This Week’s News

This Week

Thursday, July 8
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Chapel
St. Luke’s Guild, 11:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Zoom
Adult Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m., Parish Hall

Friday, July 9
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Zoom

Sunday, July 11
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Church
Adult Choir Rehearsal, 10:00 a.m., Parish Hall
Holy Eucharist, II, 11:15 a.m.*, Church

Monday, July 12
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Zoom
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Zoom

Tuesday, July 13
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Chapel
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Zoom

Wednesday, July 14
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Zoom
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Noon, Chapel
Wednesday Afternoon Book Group, 1:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Zoom
Celebration of New Ministry & Installation of the 34th Rector, 7:00 p.m., Church

Thursday, July 15
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Chapel
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Zoom
Adult Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m., Parish Hall

Join us for The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 11. Pre-registration is no longer required to attend worship at St. Peter’s and capacity limits are no longer in place. Our safety procedures 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 wearing your mask!

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 selected as rector in May of 2020, but the pandemic postponed our celebration. 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.

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 Atrium Faith Community Nursing department will process the survey results and will be shared with Jo Anne to plan educational and outreach activities effectively. Please complete the survey online by July 16 at

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.

Worship and Music

In-person Morning Prayer. Morning Prayer has resumed 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 will be offered in the Parlor following Tuesday and Thursday offerings.

Weekday Holy Eucharist on Wednesdays at Noon. Each Wednesday at Noon, 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 an excellent 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, Contact Ruth Woodend (, with questions.

Organ Concert. St. Peter’s Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, Garrett John Law, presents a free organ recital on Sunday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. The program will feature works by Charles-Marie Widor, Nadia Boulanger, Marques L. A. Garrett, Florence Price, and Garrett himself. This concert is part of the annual summer series sponsored by the Charlotte Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.


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 are 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 interested in exploring and expanding their prayer practices. For more information or to register, please contact Anna Hurdle (

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 ( for further details.

Community Life

Episcopal Church Women’s Annual Meeting, November 5–6. All women at St. Peter’s are invited to attend the Episcopal Church Women’s Annual Meeting here in Charlotte. As preparations are underway, the organizers are asking potential participants to fill out a short survey indicating their preferences for various aspects of the meeting. Complete the survey online at

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.

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. The Parish House Lobby has reopened to the public. Worshippers may enter the Church by Tryon Street or the 7th Street glass doors.

St. Luke’s Guild: Chronic Care Support Group, Thursday, July 8, 11:00 a.m. The St. Luke’s Guild will hold its next meeting in person. Father Keith Lane and parishioner Dan Busch, LCSW (retired), facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and those who are caregivers of family and friends. St. Luke’s Guild meets regularly on the second Thursday of the month. To learn more, contact the Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest (, 917-679-7285) or Dan Busch (, 704-519-7417)

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 soon 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 or contact Clergy Assistant, Michael Talbert (, 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 more extended 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 ( or Mother Amanda ( 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 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 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 towels and toilet paper wraps, and air pillows. Learn more and find participating stores online at

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