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
Evensong, 5:00 p.m., Zoom
Parents Connect Formation, 8:00 p.m., Zoom

Join us for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, January 24 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.

Evensong this Sunday. Please join us via Zoom for Evensong at 5:00 p.m., led by The Choir School’s MasterSingers. The link for joining the call and 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.

It’s Not Too Late to Make Your 2021 Pledge. The 2021 Annual Fund is ongoing, with 230 pledging units (households) committing $807,072 towards our $1,000,000 goal. Each pledge (giving estimate) 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.

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. Links for each of these services is on our home page and under the menu, “Worship and Music | The Daily Office via Zoom.”

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 Susan Campbell, PhD, John W. Hall, PhD, ABPP, and Jan Keny, LCMHC-s who will share helpful areas to consider and less helpful areas to avoid as we continue to move through this stressful time. Although absolutely not a therapy session, it is the hope that all participants will leave with action-items to consider implementing based on the wisdom in the virtual room. Join online st-peters.org. Watch previous forums online at st-peters.org/forum.

Parent’s Connect Virtual Gathering On Sunday, January 24 at 8:00 p.m. Dr. Susan Campell 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. You may watch Dr. Campbell’s forum on YouTube. Join the Parents Connect discussion online st-peters.org.

Sunday Book Study: American Voices II, At Home with Willa Cather, Robert Frost, and Flannery O’Connor. 1:00–2:00 p.m. On January 31, we will continue with My Antonia by finishing Book I, chapters 10-19. In later discussions, we will consider a few poems by Robert Frost, and Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood. Join our discussions for any or all of these works on the following Sundays at 1:00 PM: January 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.

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.

Community Life

COVID-19 Vaccines Available to Senior Mecklenburg County Residents. Mecklenburg residents who are 75+ have begun receiving vaccinations at Bojangles Coliseum. Walk-in appointments are not available. Residents can register by calling 980-314-9400 and selecting option 3 or online booknow.appointment-plus.com. Atrium Health has made vaccines available to anyone 65+ at both drive-through and walk-in locations. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 704-468-8888. Learn more online atriumhealth.org.

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. On Sunday, January 17, the clergy and staff began using the updated parish prayer list, which includes 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, in December, the Federal Reserve (the central bank of the United States) officially joined the Network of Central Banks and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System? The Network is a group of central banks and regulators figuring out how to account for environmental and climate risk in the financial sector.

Outreach & Social Justice

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 sign up for Irving’s and/or Barber’s session to receive info about registering for the Challenge.

Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge. The United Way is offering a Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge that 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, began 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.

About the eNews

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