Blessing of the Animals Sunday. Plus this week’s news.

The St. Francis statue in St. Peter’s garden.

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 3, The Feast of St. Francis
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Church
The Adult 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
Adult Confirmation Class, 12:30 p.m.
Blessing of the Animals, 5:00 p.m., Churchyard 

Monday, Bible Study, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Noon, Chapel
Wednesday, Book Group, 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, Pilgrimage to Rome & Greece Meeting, 6:00 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, while the positivity rate in Mecklenburg County remains above 7%. 

Blessing of the Animals and Holy Eucharist, October 3, 5:00 p.m. To commemorate the October 4 feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Friar, 1226, St. Peter’s will offer a liturgy for Blessing of Animals and Holy Eucharist in the Garden. Everyone is invited to bring animals of all sorts to receive a special blessing.

Shrimp & Suds Youth Fundraiser, October 9, 6:30 p.m. Join your fellow parishioners and friends on the Parish House Roof for a delicious meal to support the Youth Ministry. We will serve a low-country shrimp boil and grits alongside beer from North Carolina breweries, wine, and iced tea. This all-you-care-to-eat adult event is just $30 per person and all proceeds go to our Youth Pilgrimage and Youth Mission Trip Fund. For more information, and for vegetarian, vegan, or other dinner options, contact Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org. 704-763-3564). We want everyone to feel welcome at this fun event.

Eco-Justice Series.Join the St. Peter’s Ecojustice team for three important opportunities in October as we learn, act, and advocate to be good Christian stewards of the Earth, our common home, as St. Francis has taught us: Faith Rooted Climate Justice: About the Air We Breathe: A special zoom presentation on October 5, 6:30–8:00 p.m., featuring Daisha Williams of Clean Air Carolina and Dr. Aseem Kaul, Vice Chair of the Advisory Board for N.C. Clinicians for Climate Action. Green Faith Global Days of Action: St. Peter’s will join with many churches in Charlotte and all over the world to engage in Green Faith’s Global Days of Action on October 17 and 18, Learn more online at greenfaith.org. 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 https://st-peters.org/ej-series.

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. 

Vergers Guild at St. Peter’s. The Vergers Guild is a new ministry at St. Peter’s, under the leadership of our Parish Verger, Doug Hutto. Vergers are lay people assigned by the rector to the ministry of “liturgical hospitality,” responsible for directing acolytes, organizing processions, and facilitating movement in the chancel. Vergers focus on the details of the liturgical participants so that the worship of the congregation is uninterrupted. It is a rewarding and sacred ministry open to all. If you are interested in being trained as a verger at St. Peter’s, please contact Doug Hutto (dehutto@gmail.com) and Father Jacob Pierce (jpierce@st-peters.org)

Ushers Needed. Now that St. Peter’s has expanded to three services each Sunday morning, the need for ushers has increased. Ushers are the main point of contact with congregants before, during, and after services and help assist in seating, answering questions, and handing out bulletins. Ushers are also the first people that most visitors meet and serve as important ambassadors to the community. Our Ushers can help anyone who is not familiar with our liturgy or anyone with special needs. Together with our Ushers’ practical services, they are also essential to our worship and Liturgy, including weddings and funerals. We ask all Ushers to commit to at least one Sunday a month. If you are interested in becoming an Usher, please contact Michael Talbert (mtalbert@st-peters.org).

Learning

The Adult Forum Forum, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Most of us would agree that America’s extreme political polarization isn’t helping the country live up to its potential. As we’ve separated more and more into like-minded enclaves online, at home, at work, and unfortunately often in the pews, it can leave us ignorant of each other’s motives and wondering whether “those people” just don’t care about what really matters. In an effort to help people from all corners of the political spectrum better understand each other, social psychologist Dr. Jonathan Haidt offers Moral Foundations Theory, which suggests six potential underlying foundations from which we each create our own personal morality. In this two-week formation offering, clinical psychologist Dr. John Hall will try to help the St. Peter’s community learn the evolutionary basis and potential benefits of each of the six foundations and the unique mixtures that conservatives, liberals, and libertarians offer in their preferred balance. Before the second session, participants will have the opportunity to take a brief questionnaire that Dr. Haidt’s research team has developed to help us learn about our own preferred mixtures and then this information will be incorporated to help us understand how our own focus and blind-spots can challenge our mutual understanding. Part of the work to become a place of unconditional welcome is knowing what kinds of neighbors we may struggle to love and of whom we may hold prejudicial views.

Adult Confirmation Class, Sundays, 12:30–2:00 p.m. The Adult Confirmation class is for any adults who wish to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. It is also an excellent refresher for those who may wish to reaffirm their faith. The class will run on Sunday afternoons from September 26–October 17, culminating in Confirmation and Reception by the bishop at the 11:15 a.m. service on October 24. Pre-registration is required and participants need to be able to attend all sessions. If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact Father Jacob Pierce (jpierce@st-peters.org) or Mother Amanda Stephenson (astephenson@st-peters.org). 

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.

Sunday Book Group, October 10, 2:00 p.m. The Sunday Book Group will discuss Romulus Linney’s novel, Heathen Valley covering the Prologue and Part I (pages 1–116). This 1962 novel is based on church histories of the Valle Crucis mission in western North Carolina. Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) for a full schedule and more information. Join online at st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday.

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

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. 

Pilgrimage to Greece and Rome Meetings. Each month, on the first Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m., there will be a meeting for those interested in going on the adult Pilgrimage to Greece and Rome on May 3–12, 2022. For now, these meetings will be on Zoom, but as we get closer to the spring, they will transition to in-person. If you are already registered or interested in learning more, come join us. For questions, please contact either Mother Amanda Stephenson (astephenson@st-peters.org) or Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org). Join through Zoom at st-peters.org/pilgrimage.

Parish Retreat to Kanuga: November 12–14, 2021. In 2018, our Parish Retreat was canceled due to a hurricane; in 2020, it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Third time’s the charm! We are excited to announce that registration is now open for this fun-filled, family-friendly weekend away to the mountains. Registration ends Sunday, October 10, 2021, so register today. Register online at st-peters.org/kanuga-registration.

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

Policy, Family and Faith: A Heartfelt Conversation about Transgender Rights, Sunday, October 10, 10:00 a.m. Please join the Social Justice Ministry in the parish hall (socially distanced) for an hour-long conversation with N.C. Representative Becky Carney, N.C. Representative John Autry, Executive Director of Time Out Youth Sarah Mikhail as they discuss transgender rights, how this has impacted them personally, and how they have been involved in the fight for equality.

Room in the Inn. As many of you know, Room in the Inn was canceled last year. There remains a tremendous need for this ministry, and Roof Above is committed to resuming Room in the Inn this winter under new COVID-safety protocols. Every neighbor that participates in the program will be required to be vaccinated and be masked with social distancing. The meals will be prepared off-site to reduce close contact, but we can still make a real difference by providing meals and shelter for one night a week. If St. Peter’s is to participate this year, we need a full slate of volunteers ready to get involved. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com, 205-222-7527). To determine whether we can move forward, please take a short, anonymous survey about Room in the Inn at st-peters.org/riti-survey.

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.