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

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

Fellowship.
Virtual Coffee Hour, just after the 11:15 a.m. livestream*, Zoom
*Note: This will be the last Virtual Coffee Hour until the fall.

Join us for Pentecost, May 23. Pre-registration is no longer required to attend in-person worship at St. Peter’s. Our capacity limits of 75 worshippers at each of three services 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!

The Day of Pentecost. On the Day of Pentecost, Sunday May 23, we celebrate the “birthday” of the Church by the sending of the Holy Spirit in a fiery, wind-swept moment recalled in the Book of Acts. There will be much fanfare, including incense at the 11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist. Parishioners at all services are invited to wear red to commemorate this feast with the color of fire. New diocesan guidelines for worship now allow for masked-singing indoors. 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 and hymns lead by a soloist; 11:15 a.m., sung Holy Eucharist with a small choir and livestreamed from our website.

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. A virtual coffee hour takes place on Zoom just after the 11:15 a.m. livestream.

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. Starting this 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 and 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

The Adult Forum. In the spirit of Pentecost (pun intended), join us for the Adult Forum as we discuss the Holy Spirit. We will examine what we can learn about the Holy Spirit from Scripture, as well as talk about how the Holy Spirit is present and active in our own lives today.

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 in its final session 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.

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. After this week, this Bible Study will be on break for the summer.

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

Eco-Justice Field Trip, May 22, 9:00 a.m. Come on a field trip to Charlotte Regional Farmers Market (1801 Yorkmont Rd., Building A) this Saturday to hear Jamie Davis from A Way of Life Farm share how he manages his family’s regenerative farm. We also have the opportunity to order food from the 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. You may also learn more online: climate friendly yard maintenance, and how to be a conscious consumer.

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.

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 a presentation entitled, “What Can We Do to Strengthen Voters Rights in North Carolina?” Access the presentation online at facebook.com/groups/specsocialjustice.

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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.