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This Week

Sign Up Now for the 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. The cost is $40 per person, with a $100 family maximum. Children under 6 may join at no charge. Reserve your space now at st-peters.org/choir-brunch. This event supports the Choir’s 2023 pilgrimage to Ely Cathedral in England.

High School Seniors Honored on Sunday. As part of Sunday’s Youth Sunday, we honor our high school seniors: Millie Holtz, graduating from Charlotte Latin School, and Mia King, graduating from East Mecklenburg High School.

Josiah Daniels to be Ordained June 4. 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.

Sunday

Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Church
Formation for Children and Youth, 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 

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 Conclude for the Term This Sunday. 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). Classes resume on September 11.

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). 

Community Life

As parents and grandparents, we can’t control natural disasters or horrific events in our world, but we can help children cope when these things do happen. Here is a helpful and well crafted piece by Montessori educator and consultant, P. Donahue Shortridge about dealing with and speaking of tragedy with our children: www.pdonohueshortridge.com/AandE/Protecting.pdf

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. — Book of Common Prayer, p. 815

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.

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). June 5, 12:30 p.m., First Sunday Brunch will attend the Choir Fundraising Brunch after church (st-peters.org/choir-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

March for Our Lives. On Saturday, June 11, at 12:00 p.m. in First Ward Park, the St. Peter’s Clergy and Social Justice Ministry leaders will join March for Our Lives, a student-led nonprofit advocating for an end to gun violence. Parishioners of all ages are invited to join St. Peter’s in support of young people advocating for policy reforms to create safer schools and safer communities. 

Join us for Sunday Juneteenth. On Sunday, June 19, St. Peter’s will celebrate Juneteenth during our worship services. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, partiuclary the event when news reached enslaved persons in Galveston, Texas more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Join us for worship on Juneteenth for special music and a guest preacher. 

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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