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 weekdays, as well as in-person on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Saturday, September 18
Liturgical Ministries Retreat, 10:00 a.m., Parish Hall

Sunday, September 19
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
Child and Youth Formation, 10:00 a.m., Parish House
Adult Choir Rehearsal, 10:00 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, II, 11:15 a.m., Church
Sunday Book Group, 2:00 p.m., Zoom

Monday, September 20
Monday Night Bible Study, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 21
Senior Class Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Little Mama’s Restaurant

Wednesday, September 22
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Noon, Chapel
Wednesday Afternoon Book Group, 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 26
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
Child and Youth Formation, 10:00 a.m., Parish House
Adult Choir Rehearsal, 10:00 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, II, 11:15 a.m., Church
20s/30s Group, 12:30 p.m., Festival in the Park
Grief Support Group, 1:30 p.m., Parlor

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.

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, 10:00 a.m.–Noon 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, and welcome hosts 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).

The Adult Forum Forum, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Terry Robertson, owner of Kings Mountain Preserve, a conservation burial ground in Blacksburg, S.C., and Robertson Funeral & Cremation Service, will discuss the economic and environmental benefits of Natural or “Green Burial.” Our discussion will revolve around the funeral industry’s historical influence on today’s funeral customs and the impact our choices have on our environment.

Sunday Book Group, September 19, 2:00 p.m. The Sunday Book Group will discuss Wendell Berry’s essay, “The Gift of Good Land,” on Sunday, September 19, on Zoom at 2:00 p.m. The essay is in The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays and also online at (flourishonline.org). Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) for a full schedule and more information. Join through Zoom at st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday.

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 available every weekday as well. 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 focus on the details of the liturgical participants so that the worship of the congregation is uninterrupted. It is a rewarding and sacred ministry open to all. 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).

Ushers Needed. Now that St. Peter’s has expanded to three services each Sunday morning, the need for ushers has increased. Ushers are the main point of contact with congregants before, during, and after services and help assist in seating, answering questions, and handing out bulletins. Ushers are also the first person that most visitors meet and serve as important ambassadors to the community. Our Ushers can help anyone who is not familiar with our liturgy or anyone with special needs. Together with our Ushers’ practical services, they are also essential to our worship and Liturgy, including weddings and funerals. We ask all Ushers to commit to at least one Sunday a month. If you are interested in becoming an Usher, please contact Michael Talbert (mtalbert@st-peters.org)

Learning

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Has Resumed. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has resumed on Sundays, 10:00 a.m.–Noon, in the atria located on the main floor of the parish house. All adults and children must be masked and adults are fully vaccinated. Frequent handwashing is being practiced. Registration is required and strict attendance records will be kept. Register online at st-peters.org/catechesis-registration.

Nursery is Open. The nursery is open on Sunday, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., for children birth-age to 4-years-old. For more information, contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@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, 704-661-4687) for further details.

Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7:00–8:00 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study will resume on September 22 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. We will pick up where we left off in the spring as we continue reading through the book of Isaiah. No preparation is needed, but contact Mother Amanda (astephenson@st-peters.org) if you would like to read ahead. We will begin with chapters 40–41. Join through Zoom at https://st-peters.org/biblestudy-wednesday.

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 Father Jacob Pierce (jpierce@st-peters.org) or Mother Amanda Stephenson (astephenson@st-peters.org).

Community Life

20s/30s Group: Festival in The Park, September 26. Just after the 11:15 a.m. service, the 20s/30s group will attend Festival in the Park at Freedom Park. This longstanding arts festival brings together local vendors and artists to showcase all the region has to offer. We hope that you will join us!

Senior Class Luncheon, September 21, 11:30 a.m. The Senior Class will meet at Little Mama’s Restaurant, 4521 Sharon Road. For more information and to RSVP contact Sue Martin (suewmartin123@gmail.com, 704-364-9061).

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 Reverend Sally Johnston, and parishioner, Dan Busch LCSW, will offer a grief support group for those who have recently lost a spouse or partner. This six-month support group will meet every other Sunday in the Parlor. For more information or questions, please contact Mother Sally Johnston (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.

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) Join through Zoom at st-peters.org/pilgrimmage.

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.

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/kanuga-registration.

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

Charlotte Pride Community Relief Program. Inspired by the 2020 COVID Relief Program of mini-grants, Charlotte Pride has relaunched the Charlotte Pride Community Relief program to offer direct support for our LGBTQ community in Charlotte. This program exists solely to benefit and uplift the LGBTQ community, especially those living at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities. Often, LGBTQ+ persons are more likely to face barriers and hardship in their lives, and particularly true for people of color and/or those who are transgender and gender-expansive. As such, this fund is directly intended to help protect those individuals. Make a donation online at charlottepride.org.

Police Reform and Racial Justice, Wednesday, September 29, 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. We have heard from activists, government officials, and everyday people. Now we’d like to hear directly from our own police department. Join the Social Justice Ministry team for a non-partisan, hour-long conversation with CMPD Deputy Chief Sherie Pearsall and Major Dave Robinson as they discuss police accountability and reform and what this moment means to them during this time of great scrutiny about the careers they chose and love. Expect to hear their perspectives on issues such as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, local Charlotte policies re: police reform, attitudes about “defunding” the police, and what faith communities can do to help foster safer communities for all. Join online Zoom.

Room in the Inn. As many of you know, Room in the Inn was canceled last year. There remains a tremendous need for this ministry, and Roof Above is committed to resuming Room in the Inn this winter under new COVID-safety protocols. Every neighbor that participates in the program will be required to be vaccinated and be masked with social distancing. The meals will be prepared off-site to reduce close contact, but we can still make a real difference by providing meals and shelter for one night a week. If St. Peter’s is to participate this year, we need a full slate of volunteers ready to get involved. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Bert Miano at miano204@gmail.com or 205-222-7527. To determine whether we can move forward, please take a short, anonymous survey about Room in the Inn at st-peters.org/riti-survey.

Fall Festival at Galilee Green, September 18, 2:00–5:00 p.m. Join us Saturday at The Galilee Center, 3601 Central Avenue, to explore a new nature space on the Eastside with a community garden, play equipment, picnic area, live entertainment, and children’s activities.

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.