This Week’s News

Morning Prayer, Rite I, 8:00 a.m., Zoom
Children’s Formation, email Anna Hurdle for times ahurdle@st-peters.org
Parish Gathering, 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 Reserve Sacrament, 12:30 p.m., Churchyard
Sunday Book Group: American Voices, 1:00 p.m., Zoom
Compline, 7:00 p.m., Zoom

Join us for the Second Sunday in Advent, December 6 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.

Giving to the Vision: Community, Service, and Love. The 2021 Annual Fund is ongoing, with 190 pledging units (households) committing $708,201 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.

Communion from the Reserved Sacrament. On Sunday, December 6, the clergy will offer Communion from the Reserved Sacrament in the churchyard, 12:30–1:30 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.

A Parish Gathering. 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 an update on the parish finances. We will also offer thanks for the service of the Vestry Class of 2020, Marcus Clarke, Ellison Clary, Mike Hoffman, and Mary Lynn Sepkowitz.

Annual Meeting to take place in 2021. Our Parish Annual Meeting has 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. As announced a few weeks ago, the Vestry planned to conduct a poll of the congregation’s preferences from among a slate of nominees and to abide by that poll in their appointment of a new vestry class.

Introducing the Vestry Class of 2023. The Vestry nominating committee recruited many individuals and invited them to consider serving as the class of 2023. Four wonderful candidates, each of whom brings unique talents and perspectives, emerged from the nominating process to fill the outgoing seats of Marcus Clarke, Ellison Clary, Mike Hoffman, and Mary Lynn Sepkowitz. These are difficult times and we are thankful that four parishioners have stepped up to serve St Peter’s. Because four nominees is sufficient for filling the vacant Vestry positions, the planned poll is no longer needed. Please join us in congratulating these four outstanding new Vestry members: Natalie Glover, Mary Gotschall, Katie Nelson, and Matt Sharp. They will be officially appointed at the regularly scheduled Vestry meeting in mid-December. More information about the new Vestry class can be found at st-peters.org/vestry-nominees.

St. Luke’s Guild: Chronic Care Support Group. The St. Luke’s Guild will meet in a virtual format Friday, December 4, 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/st-lukes-guild.

Worship and Music

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.

Advent Lessons and Carols Join us Sunday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m. for a service of Lessons and Carols featuring members of the St. Peter’s Choir. This year’s service will be livestreamed and will feature choral anthems by Ord, Archer, Rheinberger, and Distler, as well as congregational hymns and organ music. We hope you will plan to make this special service a part of your celebration of the Advent season.

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

Rite 13 Parent Meeting. Parents of youth in the Rite 13 program (6th & 7th graders) are encouraged to attend our parents meeting via Zoom on December 13, at 1:30 p.m. Parents will learn about the Journey 2 Adulthood (J2A) curriculum & our youth program. Parents will also have the opportunity to hear from the Rite 13 youth leaders. To RSVP contact Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Formation ((lholt@st-peters.org)[mailto:lholt@st-peters.org],704-763-3564).

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.

Waiting Well: A Writing Workshop. Lauren Graeber is leading another writing workshop through the Center for Prayer and Spirituality at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, which began 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

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

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. Join millions around the world who observe Meatless Mondays. This practice uses 14% less meat. In a year save 1,915 pounds of CO2.

Outreach and Social Justice

White Beard Project Advent Tree. Every year, St. Peter’s stuff kits for our formerly homeless neighbors in Supportive Housing Communities with toiletry items. This year the need is greater than ever and our parish goal is to provide 95 of the 160 kits needed. Since we cannot gather in the church to drop off items, and stuff the kits, we are asking parishioners to drop completed kits off at the church (coordinate with Leigh Dixon for drop off, ldixon@st-peters.org), or sign up for a contactless pickup on December 12. Each kit should have full-size toiletries in a gallon zip lock bag. To sign up to help, and to view the items needed in each kit, register online. You may also make a gift to help with the project (st-peters.org/whitebeard). For more information, and to volunteer to help with project logistics, contact Christa Lineberger (christa.lineberger@gmail.com).

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