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Being Mindful of our Space

While reflecting on the health and well-being of the building and grounds of St. Peter’s, we should be conscious that this place is not only a religious space, but also a social and cultural landmark. A historic dwelling, which is rich in architectural heritage and craftsmanship. Based on these roles the buildings play, daily upkeep and structural maintenance are a key role in the continuation of an appealing and safe environment. We are mindful that the building continues to adapt to generational needs, which helps maintain a benevolent atmosphere for those who enter our doors.

I say “we,” as these actions and decisions happen with the support from facilities assistants, staff, and parishioners, to collaborate on repairs to the building and grounds, as well as the installation of modern amenities. From the repair of doors and lighting, to the installation of new kitchen equipment, we are constantly working to maintain, as well as to create a space that is conducive to fulfilling the needs of those that use St. Peter’s facilities. We accomplish this by respecting the past, understanding the present, and looking toward the future regarding the utilization of the overall space. Frankly, it can be difficult sometimes to know when it’s the right time to evolve, but with quality support it is achievable.

The joy received from my work stems from successfully accomplishing tasks that provide substance and growth to the building and occupants. It’s nice to step back, look at finished projects, and see the impact. Sometimes it’s large projects, sometimes it’s simply small projects. It reminds me of a quote by Albert Einstein: ”I wish to do something great and wonderful, but I must start by doing the little things like they were great and wonderful.” So, if you have any insight into issues regarding building and grounds that need attending to at St. Peter’s, please feel free to contact me.

Brian Whitley, Facilities Manager

News: January 17, 2018

St. Peter’s Winter-Spring-Summer 2018 Calendar of Worship, Programs, and Events is available with returning and new offerings for all ages. Take a look and share it with others. Learn more about our mission and ministry through the Fall 2017 edition of our parish magazine, Life at St. Peter’s. Copies of both are available for pickup in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

2018 Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter’s. As of Friday, January 12, 287 pledges totaling $889,944 had been received toward our 2018 annual fund-raising campaign. 100% pledge participation is requested from all households to fund parish worship, in-reach and outreach, formation programs, music, clergy-staff compensation and healthcare benefits, operations and administration, and care of buildings and grounds. To offer or increase your 2018 pledge support, visit www.st-peters.org/give18 or contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142).

Worship and Music

Weekday Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist. Monday–Friday, 8:00–8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel is a quiet offering for the start of the day. On Tuesdays at Noon, a 30-minute celebration of the Holy Eucharist is offered. Both are followed by brief fellowship time in the Parlor. Consider adding weekday worship to your journey, especially if you are unable to attend worship on Sundays.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s: January–February. At 5:00 p.m., on most second and fourth Sundays, we offer the service of Choral Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) with Holy Eucharist led by the Clergy and different choral ensembles (January 28 MasterSingers; February 11, Tour Choir; February 25, Burli Singers). On every third Sunday, a contemplative Holy Eucharist is offered, patterned after the Taizé, France community. This service includes music for piano, moments for silence, and candle-lighting as a prayer form. Learn more about Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s here and learn more about our complete worship schedule here.

Altar Flowers and Eucharistic Supplies: In Honor or Memory of Loved Ones. To honor or memorialize loved ones or celebrate special occasions in meaningful ways, consider giving Altar flowers and Eucharistic supplies. Altar flowers are $150 per Sunday, and Eucharistic supplies (bread, wine) are $30 for one month or $15 for two Sundays. To make reservations, contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142) or visit www.st-peters.org/donate.

Learning

Sunday Formation Classes for Children, Youth, and Adults, 9:30 a.m. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children, ages 2–12, and Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth, ages 13–18 meet in their classrooms. Adults are invited to gather for the large assembly Parish Hall Forum or the new small group Bible Study in addition to new weekday offerings. Learn more about St. Peter’s learning offerings for all ages.

Adult Parish Hall Forum, Sunday, January 21, 28, February 4, 9:30 a.m. All adults are encouraged to attend these large group formation offerings presented by parish clergy, lay leaders, and guests: January 21, Being Christian in a Pluralistic Society; January 28, Spiritual Practices for Everyday Living; February 4, The Power of Caring: Pastoral Ministries at St. Peter’s.

