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 Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 13. Pre-registration is no longer required to attend in-person worship at St. Peter’s. Capacity limits are no longer in place, and 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. 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!

Parking Deck 7th Street Entrance/Exit Closure. Until August 15th, the 7th Street entrance & exit to the parking deck will be closed. Please use the 8th street entrance and exit when visiting the church.

A Note Regarding Masks for Public Worship. Many of us are eager to dispense with mask-wearing and others are not quite ready to do so. For now, the Diocese of North Carolina is asking us to continue mask-wearing in public worship, particularly when congregational singing occurs. The reality is that there are members of our community who because of age or medical condition cannot be vaccinated. We ask for your patience and understanding as we facilitate a worship environment that is safe for all.

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.

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. The Book Study is 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

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

Minnesota Enbridge 3 Pipeline. There is increasing concern that an oil pipeline being built through Native American tribal lands may cause significant environmental damage to the local environment, according to Minnesota’s environmental impact assessment. The EcoJustice Ministry is asking those who are concerned about the construction of this pipeline to consider the following petition stopline3.org or to contact The Rev. Amy Brooks, North Carolina Organizer at Green Faith, (amy@greenfaith.org) to get involved locally.

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.