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September 2010 Newsletter

September 2010 Newsletter

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Connections at St. Peter & St. Paul Episcopal Church is a monthly publication containing current information and activities for our church family.
Connections at St. Peter & St. Paul Episcopal Church is a monthly publication containing current information and activities for our church family.

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St. Peter & St. Paul Episcopal Church
Caregivers Support Group
Many of us at St. Peter and St. Paul’s have (or
someday will) find ourselves in the role of caregiver. We offer a group where folks cancome together to get idea's, shareexperiences and walk together with our Lordthrough this tricky stage of life.Who should come? This group is appropriate for any folks currently inthe caregiver role, preparing for this role, still grieving or recoveringfrom their recent experience. It may also be appropriate for those whofeel they have something to offer others from their past.There will be no experts with perfect answers. This will be a trueSupport Group where we will walk hand-in-hand, trusting that Jesuswill guide us in this emotional--yet inevitable, part of life.Monthly meetings begin with a simple dinner followed by a short BibleStudy. (you are encouraged to bring a notebook and a Bible).
The next Caregivers Support Group meeting is Thursday,September
9th at 6:00pm at Mike & Mary Kay Broughton’s
home at 2800 North Stewart Road in Mission. All are welcometo attend and are encouraged to bring someone who mightbenefit from this wonderful support group.
BacktoSchool:Blessing of Backpacks,Students &Teachers!St. P&PBOWL-O-RAMAFriends,Fellowship &Fun!
St. Peter & St. Paul Episcopal Church
The Great Chase
My son loves to be chased.In fact, as I write this my wife is pretending to bea monster and chasing my son around the house.He is trying to pretend that he is scared, but hissqueals of delight betray him. For whateverreason, Garrett just loves to be chased.Our God is a God who enjoys the chase as well, but most of the time God is thechaser not the chasee. In his book The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning
describes this aspect of God’s nature when he says “The Tremendous Lover is onthe chase.” The Bible tells story after story where people run from God, but God
does not give up the chase.After Adam and Eve eat the apple, they hide from God, but God finds them out.
Moses tries to avoid God’s call to free the Israelites by hiding in the desert, but
God speaks to him through the burning bush.Jonah tries to run from God in a boat, but God chases him down until he isswallowed by a big fish.
After Jesus’ death, the disciples, out of fear, lock themselves in a room, but the
Risen Christ appears among them offering them peace and a new life as apostlesof His resurrection.These are just a few of the many Biblical examples of God chasing down Hisbeloved, and we are all His beloved. God loves us with a passion and an intensitythat we cannot imagine. Like the father who runs to the prodigal son or theshepherd who sets out to find the lost sheep, God will go to any length to find Hischildren. God will not stop chasing you.No matter where you go. Nomatter what you do. God willnever stop chasing after you. Godwill not tire or grow weary.But if you are tired of running andhiding, then stop turn to God andyou will find that He has beenchasing you all along.
In Christ,Father Michael
St. Peter & St. Paul Episcopal Church
Long ago, there was this unique and treasure-filled place to go on special days. Some of thesebuildings were guarded by animals (usually lions)at the doors and some even had wheels. It wasalways a special treat to venture into this sacred space. Is anyone else
old enough to know what we’re talking about? Of course, these were the days before
barnesandnoble.com or Amazon, let alone Kindle or iPad...
Libraries! We went to libraries and “borrowed” books to read! What an incredible“green” idea that was way ahead of its ecological time. Imagine the paper saved…let
alone the money from such a concept!Well, did you know we have a St. Peter & Paul Library in the office?Actually, we have two libraries!We have a
with general topic books for all ages in the hall of the mainbuilding and a whole room dedicated to spiritual, inspirational and religious books inthe church office.There are books on prayer, daily devotionals, Bible references, AA, Outreach, Bible
studies…books by Philip Yancy, Max Lucado, Henri Nouwen, video’s, etc... and theyare there for you…just for you.Fr. Michael talks to us about personal spiritual growth and there’s probably a book 
that could help you on your personal journey.
There’s one catch…you have to come and see!
Have questions about our libraries? Ask Vicki Knipp or Fr. Michael!
Our High Seas Expedition was an incredible week!And the volunteers had as much fun as the children did!!Speaking of volunteers...we could never have done it without you!! You were absolutely incredible.We cannot begin to thank everyone for their time, talents,monetary donations, enthusiasm, singing, silliness, prayers,donations, God sightings and so much more. We had a great time on ourVast Voyage and are already thinking about next year!!!If you have any feedback on VBS or would like some information onbecoming more involved in this ministry next year, talk to JB Townsend.

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