This Sunday: Easter Day
Holy Week and Easter.
Our full Holy Week and Easter schedule provides many opportunities to gather, both in person and virtually.
Communion from the Reserved Sacrament in the Churchyard and private prayer in the Church, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist (livestream) with Bishop Diocesan, the Right Reverend Sam Rodman, preaching, 7:00 p.m.
Solemn Good Friday liturgy (livestream), 12:00 p.m.
Self-guided Stations of the Cross in the Church, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Great Vigil of Easter
The Easter Vigil Holy Eucharist for pre-registered worshippers and livestream, 8:00 p.m. (75 person capacity)
The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day
Holy Eucharist (livestream), 11:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist for pre-registered worshippers, 9:00 a.m. (75 person capacity), 1:00 p.m. (50 person capacity), 3:00 p.m. (50 person capacity), and 5:00 p.m. (25 person capacity).
Safety Information and Further Details. For those interested in attending in-person worship, there are a few important points to keep in mind. Based on CDC guidance, those at high risk of severe illness who have not yet been vaccinated should consider carefully if attending indoor worship is right for them at this time. Those who choose to attend will be required to wear a mask at all times. (Children under the age of two are not required to mask.) Extra masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Social distancing between households will be enforced throughout the parish facilities. We will follow Diocesan and CDC protocols, ensuring a safe worship experience for all, regardless of vaccination status. At this time we are unable to provide childcare for our in-person worship offerings, but please know that parishioners of every age are welcome to attend. All of our liturgical observances will continue to be livestreamed.
Flowering of the Easter Cross. On Easter Day, come and be part of the Flowering of the Cross, an ancient and meaningful tradition we are rediscovering at St. Peter’s. We invite you and your family to visit and help flower the cross on the church lawn, whether or not you are attending an in-person service. Purchase or pick fresh flowers and greenery from your yard to place on the barren cross. The cross will be ready to decorate starting at 8:00 a.m., but folks may drop by at any time throughout the day. Make this part of your Easter celebration.
Worship and Music
New Sunday Schedule. Beginning Sunday, April 18, we will begin a new Sunday schedule to allow for more in-person worship opportunities and to eliminate time conflicts with Sunday formation. On the Third Sunday of Easter, in-person worship for pre-registered attendees will be offered at 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. with formation for all ages at 10:00 a.m. by Zoom. The Holy Eucharist at 11:15 a.m. will be both livestreamed and in-person. On the Day of Pentecost, May 23, we hope to add an in-person service of Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 7:45 a.m..
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 Online.”
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 (email@example.com), with questions.
The Sunday Forum resumes on the Second Sunday of Easter, April 11.
Sunday Book Study: American Voices II, At Home with Willa Cather, Robert Frost, and Flannery O’Connor. 1:00–2:00 p.m. The Spring Book Study, American Voices, continues with its theme of home and homelessness on April 11, with two poems by Robert Frost: “Mending Wall,” and “The Death of the Hired Man.” We will meet again one week later on April 18 with more poems by Frost. The series will end in May with Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood. Join our discussions for any or all of these works on the following Sundays at 1:00 p.m.: April 11 and 18, May 2, 16, and 30. For more information, contact Deje McGavran (firstname.lastname@example.org). Join online st-peters.org/american-voices.
Monday Night Bible Study with Ruth Woodend, 6:30–8:00 p.m. This course is a 12-week study of the prophets, a chronological study which begins with Noah and continues through the Old Testament. The study guide is a Disciple Study. There is weekly preparation. Contact Ruth Woodend (email@example.com, 704-661-4687) to register or for more information.
Wednesday Afternoon Book Group, 1:00–2:00 p.m. The Book Study will begin reading A Cross in the Heart of God by Samuel Wells on March 31. Contact Ruth Woodend (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) to find out which chapters will be covered.
Upcoming Writing Workshop. Writing takes us down a two-fold path: the inward journey of listening for what’s trying to come through us, and the outward journey into community with its experience of being heard. Starting the week of April 11, St. Peter’s will offer a spring workshop that honors both paths, designed for people who are interested in cultivating writing as a spiritual practice.
The writing practice we will explore during the 4-session program was pioneered by Natalie Goldberg (author of Writing Down the Bones) and will be facilitated by Ginny Brien. Registration for the workshop is required by April 4. For more information contact Ginny Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org). Learn more online at st-peters.org.
Diocesan Book Club. The diocese is hosting a monthly book club that will feature a book that focuses on a diocesan priority in our journey toward Becoming Beloved Community. March’s book is Wearing God by the Reverend Dr. Lauren Winner (the study began on March 15). Register online by joining the Episcopal Diocese of NC Book Club group on Facebook.
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. Now is a good time to take a moment to update your contact information and profile picture in Realm. We are urging everyone to make these updates by April 15, so we may continue to keep you connected to our community. If you are new to the parish, 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 (email@example.com,704-749-6142) or Michael Talbert (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mother Amanda (email@example.com). 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 40% of the food produced in the United States never gets eaten, yet many Americans, one in eight, don’t have a steady supply of food? Make sure you are buying only the food you need!
Outreach & Social Justice
Farm Workforce Modernization Act: Call to Action. Last Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives passed two vital pieces of legislation. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act would grant legal status to hundreds of thousands of farmworkers living in the U.S. without authorization. Additionally, the American Dream and Promise Act would allow more than 2.3 million “Dreamers,” or unauthorized immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors, to gain permanent legal status and eventually, U.S. citizenship. While both bills received bipartisan House support, it would help passage if residents of N.C. would call or email our two senators, Senator Thom Tillis (202-224-6342) and Senator Richard Burr (202-224-3154) in support of passage of these two bills.
1000 Days of Love Extended. Bishops Sam Rodman and Anne Hodges-Copple have extended the 1000 Days of Love Campaign through the Easter season. Each church has been given a fundraising goal based on $15 per member of the congregation. St. Peter’s goal is $4,890. We will also participate in a friendly competition to see which convocation can exceed their collective goal by the greatest percentage, winning $2,500 for the charity of their choice. Please consider donating to 1000 Days of Love through the diocesan website (episdionc.org), being sure to enter St. Peter’s, Charlotte as your church so that your contribution will be counted toward our goal. Because tracking from multiple donation sources can be difficult (especially if people don’t enter their church’s information) the diocese has asked those who have donated to “self report” to a designated contact person in their congregation. St. Peter’s representative is Des Keller firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have previously donated to the 1000 Days of Love campaign (including Gifts for Life), email Des to let him know your name and how much you have contributed.
Online Series, The Journey to Racial Equity. A final webinar on April 13 at 7:00 p.m., led by Bishop William Barber II, explores the theology of justice and the effects of racism in our communities. Learn more and register online episdionc.org.
Lenten Prayer with Episcopal Relief and Development. Episcopal Relief and Development have invited all of us to pray and support those living in need throughout the Lenten season. 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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