This Week’s News

September 4, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer (Chapel)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

September 5, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Summer Book Club Meeting, “I’m Still Here” (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room), 7:00 p.m.

September 6, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.

September 8, Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: “Honoring Sabbath, Part II” led by Ruth Woodend (Town Choir Room), 9:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Basement) and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30–10:30
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Coffee Hour (Lobby), 12:00 p.m.
Sermon Talk-back (Parlor), 12:15 p.m.
Evensong (First of the season, St. Peter’s Choir), 5:00 p.m.

September 9, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Safe Church Training (Basement), 6:00 p.m.
EfM – Education for Ministry (Community Room), 6:30 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

September 10, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Centering and Intercessory Prayer (St. Benedict Room), 10:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Parents Connect Moms’ Dinner Out (Offsite), 7:30 p.m.

September 11, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer (Chapel)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

September 12, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Pub Theology: “What does the ‘already but not yet’ mean?” (Offsite, Sir Edmond Halley’s), 5:30 p.m.
Pet Grief Support Group (Tower Room), 7:00 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room), 7:00 p.m.

Choral Evensong Resumes Sunday, September 8. Every second and fourth Sunday at 5:00 p.m., St. Peter’s offers a service of Choral Evensong, a contemplative and uniquely Anglican worship service for the evening including readings from scripture, psalm singing, hymns, and time for prayer. On September 8, the St. Peter’s Choir serves as the choir in residence. Other Charlotte Convocation parishes offer Choral Evensong on first and and third Sundays, with Church of the Holy Comforter beginning their season on September 15. Learn more online at www.choralevensongclt.org.

Hurricane Relief Contributions. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with dioceses in the path of Hurricane Dorian. You can help provide affected communities with immediate and long-term support. Please contribute to our Hurricane Relief Fund at (support.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-relief).

“Becoming Episcopalian” Inquirers/Confirmation Class, September 15–October 20. In preparation for the visitation of our Diocesan Bishop, the Right Reverend Sam Rodman, on Sunday, October 20, a 6-week “Becoming Episcopalian” class will be led by a team of clergy and lay leaders. Weekly classes will be offered on Sundays in the Library from September 15 through October 20, 12:30–2:00 p.m. All adult non-members and members who wish to learn more or reaffirm their faith as Episcopalians; who are not confirmed Episcopalians; or who wish to be received into the Episcopal Church from another Christian tradition are eligible to attend this class series. To RSVP contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Summer Book Club: Final Session on September 5, 6:00–8:00 p.m. Gather in the Community Room, 6:00–8:00 p.m., for a time of refreshments, conversation, and fellowship. Participants are asked to read the book ahead of time and to bring either a drink or snack to share. We will discuss I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown.

Worship and Music

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

Daily Worship. 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 and Thursdays. Noonday Prayer with a guided meditation will be offered each Wednesday in the Chapel.

Prayer at St. Peter’s: Centering and Intercessory Prayer Group. Starting on September 10, join us on the 2nd floor in the St. Benedict Room (between the elevator and Tower Room) from 10:45–11:45 a.m. on Tuesday mornings for a quiet time of intercession and centering prayer. For more information, contact Judith Johnson (judithrayjohnson@hotmail.com, 704-596-6167) or Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com, 704-661-4687).

Learning

Sermon Talk-back. On Sunday mornings at 12:15 p.m., parishioners are invited to the Parlor to discuss the sermon with the preacher. This is an informal formation gathering to ask questions, reflect on the readings of the day, and the offering by the preacher.

The Sunday Forum. The fourth commandment, “Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath Day,” was included in the Ten Commandments because “the gods of Egypt were confiscatory gods — demanding endless produce, authorizing systems of production that are insatiable. The God of Israel is set on a collision course with gods of insatiable productivity.” Walter Bruggemann writes this in his book, Sabbath as Resistance—saying No to the Culture of Now. This timely book will be the basis of this week’s forum exploring how we can begin to live out what is required of us as Christians. Join the Sunday Forum at 9:30 a.m. in the Town Choir Room, Basement Level of the Parish House.

Monday Evening Bible Study, “That You May Believe.” Beginning on Monday, September 9, the Bible Study class will study That You May Believe: The Gospel of John. All are welcome to join us for this fourteen-week Kerygma Program and previous study is not required. The class time is from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. The cost of the book is $18. You will also need a study Bible. Contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com, 704-661-4687) to register or for more information.

Fall Book Study, “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene.” On Tuesday, September 3, we began meeting biweekly, 6:30–8:00 p.m. in the Parlor to study The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity, by the Reverend Cynthia Bourgeault. For our first discussion on September 3, we covered Bourgeault’s preface and the first three chapters of the book: Mary Magdalene in the Canonical Gospels, The Woman with the Alabaster Jar, and The “Gnostic” Gospels. If you can’t make it to every session, feel free to join us when you can. For more information or to find out what will be covered for upcoming meetings, contact Vera Greene (veraevergreene@gmail.com).

Fall Book Study of Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Our six-week discussions will go beyond the literary merits of the novel to its spiritual, psychological, and social justice themes. Morrison explores the architecture of her characters’ minds, the forms and power of community, and the walls of division standing during the Reconstruction and still today. In this love story characters are grounded in events both historical and magically real, set in a haunted house, and first rejected and ultimately embraced by a vibrant community. Read pages 3-59 for the first meeting on September 29 or just come for the discussion of what it means to be “beloved” as a person and as a people. This offering will take place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. on September 29, October 13 and 27, November 10 and 17, and December 15. Contact Deje McGavran for more information (dhmcgavran@gmail.com).

