This Week’s News

February 20, Wednesday
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
Youth Advisory Committee Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.

February 21, Thursday
St. Peter’s Endowment Finance and Investment Committee Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.
Pub Theology (Offsite: Sir Edmond Halley’s, Park Road Shopping Center), 5:30 p.m.

February 23, Saturday
Social Justice Film and Discussion, “Tell Them We Are Rising” (Parish Hall), 10:00 a.m.
Choir School Serenade Gala and Silent Auction (Offsite: Charlotte Country Club)

February 24, The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum, “Written for Our Learning: Exploring the Bible” (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 , 10:45 a.m.
Youth Acolyte Training (Church), 12:30 p.m.
Social Justice Ministry Planning Retreat (Community Room), 12:30 p.m.
Evensong (Holy Comforter Choir, directed by Patrick Pope), 5:00 p.m.

February 25, Monday
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

February 26, Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Intercessory Prayer Room), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Book Study with Paul Hanneman, Jim Marion’s “Putting on the Mind of Christ” (Tower Room), 6:30 p.m.

February 27, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
Strategic Planning Committee Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

February 28, Thursday
Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.

A Special Message from Mother Amanda. Thank you so much to everyone who participated in my warm welcome to St. Peter’s this past Sunday! The reception was wonderful, the food delicious, and I was overwhelmed by your generosity in the pounding. Please know how incredibly grateful I am to all of you. I look forward to getting to know you better in the weeks and months to come. I am truly blessed to be your new priest.

Shrove Tuesday Festival, March 6: Tickets and Volunteers. On the eve of Ash Wednesday, all ages are invited to gather for a grand occasion beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Prepare now for a big evening of music and assorted foods including pancakes, bacon and sausage, gumbo, vegetarian options, salad, fruit, King Cake, assorted desserts, and many child-friendly items. Tickets are $6 for youth and adults, $4 for children, up to a $25 household maximum. Please click here to purchase your tickets. Volunteer for setup and cleanup, decorations, cooking assistance, food and refreshment station servers, table hosts/runners, or as a door greeter by contacting Harris Holt (harrisholt3@gmail.com).

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.

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 on Sunday at St. Peter’s. Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have organized a weekly Choral Evensong series among area churches. Sunday, February 24 at 5:00 p.m., Evensong is offered at St. Peter’s by the Holy Comforter Choir, directed by Patrick Pope. 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 24, “Written for Our Learning: Exploring the Bible,” with Mother Amanda.

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: Creating Sacred Moments at Home” Book Discussion, led by Deacon Robin. “Faithful Families” helps you add faith moments to your daily routine and share meaningful spiritual experiences with your children. Search “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” on Facebook to stay up to date.

Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, February 26. 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 (phanneman@st-peters.org).

Mystical Food for Thought, February 27. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime on Wednesday, February 27. 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).

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 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. Don’t have cash? You can now pay online through Realm.

Wearing Nametag Buttons on Sundays. As we welcome new staff and clergy, please help them begin putting faces with names by wearing your nametag buttons on Sunday mornings. The button boards are located near the 7th street Parish House entrance and in the Narthex, so please be sure to pick yours up as you head into the church for services. If you don’t yet have a nametag button, sign-up is available in the lobby at the Reception Desk.

Pet Grief Support Group, March 14. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on today (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, 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, March 19. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, March 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)

29th Annual Women’s Retreat, March 22-24. The Women’s Retreat is held in the spring at the Valle Crucis Conference Center deep in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Valle Crucis, NC. This year, we will gather on March 22-24. Come to find your Spiritual Gift(s) with Reverend Jane Holmes, Deacon. Spiritual gifts are real, we all have a gift, and yet we may not realize it. Rev. Jane will lead us through the process of discovering our gifts. The retreat cost is $165 per person, with a $75 deposit due at the time of registration. Use this link to register online. For financial assistance, please use this link to contact Father Josh.

Social Justice Film Night, March 26. St. Peter’s Social Justice Ministry is partnering with Novant Health for a special screening of the documentary “Gen Silent” on March 26 at 6:00–8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. During this free event you can learn how LGBT seniors who fought the earliest battles for equality now face fear of discrimination in healthcare/long term. A panel discussion with special guests will follow. Refreshments will be provided by the Novant Business Resource Group. Please use this link to register and click here to view the movie trailer. For more information, contact Jason Gingras (jason.gingras@gmail.com).

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.

Experience England with the MasterSingers. Only 5 spots remain for adults interested in traveling to Durham, England when the MasterSingers of The Choir School serve as choir-in-residence during the summer of 2019. The trip departure date is July 18 with a return on July 29, and includes 10 nights in York and Durham, accommodations in a bed and breakfast, daily excursions, 3 evening meals, and the opportunity to experience the centuries-old tradition of daily Anglican worship in Durham Cathedral. Prices begin at $1800 plus airfare. Group airfare pricing from Charlotte to Manchester is $1,577 or you may make your own arrangements. Reservation and $500 deposit are required by February 28, 2019. For complete information, excursion details, and payment schedule, contact Kay Johnson (kjohnson@thechoirschool.org).

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 $35 for one month or $20 for two Sundays. Donate Altar flowers or Eucharistic supplies online or contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142).

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

What’s so great about St. Peter’s? We know that you know, so would you be willing to tell others about it? This is the stewardship season and we are requesting a little of your time, once per month on an assigned Sunday, to serve as Host-Greeter for 30 to 45 minutes. The opportunity to greet families, friends and other parishioners, old and new, is very rewarding! If interested in serving St. Peter’s as a Host-Greeter, please contact Sabrina Clarke (pllife@att.net).

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, travel size toothpaste, toothbrushes, 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). Thank you for helping our neighbors!

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

March 2: Charlotte Pride Band Concert, “Wind Songs and Dances,” (Myers Park Baptist, Heaton Hall), 5:00 p.m.
March 5: Shrove Tuesday.
March 6: Ash Wednesday.
March 11: Evening Prayer Daily Office begins (Monday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m.)
March 12: Congregational Development Team Meeting.
March 16: Youth Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser.
March 18: Center City Concert, Organ Recital featuring Elizabeth Lenti.
March 20: Youth Advisory Committee Meeting.