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, September 5
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

Wednesday, September 8
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Noon, Chapel
Wednesday Afternoon Book Group, 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 12
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Church
The Adult Forum, 10: 00 a.m., Parish Hall
Adult Choir Rehearsal, 10:00 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, II, 11:15 a.m.*, Church

Join us for Sunday Worship. 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.

A Note Regarding Masks for Worship. Diocesan guidelines require masks 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%.

Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day, Saturday, September 18. Liturgical ministers and volunteers will gather Saturday, September 18, 10:0 a.m.–12:00 p.m. for a retreat and training day. This retreat is for long-time volunteers, for those who are new to a ministry, for those who wish to be trained, or for those who simply wish to learn more. Morning and Evening Prayer Officiants, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Welcome Hosts, and Healing Ministers are encouraged to attend. The day will begin with fellowship and a plenary at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall followed by breakout sessions for each group. All COVID-19 protocols and mask wearing will be observed. Eucharistic Visitors and Altar Guild volunteers routinely schedule separate training opportunities. For more information, contact Michael Talbert, Clergy Assistant (mtalbert@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

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.

Vergers Guild at St. Peter’s. The Vergers Guild is a new ministry at St. Peter’s, under the leadership of our Parish Verger, Doug Hutto. Vergers are lay people assigned by the rector to the ministry of “liturgical hospitality,” responsible for directing acolytes, organizing processions, and facilitating movement in the chancel. Vergers are, in a sense, the people backstage, focusing on the details of the altar party so that the worship of the congregation is uninterrupted. It is a rewarding and sacred ministry that is open to all. On Sunday, August 29, Doug will be present at the Ministry Fair to answer any questions. If you are interested in being trained as a verger at St. Peter’s, please contact Doug Hutto (dehutto@gmail.com) and Father Jacob Pierce (jpierce@st-peters.org).

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).

The Adult Forum Forum, September 12, 2021, 10:00 a.m. Most of the works we’re called to — healing the sick, political and economic justice, climate care, loving our neighbors as ourselves — could easily overwhelm us were it not for the gifts of the Spirit. In the first of our Adult Forum classes, we will explore what it means to be equipped for the journey, and how that has everything to do with our experience of belonging and purpose. Join us in the Parish Hall at 10:00 a.m. on September 12 for an Introduction to Spiritual Gifts, led by Ginny Brien.

Sunday Book Group, 1:00 p.m. Sunday Book Group resumes on September 19 with Heathen Valley by Romulus Linney. This 1962 novel is based on church histories of the Valle Crucis mission in western North Carolina. Encircling this novel and taking our theme from them, are a few essays by Wendell Berry from the collection The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays. We will also include a few poems by William Wordsworth, Wendell Berry, and George Herbert. You can look forward to lively reading and discussions exploring the question posed by Wendell Berry: Is Christianity earthly enough? Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) for more information. Join online st-peters.org.

Monday Night Bible Study with Ruth Woodend, 6:30–8:00 p.m. Monday Night Bible Study resumes on September 13 with N.T. Wright’s Bible Study Guide through 1st Corinthians. The book is available through Amazon and there is weekly preparation. 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 resumes on September 8 reading The World, The Flesh and The Devil, What Do We Do With Evil? by Richard Rohr. Contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com) for further details.

Adult Confirmation Class, Sundays, 12:30–2:00 p.m., beginning September 26. The Adult Confirmation class is for any adults who wish to be Confirmed or Received into the Episcopal Church. It is also a great refresher for those who may wish to reaffirm their faith. The class will run on Sunday afternoons from September 26–October 17, culminating in Confirmation and Reception by the bishop at the 11:15 a.m. service on October 24. Pre-registration is required and participants need to be able to attend all sessions. If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact Fr. Jacob Pierce (jpierce@st-peters.org) or Mother Amanda Stephenson (astephenson@st-peters.org).

Community Life

Ann Miano elected to fill Unexpired Vestry Term. At the August meeting of the Vestry, Ann Miano was elected to fill a 2021-2023 unexpired term. Ann currently serves as a member of the Building and Grounds Committee and as a Sunday Livestream Team member. Ann and her family have been members of St. Peter’s for nearly a decade. She has shared many gifts with the parish during that time, including her expertise as a professional architect. The Rector, Wardens, and Vestry are grateful for Ann’s willingness to serve.

Shrimp & Suds Youth Fundraiser, October 9, 6:30 p.m. Join your fellow parishioners and friends on the Parish House Roof for a delicious meal to support the Youth Ministry. We will serve a low-country shrimp boil and grits alongside beer from North Carolina breweries, wine, and iced tea. This all-you-care-to-eat adult event is just $30 per person and all proceeds go to our Youth Pilgrimage and Youth Mission Trip Fund. For more information, and for vegetarian, vegan, or other dinner options, contact Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org704-763-3564). We want everyone to feel welcome at this fun event.

Grief Support Group: Mourning, Mud Wrestling, and Making Your Way on the Grief Camino. Beginning Sunday, September 26 at 1:30 p.m., priest associate, the Rev. Sally Johnston, and parishioner, Dan Busch LCSW, will offer a grief support group for those who have recently lost a spouse or partner. This 6-month support group will meet every other Sunday in the Parlor. For more information or questions, please contact Mother Sally (revsallyjohnston@gmail.com) or Dan Busch (danwbusch@gmail.com).

Contact Tracing for COVID-19 Infections. The Diocese of North Carolina requires worshipping communities to notify parishioners in the event of possible COVID transmission during worship or at other events. If you test positive for COVID-19, and have recently attended an in-person gathering at St. Peter’s, please contact a member of the clergy. Your name and information will not be shared and confidentiality will be maintained in all circumstances.

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.

Pilgrimage to Greece and Rome Meetings. Each month, on the first Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m., there will be a meeting for those interested in going on the adult Pilgrimage to Greece and Rome on May 3–12, 2022. For now these meetings will be on zoom, but as we get closer to the spring, they will transition to in person. If you are already registered or interested in learning more, come join us. For questions, please contact either Mother Amanda Stephenson (astephenson@st-peters.org) or Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org) You may join the meeting online.

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 at 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. Registration ends Sunday, October 10, 2021, so register today. Register online at 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). 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

NC Redistricting Informational Meeting Tonight. Tonight at 6:00 p.m., join Kamaria E. Lawrence of We Are Democracy’s Western Piedmont Coalition and Vashti Hurt of the League of Women Voters to learn about how you can have an impact on Federal and State voting maps. RSVP online everyaction.com.

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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