This Week’s News

Join us for The Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 21 Livestream. This Sunday, join us via livestream on the website at 10:00 a.m. as the clergy and music staff lead a service of Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with an opportunity for Spiritual Communion. This Sunday we are launching a simpler way to watch the livestream, directly on our website, eliminating the need to logon Facebook. A link to the service leaflet will be on the homepage as well. If you prefer, you may continue to visit Facebook directly.

Preparing to Gather Again: COVID-19 Update. The Task Force for Reopening St. Peter’s for in-person worship continues its work. Your input is needed as we prepare for many scenarios on how we will gather in phase 2. Share your thoughts by taking this short worship survey. Please limit responses to one per household, taking into prayerful consideration the current diocesan guidelines for reopening. Email Chase Branham (branhamcm@gmail.com), Vestry liaison for Worship and Music, or contact a member of the clergy with any questions or additional comments.

Watch Again on the St. Peter’s YouTube channel. Visit this link to view services at 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.

St. Peter’s Virtual Coffee Hour. Do you miss the gladdening, maddening coffee hour, filled with random acts of friendship, fellowship, and kindness? Please grab your mug after the 10:00 a.m. service and join us for a Zoom virtual coffee hour. To join online, use the link on the parish website or https://st-peters.org/coffeehour or join by phone: 646-558-8656, Meeting ID 832 6189 2469#, 961977#.

Worship and Music

Sunday Livestream. Guidance from our bishop regarding social distancing during livestreamed worship affects the faces you see on Sunday morning. We will have only one member of the clergy present at the livestream, with others present (the organist and the videographer) spaced out at least twenty feet from the chancel. This change eliminates the need for the celebrant and preacher to wear a mask, which would adversely affect audio quality. Thank you for your enthusiastic engagement each week and for worshipping with us online.

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 and numbers:

Morning Prayer
Online: https://st-peters.org/morningprayer
Phone: 301-715-8592 (meeting ID 979 1510 0987#, 290185#)
Evening Prayer
Online: https://st-peters.org/eveningprayer
Phone: 301-715-8592 (meeting ID 965 1453 5880#, 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 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 copnc.org. Contact Judith Johnson (judithrayjohnson@hotmail.com, 704-596-6167) with questions.

Learning

Spring Book Study: The Time is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage. 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 (rbwoodend@gmail.com) 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. Join online https://st-peters.org/wednesdaybiblestudy or join by phone (646-558-8656, 468 538 276#, 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).

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 two options for Zoom discussion groups for you to choose from, one on Sunday afternoons led by Deje McGavran and another on Monday evenings led by Mother Amanda. Both groups will meet every other week. 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; consider purchasing the book if you plan to join in the conversations. If you need scholarship assistance in purchasing a book, please contact Mother Amanda Stephenson (astephenson@st-peters.org).

The schedules are as follows: Monday Evening Group, 7:00 p.m., led by Mother Amanda. June 29 – Chapters 4 & 5; July 6 – Chapters 6 & 7; July 20 – Chapters 8, 9 & Epilogue. Join online using this link: https://st-peters.org/bookclub-monday or by phone: 646-558-8656, 836 5535 7818#, 987827#. Sunday Afternoon Group, 1:00 p.m., led by Deje McGavran. June 21 – Chapters 2 & 3; July 12 – Chapters 4 & 5; July 26 – Chapters 6 & 7; August 2 – Chapters 8, 9, & Epilogue. Join online using this link: https://st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday or by phone: 646-558-8656, 825 4201 0694#, 067851#.

Community Life

Recovery & Support Group. St. Peter’s is gauging interest in our parish and in the Uptown community for an alcohol or substance use/abuse support group. Meetings will be open to all in the Charlotte metro area. Please feel free to share this information with friends and loved ones. All interest is completely confidential. For additional information please contact Todd Pelton (topelton@me.com) or a member of the clergy through our secure webform st-peters.org/staff.

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. Throughout the summer, parents are encouraged to stay connected with other families and formation leaders via our private FaceBook group, “St. Peter’s Parents Connect”. The group provides a resource of community and connectivity. Currently, bedtime readings are being offered each night. Weekly, Bishop Sam is offering an “Ask the Bishop” segment when he fields and answers children’s questions. Additionally, helpful articles for parents as well as events for parents are posted. If you have children and would like to join Parents Connect, 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 from our Faith Community Nurse. St. Peter’s Faith Community Nurse, Jo Anne Blackstone, would like to share some information so that you can pay close attention to your health during this global pandemic. Atrium Health COVID-19 Mobile Unit Site Locations.

