This Week’s News

This Sunday

Morning Prayer, Rite I, 8:00 a.m., Zoom
Children’s Formation, 9:00 a.m., (email Anna Hurdle ahurdle@st-peters.org)
The Adult Forum, 9:00 a.m., Zoom
Youth Formation, 9:00 a.m., (email Lyn Holt lholt@st-peters.org)
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:30 a.m., YouTube
Virtual Coffee Hour & Fellowship, 11:30 a.m., Zoom
Sunday Book Group with Deje McGavran: American Voices, 1:00 p.m., Zoom
Evensong, 5:00 p.m., Zoom

Join us for The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 13 Livestream. This Sunday, join us via livestream directly from the website at 10:30 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.

Evensong this Sunday. Please join us via Zoom, for Evensong this Sunday at 5:00 p.m., led by the St. Peter’s Choir. The link for joining the call, as well as a service leaflet, will be available on the website shortly before 5:00 p.m. We will ask all participants to remain muted on the call but you are welcome to join in for any part of the service from your home.

Community without the Commute: In-Person Worship Offering. The Diocese of North Carolina’s guidelines allow for small outdoor worship gatherings of no more than 25 persons in our current phase. Due to lack of outdoor space at St. Peter’s, we are launching a worship offering called “Community without the Commute.” Groups of up to 25 will gather in large outdoor spaces around the Charlotte Metro area to gather for a brief service of prayer at least twice a month, organized by a volunteer coordinator. The clergy will visit each gathering once a month to distribute the Holy Eucharist. All attendees must be masked at all times and refreshments are not to be served. We ask you to refrain from meeting on Sunday mornings so we can attend the Sunday service by livestream. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this brief survey.

Changes to Livestream. On August 23, 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.

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.

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, Rite I, 8:00 a.m., Sunday
Online: https://www.st-peters.org/sunday-mp
Phone: 301-715-8592 (meeting ID 837 2009 9398#, 216561#)
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

The Adult Forum this Sunday: Stewardship in a Time of Pandemic: Continuing Faithful Giving and Service Even While We are Apart, 9:00 a.m. Giving of our time, our talent, and our treasure are part of the Christian responsibility to the community. As the familiar refrain goes, “All things come of thee, O Lord. And of thine own have we given thee.” Join Fr. Jacob and a panel of parishioners as they explore the various ways each of us can continue to give and serve in a time of physical distancing.

Children’s Formation on Celebration Sunday. This Sunday, all children aged 3–12 are invited to join friends and catechists for Celebration Sunday. We plan to kick off the formation year, reconnect with each other, and meet new friends. We will gather together via Zoom next Sunday at 9:00. Please contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org) for the link.

Sunday Book Group with Deje McGavran: American Voices. The American writers in this fall book study give voice to the questions “Who am I?” and “How should I live?” Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, Raymond Carver, and Karen Russell build worlds out of words, demonstrating the awakenings of their characters as they face tragedy, isolation, and discrimination but at the same time are upheld by art, love, and community. We will be attuned to the character’s voices and follow their struggles. Sunday, September 13, will be an introduction to the authors and our book study. This group will meet every other Sunday at 1:00 p.m. For more information, contact Deje McGavran (dhmgavran@gmail.com). Join online st-peters.org/american-voices.

Education for Ministry with Fr. Murdock Smith — Mondays, 6:15–9:15 p.m., beginning September 14. EFM is an in-depth theological training for lay-people, designed to aid meaningful ministry. This multi-year seminar teaches the fundamentals of Christianity from an Anglican perspective — covering both the Old and New Testaments. To register, or for more information on the course, contact Fr. Murdock Smith (frmurdocksmith@gmail.com).

Monday Night Bible Study with Ruth Woodend, 6:30–8:00 p.m., beginning September 14. We will be studying Daniel using the workbook, “A Deeper Look at Daniel,” by Douglas Connelly. You will need a Bible and the workbook which can be ordered from Amazon. There is weekly preparation. Contact Ruth Woodend to register or for more information, all are welcome (rbwoodend@gmail.com, 704-661-4687),

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 for further details (rbwoodend@gmail..com).

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 .

Saturday Small Group with John Frederick: Strength For the Journey — 10:00–11:30 a.m., Starting September 19. This series will help to deepen your sense of spirituality by engaging in careful reflection, meditative prayers, listening, study, movement, and ministry practices. Do you want to experience more intentionality and purposefulness in your daily life? Through a process of self-reflection, journaling, and sharing, you will be guided through the practices outlined by Renee Miller in her book Strength for the Journey; A Guide to Spiritual Practice. Please bring the book and a journal to each session. Join online st-peters.org/sat-small-group.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This fall we plan to offer a variety of experiences for our children and families as we enter another season of at home formation. We will expand on the virtual Sunday sessions we offered last spring by offering synchronous and asynchronous presentations and gatherings, music files, and home activities. We know that learning is not “one size fits all,” but are confident there will be something for everyone. For more information, and to register your child, please email Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org).

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 of 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 (ahurdle@st-peters.org).

Deacon Information Sessions. On Thursday, September 10 and Monday, September 21 our Bishops will be facilitating a conversation between the Bishop’s Committee on the Diaconate and a panel of Deacons and Priests to share information about the diaconate. If you are discerning a call, or would like to learn more, you are invited to register for the events. For the September 10 session. For the September 21 session.

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.

Creation Care. As you think about how you can better care for our world, remember to give yourself grace and follow Arthur Ashe’s advice: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

Outreach and Social Justice

Just ACTivate. The Social Justice Ministry invites you to participate in a couple of inspiring presentations offered by the Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation at the Union Presbyterian Seminary in south Charlotte. The presenter will be Reverend Dr. James Forbes who was the first African American to serve as senior minister at one of the largest multicultural congregations in the nation. In 2009, he authored the book Whose Gospel: A Concise Guide to Progressive Protestantism, in which he offers a compelling vision of progressive social change and addresses the most crucial issues of our lifetime—poverty, war, women’s equality, racial justice, sexuality, and the environment. Visit their website at https://tinyurl.com/yyrd7fhw to read more about the upcoming virtual events on September 14 and 15 and register online.

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).

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.