This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, August 15

August 13 – 17, Monday – Friday
The Choir School at St. Peter’s Annual Choir Camp

August 14, Tuesday
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 12:00 p.m., followed by fellowship in the Parlor

August 18, Saturday
Charlotte Pride Festival (with St. Peter’s Pride Team Booth)
Diocesan Verger Conference at St. Peter’s: Holy Eucharist at 9:45 a.m.

August 19, Sunday, Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Parents Connect Summer Breakfast, 9:15 a.m. (Panera Bread, Myers Park)
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Uptown Charlotte 12:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist with Music (modeled after Taizé, France), 5:00 p.m.

August 20, Monday
Introductory Wisdom School eCourse Exploration with Paul Hanneman, 6:30 p.m.

August 21, Tuesday
Senior Class Luncheon (Toast in Dilworth), 11:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 12:00 p.m., followed by fellowship in the Parlor

August 22, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman, 12:00 p.m. (Tower Room)

Kanuga Parish Retreat, September 14–16. The deadline to register for Kanuga was 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. You can still 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.

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.

Diocesan Verger Conference. St. Peter’s is honored to host the annual Diocesan Verger Conference. On Saturday, August 18 at 9:45 a.m., vergers from around the Diocese of North Carolina will gather for a festive procession and Eucharist in the Nave. The Eucharist is open to all who wish to attend.

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. 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

St. Peter’s Fall Formation Kick-off and Celebration, August 26. On Sunday, August 26 parishioners of all ages, adults, children, and youth, will gather in the Parish Hall at 9:30 a.m. with the St. Peter’s Choir for a Formation Kick-off and Celebration before gathering in their respective classrooms. Please join us as we celebrate the return of Holy Chow, all Formation, and our regular Sunday schedule.

Parents Connect Sunday Gatherings. Beginning August 26, on Sundays during the 9:30 a.m. formation hour, parents are invited to gather for fellowship in the new Parents Connect Room (formerly the 2 Floor Conference Room beside the elevator and Parish Hall). Once a month, parents will gather in the Parents Connect Room for formation and discussion. Come see the new space on August 26.

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).

Blessing of the Backpacks, August 26. All children, youth, teachers, and others engaged in education are invited to bring backpacks to the August 26, 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist for the annual Blessing of the Backpacks. Backpacks will be blessed during the Peace as we pray for all those beginning another year of school.

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 regular schedule resumes with this session 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, September 10. 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. Look for the sign-up table in the lobby this Sunday, August 19 or send an email to John Hoke, (johoke@gmail.com) with your name, address, number of participants, with children or adults only, and if you are available to host in your home. Dinner groups are typically 8 adults or will be 2–3 families. For all interested in participating, please bring a dish to share on Sunday, August 26 for a potluck lunch to learn more about this low stress fellowship opportunity and to meet your group.

Holy Chow Breakfast Resumes August 26. On Sundays, 8:30 a.m.–9:25 a.m., enjoy fellowship at Holy Chow, a hearty breakfast in the Community Room on the second floor of the Parish House, before Christian Formation classes begin at 9:30 a.m. Join all ages of parishioners for one of the best breakfasts in Charlotte. The cost for this great connection-making opportunity is $4 per person or a maximum of $15 per household. Recruitment is underway for Holy Chow cooking/hospitality teams. If you can serve or have questions, contact Sam Gardner (samuelgardner3@gmail.com, 704-651-0286) or Christa Lineberger (christa.lineberger@gmail.com, 704-458-6862).

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.

Pet Grief Support Group, September 13. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, September 13 (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 (Uptown Library), 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. On Wednesday, August 29, 6:00–8:00 p.m., we will gather at the main uptown Library (Francis Auditorium, 301 N. Tryon St.) from 6:00–8:00 p.m. Please be sure to validate your parking ticket at St. Peter’s before heading over to the Library.

Prayer Shawl Knitting Group Meets Monthly. This fellowship and pastoral care ministry circle will resume meetings on Tuesday, September 4 and will meet every first and third Tuesday in the Parlor at St. Peter’s Parish House from 10:00–11:30 a.m. The Clergy, Pastoral Care Team, and Guild of the Christ Child share prayer shawls with parish adults, youth, and children on various occasions. For more information or to attend, contact Linda Smith (lvsmithnc@gmail.com).

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.

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 26, St. Peter’s Fall Formation Kick-off and Celebration.
August 26, Blessing of the Backpacks at the 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist.
August 26, Social Justice Racial Reconciliation Circle Meeting, 12:15 p.m., Parlor.
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: Center City Concert and Reception, featuring Elizabeth Lenti and Garrett Law.
September 10: Monday Evening Bible Study.