This Week’s News

This Sunday

Morning Prayer, Rite I, 8:00 a.m., Zoom
Children’s Formation, (email Anna Hurdle 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 Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 17 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: We have discontinued the direct livestream from Facebook. 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.

Giving to the Vision: Community, Service, and Love. The 2021 Annual Fund is ongoing, with 229 pledging units (households) committing $806,472 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.

Sunday Book Group with Deje McGavran: American Voices II, 1:00–2:00 p.m. “There’s no place like home.” Do you agree with Dorothy Gale at the conclusion of the Wizard of Oz? As the winter stretches into spring in this year of the pandemic and most of us are still stuck at home, we turn to American writers who address home and homelessness in their fiction and poetry. We will start with Willa Cather’s My Antonia, on January 17, Book I, Introduction and chapters 1–9. We will be introduced to our narrator Jim Burden as he arrives by train from Virginia to his grandparents’ Nebraska prairie farmhouse. On the same train are their Bohemian immigrant neighbors with their daughter, Antonia, destined to move into their sod dugout next door and haunt Jim the rest of his life. In later discussions, we will consider a few poems by Robert Frost, as well as Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood. Join our discussions for any or all of these works on the following Sundays at 1:00 p.m.: January 17 and 31, February 7 and 14, March 7 and 21, April 18, May 2, 16, and 30. For more information, contact Deje McGavran (dhmgavran@gmail.com). Join online st-peters.org/american-voices.

The Journey to Racial Equity. The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina is presenting a creative opportunity to start the new year off by diving deep into the issues of race equity and social justice. The three-part series began on January 11 with a webinar by Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White, and ends on February 9 with a webinar by the Reverend Dr. William Barber speaking about the theology of justice and the effects of racism in our communities. In between the two events is a “21 Day Race Equity Challenge,” with a zoom conversation each week to connect with each other. Visit the Diocesan website for more details. Note: You must register for Irving’s and/or Barber’s session to receive info about registering for the Challenge.

COVID-19 Update. New infections of COVID-19 are continuing to rise in the latest wave of the pandemic. The Mecklenburg County infection rate is now above 15%. Bishop Rodman has suspended outdoor worship gatherings on Sundays. Community without the Commute groups may continue to gather, but all parishioners are encouraged to exercise caution and to follow the guidelines established by the diocese and the CDC. Our virtual Sunday worship schedule will remain unchanged. Stay tuned to the eNews for more information regarding Ash Wednesday observances and opportunities to receive the Holy Eucharist in February.

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. Susan Campbell and will focus on the climate of fear in which we find ourselves. Fear serves a purpose for us—it alerts us to the need to protect ourselves from dangerous situations, and the fight, flee or freeze response has deep evolutionary origins. Chronic fear and anxiety can be debilitating, however, and 2020 served up plenty for us to be anxious about. Join us to learn more about recognizing anxiety gone awry, and ways to support yourself and children well in the year ahead. Join online st-peters.org. Watch previous forums online st-peters.org/forum.

Parent’s Connect Virtual Formation. On Sunday, January 17 at 8:00 p.m. Dr. Susan Campbell and Mother Amanda will lead us in conversation about how to help our children, and ourselves, to cope with change and uncertainty. This conversation is a follow-up to Dr. Campbell’s Sunday morning Adult Forum, in which she leads a discussion on recognizing anxiety gone awry, and ways to support ourselves and children well in the year ahead. Join online at st-peters.org.

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! 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.

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 Hanneman (pahcnc1949@gmail.com). Learn more about future courses online st-peters.org.

Community Life

COVID-19 Vaccines are Available to Mecklenburg County Residents 75 and older. Mecklenburg residents who are 75+ can begin receiving vaccinations at Bojangles Coliseum this week. Walk-in appointments are not available. 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 four 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

Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge. Nearly 400 persons participated in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina’s engaging presentation by Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White. Those who did will receive a link this week to also participate in the Diocese’s Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge which begins on January 17. If you missed it but would like to receive the benefits of learning from the resources offered, there is another upcoming opportunity sponsored by the United Way of the Central Carolinas. Their Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge is being broadly promoted throughout Charlotte to residents to come together to discuss social justice and racial equity. The three-week virtual challenge, expected to engage thousands, begins on Monday, January 18 in honor of the slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King. There is no cost to participate but you must sign up. Learn more and register online uwccequitychallenge.org.

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 $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 (des@dkcommunicationsgroup.com) to get involved in the campaign at St. Peter’s.

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