Keeping close while keeping our distance.
A weekly guide for this journey. Our destination: Big Love BACK By the Sea.

Volume 2, Issue 1, October 5, 2020



Time to visit the Pumpkin Patch
at Trinity in the Pass.

Where:   South of Trinity Episcopal Church on the Beach
When:   Everyday in October 10am until dark
How:   Pick a Pumpkin. Pay with cash or card !
Contact:   228-452-4563


Celebrating the Feast Day of St. Luke


Saint Luke is one of the Four Evangelists, traditionally ascribed as the authors of the canonical gospels. The Early Church Fathers ascribed to him authorship of both the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, which would mean Luke contributed over a quarter of the text of the New Testament, more than any other author. 

St. Luke, the Artist…
Christian tradition states that Luke was the first icon painter. He is said to have painted pictures of the Virgin Mary and Child. Starting from the 11th century, a number of painted images were venerated as his autograph works, including the Black Madonna of Częstochowa and Our Lady of Vladimir. He was also said to have painted Saints Peter and Paul, and to have illustrated a gospel book with a full cycle of miniatures. Late medieval Guilds of Saint Luke in the cities of Late Medieval Europe, gathered together and protected painters. Read more on Wikipedia.

And, even more on The Episcopal Cafe

How beautiful are the feet of the messenger!  How precious is the pen, how sacred is the brush – how praise-worthy the mind and the heart of this man who brings us good news!  The best of verbal iconographers, he makes windows for us across the ages. And Christ reaches through them and grabs us by the soul.  Thank you, St. Luke, thank you.”

Worship with us:
Mornings Rite I* at 8am or
Rite II* at 10:30am 
Wednesday Litany of Healing* at 12:30pm
and Moveable Feast on the Beach 6pm start time for October

Remember… there is a seat for everyone at God’s table,
 but St. Peter’s by-the-Sea requests an RSVP !

Please sign up for any of our offerings using the Sign-up form
Safe Worship Guidelines will be observed.


Bible Study
Wednesdays at 10:30am
To maintain Social Distance we will gather in the Nave,
Let us know you will be joining us by emailing

Study will be followed by the Litany of Healing at 12:05pm

Are you cleaning out your closets ?     Elijah’s Closet could use your help.

  Elijah’s Closet is running really low or completely out of a few of our most needed items. We are looking for the following:
– Twin, Toddler and Full Size bed frames
– Twin and Full Size mattresses (new or in excellent, clean condition)
– Bunk Beds

– Infant Car Seats new or in excellent, clean/unstained/unexpired condition)

– Convertible and Booster Car Seats new or in clean/unstained/unexpired condition)
– Dressers
– Kitchen Table and Chairs
– Pots, Pans and Baking Sheets

– Silverware and Kitchen Utensils

– Cleaning Supplies

– New girl/women panties and socks

We are unable to provide pickup service for any donations due to a lack of vehicles/volunteers suited for pickup. Our building to drop off donations is located in Gulfport. If you can help, Please FB message us or email us at to schedule dropping off donations. We can also use monetary donations to restock these items. We depend on our local community for donations to be able to pass them on to the Gulf Coast families that need them most.

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Worship Services
(in-person and 
Sundays @ 8:00 am
Sundays @ 10:30 am
Wednesdays @ 12:05 pm

Centering Prayer
(streaming only)
Thursdays @ 5:30 pm

Moveable Feasts
Wednesdays @ 6pm on the beach


Looking ahead:

Readings for
October 25, 2020
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46

Matthew 22:34-46 – Luther's Take. | "Northern Crossings"

October 18 – October 24

Oct 18 – Patti Nicholas
Oct 19 – Gordon Long
Oct 20 – Shelby Burch
Oct 21 – Hal White
Oct 22 – Dot Parker
Oct 22 – Byron Reed

Oct 22 – Frank & Barbara Downey

October 25 – October 31

Oct 26 – Pat Lukas
Oct 26 – Joan McFarland
Oct 26 – Ella Touchstone
Oct 28 – Scott Belham
Oct 28 – Margaret Murdock
Oct 28 – Hutson Rollins
Oct 30 – Alejandro Cabral
Oct 31 – Kathleen Theriot

Oct 27 – Gordon & Leslie Stanfield

Our church office is temporarily CLOSED !

Please call ahead for drop-offs as there is no secure way leave anything
Offerings made by check
should be mailed to:
St. Peter’s by-the-Sea
1909 15th street
Gulfport, MS 39501

Or, made on-line at:

getting social

Do you have some good news to share ?   Would you like to contribute a column ?
Submit your story to 


View our latest streaming offerings…

Returning to Worship

While there is a seat at God’s table for everyone,
St. Peter’s requests you let us know you’ll be in attendance.

Sign up is easy through the forms on our website. Just choose a service from the dropdown menu.

Rite I (8am) or Rite II (10:30am) Services on Sundays
or, Litany of Healing (12:05pm) on Wednesdays

Having trouble? email
In a hurry? text Fr. Patrick at 901-849-0400 or, Gail at 228-760-0179
As always, Safe Worship Guidelines will be observed, including the ability to contact attendees if needed.


For more info:

Moveable feasts are in full swing !

Wednesdays at 5:30pm* on the beach
across from the church by the fire pit
Bring your blanket, or chair. Don your flip-flops.

Sign-up HERE 

#biglovebythesea (literally)

*Worship times will be adjusted for the earlier Autumn sunsets.


Special Bulletin Insert: Pentecost 21 (A) – United Nations Day – October 25, 2020

October 25, 2020

The United Nations celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary on October 24, 2020. On this date in 1945, the UN was born when the United Nations Charter came into force. 75 years later, the UN remains the world’s most broadly representative forum for peacemaking and dialogue on many global issues. It gathers 193 nations and many specialized agencies focused on international peace and security, human rights, international law, humanitarian assistance and sustainable development.

Why should Episcopalians care about United Nations Day?

First, it is a day to remember and celebrate the ways in which Episcopalians have been involved with the UN since its founding. For example, Episcopalian Eleanor Roosevelt was part of the first United States delegation to the United Nations, the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, and helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We continue this legacy by taking our rightful places in dreaming and building a better and more peaceful world with the UN.

Second, it is a day to recall that UN action is one way by which Episcopalians uphold our Baptismal Covenant promises to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves,” and “strive for justice and peace among all people.” Engaging with the UN helps equip Episcopalians in responding to Jesus, who calls us to care for our world, heal the sick, welcome the stranger, feed the hungry, serve the poor, and proclaim good news to the captives and the oppressed.

Episcopalians have expertise to offer, stories to tell, voices to amplify and resources and services to share. Episcopalians in local parishes and dioceses inform, educate, raise awareness and develop local programs, and commemorate UN international observances. They work in peacebuilding, justice and reconciliation, eradicating poverty, and supporting human development through the Sustainable Development Goals, adapting to climate change and protecting the environment, ensuring food security, protecting human rights, empowering women and girls, supporting the rights and dignity of indigenous peoples – and more.

Finally, on United Nations Day we can join in praying for the UN and all countries of the world, using the Prayer for Peace Among the Nations in our Book of Common Prayer.

For more information and to learn how you can get involved, visit The Episcopal Church and the United Nations at or follow @EpiscopalUN social media on Facebook, Twitter and via #EpiscopalUN. For more information about the United Nations, visit

“O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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phone: 228.863.2611
address: 1909 15th Street
Gulfport, Ms 39501

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