This Week’s News

This Sunday

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
Sunday Book Group: American Voices with Deje McGavran, 1:00 p.m., Zoom
Evensong, 5:00 p.m., Zoom

Giving to the Vision: Community, Service, and Love. The 2021 Annual Fund is now underway, with 73 pledging units (households) committing $288,385 towards our $1,000,000 goal. You can make your pledge now, in advance of Commitment Sunday, November 1. Each pledge supports our worship, pastoral care and outreach initiatives, formation programs for all ages, music, staff and clergy, operations and administration, and the care of our sacred facilities. To learn more about annual giving and to offer your pledge for 2021 visit www.st-peters.org/pledge. Your gift supports St. Peter’s vision to be a place of unconditional welcome and a beacon of God’s love in the heart of Charlotte. To view our 2021 Annual Fund video, visit st-peters.org/annual-giving-2021.

Join us for The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 11 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 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. 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?” The writers 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. On October 11, we begin the first of four sessions on Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God with Chapters 1–5. This group will meet every other Sunday at 1:00 p.m. on October 11 and 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.

Episcopal 101 begins Sunday, October 18. Our 2020 Adult Confirmation class will be held in conjunction with the Sunday Forum at 9:00 a.m. by Zoom. On October 18, we will begin a five-week series called “Episcopal 101,” guided by the book Walk In Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe. The book is available for purchase through online retailers or you may contact a member of the clergy to obtain a copy. Episcopal 101 is open to all but required for those who wish to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church from another Christian tradition. The Right Reverend Anne Hodges-Copple will visit St. Peter’s on Sunday, October 25. To RSVP for the Adult Confirmation class, or to learn more, please contact either Father Jacob (jpierce@st-peters.org) or Mother Amanda (astephenson@st-peters.org).

Sunday Worship: COVID-19 Update. Diocesan restrictions are beginning to ease as we prepare to enter Phase 2 of the Bishop’s reopening plans. On third Sundays of each month, we will 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 art and science of clinical theology, a.k.a. pastoral care,” with Fr. Ron David, 9:00 a.m. In this forum Fr. Ron will give an overview of the history and content of training in pastoral care. Like its progenitor practice of clinical medicine, pastoral care is an art that more or less faithfully employs science in its study and practice. This will be apparent in our reflections on the minister and physician’s care of patients in “pain.” Join online st-peters.org/adult-forum.

Journey to Adulthood On Sunday mornings. Our youth formation program is meeting by Zoom and is having a great time together! The program has three groups: Rite-13 (11:30 a.m.) led by Mary Gotschall & John Frederick; J2A (9:00 a.m.) led by Josiah Daniels, Elsie Erneston, and Harris Holt; and YAC (9:30 a.m.) led by Mike Hoffman and Lorrell and Mac Meloy. If you have questions about our youth formation or need to register your child, please contact Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org, 704-763-3564, 704-749-6149).

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. On October 14, the group will begin reading The Rebirthing of God, Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings by John Phillip Newell. 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, 7:00–8:30 p.m. Beginning November 5, join a Thursday evening program from 7:00–8:30 p.m. 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. Pre-registration is required: contact Susan Campbell (susancampbellphd@gmail.com) for more information and for the Zoom link.

Saturday Small Group with John Frederick: Strength For the Journey — 10:00–11:30 a.m. 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 and 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

Parents Connect Chats. From 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. on 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 in the U.S., food waste generates the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as 37 million cars, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council? That accounts for both the energy used in agriculture to grow unused food, as well as the methane released when the food rots in landfills.

The Choir School at St. Peter’s Greenery Sale. The Choir School has begun its annual greenery sale to help raise funds for its program. The Choir School is open to every young person accepted to the choirs, as we enrich and strengthen young lives through excellent, rigorous music education and choral performance. All purchases directly support the musical education of the choristers. A variety of wreaths and garlands are available for purchase through an online order, a chorister family, or by contacting Kristie Lauderbaugh, Program Coordinator of The Choir School. The order deadline for garlands is October 30 and the deadline for wreaths is November 4. Order online thechoirschool.org

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 its 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.

Volunteer to Ensure Democracy. This fall, one of the pillars of the St. Peter’s Social Justice Ministry is “Ensuring Democracy,” which means ensuring that every eligible voter is able to exercise their right to vote by assisting in voter registration and absentee voting during the pandemic. Democracy NC, a non-profit and non-partisan organization, is seeking volunteers to serve as Vote Protectors. These volunteers work to ensure that every eligible voter in our state can register to vote and successfully cast their ballot by flagging any issues at early voting sites and election day polling places. Voter Protectors also direct voters with issues or questions to the N.C. election hotline 888-OUR-VOTE. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a safe and socially-distanced role is also available, allowing volunteers to work from their vehicles. Visit demnc.co/voteprotector for more information or to sign up for virtual training.

Plant Trees with The Galilee Center & TreesCharlotte. TreesCharlotte strives to celebrate, expand, and protect the tree canopy in Charlotte. Partnering with The Galilee Center, the Mecklenburg County Health Department, and NC Cooperative Extension, TreesCharlotte will be planting fruit trees on the front lawn of the Center. The project needs 15 volunteers to help plant the trees on the morning of November 7. This event is great for families and all ages are welcome. To ensure everyone is operating within State and CDC guidelines, you must register ahead of time, no walk-up volunteers will be accepted, regardless of age. Children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. This event will be held rain or shine and details will be emailed to volunteers the week before the planting. Register online treescharlotte.org

Greater Enrichment Program: Learning Vine Wishlist. Learning Vine was created by Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte to provide a Remote Learning site for the Greater Enrichment Program of Merry Oaks International Academy. This project will provide an eight-hour school day for 20-24 fragile learners three days a week. The Learning Vine is asking the community to support their efforts by providing items from their Amazon wishlist.. These supplies should maintain the program through December of 2020. If you’re able to help, please ship items to GEP Learning Vine of Galilee, 3601 Central Avenue, Charlotte, N.C., 28205.

How to Make Your Vote Count. With the November 3 election approaching, the nation is asking who should represent us at all levels of government. Recently, the Social Justice Committee hosted a forum to discuss how to safely cast your ballot during this unprecedented time. In partnership with Charlotte Women’s Movement, parishioner Kathleen Mundle published the information shared at the forum to help spread awareness on how to make sure your vote counts charlottewomensmovement.org. If you need special assistance with registering to vote, requesting an absentee ballot, require a witness before sending in your absentee ballot, or need transportation to your polling place, please email the Social Justice Committee (socialjustice@st-peters.org) with your contact information.

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.