Stories of Our Church

From the Sesquicentennial Celebration

Honoring Our Veterans: Past & Present

Prepared by William T. Henderson for the Veteran’s Day portion of worship at St. Peter’s, November 2002 Eighty-four years ago (97 this year) on November 1918, the guns fell silent in France as the Armistice was signed at 11:00 a.m. in the Western European Time Zone. ...

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Parish Nursing—Whole Person Health Care

In the March issue of the newsletter we explored the ways church records reveal health care issues of members and the community and how these records documented the devastation of illnesses such as diphtheria, cholera, typhoid fever, or measles.  A more detailed look...

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Prayer Shawl Ministry an Outreach of Health Ministry

Compassion and the love of knitting and crocheting form the foundation for the spiritual practice known as the Prayer Shawl Ministry.  In this ministry, the person knitting or crocheting a shawl prays for the recipient as they are making it.  The shawl is then given...

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Make a joyful noise unto the Lord (Psalm 100)

 Although St. Peter’s new church on Russell Street was not totally ready for occupancy, the first service was held in that location on the first Sunday in April, 1957.  With the move, attendance increased from around 200 per Sunday to 375 by January, 1958.  Facilities...

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“St. Peter’s is Alive with the Sound of Music!”

As part of our 150th Anniversary celebration, the choir shared music during the June 28, 2015 worship service that our present and former choir members have sung from 1865 to the present.  This post has the text and images from the bulletin for that commemorative...

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The Legacy of One Woman’s Journey

It is difficult to imagine the thoughts that must have been going through Katharina Erb Luther’s mind on February 12, 1881, as she prepared to leave her homeland of Germany at the age of 54.  The passage document to America shows that her children Catharina (23), Karl...

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Some fine reads…

  The library at St. Peter’s, initiated by the Women’s Guild, is a wonderful resource for devotions, Christian education ideas, information about religion, Bibles, maps, Christian and American history, poetry, novels with an inspirational approach, and works of...

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Christian Outreach

During the 1940s, the women organized kits of toiletries and inspirational publications for servicemen and sent Christmas and Easter greetings to the men of the church serving overseas. Young men stationed at Chanute Air Force Base were invited to attend church...

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Men’s Work

On Sunday, December 3, 1922, thirty-five men of St. Peter’s Church voted to organize as the Evangelical  Brotherhood.  The purpose of this group was to unite men in Christian fellowship to serve one another, the congregation, and the community at large.  This was to...

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