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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…


Worship.

Daily Office. Parishioners lead Morning and Evening Prayer most weekdays. Morning Prayer takes place weekdays on Zoom (st-peters.org/morningprayer) and in St. Peter’s Garden (weather permitting) or 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). Holy Communion is offered with Morning Prayer on Tuesdays in the Chapel. 

The Common Cup. Communion is 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. 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 (markelhouse@aol.com) for more information.

Learn.

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. 

For those interested in working with children, we offer orientation and training. 

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. Seasonal events for households with children are scheduled throughout the year. Contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org) for more information on family ministries. 

Youth Formation. Journey to Adulthood classes will resume on September 10, following our Labor Day beach retreat on September 1-4. All youth are welcome at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday, for fellowship before class, which begins at 9:45 a.m. Our seven adult youth leaders employ the wonderful Journey to Adulthood curriculum for our teens. Rite 13 lessons are used with our rising 7th and 8th graders; J2A lessons for our 9th and 10th graders, and 11th and 12th graders will begin the year with Confirmation review. Email Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org), Director of Youth Ministry, for more information about formation and summer youth activities.

The Adult Forum, Sundays 9:45 a.m. in the Community Room. The Forum covers a variety of topics led by a number of different speakers. February 4, “Democracy, the Church, and the Threat of Christian Nationalism” led by Mtr. Sally Johnston; February 11, “The Meaning of Holy Week and Easter” led by Fr. Jacob Pierce; February 18, Jesus: A Pilgrimage chapter 7 ”Galilee”; February 25, Jesus: A Pilgrimage chapter 13 “Storms”; March 3, No Adult Forum because of the Parish Retreat. 

Lenten Adult Formation. Lent begins early this year – February 14th – so it is time to look forward as we prepare for Lent. This year, we are encouraging adults in the parish to read Jesus: A Pilgrimage by Fr. James Martin, SJ. This book takes a beautiful and poignant look at some of the stories of Jesus that we find in the gospels as Martin chronicles his pilgrimage through the Holy Land. We will cover 4 of the chapters in the Adult Forum during Lent, but we encourage you to read the whole book as part of your Lenten discipline. If you need assistance purchasing a copy of the book, be in touch with Mtr. Amanda at astephenson@st-peters.org

Sacred Ground, Sundays 12:30 p.m., in the library. If you wish to participate in future groups or want more information, contact Father Murdock Smith (FrMurdockSmith@gmail.com, 704-607-5025). Each offering is of limited size so contact him sooner rather than later. The next offering of Sacred Ground is under consideration for later in the Spring 2024.

The Sunday Party of Readers, Sundays 2:00 p.m. on Zoom, The Sunday Party of Readers will continue this spring with the theme Belonging: the Call to Community. We begin on January 14 with Eudora Welty’s The Optimist’s Daughter and on March 17, with Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun. Kazuo Ishiguro is a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker prize for The Remains of the Day. Klara and the Sun, published in 2021, addresses AI, inequality, loneliness, and the dangers and opportunities of technology. As the London Times states,”it feels like a new definitive myth about the world we’re about to face.” For more information, contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com). Join zoom here: https://st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday. 

Monday Night Bible Study: Monday at 6:30–8:00 p.m. on Zoom. We are currently studying James and then will continue through the letters of Peter and John. Contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com) 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. 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, contact Father Murdock Smith (frmurdocksmith@gmail.com).

Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion, 1:00 p.m. on Zoom. We are in the process of selecting a new book to begin in January. Contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com) to register or for more information.

Wednesday Night Bible Study, Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. This fall we re-examine our favorite childhood Bible stories. Using a Children’s Bible as a starting point, we will read the simplified story as we learned it as children and then turn to the Bible itself to read the full story in all its complexity. Contact Mother Amanda (astephenson@st-peters.org) for more information. Join on Zoom: st-peters.org/biblestudy-wednesday.

Baptism is the Beginning. Holy Baptism is offered on special days of the liturgical year for both children and adults. Let us know if you are expecting a child so that we can pray for your family. Contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org) if you are expecting or if you would like more information on Holy Baptism.

Get Involved

Join a Holy Chow Breakfast Team. Join fellow parishioners in a hospitality ministry of serving breakfast on one Sunday per month. This ministry is fun, easy and will only take about an hour and a half of your time once a month. Volunteers offer hospitality, set-up, clean-up and light cooking. If you’d like to help feed the flock, contact Harris Holt (harrisholt3@gmail.com). 

Join the St. Peter’s Choir. Schedule an audition with Elizabeth Lenti, Director of Music and Organist (elenti@st-peters.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 (danny.duff@roadrunner.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 (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 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.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 (klane@st-peters.org, 917-679-7285) or Dan Busch (danwbusch@gmail.com, 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 communications@st-peters.org.