This Week’s News

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

March 21, Thursday
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

March 24, The Third Sunday in Lent
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Lenten Forum Series, “The Last Week”: A Conversational Study, Part III (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.
Lenten Spiritual Practices: Lectio Divina (Parlor), 12:30 p.m.
Evensong (last of the season), led by the St. Peter’s Choir, 5:00 p.m.

March 25, Monday
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

March 26, Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Intercessory Prayer Room), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice Film Night, “Gen Silent” (Parish Hall), 6:00 p.m.
Book Study with Paul Hanneman, Jim Marion’s “Putting on the Mind of Christ” (Tower Room), 6:30 p.m.

March 27, Wednesday
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.

March 28, Thursday
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.

A Note of Thanks… The youth program, especially the Pilgrim Class, would like to thank the parish for its generous and unwavering support of our fellowship and fund-raising events, as we make our plans for our Holy Pilgrimage this summer. We had a generous crowd at the “Saint Pierre’s” Spaghetti Dinner and Auction and met our goal of $6,000 toward the cost of our trip. There were also over twenty people who contributed mightily to preparation, set-up, and clean-up and we are grateful to you all. The Pilgrimage is the culmination of our studies in Rite 13 and J2A classes, and of our year of preparation for this particular Pilgrimage – London, Canterbury, the beaches of Normandy, Mont-Saint-Michel, Chartres, and Paris. As we travel, we will stop in five great cathedrals to pray for family, friends, and parishioners who helped us to experience this life-changing journey. We would love to pray for specific requests from parishioners. Please email Director of Youth Ministry, Lyn Holt, at (lholt@st-peters.org) with your request. We will collect prayer requests, an ancient tradition of pilgrimage, from the parish through June 15.

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).

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.

Daily Evening Prayer. 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. This Sunday, March 24 marks the last Evensong of the season at St. Peter’s. The service will be led by the St. Peter’s Choir and will feature J.S. Bach’s Jesu, Meine Freude. Occasional special Evensongs will be offered as announced.

Visual Changes in Our Sacred Space during Lent. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, the covering of crosses and the altar mosaic is an ancient tradition observed during the season of Lent. Instruments of the Passion depicted in the dossal veil, which now covers the mosaic at the altar, are a rooster (crowed after Peter’s third denial of Jesus) and what is a combination of a lance (used to pierce the side of Jesus as he hung on the cross) and a sponge on the end of a forked rod (offering sour wine to Jesus as he hung on the cross). On either side of Jesus are St. Mary the Virgin, Mother of our Lord, and St. John the Beloved, depicted with his head uncovered and beardless. At the foot of the cross is the image of Jesus as the Lamb of God.

Learning

Lenten Forum Series, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Continuing on March 17, the clergy will offer a study and conversation around John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg’s famous book The Last Week, which explores the final days before Jesus’ crucifixion as told in the Gospel of Mark. Available for purchase at this link, acquiring a copy is not necessary, though reading along may enhance your experience. Several copies are also available for purchase through the parish office.

Lenten Spiritual Practices, Sundays at 12:30 p.m. Continuing on March 24, 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.

Strategic Planning Update, April 28 at 9:30 a.m. Save the date of April 28 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall for an update from our Strategic Planning leadership and our consultant, Andi Stephenson. Come to hear an update on the process and what we learned from the parish listening circles last fall.

Six-week Book Study, “A Different Way”, April 28-June 2. Join us in the Tower Room on Sunday mornings from April 28 through June 2 as we explore “A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World.” The concept of “living simply so that others may simply live” has been around for hundreds of years. People choose to live simply for many reasons and as our world changes, the motivations for and benefits of living a simple life also evolve. “A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World” connects our individual values and actions to the larger picture and helps us to find power to make real change in our lives, communities, and in the world at large. Order eBook ($28) or paperback ($30 plus shipping) from the Northwest Earth Institute (https://nwei.org/discussion-course-books/a-different-way/. Scholarships are available by contacting Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141). For more information about the book study course, please contact Ellen Thompson (EllenThompsonOnline@gmail.com) or Mary Lynn Sepkowitz (mlsepkowitz@gmail.com).

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: April 7, God and Current Events: How to Help Your Children Understand Faith in Our Society, led by Mother Amanda. May 5, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: How it Prepares Our Children for a Lifetime of Faith, led by Anna Hurdle and Katie Nelson. Search “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” on Facebook to stay up to date.

Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, March 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).

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).

Education for Ministry at St. Peter’s this Fall. St. Peter’s is planning to start an Education for Ministry (EfM) group this fall. EfM is a theological curriculum put out by Sewanee that is designed for lay people within the church. You can learn more about it by going to their website: efm.sewanee.edu. If you have previously participated in EfM, or have heard about EfM and are interested in participating, we would like to talk with you! Please contact Fr. Murdock Smith at (frmurdocksmith@gmail.com) for more information or to learn how to become involved.

Community Life

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.)

Holy Chow Ministry Needs. Calling all Foodies! 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 Harris Holt (harrisholt3@gmail.com).

Planned Giving at St. Peter’s. The St. Peter’s community of faith is supported in part by the vision and generosity of generations of parishioners who came before us. Like them, we can also help to ensure that the programs and facilities we love will continue to exist far into the future. Planned gifts have a large impact on St. Peter’s, providing resources for our highly acclaimed music programs, funding for our internal non-profits like The Choir School at St. Peter’s, and enrichment to the lives of our young people during the important years when their faith is being formed. You can learn more about planned giving, the St. Peter’s Endowment, and how legacy giving supports the future of our faith community by contacting Steve Bentley (stevebentley24@gmail.com, 704-562-3830). For more information, please pick up a hard copy of “A Common Legacy: Planned Giving at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church”, available in the Lobby.

Pet Grief Support Group, April 11. 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, April 11. Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m., the next Pub Theology will take place on Thursday, April 11. You are invited to join Father Keith for a discussion on “Understanding the Resurrection” 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, April 16. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is April 16 at 11:30 a.m. at a location to be announced soon. 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, April 5. The next gathering of this first-Friday group is April 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).

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.

Prayer Requests. As a community, we offer support to one another through prayer. Requests may be made in several ways: by calling the church office, by completing a “Prayer Request” card located in the pew rack, submitting your request online at www.st-peters.org/make-a-prayer-request, or by contacting Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141). Names of persons who have given consent for names to be printed will be read aloud and listed for two Sundays, unless a longer period is requested. Intercessions are offered during Sunday and weekday worship, and daily by the Clergy and Pastoral Care Team.

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).

Outreach and Social Justice

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. 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 a Holy Chow breakfast in the Parish Hall, round-trip motor coach transportation, museum admission, and lunch. Before returning to Charlotte, the group will also visit February One, the monument sculpture on the campus of North Carolina A&T of the four college students who started the sit-in movement. If you would like more information, contact Gwen High (gwendolyn.high@gmail.com).

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).

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Looking Ahead

April 3: Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting.
April 17: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting.
April 17: Youth Advisory Committee Meeting.
April 18: Maundy Thursday Service.
April 19: Individual Sacrament of Reconciliation, Good Friday Service and Stations of the Cross.
April 20: Holy Saturday Great Vigil of Easter Service.
April 21: Easter Sunday.
April 22: Parish Offices closed in observance of Easter Holiday.
April 28: Strategic Planning Update: Sharing What We Learned from Parish Listening Circles.
April 28: High Sunday Brunch.
April 30: Social Justice Film Night.