Worship and Announcements

Please join us for our Live Zoom Worship Service on Sunday. We will begin our worship at 12:00 noon.  Our virtual doors will open at 11:55 a.m. If you need the Zoom link please email us.

Announcements

Photos of our Juneteenth celebration are now on our Facebook page.

KITCHEN AND PARISH HALL RENOVATION are now completed! A walkthrough and tour will be held soon with video opportunities to join. To contribute to the renovation fund please see our Giving page or contact Ron Carey, Sr. Warden.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION and the FOOD BANK take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month. PLEASE NOTE that for the week of July 5th food packing and distribution will both be on Wednesday, July 7. Food is available for pick up at 8:30 am on the Wednesdays. Food is packed on Tuesday afternoon. Contact Ron Cary for more information.

Will be returning to in-person worship soon. Stay tuned to this website and our Facebook page for updates.

BIBLE STUDY via Zoom each Wednesday at 7:00 PM. Email Lindsay Goodrich to join.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER is offered on the second and fourth Saturday at 3:00 PM on Zoom. Contact Nikki Fernandes to join.

THE SHARING CIRCLE is an opportunity for us to share our resources in needs with each other during this pandemic. Marc Lockhart is the contact person for the sharing circle.

What is the SHARING CIRCLE?
St. Peters has started a sharing circle during this time of the coronavirus where we can connect parishioners who need things with those who can make them available. For example, if you need transportation, someone to run an errand for you, toilet paper, or advice on how to get something, we can connect you with someone in the parish who will provide those things. If you are in threat of eviction from your home or rental habitat,we would like to know and may be able to provide some assistance. Likewise, if you have something to offer like you can give a ride to someone, pick up groceries, want to host a zoom meeting for a craft activity that can be done while we are shut in, like cooking, baking or book club, feel free to let us know. Deacon Karla Hunt is available for pastoral needs if you would like a phone call to stay in touch, prayers by telephone, or something else. The sharing circle is open to all parishioners. If you’d like to participate with a request or with an offer, please contact Olivia Brown. All REQUESTS ARE CONFIDENTIAL.

FINANCIAL: you can send in your pledge card to the church or send an email of intention to the church. Keep up on your pledge to the church in two ways during this time:  1. By sending a check to the church at 1719 N. 22nd St., Richmond Virginia, 23223 or our post office box at St. Peters, Church Hill PO Box 38754 Henrico, Virginia. 23231–9998.  2. Or giving online through the giving page on this website.

Summary of Special Diocesan Convention

Summary of the Special Convention to Adopt the Budget 

Lay and clerical delegates of the Diocese of Virginia met online April 24, 2021, at the Special Convention to Adopt the Budget. This meeting was called by Bishop Suffragan and Ecclesiastical Authority Susan Goff as a follow-up to the 226th Convention last November during which the delegates declined to approve the budget and thereby referred the budget back to the Executive Board. The Executive Board met monthly to revise the budget based on an updated forecast for pledge income from parishes. The Board also considered input from the November Convention and a subsequent survey of delegates. 

The Executive Board presented to the Special Convention a revised draft budget balanced at $4,867,123. The Board approached this revision with focus on the Diocese’s stated mission priorities: healing across differences, honoring and caring for God’s creation, and sharing the faith of Jesus with youth and others. The revised draft budget featured restored funding in a few areas, based on parish pledges that came in higher than forecasted. It included the following additional allocations:  $35,000 more for engaging the newly created position of Minister for Racial Justice and Healing; $50,000 in funding for parishes and ministries in the areas of Creation Care and Evangelism; $22,000 more for Campus Ministries; $60,000 for Post-COVID Ministry to allow the Diocese to address emerging needs as we begin to move out of the pandemic; $140,000 more for the Committee on Congregational Missions to allocate to mission congregations of the Diocese; and $53,223 more in Staff Compensation to allow the Bishop flexibility in staffing and compensation decisions, including filling vacant positions. 

Prior to presentation of this new budget, the Convention considered several amendments presented by delegates. Budget Resolution 1 proposed to reallocate Cost of Living Allowances for diocesan staff to post COVID ministries. Budget; Resolution 1 was defeated. Budget Resolution 2 proposed that, as the economy in Virginia continues to improve, the proposed budget be amended to increase Anticipated Pledge Income by $125,000, increase Grants for Campus Ministry by $20,000, increase Direct Support of Congregations’ Staff Cost by $95,000, and increase Post COVID Ministry by $10,000. Budget Resolution 2 was defeated. 

