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
Communion from the Reserved Sacrament, 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Churchyard
Compline, 7:00 p.m., Zoom

Join us for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 7 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.

Communion from the Reserved Sacrament this Sunday. On Sunday, February 7, the clergy will offer Communion from the Reserved Sacrament in the churchyard, 12:30–1:30 p.m. After viewing the livestream Holy Eucharist, simply come to the churchyard wearing your mask, maintain distance from others, and receive the sacrament (bread only) in your hand. Parking garage follow-up tickets will be available. In the event of rain, Communion will be offered under the 7th Street tower. Those at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, those who have recently traveled, or those who are not feeling well should not come to the church. Exercise your best judgment and know that we will do all in our power to provide Communion in a safe, sanitary, and holy manner.

Sung Compline. Join us for Compline this Sunday at 7:00 p.m., led by the St. Peter’s Choir. This service will be offered online through our website. Compline will begin with an extended organ prelude performed by Assistant Organist and Choirmaster Garrett John Law. The link to view the prelude and service, as well as a leaflet, will be available on the website shortly before 7:00 p.m. All participants will be asked to remain muted on the call, but you are welcome to join in for any part of the service from your home.

The Journey to Racial Equity. The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina’s three-part series ends on February 9 at 7:00 p.m. with a webinar by the Reverend Dr. William Barber, President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, speaking about the theology of justice and the effects of racism in our communities. We are unsure of when a recording of the event will be available, so please plan to attend live. Register online at episdionc.org.

St. Luke’s Guild: Chronic Care Support Group. The St. Luke’s Guild will meet in a virtual format Friday, February 5, 11:00 a.m. Father Keith Lane and parishioner Dan Busch, LCSW (retired), facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and those who are caregivers of family and friends. To learn more, contact the Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest (klane@st-peters.org, 917-679-7285). Join online st-peters.org/st-lukes-guild.

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 at 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.

Ash Wednesday at St. Peter’s. On Wednesday, February 17, the clergy will offer “ashes to-go” and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament in the churchyard at the following times: 8:00–9:00 a.m., 12:00–1:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Due to the risk of COVID-19, the bishop’s guidelines will not allow the imposition of ashes. Instead, we will offer containers of ashes and a prayer card with directions for the imposition of ashes at home. Parking garage follow-up tickets will be available. In the event of rain, Communion will be offered under the 7th Street tower. Those at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, those who have recently traveled, or those who are not feeling well should not come to the church. A livestream Holy Eucharist in observance of Ash Wednesday will take place at 7:00 p.m.

The Feast of Absalom Jones. The Feast of Absalom Jones will be observed online Saturday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. The service, featuring voices from across the Diocese, will be followed by a digital luncheon, during which attendees will hear the stories of four historically Black churches and learn about the Union of Black Episcopalians. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Register online at episdionc.org.

Learning

The Adult Forum, Sunday, 9:00 a.m. February 7 and February 14 we will continue to feature several of our community partners. This week’s Adult Forum will focus on Crisis Assistance Ministry. As the community’s entry point for emergency financial assistance to prevent homelessness, Crisis Assistance Ministry’s customer-centric service to stop evictions and utility disconnections has been stretched to new limits since the COVID-19 pandemic. Come and learn how Crisis Assistance Ministry is overcoming these obstacles to deliver essential services during the pandemic. Join online at st-peters.org. Watch previous forums online at st-peters.org/forum.

Sunday Book Study: American Voices II, At Home with Willa Cather, Robert Frost, and Flannery O’Connor. 1:00–2:00 p.m. At Home with Willa Cather, Robert Frost and Flannery O’Connor. On February 14, we will continue with My Antonia by reading Book II, Chapters 1-12. 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: February 14 and 28, March 14, April 11 and 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. February’s book is The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, by Jamar Tisby. The first meeting will be held on February 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, February 6. Throughout the day, 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 at eventbrite.com.

Update Your Realm Profile. Realm is our parish’s online directory and database that is essential in keeping you connected to the life of St. Peter’s. As we start a new year please take the time to update your contact information and profile picture in Realm by April 15, so we may continue to keep you connected to our community. If you are new to the parish, please register for a profile and complete it with as much information as possible. Realm has an app for both iOS and Android or may be accessed online onrealm.org. To register for an account, or for more information, contact Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-pters.org, 704-749-6142) or Michael Talbert (mtalbert@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

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 energy conservation is one of the most important, and easiest, ways to reduce your carbon footprint? It will save you some money, too! Make sure to turn off those lights and unplug unused appliances.

Outreach & Social Justice

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.

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.