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
7th Street Eucharist, 1:00 p.m.
Putting Words to 2020: A Writing Workshop, 3:00 p.m., Zoom

Join us for the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost, November 15 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, This Sunday, 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.

Giving to the Vision: Community, Service, and Love. The 2021 Annual Fund is underway, with 166 pledging units (households) committing $622,815 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.

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

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 follow the link https://st-peters.org/senior-eucharist or contact Clergy Assistant, Michael Talbert (mtalbert@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Morning Prayer on Thanksgiving Day. Join us at 8:00 a.m. on November, 26 for a special service of Morning Prayer in celebration of Thanksgiving Day. Join online st-peters.org.

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. Join online st-peters.org.

The Adult Forum: Sheltering the Homeless — November 22. You are invited to join the Social Justice and Outreach Ministry Teams to hear about supporting our homeless neighbors featuring several community leaders including: Randall Hitt, Chief Engagement Officer at Roof Above (formerly Men’s Shelter and Urban Ministries), Deronda Metz, Director of Social Services at the Salvation Army Center of Hope Women’s Shelter, and Brad Goforth, Executive Director of Samaritan House. St. Peter’s, in partnership with Samaritan’s Feet, is providing Hope Totes with new shoes and socks for 200 of our homeless neighbors at these three organizations. Join online st-peters.org.

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. On November 22, we have the last of four sessions on Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God with Chapters 16–20. This group meets 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.

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.

Community Life

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, November 15, 1:30–2:30 p.m. 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. 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 RSVP. A Zoom link will be sent before the meeting.

Parents Connect Chat — November 22, 8:00–9:00 p.m. Parents Connect will meet to support each other during this challenging time, through 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.

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

St. Peter’s Homelessness Initiative. During the month of November, the Social Justice and Outreach Ministry Team has created the St. Peter’s Homelessness initiative to directly support our homeless neighbors and the organizations that care for them. There will be an opportunity to create “Hope Totes” to provide to our community partners on November 19 & a panel discussion with community leaders serving our neighbors in need. To learn more, visit st-peters.org/homelessness-initative.

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