Tuesday Morning Bible Study
Feasting on the Word
Join us on Tuesdays at 11:00am in the Parish Hall, to read, study, and reflect upon the scripture passages designated for the upcoming Sunday.
Participants may want to bring their own Bibles for reference. Curriculum materials from Feasting on the Word will be provided.
Bring your lunch, or snacks as we study together. Want more information? See Father Skip Steiner 410-326-4948
You may preview the scripture readings for any Sunday by visiting www.lectionarypage.net
All are invited and encouraged to join the study group at any time you are able.
COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Coffee and Conversation is the program for adults during the Sunday School period - Sunday mornings from when the middle service ends - usually between 10:15 and 10:30 to 11:00 am. The timing allows adults, young and old, to attend any of the three Sunday Services and make it to or from their regular worship.
Coffee and conversation takes the current Sunday's Bible reading and guides a conversation about how it impacts our current life. Of course, coffee and munchies are provided at the beginning. Everyone is welcome to join in the conversation, but doesn't have to. You certainly don't have to be a Bible scholar to be part of the conversation. Materials are provided for you to read ahead, but you really don't need to do that either. All are welcome.
Mentors this year are Dr. Charles Bennett, Hugh Davies, and Claude Martin.
EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY
Every Thursday Evening @ 7:00 PM
Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with the education to carry out that lay ministry through a four-year program of study meeting one day a week. During the Service of Confirmation we ask God to “Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at Baptism. Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perform the service you set before them.” EfM offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.
The seminar group is the nucleus of the Education for Ministry program. A group consists of six to twelve participants and a trained mentor who meet weekly over the course of a nine-month academic year. These meetings are usually from two and a half to three hours in length.
Through study, prayer, and reflection, EfM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom. This process can be illustrated by a two-rail fence. One rail is the Christian tradition. The other is the collective experience of the group’s members. The rails are linked by fence posts which represent the seminar sessions where life and study meet. The fence is grounded in the soil of regular worship which is vital to the life of the group.
Participants are given weekly assignments to study with the help of resource guides. Students are responsible for setting their own learning goals. They spend between two and four hours in study and preparation each week. In the seminars members have an opportunity to share their insights and discoveries as well as to discuss questions which the study materials raise for them.
Through discussion and guided reflection, the seminars furnish an opportunity to deepen understanding of the reading materials.
More important is the development of skills in theological reflection. The goal is to learn to think theologically. By examining their own beliefs and their relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith, participants can learn what it means to be effective ministers in the world. In coming to terms with the notion that everything we do has potential for manifesting the love of Christ, we discover that our ministry is at hand wherever we turn.
The seminar is supported by a life of prayer and regular worship. EfM groups are encouraged to develop a pattern of worship appropriate to their situations. Liturgical materials are furnished with the course materials.
Consider this program next fall in 2017.
ASBURY-SOLOMONS EPISCOPAL FELLOWSHIP
At Noon, Every Third Monday
Lunch and theological conversation await you and your friends at Asbury Solomons' monthly Episcopal Fellowship. At Noon on the third Monday of the month all are welcome to the dining room at Asbury Solomons Island. Lunch is $10, and it's open to residents and non-residents. Please respond to Russ Horton by the Thursday prior to the event, @ (410) 394-3216, Asbury-Solomons is a continuing care retirement facility located at 11100 Asbury Circle in Solomons, MD 20688.
On Monday, Sept. 19, Fr. Skip Steiner, adjunct clergy at Middleham and St. Peter's, will give a talk on the sacraments, to kick off the Fall season.
WEDNESDAY EVENING PROGRAMS
Optional Pot Luck starts at 6:15, Programs begin at 7:00.
Throughout the year many various topics are offered by clergy and the different ministries. We start off this Fall, on Wednesday, September 14th, with a series entitled "Life and Death Matters", through October 5th, coordinated by Parish Health Ministry.
September 14th – “Hospice and Grief”- Featuring folks from Hospice in Calvert County
September 21st – “Funeral Info”- Presented by Rausch Funeral Home
September 28th- “End of Life – Choices and Forms”.
October 5th- “Handling Grief For Yourself And Others”- Rev. Tiffany Patterson will be our guest speaker.
October 19th and 26th - Celtic Spirituality presented by Fr. David Showers.
November 2nd and 9th - Desert Fathers and Mothers
November 30th thru December 21st - Advent Study
Please check back for more details on these programs and also on our Facebook page closer to the event dates.
ADVENT AND LENTEN QUIET DAYS OF REFLECTION
INFORMATION COMING CLOSER TO THE DATE
Fear not! Thirsty Theology Resumes!
This Fall, we will wade into “muddy waters” where faith and life intersect.
We will be gathering twice a month in two separate spaces. Locations will alternate between Solomon’s Island and Leonardtown. Stay tuned for restaurant locations in the coming weeks! All are welcome to attend either location or both.
Christians Vote! God is not a Republican or Democrat
September 13th (Leonardtown) Front Porch Restaurant, 22770 Washington St, Leonardtown, MD 20650
September 20th For September Location Ruddy Duck, 13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell, MD 20629
Christians & Guns: An Oxymoron?
October 11th (Leonardtown) and 18th (Solomon’s Island)
Celtic Christianity: A More Ancient Way
November 15th (Leonardtown) and 22nd (Solomon’s Island)
Why am I so sad and everyone else is so happy?
December 6th (Leonardtown) and 13th (Solomon’s Island)
We will maintain the same format with a “holy happy hour” from 5:30-6:00 pm, discussion from 6:00-7:00 pm. We hope to see you there to reunite with friends or make new ones. The topics and speakers change with every gathering so each event is different. This is an ecumenical venture with area Methodist and Episcopal churches, seeking to foster enriching conversation.
All are truly welcome. Invite your friends, church and non-church folks alike!
To keep up-to-date on topics, speakers, and more, join the Thirsty Theology Facebook page.
Or monitor the events on our Facebook page.
And our website, www.middlehamandstpeters.org
Questions? Contact Rev. Sarah Cardwell