Dear People of St. Peter’s,
As we continue to come out of the pandemic, life at St. Peter’s is beginning to normalize in many ways. Parishioners are returning to the pews, hymn-singing fills the Nave, and parishioners of all ages greet one another face-to-face. This summer will be a time to reconnect and to prepare for what we hope will be an active, in-person fall season.
In addition to our three Sunday morning services, the doors of St. Peter’s have reopened for private prayer on weekdays, and our midweek Eucharist on Wednesdays at noon has resumed in the Chapel.
The staff and clergy are busy preparing for a full fall schedule at St. Peter’s. August 29 has been reserved for “Re-engagement Sunday,” a morning filled with worship, music, a ministry fair throughout the Parish House, and a block party festival on 7th Street following the 11:15 a.m. service. Formation for all ages will resume on Sunday, September 12.
This new season of growth and excitement also brings new changes. Our Facilities Manager, Brian Whitley, announced that he will leave the staff of St. Peter’s to pursue a new career opportunity. Brian has been a wonderful colleague, a thoughtful manager of our sacred space, and a talented member of the team. We will miss Brian but we are excited for him and this next chapter of his life. Brian’s last day on staff is June 10.
With the advice and counsel of the Personnel Committee, Leigh Dixon and I have invited Ernest Jackson to join the staff of St. Peter’s as our new Facilities Manager. Ernest comes to St. Peter’s with experience as Operations Manager for Bayer Properties and as Facilities Coordinator for Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat. We have been impressed with Ernest’s professionalism and expertise, and we are excited to have him as part of our team. Ernest joined us for his first day on Sunday, June 6. You’ll likely see Ernest on Sundays for the next few months. Look for his nametag and be sure to welcome him to St. Peter’s.
The past 15 months have brought many changes to the way we worship and gather together as a faith community. But our mission and vision have not changed. This Sunday’s collect reads, “Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion…” Throughout our history, St. Peter’s has witnessed strife at home and abroad, world wars, and two pandemics. St. Peter’s has endured as a beacon of God’s love.
As we come together again, may we remember that our call is to be steadfast in faith and love, that through God’s grace we may continue in this next chapter to be a beacon of God’s love with truth, justice, and compassion for all.
The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Rector