News from St. Peter’s

Dogwood in the churchyard garden.

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.

Join us on Sunday, May 15 to celebrate the members of our 1834 Legacy Society and to honor Bill Williamson for his many years of leadership on our Endowment Board. All are welcome to a catered celebration following the 11:15 a.m. service, when we’ll be making a very special  announcement. RSVP now to rsvp@st-peters.org

Josiah Daniels to be Ordained. St. Peter’s parishioner, Josiah Daniels, currently studying at Virginia Theological Seminary, has completed his final preparations for ordination. Josiah will be ordained a transitional deacon alongside three others on June 4 at St. Phillip’s Chapel, Canterbury School in Greensboro. St. Peter’s parishioners are invited to attend this joyous occasion. More information regarding the time of the service will be shared in the coming weeks.

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.

Intercessory Prayer during Communion. Beginning Sundays in May, the tradition of in-person intercessory prayer returns during the 11:15 a.m. service. Members of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry will be available for private and confidential sharing of prayer needs in the Parlor, just after you receive Communion. No appointments necessary. Contact Pat Markel (markelhouse@aol.com) for more information.

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.

Charlotte Choir School Spring Concerts. Celebrate the sunshine with the young voices of Charlotte Choir School for a seasonal showcase of choral music in person on May 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Church. These concerts will feature the five choirs of the Charlotte Choir School under the direction of Elizabeth Lenti. Purchase tickets online at www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-spring-concert-tickets-302990983187.

Organ Recital Series Continues. On Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. we are pleased to welcome Ben Outen as the recitalist for the next installment of our 10th Anniversary organ recital series, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of C. B. Fisk Opus 136, our magnificent pipe organ. For nearly 25 years, Ben was Director of Music and Organist at St. Peter’s and now holds a similar position at Christ Church in Charlotte.

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, 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, May 8: Mental Health in the Beloved Community. This three week series with John W. Hall, PhD, ABPP, a St. Peter’s member and board certified clinical health psychologist, will look at how mental health can strengthen and be strengthened in the beloved community, such as St. Peter’s. Through a combination of presentation and discussion, the goal of the series is to maximize our ability to live “to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24–25). This week will look at ways that we can recognize when our own wellness may be suffering and what we can do about it. While not specifically focusing on diagnosable mental illnesses, we can nonetheless look at unhelpful patterns and ways to mobilize our resources to turn them around before they cause trouble in our lives. 

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 Colossians. 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.

Community Life

Fulfilling your pledge by automatic payment. Thank you to everyone who uses your credit card or a bank draft to contribute monthly to our life and ministries. Please remember to check that your approval is still valid, as payments will stop on the date you set when you first create the automatic feature. Questions, contact Allison Elrod (aelrod@st-peters.org, 704-749-6156).

Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed. Coffee Hour after the 11:15 a.m. service has returned and 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 contact Harris Holt (harrisholt3@gmail.com) or Mother Amanda (astephenson@st-peters.org).

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

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. 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.

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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.