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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 20 – Maundy Thursday; March 27 – Good Friday; April 3 – Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.
The Sunday Party of Readers, March 20, 2:00 p.m. The group meets every other Sunday on Zoom (st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday) to discuss Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. For Sunday, March 20, we will continue with sections 1–7 of “The Lighthouse.” Contact Deje McGavran (email@example.com) for a schedule and reading guide.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.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 will begin Ephesians on March 23. No preparation is needed, but contact Mother Amanda (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or if you would like to read ahead. Join on Zoom at st-peters.org/biblestudy-wednesday.
Diocesan Book Group, Mondays, 12:00–1:00 p.m. Beginning 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 (email@example.com), Missioner for Adult and Lifelong Formation.
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).
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 (email@example.com). 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) https://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. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (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.
Seeds for a Greener Lent
One of the best ways to help move our community and our country forward in acting on climate change and environmental justice is through advocacy. We can make some progress through our individual actions. But we know that in order to make a real difference for healthy air and water, and to reduce climate warming carbon emissions, we need large-scale policy action at the local, state and federal levels. Your voice matters!
Several environmental non-profits have organized a free virtual training for N.C. residents interested in being a voice for policy change. St. Peter’s Eco-Justice member Jennifer Roberts is one of the trainers. Sign up to join the North Carolina Climate Ambassadors training on March 23 and 24, 90 minutes each day, at cleanairenc.salsalabs.org/catrainingsprg22. Those who sign up will also have access to the recording, to a network of climate ambassadors, and to more policy resources.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 205-222-7527).
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: https://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 email@example.com. The Eco-Justice Committee hopes to see many of our St. Peter’s people out there cleaning those streams.
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.