St. Peter’s Creation Care Tips: COVID-19 and Air Pollution. Visit climaterealityproject.org/blog/air-pollution-and-coronavirus-connection-explained to read The Climate Reality Project’s article about the connection between COVID-19 and air pollution, and find out what you can do to help.

Outreach and Social Justice

Police Reform. Last week, The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council acknowledged “the deep pain and grief in black communities and widespread multiracial protests across the nation due to the ongoing racialized killings” and passed resolutions addressing the issue of police violence and policy reform. The Executive Council also urged the Church to work for transformation of the criminal justice system at the federal, state, regional, and local level, including by enacting substantial police reforms. Click here for more Information about how you can help.

World Refugee Day. The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina has a strong program in Refugee Ministries. In support of World Refugee Day on Saturday, June 20, 2020, visit www.episdionc.org/refugee-ministries to learn more and read suggestions to help advocate for refugees. This link will also provide information about how you can support Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte. Deacon Robin Sands serves on the Galilee Council.

Why Advocate Now? There are, of course, many ways to show up in this moment: you can join protesters peacefully marching for an end to police brutality; you can educate yourself about how to be an anti-racist; you can pray and lament alongside those who are aching right now. We hope that the resources provided by The Episcopal Church can help you find ways to engage meaningfully: episcopalchurch.org/responding-to-racist-violence. St. Peter’s Social Justice Ministry urges you to join with The Episcopal Church Public Policy Network (EPPN) of the Church’s Office of Government Relations) in prioritizing legislation that will address urgent health care needs and racial disparities, and that will provide protections for essential workers and incarcerated people. The EPPN has identified five major issue areas of focus for the next round of stimulus requests: increased food assistance, protections for all immigrants, state and local funding, international programs, and election funding and voting rights. Call your members of Congress or write them at episcopalchurch.org/OGR/action-alerts to encourage them to pass the next stimulus bill in response to COVID-19.

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Our Systems? On Thursday, June 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. YWCA Central Carolinas will be hosting a virtual forum focusing on the impacts of the current pandemic.COVID-19 continues to impact loved ones, healthcare workers, service industry workers, children and our entire system. Join the YWCA as they talk to individuals leading this fight in our systems and learn how they have had to adjust to this new normal. What policies and procedures have they had to adjust in order to meet the needs of the community? Panelists will include District Attorney Spencer Merriweather, Sheriff Garry McFadden, Loaves and Fishes’ Grants and Advocacy Coordinator Shay Merritt, CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston, and General Presbyter Jan Edmiston from The Presbytery of Charlotte. JCSU’s Program Director for the Master Work Program, Dr. Melvin Herring, will moderate the discussion. This forum will take place via Zoom. Find out how you can turn conversation into action, register today by visiting ywcacentralcarolinas.org/events-2! The Zoom link will be sent two days prior to the event; you will be able to log in through video chat or listen in through the phone.

Your Vote Matters. With this being a big election year, the Social Justice Ministry’s pillar on Assuring Democracy will make Voter Education a priority of our programming over the next few months. Did you know that you may request an absentee-by-mail ballot now? You may want to consider that to assure you can vote in November regardless of the state of the pandemic, or other unforeseen circumstances. Click here for a printable request form: www.mecknc.gov/BOE/voter/Documents/AbsenteeBallotRequestFormweb.pdf. Complete the form, following the instructions on the back, and mail it to: Mecklenburg Board of Elections P.O. Box 31788 Charlotte, NC 28231-1788. Don’t forget to sign and date the form! You may also complete an absentee ballot request form on behalf of a voter if you are the voter’s verifiable legal guardian or near relative as defined on the form. Your request will be processed and kept on file at the Board of Elections. Ballots will be mailed out starting on September 4, 2020. Requesting an absentee-by-mail ballot does not obligate you to vote by mail. If you change your mind, just throw away the mail-in ballot and vote in person instead.

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.

Roof Above (Urban Ministry Center): Tents and Supplies Needed for Homeless Neighbors. Roof Above (Urban Ministry Center) continues to support our homeless neighbors at their various campuses. In person volunteers are not needed at this time. Due to the increased need for shelter, the top need right now is new or very gently used two-person tents. Other 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. While we welcome submissions from across the parish community, items will be edited for content, length, and style. Send submissions to communications@st-peters.org.