This Week’s News

Join us for The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, July 5 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. Links to the livestream, service leaflet, and coffee hour are all on the St. Peter’s homepage. 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. The parish offices will reopen to staff only beginning July 1. At this time we are unable to reopen the Church or Parish House to the public. The St. Peter’s Memorial Garden will reopen for private prayer beginning July 1. The Garden is open Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Fridays 9:00 a.m. – Noon, excluding holidays. As we prepare for Phase 2, updates and guidelines can be found on our website: st-peters.org/covid-19-updates.

Independence Day Holiday: Friday, July 3. Staff and clergy will observe the Independence Day holiday this Friday. To reach the clergy on-call for a pastoral emergency, dial 704-749-6175.

A Collect for the Nation on Independence Day. Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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

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. July 6 – Chapters 6 & 7; July 20 – Chapters 8, 9 & Epilogue. Join online using this link: or by phone: 646-558-8656, 836 5535 7818#, 987827#. Sunday Afternoon Group, 1:00 p.m., led by Deje McGavran. July 12 – Chapters 4 & 5; July 26 – Chapters 6 & 7; August 2 – Chapters 8, 9, & Epilogue. Join online using this link: 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. 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. 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 join.

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.

St. Peter’s Creation Care Tips: The Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington. Digital Justice was presented online this past weekend and is available for viewing on June2020.org. It is an inspiring way to connect with others while living apart, offering another way to advocate for justice. The Poor People’s Campaign addresses the interlocking challenges of ecology, poverty, religious nationalism, militarism, racism, and economic injustice. We also have access to the Reverend William Barber’s sermon presented during the National Cathedral’s livestream on June 14.

Outreach and Social Justice

Black South Rising Conversation this Thursday, July 2 at 6:00 p.m. Tune in to Part 2 of this virtual community discussion as a follow up to the watch party held on Sunday, June 28 conducted by the Collaborative (local news and media sources and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library). The Vice documentary they presented took a look at Black Americans living in the United States and the centuries-old prejudice many experience within systems that significantly impact their human rights, civil liberties, access to education and healthcare, socio-economic wellbeing, and more—with an even sharper focus on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. Click here to learn more and view the film. Participants are encouraged to bring conversation ideas and suggestions to influence anti-racist policy and equitable change forward including solutions implemented by other locales. Register for the event at tinyurl.com/ybjmoytm.

A Conversation with State Legislators: Policy-making During Historic Times. Join St. Peter’s Social Justice Team at this Zoom gathering on Wednesday, July 15, 6:00–7:30 p.m. Guest speakers include North Carolina House members of the Mecklenburg County Delegation: our own Rep. Becky Carney joined by some of her colleagues, Rep. Mary Belk, Rep. Carla Cunningham, Rep. Brandon Lofton, and Sen. Mujtaba Mohammed. This event will be an opportunity to hear directly how these public servants have addressed and passed laws during this time of social distancing, including the passage of bi-partisan legislation with social justice implications. Participating church members will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance, and registration is required to get the Zoom link. Visit tinyurl.com/nclegconversation for more information and to register.

Census 2020: Are you counted? Has your household completed your Census survey yet? If you haven’t, it is not too late. Because of the pandemic, the Census deadline has been extended. Let’s get our share of the federal budget in order to serve our growing population, and increase the number of elected officials to represent our interests. North Carolinians lag behind the national self-response rate, with 57.8% in the state reporting Census completion, compared with 61.6% nationally. The number of people living in a given area will determine the amount of federal funds allocated to the area for housing, health, schools, transportation, and other community needs. Any growth or decline in an area’s population will also determine the representation of elected officials in the state legislature and Congress. As of June 18, 2020, Mecklenburg County had a self-response rate of 60.1%, ranking 19 out of 100 counties. Go online to get counted at my2020census.gov, or call 1-844-330-2020. For more information, contact Jeanne Agan (jeanne.agan@icloud.com).]

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.

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