This Week’s News

Morning Prayer, Rite I, 8:00 a.m., Zoom
Children’s Formation, (email Anna Hurdle for times 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

Join us for The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 20 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.

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, 9:00 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: The Separation of Church and State: Exploring the Christian Duty to Vote, 9:00 a.m. Did you know The Book of Common Prayer has prayers for each branch of government, including a prayer for elections? Join Fr. Jacob and Mtr. Sally Johnston as we discuss the non-partisan Christian duty to engage our democracy and exercise the right to vote.

Education for Ministry with Fr. Murdock Smith — Mondays, 6:15–9:15 p.m. 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.. 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 (rbwoodend@gmail.com, 704-661-4687) to register or for more information, all are welcome.

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 .

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 at 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, 8:00–8:45 p.m. For more details and or to register, please contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org).

Community Life

Week of Connection. During the past few months, it’s been easy to name fellow parishioners whose weekly company was a source of joy prior to the pandemic, but whose absence from our lives has been folded into the mix of privations, cancellations, and losses that have become all too frequent in recent months. The Congregational Engagement Team is asking you to name these parishioners whom you miss, and then pick up the phone and give those people a call. Please commit to calling them this week, just to let them know that you miss them and hope to see them soon. In doing so, we can renew – and hopefully even strengthen! – the ties that hold us together as we move into the fall.

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. Did you know that If cattle were their own nation, they would be the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases?

Outreach and Social Justice

Virtual Crop Walk During the COVID-19 pandemic, the fight against hunger has been more urgent than ever. This year, the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk has asked St. Peter’s to support their efforts by participating virtually in this year’s Crop Walk on October 11. While we cannot gather as a parish, we are asking you to walk in your neighborhoods, on the greenway, or even your treadmill — and to ask your family and friends to sponsor your walk to fight hunger. When CROP Hunger reaches 25% of their online fundraising goal, funds will be released to frontline community partners including: Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, Loaves & Fishes, and Crisis Assistance Ministry. Your participation will directly help the hungry in our community, sign up today. More information and registration are on CROP Hunger Walk’s website https://www.crophungerwalk.org/charlottenc/.

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.