This Week’s News

October 9, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer & Meditation (Chapel)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Kanuga Planning Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

October 10, 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 (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.

October 11, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Choir School Fall Concert, “Mystical Songs” (Church) and Reception (Parish Hall), 7:30 p.m.

October 12, Saturday
Choir School Fall Concert, “Mystical Songs” (Church), 7:30 p.m.

October 13, Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: Homelessness in Charlotte (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 Formation: “Sexuality, Gender Roles, and Our Children” with Mother Amanda (Parents Connect Room), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
“The Art and Practice of Discernment,” with Sally Johnston (Tower Room), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Fall Book Study of Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” (Parlor), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Coffee Hour (Lobby), 12:00 p.m.
Sermon Talk-back (Parlor), 12:15 p.m.
“Becoming Episcopalian” Confirmation Class (Library), 12:30 p.m.
Usher Meeting (Community Room), 12:30 p.m.
Parents Connect Work Day at Hawthorne Place, 3:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong (Church), 5:00 p.m. (The Burli Singers)

October 14, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
EfM – Education for Ministry (Community Room), 6:15 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

October 15, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group (Offsite: Charlotte Yarn), 10:00 a.m.
Centering and Intercessory Prayer (St. Benedict Room), 10:45 a.m.
Senior Class Luncheon (Mama Ricotta’s), 11:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Fall Book Study, “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene” (Parlor), 6:30 p.m.

October 16, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer & Meditation (Chapel)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Youth Advisory Committee Meeing (Basement), 6:00 p.m.

October 17, 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 (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.

Mystical Songs, the Fall 2019 Concerts with The Choir School at St. Peter’s, October 11 and 12. Join the five Choirs of The Choir School as they launch their 27th season with concerts on Friday and Saturday, October 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. This concert features an eclectic program of choral music, including works by Benjamin Britten, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Rollo Dilworth, and Stacey Gibbs. The centerpiece of the concert is “Five Mystical Songs,” by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams; this set of five pieces will highlight all choristers and the guest artist for the evening, Dr. Jordan Wilson, culminating in the thrilling call of the final movement to “Let all the world in every corner sing!” Tickets are now on sale online at www.thechoirschool.org.

“The Art and Practice of Discernment” with Mother Sally: October 13 and 27. Trying to decide about your next career move, when to retire, whether to go back to school or move to Colorado? These are not simple decisions, but life-changing ones which are usually complicated and often have more than one “right answer.” So how do you decide? This two-part class will look at the power of discernment – learning to listen for God’s voice and letting answers come to you. We’ll cover what is discernment, how it “works,” some tools you can begin to use and explore forming an ongoing support group for those interested in going deeper. Join Mother Sally on Sunday, October 13 and Sunday, October 27 at 9:30 a.m. in the Tower Room.

Vestry Nominations for the Annual Meeting of the Parish are due Friday, November 1. On Sunday, December 8 at 9:30 a.m., the Annual Meeting of the Parish will include the election of four new Vestry members to follow 2019 class members: Elsie Erneston, John Frederick, Maria Long, and Cooper Morrison. Please consider potential lay leaders who might serve the parish through this three-year commitment and first ask their permission to nominate. Nominations may be online by clicking here.

Parents Connect and Playroom at Hawthorne Shelter, October 13. On Sunday, October 13, 3:00–5:00 p.m., you and your family are invited to join Parents Connect at Hawthorne Place to paint and decorate their new playroom. Have items to donate, but can’t attend? Please leave them in the Parents Connect Room on the 2nd floor. Contact Cathy Morrison (cathymorrison11@gmail.com) for more information.

Pub Theology, October 10. Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m. during the program year, the next Pub Theology will be on Thursday, October 10 at Sir Edmond Halley’s (4151 Park Rd). Mother Amanda will lead a discussion on the communion of saints and what is means to be surrounded by a “great cloud of witnesses.” Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual holy conversation events.

Giving to Sustain an Unconditional Welcome – Annual Fund 2020. The 2020 Annual Fund is now underway, with 92 pledging units committing over $337,524 towards our $1,000,000 goal. You can make your pledge now, in advance of Commitment Sunday, November 3. Each pledge gift supports our worship, in-reach and outreach initiatives, formation programs for all ages, music, staff and clergy, operations and administration, and the care of our sacred facilities. To learn more about annual giving and to offer your pledge for 2020 visit www.st-peters.org/pledge. Your gift supports St. Peter’s vision to be a place of unconditional welcome and a beacon of God’s love in the heart of Charlotte.

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.

Choral Evensong at St. Peter’s. 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 October 13, The Burli Singers serve as the choir in residence. Other Charlotte Convocation parishes offer Choral Evensong on first and third Sundays. Learn more online at www.choralevensongclt.org.

