St. Peter’s releases new serigraph prints

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Downtown Salisbury is launching a capital campaign to ensure the beautiful Victorian-era edifice, built in a distinctive Romanesque or Byzantine style, will be around for another 250 years.

For many, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Downtown Salisbury is that “beautiful old brick building” open on Third Fridays with tours, bake sales and annual blessings of the animals.

For Wicomico Middle School, it’s unseen benefactors who provide clothes, school supplies and gifts for students in need, some from drug-impacted homes.

Several homeless men know it as part of a winter shelter that keeps them fed and warm, possibly saving lives.

Throughout the year, it’s a weekly hour of safety and hope, as host to Narcotics Anonymous.  For others, the daily worship provides a brief respite from the stress of work.

And importantly, for hundreds of singles and married couples, children and seniors, it’s a Sunday sanctuary where beauty and tradition allow their spirits (and voices) to sing.

St. Peter’s has been part of the fabric of Salisbury for nearly a quarter of a millennium.  The current building, erected following two devastating city fires, is marking its 130th anniversary this year.

It’s also celebrating something else: the launching of a capital campaign to ensure the beautiful Victorian-era edifice, built in a distinctive Romanesque or Byzantine style (depending on your sources) will be around for another 250 years.

“Old structures are high maintenance,” said its rector, Father David Michaud. “Not all, however, are as distinctively beautiful as St. Peter’s, nor are so centrally located to serve Downtown and the greater community.

“We needed a capital campaign to deal with some basic issues, such as leaking roofs and failing heating and air.  But we wanted to do more, in part, because, as a parish, we feel called to serve our city and county. In a secular society, churches have the freedom to bring a spiritual dimension to issues in a way that other institutions cannot.  We want to preserve this beautiful building as home for the spirit.”

The campaign launched its public phase Sunday, Sept. 24, with a celebration in its newly renovated parish hall.

Over 60 percent of the $800,000 goal has been raised in gifts and pledges during the silent phase. The money is earmarked for new roofs for the parish house and annex, new HVAC for the church and hall, a new digital organ console, and retiring the mortgage on the annex (formerly the old City Hall).

Lynne Peverley, chair of the St. Peter’s Capital Campaign Committee, and rector, Father David Michaud. 

These projects will save in maintenance and operating expenses, freeing up funds for more mission and outreach.  A small portion is also going toward a capital reserve account, to deal with ongoing building repairs.

“We’re calling our campaign ‘Keeping the Faith: Generations of Generosity,”

said Lynne Peverley, committee chair.  “We want to ensure, for future generations, the legacy of those who came before and contribute to a tradition that has benefitted us.”

To mark its upcoming 250th anniversary, St. Peter’s commissioned award-winning artist Erick Sahler to create an edition of hand-pulled silk-screened prints of the church. The 12-color serigraph, done in the WPA style of the 1930s, is also on sale.

To contribute or get more information about the campaign and serigraph, write St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 115 St. Peter’s St., Salisbury, MD 21801; call 410-742-5118; or visit its website at stpeterschurch.net.

 

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