Welcome to our community! My name is Cory Britt and I am thankful your curiousity has brought you this far. We are an open community who is looking at ways to center our lives around loving God and loving one another. We are imperfect but we pray we stumble towards the goodness of Jesus. If you are looking for a place to discover Jesus, yourself, your way in this world, or simply trying to figure out what the next step is on your faith journey is, please join us on a Sunday, email me, or stop in! We would love to connect with you.
"From The Pastor's Desk"
When I was 11 I wanted to build a "fort" in my backyard. During science I doodled out the blueprint of a two storied plywood fort with a pole I could slide down from the top to the bottom. It was going to be epic. I showed my dad and he agreed. We started building and completed the bottom cube and now we were going to work on the top with an overhang and pole. When we began that, the neighbor from the house behind us, in a grumpy Walter Matthauish voice, asked with irritation, "Is that going to be higher. I don't want it to be higher and looking over my fence" My dad was much more understanding than I and said we were not going to build it any higher. I was disappointed and only bore a slight grudge toward our neighbor. But that didn't stop me from my quest.
I then moved my focus to the woods of an undeveloped area in our neighborhood. My friends and I found scrap plywood, gathered my dads tool belt, and found a grouping of trees. We sawed, we hammered, we created. We even had battles with other kids doing the same and competed for space and supplies. It was epic.
The space changed, the tools even changed, but the message and quest stayed the same; Adventure. Today, we are in a time of constant change. The way we were doing things changed on us, our routines changed on us, the tools changed on us. We wanted to do worship a certain way, we got used to doing it in a certain way, but then a pandemic yelled at us and said, "Are you going to make that higher than my fence?"
Conditions and safety required us to do things differently. My dad could have told the neighbor we aren't changing and risked the good relationship we had with our neighbor, I could have abandoned my quest, but I chose to adapt. Likewise, we could have said we are going to do worship the same way and risk the lives of others and greater spread of the virus throughout our community, we could have said I am going to do nothing, or we could adapt.
I am grateful that we did not abandon our mission, that we did not abandon our call, but we adapted. We chose to be good neighbors, we chose to do no harm, we chose to listen to science, we chose to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and we continued worship. Yes, that worship was in a different form, but the message remained the same. Jesus is Lord and there is no place he is not and he offers life to all.
My prayer has been that you continued to worship. That you didn't let circumstances dictate your joy, that you didn't let style dictate your focus, that you didn't allow frustration to rule your engagement, but that you allowed the Joy of the Lord to be your strength, that you connected with other Christians, that you took responsibility not just for your faith, and your discipleship development, but your mission to share the good news of Jesus Christ!
Through this pandemic we have learned and are continuing to learn new technology and ways to communicate in this 21st century in this time of Covid-19. We went from almost zero online presence to having live-streaming events, to online pre-school, a YouTube channel with children, youth, and adult Christian content. We are continuing to learn how to increase our presence online and spread the good news of Jesus Christ to a wider audience than before.
We are still adapting to change, there is still adventure to be had. We need to be like the Israelites who created a worship space that was mobile, that could move when the fire of God changed direction, that we can move when God says go this way and that. So let us be in prayer to discern Jesus' next steps for us.
We are slowly making a new step. We have been in prayer and discernment about when we think we can return to in person worship safely and how to do so. While I believe it is safer at home, and that if you fall into a certain susceptibility to this virus, it is better to stay home. But we also believe that with the number of cases dropping, and with only a few desiring to return at this date, we can open the doors for in person worship this weekend (Sept 6). Please look below for details of our return and what to expect.
Our call is to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to alert people to the universal reign of God through Jesus Christ. We are blessed that we have technology that allows us to do that in most settings. I am thankful for your faithful witness to the love of God toward one another, and my work is to continue to find ways for us to do no harm, to do all the good we can, and to help us spread the name and work of Jesus to all we meet. Let us discover where this adventure will take us!
Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Cory Britt
To discover some of the ways to get involved and connect with the St. Peter's family, please visit the following pages:
Contact Rev. Rachel Lever at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-793-5712 ext 21
FALL CLASSES FOR ADULTS
St. Peter's Child Enrichment Center (CEC) opens on Monday. Palm Beach County Schools begin virtual classes the same day. What about us ... the adults of the church? Isn't this a great time to take advantage of opportunities for learning and growing? Check out the two options below. Then register for a class by replying to this email.
SURPRISE THE WORLD! BOOK STUDY
Begins Tuesday, September 8, 6:00 PM
For months, Rev. Cory Britt has been encouraging every St. Peter's member and regular attendee to read the book Surprise the World! At the end of each worship service, he mentions BELLS. Do you know what he is referring to? If not, you are invited to join a small group to study the book, Surprise the World! The study is seven weeks long.
