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

Join us for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, December 20 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.

Christmas Eve Services We are excited to offer both in-person and online worship services on Christmas Eve. More information online at st-peters.org.

Some Clergy-Staff Emails Have Been Impersonated. Recently an online scammer impersonated members of the clergy and parish staff in an attempt to steal gift cards. Staff members will only communicate with you using their official @st-peters.org email addresses. Clergy and staff will never ask for money or gift cards by email. Please be wary if you see a message that appears to be from the church, but uses another address.

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, including guest instrumentalists, the deadline to print acknowledgements is noon on Monday, December 21. You may donate online or mail donations with acknowledgements to Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org).

Giving to the Vision: Community, Service, and Love. The 2021 Annual Fund is ongoing, with 215 pledging units (households) committing $773,271 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. Join us on Sunday, December 20 at 9:00 a.m. by Zoom for an Advent forum on the Blessed Virgin Mary, Part II. Father Jacob will pick up where Mother Amanda left off, inviting participants into a deep dive of the Magnificat (Song of Mary), and ways that Episcopalians can pay special devotion to the Mother of our Lord as we prepare to celebrate his birth. In observance of the Christmas holiday, the Sunday forum will resume on January 10.

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. This is a Disciple Bible Study Book and can be purchased 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 will read and discuss “The Great Emergence, How Christianity is Changing and Why” by Phyllis Tickle. The first class is Wednesday January 6. Contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com) for further details.

Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7:00–8:00 p.m. This study will take a two week break, resuming on January 6 with a study of the book of Isaiah. We hope you will join us! 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. Did you know the average household electric drill is used no more than thirteen minutes in its lifetime? Think before you buy!

Outreach and Social Justice

Habitat for Humanity Call to Action. Habitat for Humanity is lobbying the state legislature for foreclosure relief as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. To support that effort, Habitat has developed a simple seven question survey to help bolster their argument. Habitat needs more completed surveys and has asked that we participate and share it with others in our communities. Complete it online at habitatcltregion.org.

Roof Above Supportive Housing. When Randall Hitt, Community Engagement Officer from Roof Above visited with the congregation during our November 30 Zoom forum, he recommended that parishioners stay current on what is happening locally regarding issues of affordable housing and homelessness in order to have a better sense of when and how we can further engage. Recently, Room Above purchased a hotel and is renovating it to provide 88 units of permanent housing for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Learn more online at wbtv.com.

About the eNews

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.