Creation Care Sunday. 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, October 10
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
Adult Confirmation Class, 12:30 p.m.

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.

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, while the positivity rate in Mecklenburg County remains above 7%. 

Eco-Justice Series. Join the St. Peter’s Eco-Justice team for three important opportunities in October as we learn, act, and advocate to be good Christian stewards of the Earth, our common home. Green Faith Global Days of Action: St. Peter’s will join with many churches in Charlotte and all over the world to engage in Green Faith’s Global Days of Action on October 17 and 18. Learn more online at greenfaith.org. 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 https://st-peters.org/ej-series.

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. 


Learn more and pledge today >>

Worship and Music

In-person Morning Prayer. 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.

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. 

Ushers Needed. Ushers are the main point of contact with congregants before, during, and after services and help assist in seating, answering questions, and distributing bulletins. Ushers are also the first people that most visitors meet, serving as important ambassadors to the community. Our ushers can help anyone who is not familiar with our liturgy or anyone with special needs. We ask all ushers to commit to at least one Sunday a month. Interested? Contact Michael Talbert (mtalbert@st-peters.org).

Learning

The Adult Forum, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. As a part of our continuing series on End of Life, parishioner Carl King, Esq., will review the legal aspects of end-of-life planning. The discussion will not be a ‘cold’ review of statutes but will include Carl’s personal thoughts and stories as he has guided families through these challenging questions since the late 1990s. We will discuss planning for incapacity—how to name a health care agent and place instructions in a living will. Carl also will provide a general overview of estate planning choices (including wills and trusts) and summarize the estate administration process. Carl’s presentation will draw on his experience serving families in private practice for over 22 years, his supervision of nearly 800 pro bono wills cases in Charlotte, and his lessons as a professor at the University of Miami College of Law’s Estate Planning program.

Adult Confirmation Class, Sundays, 12:30–2:00 p.m. The Adult Confirmation class is for any adults who wish to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. It is also an excellent refresher for those who may wish to reaffirm their faith. The class will run on Sunday afternoons through October 17, culminating in Confirmation and Reception by the bishop at the 11:15 a.m. service on October 24. If you would like more information, please contact Father Jacob Pierce (jpierce@st-peters.org) or Mother Amanda Stephenson (astephenson@st-peters.org). 

Grief Support Group: Mourning, Mud Wrestling, and Making Your Way on the Grief Camino. Every other Sunday, at 1:30 p.m., Priest Associate, the Reverend Sally Johnston, and parishioner, Dan Busch LCSW, will offer a grief support group for those who have recently lost a spouse or partner. This group will meet for 6 months in the Parlor. For more information or questions, please contact Mother Sally Johnston (revsallyjohnston@gmail.com) or Dan Busch (danwbusch@gmail.com).

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 with Ruth Woodend, 6:30–8:00 p.m. Monday Night Bible Study is using N.T. Wright’s Bible Study Guide through 1st Corinthians. The book is available through Amazon and there is weekly preparation. Contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com, 704-661-4687) to register or for more information.

Wednesday Afternoon Book Group, 1:00–2:00 p.m. The Book Study is reading The World, The Flesh and The Devil, What Do We Do With Evil? by Richard Rohr. 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 picks up where we left off in the spring as we continue 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, October 14, 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 (mailto:danwbusch@gmail.com, 704-519-7417).

Senior Class Luncheon. The Senior Class will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Leroy Fox Kitchen, (705 S. Sharon Amity Road) on October 19. For more information and to RSVP contact Sue Martin (suewmartin123@gmail.com, 704-364-9061).

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation Events. In November, the Library Foundation will host two outstanding events: its Verse and Vino fundraiser on November 4, featuring New York Times Best-selling authors; and One For The Books, a celebration of the current Main Library before it is demolished, November 6–14. Learn more online at foundation.cmlibrary.org.

Contact Tracing for COVID-19 Infections. The Diocese of North Carolina requires worshipping 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. As many of you know, Room in the Inn was canceled last year. There remains a tremendous need for this ministry, and Roof Above is committed to resuming Room in the Inn this winter under new COVID-safety protocols. Every neighbor that participates in the program will be required to be vaccinated and be masked with social distancing. The meals will be prepared off-site to reduce close contact, but we can still make a real difference by providing meals and shelter for one night a week. If St. Peter’s is to participate this year, we need a full slate of volunteers ready to get involved. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com, 205-222-7527). To determine whether we can move forward, please take a short, anonymous survey about Room in the Inn at st-peters.org/riti-survey.

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.