Christmas at St. Peter’s, EcoJustice Event next Tuesday. 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, December 12
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Church
The Adult Forum, Parish Hall, 10:00 a.m.
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 and Livestream
Parish House Tour, 12:30 p.m., Chapel 
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. 

Charlotte Choir School Christmas Concerts, December 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte Choir School makes a triumphant return to St. Peter’s with Christmas at Charlotte Choir School, its twenty-ninth annual Christmas concerts, Friday and Saturday. After the beloved holiday tradition was presented virtually last year, the 2021 Christmas concerts return in person this season. Program highlights include familiar Christmas favorites and new repertoire that are sure to put attendees in the holiday spirit. Purchase tickets online at charlottechoirschool.org.

Parish House Tour, December 12, 12:30 p.m. Mike Hoffman, chair of the Congregational Engagement Team, will lead a Parish House tour immediately following the 11:15 a.m. service this Sunday. We will gather in the Chapel and then move into the Parish House. Our buildings are much larger than many people realize. This tour is an opportunity to get to know our Parish House building and discover various offices, classrooms, and meeting rooms. Please join us! 

EcoJustice: What Faith Communities Can Do Right Now, December 14, 6:30–7:45 p.m. Join a virtual presentation from three delegates who attended the United Nations 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), a global climate summit, representing the Red, Black, and Green New Deal and Gulf South for a Green New Deal. Tiffany Fant of Sol Nation, a recipient organization of a 2021 St. Peter’s grant, will be the keynote speaker, joined by Laura Kigweba James of the United Methodist Church and Yvette Arrellano of Fenceline Watch. The focus of their talk will be on the effects of global warming on indigenous people and other vulnerable populations in the global south, sharing stories of what took place at COP26, and specific ways people of faith can make a difference right now. Join online on Zoom. 

Christmas Honoraria and Memorials Benefit Church Decorations and Special Music. If you would like to honor or memorialize loved ones by offering a donation for Christmas greenery, decorations, or special music, including guest instrumentalists, the deadline to print acknowledgments is noon on Monday, December 20. You may donate online or mail donations with acknowledgments to Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org). 

2022 Annual Giving Campaign

Over the course of nearly 200 years, the people of St. Peter’s have built a legacy of giving—contributing in every way to support programs, worship, music, and the broader community. God continues to call us to use our generosity to bring the message of the Gospel into the world. Your pledge of financial support can help amplify that message. 

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Worship and Music

Daily Office. 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. Evening prayer takes place every day online at 5:30 p.m. at 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. 

Christmas at St. Peter’s. During the season of Christmas, St. Peter’s will offer a broad array of liturgies and music in celebration of this major feast of the Church year. 

Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24: 
4:00 p.m. – Children’s Christmas Pageant with Holy Eucharist
7:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Choral Prelude at 6:30 p.m.
10:30 p.m. – Holy Eucharist, Rite II, “Midnight Mass,” Choral Prelude at 10:00 p.m.
Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25
10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist, Rite I. 
The First Sunday after Christmas, Sunday, December 26
10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist, Rite II. 
On the Second Sunday after Christmas, January 2, our regular Sunday schedule of Holy Eucharist at 7:45 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 11:15 a.m. resumes. 

In-person Nativity Pageant Returns. All friendly beasts, rejoicing angels, vigilant shepherds, members of the holy family, and readers are invited to take part in the Nativity Pageant. The pageant serves as the gospel reading for the 4:00 Christmas Eve Mass. Children from birth to age 12, act out the gospel reading through scripture and song. There are minimal speaking parts and the script is sent in advance for practice at home. Rehearsals will be at 2:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. We will continue to practice all set protocols including masks and fully vaccinated adults. For more information, contact Anna Hurdle. Sign up online signupgenius.com

New Vestments for St. Peter’s. In 2018, St. Peter’s received a gift from an anonymous donor to commission new vestments. In 2021, we contracted with Richard Luzar, a liturgical designer in Oxford, England to make new vestments to match our existing fabrics, not in need of replacement. Mr. Luzar is famous for his artistry and his ability to produce vestments that are both beautiful and cost-effective, especially for working-class parishes such as ours. Moving forward, you will see the Celebrant, Deacon, and Subdeacon dressed in matching vesture. These vestments are intended to enhance our worship and will be used primarily at 11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist. 

Learning

The Adult Forum, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. During the Sundays of Advent, the Adult Forum will cover material found in the book The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Birth by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. No advanced reading is necessary, but please feel free to read along if you would like. We will cover Part 2 on December 12 and Part 3 on December 19. 

Advent Toolkit from Episcopal Relief & Development. Episcopal Relief & Development’s 2021 Advent Toolkit includes weekly opportunities to create, learn and pray. There are DIY projects for families and communities that will take you from Advent to Christmas and through Epiphany. Explore resources, the 2021 Gifts for Life Catalog, and more at episcopalrelief.org/advent.

Sunday Book Group, December 12, 2:00 p.m. The Sunday Book Group will meet on Zoom to discuss “Native Hill” by Wendall Berry in the Art of the Commonplace (pages 3–31) and William Wordsworth’s “Michael: A Pastoral Poem.” On the following Sunday, December 19, we will meet at the home of Deje McGavran for a Christmas Tea at 2:00 p.m. Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) for reading questions and a schedule. Join online at st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday.

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, 6:30–8:00 p.m. The study is not meeting in December, but will resume on January 3 via Zoom. We will study 2 Corinthians using N.T. Wright’s Study Guide, which is available on Amazon. There is weekly preparation and everyone is invited to attend.  For more information, contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com).

Wednesday Afternoon Book Group, 1:00–2:00 p.m. The book group will resume on January 5, reading Ladder to the Light, an Indigenous Elder’s Meditations on Hope and Courage by Steven Charleston, an Episcopal Bishop & Choctaw Elder. 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 is 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

St. Luke’s Guild: Chronic Care Support Group, Thursday, December 9, 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).

Youth Advent Fair Recap, Thank You, & Reminders. The youth thanks the parish for its support of the Advent Fair; we appreciate you all very much. As a reminder, we will continue to sell $20 AutoBell Car Wash gift cards throughout Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany; contact Lyn Holt to purchase as gifts or for your own vehicle. The youth program receives 50% of the proceeds, which supports our Pilgrimage. We also sell Anglican Rosary & photography of St. Peter’s from Dr. John Hall year-round. We also are grateful for your support of our friends from the Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry. We are pleased to report that they sold every item that they brought thanks to you! Their handmade soaps are a new venture for the ministry, and they were thrilled! Your purchases go a long way to support their families and the ministry.

Welcoming Dusty Beert. Facilities Manager Dusty Beert joined St. Peter’s staff on Tuesday, November 30. Dusty comes to St. Peter’s from Discovery Place where has worked as an Exhibit Technician in the Facilities Department. Dusty moved to Charlotte, along with his wife, in 2020. He has a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware and comes with a wide range of job experiences, including building maintenance, design, and woodwork. You will see Dusty around the Parish House on Sunday mornings and throughout the week. Join us in welcoming Dusty to the St. Peter’s staff. 

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

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 at facebook.com.

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.