This Week’s News

Join us for The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 23 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.

Changes to Livestream Begin Sunday. Beginning this Sunday we will livestream to both to Facebook and YouTube as we begin a gradual transition to YouTube. We know that many people appreciate sharing comments and prayers during the livestream and this capability will be enabled on YouTube only. Visit our website for links on Sunday morning.

Requiem Eucharist in Celebration of James (Jim) Webb McEwen. On Friday, August 21 at 2:30 p.m., a Requiem Eucharist will be held at St. Peter’s in celebration of the life of Jim McEwen. The funeral is closed to the public due to the public health crisis, though all are invited to join a livestream. Visit the St. Peter’s website to access the service leaflet and the livestream link. Nelda Leon and Jim’s family are deeply grateful for the warm expressions of sympathy, prayers, and donations made in Jim’s memory. While we regret we cannot open the service to all parishioners we hope you can join us virtually.

Learn More About Voting in November. The Social Justice Committee has invited Rep. Beverly Earle, a member of the Board of Elections, and Kristin Mavromatis, Board of Elections Public Information Manager, to meet with the congregation on Sunday, August 30, 11:00 a.m.–Noon, following the 10:00 a.m. livestream. Rep. Earle and Ms. Mavromatis will provide clarity on absentee voting, early voting, and safety precautions for those visiting polling places. There will be time to ask our guests questions at the end of the session. Register for this event. Download an absentee ballot application from the Mecklenburg Board of Elections website.

Celebration Sunday. The St. Peter’s clergy and staff team are preparing for “Celebration Sunday,” September 13. On this day we will celebrate our parish feast day, the Confession of St. Peter, with special music, a new worship schedule, formation for all ages, and other offerings. Stay tuned for more information as we prepare for both virtual and in-person gatherings in the new program year.

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 (organist, lector, and 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#)

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. Gatherings for in-person worship and activities will not resume until Phase 2 of the Diocesan Plan, which will occur only when the new infection and hospitalization rate is consistently below 7% for 2 weeks. 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 are on the parish website.

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 through Contemplative Outreach’s website, copnc.org. Contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com), with questions.

Learning

Wednesday Afternoon Book Group: Days of Awe and Wonder. The 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: “Exodus” with Mother Amanda, 7:00–8:00 p.m. Mother Amanda leads a virtual group study as we work our way through the book of Exodus. The stories we read in Exodus 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 (astephenson@st-peters.org) to find out which chapters will be covered .

Parent & Catechist Book Study: Listening to God with Children. This book study hopes to prepare the parish for virtual children’s formation offerings by reading Gianna Gobbi’s Listening to God with Children. Ths group, facilitated by Allison Seay, Associate for Religion and the Arts at St. Stephen’s, Richmond, and Anna Hurdle, Director of Children’s Formation at St. Peter’s, will seek to prepare adults to be attuned to the spiritual lives of children and themselves. The group will meet via Zoom on Thursdays, 8:00 p.m.–8:45 p.m. beginning September 10. For more details and or to register, please contact Anna Hurdle at (ahurdle@st-peters.org).

Introductory Enneagram Workshop with Paul Hanneman. On August 28 and 29, Paul Hanneman is offering an Introductory Enneagram Workshop designed for people with little or no previous experience with the Enneagram or those looking for a refresher. The class will take place Friday, August 28, 7:00–9:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 29, 11:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., with a break for lunch. For more information, and to register for the course, email Paul Hanneman (pahcnc1949@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 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.

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: When making decisions about purchases that have limited use plastics, consider how the item can be reused and disposed of.

Outreach and Social Justice

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, email 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.