Annual Meeting of the Parish & Vestry Elections. Plus 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.

Sunday, December 5
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Church
Annual Meeting of the Parish, Church & Livestream,  10:00 a.m.
Child and Youth Formation, 10:00 a.m., Parish House
Parents Connect, 10:00 a.m., Parish House Rooftop
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 11:15 a.m., Church and Livestream
Advent Procession of Lessons & Carols, 5:00 p.m., Church

Monday, Bible Study, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Noon, Chapel
Wednesday, Book Group, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Bible Study, 7:00 p.m., Zoom

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. Diocesan guidelines require masks indoors at St. Peter’s for all services and other gatherings, regardless of vaccination status. 

Vestry Election, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. The election of four new Vestry members to follow the class of 2021 will take place during the Annual Meeting of the Parish. Voting continues today in the Parish Offices from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and begins at 9:00 a.m. in the gallery on Sunday.  All confirmed parishioners 16 years and older may vote in the election, only in-person voting is allowed. You can learn more about the nominees for Vestry Class of 2024 and watch our Vestry Nominee Forum from November 21 online at st-peters.org/vestry-nominees.

The Annual Meeting of the Parish, December 5, 10:00 a.m. This year, the Annual Meeting of the Parish will take place in the Church, rather than the Parish Hall, allowing us to livestream the meeting so parishioners of all comfort levels may attend. Please join and celebrate the year that is past and to hear reports from clergy, staff, and parish lay leaders. 

An Advent Procession of Lessons & Carols, Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Join us for a service of Lessons & Carols featuring the St. Peter’s Choir, the St. Peter’s clergy, and members of the parish. This year’s observance will include a solemn Advent procession, moving from darkness to light, in a candlelit setting. Incense will be burned at this service. 

Charlotte Choir School Christmas Concerts, December 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte Choir School makes a triumphant return to St. Peter’s with Christmas at Charlotte Choir School, its twenty-ninth annual Christmas concerts, Friday and Saturday, December 10 and 11. After the beloved holiday tradition was presented virtually last year, the 2021 Christmas concerts return in person this season. Program highlights include familiar Christmas favorites and new repertoire that are sure to put attendees in the holiday spirit. Purchase tickets online at charlottechoirschool.org.

Christmas Honoraria and Memorials Benefit Church Decorations and Special Music. If you would like to honor or memorialize loved ones by offering a donation for Christmas greenery, decorations, or special music, including guest instrumentalists, the deadline to print acknowledgments is noon on Monday, December 20. You may donate online or mail donations with acknowledgments to Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org). 

Welcoming Dusty Beert. Facilities Manager Dusty Beert joined St. Peter’s staff on Tuesday, November 30. Dusty comes to St. Peter’s from Discovery Place where has worked as an Exhibit Technician in the Facilities Department. Dusty moved to Charlotte, along with his wife, in 2020. He has a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware and comes with a wide range of job experiences, including  building maintenance, design, and woodwork. You will see Dusty around the Parish House on Sunday mornings and throughout the week. Join us in welcoming Dusty to the St. Peter’s staff. 

2022 Annual Giving Campaign

Over the course of nearly 200 years, the people of St. Peter’s have built a legacy of giving—contributing in every way to support programs, worship, music, and the broader community. God continues to call us to use our generosity to bring the message of the Gospel into the world. Your pledge of financial support can help amplify that message. 

Learn more and pledge today >> 

Worship and Music

Daily Office. 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. Evening prayer takes place every day online at 5:30 p.m. at  st-peters.org/eveningprayer.

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. 

New Vestments for St. Peter’s. In 2018, St. Peter’s received a gift from an anonymous donor to commission new vestments. In 2021, we contracted with Richard Luzar, a liturgical designer in Oxford, England to make new vestments to match our existing fabrics not in need of replacement. Mr. Luzar is famous for his artistry and his ability to produce vestments which are both beautiful and cost effective, especially for working class parishes such as ours. Beginning this Sunday, you will see the Celebrant, Deacon, and Subdeacon dressed in matching vesture. These vestments  are intended to enhance our worship, and will be seen primarily at the 11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist. 

