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
Lessons & Carols, 5:00 p.m., Zoom

Join us for the Third Sunday in Advent, December 13 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.

Advent Lessons and Carols. Join us this 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.

Christmas Honoraria and Memorials Benefit Church Decorations and Special Music. If you would like to honor or memorialize loved ones by offering a donation for Christmas greenery, decorations, or special music, please contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon or donate online.

Giving to the Vision: Community, Service, and Love. The 2021 Annual Fund is ongoing, with 204 pledging units (households) committing $756,791 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.

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

The Adult Forum, Sunday, 9:00 a.m. The legends around Mary, the mother of Jesus, abound! This forum will examine what we know about Mary from the Bible, and where some of the extra-Biblical traditions originated. Come take a new look at the most important woman who ever lived.

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, 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 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 begin “Invitation to Psalms” by Michael Jinkins on January 4 at 6:30 to 8:00. This is a Disciple Bible Study Book and can be purchased from Amazon. All are welcome. 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 will read and discuss “The Great Emergence, How Christianity is Changing and Why” by Phyllis Tickle. The first class is Wednesday January 6 at 1:00 to 2:00. All are welcome. 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, or sign up for a contactless pickup on December 12. Contact Leigh Dixon(ldixon@st-peters.org) to coordinate drop off at the church. 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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