”Four Twentieth Century Voices”, Sunday, October 20. Center City Concerts is presenting “Four Twentieth Century Voices,” a concert of music for organ and string orchestra on Sunday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s. The performance will feature our own Elizabeth Lenti and members of the Charlotte Symphony, all under the direction of conductor William Osborne. The concert will include music by Peter Warlock, Samuel Barber, and Stephen Paulus. Admission is free and parking is validated. For more information, please go to www.centercityconcerts.org.

Learning

The Sunday Forum: Homelessness in Charlotte. On Sunday, October 13, we will continue the discussion around the impact of the lack of housing in Charlotte. Katie Church from Urban Ministry Center/Men’s Shelter will speak about the increasing number of homeless people including who is homeless, the complex reasons for homelessness and options available to the homeless. The presentation will be from 9:30–10:30 a.m. in the Town Choir Room on the basement level of the Parish House. Any questions, contact Katherine Everett at (kbeverett00@gmail.com).

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 informal formation is a great time of gathering to ask questions, reflect on the readings of the day, and engage in a dialogue with the preacher.

”Silence: God’s First Language,” November 2. Father Carl Arico is the author of A Taste of Silence and has been an integral part of the growth of Contemplative Outreach since its beginnings in 1984. This retreat will explore “Silence: God’s First Language” on Saturday, November 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. Come, set aside a day for silence and reflection. To register for the retreat day with Father Carl, visit https://copnc.org/event/silence-gods-first-language.

MAGI: Uncovering Your Spiritual Gifts, with Diocesan Intern, Matt Williams. Scripture teaches us that we are all part of the Body of Christ, and that the Holy Spirit provides us with gifts necessary for our ministry to the Church and the world. What scripture does not offer is a guide for determining what those spiritual gifts actually are. The MAGI (Members Applying Gifts Intentionally) Workshop can help. In this three-week class, participants work through a variety of tools to discern their spiritual gift profile and to discover their ministry area. The class will be offered from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, 10, and 17 in the Library. Because space is limited, and because there is some homework for this class, signing up in advance is appreciated. Email Matt Williams at (matt@stje.org) to get registered for this workshop.

Parents Connect Formation. This year we are invited to join the Parish Forum on the first Sunday of every month. Parents Connect formation will take place on the third Sunday of every month in the Parents Connect Room (except October). Every other Sunday you are invited to the Parents Connect Room for coffee, fellowship, and great conversation. Our next formation, entitled “Sexuality, Gender Roles, and Our Children” is on October 13 with Mother Amanda.

Fall Book Study of Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Our six-week discussion continues on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor: October 13 and 27, November 10 and 17, and December 15. Contact Deje McGavran for more information (dhmcgavran@gmail.com).

Fall Book Study, “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene.” St. Peter’s fall book study will continue on Tuesday, October 15 with a discussion on The Meaning of Mary Magdalene chapters 7-9: Reclaiming the Path of Romantic Love, The Great Identity Theft, and The Path of Conscious Love. Join us in the Parlor at 6:30 p.m. for a lively discussion. Contact Vera Greene at (veraevergreene@gmail.com) with any questions.

Community Life

Join the Flower Guild. The St. Peter’s Flower Guild is an opportunity to beautify our worship experience through serving as a once-monthly flower volunteer. Flower arranging expertise is not required. For more information, and if you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141) or Flower Guild Coordinator, Todd Murphy (todd@toddmurphyevents.com, 704-904-0545).

Parish Medical Professionals Needed. St. Peter’s Security Committee is seeking medical professionals in the parish who would be willing to be identified as volunteers and respond to medical emergencies should the need arise on Sundays. If you are willing or would like more information, contact Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, (mlsepkowitz@gmail.com).

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. Contact the Reverend Amanda C. Stephenson (astephenson@st-peters.org, 704-749-6150).

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.

Pet Grief Support Group, October 10. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on October 10 (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).

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.

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).

Prayer Shawl Knitting Group Meets Monthly. This fellowship and pastoral care ministry circle will meet every first and third Tuesday at Charlotte Yarn in the Kenilworth Commons Shopping Center (1235 East Blvd) from 10:00–11:30 a.m. The Clergy, Pastoral Care Team, and Guild of the Christ Child share prayer shawls with parish adults, youth, and children on various occasions as well as baby blankets for newborns in the parish. In addition, hats and scarves are distributed during the month of December through the Room in the Inn program. We recently joined a nationwide effort to provide blankets for refugees at our southern border. For more information or to attend, contact Linda Smith (lvsmithnc@gmail.com).

