CORE Leadership News

CORE Leadership News is a monthly update directed to the leaders of St. Peter’s. This includes: staff, Vestry, and lay volunteers who lead others in their role at St. Peter’s. While not strictly confidential, consider this information to which you are privy – in your leadership role – is not intended for the Crowd and Community. St. Peter’s is deeply grateful to all who serve here; we hope you find this enlightening and informative.

February 2017

Acolyte Training Ignites Young St. Peter’s Members
Each Sunday in March (March 5, 12, 19, and 26) we will be hosting acolyte training in between the services form 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Our goal is welcome the next generation of children into service in the Worship of the Lord. This invitation extends to the parents of children attending the training so that this experience during Lent may be a discipline of quality time spent together in Worship. Families will then have the option to serve as child/parent teams. All ages are welcome. Participants are encouraged to attend each week, but may absolutely attend as little as one session. To learn more about this important Worship role. Sign up at the Ministry Tables or email

Flower Offerings Return to St. Peters
Flowers are purchased by a local florist and altar flowers are created by our Flower Guild each week. Beginning in January 2017, the cost of flowers increased from $35 per week to $50 per week. Unfortunately, our Flower Guild budget had already been set at the lower $35 weekly rate.
Fortunately, that makes 2017 the perfect year to re-introduce a longstanding tradition in the church of allowing our members to select special dates for Flower Offerings. Members can sign up for their preferred date in the entrance to the church and pick-up a Altar Flower form. Forms can be returned in the offering pate or to church office along with the offering. We are recommending $25 for each bouquet, or $50 total, but any flower offering amount will be accepted. We hope that families will participate in the altar flower offering to share their special events and memories with their St. Peter’s family.

Are You Called to Serve Grieving Families?
St. Peter’s host funerals for our members, their families, and community members looking for a service to commemorate their loved one. Funerals occur with very little advance noticed, typically 7 days or less. We are looking for Worship team individuals who can make themselves available during weekdays on limited notice.

Even if you have never served on a Worship team and would like to assist with funerals, we can connect you with the Worship role that is the best fit for you and train you how to do it. Speak with Nina Bolton or Nancy Camp if you are interested or email for more information.

Community Event: Outdoor Movie Night March 10
St. Peter’s is hosting an outdoor movie night on Friday, March 10th starting at 6:30 pm. The church is co-hosting the event with MaxLife programs to offer this family-fun event to our community and to kick-off the Summer Camp registration season. Our movie will be Disney’s Lilo & Stitch, a story of friends, Elvis, and the true meaning of family. A great thing about this movie is that is has elements of outer space which is a key theme for this summer’s MaxLIfe camps and it is an opportunity for us host a luau themed party!

Can you help us put on a great luau? Do you have items from a past luau-themed party such as tiki torches, leis, grass skirts, etc.? We appreciate any donation that can help us Share the Joy and Love at this fun event. Materials can be returned when clearly labeled. Contact or call the church office at 407-444-5673 x804 if you have items to donate.

Celebrate with Your St. Peter’s Family
St. Peters will begin publishing member birthdays and anniversaries in a regular bulletin insert as well as on the screen outside and within the sanctuary (11:00 am only) each week. We hope you will use this opportunity to send email cards, phone your friends, or even consider mailing an actual birthday card! You can help ensure people know the important dates in your family’s life by confirming your Church Community profile. Click here for a Getting Started Guide.

Coffer Hour Experiences Increased Attendance
Our Fellowship team has done a wonderful job providing consistent, tasty treats for our members and guests between Sunday services from 10:00 to 11:00 am. And, the delicious delectables are paying off! We have seen an increase in members stopping for coffee and a snack after the 9:00 am service and on their way to the Adult Forum. We have even seen a couple 11:00 am members arriving early to enjoy the treats.

Let’s take advantage of this beautiful Central Florida spring weather and keep providing this time of fellowship and sustenance. Consider signing up at the Fellowship table to share your baking talents with the Parish (or simply swing by Publix). And, most importantly, consider lingering before or after service to be with your St. Peter’s family. Then come and join us in the Adult Forum and our children’s Sunday School!

St. Peter’s has a legacy of purposeful discipleship programs that foster relationships between our members and the community. These programs have included Sunday School between services, Wednesday evenings, and small group programs. Since 2012, St. Peter’s has had a focus on small group programs. This strategy has yielded strong relationships between small group members, however, it has not provided for the large, church-wide opportunities for members and the community to interact with the people and facility that is St. Peter’s Church.

