This Week’s News

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 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 20. 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!

Save the Date: Celebration of New Ministry and Installation of the 34th Rector. On Wednesday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. Bishop Samuel Rodman will visit St. Peter’s to install our 34th Rector and to celebrate the ministry of St. Peter’s. The Reverend Jacob Pierce was elected rector in May of 2020, but due to the pandemic our celebration was postponed. This service will be open to the public and COVID precautions will be in place to ensure a safe gathering for all. Please join us for this celebration of our shared ministry, which will include a service of Holy Eucharist, glorious music, and a festive reception.

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

Parish House Lobby Reopening. Beginning this Sunday, June 20, the Parish House Lobby will reopen to the public. Worshippers may enter the Church by Tryon Street or the 7th Street glass doors.

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, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m for private prayer, along with Morning Prayer on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. and a midweek Holy Eucharist in the Chapel on Wednesdays at Noon.

Worship and Music

The Reverend Kathleen Walker to Preach at St. Peter’s. On Sunday, June 27 the Reverend Kathy Walker, Missioner for Black Ministries for the Diocese of North Carolina, will offer the sermon at the 11:15 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist. Missioner Walker joined the diocesan staff in February of 2020, where her ministry is focused on the support of congregations of color and helping to weave their diversity into a closer bond of inclusion with other parishes and the Diocese. Please join us in welcoming Missioner Walker to St. Peter’s.

In-person Morning Prayer Resuming June 22. Morning Prayer will resume in the St. Peter’s Chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and all Evening Prayer services will remain on Zoom for now. Coffee hour fellowship is offered in the Parlor following Tuesday and Thursday offerings.

Weekday Holy Eucharist on Wednesdays at Noon. Each Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. the St. Peter’s clergy offer a service of Holy Eucharist in the Chapel. This brief service of Holy Communion is a great way to spend the lunch hour in Uptown and to worship alongside a smaller congregation of parishioners.

Daily Worship. Morning and Evening Prayer will be offered daily online or by phone. Morning Prayer is offered in-person in the St. Peter’s Chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. 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 the online 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

Summer Prayer Formation. We will be offering a remote family prayer formation from July 4 to August 22. Each week, we will explore a specific prayer of the Church with background information on the featured prayer. Families will be asked to make an effort to share the prayer at least once a day; the more repetition, the better.This offering is not limited to families with young children but open to all who are interested in exploring and expanding their prayer practices. For more information or to register, please contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.com).

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

A Faith Community Health Survey. Our Parish Nurse, Jo Anne Blackstone, in partnership with the Atrium Faith Community Nursing department, has developed a survey that will enable her to access and address healthcare concerns in the parish. Please be assured that responses to the survey are anonymous, confidential, and HIPAA compliant. The survey results will be processed by the Atrium Faith Community Nursing department and will be shared with Jo Anne to effectively plan educational and outreach activities. Please complete the survey online by July 16 st-peters.org.

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.

Eco-Justice Tip. Did you know that you can recycle items the city won’t at some stores? Call ahead to make sure before you venture out, but here are a few suggestions:

  • Styrofoam: Cleaned styrofoam cups, egg cartons, and takeout and meat packaging trays can be recycled at Publix.
  • Bubble wrap / Deflated Air Pillows: Re-use these when possible, but otherwise some UPS Stores will recycle them.
  • Packing peanuts: Some packing peanuts are made from starch and can be safely dissolved in the sink or bathtub. Otherwise, some UPS Stores may accept them.
  • Plastic bags and wrap packaging: Plastic and paper grocery/shopping bags can be recycled at many grocery stores including Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Publix. But they also accept plastic bread loaf bags, dry cleaning bags, paper towel & toilet paper wraps, and air pillows–among others.

Learn more and find participating stores online at plasticfilmrecycling.org

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.