This Week’s News

April 17, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Strategic Planning Committee Meeting (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.

April 18, Maundy Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist, Washing of Feet, Stripping of the Altar, 7:00 p.m.

April 19, Good Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Fellowship (Parlor), 8:30 am
Individual Sacrament of Reconciliation, 8:30 a.m.
Solemn Liturgy, Veneration of the Cross, Noon–3:00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross for all ages, 3:30 p.m.

April 20, Holy Saturday
Great Vigil of Easter, 8:00 p.m.

April 21, The Sunday of the Resurrection, Easter Day
Holy Eucharist, Rite I with hymns, 7:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with choir, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist (Taizé), 5:00 p.m.
*Valet service hours are extended: 7:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
*Nursery hours are 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
*No Holy Chow or Coffee Hour.

April 22, Monday
Parish Offices closed in observance of Easter Holiday.

April 23, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Intercessory Prayer Room), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noonday Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

April 24, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

April 25, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

Easter Week Parish Office Schedule. The parish offices will be closed on Monday, April 22. Morning and Evening Prayer will not be held on that day. On Tuesday, April 23, Morning and Evening Prayer will resume, and Noonday Prayer will be offered in the chapel in place of the Tuesday Eucharist. The clergy and music staff will be away from the office Monday, April 22–Friday, April 26 for annual respite following Holy Week and Easter services. To reach the clergy-on-call for emergency pastoral care dial 704-749-6175.

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 Stevenson. Come to hear an update on the process and what we learned from the parish listening circles last fall.

High Sunday Brunch, April 28. Celebrate Eastertide at a festive brunch in the Parish Hall on April 28 following the 10:45 a.m. service. The fare will be shrimp and grits and breakfast casserole with sides of asparagus, fresh fruit, and biscuits; child-friendly foods; and a dessert table: $10/adults and youth 13 and older, $5/children 6–12, $35/household maximum. Purchase your tickets online today.

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 Worship at St. Peter’s. Morning and Evening Prayer are offered daily in the Chapel. Morning Prayer begins at 8:00 a.m., Monday–Friday, and Evening Prayer is offered at 5:30 p.m., Monday–Thursday. This 30-minute liturgy is a wonderful way to mark the beginning or end of your day. A mid-week Holy Eucharist is offered at noon on Tuesdays followed by fellowship in the Parlor.

Learning

Parish Hall Forum, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. There will be no adult formation on Palm Sunday, April 14 or Easter Day, April 21. Upcoming forums include: “Strategic Planning Update,” a series on “Christianity and Liturgy as Resistance,” “The Daily Office,” “Sabbath Keeping,” and “Evangelism.”

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. The book connects our individual values and actions to the larger picture and helps us 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. 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).

Monday Evening Bible Study: “Sabbath as Resistance.” Beginning on Monday, April 29, the Bible Study class will study Walter Brueggemann’s book “Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now.” All are welcome to join us for this four-week study. You will need the book and your Bible. The class time is from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. For more information or to register, please contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com, 704-661-4687) or John Frederick (jgmfrederick@yahoo.com, 704-293-7800).

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: May 5, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: How it Prepares Our Children for a Lifetime of Faith, led by Anna Hurdle and Katie Nelson; June 2, Continuing Family Spirituality into the Summer, led by St. Peter’s clergy. Search “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” on Facebook to stay up to date.

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

A Note to the Parish from Paul Hanneman. To the clergy, staff, and members of St. Peter’s: Thanks so very much for inviting me to share in your ministry over the past several years. It was a joy and a privilege to be part of this spiritual community through teaching, counseling, spiritual direction, preaching, and fellowship. St. Peter’s is a potent example of what can happen when worship, music, spiritual formation, and community engagement are passionately alive and centered in the Presence of Christ. My prayers are with you as you discern the next stages of your journey.
Blessings, Paul A. Hanneman

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.)

Pet Grief Support Group, May 9. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on May 9 (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, May 9. Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m., the next Pub Theology will take place on Thursday, May 9. 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, May 21. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is May 21, 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, May 3. The next gathering of this first-Friday group is May 3, 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)

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, by 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.

Bright Blessings Family Outreach Project, April 27. Parents Connect and their families will gather on the afternoon of Saturday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room to assemble Bright Blessings party bags. Bright Blessings is a program that hosts birthday parties at shelters and housing programs for children who have never had a birthday party. Please email Natalie Glover (natalie.glover@icloud.com] by April 12 if you’d like to participate. If you can’t come on April 27, but still want to help, please visit this link or contact Natalie to find out about supplies that she is collecting for the cause.

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).

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.

Outreach and Social Justice

“February One” Special Film Viewing, April 24. Interested St. Peter’s members are invited to join others from St. Peter’s, The Chapel of Christ the King, and St. Michael’s and All Angels who journeyed together on Saturday, March 30, 2019 to visit the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, NC. This follow up gathering will take place on Wednesday, April 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Attendees will view an award-winning film, “February One”, about the four college freshmen at North Carolina A&T who started the Woolworth lunch counter sit-in movement that solidified North Carolina’s significant role in desegregating public accommodations across the nation. Light refreshments will be available at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room. The hour-long film will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall followed by a discussion with panelists from the 3 churches who visited the Museum last month. To help with the count and set-up, please RSVP to Gwen High ((gwendolyn.high@gmail.com) if interested in attending.

Social Justice Film Night on April 30. On Tuesday, April 30, the Social Justice Ministry Team will be presenting a screening of “The Hand That Feeds,” which tells the story of twelve undocumented immigrants who face an uphill battle and the threat of deportation when they take on the popular restaurant in New York City where they work. The 56-minute film viewing will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a guided discussion. Simple refreshments will be offered.

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Looking Ahead

April 28: Strategic Planning Update: Sharing What We Learned from Parish Listening Circles.
April 28: High Sunday Brunch.
May 1: Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting.
May 4: RAIN/AIDS Walk.
May 7: Congregational Development Team Meeting.
May 9: A Riff of Love: Jazz and Storytelling, The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter.
May 10 and 11: Spring Concerts for The Choir School at St. Peter’s.
May 11: Sacramental Retreat and Solemn Communion (CGS).
May 15: Youth Advisory Committee Meeting.
May 18: Parents Connect Wine Tasting.
May 21: Center City Concerts Noonday concert featuring A.W. Duo.