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
Sunday Book Group: American Voices,1:00 p.m., Zoom
Putting Words to 2020: A Writing Workshop, 3:00 p.m., Zoom
Evensong, 5:00 p.m., Zoom

Giving to the Vision: Community, Service, and Love. The 2021 Annual Fund is underway, with 162 pledging units (households) committing $608,695 towards our $1,000,000 goal. 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 the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, November 8 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.

7th Street Eucharist, November 15. On Sunday, November 15, at 1:00 p.m., we will offer an outdoor service of Holy Eucharist on 7th Street beside the church, in addition to our regular Sunday offerings of Morning Prayer, Formation, and Holy Eucharist by livestream video. The 7th Street Eucharist has a limited capacity and registration is required. Those who attended the 7th Street Eucharist on October 18 should refrain from registering for this service so all may attend. You can register at the following link: https://st-peters.org/7thstreet. Before deciding whether you should attend our first 7th Street Eucharist, please note important guidelines found in the registration link.

Holy Eucharist in the Garden for St. Peter’s Seniors. On November 12 and 19, at 2:00 p.m., the clergy will offer a brief service of Holy Eucharist in the Garden for St. Peter’s parishioners, age 65 and older, weather permitting. Capacity for each service is 25 persons and registration is required. For more information regarding safety guidelines and to register please visit this link: https://st-peters.org/senior-eucharist or contact Clergy Assistant, Michael Talbert (mtalbert@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Evensong this Sunday. Please join us via Zoom for Evensong at 5:00 p.m., led by The Choir School MasterSingers. The link for joining the call, as well as a service leaflet, will be available on the website. 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.

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.

Hope Totes with Samaritan’s Feet. The largest concentration of unsheltered adults in Charlotte lives within just a couple miles of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s doors, and in fact, many seek temporary shelter and services in the shadows of St. Peter’s. On November 19, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., St. Peter’s will be partnering with Samaritan’s Feet to assemble two-hundred ”Hope Tote” bags for Salvation Army Center of Hope, Samaritan’s House, and the Men’s Shelter. These bags will have essential items for our neighbors in need. We will also be writing “Hope Notes” to our neighbors receiving the supplies. To sign up to help, or for more information, contact the Social Justice Team (socialjustice@st-peters.org).

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

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.

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.

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. This Sunday, 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 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, 1:00–2:00 p.m. The group is 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, 7:00–8:00 p.m. Mother Amanda leads a virtual group study as we work our way through the book of Exodus, with stories which echo throughout the rest of the Bible by the prophets, the Psalms, and the New Testament. 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, 7:00–8:00 p.m. We read and journal our way through Debby Irving’s *Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race*, exploring her journey to understand the roots of ideas about race, racism, and “the dominant culture in which I soaked.” Pre-registration is required: contact Susan Campbell (susancampbellphd@gmail.com) for more information and for the Zoom link.

Saturday Small Group with John Frederick, 10:00–11:30 a.m. 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).

Parent and Catechist Book Study. 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 on 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 is wrapping up its annual greenery sale to 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 are available for purchase through an online order, a chorister family, or by contacting Kristie Lauderbaugh, Program Coordinator of The Choir School. Order online at thechoirschool.org.

J2A Parent Meeting. Parents of our Journey to Adulthood (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 p.m. This meeting will include information about the J2A curriculum, youth activities and plans, and to begin preliminary planning for this class’s Holy Pilgrimage in 2023. Email Lyn Holt lholt@st-peters.org to RSV.. A Zoom link will be sent before the meeting.

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

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 twenty sets to Roof Above to accompany our work boot project. To help place an order on Roof Above’s wishlist amazon.com.

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.