This Week’s News

This Week

Thursday, August 5
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Chapel
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Zoom

Friday, August 6
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Zoom

Sunday, August 8
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, August 9
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Zoom
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Zoom

Tuesday, August 10
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Chapel
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Zoom

Wednesday, August 11
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

Thursday, August 12
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Chapel
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Zoom

Join us for The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 8. Pre-registration is not 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!

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. 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.

The Choir School at St. Peter’s is now Charlotte Choir School. During a tough year, The Choir School had time to think about its mission, and realized this new name would better reflect its place in the Charlotte community. After a year away from in-person activities, they’re so excited to start reintroducing themselves to Charlotte. Charlotte Choir School remains in residence at St. Peter’s and as its founding partner, St. Peter’s provides the students a living laboratory for choral music making and enriches the musical life of the parish. Charlotte Choir School is grateful to St. Peter’s for our partnership. Learn more about the name change online charlottechoirschool.org.

The Diocesan Mission Strategy Team is seeking your input. The Mission Strategy Task Force has been hard at work putting in place the starting framework for the diocesan mission strategy in areas of Racial and Social Justice, Congregational Support, Formation, Collaborations and Partnerships, and Creation Care. You can view a video preview of the work of the Mission Strategy team along with the goals and objectives of the strategy. The Mission Strategy Team hosting a series of Zoom conversations to seek input from around the Diocese on August 8, 10, 18, and 24. Learn more online episdionc.org.

Adult Pilgrimage Meeting, Today, 6:00 p.m. Those who are interested in going on the adult pilgrimage to Greece and Rome on May 3-12, 2022 are invited to attend a virtual informational meeting. For more information, contact Mother Amanda Stephenson (astephenson@st-peters.org). Join online zoom.us.

Save the Date for Reengagement Sunday, August 29. We will celebrate our feast of title, The Confession of St. Peter, as we return to fall programming. This special day of celebration will feature music at all worship services, including a quartet at the 9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, a ministry fair throughout the parish house from 10:00–11:00 a.m., and a block party on 7th Street following the 11:15 a.m. service. The block party will feature safe outdoor activities for children and local food trucks. Stay tuned to the eNews for more details as this special day approaches.

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 assess 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 September 2 at st-peters.org.

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.”

Acolyte Training for Youth, Sunday, August 15. All youth, rising 6th–12th graders, are invited to a COVID-safe pizza party and acolyte training following the 11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist. If you are interested in joining this ministry but are unable to attend, please contact Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org). Our Sunday acolyte ministry is scheduled to resume on Reengagement Sunday, August 29.

Learning

Nursery is Open. The nursery is open on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for children, birth-age to 4 years old. For more information, contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org).

Survey For In-Person Children’s Formation. Parents of children ages 2–12 are encouraged to complete a short survey. The results will inform our delivery of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd that resumes on Sunday, September 12. Take the survey online at forms.google.com.

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 (ahurdle@st-peters.org).

Community Life

Reopening Our Doors: Weekday Offerings. The doors of St. Peter’s have reopened Monday–Thursday, 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.

Blessing of the Backpacks, August 22. All children, youth, teachers, and others engaged in education are invited to bring backpacks to the August 22, 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services of Holy Eucharist for the annual Blessing of the Backpacks. Backpacks will be blessed during the Peace as we pray for all those beginning another year of school.

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 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 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 (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 at St. Peter’s: Looking ahead. If you are passionate about issues of justice and faith, and want to participate, you are invited to join the Social Justice Ministry. A planning meeting will take place later this month. In addition to monthly adult education forums with guest speakers about relevant issues, the Social Justice Ministry serves as a conduit of information about multiple opportunities beyond the church to enhance learning and/or activism through readings, local exhibits, presentations, and calls to action. We are currently working on speaker forums this fall focused on racial justice, voting rights, LGBTQ+ issues, and eco-justice. A particular need is for volunteers with strong social media or communication skills to help support this ministry. For more information, contact Gwen High, Social Justice Chair (socialjustice@st-peters.org).

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