Formation and Worship Offerings

Cookie Bake and Care Packages, April 30, 12:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Families will share a lunch and assist in preparing care packages for our college students. We will bake cookies and collect small treats and other remembrances to be mailed to parishioners who are away at college. For more information, email the Director of Children’s Formation, Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org).

Life at St. Peter’s Winter-Spring 2017 Worship, Programs, and Events Calendar. This key parish life resource of offerings through Summer 2017 is now available online and available for pick up in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Weekday Morning Prayer and Tuesday Noon Eucharist. Monday–Friday, 8:00–8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel of the Saints is a beautiful offering for the start of the day. On Tuesdays at Noon, we offer a 30-minute celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the Chapel. All are invited and encouraged to bring guests to these weekday offerings.

Sunday Formation for Youth and Children, weekly. Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth, ages 13–18, meet in the Youth Suite (basement level, Parish House). For more information, email Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children, ages 2–12, meet on first floor in the Toddler Atrium and Levels 1–3 Atria (classrooms). 9:30–10:30 a.m. in the Parish House. For more information, email Director of Children’s Formation, Anna Hurdle.

Sunday Formation for Adults, April 30, 9:30–10:30 a.m. On April 30, adult formation presents “Simplifying Your Life,” with vestry member Dr. John Frederick. The discussion will focus on simplifying our lives in order to cultivate an inner voice that allows us to be in conversation with God through meditation, contemplative prayer, and solitude. Looking ahead to May 6, the Reverend Dr. Luis Leon, visiting clergy, will present a discussion on Reconciliation: Reflecting on Human and Civil Rights. The Reverend Dr. Léon was an associate rector at St. Peter’s during the period of time when the St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen was founded (now the Urban Ministry Center) and is now rector of St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. On every third Sunday, a meditative Taizé Holy Eucharist is offered, which includes music for piano, time for contemplative silence, and candlelight. Choral Evensong resumes in the Fall.

Events

Enneagram Study Group, led by the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, will meet on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor. For more information, contact Paul (phanneman@st-peters.org).

Memorial Service for the Right Reverend Alfred “Chip” Marble, Bishop of Mississippi (resigned) and former Assisting Bishop of North Carolina, will be held May 4 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (2105 W. Market Street, Greensboro, N.C.). The service is open to all who wish to attend. In addition, those who want to wish to take part in a “mass choir” are welcome to bring their own vestments and join in. Please plan to be at the church by 1:15 p.m. to ensure time to park, vest, and get in line. If you have questions about the massed choir or other parts of the service, please contact the Reverend Warren Pittman (336-210-0602). If you would like to help with the reception which follows the service, please contact Ayliffe Mumford (ayliffe.mumford@episdionc.org, 336-273-5770) for details on how you can help.

Pub Theology, Thursday, May 4, Join parish clergy and friends for a relaxed time of holy conversation beyond the walls of St. Peter’s. On Thursday, May 4, 6:00–8:00 p.m., at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, the topic is “Being an Easter People” with the Reverend Keith Lane, Assisting Priest. This casual, drop-in gathering is for you and a guest.

Chronic Care Support Group. The next gathering of this group, which meets on the first Friday of each month, will be Friday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor. Assisting Priest, the Reverend Keith Lane, and others facilitate this monthly meeting of those with chronic illness and caregivers alike. For more information, email Father Keith Lane (klane@st-peters.org, 704-332-7746 x355).

Solemn Communion Retreat for Children: Children ages seven and older are invited to join catechists and Father Jacob in exploring the sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Baptism, and Holy Eucharist at the church on Saturday, May 6, 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. The $20 suggested registration fee includes lunch and snacks. Parents should have received more details via email, but may contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org) with additional questions.

Newcomer Coffee, Sunday, May 7, 9:30–10:30 a.m. The Congregational Development Team invites all who are new to the Parish or want to get to know newcomers better to a time of fellowship and community building in the Parlor.

Young Adults’ First Sunday Brunch. May 7 at 12:30 p.m., all young adults are invited to gather after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy to walk to brunch at 204 North (204 N. Tryon Street). With questions about this and St. Peter’s Young Adults Fellowship, email Mary Gotschall (marygotschall@gmail.com).

Come support the fight against HIV/AIDS in our local community by participating in the AIDS Walk on May 6. To get information on how to register as a walker, or how to support our St. Peter’s team financially, please visit or www.aidswalkcharlotte.org. Use the search feature to navigate to the St. Peter’s page, or contact Susan Campbell (susan.k.campbell0463@gmail.com).

Parish Community Monthly Potlucks. All are invited to share in these “no pressure” meals. Each month, on the second Sunday of the month, a different parish ministry group or team will sponsor and organize the event. On May 14, the potluck will be hosted by Community of Hope. Because they are a small group, they are asking for help with entrees (which the host group normally supplies). If you can bring an entrée to feed 8-10, please contact Phyllis Ferguson (keelyboy@icloud.com). A future date for which we are seeking a host now is July 9. These potlucks are a great opportunity for your group or ministry team to share its story with the wider parish. Hosts are responsible for setup/cleanup and providing basic potluck entrees. To volunteer to host, contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood (ewood@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141) or Vestry Member Paige Ghareeb (paigeghareeb@mac.com, 704-947-8986).

How the potlucks work: If your name begins with the letter A–H, bring something sweet; if it begins with the letter I–Z, bring something savory. If you forget to bring something or arrive to church unaware, come anyway to enjoy fellowship and food. Watch the eNews, Website, and Bulletin Boards for details.

Parish and Diocesan News, Beyond our Doors

Ushers Needed: Have you ever considered being an usher at one of the Sunday services? We are in need of new Ushers to join our Teams. We will train you and you will serve only once a month. If interested, please contact Betty Little (blittle300@gmail.com, 704-614-5549).

Parish Administration during the Rector’s Sabbatical. During the Rector’s Sabbatical, March 6–May 31, the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector, will work closely with Senior Warden, Bert Miano; Junior Warden, Maria Long; Assisting Priest, the Reverend Keith C. Lane; the Staff; and the Vestry on the overall administration of the parish.

Weekday Volunteer Receptionists Needed. Parish Administrator Leigh Dixon is recruiting additional volunteers to serve as daytime Parish House receptionist on a weekly basis. Duties include welcoming guests, answering phone calls, accepting package deliveries, and occasional administrative tasks. In addition to regular weekly shifts, volunteers may serve as substitutes on occasions when a receptionist may need to be away. If you are interested in serving, contact Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142).

Casserole Ministry Volunteers. On behalf of St. Peter’s Pastoral Care Team, cooks are being recruited to prepare meals for sharing with fellow parishioners in times of need. If you are interested in serving through this ministry, contact coordinator Pat Markel (markelhouse@aol.com, 704-582-3148).

Name Tags at St. Peter’s: An Invitation from Congregational Development. To request a free button, sign up at the reception desk in the Parish House on the main floor and pick it up the following Sunday. To learn how to make buttons for your ministry for fellowship or fundraising, or to join the Button Ministry, contact Payson Adams (payson3@yahoo.com, 857-719-7152) or a member of the Congregational Development team.

Looking Ahead

May 7: We welcome the Reverend Luis Léon as our guest preacher.

May 14: We welcome the Reverend Gary D. Jones as our guest preacher.

May 21: We welcome the Reverend Reggie Payne-Weins as our guest preacher.

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