This Week’s News

January 10, Thursday
Pub Theology (Offsite: Sir Edmond Halley’s, Park Road Shopping Center), 5:30 p.m.
Pet Grief Support Group (Tower Room), 7:00 p.m.

January 13, First Sunday after the Epiphany
Baptisms Administered
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast resumes, 8:30 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum, “Baptismal Identity and Mission,” with Father Jacob (Parish Hall), 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Book Study: “Falling Upward” (Tower Room), 9:30 p.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, 5:00 p.m., The Burli Singers

January 14, Monday
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

January 15, Tuesday
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group (Parlor), 10:00 a.m.
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Chapel), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite: Tupelo Honey Café, 1820 South Blvd), 11:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)

January 16, Wednesday
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
Youth Advisory Committee Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.

Annual Fund 2019 Update. As 2019 opens, over 293 out of approximately 500 pledging units have committed $890,388 toward our $1,200,000 goal. To learn more about annual giving and to offer your pledge for 2019 visit www.st-peters.org/pledge.

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.; Choral Evensong on second and fourth Sundays; Tuesday, Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer Group, 10:45 a.m., 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.

Choral Evensong resumes this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. This Sunday, parishioner Rob Burlington’s choral ensemble, The Burli Singers, serves as the choir for the first Choral Evensong of 2019. Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have organized a weekly Choral Evensong opportunity among area churches. Learn more online.

Learning

Sunday Parish Hall Forum, 9:30 a.m. All adults are invited to weekly formation presentations offered by the parish clergy, lay leaders, and guests: January 13, “Baptismal Identity and Mission,” with Father Jacob.

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 for formation and discussion on key topics: February 3, How to Speak to Your Children About Grief. Search “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” on Facebook to stay up to date.

Book Study: “Falling Upward,” Sundays in January. Class participants who were in the most recent book study on “Let Your Life Speak” expressed interest in continuing this same theme of ‘Discernment.’ Each Sunday in January, we will gather in the Tower Room at 9:30 a.m. to study Richard Rohr’s “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.” The book is available on Amazon for about $13.00. Those interested should contact Mary Lynn Sepkowitz (mlsepkowitz@gmail.com).

Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, January 22. 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).

Mystical Food for Thought, January 23. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime. Resuming in January 2019, 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).

Parents Connect Winter Book, January through March. This winter, Parents Connect will be reading “Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home,” by Traci Smith. You are invited to read this on your own January through March. During our March formation we will discuss this book. “Faithful Families” helps you add faith moments to your daily routine and share meaningful spiritual experiences with your children.

Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day, Saturday, February 16. Liturgical ministers and volunteers will gather Saturday, February 16, 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 Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Community Life

St. Peter’s Winter/Spring 2019. Stay tuned to parish announcements in the Sunday leaflet and weekly eNews for the upcoming St. Peter’s Winter and Spring 2019 magazine to be released soon. This seasonal magazine will include parish fellowship events, formation opportunities, and Holy Week and Easter information.

St. Luke’s Guild, February 1. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, February 1, 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).

Pet Grief Support Group, January 10. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, January 10 (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).

Pub Theology, January 10. On second Thursdays through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On January 10, you are invited to join the Reverend Keith C. Lane for a discussion at Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse (Park Road Shopping Center) on the topic of “Epiphany and the Meaning of Christ in Your Life.” Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual holy conversation events.

Senior Class Luncheon, January 15. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, January 15 at 11:30 a.m. at Tupelo Honey Café, 1820 South Blvd. For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

Parents Connect Family Social Event at Blue Blaze Brewing, January 27. Join us at Blue Blaze Brewery (528 South Turner Avenue) directly after the 10:45 a.m. service for a fun afternoon of food, fellowship, family, and football. Sandwich and snack trays will be provided. Please RSVP to ann.luszcz@gmail.com by Wednesday, January 23.

Social Justice Film Night on January 29. On Tuesday, January 29, the Social Justice Ministry Team will be presenting a screening of “This is Home: A Refugee Story,” which tells the story of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and beginning to rebuild their lives. The film goes beyond the statistics, headlines, and political rhetoric to tell deeply personal stories, putting a human face on the global refugee crisis. The 91-minute film viewing will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a guided discussion. Simple refreshments will be offered.

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 is $4 per person or a maximum of $15 per household.

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).

Join the Hospitality Team. 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.

Outreach and Social Justice

Room in the Inn on Wednesday nights. On each Wednesday evening through March 27, St. Peter’s will participate in Room in the Inn (RITI) by providing a warm, welcoming place where twelve neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall. To learn more and serve, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (bmiano@mianolaw.com, 205-222-7527).

Room in the Inn Supplies Needed. On each Wednesday evening, December through March, St. Peter’s participates in the Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn (RITI) program. We need help with stocking our dwindling supply closet, especially lotion, small bars of soap, hand towels, and deodorant (men and women)‎. We would also accept other donations, such hand-warmers and bus passes. We cannot use haircare products. Please leave your donations in the RITI basket in the Parish House lobby. For questions or more information, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (bmiano@mianolaw.com, 205-222-7527).

About the eNews

The weekly news for the St. Peter’s community is published on our website, on Facebook, and via email each Wednesday morning. The same information is also printed in the Sunday leaflets and mailed to those who request it. The deadline for submissions is the preceding Friday by Noon. Items may be edited for content, length, and style. Information should be sent to communications@st-peters.org.

Looking Ahead

January 19: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade, Uptown Charlotte.
January 22: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
January 26: Vestry Retreat.
January 26: Women United March, First Ward Park, 11:00 a.m.
January 31: Pastoral Care Team Meeting, 9:30 a.m.
February 10: Town Choirs of the Choir School sing at the Holy Eucharist, 10:45 a.m.
February 17: Welcoming Mother Amanda Stephenson, Associate Rector