Learning

Advent Toolkit from Episcopal Relief & Development. Episcopal Relief & Development’s 2021 Advent Toolkit includes weekly opportunities to create, learn and pray. There are DIY projects for families and communities that will take you from Advent to Christmas and through Epiphany. Explore resources, the 2021 Gifts for Life Catalog, and more at episcopalrelief.org/advent.

Sunday Book Group, December 12, 2:00 p.m. The Sunday Book Group continues discussing Native Hill by Wendall Berry in The Art of the Commonplace (pages 3–31) and William Wodsworth’s Michael: A Pastoral Poem on December  12, at 2:00 p.m. on Zoom. Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) for reading questions and a schedule. Join online at st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday.

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). Learn more online at st-peters.org/nursery.

Monday Night Bible Study with Ruth Woodend, 6:30–8:00 p.m. Monday Night Bible Study is using 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 group is reading Ladder to the Light, an Indigenous Elder’s Meditations on Hope and Courage by Steven Charleston, an Episcopal Bishop & Choctaw Elder. 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 is 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. Join through Zoom at st-peters.org/biblestudy-wednesday.

Community Life

Youth Advent Fair December 5, 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. There will be an Advent Fair in the Parish House Lobby to raise money for the J2A pilgrimage and mission trips. We will have all your Advent and Christmas needs: Advent candles (blue or purple), Advent wreaths, Advent calendars, Christmas decorations, handmade jewelry, Anglican rosaries, cards, and meditation and spiritual books. We also have our popular $20 Autobell gift cards which make great gifts. 

Adult Pilgrimage Meeting, December 2, 6:00 p.m. Those who are interested in going on the adult pilgrimage to Greece and Rome on May 3–12, 2022 are invited to attend an in-person informational meeting. We will gather in the Library for food and fellowship as we discuss the upcoming pilgrimage. For more information, contact Mother Amanda Stephenson (astephenson@st-peters.org). 

St. Luke’s Guild: Chronic Care Support Group, Thursday, December 9, 11:00 a.m. 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. 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).

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. 

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 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

Episcopal Farmworker Ministry Joins Advent Fair This Sunday. This Sunday, the youth program will share Advent Fair space in the Parish House lobby with the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry based in Dunn, N.C., which provides essential services to the permanent and migrant farmworkers that harvest our food. Executive Director, Lariza Garzon, will accompany several women from the ministry to sell handmade soaps, made from the herbs grown on the ministry’s campus. Proceeds support EFWM and the families they serve. The youth program and members of St. Peter’s have been long-time supporters of the ministry and are excited to reconnect as we emerge from the pandemic. Learn more online at episcopalfarmworkerministry.org.

Room in the Inn. We are moving forward with a limited crew of volunteers as we start our RITI ministry this year for the first time since March 2020 on Wednesday, December 1. After that, we will take each week as it comes and are seeking food servers and overnight hosts for the additional Wednesdays in December. These are the only roles that require you to be on site, but they are crucial. COVID safety protocols will be in place with masking and social distancing for all involved. Contact Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com, 205-222-7527) to ask questions or volunteer. 

EcoJustice: What Faith Communities Can Do Right Now, December 14, 6:30–7:45 p.m. Join a virtual presentation from three delegates who attended the United Nations 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), a global climate summit, representing the Red, Black, and Green New Deal and Gulf South for a Green New Deal.  Tiffany Fant of Sol Nation, a recipient organization of a 2021 St. Peter’s grant, will be the keynote speaker, joined by  Laura Kigweba James of the United Methodist Church,  and Yvette Arrellano of Fenceline Watch. The focus of their talk will be on the effects of global warming on indigenous people and other vulnerable populations in the global south, sharing stories of what took place at COP26, and specific ways people of faith can make a difference right now. Join online on Zoom. 

St. Peter’s Social Justice Facebook Group.  For information about important Social Justice events in our parish and in the Community, please follow us online at facebook.com.

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.