Community Life

Safe Church Training, September 9. Safe Church Training will be led by Lyn Holt on Monday, September 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the Youth Room (basement level of the Parish House). This training is designed to equip anyone in a position of parish leadership with ways of preventing and overcoming abuse and misconduct. Required for clergy and staff every three years, it is also intended for wardens, vestry members, lay Eucharistic visitors, pastoral visitors, youth leaders, confirmation sponsors, acolyte leaders, choir directors, church school teachers, and volunteers working in the parish on a regular basis. To find out more about this training, visit (https://www.dionc.org/Diocese/safe-church-training.html). To register, contact Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org).

Newcomers’ Tour of the Church, Sunday, September 15. All who are new (or new-ish) to the parish and want to get acquainted with other newcomers, members, and the clergy are invited to a tour of the Nave immediately following the 10:45 a.m. Eucharist. We will gather together in the church at the base of the steps leading up to the altar. If interested in attending, RSVP to Mike Hoffman (mike.hoffman63@gmail.com).

20s/30s Group at Resident Culture Brewery, September 15. Formerly the Young Adults Group, the 20s/30s Group will meet at Resident Culture Brewery (2101 Central Avenue) on Sunday, September 15 at 1:00 p.m. for our first gathering of the program year. For more information, call or text Jason Gingras (407-927-0034).

Intercessory Prayer on Sunday Mornings. At each celebration of the Holy Eucharist, we’re led in intercessory prayer during the Prayers of the People. Clergy and staff members also constantly hold people in prayer. But on a more personal level, the opportunity to pray directly with prayer partners is available each Sunday after Communion in the Intercessory Prayer Room adjacent to the Church Parlor. For those seeking prayers of thanksgiving or for healing in body, mind, or spirit, it’s a time to share prayer requests with full confidentiality in a private setting. If you have questions, contact Pat Markel (markelhouse@aol.com).

St. Luke’s Guild, October 4. The next gathering of this first-Friday group is October 4, 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).

Pub Theology, September 12. Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m. during the program year, the next Pub Theology will resume on Thursday, September 12. You are invited to join Father Keith at Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse (Park Road Shopping Center) to discuss the topic, “What does the ‘already but not yet mean?’” Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual holy conversation events.

Adult Pilgrimage to Greece and Rome, May 2020. Mother Amanda, Associate Rector, and Lyn Holt, Youth Program Director, invite active adults to consider joining them for an adult pilgrimage scheduled for May of 2020, when they plan to walk in the footsteps of St. Paul in Greece and Rome. They will visit Athens and Corinth, cruise the Greek Isles, and eventually make their way to Rome, where tradition says that Paul was martyred. Pick up a brochure or go to: https://www.st-peters.org/2020-pilgrimage for a full itinerary and registration information. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the pilgrimage in greater detail, contact the Reverend Amanda C. Stephenson (astephenson@st-peters.org, 704-749-6150).

Kanuga. In 2018 the annual parish retreat at Kanuga Conferences was canceled due to Hurricane Florence. Since that time, the staff worked closely with Kanuga to find an alternative date for an upcoming parish retreat. Save the date for the next parish retreat to Kanuga: March 13–15, 2020. Stay tuned to the eNews for more information regarding Kanuga planning and registration.

Pet Grief Support Group, September 12. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on September 12 (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).

Senior Class Luncheon, September 17. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is September 17, 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).

Prayer Requests. As a community, we offer support to one another through prayer. Requests may be made in several ways: complete a “Prayer Request” card located in the pew rack, submit your request online at www.st-peters.org/make-a-prayer-request, or contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141). Names of persons who have given consent for their 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.

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, 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. Contact Kristine Reid (kmrlady@ymail.com) for more information or to join this ministry.

Outreach and Social Justice

Social Justice Film Night: “Sold Out: Affordable Housing at Risk,” September 24. The Social Justice Ministry has put together a series of events to help us understand the complexity of the affordable housing issues in Charlotte and the impact on our neighbors and community. The first offering in this series, “Sold Out: Affordable Housing at Risk” will take place on Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This documentary, produced by Twin Cities PBS and Minnesota Housing Partnership, examines the devastating effects of the loss of a Minneapolis apartment complex with affordable rents on the people living there and the ripple effects on the surrounding community. Viewers will recognize the same issues that we face here in Charlotte. Light refreshments will be served.

Habitat for Humanity Build 2019. This year’s build will begin on Saturday, September 14 with framing and will continue over the next 10 weeks. St. Peter’s will be site leaders on Saturday, October 19, first day of drywall. To sign up, visit, create or sign in to an account, and search by group number: #1686 is associated with Charlotte Church Partners. You’ll see the whole build schedule, and you can volunteer for whichever day fits your schedule. If you have questions, contact John Knip (jknip@carriff.com) or Alex Yale (alecyale@gmail.com).

Augustine Literacy Project Volunteer Literacy Tutors. The mission of Augustine Literacy Project is to improve the reading, spelling, and writing skills of low income children who struggle with literacy. To learn more about becoming a volunteer literacy tutor with Augustine Literacy Project-Charlotte, our commitment in training and supporting volunteer tutors, and our impact in helping students learn to read, consider attending the upcoming information session on Tuesday, October 8 at 10:30 a.m. at Morrison Regional Library (7015 Morrison Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28211). Training classes are filling up quickly. RSVP for the information session or training classes by contacting Jess Heath (jheath@alpcharlotte.org)

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Looking Ahead

September 15: Newcomers’ Talk and Tour.
September 22: Evensong, Boys and Girls Tour Choirs of The Choir School at St. Peter’s.
September 25: Kanuga Planning Meeting.
September 26: Pastoral Care Team Meeting.
September 28: Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day.
October 6: Blessing of the Animals, 5:00 p.m.