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Tidings – January 29, 2017

Several behavioral studies have demonstrated that children with no clear boundaries often grow up less secure and have a harder time gaining a strong sense of “self” than those who are raised otherwise. Our Creator certainly understands this about us, and so we have been given guidelines, rules, even laws, to guide the use of our free will.

This Sunday’s message, “Laws and Grace,” explains that these laws are not meant to restrict us, or stifle us as human beings, but to bring us into the fulness of our Creation in the image of God. David writes then, in Psalm 19 “The Law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.” Are we meant to live under law, or in grace? Perhaps “yes” is the best answer to that question.

Pastor Steve



  • Church Historian, Rev. Robert Williams, tells us that another Methodist is being honored on a postage stamp. Read about this commemorative “forever” stamp featuring Dorothy Height.
  • A message from the UMW – thank you to those who generously (and deliciously) opened their homes to the family and friends of St. Peter’s Annual Christmas House Tour. It was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all. Proceeds from the house tour go toward the Dominican Republic mission to help build another home. If you have questions or are interested in offering your home for the 2017 Christmas House Tour, please contact Nancy McNamara at


Practice Your Serve

  • Just a reminder that the first Sunday of the month (2/5/17) is Food Collection Sunday. The February item for collection is microwavable rice/macaroni & cheese.
  • Our Ocean City Ecumenical Clothes Closet is in need of winter coats (especially men’s) and also any type of blankets. Please drop off your donation directly to the Clothes Closet located at 555 West Avenue, Ocean City. They are open Monday and Wednesday, 10:00am to 3:00pm and Friday from 10:00am to 2:30pm.
  • Friendly folks are needed for usher & greeter teams. Do you like to meet people?  Do you want to share your love for Christ and St. Peter’s with others? If so, please consider becoming a part of our usher or greeter teams. It takes many people to offer a warm welcome and to ensure that our worship services run smoothly. If you can help with this need please contact the church office at 399-2988 or email at Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity to serve God and St. Peter’s!
  • On Saturday, January 28th the Hospitality Committee is holding its group cook from 9:30am to 12:00 noon. Join us for a fun morning of cooking soups that we freeze for emergency use. We then use these meals for church members who are ill, grieving, or have a new baby in the family. If you are not available to come to our group cook, please consider making phone calls or being on the list for meal deliveries. Perhaps you would be willing to make a meal in your home and deliver it to a church member who is sick or recovering from surgery. We welcome any and all help in this important ministry. If you have any questions or would like to help in any way, please call Kathy Thompson (399-4126) or Christine Crist (398-1572).  Thank you for all your support!
  • The Dominican Republic mission team is continuing to sell certificates for Piccini’s Restaurant here in OC. The profits from the sales of certificates go to build a new house for a family in great need. The cost of the Piccini’s gifts is $20.00 each. To purchase, see Connie Pritchard (, Nancy Caine ( or Judy Kelly (


Remember to mark your calendar for these upcoming events

  • Tuesday Bible Study – What Time is it and What Did I Just Say? Do you notice that the paraments (aka the pulpit and altar cloths) change at odd increments? Do you want to know ‘why?’ and ‘how?’  While we’re at it, do you notice what we sometimes say as a statement of belief, especially at baptisms (aka The Apostles Creed)? Want to discover what it means, how it got there, and what you believe if you would write your creed of faith? Come and find out as the Tuesday Afternoon Study begins its winter/spring sessions on January 17th in the Fox Room. The study begins at 1:00pm and lasts about 2 hours. We are studying “The Liturgical Year” and “In Search of Belief” both by Joan Chittister, OSB. Joan Chittister is a delightful contemporary author well-schooled in both liturgy and spiritual formation. Both books will be used for the rest of the year and can be obtained from Amazon (for about $12.00-13.00 for a book, even less for ‘used’ and $5.00-10.00 for the Kindle edition). We will begin with Chapter 11 of “Belief”. For more information contact Marilyn Hughes ( or Judy Kohatsu (
  • Terrific Tuesday has restarted with all of our kids programs, choirs, adult Bible Studies and dinners!
    • 4:00PM Tai Chi/Bible Study (starts February 7th) – Wear comfortable clothing, bring a Bible and make new friends! It’s great fun for your mind, body, and spirit. See you in class! Ginny Strang and Vicki Scheetz host this 2 hour session on the third floor.
    • 5:00PM Bible Study – Join Pastor Terry in the Fox Room as he talks about Biblical prophecy and today’s news. We guarantee lively discussions and a great opportunity to learn about Biblical prophecy!
    • 5:00PM Covenant Study – One Faithful Promise: The Wesleyan Covenant for Renewal. A covenant is an agreement, a pledge, a contract. A covenant with God is a faithful promise of renewal and none are more central to the Methodist identity than the Wesley Covenant Prayer, which John Wesley first shared in a renewal service in 1755. Its central theme, “the means of increasing serious religion,” focuses on the way we can have a closer relationship with God and others through heightened dedication to a serious faith. Come and join us February 7th for a six-session study looking deeper into the Covenant Prayer we all recited at worship on January 1st. The book can be purchased from Amazon (hardcover about $10 and a kindle edition at $8) or from Cokesbury, on sale for $7.00. This class will be held in room 120.
    • 6:30PM Ladies Book Study – Ladies, please join us at 6:30pm in the Fox Room (1st floor) to explore with Beth Moore, “David – Seeking a Heart Like His.” In this study of the “man after God’s own heart,” David will make you laugh and cry. He will delight and disappoint you. You’ll want to be just like him at times and nothing like him at others. David’s life clearly demonstrates that God is always able to reach us, correct us, and reclaim our worship. If you’ve ever experienced doubts, temptations, losses, or personal inconsistencies, this study is for you. Study guides will be available through the class. This study is led by Judi Johnson and Donna Schempp. Suggested donation: $18/book.
    • 6:30PM (starts February 7th)- Pastor Steve will be facilitating his “Drop In” class in Room 205. This class will be going into a deeper discussion about the prior week’s sermon. This is also a great time to ask any questions you might have about the Bible.
  • Join us for St. Peter’s “SOUPer” Bowl take out luncheon on Sunday, February 5th at 12:00 noon. We will be selling delicious homemade soups including New England Clam Chowder, Chicken/Wild Rice, Minestrone, Cream of Broccoli and Vegetable Beef Barley as well as Stromboli (cost is $10.00 each). Our seasoning will put a perfect end to the football season!  All proceeds benefit St. Peter’s Missions. This is a take-out lunch only.
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training will be offered again due to increased interest. This lifesaving device is used to resuscitate the failing heart and is now in common use. The training course is being conducted by the Ocean City Fire Department’s certified instructors. Training in the use of the AED will be on Wednesday, February 8th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm in the Stainton Room. The training is for anyone who would like the certification or for those who need recertification. Call the church office to sign up!
  • It’s that time of year – April 2, 2017 is the Gift of Life Donor Dash. This is the 22nd anniversary of the Dash and it will be our third year participating as Team Skysoldier. Our team is aiming to raise $2,000 + and to have 20 or more people join us for the 3K Walk/5-10K run. All proceeds will help the Gift of Life Donor Program continue educating the community about life-saving organ as well as life enhancing tissue transplants. Team Skysoldier needs your help! See the flyer posted on the bulletin board for more information or visit and sponsor Team Skysoldier. If you have any questions, please contact Joe Pratt at (609) 390-9149.
  • The 2017 mission trip to the Dominican Republic is set for April 17-23. If you think you might want to participate or if you just want more information, please email Judy Kelly for more information,