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
Evensong, 5:00 p.m., Zoom
Parent’s Connect Chat, 8:00 p.m., Zoom

Giving to the Vision: Community, Service, and Love. The 2021 Annual Fund is underway, with 177 pledging units (households) committing $656,425 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.

St. Peter’s Homelessness Initiative Panel. This Sunday, there will be a panel discussion during the Adult Forum at 9:00 a.m. The panel will be focused on how our community is addressing the needs of our homeless neighbors in Charlotte. Community advocates Randall Hitt, Chief Engagement Officer of Roof Above; Deronda Metz, Director of Social Services of Salvation Army’s Center of Hope; and Brad Goforth, Executive Director of Samaritan House will join us. They will provide insight into the challenges our homeless neighbors, and the organizations that care for our neighbors, face and how St. Peter’s can help. Join online st-peters.org.

An Update Concerning the 2020 Annual Meeting. Our Annual Meetings have been an opportunity to celebrate together the year’s accomplishments, reflect on the year that is past, hear from staff and lay leaders about ministry initiatives, and elect a new class of vestry members. Diocesan Canon governing a parish’s annual meeting and election processes, set forth two challenging requirements: first, that a quorum of membership is necessary; and second, that the process take place in person. While the ongoing pandemic makes the Annual Meeting impossible for now, Diocesan Canon does permit the vestry to appoint members to fill any vacancies. Your vestry has devised a creative way to ensure continuity of lay leadership, while also honoring the preferences of the congregation for those appointments. At its November meeting, the Vestry voted to conduct a poll of the congregation’s preferences and to abide by that poll in their appointments. More information is in the following announcement.

Process for Selecting the 2023 Vestry Class. At the December 2020 meeting of the St. Peter’s vestry, new members will be appointed based on a secure, online preferential poll of the parish to take place the week of November 30.

Selection Process Timeline:
— Sunday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m. via Zoom, meet the candidates during the Sunday Forum. Candidate information will also be posted on the St. Peter’s website.

— Week of November 30, parishioners whose email addresses are in our parish database will receive the secure, one-time link for the poll. If your email address has changed recently, contact Clergy Assistant Michael Talbert (mtalbert@st-peters.org to request an update. If you do not have access to email, you may complete a paper-based poll at the Parish House by appointment. If you do not receive the secure poll link, contact Michael Talbert.

— Sunday, December 6 at 9:00 a.m. via Zoom, we will hold a special celebratory gathering in place of the 2020 Annual Meeting. During the meeting, we will hear reports from clergy and lay leadership, and update on the parish finances, and the results of the secure poll. We will also offer thanks for the service of the Vestry Class of 2020, Marcus Clarke, Ellison Clary, Mike Hoffman, and Mary Lynn Sepkowitz.

—Tuesday, December 9, at the regular meeting of the Vestry the nominees identified as the preference of the parish will be appointed to serve as the Vestry Class of 2023.

Worship and Music

Evensong this Sunday. Please join us via Zoom for Evensong at 5:00 p.m., led by the St. Peter’s Choir. 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.

Holy Eucharist in the Garden for St. Peter’s Seniors. On November 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

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

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.

The Choir School at St. Peter’s Greenery Pickup. Thank you for your support of The Choir School annual greenery sale! Orders will be available for pickup at St. Peter’s on Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 25; please contact Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@thechoirschool.org) to make arrangements to pick up your order.

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. It is easy to build a compost bin out of repurposed wire and wood. Dispose of food waste in alternating layers of brown and green using yard grass, leaves, and even weeds!

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, and a panel discussion with community leaders serving our neighbors in need. To learn more, visit st-peters.org/homelessness-initiative.

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