In 2017, we will return to a focus on all three program types: Sunday School, Wednesday evenings and small groups. We will work together to disciple to and with each other by contributing our gifts to glorify God and connect his people in the Lake Mary/Sanford community to his word. During 2017 we will:

  • Be present on St. Peter’s campus Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings
  • Be God’s hands and feet
  • Offer our time and talents with a joyful heart

What we need from you:
Consider if the Lord is calling you to an active discipleship role.

  • Were you a past Sunday and Wednesday teacher who is ready to return to teaching?
  • Did you attend a course in the past that you enjoyed and may be willing to teach?
  • Are you open to co- or team teaching? This strategy distributes the time commitment and allows you to build a relationship with another member.

We have needs for both Adult Sunday School and Wednesday evening facilitators. Sunday school is a 30 to 45 minute class duration with programs such as the weekly Adult Forum and 4 to 6 week Bible studies aligned with the Liturgical church calendar; Wednesday evening is 60-90 minute duration that consists of guided 6-12 week studies with programs such as Financial Peace University and biblically-based studies. Contact Amy Jennings at the church office 407-444-5673 x804 to discuss what the Lord has placed on your heart.

New Vestry members and Officers
Our annual meeting was held on January 29 with four new Vestry members being elected: Jane Ashley, Bob Boardman, Joda Connell and Wendy Gordon.

The 2017 Vestry Officers are:
Senior Warden – John Ricci, Junior Warden – Mike Ivanov, Treasurer – James Nedved and Secretary – Jane Ashley.

Please keep these and all the Vestry members in your prayers as they conduct the business of our church.

Access Your St. Peter’s Church Community Profile
Your Church Community profile contains contact information and key dates for you and each of your family members. Your St. Peter’s family will refer to this information to celebrate your family events and walk alongside you throughout you Christian Formation and development. Most important is for you to upload your favorite photo, or headshot. Once we achieve a majority of photos in the Church Community profiles, we will use them to produce a Church Directory.

Click here for a Getting Started Guide. It will show you how to confirm and update your personal information. You may also contact the Church Office at 407-444-5673 Monday through Thursday between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm for assistance.

Follow St. Peter’s on Facebook
Social media is quickly becoming a primary method of communication; Facebook can become a social media evangelism tool that has the capability to connect St. Peter’s to our community. This social media site is a great way to tell your Facebook friends about St. Peters. When you Like and Share our posts your Facebook friends will see our information and the great ways we are Sharing the Love and Joy of Jesus Christ!

To follow St. Peter’s on Facebook, CLICK Here to go to the St. Peter’s Lake Mary Facebook page. From our page, click Like, and you will now be following St. Peter’s. Our events and stories will appear regularly in your Facebook feed. We encourage you to Like, Comment and/or Share our posts to help spread the word beyond our parish.


Backpack Ministry Thanks You!
Thank you to everyone who returned a red bag filled with food. During February 2017 St. Peter’s members donated over 100 lbs. of food for the Pinecrest Elementary Food Pantry! Your donations will be used to feed children who participate in the free and reduced lunch program for the days they are not in school. Red bags will continue to be available year-round near the entrance to the church. Bring back full red bags at any time on Sundays or to the church office.

Roadside Ministry – Coming March 2017
Have you even seen a homeless person on the side of the road and questioned how, or if, you should help them? Our Mission team has those same thoughts and beginning in March we will pilot our Roadside Ministry Program. St. Peter’s will provide a limited number of bags containing general toiletries, information about local services, non-perishable food, and bible verses. Members can pick up a bag at an upcoming Sunday this March.

Saturday Grace & Grits Returns
Many of you know the Grace & Grits program serves the homeless in Sanford on Wednesday evenings and provides Wednesday Wash Days and bicycles. The program has also served breakfast on Saturdays, however, had lost is serving location in 2016.

We are happy to report that Grace & Grits will once again serve breakfast on Saturdays! St. Peter’s Vestry members unanimously voted to reallocate an additional $1,150 from the 2017 General Fund to pay for potential fees associate with the new Saturday location. The Grace & Grits team is in the process of resuming Saturday Breakfast service and we look forward to communicating more information about this returning program when available.

