Charlotte Pride is back! Plus this Week’s News.

Sunday

Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:30 a.m., Church

Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 11:00 a.m., Church and Livestream

Coffee Hour Fellowship, 12:15 p.m., Parish House Lobby

St. Peter’s and Charlotte Pride. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Charlotte Pride Festival is back on Sunday, August 21. St. Peter’s will join other houses of worship in the parade as a testament to God’s inclusive love. You can participate in this important event by marching with other parishioners or by volunteering to offer hospitality to parade watchers in the churchyard. To learn more and to sign-up virtually, visit the following link: tinyurl.com/stpeterspride.

Worship and Music

The Common Cup. Communion is now available in both kinds: consecrated bread and sacramental wine from a common cup. A Priest or Eucharistic Minister will place the consecrated bread in your open palms. Non-wheat communion wafers are available upon request. We ask that communicants only receive the wine by drinking directly from the chalice. “Intinction,” that is dipping the bread in the wine, will return at a later time. Reception of sacramental wine is not a requirement for full Communion.

Intercessory Prayer during Communion. Members of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry will be available for private and confidential sharing of prayer needs in the Parlor, just after you receive Communion at the 11:00 a.m. service. No appointment is necessary. Contact Pat Markel. (markelhouse@aol.com) for more information.

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.

Learning

Children’s Formation and Nursery Care. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, our Montessori based children’s formation, will resume in the fall. Child care for young children through age 3 is offered in the nursery, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Special events will be offered through the summer months.  For more information, contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org). Masking is optional.

Youth Formation. Journey to Adulthood classes for our youth will return September 11. A group will travel to Costa Rica for a week of mission work with the youth of the Diocese of Costa Rica. We are also reviving a pre-COVID tradition of meeting together for “Summer Nights: Taizé, Dinner, & Movie” on Wednesday, August 17, 4:30–11:00 p.m. in the youth space. “Summer Nights” is for all rising 6th through 12th grade youth. Bring $10 for dinner. We will start the 2022–2023 program year with our annual Beach Retreat, Labor Day Weekend, September 2–5. Email Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org), Director of Youth Ministry, for more information.

Adult Formation. Sunday and weekday adult formation will return on or following September 11. We are looking forward to an exciting fall so stay tuned here for information on classes and schedules as we get closer to the fall. 

Summer Book Group at St. Martin’s: This Here Flesh by Cole Arthur Riley. For those looking to do some summer reading, St. Martin’s is offering a summer book group. Here is their description as well as contact information: This year, Cole Arthur Riley released This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation, and the Stories That Make Us, a book that’s one part embodied contemplation, one part spiritual biography of a Black family, one part justice, and all parts poetic. Come read this book together and re-member the preciousness and dignity of your body, soul, and mind. For more information and to get involved, contact Amanda Sprott-Goldson (amanda.goldson@gmail.com).

Community Life

Calling all Knitters. The knitting group at St. Peter’s has started meeting again. We gather in the parlor on the first and third Tuesday of each month, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Please join us to make prayer shawls and baby blankets for our church family and others who might need them. Contact Dan Duff (danny.duff@roadrunner.com) for more information.

Fulfilling your pledge by automatic payment. Thank you to everyone who uses your credit card or a bank draft to contribute monthly to our life and ministries. Please remember to check that your approval is still valid, as payments will stop on the date you set when you first create the automatic feature. Questions, contact Allison Elrod (aelrod@st-peters.org, 704-749-6156).

Recycling. The St. Peter’s community is committed to caring for our planet as an expression of faith and gratitude. We ask our members, guests, vendors, and tenants to conscientiously recycle whenever possible. You can find receptacles in the community room and the kitchen, and in the workroom. 

20s30s Upcoming Events. All those who are in their 20s or 30s are invited to come to the following events. More details will be provided closer to each event. If you need to be added to the email list for this group, please email Mother Amanda (astephenson@st-peters.org). July 22, 7:00 p.m. Brewery Night @ Vaulted Oak Brewery (3726 Monroe Rd. Charlotte). 

Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed. Coffee Hour is back and we are serving wonderful coffee from Queen City Grounds. The Coffee Hour ministry is working to rebuild our Coffee Hour Teams. Volunteering includes helping to set up and/or clean up, our hope being each volunteer would only be asked to work one Sunday per month. If you are interested in volunteering to help out with this wonderful ministry contact Harris Holt (harrisholt3@gmail.com) or Mother Amanda (astephenson@st-peters.org).

Sunday Welcome Desk Volunteers Needed. Every Sunday a parishioner assists in welcoming  people to the Parish House. Staffed in four one-hour shifts between 8:00 a.m. and Noon, we are seeking enough volunteers so that this is just a one-hour per month commitment. If you are interested, contact Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142). 

Name Buttons. We encourage everyone to wear their name buttons so that we can welcome all those who have joined us over the last two years. Current buttons are located on a wall in the lobby outside of the library. If you need a button made, sign up at the welcome desk in the lobby. Once buttons are completed, they will be added to the button boards in the lobby. 

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.

St. Luke’s Guild: Chronic Care Support Group. 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 in the St. Peter’s Parlor. 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).

Outreach & Social Justice

Your Vote Matters—Municipal Elections Underway. Early voting for Charlotte’s Mayor and City Council is underway now through July 23 at various locations in Charlotte. You may register to vote and vote during Early Voting. Election Day is July 26 at your assigned polling place. This Municipal Election was postponed from 2021 due to redistricting delays. This Fall will bring elections for county, state, and U.S. Congress, as well as for judges.

From Episcopal Relief and Development Regarding the Situation in Ukraine. As we pray for an end to violence and for those fleeing Ukraine, please also pray for Episcopal Relief & Development and other ecumenical agencies working to respond to the current crisis. As of right now, there is a need for food, water and shelter. Consider partnering with Episcopal Relief & Development in this response. Visit episcopalrelief.org/ukraine-crisis for more information.

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.