Worship and Music
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 11:00 a.m. service. No appointment is necessary. Contact Pat Markel. (email@example.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.
Save the Date: Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day. On Saturday, September 10, Liturgical ministers and volunteers will gather from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. This retreat is for long-time volunteers, for those who are new to a ministry, for those who wish to be trained, and for those who simply wish to learn more. Morning and Evening Prayer officiants, ushers, Eucharistic ministers, and lectors are all welcome to attend. The day will begin with fellowship and a plenary at 10:00 a.m. in the nave of the Church, followed by breakout sessions for each group. Eucharistic Visitors and Altar Guild volunteers routinely schedule separate training opportunities. For more information, contact Michael Talbert (firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-749-6141), Clergy Assistant.
Children’s Formation and Nursery Care. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, our Montessori based children’s formation, will resume on Sunday, September 11. 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 (email@example.com). Masking is optional.
Youth Formation. Journey to Adulthood classes for our youth will return September 11. A group will travel to Costa Rica for a week of mission work with the youth of the Diocese of Costa Rica. We are also reviving a pre-COVID tradition of meeting together for “Summer Nights: Taizé, Dinner, & Movie” on Wednesday, August 17, 4:30–11:00 p.m. in the youth space. “Summer Nights” is for all rising 6th through 12th grade youth. Bring $10 for dinner. We will start the 2022–2023 program year with our annual Beach Retreat, Labor Day Weekend, September 2–5. Email Lyn Holt (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of Youth Ministry, for more information.
Adult Formation. Sunday and weekday adult formation will return on or following September 11. More complete descriptions and dates are coming soon, but here is a list of our fall adult formation offerings:
- The Adult Forum, Sundays 9:45 a.m., “What does the Epsicopal Church Believe About…?”
- Sacred Ground, Sundays 1:00 p.m.
- Sunday Party of Readers, Sundays 2:00 p.m. on Zoom, “Monsters and Neighbors”
- Monday Night Bible Study, Mondays 6:30 p.m. on Zoom, The Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts
- Education for Ministry (EfM), Mondays 7:15 p.m. on Zoom
- 20s30s Book Study, First Tuesday of the Month 7:00 p.m., reading Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans
- Wednesday Afternoon Book Group, Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. on Zoom, reading The Church Cracked Open by Stephanie Spellers
- Wednesday Night Bible Study, Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. on Zoom, studying Women of the Bible
Episcopal 101, beginning September 18. Between September 18 and October 9, the Adult Forum will focus on basics of the Episcopal/Anglican faith, culminating with the bishop’s visit on Sunday, October 23. These sessions are open to all, but required for any adult who wishes to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. It is also a great refresher for those who may wish to reaffirm their faith or are simply curious to learn more. Those seeking confirmation or reception should pre-register and are required to attend all sessions. If you are interested in being confirmed or received, or would like more information, please contact Father Jacob Pierce (email@example.com) and Mother Amanda Stephenson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Next Senior Class Lunch, August 16, 11:30 a.m. Our 55+ group, the “Senior Class,” will gather at Sir Edmund Halley’s (siredspub.com) for its August meeting. More details from Sue Martin (email@example.com).
20s30s Upcoming Events. August: 7: First Sunday Brunch, meet in the garden following the 11:00 a.m. service; August 9: Bowling at Queen Park Social (led by Samuel Gilleran), 6:00 p.m.; August 21: Participate in the Charlotte PRIDE Parade; August 30: Trivia @ Legion Brewing (Plaza Midwood location), 6:00 p.m. September 4: First Sunday Brunch, meet in the garden following the 11:00 a.m. service; September 6: Book Study: Inspired by Rachel Held Evans (Introduction, Chapters 1–2) at Amélie’s Bakery NODA, 7:00 p.m.; September 9: Greek Festival, 6:00 p.m.; September 17: Festival in the Park @ Freedom Park, 11:00 a.m.
Calling all Knitters. The knitting group at St. Peter’s has started meeting again. We gather in the parlor on the first and third Tuesday of each month, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Please join us to make prayer shawls and baby blankets for our church family and others who might need them. Contact Dan Duff (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
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 (email@example.com, 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mother Amanda (email@example.com).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mother Amanda (email@example.com). 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 917-679-7285) or Dan Busch (email@example.com, 704-519-7417).
Children & Family Ministries: Many activities are being planned for the coming formation year. August 21: Pride Parade Picnic: on the church lawn. Bring a blanket and your favorite lunch items. September 11: Blessing of the Backpacks at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services. September 11: Formation Sunday: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd resumes at 9:45 a.m. each. To learn more, contact Anna Hurdle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Outreach & Social Justice
St. Peter’s and Charlotte Pride. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Charlotte Pride Festival is back on Sunday, August 21. St. Peter’s will join other houses of worship in the parade as a testament to God’s inclusive love. You can participate in this important event by marching with other parishioners or by volunteering to offer hospitality to parade watchers in the churchyard. To learn more and to sign-up virtually, visit the following link: tinyurl.com/stpeterspride.
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.
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 email@example.com.