This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, August 8

August 9, Thursday
St. Peter’s SJC Pride Team Meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the Library
Pet Grief Support Group, 7:00 p.m., Tower Room

August 11, Saturday
Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training, 9:30 a.m.

August 12, Sunday, Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Parents Connect Summer Breakfast, 9:15 a.m. (Panera Bread, Myers Park)
“Encountering the Book of Revelation: A Beacon of Liberation During Times of Hopelessness” with the Reverend Keith Lane, 9:30 a.m. in the Community Room
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Kanuga Brunch Fundraiser, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
Charlotte Pride Interfaith Service and Reception, 4:00 p.m., St. John’s Baptist, Hawthorne Lane

August 14, Tuesday
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 12:00 p.m.

Kanuga Brunch Fundraiser, August 12. Please join us after church in the Parish Hall this Sunday, August 12 for the Kanuga Brunch Fundraiser. The brunch is an opportunity for parish members to learn more about our annual retreat at Kanuga (September 14-16) and to raise funds to support the Kanuga Scholarship Fund. We will be serving up a range of brunch favs, from decadent bread pudding to yummy build-your-own protein bowls, with fresh coffee, premium juices, and mimosas available. Entertainment, surprise events, and jollity will abound, as will easy, quick ways to register for Kanuga. A suggested donation of $10 per person is encouraged and you can RSVP here through Friday, August 10.

Deadline Approaching for Kanuga Parish Retreat, September 14–16. The deadline to register for Kanuga is August 13–you have waited long enough! Plans are underway for this year’s parish retreat to Kanuga Episcopal Conference & Retreat Center in the mountains of Western North Carolina and more details will be released by the Retreat Design Team at the August 12 Brunch Fundraiser. You can register directly through this link: You may also give to the Parish Retreat Fund, which provides scholarships for fellow parishioners and offsets general expenses. St. Peter’s Kanuga weekend will not be what it should be without you.

Life at St. Peter’s Summer 2018 Worship, Programs, and Events Calendar. This parish life resource of offerings for the rest of the summer and early fall is now available online by clicking here. Printed versions are also available in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Regular Parish House Hours Resume August 20. Beginning Monday, August 20, the Parish Staff resumes regular office hours, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Holy Faces Needed for Parish Photo Directory. Our whole parish community benefits from connecting names with faces through pictures of individuals and households in Realm. Log on to Realm and upload an image (casual or formal) and other key information. If you have questions about this or other Realm matters, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Worship and Music

Observing Weekly Worship at St. Peter’s. St. Peter’s takes the holy habit of daily prayer seriously by providing weekday worship opportunities in the morning and evening: Sunday, Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., plus every third Sunday at 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Holy Eucharist, Noon; Monday–Friday, Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m. On Sundays, the Infant and Toddler Center hours are 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Spread the word and invite others to worship with us.

Donating Altar Flowers and Eucharistic Supplies. To honor or remember the life of loved ones or celebrate special occasions, you may donate to the Altar flowers and Eucharistic supplies fund. Altar flowers (two arrangements) are $150 per Sunday and Eucharistic supplies (bread, wine) are $30 for one month or $15 for two Sundays. Donate Altar flowers or Eucharistic supplies onlineor contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142).

Hearing Assistance Available. We are excited to announce that St. Peter’s is now equipped with a hearing assistance system. The wireless system is designed to help individuals needing auditory assistance to overcome background noise, reverberation, and distance from the sound source. Individuals can use personal receivers anywhere within the Nave to hear crystal-clear sound directly from the sound source. The single headphone is looped over an ear and volume is adjusted on the receiver. Telecoil / T-loop connectivity is currently pending. Please contact Brian Whitley, Facilities Manager, for a personal receiver on Sunday mornings.

Prayer at St. Peter’s: Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer Group, September 11. Please join us in the Chapel from 10:45-11:45 a.m. on Tuesday mornings, beginning September 11, for a quiet time of intercession and contemplative prayer. If you are unable to be physically present, covenant with us to join in prayer at that time, wherever you may be. If you are seeking after God, you may be sure of this: God is seeking you much more — St. John of the Cross. For more information, please contact Judith Johnson (judithrayjohnson@hotmail.com, (704) 596-6167) or Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com).

