Happy Easter! Coffee Hour resumes Sunday

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

Parking validation now requires a “chaser” ticket to exit without paying. Be sure to get one before leaving the Church or Parish House.

Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed. Coffee Hour returns on April 24 after the 11:15 a.m. service, but we need your help. 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).

In Gratitude

Easter is always a time of great celebration, and this year in particular as we gather fully in-person for the first time since Easter 2019. Whatever your experiences have been over the past two years, your faithful generosity has made it possible for St. Peter’s to continue to carry out our vision. We remain a place of unconditional welcome and a beacon of God’s love in the heart of Charlotte.If you would like to make a special contribution during the season of Eastertide, you can make your donation online at st-peters.org/easter-gratitude. Thank you for your generosity.

Worship and Music

The Common Cup returns. 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. 

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.

Youth Formation Classes. The Journey to Adulthood program is offered in person for youth currently in grades 7-12, in the youth rooms in the basement of the parish house, from 10:00–11:00 a.m. The Journey to Adulthood curriculum provides our youth with valuable lessons that support and encourage their growing edges in spirituality, societal responsibility, and self-knowledge. For more information, contact Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org). Masks are currently optional in our youth classrooms.

The Adult Forum, April 24. In honor of Earth Day, the Eco-Justice Committee will present a two part forum series “Advocating with your Pen and Purse.” On April 24, Jennifer Roberts will provide information on how best to advocate locally for climate justice and Lyn Holt will discuss how best to make food purchases that minimize climate impact. On May 22, we will have speakers from Self-Help Credit Union and Earth Equity Advisors advise us on how to manage our personal finances to promote all social justice goals, including climate justice.  The financial management information will be relevant for individuals of all income levels.

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 in 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.

The Sunday Party of Readers. On Sunday, April 24, at 2:00 p.m. on Zoom (st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday) we will meet to wrap up Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse and to make plans for our next in-person meeting. Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) for information.

Community Life

20s30s Gathering at Resident Culture. On Friday, April 22, we will gather at 6:00 p.m. at Resident Culture (Plaza Midwood location, 2101 Central Ave.) for Food Truck Friday, an evening of food, beer, and live music (residentculturebrewing.com). Please be in touch with Mary Gotschall (marygotschall@gmail.com) if you plan to attend.

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, May 15 is “Legacy Sunday,” when we’ll celebrate the members of our 1834 Legacy Society. Join us at the 9:00 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. service and afterward for a reception and very special announcement.

All Together Now: Charlotte Earth Day, Saturday, April 23. Please attend and help out with this wonderful learning celebration at First Ward Park for the whole family. There will be many fun activities, performances, puppets, parades, music, dancing, food trucks, and exhibitors. The centerpiece of the event is a playful, child-centered treasure hunt to learn about the Earth and become an Earth Kid. For information about the event visit charlotteearthday.com. On the same website you can also volunteer and make a donation. 

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). April 30, 12:00–5:00 p.m. – White Water Center (whitewater.org); May 1, 12:30 p.m. – First Sunday Brunch (location TBD). 

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

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. Please consider partnering with Episcopal Relief & Development in this response. Visit episcopalrelief.org/ukraine-crisis for more information.

Assuring Democracy: Volunteers Needed to Protect the Vote. Changing election law and court decisions are posing unique challenges to voters this election cycle. Democracy North Carolina’s nonpartisan Voter Protection program works to ensure that every voter can successfully cast a ballot. Volunteer Vote Protectors are the “eyes and ears on the ground” at voting sites across N.C., assisting those having trouble voting and reporting issues to the 888-OUR-VOTE hotline. Volunteers will be responsible for visiting one or more voting sites in their community on at least one of the following days: Thursday, April 28; Saturday, May 14; and Election Day, Tuesday, May 17. (April 28 will only be an option for veteran Vote Protectors.). RSVP now (tinyurl.com/2p9f2f8r) for the Western Piedmont virtual training on Saturday, April 23.

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.