This Week’s News

This Week

Thursday, August 12
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Chapel
St. Luke’s Guild, 11:00 a.m., Library
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Zoom

Friday, August 13
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Zoom

Sunday, August 15
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
Acolyte Lunch & Training, 12:30 p.m., Youth Suite

Monday, August 16
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Zoom
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Zoom

Tuesday, August 17
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Chapel
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Zoom

Wednesday, August 18
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 19
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Chapel
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Zoom

Join us for The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 15. 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!

Celebrating Garrett John Law. Please plan to join us for cake and refreshments in the churchyard after the 11:15 service this Sunday, August 15, in honor of our Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, Garrett John Law. Garrett has been with us since May of 2018 and has enriched our lives with his many musical gifts across the past three years. Come help us celebrate him, thank him, and wish him well in his future endeavors.

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 the 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 is hosting a Zoom conversation to seek input from around the Diocese on August 24. Learn more online episdionc.org.

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 a.m.–11:00 .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 as well as local food trucks. Stay tuned to the eNews for more details as this special day approaches.

St. Luke’s Guild: Chronic Care Support Group, Thursday, August 12, 11:00 a.m. 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 (klane@st-peters.org, 917-679-7285) or Dan Busch (mailto:danwbusch@gmail.com, 704-519-7417).

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.

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.”

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 is 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

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 share them with Jo Anne so that she can plan educational and outreach activities effectively. Please complete the survey online by September 2 at st-peters.org.

Senior Class Luncheon. The Senior Class will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Carolina Prime Steakhouse, (225 E. Woodlawn Road, Charlotte) on August 17. For more information and to RSVP contact Sue Martin (suewmartin123@gmail.com, 704-364-9061).

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. The 7th Street entrance to the parking deck is 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.

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.

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 is now open for this fun-filled, family-friendly weekend away to the mountains. Register online st-peters.org.

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).

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.