The following two resolutions were submitted on the floor of Convention: Budget Resolution 3 proposed to reallocate $20,000 from the Committee on Aging and from Stewardship of Creation to Episcopal College Campus Ministry. Budget Resolution 3 was adopted. Budget Resolution 4 proposed to allocate $1,000,000 from diocesan investment assets to the income category and add a new line item for “Reparations & Undoing White Supremacy.” Budget Resolution 4 was defeated. “Budget Resolution 4 is bold in scope and strong in intent,” said Bishop Goff. “In coming months, I look forward to working with groups in our Diocese to identify sources of funding and achieve greater clarity about how the funding would be used. God bless us as we explore and act together.”   

After voting on the budget amendments, the Convention voted to adopt the budget as amended at $4,867,123. “I am grateful for and deeply impressed with the hard work done by so many,” added Bishop Goff, “especially the members of the Executive Board and our Diocesan Treasurer Ted Smith. I am grateful as well for the participation and commitment of the nearly 400 delegates who attended the Special Convention. God has led us through many challenges in recent months and presented us with new opportunities. We are learning and growing together in God’s grace.” 

The 227th Convention of the Diocese of Virginia will meet November 11-13, 2021.
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Worship and Announcements for April 25, 2021

Please join us for our Live Zoom Worship Service on Sunday. We will begin our worship at 12:00 noon.  Our virtual doors will open at 11:55 a.m. If you need the Zoom link please email us.

Announcements

COMMUNITY GARDEN: Members of St. Peter’s will be working in the Woodville Community Garden at 28th and Tate on Saturday May 1 from 9 am – 1 pm. Work will include spring clean up and amending the beds. For more information email Lindsay Goodrich.

JUNETEENTH: St. Peter’s and St. John’s Episcopal Churches will host a joint gathering in commemoration of Juneteenth on Saturday, June 19, 2021.   Groups from each of our churches will plan, organize, and work together in the coming weeks.  We need volunteers in the following areas: Team One:  Worship; Team Two:   March for Unity  (from St. John’s to St. Peter’s)Team Three:  Gathering/Picnic (following March)Team Four:  Set Up and Clean Up. Please be advised that all of our planning will be done based upon COVID restrictions as set by the Diocese of VA.  

Initially our ZOOM planning will take 2-3 hours a week at the most.  There may be an increase in time as June 1st approaches. Much of this will be determined by the possible restrictions that we will encounter due to COVID.  Please be aware that if you are unable to volunteer to plan, you can support this effort by attending the gathering on June 19th. As groups meet, pray, and plan, our congregations will be kept informed via verbal and written announcements. Please email me if you would like to volunteer. 

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863.(Source and for additional information:  https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm)

KITCHEN AND PARISH HALL RENOVATION: We are moving forward with our plans for this work. We will be receiving a grant from the Diocese of Virginia. Members and friends will also be given the opportunity to contribute financially and through other means. Stay tuned for updates!

FOOD DISTRIBUTION and the FOOD BANK take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Food is available for pick up at 8:30 am on the Wednesdays. Food is packed on Tuesday afternoon. Contact Ron Cary for more information.

BIBLE STUDY via Zoom each Wednesday at 7:00 PM. Email Lindsay Goodrich to join.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER is offered on the second and fourth Saturday at 3:00 PM on Zoom. Contact Nikki Fernandes to join.

THE SHARING CIRCLE is an opportunity for us to share our resources in needs with each other during this pandemic. Marc Lockhart is the contact person for the sharing circle.

What is the SHARING CIRCLE?
St. Peters has started a sharing circle during this time of the coronavirus where we can connect parishioners who need things with those who can make them available. For example, if you need transportation, someone to run an errand for you, toilet paper, or advice on how to get something, we can connect you with someone in the parish who will provide those things. If you are in threat of eviction from your home or rental habitat,we would like to know and may be able to provide some assistance. Likewise, if you have something to offer like you can give a ride to someone, pick up groceries, want to host a zoom meeting for a craft activity that can be done while we are shut in, like cooking, baking or book club, feel free to let us know. Deacon Karla Hunt is available for pastoral needs if you would like a phone call to stay in touch, prayers by telephone, or something else. The sharing circle is open to all parishioners. If you’d like to participate with a request or with an offer, please contact Olivia Brown. All REQUESTS ARE CONFIDENTIAL.

