This Week’s News

Join us for Palm Sunday Worship, April 5, via Facebook Live. On Sunday, April 5, join us via live stream on Facebook Live at 10:00 a.m. as the clergy and music staff lead the Rite II Holy Eucharist in observance of Palm Sunday. 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 Fifth Sunday in Lent, St. Peter’s live-streamed the service. Visit this link to view it any time (no logon required).

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, all members of the Vestry can be found in Realm, so don’t hesitate to reach out by phone or email to share any concerns you may have. Be safe and be blessed.

Worship and Music

Holy Week & Easter Observances. Join us for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter via Facebook Live. Each Holy Week Service will live stream on Facebook Live at appointed times.
– 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 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.
On Good Friday, Solemn Morning Prayer will be offered by Zoom.
* Online: https://zoom.us/j/487771202
* Phone: 301-715-8592 (meeting ID 487-771-202)

”Holy Week at Home” Resources for Individuals and Families. In addition to the Holy Week services being offered through Facebook Live, Holy Week resources will be available online for individuals and families 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, download, or print these resources.

Daily Worship. Morning and Evening Prayer is 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 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m.)
Online: https://zoom.us/j/487771202
Phone: 301-715-8592 (meeting ID 487-771-202)
Evening Prayer (Monday – Thursday, 5:30 p.m.)
Online: https://zoom.us/j/240630108
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.
This Wednesday, April 1: Join using this link or join by phone (+1 304-825-7844, PIN: 404 246 443#).
Next Wednesday, April 8 (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, Monday, April 13. We will arrange the time by polling those who are interested in joining us. The story for discussion on that day will be “Revelation,” found on pages 488-509, of The Complete Stories. It’s not too late to join in discussing this extraordinary writer. 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.

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 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 April Creation Care Tip. In this season of physical distancing, I find it extra helpful to have things to do with my hands, and that includes cooking.
If you like to keep frozen vegetables on hand but find little on the shelves, purchase fresh produce and freeze your own. The best vegetables for freezing are corn, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, green beans, squash and winter greens such as spinach, kale, chard and collards. Don’t forget to wash your hands!
1. Prepare and chop to the size you would use for soup, each vegetable separately, meanwhile bringing a pot of water to boil.
2. Plunge vegetable in boiling water (2 – 3 minutes for most vegetables; or refer to National Center for Home Food Preservation Chart.
3. Plunge into icy water until cool; drain and dry as best you can.
4. Pack greens as is and freeze. For the others, spread out on a pan to freeze, then pack for longer-term storage.
5. For greens, instead of blanching, you could simply cook down in olive oil and salt. They will keep well in refrigerator or freezer.
Sources: Angela Davis, Washington Post, March 22, 2020 Michael Martin of NPR, interview with David Tamarkin of Epicurious, Cooking Tips for Self Isolation, All Things Considered, March 21, 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. 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.”

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.

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