This Week’s News

Join us for The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 30 Livestream. This Sunday, join us via livestream directly from 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. Last Sunday we began livestreaming to both Facebook and YouTube, as part of a gradual transition to YouTube, allowing for ease of access for Facebook users and non-Facebook users alike. 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.

Social Justice Committee Event this Sunday. The Social Justice Committee has invited former 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. Visit https://tinyurl.com/meckvote2020 to register for the Zoom meeting. You can download an application to request an absentee ballot at https://www.mecknc.gov/BOE/voter/Documents/AbsenteeBallotRequestFormweb.pdf. Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry offers an inspiring reflection on the importance of voting on YouTube at https://youtu.be/an4-rxm90mU.

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.

Meet the New Executive Director of The Choir School. Join The Choir School for a meet and greet with new Executive Director Davis Tapp on Wednesday, September 2 at 6:00 p.m.. Davis will be in conversation with Abigail Cudabac, board president, and Steve Bentley, who assisted our Board of Directors with their search. Abigail and Steve will talk about the leadership a modern arts organization needs and what they’ve found in Davis, and you’ll get a chance to hear Davis’ vision for the organization and ask questions. In addition, attendees will get a special preview of the upcoming season a week before it is announced in early September. You may register on The Choir School Website thechoirschool.org/meet-davis/

Worship and Music

Sunday Worship: COVID-19 Update. Diocesan restrictions are beginning to ease as we enter Phase 1B of the Bishop’s reopening plans. During Phase 1B, in-person worship is allowed only outdoors, with a maximum capacity of 25 persons, including clergy, ushers, and other volunteers. However, because of the layout of our property and the confined outdoor space, it’s not practical for us to try to offer in-person worship at this time. Beginning Celebration Sunday, September 13, we do plan to offer multiple ways members of our community can gather safely in-person, including for Holy Communion. In the meantime, the St. Peter’s Memorial Garden is already 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 at st-peters.org/covid-19-updates. Stay tuned for more information about special offerings this fall.

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 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 include 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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