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

Join us for the First Sunday in Lent, February 21 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.

Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday. This Sunday, the Bishop of Indianapolis, the Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows will offer the sermon in support of Episcopal Relief and Development. All virtual non-pledge offerings this Sunday will be given in support of Episcopal Relief and Development.

Racial Equity Virtual Town Hall, February 23. Registration for United Way of Central Carolina’s Racial Equity VirtualTown Hall is still open. This four-hour workshop will feature dozens of speakers, panelists, and breakout sessions on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The keynote speaker is Dr. Eddie Moore, creator of the Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge, which this program is a part of. An agenda will be sent by email once registered. Register online hopin.com/events/uwcctownhall.

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.

Interim Guidance for the Use of Monoclonal Antibodies for Treatment of COVID-19. Based on new information from area healthcare providers, anyone with mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 over the age of 65 should take advantage of monoclonal antibody treatment within 10 days after symptoms start. If you test positive, even if you have no symptoms, you should seek this treatment as soon as possible. The treatment has shown effectiveness in reducing severe symptoms and the chance of being hospitalized by 70%. Contact Infectious Disease physician Dr. Christopher Polk (704-331-9669) for more information. Learn more online at st-peters.org.

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability.
Mecklenburg residents who are 65+, and parts of NC group 3, have begun receiving vaccinations through the Mecklenburg County Department of Public Health and area healthcare providers. 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. Our Forum Lenten Series begins this Sunday. For the next five weeks (February 21–March 21), we will be looking at the prophets and how their prophetic voices were incorporated into our gospels. This week will be a general overview of prophetic voices before we move into specific gospels over the next few weeks. 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 28, we will continue with Willa Cather’s My Antonia. 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 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. Note: 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. Do you use disposable masks? Be sure to cut the ear loops once you are ready to throw them away. The loops can get stuck around wildlife. Or, you can easily wash disposable masks to reuse them, just hand wash with detergent and let them air dry!

Outreach & Social Justice

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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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.