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
Evensong, 5:00 p.m., Zoom

Join us for the First Sunday After The Epiphany, January 10 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. Note: If you have been watching the livestream directly from Facebook, we are discontinuing that option beginning this week. Instead, there is a Facebook Online Event which will direct you to a webpage for joining the livestream and downloading the leaflet. No logon is required.

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.

Giving to the Vision: Community, Service, and Love. The 2021 Annual Fund is ongoing, with 225 pledging units (households) committing $801,555 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.

Commissioning the 2021 Vestry this Sunday. The Vestry will gather virtually for their annual retreat on Saturday, January 9, at which time they will select ministry areas for the coming year. Join us on Sunday for the 10:30 a.m. livestream Holy Eucharist as we commission the 2021 Vestry: Chase Branham, John Buric, Erin Chantry, Tony Craghead, Chris Cudabac, Natalie Glover, Mary Gotschall, Vera Greene, Harris Holt, Patricia Massey Hoke, Katie Nelson, and Matt Sharp have been called to the ministry of Vestry. Additionally, the following individuals have been elected to leadership within the Vestry: Patricia Massey Hoke, Senior Warden; Chase Branham, Junior Warden; Tony Craghead, Clerk; and Dave Lavoie, Treasurer (non-vestry).

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. This week’s Adult Forum will be led by Dr. John Hall and focus on a broad model of wellness called “Whole Health,” championed by the largest healthcare organization in the nation, the Veterans Administration. By considering various areas in which we can maintain some control and learning to let go of those that we can’t control, we can move from worrying about “what’s the matter with us” into a more adaptive “what matters to us” approach. Join online st-peters.org.

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 will resume at 1:00 p.m. on January 17, 2021. 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. This group is reading “Invitation to Psalms” by Michael Jinkins on Monday nights. 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. Contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com) for further details.

Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7:00–8:00 p.m. Mother Amanda leads a study of the book of Isaiah. We hope you will join us, online at 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.

Diocesan Book Club. The diocese will be hosting a monthly book club that will feature a book that focuses on a diocesan priority in our journey toward Becoming Beloved Community. January’s book is Love is the Way by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. The first meeting will be on January 15. Register online by joining the Episcopal Diocese of NC Book Club group on facebook.

Enneagram Workshops. The Reverend Paul Hanneman is offering several Enneagram workshops in 2021. The first is an eight-week examination of the enneagram and the superego, beginning on January 18. Tuition is $150 and there is a twenty person limit. For more information, contact Paul (pahcnc1949@gmail.com). Learn more about future courses online st-peters.org.

Community Life

COVID-19 Vaccines Available to Mecklenburg County Residents 75 and older. Mecklenburg residents, Those who are 75+ can begin receiving vaccinations at Bojangles Coliseum this week. Walk-in appointments are not available. As of Wednesday at 8:00 a.m., residents can register by calling 980-314-9400 and selecting option 3 or online booknow.appointment-plus.com.

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.

Prayer List Refresh. Beginning Sunday, January 17, the clergy and staff will “refresh” the parish prayer list to include only individuals added within the last month. If you or a loved one wish to remain on the prayer list longer than 4 weeks, please contact Clergy Assistant, Michael Talbert (mtalbert@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

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 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 that over the past decade the cost of solar panels has fallen over 89%? This makes them the “cheapest source of energy” according to the International Energy Agency.

Outreach & Social Justice

One Thousand Days of Love. The Episcopal Relief & Development campaign continues to expand the work of transforming the lives of children and their communities around the world. For a mere $15, the cost of a package to nurture and nourish the earliest learners in Episcopal Relief & Development’s Gifts For Life catalog, each of us can help transform the life of a child. Together, we at St. Peter’s can transform the lives of hundreds of children and their communities – and that number can reach over 13,000 if we reach our diocesan goal of $198,000. Learn more about Episcopal Relief & Development’s work with children at www.episcopalrelief.org. Contact Des Keller to get involved in the campaign at St. Peter’s. (des@dkcommunicationsgroup.com)

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