. Margaret “Maggie” who is five years old, Abigail who is three years old, and Luke who is three months old. Their family enjoys time together taking local day trips, playing outside at the park, and swimming.
Before Eric’s entry into the ministry, he was an active duty Army Officer for over eight years. He felt called to be both a Lutheran Pastor and an Army Reserve Chaplain. He currently serves in the Army Reserve one Friday-Saturday a month as a Chaplain Candidate. His responsibilities include providing religious support to Soldiers through worship services, pastoral counseling, and being a moral and ethical advisor to the commander.
They are all very excited to have moved from Pennsylvania where he attended United Lutheran Seminary to join our church family. Eric is thrilled to be our Intern Pastor! He is looking forward to serving our congregation and supporting our mission outreach to the community through Saint Peter’s regular Food Bank and Community Breakfast events.