This Week’s News

Join us for The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 19 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 opened on July 1 but at this time we are unable to reopen the Church or Parish House to the public. The St. Peter’s Memorial Garden is open for private prayer 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.

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. These 30-minute liturgies are 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. More information:

Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Monday–Friday
Online: https://st-peters.org/morningprayer
Phone: 301-715-8592 (meeting ID 979 1510 0987#, 290185#)
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Monday–Thursday
Online: https://st-peters.org/eveningprayer
Phone: 301-715-8592 (meeting ID 965 1453 5880#, 059356#)

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 Afternoon Book Group: Days of Awe and Wonder. The Wednesday Afternoon Book Group gathers each Wednesday afternoon, 1:00–2:00 p.m. via Zoom. We are reading Days of Awe and Wonder: How to be a Christian in the 21st Century by Marcus J. Borg. 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. July 27 – 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 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

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 Clergy Assistant, Michael Talbert (mtalbert@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: For a backyard picnic with minimal trash, or a kitchen any day, try using environmentally friendly products like reusable food wraps, silicone zip lock bags, and washable rags instead of paper towels.

Outreach and Social Justice

Social Justice Letter Regarding Affordable Housing. Read the St. Peter’s Social Justice Team’s recent letter to the Charlotte City Council regarding the need for affordable housing in the North Tryon development.

Submit Comment on Asylum Rule. On June 15, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a new rule, “Procedures for Asylum and Withholding of Removal; Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Review.” The proposed rule is one among many actions that have been aimed at making legal immigration harder and would severely restrict access to asylum in the U.S., putting the world’s most vulnerable in further danger. Click on the link here to read more from the Episcopal Public Policy Network and learn how to submit a comment if you want to express advocacy on this issue.

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.

Volunteer Opportunity. Mecklenburg Ministries (MeckMin) has been asked to coordinate faith community volunteers to help with meals at three hotels that are being funded by Mecklenburg County to house previously unsheltered people during the pandemic. The hotels offer people a safe place to stay while COVID-19 remains a threat. Agencies such as Roof Above are also working with the residents to help them identify available resources and move into permanent housing. Houses of faith or individuals are asked to sign up for a weekly slot to serve meals. The meals are provided by a contractor paid by the county. If you want to participate or want more information, please contact Sally Herlong (bookkeeper@meckmin.org).

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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.