This Week’s News

The Reverend Deacon Robin O. Sands Preaches on Sunday, March 22 via Facebook Live. On Sunday, March 22, join us via live stream on Facebook Live at 10:00 a.m. as Deacon Robin and Mother Amanda lead the Rite II Holy Eucharist. Click here to access or download the service leaflet and follow along. Whether or not you have a Facebook account, you can access the live stream using this simple URL: www.st-peters.org/facebook. And if you need additional instructions, we have also prepared a step-by-step guide.

Live-stream links for this past Sunday’s services. For the Third Sunday in Lent, St. Peter’s offered the service on Facebook Live. Visit this link to view it anytime. You can also click here to access the live-stream service from Washington National Cathedral, including Bishop Curry’s sermon.

U.S. Census 2020. The U.S. Constitution requires a census every ten years to count every person living in the United States. The results affect us all, and in particular influence funding for programs such as affordable housing, education, healthcare, and transportation. Visit the Civic Engagement page of episcopalchurch.org/office-government-relations to watch Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry’s video explaining why the U.S. census is important and why you should get involved and participate directly in our democracy, saying “I Count.”

Worship and Music

Intercessory and Centering Prayer. To all who have expressed interest in participating in the Intercessory/Centering Prayer Group at St. Peter’s: In light of recent developments, we will not be meeting at the church as usual, but will continue to pray in solidarity from wherever we are from 10:45-11:45 a.m. on Tuesday mornings until further notice. Contemplative Outreach of Piedmont NC reminds us that “in the silence of Centering Prayer, we pray for the whole world.” Online contemplative prayer groups are available at their website copnc.org. Contact Judith Johnson (judithrayjohnson@hotmail.com, 704-596-6167) with questions.

Learning

Lenten Book Study Groups. Lenten Book Group gatherings are temporarily suspended under the direction of the bishop. However, some groups may begin exploring the option for virtual meetings. Stay tuned for more information. For those who do not have a local discussion group or who simply want to reach out to a wider circle, the diocesan Facebook group will offer questions every day in Lent, inviting those taking part into conversation and community.

Spring Book Discussion Group Celebrates Flannery O’Connor on March 25. Celebrate Flannery O’Connor’s birthday on Wednesday, March 25 with some kind of email discussion or chat for our next Spring Book Discussion. While the details are still being worked out, read “Good Country People,” from The Complete Stories, pages 271-291. Look for an email from Deje McGavran with instructions. If you are not already on her list and wish to join in the discussion, contact Deje. (dhmcgavran@gmail.com).

Community Life

Prayer Requests. As a community, we offer support to one another through prayer. Requests may be made in two ways: Submit your request online at www.st-peters.org/make-a-prayer-request or contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141). Names of persons who have given consent for their names to be printed will be read aloud and listed for two Sundays, unless a longer period is requested. Intercessions are offered during Sunday and weekday worship, and daily by the Clergy and Pastoral Care Team.

Pastoral Care: Sharing and Responding to Concerns. To alert the clergy regarding a pastoral concern, send an email to Mother Amanda (astephenson@st-peters.org). For pastoral emergencies such as hospitalizations, dial the Clergy On Call Phone at 704-749-6175. This protocol is the best way to communicate pastoral needs and ensure a response from a member of the clergy or pastoral care team.

St. Peter’s March Creation Care Tip offered by Ellen Thompson. In this season of physical distancing, I find it extra helpful to have things to do with my hands, and that includes cooking. For a meatless meal, what could be better than vegetable soup right now? It’s a kid-friendly way to eat your vegetables, and comforting. If you add beans, you’ll have a hearty soup. Use dried beans instead of canned beans: they are easier to find, less expensive, space-saving, and it can be a fun family experience of learning for children. Don’t forget to wash your hands!

Outreach and Social Justice

Urban Ministry Center: Supplies Needed for Homeless Neighbors. With Room in the Inn cancelled two weeks early, Urban Ministry is in need as they try to navigate providing support for our homeless neighbors during this virus crisis through their various campuses. In person volunteers are NOT needed at this time. Their primary needs can be found HERE. In addition, they are in need of toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and bottled water. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 945 N College Street, and will be distributed to other locations as needed.

Subscribe to Take Action. The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations identifies important current legislation and policy issues impacting Social Justice. You can sign up to receive alerts about these issues so you can take action by going to this link: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/OGR/action-alerts.

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The weekly news for the St. Peter’s community is published on our website, on Facebook, and via email each Thursday morning. The same information is also printed in the Sunday leaflets and mailed to those who request it. The deadline for submissions is the preceding Friday by Noon. Items may be edited for content, length, and style. Information should be sent to communications@st-peters.org.