Mountain of Hope Honduras Mission Trip
The purpose of the Mountain of Hope Honduras Mission Trip is the share the love of God and the knowledge of his son, Jesus Christ. This is accomplished through the Mission Bible School, invitations for Healing Prayer, home visitations to village families, medical/dental care, healthcare education for the community, and drilling wells to bring clean drinking water to villagers. There is ALWAYS a place for you to serve on the mission teams!
 FIRST TEAM MEETING is Sunday, MARCH 19th at 2:00 pm at St. Peter’s.



January 2017

The worship schedule remains the same: Saturday at 5:00 pm, Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 am.
We will have featured presenters during the Forum, between services in Barge Hall.

From Randall Krum:
Despite the shortened days, lengthened nights, and chilling northern weather fronts, January brings about a festive mode that outlives the greetings of “Happy New Year” and the singing of “Auld Lang Syne.” The progression of Holy Days guides the selection of music – The Holy Name of Jesus (January 1), The Feast of the Epiphany (January 6), and our Patronal Festival, the day on which we celebrate our patron St. Peter (January 22), the Sunday following the feast day of the Confession of St. Peter (January 18). We also honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with special music on Sunday, January 15.

Ordination of Josh Gritter
On Monday, January 30 at 7:00 pm, members of our Adult Choir will participate in the Diocesan Ordination of Deacons. A massed choir that includes singers from the home parishes of the Diaconal Candidates, along with the Cathedral Choir is being assembled. It will be our joy to be present as Josh Gritter achieves this major step in the taking of Holy Orders.

January 22 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Our next FirstSteps class for newcomers will be held Sunday, January 22nd in Barge Hall.
All who are new to St. Peter’s, want to learn more about who we are and what we do, want to meet other newcomers and members are invited.
Love & War
Finding the Marriage You Dreamed Of
Wednesdays · January 11 – February 22 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
– hosted by Charlie and Brooke Holt
Based on the book Love & War by best-selling authors John & Stasi Eldredge, this study begins with an obvious confession: that marriage is ‘fabulously hard’. But beneath the inevitable tensions in any marriage, the real battle is against the work of the Enemy, who plots and schemes to tear love apart. In this DVD small-group study, the Eldredges show how couples can win “by fighting for each other, instead of against each other.”
Cost is $20.00 per couple.
Sign up at the Ministry Table on Sundays, or online at

The Thursday Morning Women’s Bible Study with Deacon Janice Miller continues:
Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:00 am.

Robert Strength, Deacon in Training, will be teaching the history of the Book of Common Prayer and its use outside the church Sundays, January 15th and 22nd at 10:15 am in Barge Hall.

Inductive Bible Study; the Book of Ephesians
Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15 & 22, · 6:00 – 7:30 pm
This February, St. Peter’s Wednesday night Bible Study will explore the New Testament book of Ephesians. You’ll come away with a big-picture understanding of the main idea of the book. Perhaps more importantly, you’ll gain some important Bible study skills that will help you better understand any book of the Bible.

Tom Phillips is the Director of Emmaus Ministries, a 10-month long residential bible school at Canterbury in Oviedo. Emmaus students study every page of scripture learning to unpack the text using the Inductive Bible Study method.

Ministry – Church on the Hill Capital Campaign
The Church on the Hill
Step Up and Step In Faith…and Close the Gap

“In the days to come, the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.”
Isaiah 2:2

St. Peter’s is already poised atop one of the highest points in Lake Mary. Consider the impact of a new house of worship to our Lord God, visible to our community in very many ways. As observed recently by Teri Lawver (Trustee, Seminary of the Southwest), “Sometimes it is through appreciation of … physical, touchable, smell-able, see-able beauty, that indeed we find the [invisible] divine.”

Our building committee has accomplished the challenging task of turning the structure designed by our hopes and wishes into a beautiful, tangible worship home within reach of our financial gifts. The architects, Dickerson and Associates, will present this final plan to St. Peter’s at 6:30 pm February 4th. This Town Hall Forum will not only celebrate the creation of a gorgeous sanctuary, nave and narthex, but will open up discussion and questions about the $2.5 million project. New brochures incorporating updated renderings and information are in production.

Attorney Mr. Charles Edgerton offered on Dec. 18th a session informing our members of the tax benefits of charitable giving. Mr. Edgerton is not only a leading expert in tax law but is also Brooke Holt’s father and Charlie’s father-in-law. This information should prove helpful as we continue to gather the resources and commitments (currently at $1.67 million) to build our new church as well as for planned giving by our members for church operations.

