Ash Wednesday is March 2. Plus this week’s News.

This Week

Sunday

Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Church
Formation, 10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 11:15 a.m., Church and Livestream
Sunday Book Group, 2:00 p.m., Zoom (st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday)

The Daily Office

Morning Prayer, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m., Zoom (st-peters.org/morningprayer)*
Evening Prayer, Monday–Friday, 5:30 p.m., Zoom (st-peters.org/eveningprayer)
*Morning Prayer is offered virtually weekdays and in person Tuesday and Thursdays

Weekdays

Monday, Bible Study, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Chapel
Wednesday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Noon, Chapel
Wednesday, Bible Study, 7:00 p.m., Zoom (st-peters.org/biblestudy-wednesday)
Wednesday, Room in the Inn

Singing in church is back. Join us for Worship. The Diocese of N.C. has returned to late-2021 safety protocols, meaning that it’s possible for us to sing during worship and for the St. Peter’s Choir to lead the music at the 11:15 a.m. service. Diocesan guidelines require masks indoors for all services and other gatherings, regardless of vaccination status. For those who prefer additional space during worship, those seats are available in the Chapel and the Nave.

Children’s formation and nursery care have resumed. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd this Sunday will be offered in-person for children ages 3-12 in the atria, 10:00 a.m.–Noon.  Child care for young children through age 3 is offered in the nursery, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  For more information, please contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org). 

Lent at St. Peter’s. Our Lenten observances begin with Ash Wednesday on March 1. There will be no Shrove Tuesday dinner in the Parish Hall, due to ongoing pandemic precautions. In next week’s eNews we have provided prayers and recipes for parishioners to observe Shrove Tuesday at home. On Sundays in Lent, the Parish Hall Forum will focus on a study of Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s The Last Week, about the final days before the crucifixion in the Gospel of Mark.

On Ash Wednesday, three services of Holy Eucharist will be offered in the Church, along with our sidewalk ministry of Ashes-on-the-Go, for those unable to attend Church in person. On Sunday, March 6, the First Sunday in Lent will be marked by the Great Litany in procession. Whether you participate in one or all of these offerings, our hope is that Lent at St. Peter’s will enhance your journey of discipleship as we prepare for the holiest of seasons in the Church.

Ash Wednesday at St. Peter’s. 
Ash Wednesday Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Ashes-on-the-Go Sidewalk Ministry, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Ash Wednesday Eucharist, Rite II, 12:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday Eucharist, Rite II, 7:00 p.m.

Responding With Generosity and Joy

God calls each of us to share our unique gifts, so together we can flourish in our faith and in our ministries. When you think about your own call to be a good steward, what comes to mind? The way you contribute your ideas? How you spend your time? Your material wealth? All of these gifts are important, and the way you contribute them makes a very real difference.

If you’d like to know more about stewardship at St. Peter’s, please feel free to contact our Director of Stewardship, Allison Elrod (aelrod@st-peters.org, 704-749-6156). She can help you connect with areas of ministry, and tell you more about how your financial contributions impact life at St. Peter’s and in the broader community.

Worship and Music

Daily Office. Parishioners lead Morning and Evening Prayer most weekdays. Morning Prayer takes place every day on Zoom (st-peters.org/morningprayer) and in the St. Peter’s Chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 a.m., with coffee and fellowship in the Parlor immediately following the office. Evening Prayer takes place every day online at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom (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.

Choral Evensong, Sunday, February 27, 5:00 p.m. At the next service of Choral Evensong, members of the Charlotte Choir School’s Tour Choirs will serve as the choir in residence. They will sing Responses by Harry Bramma, Canticles by George Dyson, and “The Call,” by Z. Randall Stroope. For this Sunday before Ash Wednesday, the final hymn is the much beloved “Praise, my soul, the King of heaven.” Patrick Pope, Director of Music at our neighboring church, Holy Comforter, is the guest organist.

