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
Evensong, 5:00 p.m., Zoom

Join us for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, February 14 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. In addition to finding Sunday’s information on the homepage, you can also join from a Facebook Online Event. 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 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.

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. In addition to the Diocesan observance, St. Peter’s will mark Sunday, February 14 as a special day to honor Blessed Absalom Jones and the contributions of Black Episcopalians. Learn more about Blessed Absalom Jones and the Absalom Jones Fund Campaign to assist Episcopal Historically Black Colleges and Universities at.

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).

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.

COVID-19 Updates and Vaccination Information

COVID-19 Update. New infections of COVID-19 remain remain high 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.

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 at 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. February 14 we will continue to feature several of our community partners. This week’s Adult Forum will focus on Loaves & Fishes. The feeding of thousands happens every day at Loaves & Fishes but what happens when a pandemic shuts down your pantries, food drives, volunteers and the supply chain just as the need for your services triples? As Tina Postel, Executive Director of Loaves & Fishes explains, it takes a miracle. 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. On February 14, we will continue with Willa Cather’s 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. There will be no Bible Study on Ash Wednesday. 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

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-peters.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

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.

Lenten Prayer with Episcopal Relief and Development Episcopal Relief and Development has invited all of us to join together on Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday (February 21, 2021), and throughout the Lenten season, to pray and support those living in need. You may meditate on daily reflections with the Four Steps of Lament by resting , reflecting, repenting and ultimately being restored to God and to one another. Subscribe for daily emails or download a pdf.

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