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

Join us for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 16. Pre-registration is no longer required to attend in-person worship at St. Peter’s. Our capacity limits of 75 worshippers per service allow us to welcome all those who feel that in-person worship is safe for them at this time. 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. If you wish to worship in person, please come and wear your mask!

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.

Eco-Justice Forum: Kiss the Ground, May 16 and 22. This Sunday, join the Eco-Justice team for a dynamic discussion about the impact Regenerative Farming can have on greenhouse gas emissions. Following the forum on May 16, come on a field trip to Charlotte Regional Farmers Market (1801 Yorkmount Rd., Building A) on May 22 at 9:00 a.m. to hear Jamie Davis from A Way of Life Farm share how he runs his own regenerative farm. We also have the opportunity to order food from Jamie’s farm to be delivered to Roof Above, checks may be mailed to Parish Offices.Contact Nancy Duncan (nancylwd@gmail.com) for more information and to register.

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!

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 Rev. 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.

Worship and Music

Changes to Worship on the Day of Pentecost. On the Day of Pentecost, Sunday, May 23, three services of Holy Eucharist will be offered: 7:45 a.m. Rite I, 9:00 a.m. Rite II, and 11:15 a.m. Rite II. New diocesan guidelines for worship now allow for masked-singing indoors. While we believe the diocesan protocols are safe, singing may increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission even while masked. While the risk is still low, individuals should consider their vaccination status and weigh their own risks before deciding if participating in a sung service is right for them at this time. To allow for a variety of comfort levels, music and singing at our Sunday services will be as follows: 7:45 a.m., spoken; 9:00 a.m., organ & hymns; 11:15 a.m., sung Holy Eucharist with a small choir, livestreamed from our website.

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.”

Reopening Our Doors: Weekday Offerings. Beginning Tuesday, June 1, the doors of St. Peter’s will reopen Monday–Friday, 8:00 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.

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 continues with its theme of Home and Homelessness on May 16, with chapters 5–9 of Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor. Join the Tribe of the Peacock on the following Sundays at 1:00 p.m.: May 16 and 30. Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) for a detailed schedule.

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.

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.

Updates to The Memorial Garden. The Memorial Garden has undergone changes recently and The Garden Committee wants you to know what is happening and why. We see our mission of providing an attractive and inviting setting for the property and maintaining the Memorial Garden as a ministry to you and those who live, work, or visit Uptown Charlotte. The Committee surveyed the plantings and determined several shrubs would need to be pruned or removed to make sure our historic building could be seen effectively. In the fall, the remaining shrubs will have grown enough to a manageable size and allow us to plant summer flowers. Please enjoy watching the transformation in the coming months. We appreciate the faithfulness of our talented, knowledgeable Garden Committee members and the time they generously offer in keeping our gardens an inviting, peaceful place.

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

Green Our Faith Communities Summit, May 20–21. Join with people of faith throughout the Charlotte region to better understand the urgency of the climate crisis and how we can collectively engage in sustainable solutions. The summit starts in the afternoon of Thursday May 20 and runs through the morning of May 21. It is free and will be recorded so that, if you register, you can watch it at any time. The summit is partially sponsored by Eco America where our own parishioner, the Honorable Jennifer Roberts, former Mayor of Charlotte, serves as the Director for Path to Positive Communities. Register online cleanaircarolina.org.

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.

About the eNews

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.