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., Church
Holy Eucharist, II, 11:15 a.m.*, Church
*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

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.

Assuring Democracy Adult Forum. Join the Social Justice Team for the Sunday Forum on May 2, focused on gerrymandering and voter suppression. Our special guests will be Harry Taylor, a Redistricting Reform Action Team Leader for Charlotte-Mecklenburg League of Women Voters, and Dr. James Dudley, Professor Emeritus at UNC-Charlotte, who will discuss his work on democracy and voting. Join online st-peters.org.

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

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.

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, 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.

Outreach & Social Justice

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. 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.

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