This Week’s News

This Sunday

Formation.
Children’s Formation, (email Anna Hurdle for times ahurdle@st-peters.org
Youth Formation, 10:00 a.m., email Lyn Holt lholt@st-peters.org
The Adult Forum, 10:00 a.m., Zoom
Sunday Book Study: American Voices II, 1:00 p.m., Zoom

Worship.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Nave – Register to attend in person.
Holy Eucharist, II, 11:15 a.m.*, Nave – Register to attend in person.
*Note: The 11:15 a.m. service is also livestreamed from our website

Fellowship.
Virtual Coffee Hour, just after the 11:15 a.m. livestream, Zoom

Join us for the Third Sunday of Easter, April 18. Now that we are able to worship in person again, we have updated our Sunday schedule to support as many people as possible. While pre-registration is currently required, we believe we have enough seats to welcome all those who feel in-person worship is right for them at this time. Services of the Holy Eucharist, Rite II are at 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., with the 11:15 a.m. service also livestreamed from our website, st-peters.org/sunday. A virtual coffee hour takes place on Zoom just after the 11:15 a.m. livestream. On the Day of Pentecost, May 23, we hope to begin offering an in-person service of Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 7:45 a.m.

In Gratitude. To all of you who have kept us together during a year when we had to stay apart, thank you. Your prayers, flexibility, and generosity have proven once again that the church is so much more than just a building. The church is the people of God, coming together however it is possible to answer His call. In the past year the people of St. Peter’s have:

  • Continued to worship together by attending virtual services, gathered to receive communion in safe outdoor spaces that included the church yard and backyards in neighborhoods throughout the region.
  • Participated in bible studies, formation classes, and youth groups.
  • Continued to conduct the work of the church in Zoom committee meetings.
  • Continued to serve the community through partners in ministry, with grants from our endowment supporting vital initiatives like COVID vaccination clinics at The Galilee Center.

If you would like to make a special contribution in gratitude during the season of Eastertide, you can make it in person on Sunday morning, by regular mail, or online at st-peters.org/easter-gratitude. Eastertide contributions will have enormous impact for our broad faith community as we continue to address the effects of the pandemic and return to in-person gathering. Thank you!

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 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 (rbwoodend@gmail.com), with questions.

Learning

The Adult Forum. The Diocese of North Carolina has invited all of us to support Episcopal Relief & Development’s global programs to help children thrive and become all that God dreams for them to be. Josephine Hicks, Vice President for Episcopal Church Programs at Episcopal Relief & Development, will lead a discussion on this transformative work in the Adult Forum on April 18 at 10:00 a.m. in a session called “God’s Love for All Children." Donate online to the campaign to support the work, and note "St. Peter’s Charlotte" in the comments. Join online st-peters.org.

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 18, with more poetry by Robert Frost. The series concludes after three sessions in May reading 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 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 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 (rbwoodend@gmail.com, 704-661-4687) to register or for more information.

Wednesday Afternoon Book Group, 1:00–2:00 p.m. The Book Study began reading A Cross in the Heart of God by Samuel Wells on March 31. 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 is hosting a monthly book club that will feature a book that focuses on a diocesan priority in our journey toward Becoming Beloved Community. April’s book is The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems by Van Jones. The study begins April 16. Register online by joining the Episcopal Diocese of NC Book Club group on Facebook.

Community Life

Parish Retreat to Kanuga: November 12–14, 2021. In 2018 our Parish Retreat was canceled due to a hurricane; in 2020 it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Third time’s the charm! We are excited to announce the 2021 dates for our Parish Retreat to Kanuga Conference Center: November 12-14, 2021. Registration will open in a few months and more information will be forthcoming, but for now, please mark your calendars for this fun-filled family-friendly weekend away to the mountains.

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 eight out of ten Americans shop online? While shopping online does have a smaller carbon footprint than conventional stores, overnight and two day shipping contribute huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. Choose to wait a few extra days for your items to help the environment.

Outreach & Social Justice

Farm Workforce Modernization Act: Call to Action. The U.S. House of Representatives recently 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 des@dkcommunicationsgroup.com. 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.

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