This Week’s News

February 6, Wednesday
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

February 8-10, Friday to Sunday
Bishops’ Ball 2019, Camp Walter Johnson.

February 10, The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum, “Marking Your Day with Prayer” with Father Keith and Deacon Robin (Parish Hall), 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Classrooms) & Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Town Choirs of the Choir School lead the service, 10:45 a.m.
Evensong, 5:00 p.m., St. Peter’s Choir

February 12, Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Intercessory Prayer Room), 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” (Tower Room), 6:30 p.m.

February 13, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.

The Choir School Town Choirs are featured for this Sunday’s services. This Sunday, February 10, the youngest singers from The Choir School, the boys and girls of the Town Choirs, will be leading worship at the 10:45 a.m. service. For most of these young children, this will be the first time they have sung during church at St. Peter’s. In addition to learning the anthems that they will sing, they have learned how to process at the beginning and end of the service and learned the hymns and service music and the order in which these elements come in the liturgy. And, of course, they will work hard to be quiet and attentive throughout the service! If you have a child, grandchild, niece or nephew between the ages of 6 and 13 and are interested in learning more about the Choir School, you can contact Elizabeth Lenti at (elenti@st-peters.org).

Worship and Music

Observing Weekly Worship at St. Peter’s. Every weekday and Sundays, St. Peter’s offers opportunities for worship, study, and reflection. See a daily schedule online to learn more.

Charlotte area Choral Evensong continues this Sunday at St. Peter’s. Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have organized a weekly Choral Evensong series among area churches. Sunday, February 10 at 5:00 p.m., Evensong is offered at St. Peter’s by the St. Peter’s Choir. 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: February 10, “Marking Your Day with Prayer.” Join Father Keith and Deacon Robin as they explore the resources of the Book of Common Prayer in marking our daily lives with prayer.

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: March 3, “Faithful Families” Book Discussion, led by Eleanor Shell. Search “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” on Facebook to stay up to date.

Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, 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 second and fourth Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. through March 26 at St. Peter’s. To register, please contact Dr. Hanneman (mailto:phanneman@st-peters.org).

Mystical Food for Thought, February 13. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime on Wednesday, February 13. 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).

Rohr Conference Live Webcast, “The Universal Christ,” March 28–31. Franciscan Richard Rohr will be joined by historian John Dominic Crossan and public theologian Jacqui Lewis in Albuquerque, New Mexico online via live webcast. The conference begins on Thursday, March 28 and ends on Sunday, March 31; a detailed schedule is forthcoming. The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman invites you to join him for the large screen viewing at St. Peter’s for all or part of this unique formation opportunity. Woven throughout the conference are contemplative practices, liturgies, and opportunities for group and individual reflection. This event is free of charge. To register, please contact the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman (phanneman@st-peters.org).

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.

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.

Welcoming Mother Amanda. On February 11, the Reverend Amanda Stephenson joins St. Peter’s as our next Associate. Help with a warm welcome by participating in an old style “pounding,” with a 21st century twist. Use this Sign-up Genius link to identify which item you’ll be pounding and ensure that too much of the same thing isn’t selected. Items range from kitchen pantry items to gift cards to introduce Amanda to Charlotte. All items can be dropped off at the Parish House by Thursday, February 14. If you have questions, suggestions, or are interested in assisting, please contact Eleanor Shell (eleanorshell@icloud.com).

Monday Evening Bible Study, February 18. A new course of Monday Evening Bible Study will begin on February 18. The study is a Kerygma course entitled, “God Calls Leaders,” and we will be studying the great leaders of the Old and New Testament. We will focus on how God called these leaders, how they responded to the call, how we are called by God, and how we respond. The class meets at 6:45–8:15 p.m. in the Library. To register and secure a book, please contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com, 704-661-4687) or John Frederick (jgmfrederick@yahoo.com, 704-293-7800). The cost is $15 with scholarship available.

Pet Grief Support Group, February 14. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, February 14 (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, February 21. Typically offered on second Thursdays from 5:30–7:00 p.m., the next Pub Theology will take place on Thursday, February 21. You are invited to join Father Keith Lane for a discussion on “Preparing for Lent” at Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse (Park Road Shopping Center). Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual holy conversation events.

Senior Class Luncheon, February 19. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, February 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Dolce Ristorante located at 1710 Kenilworth Avenue in Kenilworth Commons Shopping Center. For more information or to be added to the email distribution list, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

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

Boys and Young Men Invited to Audition for The Choir School. Boys and young men ages 7–12 who love music and singing are invited to audition this month for The Choir School. The school, located here at St. Peter’s, is a non-profit, non-religious organization that offers music education and choral performance opportunities. The Boys Town Choir and the Boys Tour Choir meet weekly on Tuesday early evenings. Choristers develop music and vocal skills, study music theory, practice performance technique, and develop important skills such as teamwork and self-discipline as they work together to create one voice from many voices. The choirs are guided by Artistic Director Elizabeth Lenti and Director of Town Choirs Karen Kearney. Scholarships are available for this program. For detailed information and to schedule an audition, contact Assistant Director, Garrett Law (glaw@thechoirschool.org, 704-749-6147). Learn more about The Choir School online.

Urgent Need for Volunteer Front Desk Receptionists. During St. Peter’s weekday business hours, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the St. Peter’s Reception Desk is staffed entirely by volunteers who actively receive visitors, give directions, and direct calls. Recently, we have had a need for additional volunteers and many have stepped in to help. We are still in need of morning shift volunteers on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00 a.m–1:00 p.m. The church business office does not run as smoothly without a front desk attendant, so please consider this important ministry opportunity. Contact Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6143) for more information.

Join the Ushers. The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is looking for volunteers to serve on 2nd Sundays for the 8:00 a.m. service, 1st Sundays for the 10:45 a.m. service, and 5:00 p.m. Evensong services held on most 2nd and 4th Sundays. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

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.

Civil Rights Museum Day Trip, March 30. The St. Peter’s Social Justice Ministry Team received a mini-grant from The Foundation for the Carolinas for its work in successfully hosting “On the Table” conversations last fall. This grant provides significant funding for a group trip to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro on Saturday, March 30. The fee for each participant is $10, which includes breakfast, round-trip transportation, museum admission, and lunch. Twelve seats are still available and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to participate, contact Gwen High (gwendolyn.high@gmail.com). To see the winning video, and learn more about the museum trip, go to YouTube and type “St. Peter’s Dismantling Segregation” in the search bar.

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 (miano204@gmail.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 (miano204@gmail.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 Thursday 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

February 16: Diocesan Absalom Jones Celebration, 11:00 a.m., Saint Augustine’s University Chapel, Raleigh.
February 17: Welcoming Mother Amanda Stephenson, Associate Rector.
February 20: Youth Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
February 23: Social Justice Film Event, “Tell Them We Are Rising,” 9:30 a.m.
February 26: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
February 28: Pastoral Care Team Meeting, 9:30 a.m.
March 2: Charlotte Pride Band Concert, “Wind Songs and Dances,” (Myers Park Baptist Church, Heaton Hall), 5:00 p.m.
March 5: Shrove Tuesday.
March 6: Ash Wednesday.
March 16: Youth Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser.