Want more detailed information about what’s going on at St. Peter’s? How to get engaged? How to volunteer? What’s coming up in formation? Read on…
Daily Office. Parishioners lead Morning and Evening Prayer most weekdays. Morning Prayer takes place weekdays on Zoom (st-peters.org/morningprayer) and in the St. Peter’s Chapel Monday through Thursday at 8:00 a.m., with coffee and fellowship in the Parlor immediately following. Evening Prayer takes place Monday through Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom (st-peters.org/eveningprayer).
Midweek 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.
The Common Cup. Communion is now available in both kinds: consecrated bread and sacramental wine from a common cup. A Priest or Eucharistic Minister will place the consecrated bread in your open palms. Non-wheat communion wafers are available upon request. We ask that communicants only receive the wine by drinking directly from the chalice. “Intinction,” that is dipping the bread in the wine, will return at a later time. Reception of sacramental wine is not a requirement for full Communion.
Intercessory Prayer during Communion. Members of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry will be available for private and confidential sharing of prayer needs in the Parlor, just after you receive Communion at the 11:00 a.m. service. No appointment is necessary. Contact Pat Markel (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Children’s Formation and Nursery Care Registration. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd begins at 9:45 a.m. in the atria. Each Sunday during the program year, children aged 3 through 6th grade participate in our Montessori-based Catechesis of the Good Shepherd offering before joining their families at the exchange of Peace to participate in the Holy Eucharist. Birth to three-year-old care is available 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the Infant and Toddler Center, which is open Sunday mornings and for special classes and events. The toddler atrium explores the spiritual capacities of young children as they transition from nursery to Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Seasonal events for households with children are scheduled throughout the year. Curriculum guides for this liturgical cycle can be found here: aged 9–12 Level III Advent 2022/23, aged 6–9 Level II Advent 2022/23, and aged 3–6 Level I Advent Christmas 2022/23. Contact Anna Hurdle (email@example.com) for more information. Register for the current year: st-peters.org/catechesis-registration.
Youth Formation. Classrooms are open and accepting youth at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday, with class beginning at 9:45 a.m. We have used the Journey to Adulthood curriculum for 25 years, updating these timeless lessons to keep them current and real in our youth’s lives. The Rite 13 Class is for 6th and 7th graders, the J2A Class is for 8th and 9th graders and the Pilgrim Class is for 10th through 12th graders. The Pilgrim Class is preparing during this program year for their Holy Pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi and Milan, Italy in June of 2023. Email Lyn Holt (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of Youth Ministry, for more information.
The Adult Forum, Sundays 9:45 a.m. in the Community Room. This fall the Adult Forum will ask the question, “What does the Episcopal Church believe about…?” Our topics will cover a blend of theology, justice, and contemporary issues. Join us for these engaging discussions, deepening our faith and learning how we can live that faith in the wider world. The list of upcoming topics is published a month at a time and will be updated weekly. December 4: Vestry Nominees. December 11: No forum due to the Annual Meeting. December 18: What do we believe about Mary, Jesus’s mother? December 25: No forum. January 1: No forum.
Sunday Party of Readers, alternating Sundays 2:00 p.m. on Zoom, “Monsters and Neighbors.” The Sunday Party of Readers will turn our attention this fall to identifying the monsters who have terrified us and the neighbors whom we are commanded to love as ourselves. The parable of the Good Samaritan will undergird the exploration of our individual and community responsibility to love our neighbor. First will be Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Who is the monster in Frankenstein? Where does the desire for mastery lead individuals and groups? How is the power of knowledge without humility and love abused? Why do we at times walk by on the other side when we see the Other—who is our neighbor—fallen? James Joyce and Elizabeth Strout will round out our fall reading by presenting in their stories parties and communities we can identify with more easily. Still, without self-examination and humility the monster-within can take us over and blind us to understand and appreciate those closest to us. Contact Deje McGavran (email@example.com) for more information and join on Zoom: st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday.
Monday Night Bible Study, Mondays 6:30 p.m. on Zoom, The Gospel of Luke. Monday Night Bible Study will continue working our way through the Gospel of Luke and then move on to the Book of Acts beginning November 28. We are using N.T. Wright’s “For Everyone Bible Study Guides” which are available on Amazon. There is weekly preparation. Everyone is welcome. Contact Ruth Woodend (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register or for more information.
Education for Ministry (EfM), Mondays 7:15 p.m. on Zoom. Education for Ministry (or EfM) is one of the most effective and substantive Christian education and formation programs of the Church. Using a small group or seminary approach, the participants are guided by a mentor trained to guide study and discussions into deeper levels of understanding the faith. Learning is collective with a focus over the four years on the Hebrew Testament, the New Testament, Church History, and Theology. Using learnings garnered from these sequential sources, the participants explore meaning and invitation to ministry through Theological Reflections. EfM meets over 36 sessions over the course of a year, with each session varying between two and three hours. If you have questions or are interested in participating, then contact Father Murdock Smith (email@example.com).
20s30s Book Study, First Tuesday of the Month 7:00 p.m., reading Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans. This book is a wonderfully engaging and hilarious look at the Bible. Evans encourages us to examine how we read the Bible, wrestle with it, and recognize the way that God still speaks through it today. Beginning on September 6, we will meet at once a month to discuss the book. See 20s30s Upcoming Events for the location. For more information, contact Mother Amanda (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesday Afternoon Book Group, 1:00 p.m. on Zoom. This book group reads books chosen to foster living a sacred life in a secular world. The next book for this fall is The Naked Now, Learning to See as the Mystics See by Richard Rohr, beginning December 7. Contact Ruth Woodend (email@example.com) to register or for more information.
Wednesday Night Bible Study, Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. on Zoom, studying Women of the Bible. Too often the women in the Bible take a narrative back seat to their male counterparts. And yet, there is no question that both Jews and Christians would not have survived without the involvement and leadership of women of faith. Many of these women remain unnamed, their stories lost in history. But, our Scriptures tell of a number of important women who were instrumental in leading their people and furthering God’s will in the world. This group will meet to learn the exciting stories of a number of these women in the Old and New Testaments. Contact Mother Amanda (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and join on Zoom: st-peters.org/biblestudy-sunday.
Sacred Ground is an in-depth pilgrimage into reconciliation and redemption from our culture’s heritage of systemic racism. Through eleven bi-weekly sessions, participants confront this reality, in order to learn and, more importantly, to transform themselves and the worlds in which we live. A new pilgrimage will start March 19, 2023. Contact Fr. Murdock Smith (email@example.com) for more information.
Room In The Inn (RITI) Starts December 7. The colder months are nearly upon us and the RITI program kicks off in just one month. As we have for many years, St. Peter’s will host twelve homeless neighbors every Wednesday from December through March, providing meals and a safe place to sleep for the night. We are planning to proceed much as we did last year with Roof Above’s safety protocols: all neighbors will be vaccinated and masked. However, this year we will be able to break bread together. If you would like to participate in this essential ministry, we have a need for volunteers as food preparers, food servers, overnight hosts, and other tasks. Contact Bert Miano (firstname.lastname@example.org, 205-222-7527) for more information or to get involved.
Host Coffee Hour. Coffee Hour is back and we are serving wonderful coffee from Queen City Grounds. The Coffee Hour ministry is working to rebuild our Coffee Hour Teams. Volunteering includes helping to set up and/or clean up, our hope being each volunteer would only be asked to work one Sunday per month. If you are interested in volunteering to help out with this wonderful ministry contact Harris Holt (email@example.com) or Mother Amanda (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Join a St. Peter’s Café Breakfast Team. Join fellow parishioners in a hospitality ministry of serving our continental style breakfast on one Sunday per month. This ministry is very easy and will take about an hour and a half of your time. Volunteers offer hospitality, set-up, clean-up and light cooking. If you’d like to help feed the flock, contact Harris Holt (email@example.com) or Mother Amanda (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Staff the Welcome Desk. Every Sunday a parishioner assists in welcoming people to the Parish House. Staffed in four one-hour shifts between 8:00 a.m. and Noon, we are seeking enough volunteers so that this is just a one-hour per month commitment. If you are interested, contact Leigh Dixon (email@example.com, 704-749-6142).
Join the St. Peter’s Choir. Schedule an audition with Elizabeth Lenti, Director of Music and Organist (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Knit Prayer Shawls and Baby Blankets. The knitting group at St. Peter’s has started meeting again. We gather in the parlor on the first and third Tuesday of each month, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Join us to make prayer shawls and baby blankets for our church family and others who might need them. Contact Dan Duff (email@example.com) for more information.
Ask for Prayers or Assistance
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 st-peters.org/make-a-prayer-request or contact Clergy Assistant, Michael Talbert (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com) or Mother Amanda (firstname.lastname@example.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.
St. Luke’s Guild: Chronic Care Support Group. 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 in the St. Peter’s Parlor. To learn more, contact the Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest (email@example.com, 917-679-7285) or Dan Busch (firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-519-7417).
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 email@example.com.