Learning

Sunday Conversations with the Clergy, August 12. The Clergy will host an intergenerational conversation class in the Community Room from 9:30–10:15 a.m. on select summer Sundays. On Sunday August 12, join the Reverend Keith Lane for “Encountering the Book of Revelation: A Beacon of Liberation During Times of Hopelessness.” Classes will be offered in a unique setting for adults, youth, and children beyond nursery age to gather comfortably together. Nursery Center Hours are 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day, Saturday, August 11. Liturgical ministers and volunteers will gather Saturday, August 11, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. for a retreat and training day. This retreat is for long-time volunteers, those who are new to a ministry, those who wish to be trained, or those who simply want to learn more. Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Welcome Hosts, and Healing Ministers are encouraged to attend. The day will begin with fellowship and coffee at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by a plenary at 9:30 a.m., and breakout sessions for each group. Eucharistic Visitors and Altar Guild volunteers routinely schedule separate training opportunities. For more information, contact the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector (jpierce@st-peters.org, 704-749-6150).

Introductory Wisdom School eCourse, August 20. Since time immemorial, Wisdom Schools have formed at times of great spiritual and cultural transition as a crucible of transformation and a meeting ground between ancient, time-tested practices and emerging spiritual insight. Please join us on August 20 at 6:30 p.m. as we dive into an introductory exploration of the Wisdom School eCourse taught by Cynthia Bourgeault, modern mystic, Episcopal priest, and internationally acclaimed author and teacher. To register, please contact the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman (pahcnc1949@gmail.com).

Registration Open for “Becoming Episcopalian” Inquirers/Confirmation Class, August 26 – October 28. In preparation for the official visitation of Bishop Suffragan, the Right Reverend Anne Hodges-Copple, on Sunday, October 28, a 10-week “Becoming Episcopalian” class will be led by a team of clergy and lay leaders. Classes will be offered weekly on Sundays, August 26 through October 28, 9:30–10:30 a.m. All adult non-members and members who wish to learn more about, have a refresher, or reaffirm their faith as Episcopalians; who are not confirmed Episcopalians; or who wish to be received into the Episcopal Church from another Christian tradition are eligible to attend this class series. Bishop Hodges-Copple will administer confirmations, receptions, and reaffirmations. Register online by Tuesday, August 21. For more information before or after registration, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Mystical Food for Thought, August 22. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime. This group normally meets on second and fourth Wednesdays at Noon in the St. Peter’s Library to read and discuss the Christian mystics. The summer schedule will vary, resuming on August 22. Bring lunch if you like for this one-hour session. For more information, contact Formation Partner, the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman (phanneman@st-peters.org, 704-749-6143).

Centering Prayer Workshop at Myers Park Presbyterian, August 25. Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. This workshop is an opportunity to be introduced to or renew your prayer practice – to be with God beyond concepts, words and images; listening with “the ear of the heart”. To register, please visit the website for Contemplative Outreach of Piedmont NC (www.copnc.org/events).

Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, August 28–February 12. In “Putting on the Mind of Christ,” Jim Marion maps the nine stages of consciousness through which the Christian grows toward full spiritual maturity. Paul Hanneman invites you to join him in reading this powerful book in a deliberate, contemplative manner on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning on August 28 at St. Peter’s. To register, please contact Dr. Hanneman (pahcnc1949@gmail.com).

Monday Evening Bible Study. A Monday evening Bible Study, led by Ruth Woodend and John Frederick, will begin on September 10, 6:30–8:00 p.m. in the library. For seven weeks, participants will study biblical parables. The parables of Jesus intend to draw us in to see and hear the Gospel message in a new way, a way that challenges our perspective and might change our hearts. Participants will use The Kerygma Program “Parables – Stories for Life in God’s World.” The resource book is available for $16 at the first session. Scholarships are available. Register by contacting Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com,704-661-4687) or John Frederick (jmfrederick@yahoo.com, 704-293-7800).

Community Life

Dinner Groups at St. Peter’s. The St. Peter’s fellowship team is excited to announce Fall Dinner Groups to begin in September. A tradition at St. Peter’s for many years, Dinner Groups are an opportunity for parishioners to gather in each other’s homes, to build lasting connections, and to enjoy fellowship with one another. Be sure to read upcoming editions of the eNews for more information about this low stress fellowship opportunity. Look for the sign-up table in the lobby on Sunday mornings. For all interested in participating, save the date of Sunday, August 26 for a potluck lunch to learn more and meet your group.

