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, 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 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 27 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 Choir School at St. Peter’s MasterSingers. 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. Join online at st-peters.org.

Sunday Book Group with Deje McGavran: American Voices — 1:00–2:00 p.m. 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 characters’ voices and follow their struggles. Sunday, September 27, we will discuss Richard Wright’s autobiographical sketch, The Ethics of Living Jim Crow (1937) and Eudora Welty’s Why I Live at the P.O. (1941). This group will meet every other Sunday at 1:00 p.m. on September 27, October 11and 25, November 8 and 22, December 6 and 20, and January 3. For more information, contact Deje McGavran (dhmgavran@gmail.com). Join online st-peters.org/american-voices.

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 Sundays so we can attend the Sunday services by livestream. If you are interested in participating, fill out this brief survey. Registration closes Monday, September 28.

Feast of St. Francis: Blessing of the Animals and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament. On Sunday, October 4, the clergy will offer Communion from the Reserved Sacrament and pet blessings, in commemoration of the Feast of St. Francis, in the churchyard, 12:30–2:30 p.m. After viewing the livestream Holy Eucharist, simply come to the churchyard wearing your mask, maintain distance from others, and receive the sacrament (bread only) in your hand. The gates to the parking garage will be open during this time to eliminate the need for parking ticket validation. Those at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, those who have recently travelled, or those who are not feeling well should not come to the church. Exercise your best judgement and know that we will do all in our power to provide Communion in a safe, sanitary, and holy manner. Bring your furry (and non-furry) friends to receive a special blessing on this day.

Sunday Worship: COVID-19 Update. Diocesan restrictions are beginning to ease as we prepare to enter Phase 2 of the Bishop’s reopening plans. In the coming weeks, we will begin to offer a Sunday service of Holy Eucharist, outdoors and in-person, in addition to the Sunday livestream and Zoom offerings. This service will have a maximum capacity of 50 persons and will require a number of safety precautions. Stay tuned for more information as the Reopening Task Force prepares guidelines in accordance with recommendations from public health and diocesan officials. Learn more by visiting our updates and guidelines are at st-peters.org/covid-19-updates.

Worship and Music

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: Reflecting on the theology and neurophysiology of compassion with Fr. Ron David, 9:00 a.m. Compassion and empathy are often spoken of as though they are synonymous, or nearly so. In this forum Fr. Ron will offer biblical and neurophysiological justification for distinguishing yet relating the two psychosocial experiences. Join online st-peters.org/adult-forum.

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.

Thursday Night Book Group with Susan Campbell: Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Join us Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm on Zoom as we read and journal our way through Debby Irving’s Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race. The book explores the author’s journey to understand the roots of her ideas about race, racism and “the dominant culture in which I soaked,” and invites us to do the same. For more information, contact Susan Campbell (susancampbellphd@gmail.com). Join online https://st-peters.org/thu-small-grp.

Saturday Small Group with John Frederick: Strength For the Journey — 10:00–11:30 a.m., continuing September 26. 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. 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, 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, 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. Consider 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.

Parents Connect Chats. From 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. on September 27, October 25, and November 22, Parents Connect will meet to support each other during this challenging time. These meetings will be a relaxed opportunity to let loose and enjoy the Parents Connect community. An event email and Facebook post will be sent a few days before each chat, with a Zoom link. We look forward to seeing you there.

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 and those affected by the recent hurricanes in the Gulf states. More information and registration are on CROP Hunger Walk’s website (www.crophungerwalk.org/charlottenc). Sign up today.

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.