Organ Recital Series to Celebrate the Tenth (+2) Anniversary of C. B. Fisk Opus 136. In November of 2010 our magnificent pipe organ, C. B. Fisk Opus 136, was dedicated during the culmination of the renovation of the St. Peter’s nave. We had planned a special celebration for the tenth anniversary, but the pandemic set us back a bit. On Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. Elizabeth Lenti, St. Peter’s Director of Music and Organist, will launch the celebratory series with the first of five recitals. Subsequent recitalists include Ben Outen, Patrick Pope, Aaron Goen, and Todd Wilson. Learn more in Elizabeth’s announcement on our website: st-peters.org/organ-recital-series.

Learning

The Adult Forum, Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  The Social Justice series continues this week with the topic, “Democracy Threatened: The Role We Can Play to Help Save It.” The Carter Center has worked for years on elections monitoring and nonviolence in countries around the world and is now turning to work in the U.S. Former Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, who is working with the Carter Center to lead this initiative in N.C., will discuss the implications of their work for religious, racial, economic, and other societal divides. Democracy N.C. will describe their nonpartisan voter protection program that works to ensure every eligible voter in our state can register to vote and successfully cast their ballot.

The Sunday Book Group, 2:00 p.m. The group meets every other Sunday on Zoom (st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday) to discuss Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. For Sunday, February 20, we will continue with “The Window,” Sections 17–19. Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) for a schedule and reading guide.

Monday Night Bible Study, 6:30–8:00 p.m. We will study Second Corinthians using N. T. Wright’s Study Guide, which is available from Amazon. There is weekly preparation and everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com). Beginning February 28, the study shifts to the Gospel according to Luke.

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 and Choctaw Elder. Contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com, 704-661-4687) for further details. Beginning February 23, the group begins reading Sacred Earth Sacred Soul by John Philip Newell.

Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7:00–8:00 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study is studying several of Paul’s letters this spring, starting with Galatians. No preparation is needed, but contact Mother Amanda (astephenson@st-peters.org) with any questions or if you would like to read ahead. Join on Zoom at st-peters.org/biblestudy-wednesday.

Diocesan Book Group, Mondays, 12:00–1:00 p.m. Beginning on March 7, the diocese will lead a group study on the book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby. More information and registration is available here: https://bit.ly/ColorofCompromise. For additional information, contact Jenny Beaumont (jenny.beaumont@episdionc.org), Missioner for Adult and Lifelong Formation.

Community Life

Episcopal Church Women Spring Conference, Saturday, April 2, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. The Episcopal Church Women of the Charlotte Convocation invite you to attend the spring program at Christ Church (1412 Providence Road). With the guidance of the authors of “From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century,” the gathering will focus on the ideas put forward in this award-winning book and is part of the ongoing effort to build the Beloved Community in the Diocese of North Carolina. For more about this opportunity for learning, inspiration, and fellowship, and to register, visit www.ecw-nc.org. If you register, please contact Nelda Leon (neldaleon03@gmail.com) who is organizing the St. Peter’s delegation. 

Contact Tracing for COVID-19 Infections. The Diocese of North Carolina requires worshiping 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

Room in the Inn is in need of your donations, particularly the following items:  deodorant, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, chapstick, socks. These items are passed out to twelve guests every week, so the need is ongoing. There is a basket in the lobby under the parking ticket scanner to leave your donations. If you have questions or want to get involved in other ways with RITI, contact Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com, 205-222-7527).

The Big Spring Clean, Saturday, March 26, 9:00 a.m. to Noon. The City of Charlotte is hosting a great event to help care for the earth by picking up litter in our local waterways. Gather a group and register online: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d4cadac2ba2fc1-volunthursdays. The city will have staff at the following locations: 

Irvins Creek – 10140 Northeast Parkway, Matthews, NC 28105 (Windsor Park) 
Little Sugar Creek – 739 E 12th St, Charlotte, NC 28206 (Alexander Park) 
Little Sugar Creek – 9817 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273 (Greenway entrance near Floor & Décor) 
Little Sugar Creek – 727 Charlottetowne Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204 (Greenway entrance near Wendy’s) 
McIntyre Creek – 6301 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216 (Hornet’s Nest Park) 
Toby Creek – 1100 Chancellor Park Drive, Charlotte, NC 28213 (Lowe’s Parking Lot)

More site-specific information will be sent to those that register a few days prior to the event. If you have any questions, email ashley.smith@mecknc.gov. The Eco-justice Committee hopes to see many of our St. Peter’s people out there cleaning those streams. 

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.