In order to initiate a line of credit to commence building, $200,000 in actual dollars still need to be collected out of the pledged/gifted commitments. This will satisfy the required $625,000 total. Once the gap has been closed and the remaining $830,000 in pledges made, the line of credit procured and the permitting granted, we will be ready to select our contractor and begin construction to make the invisible visible!

Capital Campaign Chair,
Laurie Mealor

An update from St. Peter’s School

Thanks to many amazing parents and volunteers, our Cheers for Children Fundraiser in November brought in over $10,000!  Talk about the little school that could! We are so excited to be blessed with such success!

The school received official word that our accreditation with the Florida Kindergarten Council is in good standing and Wendy Berghane has received final approval from the FKC Board as the new director.

Please continue to keep the school in prayers, especially for our K program as we recently lost 2 enrollments, due to families moving. We are praying God brings us a new student or two soon.

Please be mindful that if you have a group using classrooms in the evenings or over the weekend to please clean up after your group leaves. Our janitorial staff does not wipe down tables or counters. If a group leaves stickiness or food crumbs or marks on the tables or counters, teachers are having to clean it up in the mornings before they can prepare for their day.

School Registration
Registration paperwork for the 2017-18 school year will be available the week of January 23rd and due February 9th by 9:00 am. St. Peter’s members get priority in our registration process. Please pass the word along to anyone who may be looking for a preschool next year that we will be registering in February.  We offer classes for 2, 3 , and 4 year olds, and have an excellent kindergarten program.

A huge thank you to our School Executive Committee members for their dedication to making our school the best it can be and for their unwavering support!  Sandy Robinson- Chair, Pete Lyons, Amy Jennings, Shanna O’Donnell, and Fran Masse…THANK YOU!

Book Fair will run the week of February 13th. Family Night is Thursday February 16th from 6:00 – 7:30pm and open to all.

Thank you to our St. Peter’s Church family for your continual support of St. Peter’s School!


Upcoming MaxLife events:
Parent’s Night Out
January 13th; February 10th, March 10th from 5:30 to 10:00 pm; Newborns to 6th grade

MaxLife Day Camps
January 16th, February 20th, March 17th from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm; 4 years to 6th grade

Spring Break Splash
March 20th – 24th from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm · 4 years to 6th grade



December 2016

Advent and Christmastide, 2016
While we are in the waning days of the Season of Pentecost and hearing the final readings from Lectionary Year C, we find ourselves immersed in the dawn of a new Lectionary Year, Advent and Christmas. Though Advent calls us to reflect, repent, and prepare to welcome the God Incarnate, the approach of the Feast of the Nativity requires us concurrently to rehearse and polish the beloved carols and festive music of Christmas. Church musicians must therefore balance these contrasting elements in order to live the faith to which we are called.

The Sundays of Advent call us to awaken, watch, wait, and be vigilant. We are reminded of the Angelic Salutation to Mary and of awakening cries of John the Baptist. We welcome the start of the new Church Year with the singing of the Great Litany, the first English language rite prepared by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and published in 1544, five years before the Book of Common Prayer. In the weekdays of Advent we find three Ember Days, days which occur on the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after St. Lucy’s Day (Dec. 13), after Ash Wednesday, after the Day of Pentecost, and after Holy Cross Day (Sept. 14). In the broadest sense, these are days on which we are called to pray for the clergy.

The third Sunday of Advent, or Rose Sunday, represents a brightening moment in the Advent disciplines of repentance and preparation. The theme of the day expresses the joy of anticipation at the approach of the Christmas celebration. In some parishes the celebrant of the Eucharist wears rose-colored vestments and the altar paraments are changed to rose instead of the violet colors that are typically used in Advent. This custom is reflected by the practice of including a rose-colored candle among the four candles of an Advent wreath. This brighter tone is echoed in the music of the day.

Preparation for Christmas takes many forms. The Adult Choir began rehearsing some of the most challenging compositions in early August and have continued working on these throughout the following weeks. Those which seemed impossible at the outset are now sung with confidence and joy. This year we are incorporating a variety of instruments in the celebration of Christmas Eve. The Concert at 10:30 PM and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 11:00 PM will include flute, violin, viola, oboe, clarinet and harp along with the organ. Adding instruments requires the organist-choirmaster to extract parts from the traditional carols and subsequently to arrange and transpose each piece to suit the instruments. The majority of our instrumentalists come from the Lochwood Academy, a conservatory of music in Sanford. The faculty have been enthusiastic and supportive of the opportunity to have their students involved in our Christmas music.

