This Week’s News

Join us for Sunday Worship, April 19, via Facebook. This Sunday, join us via livestream on Facebook at 10:00 a.m. as the clergy and music staff lead the Rite II Holy Eucharist for the Second Sunday of Easter. Visit the St. Peter’s home page and click the button shortcuts to the livestream and service leaflet. Whether or not you have a Facebook account, you can access the livestream using this URL: www.facebook.com/saintpetersclt. And if you need additional instructions, we have also prepared a step-by-step guide.

Watch Again. Prior services are on the 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.

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 nonprofits 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 at st-peters.org/outreachandsocialjustice.

Housing Assistance. Mary Kelly of Equitable Communities CLT has announced another opportunity for us to flex our social justice muscles. Consider asking our elected state officials to provide additional assistance to supplement federal funds that will soon be available for unemployment insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly says that North Carolina currently has one of the least effective unemployment programs in the nation and suggests that we ask the N.C. legislature to address these shortcomings in its April 28 short session. To better understand the background of this issue and to consider whether to email your representative with your opinion, visit equitablecommunitiesclt.org to learn more. The income relief to needy families can help with delayed mortgage and rental payments, as well as other priorities.

Worship and Music

Daily Worship. Morning and Evening Prayer will be offered daily online or by phone. 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. New access links for services beginning April 20 are below:

Morning Prayer
Online: https://st-peters.org/morningprayer
Phone: 301-715-8592 (meeting ID 979 1510 0987, Access Code 290185)
Evening Prayer
Online: https://st-peters.org/eveningprayer
Phone: 301-715-8592 (meeting ID 965 1453 5880, Access Code 059356)

The Book of Common Prayer is online at www.bcponline.org. For questions about Daily Worship or how to connect to 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 these stories helps us understand the references to them that we find throughout the rest of Scripture. Wednesday’s through May 13: Join using this link or join by phone (646-558-8656, Meeting ID: 468 538 276, Access Code: 1834). 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).

The Tribe of the Peacock. The Flannery O’Connor Spring Discussion group will hold its next video conference on Sunday, April 26, at 1:00 p.m. The story for discussion is “Parker’s Back,” pages 510-530 in The Complete Stories. The story is also available online. Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) if you would like to join us or for more information.

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.

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 process is the best way to communicate pastoral needs and ensure a response from a member of the clergy or pastoral care team.

COVID-19 Resources. 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. NC MedAssist Free Pharmacy Program and corresponding COVID-19 Income Loss Form
Know the difference between a cold, the flu, seasonal allergies, and COVID-19. What you need to know about COVID-19. Learn more about the steps you should take if you feel as though you are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

St. Peter’s Creation Care Tip: No School. No Playground. No Friends Over. Helping Children Navigate Coronavirus. Reminders from Natalie Moore, school psychologist for Charlotte Mecklenburg schools: Make sure that every child has some calm and quiet time and a quiet place to go. Create routine, create consistency. Ask your child, “You just heard a story about coronavirus, tell me what you think about it.” Write letters to thank first responders, bring in the trash can. Let children choose a task for the day (washing hands is one) that will help the whole family today. Source: Interview with Natalie Moore by Mike Collins, Charlotte Talks, WFAE, March 26, 2020.

Outreach and Social Justice

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. Click here 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.

Doing Social Justice During a time of Social Distance. One of the by-products of so many of us staying/working at home during this time is that we’re probably spending more time on our computers than usual. For those who are inclined to take online actions that can help themselves as well as others, St. Peter’s Social Justice Team will be offering eNews recommendations about ways to help make an impact on related policy decisions, starting with the Episcopal OGR information below. The only cost to you will be time and advocacy. To learn more about the St. Peter’s Social Justice Ministry and getting involved, contact Gwen High (gwendolyn.high@gmail.com) or Jason Gingras (jason.gingras@gmail.com).

Episcopal Office of Government Relations (OGR) asks us to take action by thanking Congress for passing a bipartisan agreement to help millions of eligible residents who have experienced financial shortfalls as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic crisis. Click this link for an easy, digital way to identify and send a quick note to your member of Congress. Through the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN), the OGR works on influencing policy and legislation to ensure that relevant U.S. government policies are in line with our values as Episcopalians and Christians. This active advocacy is focused primarily on the following policy priorities of the Episcopal Church: Creation Care; Racial Reconciliation; Ending Poverty; Migration, Refugees and Immigration; and Human Rights and Peacebuilding. To join the EPPN and receive emails and action alerts about the OGR’s policy positions for which you may also want to advocate, click here.

Homeless Shoe Distribution. In partnership with Samaritan’s Feet, this event to bless 200 neighbors from the Men’s Shelter by placing on their feet a new pair of shoes and socks is intended to do something kind for the souls and soles of individuals who spend a lot of time walking the street because they have no 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 will need between 40 and 50 volunteers as well as donations of $20 per shoe recipient to purchase the shoes. To make an online donation, visit https://www.samaritansfeet.org/spec 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 are listed here. In addition, they are in need of toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and bottled water. Donations may 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.

About the eNews

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.