This Sunday at St. Peter’s, plus a note from the Sr. Warden.

This 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
Sunday Book Group, 2:00 p.m., Zoom (st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday)

Singing in church is back. Join us for Worship. The Diocese of N.C. has returned to late-2021 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 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 and the Nave.

Children’s formation and nursery care have resumed. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd this Sunday 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, please contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org). 

Lent at St. Peter’s. Our Lenten observances begin with Ash Wednesday on March 1. There will be no Shrove Tuesday dinner in the Parish Hall, due to ongoing pandemic precautions. In next week’s eNews we have provided prayers and recipes for parishioners to observe Shrove Tuesday at home. On Sundays in Lent, the Parish Hall Forum will focus on a study of Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s The Last Week, about the final days before the crucifixion in the Gospel of Mark.

On Ash Wednesday, three services of Holy Eucharist will be offered in the Church, along with our sidewalk ministry of Ashes-on-the-Go, for those unable to attend Church in person. On Sunday, March 6, the First Sunday in Lent will be marked by the Great Litany in procession. Whether you participate in one or all of these offerings, our hope is that Lent at St. Peter’s will enhance your journey of discipleship as we prepare for the holiest of seasons in the Church.

Ash Wednesday at St. Peter’s. 
Ash Wednesday Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Ashes-on-the-Go Sidewalk Ministry, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Ash Wednesday Eucharist, Rite II, 12:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday Eucharist, Rite II, 7:00 p.m.

A Note from the Sr. Warden, Patricia Massey Hoke

In late January, the Vestry gathered for our annual retreat to kickoff the year. We learned about each other, discussed our commitment to the parish, and dove into our strategic plan. I left with a deep sense of gratitude for each member of the Vestry, and with enthusiasm for our work together this year.

Because we are your Vestry, I wanted to share highlights of the commitments we made to each other and to the people of St. Peter’s. We commit to:

Serving all members of our parish, not only those with whom we are familiar; 
Communicating with the parish regarding our work;
Using our individual gifts as a collective body;
Being innovative and open to change;
Honoring and being motivated by the history of St. Peter’s; 
Living into the spirit of abundance and grace that has carried the parish through the pandemic; and
Being active members in the life of St. Peter’s. 

Just this week, the Vestry met for our monthly meeting and spent significant time discussing our strategic plan which will lead us for the next two years, after being extended by the Vestry at the end of last year. In the coming months, we will determine which activities within each strategic goal we will focus on this year.

While we are honored to represent St. Peter’s on the Vestry, the work of our parish happens because so many of you give of your time and energy to this special place. Thank you. To those of you who are looking to get engaged, now is a great time, especially as we slowly begin more in-person opportunities! Please contact any member of the Vestry to learn more about the ministry areas they represent and how you can get involved, as well as with any questions or concerns throughout the year.

Might God call us into new ways of life this year, together. 

Patricia Massey Hoke, Senior Warden