This Week’s News

This Sunday

Worship.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church
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

Formation.
Sunday Book Study: American Voices II, 1:00 p.m., Zoom

Join us for The First Sunday after Pentecost, May 30. Pre-registration is no longer required to attend in-person worship at St. Peter’s. Capacity limits are no longer in place, but our safety protocols at each service allow us to welcome all those who feel that in-person worship is safe for them at this time. Some COVID-19 protocols, including mask-wearing, remain in effect. You will be asked to sign in by providing your name to the vestry member staffing the welcome table. Sign-ins allow us to keep track of the number of worshippers in the Nave and to keep a roster in the event that contact tracing is needed later. Socially distanced seating is available in the chapel and on the pulpit side of the Nave. If you wish to worship in person, please come and wear your mask!

Services of the Holy Eucharist are at 7:45 a.m. (Rite I), 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. (Both Rite II), with the 11:15 a.m. service also livestreamed from our website, st-peters.org/sunday. Coffee Hour resumes in the Fall.

Vaccine Information. Covid-19 vaccines are more widely available than ever, yet clinics are increasingly empty, appointments are going unbooked, and more and more doses are going unused as many are hesitant to get vaccinated. The reasons are many: concern over safety, questions about side effects and the belief it’s just not necessary. The Reverend Maureen Flak and Dr. Joseph Graves of the diocesan Task Force on Vaccine Education address these concerns in the hope it will encourage all those who have not yet gotten vaccinated will make the decision to do so. Learn more online: episdionc.org, In Support of Vaccines, Vaccine Information, You have a spot, take your shot.

Reopening Our Doors: Weekday Offerings. Beginning Tuesday, June 1, the doors of St. Peter’s will reopen Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m for private prayer. Beginning June 2, a midweek Holy Eucharist will be offered in the Chapel on Wednesdays at Noon. For now, Daily Morning and Evening Prayer will remain on Zoom, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. with no Evening Prayer on Fridays. On Monday, May 31, St. Peter’s will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

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

Sunday Book Group: 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 concludes on May 30, with chapters 10–14 of Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor. Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) for more information.

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 is reading A Cross in the Heart of God by Samuel Wells. Contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com) for further details.

Lectio Divina Adult Formation from Episcopal Relief & Development. Episcopal Relief & Development have released a resource to help individuals and congregations learn about Lectio Divina, or “sacred reading.” Each reflection contains a short video that provides an opportunity to connect to program partners who work with Episcopal Relief & Development across the globe. These partners share their personal reflections for each Scripture reading from the context of their life and work. New meditations will be added regularly. Learn more online episcopalrelief.org.

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

Social Justice Assuring Democracy Forum Follow-Up. On May 2, Jim Dudley, joined guest speaker Harry Taylor to discuss gerrymandering and voter suppression during The Adult Forum. To provide more clarity on these issues, Jim has followed up with a power point presentation entitled What Can We Do to Strengthen Voters Rights in North Carolina? Access the powerpoint online st-peters.org/social-justice.

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