This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, September 19

September 19, Wednesday
Youth Advisory Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.

September 21-22, Friday and Saturday
Wisdom School Retreat with Paul Hanneman

September 23, Sunday, Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Vestry Nominations Open
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30–9:25 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum: “Youth Reflections on Mission Trip to Detroit” featuring the Parish Youth, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Becoming Episcopalian Confirmation Class (Parlor), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Classrooms) & Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Evensong with Holy Eucharist (Tour Choirs), 5:00 p.m.
Annual Fund Launch Gala (Parish Hall), 6:00 p.m.

September 24, Monday
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:30 p.m.

September 25, Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Chapel), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)
Book Study with Paul Hanneman, Jim Marion’s “Putting on the Mind of Christ” (Library), 6:30 p.m.

September 26, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon
Social Justice Film Night: “Answering the Call” (Parish Hall), 5:45 p.m.

Come to the Annual Fund Gala this Sunday at 6:00 p.m. The Annual Fund committee is delighted to invite everyone to the Annual Fund Kick-off Gala on Sunday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall following Evensong  at 5:00 p.m. We will share a dinner from La-Tea-Da’s to celebrate all that we have accomplished so far as bold followers of Jesus Christ; to reflect on what we are doing and the needs that arise from these activities; and to kick off the annual fund with initial pledges of time, talent, and money to ensure that St. Peter’s, a congregation with an astonishing past, will have an equally astonishing future.

Vestry Nominations for the Annual Meeting of the Parish are due Friday, November 2. On Sunday, December 2 at 9:30 a.m., the Annual Meeting of the Parish will include the election of four new Vestry members to follow 2018 class members Bert Miano, John Hall, Carolyn Carlburg (filling un-expired term), and Christa Lineberger (filling un-expired term). Please consider potential lay leaders who might serve the parish through this three-year commitment and first ask their permission to nominate. Click here to make an on-line nomination.

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.

Prayer at St. Peter’s: Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer Group. Please join us in the Chapel from 10:45–11:45 a.m. on Tuesday mornings for a quiet time of intercession and contemplative prayer. For more information, please contact Judith Johnson (judithrayjohnson@hotmail.com, 704-596-6167) or Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com).

Learning

Parents Connect Sunday Gatherings. On Sunday mornings during the 9:30 a.m. formation hour, parents are invited to gather for fellowship in the Parents Connect Room. On first Sundays of the month, parents will gather in the Community Room for formation and discussion.

Mystical Food for Thought, September 26. 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. 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).

Pub Theology, October 11. On Second Thursdays through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On October 11, you are invited to join us for discussion at a local offsite location to be announced . Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual, drop-in, holy conversation events.

Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, September 25. 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 second and fourth Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. through February 12 at St. Peter’s. To register, please contact Dr. Hanneman (mailto:phanneman@st-peters.org).

Community Life

ECW Fall Charlotte Convocation, September 22. The next gathering of the Episcopal Church Women will take place on Saturday, September 22 from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., hosted by St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1510 E. 7th Street. Diocesan ECW Archivist and Historian, Lynn Hoke, will be sharing the Historic Panels. Refreshments will be served with donations of an offering to supplement the cost. Two women from St. Peter’s are needed to represent our parish in the Charlotte area. If you are interested, please contact Chair of the Charlotte Convocation, Lois Johnson (Charlotte@ecw-nc.org).

Pet Grief Support Group, October 11. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, October 11 (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, October 16. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, October 16, 11:30 a.m. at a location to be announced soon. For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

Parish Talk and Tour, September 30. The Congregational Development Team invites visitors, newer members, and anyone who is interested in learning more to attend a casual gathering after the second service on Sunday, September 30. There will be a short but informative walking tour of the parish grounds that will help to give an overview of how St. Peter’s came to be what it is in Center City Charlotte. Light refreshments will be offered. Please RSVP to Congregational Development Team Leader, Tony Craghead (tonycraghead@hotmail.com).

St. Luke’s Guild, October 5. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, October 5, 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).

Join our St. Peter’s CROP Hunger Walk Team and help raise $1,500. This year will mark the 40th annual Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk and will take place on Saturday, October 13 starting at Independence Park. Three local agencies benefit from the money raised from the CROP Hunger Walk: Crisis Assistance Ministry, Loaves & Fishes, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. A sign-up table will be available after church or you can sign up online. You can also make a donation by check or cash after the 10:45 a.m. service. For questions, contact Logan Smith (logan_msmith@hotmail.com, 704-488-4436).

Holy Chow Breakfast. On Sundays, 8:30–9:25 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.

Hospitality Volunteers. Calling all Foodies! We have several openings in two of our beloved ministries: Holy Chow is looking for team members to serve breakfast on the second and fourth Sundays, as well as someone to assist with coordinating the teams. For more details, please contact Tate Sterrett (tsterrett@horacktalley.com) or Christa Lineberger (christa.lineberger@gmail.com).
Coffee Hour is in need of several volunteers to serve first Sundays, either monthly or every other month. Our baristas provide refreshments and a warm welcome after our 10:45 service. Please contact Kristine Reid (kmrlady@ymail.com) for more information or to join this ministry.

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. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharists. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Outreach and Social Justice

Social Justice Film and Discussion, September 26. Our Social Justice Ministry Team presents a screening of “Answering the Call: The American Struggle for the Right to Vote.” This film explores a cherished family story of Selma and the current state of voter suppression in America. The 75-minute film viewing will begin at 5:45 p.m., followed by a guided discussion led by Arthur Griffin, Chair of the Black Political Caucus of Mecklenburg County, and Arthur Hartsell, Western Piedmont Field Organizer for Democracy N.C. Please join us in the Parish Hall on September 26.

Diocesan-sponsored Race Equity Workshop in Concord, October 19–20. Please join the Racial Reconciliation pillar of our Social Justice Ministry Team as they spread the word about the upcoming Racial Equity. Anyone interested must register soon for the next training on October 19–20. The workshop cost is $150 for the two full days of training, but can be reduced to $75 with a Diocesan discount. For additional information, please contact Gwen High (gwendolyn.high@gmail.com or learn more online.

Social Justice Voting Rights Initiative and Education. The St. Peter’s Social Justice Ministry Team 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 Ministry Team 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

September 30: 5th Sunday Evensong (Burli Singers), 5:00 p.m.
October 7: Blessing of the Animals & St. Francis Statue Dedication, 5:00 p.m.
October 13: Shrimp ‘n’ Suds (Rooftop Terrace).
October 24: Social Justice Film Night, “Vocabulary of Change: Angela Davis and Tim Wise in Conversation” (Parish Hall), 6:00 p.m.
October 28: Bishop’s Visitation.
October 31: Holy Eucharist, All Hallows Eve, 12:00 p.m.