Coffee Hour between Sunday services:
Coffee Hour continues to the end of the year. A coffee hour coordinator is needed along with people to sign up to bring refreshments.  With Josh Gritter’s departure, someone is needed to prepare coffee, and set up/clean up the coffee area.

Christmas Arrangement Workshop.
Saturday, December 10: 9:30 am
Ladies of church are invited to make an arrangement to take home for the holidays.

St. Peter’s Christmas Party
Sunday, December 11: 7:00 -9:00pm, Lake Mary Community Center.

Bring light hors d’oeuvres or desserts to share, and beverage of your choice.  Sign up at the Ministry Table or:

Hanging of the Greens
Wednesday December 21 2016 at 2:00 pm, followed by a Soup Supper at 6:00 pm.

Scheduled for January 2017: 

First Steps for Newcomers
Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 29 at 10:15 am (between services)


Wednesdays in Advent

Join Fr. Charlie for Bible Study 6:00 – 7:30 pm.
Class will meet November 30, December 7, 14 & 21.

Join Fr. Charlie as he explores the messianic prophecies of Hope. Based on the Book of Isaiah, discover the true promise of hope for everyone, the hope of salvation, of Jesus who has come to save us from out sins.
The class meets in the church and everyone is welcome.

Thursday mornings beginning December 1st: “Galatians”

Women’s Bible Study meets Thursday mornings at 9:30 in the church.

Please join this devoted group of ladies who, along with Deacon Janice Miller, gather weekly to study scripture. Starting December 1st, the group will be moving into Paul’s letter to the Galatians.

St. Peter’s acknowledges and appreciates the following volunteers who have stepped up to lead our five Commissions:

Worship Commission: Nina Bolton

Fellowship Commission: Kathy Krasnoff

Discipleship Commission: Joe Pollock

Ministry Commission: Amy Jennings

Mission Commission: Dave Kenison


St. Peter’s School
The holidays are a busy time of year at St. Peter’s Preschool and Kindergarten! So much joy and expectation fill the air throughout our halls with thoughts of gifts, visits with Santa and silly stories about Elves on the Shelves. Cookies with Santa, a fun event for our school families, kicks off our Christmas celebrations early in the month. Santa joins us for a photo opportunity with families and we enjoy each other’s company while eating cookies, sipping on hot chocolate, and participating in Christmas themed activity stations.

Along with the secular fun, our students get excited about the birth of Jesus! Our classrooms fill with excitement and anticipation as we work through the events leading to the birth of our King through play, stories, songs, and activities.  This comes to fruition during our Christmas program in mid-December where our students sing songs about Jesus’ birth and our kindergarten class presents the nativity for their family and friends. As a school community, we celebrate Jesus’ birthday with a big party before enjoying our Christmas Break!  Students retell the story of Jesus’ birth, enjoy cupcakes, bring gifts (which we donate to the Pregnancy Crisis Center), and even sing Happy Birthday to Jesus!

Community outreach is a special and important part of our curriculum here at St. Peter’s Preschool and Kindergarten and that is definitely apparent during the holiday season. Our Kindergarten class organizes a schoolwide food drive benefitting local food pantries and missions. They also take a field trip to a local outreach center to help sort donations and volunteering their time. It is important for us to teach our students that they are never too young to help others. Many of our classes also collect items for Operation Christmas Child or the Seminole County Sheriff’s Christmas Village and toy drive. Loving others as God loved us is so important to us here at the school and the holidays are a perfect time to reflect God’s love to others!

Thank you to all who participated in or supported Cheers for Children! It took place Saturday November 12th and is our school’s biggest fundraising event of the year. It is an evening of great food and drink, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and lots of fun. This year we drew in our biggest crowd yet, 97 attendees! And most importantly, we raised a record amount! Our preliminary number for funds raised is $9700!  We are hoping to make it to $10,000….wouldn’t that be amazing! Fundraising dollars go back into our classrooms in the way of technology, curriculum, classroom toys and resources, as well as building our scholarship fund for families who have a financial need. If you’d like to help us get to $10,000 it’s not too late! Please see Wendy in the school office!

Thank you for keeping St. Peter’s School in your prayers and for your continued support. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our CORE leadership group and we wish you a wonderful Christmas and a most blessed 2017!