Wednesday “Building Resilience in Beloved Community” Class begins January 17. On January 17, 24, 31, and February 7, 6:00-7:15 p.m., parishioner/clinical psychologist, Dr. Susan Campbell will facilitate a 4-week series at St. Peter’s oriented around The Daring Way™ curriculum developed by Dr. Brené Brown. Building resilience helps us change the way we live, love, parent and lead. For more information and to register, contact Susan Campbell (susancampbellphd@gmail.com, 404-272-1841). Learn more and register.

Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day, Saturday, January 20. Liturgical ministers and volunteers will gather Saturday, January 20, 8:30–11:30 a.m. for a retreat and training day. This retreat is for long-time volunteers, those who are new to a ministry, those who wish to be trained, or those who simply want to learn more. Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Welcome Hosts, and Healing Ministers are encouraged to attend. The day will begin with fellowship and coffee at 8:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by a plenary at 9:00 a.m., and breakout trainings for each group. Eucharistic Visitors and Altar Guild volunteers routinely schedule separate trainings. For more information, contact the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector (jpierce@st-peters.org, 704-749-6150).

Sunday Morning Bible Study begins January 21. Adult Formation Advisory/Vestry Member, Mary Lynn Sepkowitz will begin leadership of a new weekly Bible Study, “Engaging Scripture: Liberating the Gospels” on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room, across from the Community Room and Parish Hall. Participants are invited to bring a personal study Bible or may use one available at St. Peter’s. No registration is required for this offering.

Discover St. Peter’s Class, January 21 and 28. Whether you are very new to St. Peter’s or simply interested in refreshing or deepening your understanding of what it means to be part of the St. Peter’s community, you are invited to attend one or both Discover St. Peter’s sessions hosted by the Congregational Development Team on Sundays, January 21 and 28, at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Each session will be co-facilitated by clergy and lay leadership. Register here or for more information, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Monday Night Bible Study starts January 22. Parishioners John Frederick and Ruth Woodend will facilitate a weekly Bible study at St. Peter’s on Mondays, January 22 through March 19, 6:30–8:00 p.m. Participants will use Invitation to the Old Testament, a $10.00 resource book of the Disciple Short-term Series (Sinclair & Tabor). For more information and to register, contact Ruth Woodend (704-661-4687, rwoodend@gmail.com or John Frederick (704-293-7800, jgmfrederick@yahoo.com. Learn more and register.

Community Life

Name Tag Sunday, January 21. Congregational Development invites all who are present for worship, programs, and events on Sunday, January 21 to wear a name tag, either a St. Peter’s pre-made button or hand-written one to be made in the Parish House lobby or Narthex. Button sign-up will be available in the Parish House lobby and afterward at the Reception Desk.

Consider being a Welcome Host. Welcome Hosts are greeters who show hospitality and engage with those visiting St. Peter’s for the first time and all who come for worship, programs, and events on Sundays and seasonal occasions. To learn more this aspect of parish “radical welcome” efforts and sign-up, contact Mike Hoffman (mike.hoffman63@gmail.com, 704-890-8508).

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed. The Sunday Coffee Hour Hosts are looking for new people to join the fun of hosting on the first Sunday of each month. Teams prepare coffee, lemonade, and platters of snacks for fellowship after the 10:45 a.m. service. For details or to begin serving, contact Kristine Reid (kmrlady@ymail.com).

Young Adults Fellowship Events, January–February. All young adults are encouraged to attend Sunday and weekday formation (learning) offerings and, in addition to all parish events, several seasonal offerings: Wednesday, January 17, Brewery Night, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Wooden Robot in South End; Sunday, January 21, 5:00 p.m. Taizé Holy Eucharist followed by 6:15 p.m. Dinner at Basil Thai in Uptown; Sunday, February 4, 12:30 p.m. Brunch at 204 North Kitchen & Cocktails in Uptown; Sunday, February 11, 12:30 p.m. God’s Tapestry Potluck & Conversation; Tuesday, February 13, 6:00 p.m. Shrove Tuesday Festival at St. Peter’s. For more information, join St. Peter’s Charlotte: Young Adults on Facebook or email either Jason Gingras (jason.gingras@gmail.com) or Mary Gotschall (marygotschall@gmail.com).

Social Justice Film Night, January 31, 6:00 p.m. St. Peter’s Social Justice Team presents a film night screening of The Loving Story, Wednesday, January 31, 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the Nave, location change from initially listed Parish Hall. This documentary tells the story of the 1967 landmark civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court that made interracial marriage legal in all states. After the 77-minute film, stay for a conversation with the Reverend Ollie V. and Mrs. Ellie R. Rencher about their own marriage, which would not have been legal 50 years ago.

