Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
• Archives Wednesday: 9:30am - 12:30pm
• Holy Communion - 8:30am
• Holy Communion (1st & 3rd Sundays) - 10:30am with the Choir, Sunday School and Child Care
• Morning Prayer (2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays) - 10:30am with the Choir, Sunday School and Child Care
Sunday, December 4th
Every Sunday we offer an 8:30AM and a 10:30AM service. The 8:30AM service is a Holy Communion Service. It is a "said service" with no music and takes place at the St. Mark's Altar. The 10:30AM service is a Holy Communion service on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month and a Morning Prayer service on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the month. This Sunday, December 4th will be a Holy Communion Service. We hope you will join us for one of these Sunday services.
The full choir will be singing with this week's Offertory Anthem: "And the Glory" by G. F. Handel, the Communion Motet: "How beautiful upon the mountains" by John Stainer and the "Missa Dixit Maria" Communion Service by Hans-Leo Hassler. Sunday School will take place and Child Care will be available.
Coffee Hour will be offered in the Pumpelly Room following the 10:30AM service. All are welcome.
Christmas Giving Tree: This year, St. Peter’s Church will be providing Christmas gifts (board games and card games) for the children at the St. Francis Soup Kitchen and the South End Children’s Café. A Christmas Giving Tree is located in the Pumpelly Room and is decorated with paper ornaments indicating the age group you are to buy a game for (no electronics, please). We hope you will consider taking one or more of the ornaments. The game should be returned to St. Peter’s, wrapped (with gift tag attached), no later than Sunday, December 18th. As always, we thank you for your continued support and your generosity! Questions? Please call Laura Saffares at (518)368-4284.
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal: On Sunday, December 4th, all children that want to participate in our Annual Christmas Pageant should report to the Sunday School rooms to get your parts, try on costumes and do a little rehearsing. The pageant will be performed during the 10:30AM service on Sunday, December 11th.
HANDEL'S MESSIAH SING ALONG: On Sunday, December 11th at 3PM the St. Peter’s Choir, along with a chamber orchestra and soloists, will host a Handel’s Messiah Sing Along. Dr. Tim Reno will be the guest conductor with Mary Bon on the organ. Come sing with the choir or come just to listen. Scores will be available or bring your own. Free admission with donations received.
Christmas Poinsettia/Hanging of the Greens Donation Form: The deadline to submit your requests is Sunday, December 18th. The form is included in your December Newsletter or you can download it from the church website. On the home page of the website click on the “Info Center” tab and when it opens up click on “Special Event Forms” and then “2022 Christmas Poinsettia and Memorial Form”.
HANGING OF THE GREENS: The annual Hanging of the Greens in which we decorate the church for Christmas with pine and balsam will take place immediately following the 10:30AM service on Sunday, December 18th. The traditional ham luncheon will be served at 1PM. We ask you to please dress comfortably and bring a side dish or a dessert to share. We are looking for servers, set-up and clean-up help. We hope that you will join us for this long-time festive tradition.
CHRISTMAS AT THE DAMIEN CENTER: On Sunday, December 25th, the Outreach Committee and the parishioners of St. Peter’s will be hosting a turkey dinner at the Center. Service will start at 1PM. We welcome any assistance in serving the meal itself, or in preparing a side dish or dessert in advance. If you have a favorite side dish for turkey (maybe one you usually make for Thanksgiving?), or a favorite dessert, here’s your chance to showcase it for a new audience. Our guests will be some of the members of the Center for whom the Center is home. We are expecting 25-30 people. If you are interested, or have questions, please speak to Sharon DeBonis at church or contact her at (518) 237-1871 (home), (518) 669-5054 (cell/text) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to St. Peter's
St. Peter's is an active church with a rich history. With a faithful membership, St. Peter's seeks to worship God, to support the spiritual growth of all parishioners, to reach out to the surrounding community, and to preserve our unique Christian heritage for the benefit of future generations.
St. Peter's has served as an active center of worship for over 300 years. A member of the Diocese of Albany, St. Peter's existed before the formation of the Episcopal Church after the American Revolution. The current St. Peter's Church is the third structure in the parish's history, the first having been built in 1715.
Much of the life of the church takes place in the Guild House adjacent to the church, which houses the church offices, the Sunday school classrooms, the nursery, the choir room, the archives, a large auditorium with full kitchen, the Pumpelly Room parlor for receptions, and upper floor apartments.
Our Stories of God
Below are links to Mtr. Christina Hunter's sermons in a series on "Our Stories of God at St. Peter’s Church, Albany". The series ran for 8 weeks beginning September 18th and concluded on All Saints’ Sunday, November 6th.
09/18/22: Jesus is in the Midst of our Stories
09/25/22: Rich and Poor - Horatio Potter
10/02/22: Faith and Thomas Barclay
10/16/22: Jacob and Harry's Chicken
10/23/22: The Pharisee, the tax collector, and Philip Schuyler
10/30/22: Zacchaeus and the "English Church"
11/06/22: All Saints: For beauty and for glory
New COVID Update
Because of a recent spike in COVID cases at St. Peter’s Church, a new alert system is being put into place for flu season this fall and winter. Our COVID Guidelines have been updated to include this item: “If a parishioner tests positive after attending worship or a church function, we ask that the church office be notified so that we can send out a weekly notice via Constant Contact letting other parishioners know there was a positive COVID case. This open and regular communication will give parishioners the information they need to decide how best to protect themselves. The names of the COVID-positive parishioners will be kept confidential.”
COVID Alert System:
There have been 0 new cases reported at St. Peter’s in the last week as of 11/05/22.
Neil K. Keen
Organist & Choirmaster
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Our beloved organist and choirmaster, Neil Keen passed away on Saturday, August 27th, 2022. His obituary can be found by clicking on the link below.
At Neil's funeral, Mtr. Christina Hunter read a remembrance letter that Fr. Paul Hartt wrote. To view this letter click the link below.