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St. Peter & St. Paul Episcopal Church

JANUARY 2011

GROWING IN GOD’S LOVE!

Our True Thanksgiving Meal , Truly Amazing!
St. Peter and St. Paul’s Thanksgiving meal was a little different this year. Actually, it was very different this year. Instead of gathering to eat our usual huge, delicious meal on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we baked a huge, delicious Thanksgiving meal and gave it all away! Juicy turkeys fried to perfection, buttery mashed potatoes and fresh snapped green beans were on the menu and everyone pitched in to put it all together. Each meal was paired with freshfrom-the-oven rolls, a yummy pie, and even a handcrafted pumpkin table centerpiece to be lovingly delivered to 6 different families in our area. Our food was a small gift we gave out of thanksgiving for what God has given each of us at St Peter & St Paul Episcopal Church. We did still eat a lunch together that day while we worked—but instead of a big meal, we had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! It was an awesome opportunity for us to serve others and share our blessings, while pausing to give thanks to God for our own!

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For those of you who might not know: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, McKinney, TX has asked me to be their rector; and after much heart-wrenching discernment, Amy and I have decided to accept. In short, we will be moving, and my last Sunday at St. Peter & St. Paul will be January 9th. This has all happened rather quickly, much quicker than Amy and I had planned— but God laughs when we make plans. We are happy here, and we love St. Peter and St. Paul, but we have become convinced that God is calling us into something new. A lot has happened in my four years at St. Peter & St. Paul. I have done some things well (although you all deserve most of the credit for these successes), and I have made some mistakes, for which I am sincerely sorry. I have grown and learned so much, and I am not the same priest I was when I showed up here. For that and for so much more, I thank you. But as I think about leaving, the main thing I realize is that I have come to love you all very much. And my heart is breaking at the thought of leaving. St. Peter and St. Paul is in good hands. This church is amazing because it has an amazing group of people who are following God’s call as a church. The bishop is working to find an interim and my eventual replacement. All of that will be worked out in time. And the bishop has asked JB Townsend to be the Bishop’s Warden for a one year term to oversee the transition and keep things moving and shaking. So there it is. We are moving to McKinney, but I want you to know this: I love you all, I love this place, and I am so very, very grateful. In Christ, The Rev. Michael Hoffman +

To the people who are St. Peter and St. Paul’s,

Father Michael, Amy & Garrett: We will certainly miss you, but wish you the very best in your new endeavors. May God bless you in this new chapter of your lives!

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Wendy’s Window to Wellness

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RIGHTEOUS RECIPES!!
Every month, we will use this space to reflect the ‘culinary side’ of St Peter & St Paul. We can’t wait to try your favorite recipes! Send to heatherbmarks@gmail.com

This month’s recipe comes from

Molly’s enchilada recipe

WANTED: MUSIC TEAM MEMBERS
Got musical talents? Play guitar or sing? Want to make a joyful noise unto the Lord? Consider using your Godgiven talent as part of our music team!
CONTACT: Arlyn Olson (687-7334) or any choir member for more info!

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Men’s Group: Coffee With the Carpenter
Attention St. P&P Men: Coffee With the Carpenter is a men's group that gathers on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month from 7:00am to 8:00am. Come join “the guys” for morning prayer, breakfast, lots of coffee, and great discussion! For more information on Coffee with the Carpenter, contact Dan Miller at 519-0090.
Have info for the next newsletter?? Got a story about why you ♥ St P&P? Want to share your favorite recipe?

Our goal for this newsletter is that it reflects who we are and what we do at St Peter & St Paul. We are constantly looking for ways to stay informed and connected via this newsletter and our website. If you have a gift for this or if you have any suggestions, please contact Heather Marks.
Send to: heatherbmarks@gmail.com

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Things are rocking and rolling with the Garden. The salad mix, spinach and cilantro has already produced a strong crop, the cabbage and broccoli are now being harvested and the cauliflower, etc. should be coming up within the month. We have been selling at the Market at Alhambra (519 S. 17th St. McAllen), as well as to as many area restaurants. So far, we have sold to Roosevelts, House. Wine., Alhambra, Santa Fe Steakhouse, Bistro M and the Courtyard Café. We even started to hold our own Field Fresh Market after the 11am service in front of the church! All told we have sold over $1,000 in vegetables with an additional $300 given in donations, which means we have already broken even and we hope to give out our first check to feed the hungry by Christmas. Thank you for all your help, and continue to listen for ways you can volunteer. You can always pick weeds, but there are lots of ways to help like harvesting or selling at the market. Also, if you see Jed around, thank him for all his hard work. *pics doug took of the market today

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AN AMAZING GIFT! Jane Sutherland has done it once again!! She has given our church a gorgeous QUILT that she has hand stitched. She was very gracious in donating one of her "gifts of love" to us last year for a raffle. We will be having a raffle again this year as well. Tickets can be picked up to sell in January. Tickets can of course be bought at that time as well!!! Sneak preview of the Quilt coming soon.

FIRE and FOOD??
Yes, fire and food on January 9th at 11:00 am, we are going to burn our Building note !!!! Yes, folks, we have paid off the initial note. Hooray for us!! And as all good Episcopalians do, we want to celebrate with food!! We have come a long way and should be proud!!! Come celebrate!! Be joyful!!

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Another Fabulous Christmas Pageant!
Sunday, December 19th was the day of last month’s fun filled Christmas Pageant. We had some incredibly talented young people who performed the Christmas story. Thanks to all who participated and made it such a great tribute to the reason for the season! Page of Christmas pageant pics

St. Peter & St. Paul Episcopal Church 2310 N. Stewart Road Mission, TX 78574-8842 (956)585-5005

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