The latest statistics from Habitat for Humanity tell us that today, 1 in 7 Americans will wake up in a home that costs 50% or more of their monthly income. That’s true here in the Charlotte region, and it’s true around the country.
St. Peter’s has a long history with Habitat for Humanity here in the Charlotte area. Habitat is building its thirty-third house this year, and our St. Peter’s family has an opportunity to help. The need continues to be great and affordable housing was one of the priorities identified by our parish in our strategic planning as an area of focus for our efforts in Outreach and Social Justice. A few weeks ago, Fr. Jacob blessed several studs at our Eucharist; his prayer, along with others, were written on the studs and are incorporated in the Habitat house.
This year’s homeowner is Jerton, a Charlotte native, and he is looking forward to purchasing his new house and having a stable place to call home. The build started in September, and the framing and structure are well on their way.
Our parish family has an opportunity to play a huge role in bringing this dream to life for Jerton. Several volunteer dates are available, and St. Peter’s dedicated Volunteer day is Saturday, December 4th. You don’t have to wait until our date to volunteer! If you have time and enjoy meeting new people from other faith communities, please consider lending your time on another day in addition to our dedicated day. Folks are always welcome on any of the volunteer days listed. Habitat does have COVID protocols in place on all build dates. Sign up to volunteer online habitatvolunteer.com/volunteergroupshift.
I hope to see lots of St. Peter’s friends on December 4 to help paint! St. Peter’s will also be responsible for feeding the crew and volunteers working on site, so there will also be opportunities to participate if painting is not your area of expertise. Please watch the weekly eNews for more information.
Habitat partners with many faith-based organizations for each build — participating in this build gives our parish a chance to better the life of a family and build better and stronger communities by serving others at the same time. Please consider sharing your time to help provide a place of safety, refuge, and serenity for this family.
The Rev. Deacon Robin O. Sands
Sunday, October 31
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
Sunday Book Group, 2:00 p.m., Zoom
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.
Eco-Justice Series. Join the St. Peter’s Eco-Justice team 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.
Parish Necrology for All Saints’ Sunday. On Sunday, November 7, in observance of All Faithful Departed on All Saints’ Sunday, the names of all those buried from St. Peter’s in the last year will be read aloud. If parishioners wish to add names of loved ones from previous years or from this year, please submit them to Michael Talbert, Clergy Assistant (email@example.com), by Monday, November 1.
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.