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 for all ages, 10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 11:15 a.m., Church and Livestream
Church and Garden Tour, 12:30 p.m., Chapel 
Choral Evensong, 5:00 p.m., Church

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
Thursday, Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Chapel

Holy Week and Easter Schedule
Palm Sunday, April 10 – 7:45, 9:00, 11:15 a.m.
Holy Tuesday, April 12 – Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m., Chapel
Holy Wednesday, April 13 – Noon Eucharist, Chapel
Holy Thursday, April 14 – Morning Prayer at 8:00, Chapel
Maundy Thursday Liturgy, April 14 – 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday, April 15 – Confessions at 10 a.m., Solemn Liturgy at Noon
Good Friday – Stations of the Cross, 3:00 p.m., Church
Great Vigil of Easter, April 16 – 8:00 p.m.
Easter Day, April 17 – 7:45, 9:00, 11:15 a.m.

Easter Flowers. Special contributions in memory or honor of loved ones help to fund the beautiful flowers for Eastertide observances, beginning with the Great Vigil of Easter on April 16. For names to be printed in the worship service leaflets, the deadline is Wednesday, April 6. Mail a check to the business office at St. Peter’s, indicating “Easter Flowers” in the memo line; contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142); or donate online at onrealm.org/StPetersEpiscop93/give/eastermemorials.

Church and Garden Tour, 12:30 p.m. Have you ever been curious about the history of and symbolism within our worship space? Join Mother Amanda and Mike Hoffman for a Church and Garden Tour this Sunday immediately following the 11:15 a.m. service. We will gather in the chapel to begin our walk together through the church and then out into our Memorial Garden. 

Choral Evensong, Sunday, 5:00 p.m. The St. Peter’s Choir, directed this week by Assistant Choirmaster Rob Burlington, sings Choral Evensong. Director of Music and Organist, Elizabeth Lenti, is playing for the service. Preces and Responses are by John Sanders and canticles by John Ireland. The anthem, “Hear my prayer, O Lord,” based on Psalm 102, is by English composer Henry Purcell. This contemplative service is a beautiful way to begin a new week.

Worship and Music

Visual Changes during Lent. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, we cover the crosses and the altar mosaic as part of ancient traditions marking the season of Lent. The Lenten dossal veil, which now covers the mosaic at the altar, was donated to St. Peter’s by the Stein family. The veil is a prototype of the Lenten array at Westminster Abbey, produced when the Abbey commissioned a new array several decades ago. Instruments of the Passion depicted in the dossal veil include a rooster (crowed after Peter’s third denial of Jesus), a combination of a lance (used to pierce the side of Jesus as he hung upon the cross), and a sponge on the end of a forked rod (used to offer sour wine to Jesus as he hung upon the cross). On either side of Jesus are St. Mary the Virgin, Mother of our Lord, and St. John the Beloved, depicted with his head uncovered and beardless. At the foot of the cross is the image of Jesus as the Lamb of God.

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, please contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org). Masking remains in effect for these two programs.

The Adult Forum in Lent, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. During Lent, Father Jacob and Mother Amanda will lead the Adult Forum as we work through Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s book, The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem. Reading the book is not necessary, but if you do choose to read along, the schedule is as follows: March 27 – Good Friday; April 3 – Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.

Monday Night Bible Study, 6:30–8:00 p.m. We will study 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. For more information, contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com).

Wednesday Afternoon Book Group, 1:00–2:00 p.m. The book group is reading Sacred Earth Sacred Soul by John Philip Newell. 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 studying several of Paul’s letters this spring; we are now on Ephesians. No preparation is needed, but contact Mother Amanda (astephenson@st-peters.org) with any questions or if you would like to read ahead. On Wednesday, March 30, we will gather for our quarterly in-person dinner and will not be meeting on Zoom. All other weeks, join Zoom at st-peters.org/biblestudy-wednesday.

Diocesan Book Group, Mondays, 12:00–1:00 p.m. The diocese is leading 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

Changes to Parking Deck Validation Effective Sunday, April 3. Our parking validation scanners are being discontinued by the owners of the parking deck next week. You will still be able to validate your parking ticket for free parking while at St. Peter’s by using paper “chaser” tickets. Single-use chaser tickets will be in the same locations as the validators. Be sure to pick one up every time you visit St. Peter’s and park in the parking deck in order to leave without paying.

The chaser ticket is basically a form of payment. Depending on which exit you use (7th or 8th Street), insert or scan the original parking ticket, the system will display a fee, then insert or scan the chaser ticket. Both the original parking ticket and the chaser ticket are required to exit the garage. During the transition, we plan to station Sunday volunteers at both exits to assist parishioners as they leave the parking deck.

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, please sign up at the welcome desk in the lobby. Once buttons are completed, they will be added to the button boards in the lobby. 

Upcoming 20s30s Fellowship Events. Please mark your calendar for the following 20s30s fellowship opportunities. More details of each event will follow closer to the date. If you need to be added to the 20s30s email list, please contact Mother Amanda Stephenson (astephenson@st-peters.org). March 31, 7:00 p.m. – Trivia @ The Chamber Wooden Robot Brewery (NoDa, woodenrobotbrewery.com/location/the-chamber); April 3, 12:30 p.m. – First Sunday Brunch – Duckworth’s; April 22, 6:00 p.m. – Brewery Hangout with Food Trucks @ Resident Culture (Plaza Midwood) residentculturebrewing.com; April 30, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – White Water Center (whitewater.org).

Episcopal Church Women Spring Conference, Saturday, April 2, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. The Episcopal Church Women of the Charlotte Convocation invite you to attend the spring program at Christ Church (1412 Providence Road). With the guidance of the authors of “From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century,” the gathering will focus on the ideas put forward in this award-winning book and is part of the ongoing effort to build the Beloved Community in the Diocese of North Carolina. The authors, William Darity and A. Kirstin Mullins will be present with us for the conference.  For more about this opportunity for learning, inspiration, and fellowship, and to register, visit www.ecw-nc.org. If you register, please contact Nelda Leon (neldaleon03@gmail.com) who is organizing the St. Peter’s delegation. 

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.

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).

Seeds for a Greener Lent

How can we protect Mother Earth? Let us follow Steven Charleston, Choctaw Elder and retired Episcopal Bishop in this excerpt from his book, Ladder To the Light

“When prayers of healing are offered, people place their hands on the patient. I am inviting you to join me. The patient is Mother Earth.  She is struggling from …toxic poisoning and exhaustion. I am going to lay my hand on her and say, Thank you, Mother for all you have given us. Be healed of all that harms you.  …If every person on our planet went outside to lay hands on the earth and ask for healing, it might inspire us all to act… to give for the sake of our Mother.”

This Lent, pray and choose actions to reduce your carbon footprint. Consider planting  trees  (treescharlotte.org), saying no to single-use plastic, and taking the jump for our future  (takethejump.org).

Outreach & Social Justice

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. Specific needs will change as the crisis evolves. As of right now, there is a need for food, water and shelter. Please consider partnering with Episcopal Relief & Development in this response. Visit episcopalrelief.org/ukraine-crisis for more information.

The Big Spring Clean, Saturday, March 26, 9:00 a.m. to Noon. The City of Charlotte is hosting a great event to help care for the earth by picking up litter in our local waterways. Gather a group and register online: www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d4cadac2ba2fc1-volunthursdays. More site-specific information will be sent to those that register a few days prior to the event. If you have any questions, email ashley.smith@mecknc.gov. The Eco-Justice Committee hopes to see many of our St. Peter’s people out there cleaning those streams. 

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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