This Week’s News

This Week

Daily Office
Morning Prayer, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m., Zoom**
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Zoom
** Morning Prayer is offered virtually on Monday &Wednesday and in-person in The Chapel on Tuesday & Thursday

Sunday, August 22
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

Wednesday, August 25
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Noon, Chapel
Wednesday Afternoon Book Group, 1:00 p.m.

Join us for The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 22. 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. Many COVID-19 protocols, including mask-wearing, are in effect. Socially distanced seating is available in the chapel and on the pulpit side of the Church. If you wish to worship in person, please come wearing your mask!

Blessing of the Backpacks, August 22. All children, youth, teachers, and others engaged in education are invited to bring backpacks to the 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.

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 to 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 as well as local food trucks. Stay tuned to the eNews for more details as this special day approaches.

A Note Regarding Masks for Worship. Per Diocesan guidelines, masks are required indoors at St. Peter’s for all services and other gatherings regardless of vaccination status, while the positivity rate in Mecklenburg County remains above 7%.

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.

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. Zoom offerings for Morning Prayer are also available Monday through Friday. Coffee and fellowship in the Parlor follow right after the Tuesday and Thursday services of Morning Prayer.

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

Episcopal Relief & Development’s Response to the Haitian Earthquake. On Saturday, August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the southwest portion of Haiti. This devastating earthquake was followed by Tropical Storm Grace on Monday night and much of Tuesday. More than 1 million people, including more than half a million children, have been impacted by the back-to-back disasters, and the death toll is close to 2000. Episcopal Relief & Development and its partners are responding immediately with direct assistance to vulnerable households in the region, as partners plan long-term recovery. Your generous gift can provide assistance to help people in the wake of these disasters. To assist in these efforts, visit episcopalrelief.org/haiti-relief.

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 their final Zoom conversations to seek input from around the Diocese on August 24. Learn more online episdionc.org.

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.

The Choir School at St. Peter’s is now Charlotte Choir School. In the last 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 that 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.