This Week’s News

Join us for Sunday Worship, May 3, 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 Fourth 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.

Discover The Choir School. Do you know a child who loves to sing? Boys and girls, ages 7–11, and their parents are invited to experience The Choir School by participating in a webinar the week of May 11. During the webinars, students and parents will hear from our staff, choristers, parents, and alumni, see a short video of our choirs singing, ask questions, and sign up for a virtual audition. Best of all, they will see other talented kids who love to sing! In addition to musicianship skills, choristers learn to be confident, organized, kind, ready to be a team player, and ready to lead–all skills that help them succeed in school, with friends, and in life. The Choir School recruits talented young singers from all over the region, and choristers who audition are admitted regardless of their ability to contribute financially. For more information, contact Kay Johnson (kjohnson@thechoirschool.org, 704-749-6146). To sign up for a webinar, visit thechoirschool.org/discover.

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:

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. Wednesdays, 7:00–8:00 p.m., Mother Amanda leads 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 next Zoom meeting of the Flannery O’Connor discussion group will be on Sunday, May 17, at 1:00 p.m. The story for discussion is “Everything that Rises Must Converge,” in The Complete Stories (pp. 405-420). The story is also available online in PDF format. Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) for more information and to join the group discussion.

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 Father Jacob (jpierce@st-peters.org) or to Mother Amanda (astephenson@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, Earth Day: Charlotte Talks about the Last 50 Years of Environmental Policymaking. Last Tuesday, Mike Collins explores with his guests, “Earth Day Began with Bipartisanship. How Did the Climate Get So Polarized?” If you missed this episode of Charlotte Talks, you can use this link to access the audio or article.

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. 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.” More information is online at www.st-peters.org/social-justice.

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. The biggest 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. Donations are accepted 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/outreach.

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. 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.

ALP Resources and Spring Recruitment. Augustine Literacy Project is offering a host of activities and resources called “Learning at Home for Students and Families.” These resources are fun, engaging, and interactive, and have also been translated in Spanish https://alpcharlotte.org/new-resources-page/learning-at-home. Also, Spring Recruitment is underway and Fall 2020 Training Classes have been announced, visit alpcharlotte.org/become-a-tutor to learn more. Augustine tutors will be needed more than ever when schools reopen. For persons who may be interested, register online or email Helen Kimbrough (hkimbrough@alpcharlotte.org) for a one-on-one information session.

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