Coffee Hour to Resume April 24

This Week

Sunday

Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Church
Formation for all ages, 10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 11:15 a.m., Church and Livestream
20s30s First Sunday Brunch, 12:30 p.m., Duckworth’s
Book Study, 2:00 p.m., Zoom (st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday)

The Daily Office

Morning Prayer, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m., Zoom (st-peters.org/morningprayer)*
Evening Prayer, Monday–Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Zoom (st-peters.org/eveningprayer)
*Morning Prayer is offered virtually weekdays and in person Tuesday and Thursdays

Weekdays

Monday, Bible Study, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Noon, Chapel
Wednesday, Bible Study, 7:00 p.m., Zoom (st-peters.org/biblestudy-wednesday)

Coffee Hours Resume April 24 and we Need Your Help. Coffee Hour returns on April 24 after the 11:15 a.m. service. The Coffee Hour ministry is working to rebuild our Coffee Hour Teams. Volunteering would include 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 please contact Harris Holt (harrisholt3@gmail.com) or Mother Amanda (astephenson@st-peters.org).

Changes to Parking Deck Validation Effective Sunday, April 3. Our parking validation scanners are being discontinued by the owners of the parking deck next week. You will still be able to validate your parking ticket for free parking while at St. Peter’s by using paper “chaser” tickets. Single-use chaser tickets will be in the same locations as the validators. Be sure to pick one up every time you visit St. Peter’s and park in the parking deck in order to leave without paying.

The chaser ticket is basically a form of payment. Depending on which exit you use (7th or 8th Street), insert or scan the original parking ticket, the system will display a fee, then insert or scan the chaser ticket. Both the original parking ticket and the chaser ticket are required to exit the garage. During the transition, we plan to station Sunday volunteers at both exits to assist parishioners as they leave the parking deck.

Easter Flowers. Special contributions in memory or honor of loved ones help to fund the beautiful flowers for Eastertide observances, beginning with the Great Vigil of Easter on April 16. For names to be printed in the worship service leaflets, the deadline is Wednesday, April 6. Mail a check to the business office at St. Peter’s, indicating “Easter Flowers” in the memo line; contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142); or donate online at onrealm.org/StPetersEpiscop93/give/eastermemorials.

Worship and Music

Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Palm Sunday, April 10 – 7:45, 9:00, 11:15 a.m.
Holy Tuesday, April 12 – Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m., Chapel
Holy Wednesday, April 13 – Noon Eucharist, Chapel
Holy Thursday, April 14 – Morning Prayer at 8:00, Chapel
Maundy Thursday Liturgy, April 14 – 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday, April 15 – Confessions at 10 a.m., Solemn Liturgy at Noon
Good Friday – Stations of the Cross, 3:00 p.m., Church
Great Vigil of Easter, April 16 – 8:00 p.m.
Easter Day, April 17 – 7:45, 9:00, 11:15 a.m.

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 will be offered in-person for children ages 3–12 in the atria, 10:00 a.m.–Noon. Child care for young children through age 3 is offered in the nursery, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org). Masking remains in effect for these two programs.

The Adult Forum in Lent, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. During Lent, Father Jacob and Mother Amanda will lead the Adult Forum as we work through Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s book, The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem. Reading the book is not necessary, but if you do choose to read along, we take up the final section on April 3, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.

The Sunday Party of Readers, 2:00 p.m. The group meets every other Sunday on Zoom (st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday) to discuss Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. For Sunday, April 3, we will discuss the end of the novel. Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) for a schedule and reading guide.

Monday Night Bible Study, 6:30–8:00 p.m. We will study the Gospel According to Luke  using N. T. Wright’s Study Guide, which is available from 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 is reading Sacred Earth Sacred Soul by John Philip Newell. 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 studying several of Paul’s letters this spring; we are now on Ephesians. No preparation is needed, but contact Mother Amanda (astephenson@st-peters.org) with any questions or if you would like to read ahead. Join online at st-peters.org/biblestudy-wednesday.

Diocesan Book Group, Mondays, 12:00–1:00 p.m. The diocese is leading a group study on the book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby. More information and registration is available here: https://bit.ly/ColorofCompromise. For additional information, contact Jenny Beaumont (jenny.beaumont@episdionc.org), Missioner for Adult and Lifelong Formation.

