This Week’s News

Holy Week & Easter Observances. Join us for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter via Facebook. The services will be livestreamed on Facebook at the times shown below. Each day, visit the St. Peter’s home page and click the button shortcuts to the livestream and service leaflet.

  • April 9, Maundy Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
  • April 10, Good Friday, Noon.
  • April 11, Great Vigil of Easter, 7:00 p.m.
  • April 12, Easter Day, 10:00 a.m.

Whether or not you have a Facebook account, you can access the livestream using this simple URL: www.st-peters.org/facebook. And if you need additional instructions, we have also prepared a step-by-step guide.
On Good Friday, Solemn Morning Prayer will be offered via Zoom.
Online: https://zoom.us/j/487771202
Phone: 301-715-8592 (meeting ID 487-771-202)

“Holy Week at Home” Resources. In addition to the Holy Week services being available through Facebook, Holy Week resources will be available online for households to mark the day wherever they are. Visit the St. Peter’s website and click on the “Holy Week at Home” menu item to view these resources.

Join us for Easter Day Worship, April 12, via Facebook. On April 12, join us via livestream on Facebook at 10:00 a.m. as the clergy and music staff lead the Rite II Holy Eucharist in observance of the Sunday of the Resurrection, Easter Day. Visit the St. Peter’s home page and click the button shortcuts to the livestream and service leaflet.

Livestreams of prior services. As each service has been livestreamed, it is added to St. Peter’s YouTube channel. Visit this link to view them any time (no logon required).

Giving to Sustain an Unconditional Welcome. During the COVID-19 crisis, the parish leadership have acted to ensure that hourly staff members will continue to receive their wages. Staying current with your pledge or making additional contributions is more important than ever, as we continue to take care of our entire community. You can give online at st-peters.org/donate.

Easter Monday, Staff Holiday. On Easter Monday, April 13, the parish staff will be unavailable for phone and email messages in observance of the holiday. Normal work hours resume on Tuesday, April 14. To reach the clergy-on-call for a pastoral emergency dial 704-749-6175.

Supporting our Outreach Partners. In addition to caring for our staff, Outreach and Social Justice leaders are mobilizing to disperse 2020 St. Peter’s Endowment Grants to local non-profits and servant ministry partners who care for the most vulnerable in our city. Visit our Outreach and Social Justice page to view a listing of our ministry partners and how you can assist them directly st-peters.org/outreachandsocialjustice.

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. Consider daily worship as a means to deepen your own prayer discipline, and as a way to offer gratitude to God during these unusual times.

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. While we are not able to meet at the church right now, we 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. Wednesdays through May 13: Join using this link or join by phone (646-558-8656, PIN: 468 538 276). No advance preparation is necessary, but “bring” your Bible. Those who wish to read ahead can email Mother Amanda to find out which chapters will be covered (astephenson@st-peters.org).

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 (301-715-8592, Meeting ID: 142 807 572). Email Drew Greene (druvy11@gmail.com) with questions.

The Tribe of the Peacock. The Flannery O’Connor Spring Discussion group will hold its next video conference on Easter Monday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m. The story for discussion is “Revelation,” from The Complete Stories (pp. 488–509). A PDF of this story is also available online. It’s not too late to join in discussing this extraordinary writer. If you would like to join us and 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.

Children’s Formation and Parents Connect. Parents who are not members of the “Parents Connect” private Facebook group are invited to join and stay updated on their communications by joining the “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” Facebook group. The group provides a resource of community and connectivity during this time of separation. Additionally, the catechists are offering weekly prayer reflections with the children and there is a nightly bedtime reading. Contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org) for more information or ask to join the closed group St. Peter’s Parents Connect and answer the membership questions to be approved.

Message from the Senior Warden, Marcus Clarke. While we are all staying put in our respective spaces, I wanted to assure you that the vestry, as well as the amazing staff at St. Peter’s is working diligently to continue the business of the church. The Vestry continues to meet via Zoom, and receives regular updates from clergy and staff. The discernment in our transition process continues to progress on schedule, and we shared the data from the congregational visioning session with Jacob during his discernment period. While you may not have the opportunity to connect with us on Sundays, please know that all members of the Vestry can be found in Realm, so please don’t hesitate to reach out by phone or email to share any concerns you may have. Please continue to be safe and be blessed.

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.

A message from our Faith Community Nurse about COVID-19. St. Peter’s Faith Community Nurse, Jo Anne Blackstone, would like to share some information about COVID-19 so that you can pay close attention to your health during this global pandemic. Know the difference between a cold, the flu, seasonal allergies, and COVID-19. Specifically, you can visit this link to learn more about the steps you should take if you feel as though are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

St. Peter’s Creation Care Tip. If you would ordinarily have a coffee date or an exercise date with a friend, change it to a “call date.” What we are finding to eat, how we are managing to exercise and worship, all these basics suddenly become interesting topics of conversation because we are having to come up with new strategies, and because we love our friends and they love us. You may find you want to read the same book or the same Bible passages. Write your thoughts down and present your “paper” the next time you talk. Your friendship may even grow stronger as you share things that you had not heretofore thought to discuss. Quoted from “Become Experts on the Thing that Is Threatening You” by Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, March 25, 2020

Outreach and Social Justice

Celebrate Easter by Reaching Out to Neighbors Around the World. This Holy Week and Easter find us in strange and uncertain times. The “new normal” of physical distance can make us feel disconnected as never before. At the same time, technology and existing relationships help us connect in ways in which we may never have before. I loved the comment on our first FaceBook Live worship service from a parishioner who learned from a neighbor how to worship “together” in a new way. We may not be able to connect with family and friends in the pews or around the dinner table this Easter, but we can connect in new ways. Episcopal Relief & Development invites you to celebrate and connect with someone by offering a Gift For Life. Whether you choose access to clean water, care for moms and newborns, seeds to cultivate a sustainable food supply, you will help transform lives.

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.

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.” April 1 was Census Day, but you can submit your responses after that date. Visit the Census 2020 site to find out how to do your part.

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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.