November 2016

Rector's Report: Staff Re-Set

As so often happens, when a gifted and talented person like Wes Sharp leaves an organization, it often requires two or three people to succeed them. This happens for a couple of reasons. First, no two people are alike. But also, a leadership transition creates an opportunity to reset the leadership structure considering the next stages in ministry.

As we move forward, I am creating four Director-level positions for St. Peter’s: Click here to view Proposed Organization Chart.

1. Director of Children and Family: Currently staffed by Brent Tallman, this position will be responsible for all things children and youth including Maxlife, the middle and senior high youth groups, Children’s Church and Sunday School.

2. Director of the School: Currently staffed by Wendy Berghane, this position will be responsible for everything to do with the St. Peter’s Preschool and Kindergarten.

3. Director of Operations: Currently staffed by Susie Millonig, this position will be responsible for the daily operations of St. Peter’s including but not limited to the financial management and planning, donor management, facilities usage and resources, and maintenance of policies and procedures.

4. Director of Parish Life: Currently, this position is open, and will be responsible for the coordination and planning of the program life of the church including, the 5 Commissions, volunteer coordination and parish communications.

This new structure will reduce the number of direct reports to me which will enable me to be a more effective preacher, teacher and pastor to the congregation. For the foreseeable future, we will not have the budget to hire a second fulltime priest on staff. Click here to view Proposed Organization Chart.

The vestry has authorized me to begin the process of identifying and interviewing candidates for Director of Parish Life position with a start date of no earlier than January 1, 2017.

We will be advertising the positon soon with an application deadline of November 14, 2016. Interviews of qualified candidates will begin after November 14th.

Download the Director of Parish Life description here.

Click here for a St. Peter’s Employment Application.

Please be praying for the Lord to raise up the right person for the Director of Parish Life.

Yours in Christ,
The Rev. Charlie Holt

Welcome Rob Strength – Deacon in Training
Welcome Rob…
You will see a new face at St. Peter’s beginning in November. Rob Strenth, a postulant for holy orders as a deacon, has been assigned to do his field work at St. Peter’s. He will be with us until the Sunday after Easter. You will see Rob serving as a deacon during our worship services. He will also be working in various ministries that serve the community, particularly the homeless. He is qualified to teach classes, provide pastoral care, write and deliver sermons, and lead prayer services.

Rob has completed 16 of the required 28 diaconate classes at the Institute for Christian Studies of the Diocese. He has “passed” his parish discernment process, the Diocese’s Bishop Advisory Commission on Aspirants to the Ministry (BACAM), and the background, financial, physical, and mental health checks. He will sit for his ordination exam in May 2017.

Rob is a principal of Prairie Lake Elementary in Orange County. He and his wife, Leslie, have two teenage children, Preston and Caroline. When he has time, he enjoys reading, watching classic movies, football, and hockey. He also has an interest in model trains.

Church on the Hill Capital Campaign

The Church on the Hill Capital Campaign remains steadfast toward the goal of raising the necessary funds for the building of our new worship space. As of October 24th, 124 households have made a pledge or contribution to the new church building, totaling $1,570,357. This represents almost 40% of our active member households. Many capital campaigns consider 1-2x annual giving as their ceiling. Our members’ gifts have already exceeded 2x St. Peter’s 2016 budget! Continuing the campaign to the finish line is our prayer-guided intention, however long it takes.

The Step In-Step Up phase of the campaign was initiated to close the gap between the slowing rate of contributing pledges and the eventual $2.5 million goal. This phase was kick-started by an incredibly generous $250,000 pledge. An appeal to “Step In” to make a pledge or “Step Up” to increase a previous pledge, as did this member, was issued to the congregation. Among 14 responses who heeded that call, a member followed with a $70,000 3 year pledge. A more comprehensive update on the COH Campaign was mailed to all members earlier this week. Click here to download the COH Vestry Update.

An Evening with the Architect Town Hall session was postponed until modified plans are more closely aligned with the established $2.5 million budget. Conversation groups will continue between members regarding the building of a new worship space and other church priorities. New opportunities for our members to become involved in COH fundraising will be scheduled, the first being the November 4th Organ Recital. Proceeds from this event are dedicated to the COH building fund.

– The COH Steering Committee

Annual Stewardship Drive

The last weekend of October begins our annual Stewardship Drive. Pledge cards will be handed out and there will be a special message at each service on 10/29 and 10/30, also on 11/5 and 11/6. We ask that all pledging households turn in their pledge cards the weekend of November 13.

A letter will be mailed to our members urging them to pledge their tithe.

Budget Reminder

Please note:
Budget requests s for 2017 are due November 1, 2016. Please submit to Karen Williams,

Start of a Great School Year

Start of Another Great Year!
St. Peter’s School is off to a great start for the 2016-17 school year. For over 40 years our school has worked tirelessly to provide a developmentally appropriate education to preschoolers and kindergarteners in our area. We realize that there is more to a child than just letters, numbers, and colors… therefore our approach is based on teaching to the whole child. That includes looking at how we can help children grow socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually as well.

We are proud to have classrooms that are active, messy, and fun! You will see kids doing what kids do best; being curious, being active, and being kids! All while learning important skills and lessons. We are hard at work preparing for our school’s biggest fundraiser of the year… Cheers for Children which takes place Saturday, November 12th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Cork & Olive in Lake Mary. Attendees are treated to wine, hors d’oeuvres, and great conversation, along with the opportunity to participate in a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. The Cheers for Children committee, comprised of parents, has worked tirelessly to build a fantastic event. All proceeds benefit the school. As many small, non-profit schools, St. Peter’s Preschool and Kindergarten has two main sources of revenue: tuition and donations. Our tuition covers the everyday operations of the school. In order to continue our work in providing an exceptional early childhood experience for all children, as well as dream and work towards implementing new ideas that will make our school even stronger, we rely on fundraising and donations.

Fundraising money helps with things such as technology, teacher training, playground and outdoor classroom equipment, updated furniture and fixtures, as well as classroom toys, manipulatives, and resources. We rely on successful fundraising events to help us provide the best early childhood experience in the area. Other happenings around the school include our annual Fall Festival at the end of October. Our students dress up in their Halloween costumes and put on a parade for parents and church staff. Our PALS group (parent organization) organizes a fun morning of carnival games and each class gets to visit the story pumpkin patch. This year we welcomed two church members, Laurie Mealor and Wendy Gordon to be our guest storytellers! Such a treat for us! Prayer requests for the school: Continued growth and development, a successful fall fundraiser, and for another kindergarten student (we are losing a K student at the end of October). Thank you for supporting our beloved school! If you ever have any questions, or would like to tour our school so you can see what we do first hand, please contact Wendy at any time!

Wendy Berghane, Director of St. Peter’s School

Mark Your Calendars
Key Dates:
Friday, November 4th at 7:00 pm:
Organ Recital: Organs Around the World
Randall Krum will present an organ concert featuring a number of virtual organs made possible by an anonymous benefactor of a computer interface (MIDI) and Hauptwerk Software.
Join Randy for a musical tour of notable, historic organs from Sweden, France, England, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands. A freewill offering can be made at the recital.
Proceeds go to the Church on the Hill Capital Campaign.

Sunday, November 6th
Daylight Savings Time Ends

Saturday November 12th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Cork & Olive
Cheers for Children
This is the major fundraiser for St. Peter’s School. Cost is $30 per person, which includes wine and food. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, etc.
Tickets can be bought through the School office, or by calling 407-333-1707. Also need sponsors and silent auction items. More info at: Cheers for Children.

Sunday, November 13th
Pledging Sunday
St. Peter’s members are asked to turn in their pledges for FY 2017.

Wednesday, November 23rd at 7:00 pm
Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service

Sunday, November 27th
Advent 1

Discipleship Classes

Wednesday Bible Study:

The November Wednesday Bible Study with Rev. Holt is titled “Worthy” and is based on Paul’s 2nd letter to the Thessalonians. It meets November 2, 9 and 16 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Click for details. Optionally, you can order dinner for 5:30 pm on class nights.

No Classes: Wednesday, November 23rd; Thanksgiving Eve service at 7:00 pm

Ongoing: Women’s Thursday Bible Study Group
Ladies of St. Peter’s, you are invited to join Deacon Janice Miller Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:00 am for a women’s Bible study. Open to all ladies.

The next Discipleship class on ADVENT begins Wednesday November 30th, continuing December 7, 14 and 21. This 4-week study will explore Advent and why we celebrate it.

November Baptisms

Celebrations of Faith
November 6 @ 11:00 am (All Saints’ Day celebrated):
– Laurenn Kathleen Murphy (not a typo)
– Sarah Joanne Murphy
– Madison Propst

Sunday, November 27th (Advent 1)
– Blake Robert Jones
Please join us as we celebrate our newest members in the body.