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, 11:30 a.m., Zoom
Communion from The Reserved Sacrament, 12:30 p.m., Churchyard
Putting Words to 2020: A Writing Workshop, 3:00 p.m., Zoom
Compline, 7:00 p.m., Zoom

Commitment Sunday! Giving to the Vision: Community, Service, and Love. The 2021 Annual Fund is underway, with 130 pledging units (households) committing $506,515 towards our $1,000,000 goal. You can make your pledge now, in advance of Commitment Sunday, All Saints’ Day, November 1. Each pledge enables 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 All Saints Day, November 1 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 and to celebrate our commitment to St. Peter’s as we offer our pledges for 2021. Links to the livestream, service leaflet, and coffee hour are all on the St. Peter’s homepage.

Communion from the Reserved Sacrament. On Sunday the clergy will offer Communion from the Reserved Sacrament 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 traveled, or those who are not feeling well should not come to the church. Exercise your best judgment and know that we will do all in our power to provide Communion in a safe, sanitary, and holy manner.

Putting Words to 2020: A Writing Workshop — Sundays, 3:00–4:30 p.m. A year like 2020 rattles and redefines; it clarifies and winnows down. What has this year meant to you? Join us for four weeks as we engage in the spiritual practice of writing to find words that make meaning of this year, words for prayer and lament, for joy and remembrance. No writing experience is necessary, only curiosity and a pen! This group will meet on Sunday afternoons from October 25–November 15. For more information, contact Mother Amanda Stephenson (astephenson@st-peters.org). Join online st-peters.org/writing-workshop.

Sung Compline. Join us for Compline this Sunday at 7:00 p.m., led by the St. Peter’s Choir. This service will be offered online through our website. Compline will begin with an extended organ prelude performed by Assistant Organist and Choirmaster Garrett John Law. The link to view the prelude and service, as well as a leaflet, will be available on the website shortly before 7:00 p.m. All participants will be asked to remain muted on the call, but you are welcome to join in for any part of the service from your home.

Vestry Nominations are now open. Vestry Nominations are due Sunday, November 15 for the election of four new vestry members to fill the seats of 2020 class members, Marcus Clarke, Ellison Clary, Mike Hoffman, and Mary Lynn Sepkowitz. On Sunday, December 6 at 9:00 a.m., every member of the parish is invited to a virtual gathering and celebration, which will replace the in-person Annual Meeting. The election of new Vestry members will take place virtually beginning Monday, November 30 through Saturday, December 5. More information is forthcoming about ways to vote online or by paper ballot. In the meantime, please consider potential lay leaders who might serve the parish through this three-year commitment, and first ask their permission to nominate. All nominees should reserve Sunday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m. for a vestry nominee forum open to all. Make nominations online at st-peters.org/nominations.

Worship and Music

All Saints’ Sunday and All Faithful Departed. On Sunday, November 1, in observance of All Faithful Departed on All Saints’ Day, the names of all those buried from St. Peter’s in the last year will be read aloud. Our annual All Souls’ Day Requiem will not take place this year, but on Sunday we will remember all the faithful departed when the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated with special intention for the saints of long ago and those saints we have known in our own lives.

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

Episcopal 101. Our 2020 Adult Confirmation class will be held in conjunction with the Sunday Forum at 9:00 a.m. by Zoom. “Episcopal 101” is a five week series 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.

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 and 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, 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 November 8, we have the third of four sessions on Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God with Chapters 11–15. This group will meet every other Sunday at 1:00 p.m. on 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#). 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. Beginning November 5, join a Thursday evening program from 7:00 to 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. 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

St. Luke’s Guild: Chronic Care Support Group. The St. Luke’s Guild returns to St. Peter’s in a virtual format November 6, 11:00 a.m. Father Keith Lane and parishioner Dan Busch, LCSW (retired), facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and those who are caregivers of family and friends. To learn more, contact the Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest (klane@st-peters.org, 917-679-7285). Join online st-peters.org.

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 at thechoirschool.org.

J2A Parent Meeting — November 15, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Parents of our J2A classmates (youth in grades 8 – 11) are asked to join leaders Josiah Daniels, Elsie Erneston, Harris Holt, and Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt, for an hour-long Zoom meeting on Sunday, November 15, 1:30 – 2:30 pm. This meeting will include information about the Journey 2 Adulthood curriculum, youth activities, and plans, and to begin preliminary planning for this class’s Holy Pilgrimage in 2023. Please email Lyn Holt lholt@st-peters.org to RSVP. A Zoom link will be sent before the meeting.

Free High-Risk Prostate Cancer Screening. On Wednesday, November 4, 5:00–7:00 p.m. Atrium Health will have free prostate cancer screening for men who are at high risk. To be eligible you must be: a man between the ages of 40–70 who is African-American or has a father, brother, or son with prostate cancer; or a man with certain high-risk jobs including military service (or veterans), firefighters, and farmers. The screening includes a blood test to check glucose, lipids, PSA, and testosterone levels. For more information, or to schedule a screening, call Sarah Head (704-500-9362).

Episcopal Relief & Development Fall 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 $1,825 so far and have two more weeks to make our goal of raising $2,000 as a parish. Consider a donation to CROP Walk in any amount 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.

ECW Annual Meeting. All women in the Episcopal Church are invited to attend the 138th Annual Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of North Carolina virtually on November 6, 7:00–9:00 p.m. The theme of this year’s meeting is Living as a Christian in Times of Uncertainty: Sharpening Our Focus on Our Mission and the keynote speaker is The Rev. Hershey Mallette Stephens, Dean of the Chapel and Spiritual Life at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC. Contact the ECW for more details. Register online at www.ecw-nc.org.

Parents Connect Chat. From 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. on November 22, Parents Connect will meet to support each other during this challenging time. This meeting 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 the 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 food we waste is responsible for 8% of global emissions?

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. Early voting ends on October 31.

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 the 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.

Roof Above Wish-List. St. Peter’s Outreach and Social Justice continues to partner with local organizations serving the least among us. Roof Above’s Employment Program Group works with clients from The Men’s Shelter to find employment as a path to self sufficiency. Some of these jobs are outside. With cooler weather on its way, our neighbors need thermal underwear to stay warm while working. Consider helping us to provide 20 sets to Roof Above to accompany our work boot project. To help place an order on Roof Above’s wishlist amazon.com.

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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.