PLEDGE: you can send in your pledge card to the church or send an email of intention to the church. Keep up on your pledge to the church in two ways during this time:  1. By sending a check to the church at 1719 N. 22nd St., Richmond Virginia, 23223 or our post office box at St. Peters, Church Hill PO Box 38754 Henrico, Virginia. 23231–9998.  2. Or giving online through the giving page on this website.

Worship for April 11, 2021

Diocesan Wide Service of Morning Prayer Second Sunday of Easter | April 11, 2021
We will join churches from around the diocese for the Second Sunday of Easter, so that all members of the Diocese can share in the joy of the diocesan-wide gathering. Bishop Goff will preach and the service will feature readings and music from Executive Board leadership and congregations across the Diocese.  
Questions? Contact Erin Monaghan Kamran.
The April 11 service is available on Dropbox, Facebook and YouTube. Links below. 
Participate on YouTube or Facebook:  YouTube or Facebook (premieres at 8:00 a.m.) The service will be available to view from either platform at any time following the 8 a.m. premiere. Join the Watch party on the diocesan Facebook page at 10:00 a.m.  Access the service bulletin in English or Spanish.
Zoom Access the full service recording on Dropbox.  Access the service bulletin in English or Spanish.

Updating the Church Directory

We are working on updating the current St. Peter’s Church directory. 

If you are already listed in our directory, please review your information and send any additions or corrections to Olivia Brown.  Please also let us know birthday and anniversary dates for you and your family members, as we plan to add a calendar for these dates, by month, to the directory.

If you are not in our directory, please  send your information to Olivia.  You do not have to be a “member” to be included in our directory! 

Include: your full name and that of your spouse or partner; mailing address; email address(es); home phone # and cell phone numbers; names of your children; all birthdays, and your wedding anniversary.   ANY information you do not wish to share can be left out.  Giving us your information is always optional!

We plan to publish our updated directory in early summer, and also to put it on our website.  The online directory WILL BE password protected. 

Holy Week Worship Schedule

All services are held via Zoom. We’d love to have you join us. Please send us an email and we’ll send you the link.

Holy Week Services*:

We begin with Palm Sunday, March 28 at 12 noon.  On this day, we re-enact the procession of Jesus into Jerusalem with a blessing of the palms, songs of Hosanna, and a procession into the church.  The tone of the liturgy then turns from celebration to solemnity as we read the Passion Narrative and, as observers, experience the wide range of emotions and responses to Jesus’ betrayal and crucifixion.

We continue through Holy Week, not as observers, but as participants in Jesus’ walk toward the cross, the tomb, and the resurrection.  The first three days of Holy Week are times for prayer and reflection, and many churches offer services on Holy Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Then we arrive at Maundy Thursday, April 1 at 6:00 pm. The word “maundy” is derived from the Latin word “mandatum” which means commandment.  More precisely, it refers to the “new commandment” that we hear in our reading from the Gospel of John on this day, the Love Commandment, the commandment that Jesus gives his disciples, and all of us, “to love one another, as I have loved you.” 

The next day is Good Friday, April 2 at 6:00 pm. We are not really sure of the historical basis for calling the day of Jesus’ crucifixion “Good Friday,” but it is most likely referring to the word “good” as meaning “holy.”  In fact, in the Eastern churches, both Catholic and Orthodox, as well as in the non-Germanic western churches, the day is referred to as “Holy Friday.” 

The Great Vigil of Easter was re-introduced to our liturgy in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, but we know it to be one of the most ancient of Christian rites. In the early centuries of Christianity, it was the primary celebration of the resurrection and a time when those who had been in training for as long as three years were finally baptized.  

And then, of course, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Day, April 4 at 12 noon. By the way, we don’t refer to that day as “Easter Sunday,” because every Sunday is Easter Sunday as we proclaim Christ resurrected each week of the year. Easter Day is that special Sunday which brings our Lenten season to an end and restarts the cycle of worship and celebration of which we partake throughout the year. 

We hope you will join us via Zoom for our times of worship. If you need the Zoom link, send us an email and we’ll send it to you.

*Written by The Rev. Amelie Wilmer.

Recap: Holy Week Services:

Palm Sunday Service, March 28th at 12 noon

Maundy Thursday Service – April 1st, 6:00 pm 

Good Friday Service – April 2nd, 6:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday Service, April 4th, at 12 noon