Christmas at St. Peter’s. 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 19
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Church
The Adult Forum, Parish House, 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
Sunday Book Group Gathering, 2:00 p.m., Off-site 

Wednesday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Noon, Chapel
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. 

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 using Realm or mail donations with acknowledgments to Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org). 

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. 

Greening of the Church, Thursday, December 23, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Anyone may join the altar guild in the annual greening of the church in preparation for Christmas celebrations. Cleaners and polishers, along with folks to help hang garlands and wreaths, and volunteers to place poinsettias, are needed. Cleaning will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end by 2:00 p.m. No experience is required. Drop-ins are welcome and parishioners of all ages and abilities are invited to attend. For questions, please contact Mary Virginia Woodall (704-351-1627, mava823@gmail.com).
Parish House Offices closed until the New Year Beginning December 24. In observance of Christmastide, the Parish Offices will be closed beginning December 24 through January 2. Morning Prayer will be offered by Zoom and the Weekday Holy Eucharist will resume January 5. For pastoral emergencies, please dial the clergy-on-call line, 704-749-6175.

2022 Annual Giving Campaign

How will we answer God’s call in 2022? Guided by a strategic plan to care for our faith, our community, our home, and our world, our new vestry will begin to envision the answer to that question in early January. Your individual response to God’s call – through worship, prayer, service, and giving – will have a very big impact.

If you have not yet made your pledge of financial support for 2022, please make it today. Together, we have committed $835,000 toward our goal of $960,000. You can make a secure pledge online at st-peters.org/pledge, or by contacting Director of Stewardship Allison Elrod (aelrod@st-peters.org).

Learn more from your fellow parishioners about why pledging is important on the Giving page: st-peters.org/giving/stories-of-stewardship.

Worship and Music

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 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass. Children from birth to age twelve 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. Rehearsal 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 (ahurdle@st-peters.org). Sign up online through SignUpGenius

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. On December 28 and December 30, Morning Prayer will only be offered online but will resume in the Chapel on January 4. 

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. Please note that the Wednesday Eucharist is suspended for December 29 but will resume January 5. 

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 3 on December 19. The forum then takes a break for the weeks of December 26 and January 2, resuming on January 9. 

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 at the home of Deje McGavran at 2:00 p.m. on December 19, for a Christmas Tea. A Zoom connection will be available at 3:00 p.m. for those unable to attend in person. We will be selecting our new book for January to May meetings. Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) for more information. 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, January 13, 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, and Reminders. The Youth of St. Peter’s thank the parish for its support of the Advent Fair and 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 (lholt@st-peters.org) to purchase as gifts or for your own vehicle. The youth program receives 50% of the proceeds, which supports our Pilgrimage. We sell Anglican rosaries and photography of St. Peter’s by Dr. John Hall year-round. We also are grateful for your support of our friends from the Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry: 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.

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

Room in the Inn. Room in the Inn is in need of your donations, particularly the following items:  deodorant, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, chapstick, socks. These items are passed out to 12 guests every week, so the need is ongoing. There is a basket in the lobby under the parking ticket scanner to leave your donations. If you have questions or want to get involved in other ways with RITI, contact Bert Miano, miano204@gmail.com, or 205-222-7527. 

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.