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 Study: American Voices II, 1:00 p.m., Zoom

Join us for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, January 31 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.

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.

It’s Not Too Late to Make Your 2021 Pledge. The 2021 Annual Fund is ongoing, with 232 pledging units (households) committing $814,072 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 Updates and Vaccination Information

COVID-19 Update. New infections of COVID-19 remain challenging in the latest wave of the pandemic. 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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability.
Mecklenburg residents who are 65+ have begun receiving vaccinations at Bojangles Coliseum through the Mecklenburg County Department of Public Health. 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.

Novant Health has opened pre-registration for COVID-19 vaccinations to help alert patients when it is their turn to be vaccinated and to schedule their appointments. Pre-register online novanthealth.org

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. A link for each of these services is on our home page 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. On January 31, February 7, and February 14 we will feature several of our community partners. This week’s Adult Forum will focus on Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte which works in partnership with Charlotte area Episcopal parishes. St. Peter’s has given multiple gifts to Galilee Ministries in support of their work. Join us at our Adult Forum on January 31 at 9:00 a.m. to hear from Toni Hagerman, Executive Director of Galilee Ministries. She will share the exciting story of how St. Peter’s gifts are being used to help build the Beloved Community in Charlotte. Join online at st-peters.org. Watch previous forums online at st-peters.org/forum.

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 was held on January 15. Register online by joining the Episcopal Diocese of NC Book Club group on Facebook.

Community Life

Virtual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, February 16, 6:00 p.m. You are invited to a virtual pancake supper as we prepare for the Lenten season. Susan Dosier, former executive food editor at Southern Living Magazine and author of several cookbooks, will guide us through making her favorite pancake recipe. A Zoom link and recipe will be shared ahead of the event. For more information, contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org).

An Artists’ Day of Healing. Throughout the day on February 6 artists from the Charlotte area will host free virtual arts-based healing centered workshops. You may register for as many workshops as you would like. At 7:00 p.m. that evening there will be a vigil to mark all of the loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. The vigil will feature spoken-word, music, and storytelling performances from local artists. St. Peter’s is a co-sponsor of the event and registration is required. Register online eventbrite.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 four 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 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 using a reusable canvas grocery bag can save around 500 plastic bags each year? Always remember your bags on the way to the store!

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 encourage 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 at 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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