This Week’s News

Join us for Sunday Worship, May 17, 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 Sixth 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: 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 services at any time (no logon required).

Announcing Our Next Rector. On Tuesday, May 5, Senior Warden Marcus Clarke, on behalf of the Vestry, announced the unanimous election of the Reverend Jacob Pierce to serve as the 34th Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. View the video and the full announcement here.

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

“Discover The Choir School” Webinars, May 13 at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. 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 today’s 3:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. webinar. 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 (, 704-749-6146). To register, visit

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
Phone: 301-715-8592 (meeting ID 979 1510 0987, Access Code 290185)
Evening Prayer
Phone: 301-715-8592 (meeting ID 965 1453 5880, Access Code 059356)

The Book of Common Prayer is online at For questions about Daily Worship or how to connect to these virtual offerings, contact Daily Office Coordinator, Paula Savich (

Intercessory and Centering Prayer. We continue to pray from wherever we are, 10:45–11:45 a.m., 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 Contact Judith Johnson (, 704-596-6167) with questions.


Spring Book Study: The Time is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage. You are invited to join the Spring Book Study group that gathers on Wednesday afternoons, 1:30–2:30 p.m. via Zoom. We are reading a timely book, The Time is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage by Joan Chittister. Contact Ruth Woodend ( for further details.

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 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 (

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 ( for more information and to join the group discussion.

Summer Book Club: Learning to Walk in the Dark. The Lenten Book Groups were such a success that we’ve decided to do a Summer Book Club. During the months of June and July, we will read Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor. There will be several options of Zoom groups so you can find one that works the best for your schedule. More details will be coming soon, but for now, consider purchasing the book if you plan to join in the conversations. Note that since we are not gathering in person at the church, we will not be purchasing and distributing the books as we have done in the past. If you need scholarship assistance in purchasing a book, please contact Mother Amanda Stephenson (

”The Resurrection: Stories Between Easter and Pentecost”: a formation opportunity led by Mother Amanda Stephenson. The Bible tells a number of wonderful stories of the resurrection. This two week formation mini-series will examine these various accounts, focusing not only on the events that took place, but also on how these events impacted the disciples and their spread of Jesus’s message. It will be helpful to have a Bible with you as we move through the stories. We hope that you can join us! Email Mother Amanda ( with questions.

– Thursday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m. – The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke
Topic: The Resurrection – Matthew, Mark, and Luke
Join using this link or join by phone (646) 558-8656, Meeting ID: 883 5753 0617, Password: 703065.

– Thursday, May 28 at 6:00 p.m. – The Gospel of John and the Letters of Paul
Topic: The Resurrection – The Gospel of John and Letters of Paul
Join using this link or join by phone (646) 558-8656, Meeting ID: 812 0423 6973, Password: 453304.

Education for Ministry (EfM) Continues On. This exceptional formation experience aimed at grounding participants in ministry will resume in September after a summer break. Participants focus on the study of the Hebrew Testament, the New Testament, Church History, and Theology in sequence over the four years of study. It is the opportunity to be grounded in prayer, study, and community aimed at the ministry to which you are called. There are a limited number of openings available (EfM is grounded in the understanding that adult learning best arises from shared learning, and that means there is a cap on participant numbers). You may also commit to a year at a time. The group meets on Mondays, 6:15–8:30 p.m., beginning September 14, 2020 and through the end of May 2021. The cost is $375 which includes materials (though you will need to purchase a specific edition of a study Bible). There are limited funds available for assistance if needed. If you are interested, contact Father Murdock Smith as soon as possible (

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 or contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 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 are invited to join a private Facebook group, “St. Peter’s Parents Connect”. 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 ( 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 ( or to Mother Amanda ( 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 Tips: What is Project Drawdown? Drawdown is the point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Project Drawdown is a nonprofit organization and coalition of scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs, and advocates from across the globe that is mapping, measuring, modeling, and communicating about a collective array of substantive solutions to global warming, with the goal of reaching drawdown. Visit to learn more about the organization and download the most recent update since the book’s publication in 2017. It can be downloaded at no cost.

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, 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 study 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

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 ( or Lynn Lewis ( 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

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 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 activities and resources called “Learning at Home for Students and Families.” These resources are fun, engaging, and interactive, and have also been translated into Spanish Also, Spring Recruitment is underway and Fall 2020 Training Classes have been announced; visit 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 ( for a one-on-one information session.

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