Worship and Music
A Prayer for General Convention. The 80th General Convention, the governing body of the Episcopal Church and meets every three years, is gathering in Baltimore, Maryland this week. Our rector, Father Jacob, is an alternate deputy from the Diocese of North Carolina and is in Baltimore with the bishops and deputies. Stay tuned to the eNews for updates regarding decisions made the Convention in the coming days.
Almighty and everlasting Father, you have given the Holy Spirit to abide with us for ever: Bless, we pray, with your grace and presence, the bishops and other clergy and the laity now assembled in your Name, that your Church, being preserved in true faith and godly discipline, may fulfill all the mind of him who loved it and gave himself for it, your Son Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer, 255.)
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. (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Children’s Formation and Nursery Care. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, our Montessori based children’s formation, will resume in the fall. Child care for young children through age 3 is offered in the nursery, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Special events will be offered through the summer months. 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. During the summer, our youth will serve at HUGS Camp, a week-long summer camp experience for people with various abilities. Another 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” again 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. We are looking forward to an exciting fall so stay tuned here for information on classes and schedules as we get closer to the fall.
Summer Book Group at St. Martin’s: This Here Flesh by Cole Arthur Riley. For those looking to do some summer reading, St. Martin’s is offering a summer book group. Here is their description as well as contact information: This year, Cole Arthur Riley released This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation, and the Stories That Make Us, a book that’s one part embodied contemplation, one part spiritual biography of a Black family, one part justice, and all parts poetic. Come read this book together and re-member the preciousness and dignity of your body, soul, and mind. For more information and to get involved, contact Amanda Sprott-Goldson (email@example.com).
Charlotte Choir School Summer Garden Party, Sunday, July 17, 2022, 2:00 p.m. The culminating experience of a Charlotte Choir School education is an intensive, one-week residency at an English cathedral. In summer 2023, The MasterSingers will travel to Wells Cathedral in southwest England to live and make music in the home environment of our program’s musical tradition. Marking one year until departure for this life-changing experience, our Summer Garden Party will celebrate and support the 2023 residency. Join friends of Charlotte Choir School for light fare and refreshments to celebrate the upcoming season of music-making done in preparation for this trip. Buy tickets online at www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-england-residency-summer-garden-party-tickets-359990369887.
Join our “Senior Class.” We are a gathering of 55+ parishioners who meet monthly for lunch at various restaurants for fellowship, good food, and lively conversation. We also have two yearly cocktail parties, one in the summer and one before Christmas. If you are new to St. Peter’s or recently graduated to our ranks, we certainly would like you to join us for our events, announced in the weekly news and service leaflets. For further information please contact Sue Martin (704-364-9061, firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com) for more information.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com). 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 (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).
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. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.