Parish Hall Forum on Faith and Social Justice. Plus this week’s news.

This Week

Sunday
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Church
Formation, 10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 11:15 a.m., Church and Livestream

The Daily Office
Morning Prayer, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m., Zoom (st-peters.org/morningprayer)*
Evening Prayer, Monday–Friday, 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.
Tuesday, Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Chapel
Wednesday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Noon, Chapel
Wednesday, Bible Study, 7:00 p.m., Zoom (st-peters.org/biblestudy-wednesday)
Wednesday, Room in the Inn

Join us for 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 both the nave of the church and the chapel. Diocesan guidelines require masks indoors at St. Peter’s for all services and other gatherings, regardless of vaccination status. 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd online this Sunday. As we continue to monitor the spread of the Omicron COVID variant, there will be no nursery services offered this Sunday. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children will be offered online. For questions and link information please contact Susan Dosier (susan@dkcommunicationsgroup.com). In person formation for youth (grades 6–12) and adults takes place at 10:00 a.m.

2022 Annual Giving Campaign

How will we answer God’s call in 2022? Guided by a strategic plan to care for our faith, our community, our home, and our world, our new vestry will begin to envision the answer to that question. Your individual response to God’s call—through worship, prayer, service, and giving—will have a very big impact.

If you have not yet made your pledge of financial support for 2022, please make it today. Together, we have committed $906,657 toward our goal of $960,000. You can make a secure pledge online at st-peters.org/pledge, or by contacting Director of Stewardship Allison Elrod (aelrod@st-peters.org).

Learn more from your fellow parishioners about why pledging is important on the Giving page: st-peters.org/giving/stories-of-stewardship.

Worship and Music

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

The Adult Forum, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. On Sunday, January 30, Father Jacob and Jim Dudley will lead a discussion in the Parish Hall exploring the connection between faith, spirituality, and social justice. In preparation for three upcoming Social Justice forums, this Sunday’s offering is a great opportunity to explore your own faith journey and how each of us are called, in the words of the Baptismal Covenant, to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” See the “Outreach and Social Justice” section below for a full listing of the February series.

Monday Night Bible Study, 6:30–8:00 p.m. We will study Second Corinthians 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 Ladder to the Light, an Indigenous Elder’s Meditations on Hope and Courage by Steven Charleston, an Episcopal Bishop and Choctaw Elder. 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 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 on Zoom at st-peters.org/biblestudy-wednesday.

Community Life

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.

Outreach & Social Justice

Social Justice Forum Series: Faith and Democracy. Please join the Social Justice Ministry in the Parish Hall for an informative series of Adult Forums 10:00—11:00 a.m. focused on faith and democracy:

February 6—Your Vote: Rights, Responsibilities, and the Role of Faith. Representatives from two nonpartisan nonprofits, Common Cause and YouCanVote will present an overview of their activities and how St. Peter’s members who are interested can assist with voter education, registration, and participation ahead of the 2022 primaries and general election.

February 13—Why Voting Matters: Local Government Services and Our Community. A diverse, bipartisan panel will discuss the responsibilities of the three main local government bodies and how they impact our lives each day. Guest speakers include former Charlotte City Council member Edwin Peacock, former Mecklenburg County Commissioner (who also served as a Board of Education member) Dr. Wilhelmina Rembert, and former CMS Board of Education member Louise Woods.  

February 20—Democracy Threatened: The Role We Can Play to Help Save It. The Carter Center has worked for years on elections monitoring and nonviolence in countries around the world and is now turning to work in the U.S. Former Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, who is working with the Carter Center to lead this initiative in N.C., will discuss the implications of their work for religious, racial, economic, and other societal divides. Democracy N.C. will describe their nonpartisan voter protection program that works to ensure every eligible voter in our state can register to vote and successfully cast their ballot.   

Room in the Inn is in need of your donations, particularly the following items:  deodorant, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, chapstick, socks. These items are passed out to twelve guests every week, so the need is ongoing. There is a basket in the lobby under the parking ticket scanner to leave your donations. If you have questions or want to get involved in other ways with RITI, contact Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com, 205-222-7527). 

St. Peter’s Social Justice Facebook Group. For information about important Social Justice events in our parish and in the Community, please follow us online at facebook.com.

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