Vestry Nominee Forum This Sunday. Plus this week’s news

This Week

Daily Office Morning Prayer, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m., Zoom*
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Zoom
*Morning Prayer is offered virtually weekdays, as well as in-person on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Sunday, November 21
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Church
The Adult Forum, 10:00 a.m., Church
Child and Youth Formation, 10:00 a.m., Parish House
Parents Connect, 10:00 a.m., Parish House Rooftop
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 11:15 a.m., Church and Livestream

Monday, Bible Study, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Noon, Chapel
Wednesday, Book Group, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Bible Study, 7:00 p.m., Zoom

Join us for Sunday Worship. Our safety procedures at each service allow us to welcome all those who feel that in-person worship is safe for them at this time. Many COVID-19 protocols, including mask-wearing, are in effect. Socially distanced seating is available in the chapel. Diocesan guidelines require masks indoors at St. Peter’s for all services and other gatherings, regardless of vaccination status. 

Vestry Nominee Forum and Upcoming Election. On Sunday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m. the Annual Meeting of the Parish will include the election of four new Vestry members to follow 2021 class members: John Buric, Erin Chantry, Vera Greene, and Harris Holt. A special Parish Hall Forum to meet the nominees for the Vestry Class of 2024 will take place at 10:00 a.m. on November 21. This event will also be livestreamed on our website at st-peters.org/vestry-nominees. Early voting for vestry will begin Sunday, November 28. Join us on Sunday to meet the nominees for Class of 2024: Michael Baker, Will Burton-Edwards, Douglas Hutto, Peter Morgan, Charmaine Welch, Mary Virginia Woodall, and Chris Zulick. You can view nominee profiles by visiting the St. Peter’s webpage at st-peters.org/vestry-nominees

Parish House Offices Closed November 25 and November 26. In observance of Thanksgiving Day, the Parish Offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 25–26. For pastoral emergencies, please dial the clergy-on-call at 704-749-6175.

2022 Annual Giving Campaign

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Worship and Music

An Advent Procession of Lessons & Carols, December 5. Join us on Sunday, December 5 at 5:00 p.m. for a service of Lessons & Carols featuring the St. Peter’s Choir. This year’s observance will include a solemn Advent procession, moving from darkness to light, in a candlelit setting. Incense will be burned at this service. 

Daily Office. Morning Prayer has resumed in the St. Peter’s Chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. Zoom offerings for Morning Prayer are available every weekday as well. Coffee and fellowship in the Parlor follow right after the Tuesday and Thursday services of Morning Prayer. Evening prayer takes place every day online at 5:30 p.m. at  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

The Adult Forum, Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  The Adult Forum will feature the candidates for Vestry Class of 2024. Join the Vestry in the Parish Hall to meet the candidates standing for election at the Annual Meeting of the Parish on December 5 and learn more about the nominees at st-peters.org/vestry-nominees. Early voting begins Sunday, November 28. 

Advent Toolkit from Episcopal Relief & Development. Episcopal Relief & Development’s 2021 Advent Toolkit includes weekly opportunities to create, learn and pray. There are DIY projects for families and communities that will take you from Advent to Christmas and through Epiphany. Explore resources, the 2021 Gifts for Life Catalog, and more at episcopalrelief.org/advent.

Sunday Book Group, November 28, 2:00 p.m. The Sunday Book Group continues discussing Heathen Valley by Romulus Linney on November 28, at 2:00 p.m. on Zoom. To prepare, read Part 4 and Epilogue, pages 279–321. Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) for reading questions and a schedule. Join online at st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Has Resumed. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has resumed on Sundays, 10:00 a.m.–Noon, in the atria located on the main floor of the parish house. All adults and children must be masked and adults are fully vaccinated. Frequent handwashing is being practiced. Registration is required and strict attendance records will be kept. Register online at st-peters.org/catechesis-registration..

Nursery is Open. The nursery is open on Sunday, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., for children birth-age to 4-years-old. For more information, contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org). Learn more online at st-peters.org/nursery.

Monday Night Bible Study with Ruth Woodend, 6:30–8:00 p.m. Monday Night Bible Study is using N.T. Wright’s Bible Study Guide through 1st Corinthians. The book is available through Amazon and there is weekly preparation. Contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com, 704-661-4687) to register or for more information.

Wednesday Afternoon Book Group, 1:00–2:00 p.m. The book group is reading Ladder to the Light, an Indigenous Elder’s Meditations on Hope and Courage by Steven Charleston, an Episcopal Bishop & Choctaw Elder.. 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 reading through the book of Isaiah. No preparation is needed, but contact Mother Amanda (astephenson@st-peters.org) if you would like to read ahead. Join through Zoom at st-peters.org/biblestudy-wednesday.

Community Life

Youth Advent Fair November 21, 28, and December 5, 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. There will be an Advent Fair in the Parish House Lobby to raise money for the J2A pilgrimage and mission trips. We will have all your Advent and Christmas needs: Advent candles (blue or purple), Advent wreaths, Advent calendars, Christmas decorations, handmade jewelry, Anglican rosaries, cards, and meditation and spiritual books. We also have our popular $20 Autobell gift cards which make great gifts. 

46th Annual Community-Wide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, November 23, 7:30 p.m. The Annual MeckMIN Community-Wide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, to be held virtually, will be a beautiful, energetic celebration of the power of art, gratitude, and healing in the midst of challenge and struggle. This annual celebration welcomes people of all faiths and backgrounds to come together in gratitude, celebrate diversity, and pray for unity. The service includes a food drive coordinated through Loaves & Fishes and an offering that supports MeckMIN and Crisis Assistance. We hope you’ll join us at this energizing celebration of community. You can register to attend here at http://www.meckmin.org/meckmin-interfaith-thanksgiving.

St. Luke’s Guild: Chronic Care Support Group, Thursday, December 9, 11:00 a.m. 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. 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).

Contact Tracing for COVID-19 Infections. The Diocese of North Carolina requires worshipping 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.

Outreach & Social Justice

Room in the Inn – first night coming soon! We are moving forward with a limited crew of volunteers as we start our RITI ministry this year for the first time since March 2020 on Wednesday, December 1. After that, we will take each week as it comes and are seeking food servers and overnight hosts for the additional Wednesdays in December. These are the only roles that require you to be on site, but they are crucial. COVID safety protocols will be in place with masking and social distancing for all involved. Contact Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com, 205-222-7527) to ask questions or volunteer. We will have a brief meeting on Sunday, November 28, right after the 11:15 a.m. service in the Community Room to go over changes in our process.

St. Peter’s Social Justice Facebook Group.  For information about important Social Justice events in our parish and in the Community, please follow us online at facebook.com.

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 communications@st-peters.org.