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
7th Street Eucharist, 1:00 p.m., 7th Street, adjacent to Churchyard

Giving to the Vision: Community, Service, and Love. The 2021 Annual Fund is now underway, with 88 pledging units (households) committing $377,055 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 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, October 18 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.

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 the third Sunday of each month, we will offer the 7th Street Eucharist, 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 sign up information for the next 7th Street Eucharist on November 15. Learn more by visiting our updates and guidelines 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: “Episcopal 101,” with Mother Amanda Stephenson, 9:00 a.m. Episcopal 101 is a required course for adults seeking Confirmation or Reception, which is joining the Episcopal Church through the laying-on of hands by the bishop. Episcopal 101 is also open to all who simply desire a refresher course on Episcopal worship, theology, and history. Our guide for the course is Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs & Practices by Scott Gunn and Melodie Wilson Shobe, available for purchase through the parish clergy or online booksellers. Join online at st-peters.org/adult-forum. Recording of previous Adult Forums may be found on the parish YouTube page.

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).

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 characters’ voices and follow their struggles. On October 25, we have the second of four sessions on Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God with Chapters 6–10. This group will meet every other Sunday at 1:00 p.m. on October 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.

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: The Rebirthing of God, Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings. The group gathers each Wednesday afternoon, 1:00–2:00 p.m. via Zoom. We are 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 are offering 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. This 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 or to register, contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org).

Community Life

Episcopal Relief & Development Fall and Advent Resources. Episcopal Relief and Development has announced several ways to engage with them over the next few months. They have introduced a new Advent Toolkit that has a craft for each week in Advent that will inspire conversation about the importance of working with children around the world. They are also asking for your participation in Day of Love by learning more about the One Thousand Days of Love Campaign and through acts of love. You may always make a Gift For Life contribution that helps change lives and communities.

CROP Hunger Walk. Thanks to all who represented St. Peter’s in the Virtual CROP Hunger Walk and to all who donated to CROP Walk to help alleviate hunger in our city and around the world. We’ve raised $1,450 so far, but we are well off our usual mark above $5,000. Please consider making a donation now to help our neighbors with food insecurity. Contact Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org) to donate or visit the St. Peter’s page on the Charlotte CROP Walk website.

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 there are over one million organizations world-wide dedicated to addressing the climate crisis?

Outreach and Social Justice

Early Voting Locations. Would you like to vote early for the November 3, 2020 General Election? Here is the Early Voting Calendar and listing of all 33 locations.

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. Vote 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. If you’re able to help, please ship items to GEP Learning Vine of Galilee, 3601 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28205.

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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.