Greenery Sale: The Choir School at St. Peter’s offers wreaths and garlands in a variety of sizes—all fresh from the North Carolina mountains. Orders can be placed on The Choir School website, by contacting a chorister, or at the greenery sales table on Sunday mornings prior to October 31. If you order online and want your greenery delivered by a chorister, put that chorister’s name in the “additional Information” section at checkout. The greenery sale helps keep The Choir School program open to every talented young person accepted to the choirs, as we enrich and strengthen young lives through excellent, rigorous music education and choral performance.

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.

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).

October Creation Care Tips. Following the Episcopal Diocese’s environmental leadership, St. Peter’s offers “Creation Care Tips” as a good place to continue our thinking and efforts to better care for God’s creation. Ultimately the hope is to offer an approach focused on education and service including sustainable practices.

  • Run the clothes washer and dishwasher when full. For clothes, use cold water to reduce energy up to 90%.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. This saves 4 gallons of water per minute.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water and eating fruits and vegetables. Water is vital for your health!

Outreach and Social Justice

Outreach and Social Justice Grants, 2019. This year’s Outreach and Social Justice Grants Committee has completed its work. Our grant awards, attentive to the results of the Strategic Plan, attempt to go “deeper, not wider,” in an effort to make a stronger impact where we could. The following community partners are this year’s recipients: Augustine Literacy Project, Bruce Irons Camp Fund/Wayfinders, Charlotte Family Housing, The Choir School at St. Peter’s, Cooperative Christian Ministries, Crisis Assistance Ministry, The Galilee Center, Habitat for Humanity, The Latin American Coalition, Loaves and Fishes, Samaritan House, Supportive Family Housing, and Urban Ministry Center.

CROP Hunger Walk, October 20, 2:00 p.m. Come walk with us and make a donation to help reach our $1,500 goal to help support three local agencies: Crisis Assistance Ministry, Loaves & Fishes, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. A sign-up table will be available after church in the Gallery or you can sign up or donate online at https://www.crophungerwalk.org/charlottenc/Team/View/120205/St-Peters-Episcopal-Church. Please make your donations payable by check to CWS/CROP or with cash after the 10:45 a.m. service throughout October. For questions, contact Logan Smith (logan_msmith@hotmail.com, 704-488-4436).

Habitat for Humanity Build 2019. 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 Alec Yale (alecyale@gmail.com).

On The Table, “Finding Home: Where Do I Belong.” On October 23, when groups of Charlotteans gather to share a meal and conversation as part of the citywide 2019 On The Table event, St. Peter’s will once again participate thanks to the efforts of Social Justice, Congregational Engagement, and Outreach Ministries. Be our guest for dinner and conversation as we come together to learn from and with each other in keeping with Goal 2 of our new Strategic Plan—Our Community (inclusion, belonging, and congregational engagement). We hope to see you on October 23 with dinner from 6:00-6:30 and conversation until 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. RSVP at one of the tables in the gallery after Sunday services, sign up with an OTT “recruiter,” or email Mary Lynn Sepkowitz (mlsepkowitz@gmail.com) or Marta Holden (marta.holden@gmail.com) to reserve your place.

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 10 at 10:30 a.m. at JW Grier Academy (8830 Grier Road). Training classes are filling up quickly. RSVP for the information session or training classes by contacting Jess Heath (jheath@alpcharlotte.org).

Social Justice Film Night, October 29.The Social Justice Ministry continues its film series on October 29 in the Parish Hall, 6:00–8:00 p.m. with a 40 minute documentary, Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point. This film examines the impact of our dysfunctional healthcare system on our economy, medical professionals, patients, and businesses. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with leading Charlotte health care professionals. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Win Murray with questions winifred.murray@yahoo.com.

Volunteer through Servant Ministry Partners. Our parish has a long custom of partnering with community social service agencies whose programs benefit the welfare of our neighbors. Learn more online and pick up a copy of a Servant Ministry through St. Peter’s resource from the public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Subscribe to Take Action. The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations identifies important current legislation and policy issues impacting Social Justice. You can sign up to receive alerts about these issues so you can take action by going to this link: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/OGR/action-alerts

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Looking Ahead

November 1: St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.
November 1: All Saints’ Day Holy Eucharist, 12:00 p.m.
November 2: Charlotte Pride Band Concert (Offsite, Myers Park Baptist Church.
November 14: Pub Theology (Offsite, Sir Edmond Halley’s), 5:30 p.m.
November 14: Pet Grief Support Group (Tower Room), 7:00 p.m.
November 17: Sunday Forum, “Crisis at the Border: An Episcopal Perspective”.
December 13 and 14: Choir School Christmas Concerts.
March 13-15, 2020: Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga.