COMMUNITY

We work hard to sustain a sense of caring community among our parishioners.  This is a challenge, because we come from every community on the west side of Cleveland.   The ministries listed here invite people with almost every kind of interest to take a role in strengthening our common life.   Check out these descriptions, and click on the links of any that seem to be calling you!  You’ll be put in touch with someone who can tell you more!

Fellowship:  We enjoy being together, and do it often.  Every first Sunday of the month (except July and August) we gather at 9:00 a.m. for a parish breakfast.  We gather annually many times: an Epiphany celebration (January 6), the Annual Meeting (3rd Sunday in January), an “Easter Brunch,” a summer worship service and picnic at Lakewood Park (mid- to late June), and sometimes others.  We have Foyer Groups that gather parishioners for informal fellowship in homes.   And we welcome new folks into our congregation three times a year with our “Explore and Connect” program.

Women’s Groups:   The Saint Cecelia Guild is a group of women who meet monthly to share fellowship and visit various places of interest in the wider Cleveland community.   The Women Welcoming Women group meets monthly in the evening to share a meal, good conversation, and work on mission projects together. 

Pastoral Care:  New in 2011 is our “Pastoral Partners” program.  Two dozen or more parishioners will take responsibility for providing “light touch” pastoral contact to every household in the parish.  Partners will pray for their households, apprise the clergy of pressing pastoral needs, and mobilize pastoral response in cases of acute life events (death, sicknes, fire, etc.).  “Pastoral Partners” will augment the pastoral ministry of our clergy, and serve to keep us all well connected.  We also have a small group of people who knit prayer shawls that are given to shut-ins and hospitalized parishioners. 

Communication:  We at Saint Peter’s are a few years behind in getting the word out electronically, but we’re working on it.  In addition to our traditional print forms of communication, we are interested in dabbling with social networking.  This ministry also seeks ways to get our story out into the general consciousness through marketing and media. 

Office Volunteers:  These wonderful souls help out in the office on weekday mornings by answering phones, preparing mailings, sorting mail, and other such tasks to assist the professional office staff.  

Administration & Finance:  This group of business oriented types keep an eye on our parish finances, advise the parish leadership on issues of insurance, personnel policies, and all manner of managerial

Buildings and Grounds:  Caring for our historic and heavily used facility is a constant challenge.  Folks in this ministry enjoy handyman kinds of things like gardening, painting and plastering, dusting and cleaning.  From time to time, we also seek expertise in building trades and repair, overseeing building contracts, and purchasing equipment.   The quiet garden area in the middle of our facility, known as The Garth, is great fun for those who enjoy self-expression with plants. 

Stewardship:  The Stewardship Committee works to keep before us all the idea of grateful and grace-filled living.  The Committee seeks to empower parishioners to offer their best to God, their time, talent, and treasure, in gratitude for all God has given us.  Each Autumn, the Stewardship Committee executes our annual pledge campaign in order to secure the funds necessary to operate our parish for the coming year.

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