Community Life

Charlotte Writers Club Event at St. Peter’s, Thursday, April 21,  7:00 p.m. “Seeking Refuge; How Stories Can Save Us,” is the theme for an evening with Charlotte Writers Club and conversation about the power of story in the lives of refugees and immigrants. Panelists include: Diya Abdo, the Lincoln Financial Professor of English at Guilford College, and founder of Every Campus a Refuge, which advocates for housing refugee families on college campuses; Banu Valladares, Executive Director of the Charlotte Bilingual Preschool and former Administrator with the North Carolina Humanities Council; and Joseph Bathanti, the McFarlane Family Distinguished Professor in Interdisciplinary Education at Appalachian State University and North Carolina’s Poet Laureate from 2012 – 2014. The panel will be moderated by Charlotte memoirist, poet, and educator Gilda Morina Syverson. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit the Charlotte Writers Club website (charlottewriters39club35.wildapricot.org/event-4689830).

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, please sign up at the welcome desk in the lobby. Once buttons are completed, they will be added to the button boards in the lobby. 

Upcoming 20s30s Fellowship Events. Please mark your calendar for the following 20s30s fellowship opportunities. More details of each event will follow closer to the date. If you need to be added to the 20s30s email list, please contact Mother Amanda Stephenson (astephenson@st-peters.org). March 31, 7:00 p.m. – Trivia @ The Chamber Wooden Robot Brewery (NoDa, woodenrobotbrewery.com/location/the-chamber); April 3, 12:30 p.m. – First Sunday Brunch – Duckworth’s; April 22, 6:00 p.m. – Brewery Hangout with Food Trucks @ Resident Culture (Plaza Midwood) residentculturebrewing.com; April 30, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – White Water Center (whitewater.org).

Episcopal Church Women Spring Conference, Saturday, April 2, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. The Episcopal Church Women of the Charlotte Convocation invite you to attend the spring program at Christ Church (1412 Providence Road). With the guidance of the authors of “From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century,” the gathering will focus on the ideas put forward in this award-winning book and is part of the ongoing effort to build the Beloved Community in the Diocese of North Carolina. The authors, William Darity and A. Kirstin Mullins will be present with us for the conference.  For more about this opportunity for learning, inspiration, and fellowship, and to register, visit www.ecw-nc.org. If you register, please contact Nelda Leon (neldaleon03@gmail.com) who is organizing the St. Peter’s delegation. 

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.

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).

Seeds for a Greener Lent

Collectively advocating for institutional transformation and individually stewarding our energy usage contributes to the eco-well being of all. Join the movement for energy justice—mitigating harm from current energy systems, and equalizing access to, and building towards, cleaner energy: Learn/Advocate/Donate: Power to the People (nonprofitquarterly.org/power-to-the-people-why-we-need-energy-justice); Institute for Energy Justice (iejusa.org); NC Interfaith Power & Light (ncipl.org). Support St. Peter’s effort to reduce our carbon footprint (including possible consideration of solar panels). Reduce: Get an energy assessment of your home (www.energy.gov/energysaver/professional-home-energy-assessments); set heat down/AC up two degrees; window coverings open winter/closed summer; LED bulbs; lights and TVs on only in occupied rooms; washing machine: high spin (reduces amount of dryer time); dishwasher: eco setting, air dry instead of heated. Transport differently: walk, bicycle, light rail, bus, electric/hybrid cars.

Outreach & Social Justice

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. Specific needs will change as the crisis evolves. As of right now, there is a need for food, water and shelter. Please consider partnering with Episcopal Relief & Development in this response. Visit episcopalrelief.org/ukraine-crisis for more information.

Samaritan’s Feet and the growing refugee crisis in eastern Europe. Over 2 million people have fled Ukraine in search of safety. They’ve left everything behind and are entering neighboring countries with just the clothes they are wearing. St. Peter’s ministry partner, Samaritan’s Feet, is helping the people of Ukraine by sending thousands of pairs of athletic shoes, work boots, rain boots, and socks: first with Convoy of Hope to the border crossing in Medyka, Poland, and then with CANDLES Holocaust Museum & Education Center to Krakow, Poland. Visit www.samaritansfeet.org/ukraine/donate for more information on how you can assist in sending shoes to additional Poland border crossings.

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.