Planning an Event at St. Peter’s? Here’s what we need from you. St. Peter’s holds a number of events each year that enrich the lives of our community. We want to continue doing so, but can only help if setup details are submitted five days prior to the event date. (If we are able to accommodate late requests, the event organizer must be responsible for event setup and cleanup.) If you are considering the use of space at St. Peter’s, please contact Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate, (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Summer Sunday Coffee Hour. A note from our Coffee Hour Baristas regarding Summer Coffee Hour: We love serving you after the 10:45 a.m. service, but due to our summer vacations, we will be providing only coffee, lemonade, and water for the next few weeks. We will be back in action with refreshments beginning August 26. As always, we welcome food offerings from parishioners throughout the year, and summer is no exception. Just drop them by the break room before the service.

Join the Ushers. The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is looking for more volunteers to serve on a once-monthly basis at the 8:00 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharist. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Pastoral Care: Sharing and Responding to Concerns. To alert the clergy regarding a pastoral concern, telephone the Parish House during office hours (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) and after-hours, dial the Clergy On Call Phone at 704-749-6175 for pastoral emergencies such as hospitalizations. This protocol is the best way to communicate pastoral needs and ensure a response from a member of the clergy or pastoral care team.

Parents Connect Summer Breakfasts. During the summer months through August 19, all parents and their families are invited to gather at Panera Bread, 601 Providence Road, for fellowship and breakfast on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. Please join the Parents Connect leaders for this fun and easy opportunity to stay connected.

Pet Grief Support Group, August 9. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, August 9 (and every second Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. For more information, contact Wes Sturgis (pwsturgis@gmail.com, 704-621-8613).

Senior Class Luncheon, August 21. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, August 21, 11:30 a.m. at Toast in Dilworth (2400 Park Road). For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

Social Justice Film and Discussion, August 29. Our Social Justice Team presents a screening of “Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America,” an award-winning 2016 documentary about Moises Serrano, who grew up queer and undocumented in Yadkinville, North Carolina. Serrano’s journey illustrates the intersection of queer and immigrant issues, highlighting the challenges facing LGBT people growing up in the rural South, where racism and homophobia are not uncommon. Please join us in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, August 29, 6:00–8:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.

St. Luke’s Guild (formerly Chronic Care Support Group), September 7. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, September 7, 11:00 a.m. The Clergy 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. To learn more, contact the Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest (klane@st-peters.org, 917-679-7285).

Outreach and Social Justice

Pride at St. Peter’s, August 18 and 19. The St. Peter’s Pride Team has been hard at work preparing for our congregation’s participation in Charlotte Pride. Our theme this year is “Love is the Way,” inspired by our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. We hope you will help us welcome and connect with our neighbors at this event and help us share the Jesus Movement with our community. As in past years, we will provide hospitality to parade marchers and viewers on the church lawn and host a potluck lunch in the community room following the parade on Sunday, August 19.
New this year, St. Peter’s will also have a booth in the festival on Saturday and Sunday. The booth will be an opportunity to welcome and connect with our neighbors. If you would like to be an ambassador for St. Peter’s at the booth, march in the parade, or help provide hospitality, please fill out this form.

St. Peter’s Pride Team Meetings. The Pride Team at St. Peter’s has hosted several meetings to organize the volunteer effort for our participation in Charlotte Pride. We will meet on Thursday, August 9 from 6:30–8:00 p.m. before Pride weekend. All are welcome to join us.

Social Justice Voting Rights Initiative and Education. The St. Peter’s Social Justice Committee is asking all to consider a prominent Christian pastor’s warning about voter suppression. In an article on the St. Peter’s website, the Social Justice Committee explains voter suppression and the Christian call to assist vulnerable voters. This non-partisan Christian initiative is a call to further education and assisting everyone in their rights as voters. If you are interested in learning more about this initiative, read more here.

Volunteer through Servant Ministry Partners. Our parish has a long custom of partnering with community social service agencies whose programs benefit the welfare of our neighbors. Learn more online and pick up a copy of a Servant Ministry through St. Peter’s resource from the public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Looking Ahead

August 19, Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Uptown Charlotte.
August 20, Introductory Wisdom School eCourse Exploration.
August 21, Senior Class Luncheon.
August 22, Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman.
August 25, Contemplative Outreach Centering Prayer Workshop, Myers Park Presbyterian.
August 26, St. Peter’s Fall Formation Kick-off and Celebration
August 28, Book Study with Paul Hanneman, “Putting on the Mind of Christ” by Jim Marion.
August 29, Social Justice Film & Discussion.
September 3: Parish offices closed in observance of Labor Day holiday.
September 9: Organ and CCC Concert and Reception.
September 10: Monday Evening Bible Study.