Singing in church is back. Join us for Worship.

Singing in church is back. Join us for Worship. The Diocese of N.C. has returned to late-2020 safety protocols, meaning that it’s possible for us to sing during worship and for the St. Peter’s Choir to lead the music at the 11:15 a.m. service. Diocesan guidelines still require masks indoors for all services and other gatherings, regardless of vaccination status. For those who prefer additional space during worship, those seats are available in the Chapel.

New Member Recognition Sunday. On February 6 at the 11:15 a.m. service, we will recognize new members who have joined St. Peter’s in 2020 and 2021 through either completing a membership form or baptism. There will be a reception in the lobby following the service to honor these new members. All are welcome to attend.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd this Sunday. As we continue to monitor the spread of the Omicron COVID variant, we are evaluating if we will be able return in person this Sunday. Please look for an email from Anna Hurdle or check the parents connect Facebook page for an update. 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.

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
Reception to honor new members, 12:30 p.m., Lobby 
Sunday Book Group, 2:00 p.m., Zoom (st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday)

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

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 $919,667 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.  The Social Justice series continues this week with the topic, “Your Vote: Rights, Responsibilities, and the Role of Faith.” Representatives from two nonpartisan nonprofits, Common Cause and YouCanVote present an overview of their activities and how St. Peter’s members can assist with voter education, registration, and participation in voting. You can also read about upcoming topics in the “Outreach & Social Justice” section of the news.

The Sunday Book Group, 2:00 p.m., February 6. We will meet on Zoom (st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday) to discuss Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, “The Window,” Sections 8-16. It’s not too late to join the group reading this novel. Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com), for the schedule and a reading guide.

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 transitioning to studying several of Paul’s letters during the spring. February 9 will be an overview of Paul and a brief introduction to the letters we will study over the next few months. No preparation is needed, but contact Mother Amanda (astephenson@st-peters.org) with any questions. Join on Zoom at st-peters.org/biblestudy-wednesday.

Diocesan Book Group, Mondays, 12:00–1:00 p.m. Beginning on March 7, the diocese will lead a group study on the book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby. More information and registration is available here: https://bit.ly/ColorofCompromise. For additional information, contact Jenny Beaumont (jenny.beaumont@episdionc.org), Missioner for Adult and Lifelong Formation.

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. 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 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.

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.