This Week’s News

Join us for Sunday Worship, April 26, 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 Third 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 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.

Wondering how you can help feed folks in Charlotte? Although we cannot volunteer in person, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry can use our help with donations. Examples of the biggest current needs are: macaroni and cheese, rice, pasta and sauce, canned meats, fruits, and vegetables. The food pantry is located at 648 Griffith Road, Suite B in Charlotte, behind the Tyvola Road Costco. They are open to accept donations Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m–4:00 p.m. St. Peter’s has been a long-time supporter of the food pantry and they are most grateful for these donations. Contact Deacon Robin (rsands@st-peters.org) or Lynn Lewis (tekeweni@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

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.

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. Access links are:

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. We continue to pray in solidarity from wherever we are from 10:45–11:45 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. 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, 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 we find throughout the rest of Scripture. Wednesdays through May 13: Join online https://st-peters.org/wednesdaybiblestudy 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 may join “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” Facebook group. The group provides a resource of community and connectivity. The catechists are also offering weekly prayer reflections with the children, including 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 are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

St. Peter’s Creation Care Tip: 3 ways to celebrate Earth Day from home. Sustain Charlotte www.sustaincharlotte.org shares three different ways to celebrate Earth Day from home this year: 1. Join their virtual Earth Day gathering on Wednesday, April 22 at 5:00 p.m. Use this link to register; 2. Read up on “10 Ways to Live Sustainably in a Time of Social Distancing”; and 3. Receive a free gift when you Give $10 for 10 years in honor of Sustain Charlotte’s 10-year anniversary and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Outreach and Social Justice

Doing Social Justice During a Time of Social Distance. As we continue to spend more time exploring topics online that we often don’t take time for, look at the website of The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, www.episdionc.org to read and learn more about the focus areas of our diocese. For instance, under “Key Priorities,” the Diocese lists the following: Racial Justice and Reconciliation, Congregational Support, Formation, Collaboration and Partnerships, and Creation Care. Our Church takes a bold stand against racism and proudly proclaims that the work on that priority has to span all others, for without “equality and justice for all, we cannot achieve our goal of Becoming a Beloved Community.” In one area of alignment, St. Peter’s had more than 100 participating recently in the Lenten Diocesan Book-read of Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited in which participants discussed the theologian’s writing about “God’s call to love others and strive for justice and peace among all people.” Another key diocesan priority we supported this year was the Sunday morning Formation presentation on Creation Care by Mecklenburg County Recycling Educator, Maitre Meyer. Click here to learn more about all the Diocese’s key priorities and visit the St. Peter’s Outreach and Social Justice page to learn more about St. Peter’s Social Justice ministry.

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 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 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.

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. 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.

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. Urban Ministry continues to support our homeless neighbors during this viral crisis at 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.

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