This Week’s News

February 28, Thursday
Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.
NO Adult Choir Rehearsal

March 1, Friday
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.

March 2, Saturday
Charlotte Pride Band Concert, “Wind Songs and Dances,” (Myers Park Baptist Church, Heaton Hall), 5:00 p.m.

March 3, The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum, “Understanding the Transfiguration” (Parish Hall), 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Formation (Parents Connect Room) “Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home” Book Discussion, led by Deacon Robin, 9:30 a.m.
Burning of the Palms (Memorial Garden), 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.

March 4, Monday
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

March 5, Shrove Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Intercessory Prayer Room), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Shrove Tuesday Parish Festival (Parish Hall and Community Room), 6:00 p.m.

March 6, Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:30 a.m.
Ashes-on-the-Go Sidewalk Ministry, 8:30 a.m.
Ashes-on-the-Go Sidewalk Ministry, 11:00 a.m.
Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 12:00 p.m.
Ashes-on-the-Go Sidewalk Ministry, 1:00 p.m.
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice Committee Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 7:00 p.m.

Shrove Tuesday Festival, March 5: Tickets and Volunteers.Purchase your tickets by clicking here for a grand occasion on the eve of Ash Wednesday, 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. 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).

Ash Wednesday at St. Peter’s. The Solemn Ash Wednesday liturgies of Holy Eucharist with imposition of ashes, will be offered at 7:30 a.m. (spoken), Noon (with choir), and 7:00 p.m. (sung with choir) on March 6. The clergy and volunteers are invited to join us for hospitality on Tryon Street for our annual Ashes-on-the-Go sidewalk ministry at 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.

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

Lent at St. Peter’s. During the Season of Lent there are many opportunities for further formation, worship, and study. Ash Wednesday liturgies will be offered on March 6 at 7:30 a.m. (spoken), Noon (with choir), and 7:00 p.m. (sung with choir). On Sundays in Lent, the Parish Hall Forum will focus on a study of Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s The Last Week, about the final days before the crucifixion in the Gospel of Mark. After the 10:45 a.m. service on Sundays in Lent, the clergy will lead a 30-minute discussion on “Lenten Spiritual Practices” in the Parlor beginning at 12:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday, beginning March 11, Evening Prayer will be offered in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m. Whether you participate in one or all of these offerings, our hope is that Lent at St. Peter’s will enhance your journey of discipleship as we prepare for the holiest of seasons in the Church.

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.

Daily Evening Prayer. Beginning Monday, March 11, Evening Prayer will be offered in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m., Monday–Thursday. This 30-minute liturgy is a wonderful way to mark the end of your day, whether you travel to St. Peter’s for this offering, or simply stop by on your way home. Daily Morning Prayer is offered in the Chapel, Monday–Friday at 8:00 a.m.

Charlotte area Choral Evensong on Sunday at St. Peter’s. Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have organized a weekly Choral Evensong series among area churches. On Sunday, March 3 the Christ Church Choir sings Evensong at 4:00 p.m. (Christ Church). Sunday, March 10 at 5:00 p.m., Evensong is offered at St. Peter’s by the Tour Choirs of The Choir School at St. Peter’s. 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: March 3, “Understanding the Transfiguration” with Mother Amanda.

Lenten Forum Series, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Beginning Sunday, March 10, the clergy will offer a study and conversation of John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg’s famous book The Last Week, which explores the final days before Jesus’ crucifixion in the Gospel of Mark. Available for purchase at this link, acquiring a copy is not necessary, though reading along may enhance your experience.

Lenten Spiritual Practices, Sundays at 12:30 p.m. Beginning March 10, the clergy will offer a 30-minute conversation in the parlor each Sunday in Lent as an opportunity to enhance personal spiritual practices in this holy season. Join us after Coffee Hour for conversations about praying with beads, praying the Daily Office, praying the Examine, Lectio Divina, and Centering 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: 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, March 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 (phanneman@st-peters.org).

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 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, March 14. Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m., the next Pub Theology will take place on Thursday, March 14. You are invited to join Father Keith Lane for a discussion 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 is March 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Fran’s Filling Station, 2410 Park Road across the street from the Red Cross. 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 is 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)

Youth Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser, March 16. Register now for our annual dinner hosted by the Pilgrim Class (10th and 11th graders), their families, and the Youth Advisory Team for a delightful evening of food, fun, and fellowship at “Saint Pierre’s Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction,” Saturday, March 16, 6:30–8:30 p.m. This “Night in France” showcases the class’s chosen pilgrimage location–where spaghetti is as beloved as it is in Italy! Our youth will be your servers and you can bid on many wonderful silent or live auction items. We will have a half-and-half cash raffle, guessing game jars of candy, and more. The youth will serve appetizers, salad, spaghetti (meat and non-meat toppings available, and further accommodation for other dietary requirements on request). Pricing: $14 for adults; $8 for youth 12–17; $4 for children 6–11; children under 6 are free; family maximum is $40; wine and beer will also be available for an additional charge. Email Lyn (lholt@st-peters.org with questions. All proceeds support the Pilgrim Class on their Holy Pilgrimage to London, Canterbury, and northern France where they will strengthen their faith and increase their knowledge of their Christian heritage.

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 care. 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).

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.

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

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 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.