Cindy Johnson participated in a small group in the spring. She was very touched by the message of the book, and she is excited about leading a new Zoom group. To register for the group, reply to this email or contact Rachel Lever, 793-5712 x 21.
The book is an easy read. You may purchase it on Amazon for $4.19. We also have a few copies at the church, which you can buy for $5.00.
FORGIVENESS: Finding Peace Through Letting Go
Begins Monday, September 14, 11:00 AM
Jennifer Cisney Ellers, a Christian author, says, "This book offers clear guidance for believers struggling with the practical application of our Biblical imperative to forgive. It is a must-read for both Christian counselors and every person who has something or someone to forgive"
This study is four weeks long. The book is an easy read, and the cost is $5.00. To register for the group, reply to this email or contact Rachel Lever, 793-5712 x 21. Linda Nelson and Rachel Lever will lead the study.
Upward Basketball & Cheerleading Season 14 - General Information
St. Peter’s Upward Basketball and Cheerleading
Due to Covid 19 conditions in Palm Beach County, registration for Season 14 will begin October 1, 2020 and run through November 1, 2020. Our priority is safety of our families. Numbers will be closely watched in order to ensure the safety of running our program. If at any time the Church or our Covid Team feels it is unsafe to continue this program in January 2021, we will cancel and resume in January 2022.
There are several new measures to ensure the safety of you and your child while in our program. If you register your child, please know if Covid is still active in January, you are agreeing to these rules.
Evaluations ~ A special day and time will be provided for participants to go through the evaluation process. Players will be asked to bring their own ball. A parent / guardian may be asked to assist the player for rebounds at the basketball hoops so only you and your family are touching your players ball. Uniforms will not be tried on. Samples of each size will be available to view but we will not allow uniforms to be placed over children’s heads. Masks must be worn by everyone attending evaluations.
Gym ~ Only immediate family members of the participant will be able to attend practice and games. Masks must be worn by all guests during their time in the gym. If you must remove your mask, we ask that you step outside of the gym. Temperatures will also be taken for all participants and their guests. Any temperatures over 100.4 will be asked to not enter the gym for the safety of those inside. There will be one way in and one way out of the gym on game day.
Practice ~ All basketball participants will be required to bring their own ball with their name clearly labeled to each practice. When a coach needs to use a group ball, all players hands will be sanitized prior to the drill, the ball will be sanitized after the drill, and players hands will be resanitized after the drill.
Game Day ~ All games will rotate balls during the game. Three balls will be used and sanitized the first three periods and again the last three periods. These balls will be provided by St. Peter’s. Masks will be worn by coaches and players who are not on the court. Participants will have an assigned seat so their mask will wait on their chair for them. Star ceremonies will be determined as the time gets closer. If there is a concern, they may be held in the courtyard or in the grass near the parking lot. As of now, a lot can change in five months. Only those attending the current game will be allowed in the gym. Once a game has ended, bleachers and chairs will be sprayed and new guests may enter. Extra time will be given between games to allow for the clean up. Instead of wristbands, we will come up with another way to signify colors for players.
Cheerleaders ~ There will be no pyramids by girls so there is no touching. They will be spaced out on the benches. Squads will be limited to 8 girls per squad to spread them out during games. Upward has removed the megaphones. Their stars will be placed on a newly designed poster created by Upward.
Coaches ~ We will need enough coaches to form smaller teams. This year, we will not be having junior coaches. If a high school student would like to assist a head coach, that will be okay! I know community service hours are important. To ensure we have proper seating on the court, we will only have two coaches per squad / team.
Concession ~ Only three people will be allowed in the concession stand. One cashier and two food runners. There will be no hot dogs, pretzels, or popcorn at this time. Donuts will be served by a concession worker. They will be displayed in a clear bakery container. Masks and gloves will be worn by all three people and changed frequently. Water fountains will be turned off.
Award Celebration ~ The decision to have an award celebration has not yet been determined. As the season nears, a decision will be clarified.
As our registration date nears, we will keep you updated on any decisions made. We thank you for your patience and look forward to providing a safe environment for your child to cheer or play basketball!
Ladies--You are invited to join the United methodist Women in our Fellowship Hall at 6:30PM on the second Monday of each month. Programs and menue vary each month. Reservations are requested. Contact Rachel Lever for more details.
Men's group meets in our Fellowship Hall at 6:30PM on the third Monday of each month. Dinner includes your choice of steak, chicken or pork chop. Programs focus on men helping men, trying to walk the Christian walk. Reservations are requested. Requested donation: $10.00 Contact email@example.com for more details.
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