This Week’s News

The Reverend Amanda C. Stephenson, Associate Rector (left)
The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Priest-in-Charge (right)

The Reverend Amanda C. Stephenson Preaches on Sunday, March 29 via Facebook Live. On Sunday, March 29, join us via live stream on Facebook Live at 10:00 a.m. as Mother Amanda and Father Jacob lead the Rite II Holy Eucharist. 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 Fourth Sunday in Lent, St. Peter’s live-streamed the service. Visit this link to view it any time (no logon required).

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

Daily Worship. Morning and Evening Prayer will be offered daily online or by phone beginning Monday, March 30. Morning Prayer is offered at 8:00 a.m., Monday – Friday, and Evening Prayer is offered at 5:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday. This 30-minute liturgy is a wonderful way to mark the beginning or end of your day. During this time of uncertainty and physical isolation, it is important that we continue to offer a way to engage as a parish community in scripture and in prayer. Consider Daily Worship as a means to deepen your own prayer discipline, and as a way to offer gratitude to God during these times of great fear and anxiety.
– Morning Prayer: Join using this link or join by phone (301-715-8592 , Meeting ID 487-771-202)
– Evening Prayer: Join using this link or join by phone (301-715-8592, Meeting ID 240-630-108)
An online version of the Book of Common Prayer is online at www.bcponline.org. For questions surrounding Daily Worship or how to access these virtual offerings, contact Daily Office Coordinator, Paula Savich (Paula.Savich@gmail.com).

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 N.C. 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

Wednesday Night Bible Study, “Foundational Biblical Stories,” with Mother Amanda. Each Wednesday night 7:00–8:00 p.m., Mother Amanda will lead a virtual group study on the foundational stories of the Bible (working our way through Genesis and Exodus). These stories are ones that are echoed throughout the rest of the Bible by the prophets, the Psalms, and the New Testament writers. Being familiar with them helps us understand the references to them that we find throughout the rest of Scripture. Join using this link or join by phone (304-825-7844, PIN: 404 246 443#). No advance preparation is necessary, but “bring” your Bible. If you would like to read ahead, read Genesis chapters 19 and 20 for March 25.

Lenten Book Study Groups. Although in-person Lenten Book Group gatherings are temporarily suspended under the direction of the bishop, some groups are beginning to meet virtually. These gatherings are designed to be times of fellowship, conversation, and learning as you discuss the book Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman and get to know one another better. Feel free to join even if you aren’t in the area where it was originally designated. 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.
Virtual meeting details are as follows:
– Plaza Midwood: Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Join using this link or join by phone (321-345-9793, PIN: 653 783 658#). Email Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com) with questions.
– Uptown/Fourth Ward: Sundays from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Join using this link or join by phone (806-576-4183, PIN: 585 260 637#). Email Drew Greene (druvy11@gmail.com) with questions.

The Tribe of the Peacock. The Flannery O’Connor Spring Discussion group held a video conference on Wednesday, March 25 to celebrate O’Connor’s birthday on that day. The group, which is now known as “The Tribe of the Peacock,” will plan other virtual gatherings. It’s not too late to join in the discussion or just to listen. If you would like to be included on group emails, contact Deje McGavran (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) or Father Jacob (jpierce@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.

Parents Connect Facebook Page. There are no virtual programs scheduled for Parents Connect at this time, but you are invited stay updated on their communications by joining the “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” Facebook group.

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. Click here to learn how to cook dried beans. Don’t forget to wash your hands!

Outreach and Social Justice

Homeless Shoe Distribution. Our Maundy Thursday event to bless 200 neighbors from the Men’s Shelter by placing on their feet a new pair of shoes and socks has been postponed due to the pandemic. In partnership with Samaritan’s Feet, this social justice/outreach activity was designed for us to do something kind for the soul and soles of individuals who spend a lot of time walking the street because they have no have permanent shelter to call home. When the health crisis is over, the need will still be there for this group of people who have limited or no transportation. Click here for a short video to get an idea of what to expect at our event. We need between 40 and 50 volunteers as well as donations of $20 per shoe recipient to purchase the shoes. Click here to make an online donation or send a check to Samaritan’s Feet International, PO Box 78992 Charlotte, NC 28271 (write “Event ID 20131” in memo line or on envelope). The sign-up for volunteers will take place once we are able to schedule a new event date.

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 viral 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–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00–11:30 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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