Bishop Sam Rodman Visits St. Peter’s this Sunday. 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, October 24
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Church
The Bishop’s Forum, 10: 00 a.m., Parish Hall
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
Special Reception with the Bishop, 12:30 p.m., Churchyard 
Evensong, 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.

The Right Reverend Samuel Rodman at St. Peter’s this Sunday. This Sunday, October 24, Bishop Sam Rodman, the twelfth Bishop of North Carolina, will visit St. Peter’s. Bishop Sam will lead the Adult Forum at 10:00 a.m. He will also preach and preside at the 11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, confirming and receiving thirteen new Episcopalians. After worship all are invited to join Bishop Sam and the clergy in the Churchyard for a special reception. 

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. 

Eco-Justice Series. Join the St. Peter’s Eco-Justice team for important opportunities in October as we learn, act, and advocate to be good Christian stewards of the Earth, our common home. Forum on Stewardship October 31: An opportunity to learn about Eco-Justice, its origins, and the way the movement works to address the unequal effects of climate change and other environmental issues. Please join us to help address critical climate change and its impact. Learn more online at st-peters.org/ej-series.

Charlotte Choir School Greenery Sale. Charlotte Choir School is running its annual greenery sale to raise funds for its program. The Choir School is open to every young person accepted to the choirs, as we enrich and strengthen young lives through excellent, rigorous music education and choral performance. All purchases directly support the musical education of the choristers. A variety of wreaths are available for purchase through an online order, a chorister family, or by contacting Kristie Lauderbaugh, Program Coordinator. Order online at charlottechoirschool.org.

2022 Annual Giving Campaign

Our mission is bold. Our vision is exciting. You are invited to join us by investing your time, your energy, and your money to strengthen and enrich our ministry during our 2022 Annual Giving Campaign.

November 7 is Commitment Sunday, when we will formally offer our collective pledge of financial support for the coming year. Even if you have already made your pledge, you are invited to join us as we recognize the abundance of our blessings, and celebrate our common desire to carry out our mission in the heart of Charlotte. 

Learn more and pledge today >> 

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. 

Ushers Needed. Ushers are the main point of contact with congregants before, during, and after services and help assist in seating, answering questions, and distributing bulletins. Ushers are also the first people that most visitors meet, serving as important ambassadors to the community. Our ushers can help anyone who is not familiar with our liturgy or anyone with special needs. We ask all ushers to commit to at least one Sunday a month. Interested? Contact Michael Talbert (mtalbert@st-peters.org).

Learning

The Adult Forum, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Bishop Sam will be with us for the Adult Forum as part of his visit on October 24. He will share updates about our Diocesan mission priorities, and the ways we are moving forward with our call to Become Beloved Community. Bishop Sam will highlight some of the ways St. Peter’s is already engaged in this work and how it may complement the long range plan St. Peter’s has been developing. He will also speak to some of the challenges the church is facing as we begin to move through and beyond this time of pandemic. 

Sunday Book Group, October 31, 2:00 p.m. The Sunday Book Group continues discussing Heathen Valley by Romulus Linney on October 31, at 2:00 p.m. on Zoom. To prepare, read Part II, pages 117–192. Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) for reading questions and a schedule. Join online at st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday.

Grief Support Group: Mourning, Mud Wrestling, and Making Your Way on the Grief Camino. Every other Sunday, 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 group will meet for 6 months in the Parlor. For more information or questions, please contact Mother Sally Johnston (revsallyjohnston@gmail.com) or Dan Busch (danwbusch@gmail.com).

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 Study is 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 picks 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. Join through Zoom at st-peters.org/biblestudy-wednesday.

Community Life

46th Annual Community-Wide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, November 23, 7:30 p.m. The Annual MeckMIN Community-Wide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, to be held virtually, will be a beautiful, energetic celebration of the power of art, gratitude, and healing in the midst of challenge and struggle. This annual celebration welcomes people of all faiths and backgrounds to come together in gratitude, to celebrate diversity and to pray for unity. The service includes a food drive coordinated through Loaves & Fishes and an offering that supports MeckMIN and Crisis Assistance. We hope you’ll join us at this energizing celebration of community. You can register to attend here. http://www.meckmin.org/meckmin-interfaith-thanksgiving.

St. Luke’s Guild: Chronic Care Support Group, Thursday, November 11, 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).

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation Events. In November, the Library Foundation will host two outstanding events: its Verse and Vino fundraiser on November 4, featuring New York Times Best-selling authors; and One For The Books, a celebration of the current Main Library before it is demolished, November 6–14. Learn more online at foundation.cmlibrary.org.

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

Room in the Inn Overnight Volunteers Needed. Based on the Room in the Inn survey results, many of you have committed to participate this year. For this we are grateful. Unfortunately, we do not currently have enough overnight volunteers to commit to the full four months of Room in the Inn.  Without more overnight volunteers, we are in danger of having to cancel Room in the Inn for a second year or offer a reduced number of nights of shelter. As a reminder, every neighbor that participates in the program will be required to be vaccinated. Every volunteer and neighbor will be masked and practice social distancing. We can still make a real difference by continuing this ministry during this difficult time. If you are willing to help with overnight hosting, please contact Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com, 205-222-7527).

Assuring Democracy/Voting Rights Adult Forum, November 7. Save the date for an in-person Sunday Adult Forum that will provide updates on the impact of North Carolina redistricting on where and how we will vote in elections, starting in early 2022. 

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 st-peters.org/sj-group.

Justice:  We Are All Better Off When We Are All Better Off. Join Bishop Anne for the 139th Annual Meeting of the Episcopal Churchwomen of the Diocese, Friday, November 5, 7:00 p.m. Register online at  www.ecw-nc.org 

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.