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

Join us for The Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 6. 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!

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. The doors of St. Peter’s have reopened Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m for private prayer, along with a midweek Holy Eucharist in the Chapel on Wednesdays at Noon. For now, Daily Morning and Evening Prayer remains on Zoom, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., except Friday Evening Prayer.

Diocesan Ordinations to the Diaconate, June 5, 10:30 a.m. This Saturday, St. Peter’s will host the ordination of four candidates to the Sacred Order of Deacons. While the service is not open to the public due to capacity restraints, all are invited to attend the ordinations online st-peters.org/ordination.

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. This group will meet through June 21 and start again in September. 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. Starting June 9th, the Book Study will be reading Christ of the Celts, The Healing of Creation by J. Philip Newell. Contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com) for further details.

Lectio Divina Adult Formation from Episcopal Relief & Development. Episcopal Relief & Development has 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

Celebrating St. Peter’s Graduating Seniors. Today we celebrate, together with their parents, our high school seniors, as they graduate. We are proud of them, all that they have become, and the people they will grow to be. These three seniors have been active in the youth program, all have served as acolytes since the 5th grade, and two of them were members of the Choir School at St. Peter’s for most of their school years. We will miss each of them, and look forward to their returning home to St. Peter’s for holidays and class breaks and in the summer.

  • Gloria Boykin – graduating from East Mecklenburg High School and will attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • Robert Burlington – graduating from Cannon School and will attend Appalachian State University.
  • Rebecca Minter – graduating from William A. Hough High School and will attend Clemson University.

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. During the May 2 Adult Forum, Jim Dudley, joined guest speaker Harry Taylor to discuss gerrymandering and voter suppression. To provide more clarity on these issues, Jim has followed up with a PowerPoint presentation entitled “What Can We Do to Strengthen Voters Rights in North Carolina?” Access the presentation online st-peters.org/social-justice.

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