Organ Recital Saturday, plus This Week’s News.

This Week

Organ Recital Saturday, May 21, 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.

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 

Hearing Assistance. For those needing assistance with hearing, you can pick up a hearing assistance device from the basket just outside the Chapel.

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

The Adult Forum, May 22: Eco-Justice Series. The second of our two-part Eco-Justice series is ”Advocating with your Pen and Purse.” This is a not-to-miss opportunity to learn from the experts: Donnetta Collier, Financial Coach at Self-Help Credit Union and Peter Krull, Founder, CEO and Director of Investments at Earth Equity Advisors. They will speak to us about best strategies for managing our financial resources wisely. There will be information that is relevant for all income levels. Each of us votes every day, by the way we spend and save our dollars.

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 at 11:00 a.m. on June 4 at Phillips Chapel, Canterbury School in Greensboro. St. Peter’s parishioners are invited to attend this joyous occasion. 

Call for Day of Pentecost Readers: Each year on Pentecost Sunday, a part of the reading from Acts 2 is read simultaneously in multiple languages. If you can read or speak a language other than English, we invite you to participate in this tradition on June 5 at the 9:00 a.m. or 11:15 a.m liturgies. Sign up by Thursday, May 26, by contacting Michael Talbert, Clergy Assistant (mtalbert@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141). Detailed information will be sent to you after sign up.

Save the Date for a Pentecost Brunch, June 5. The St. Peter’s Choir will host Sunday brunch and a hymn sing on the Day of Pentecost, just after the 11:15 a.m. service. More details, including a link to reserve your place, will come next week.

Worship and Music

Summer worship schedule. Beginning June 12, Trinity Sunday, St. Peter’s will move to a summer Sunday worship schedule. Holy Eucharist Rite I with music will be offered at 8:30 a.m. and Choral Holy Eucharist Rite II will be offered at 11:00 a.m. Our summer schedule will remain in effect until the Sunday after Labor Day, September 11. 

The Common Cup. 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. 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 at the 11:15 a.m. service. No appointment is 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.

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.

“Mental Health in the Beloved Community” Slides Available. Those who would like to review the slides from Dr. John Hall’s recent Sunday Forum series can access them here: bit.ly/3Nf6S8P.

Final Adult Forum: May 29. An open conversation with the clergy, Mother Amanda will be available to talk about any topics that may be of interest. Join us for a relaxed but engaging conversation before taking a break for the summer.

Monday Night Bible Study, 6:30–8:00 p.m. We are studying 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. Monday Bible Study will end on June 6.  We are half-way through Luke which we will resume in the Fall followed by the Book of Acts. 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. This group will finish meeting at the end of May. In the fall, we plan to read The Church Cracked Open by Stephanie Spellers followed by R. Rohr’s, The Naked Now. 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. This group will end on June 1 and resume again in the fall. 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).

Recycling. The St. Peter’s community is committed to caring for our planet as an expression of faith and gratitude. We ask our members, guests, vendors, and tenants to conscientiously recycle whenever possible. You can find receptacles in the community room and the kitchen, and in the workroom.

Capital Campaign Exploratory Committee. In response to Goal Four of our Strategic Plan (st-peters.org/strategic-plan), which was recently extended by the Vestry into 2023, a Capital Campaign Exploratory Committee was commissioned to assess critical building repairs, deferred maintenance, the functionality of our Parish House, physically accessibility, and the feasibility of a capital campaign in the near future. The committee consists of David Lavoie Chair, Father Jacob, Allison Elrod, Marcus Clarke, Sam Gardner, Christa Lineberger, Ann Miano, and Rob Smith. The committee expects to submit a final report to the Vestry this fall. 

20s30s Upcoming Events. All those who are in their 20s or 30s are invited to come to the following events. More details will be provided closer to each event. If you need to be added to the email list for this group, please email Mother Amanda (astephenson@st-peters.org). May 19, 7:00 p.m., Trivia at Sugar Creek Brewing Company  (sugarcreekbrewing.com); June 5, 12:30 p.m., First Sunday Brunch; June 8, 6:00 p.m., Free Wednesday Evenings at The Mint Museum (mintmuseum.org); June 17, 7:00 p.m., Charlotte Knights Baseball Game at Truist Field;  July 3, 12:00 p.m., First Sunday Brunch; July 8, 7:00 p.m. River Jam at The Whitewater Center; July 22, 7:00 p.m. Brewery Night (location TBD). 

Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed. Coffee Hour is back and we are serving wonderful coffee from Queen City Grounds. The Coffee Hour ministry is working to rebuild our Coffee Hour Teams. Volunteering includes 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.

N.C. Council of Churches Sponsors “2022 Critical Issues” Series. Some have said the foundation of democracy is built on the foundation of God’s divine act of creating humans in God’s Image–Imago Dei. This divine act ensures the uniqueness and value of every single person. Join us virtually at noon each day, Monday, May 23 through Friday, May 27 for “The Ties that Bind Our Democracy.” Monday, May 23: Jennifer Roberts and Bob Orr, The Carter Center, “Democracy Initiative of the Carter Center.” Tuesday, May 24: Hilary Harris Klein, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, “Topic: Why Redistricting Matters.” Wednesday, May 25: Melissa Price Kromm, N.C. Voters for Clean Elections, “Importance of the Judiciary.” Thursday, May 26: The Reverend Marcus Fairley & Marcus Bass, N.C. Black Alliance, “Access to the Polls.” Friday, May 27, Serena Sebring, Blueprint N.C., “Democracy in Action.” More information is online at ncchurches.org.

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.