God’s Tapestry Potluck and Conversation, February 11. As our Associate Rector, Father Jacob Pierce reminded us so beautifully in his January 14 sermon, our congregation is blessed with a beautiful tapestry of people of various races, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Come share something of your family or heritage during a unique gathering on Sunday, February at 12:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Hosted by the Sabbatical Congregational Programming Committee, all households are asked to bring a favorite dish that you might serve at a family celebration or holiday. Be prepared to share a story of its significance or origin and to listen to others tell their stories. A good turnout will create a wonderful opportunity for tasting a variety of delicious foods and a more vibrant warp and woof that is St. Peter’s tapestry. More information will be forthcoming. Watch for details on sign ups, including if childcare might be needed.

Shrove Tuesday Festival, February 13: Tickets and Volunteers. On the eve of Ash Wednesday, all ages are invited to gather for a grand occasion 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, the Rector’s Gumbo (four sorts), 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, and must be purchased by Wednesday, February 7 online or at the Parish House Reception Desk. Stay tuned for volunteer sign up for setup and cleanup; decorations; cooking assistants; food and refreshment station servers; table hosts/runners; door greeters. Volunteer here.

2018 Vestry Ministry Area Coordinators. The Vestry, Treasurer, and Clergy gathered January 5–6 for an annual retreat (“Fostering and Sustaining Ministry”) that included new Vestry member orientation; a buildings and grounds tour; next steps to develop a parish strategic plan for the benefit of present and future mission; and the organization of Vestry Ministry Area Coordinators: Senior Warden, Bert Miano; Junior Warden, Maria Long; Clerk, Cooper Morrison; Treasurer, Dave Lavoie; Congregational Development, Mike Hoffman and Cooper Morrison; Fellowship, Christa Lineberger; Formation, Marcus Clarke; Outreach, Elsie Erneston; Pastoral Care, John Hall; Social Justice, John Frederick; Stewardship, Carolyn Carlburg, Ellison Clary; Worship and The Arts, Mary Lynn Sepkowitz. Stay tuned for more about joining them and the clergy-staff team in the work of the parish mission, ministry, and vision.

Chronic Care Support Group: First Fridays. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be February 2, 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor. The Reverend Keith Lane and others facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and caregivers alike. Contact the Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest (klane@st-peters.org, 704-332-7746 x355).

Pub Theology: Second Thursday. January through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual, drop in holy conversation events. Stay tuned for details about February 8. Learn more about Pub Theology.

Senior Class Luncheon: Third Tuesdays. The next monthly luncheon for this fellowship group will be on Tuesday, February 20, 11:30 a.m. at a location to be announced soon. For more information, call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), Barbara Partington (704-523-1831), or Dan Woodall (704-351-2279). Learn more about this fellowship opportunity.

Making Connections. For opportunities to make new or revive old connections through small group fellowships, visit Groups, Guilds and Events.

A Letter from Parishioner, Wendy Merrill. Wendy shares information with the parish about her discernment process to become a Vocational Deacon.

Outreach and Social Justice

St. Peter’s Habitat House Build Dedication. Parishioners attended the December 16 Charlotte Church Partners dedication of two homes co-built in northwest Charlotte on Corornet Way in the Fall of 2017. Thanks to John Knip and Alec Yale for coordinating St. Peter’s Habitat Build Teams. Watch for opportunities to co-serve with parishioners at Habitat or learn more here to serve at your convenience.

Room in the Inn hosted at St. Peter’s. On each Wednesday evening through March 28, St. Peter’s participates in Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn (RITI) program by providing a warm, welcoming place where twelve neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall. To learn more and serve in a variety of important ways, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (bmiano@mianolaw.com, 205-222-7527).

Looking Ahead

Youth Pilgrimage Chili Fundraiser, Sunday, February 4.

Diocesan Absalom Jones Celebration, Saturday, February 10, 10:30 a.m., Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Greensboro. All invited to attend.

Commemorating Absalom Jones, Priest, 1818, Sunday, February 11 during worship and formation offerings.

Youth Parents Social, Sunday, February 11, 4:00–8:00 p.m., Home of Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt.

Ash Wednesday, February 14. Imposition of Ashes with Holy Eucharist, 7:00 a.m., Noon, 7:00 p.m.; Ashes-on-the-Go Sidewalk Ministry: 8:00–8:45 a.m., 11:00–11:45 a.m., 1:00–1:45 p.m.