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

Join us for the First Sunday in Advent, November 29 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. Beginning this Sunday, you can watch the livestream directly from our website without having to visit YouTube or Facebook (although we’ll be there, too).

Vestry Nomination Deadline Extended. Nominations for the 2021 Vestry election will be accepted through Friday, November 27. Please consider nominating a candidate online st-peters.org/nominations.

Giving to the Vision: Community, Service, and Love. The 2021 Annual Fund is underway, with 189 pledging units (households) committing $692,601 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.

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

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

Waiting Well: A Writing Workshop. Lauren Graeber will lead another writing workshop through the Center for Prayer and Spirituality at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, beginning on November 29. This series will focus on “waiting with intention,” asking us to pay close attention to where Divine Love might show up for us as we move through our days. You may join live or Lauren will send you pre-recorded sessions to complete individually. The suggested cost is $10/session for the live format, and $5/session for the pre-recorded, but pay what you can — no one will be turned away. For more information visit st-peters.org. Register online

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 group meets every other Sunday at 1:00 p.m. on 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. There will not be bible study the week of Thanksgiving. 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

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!

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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.