This Week’s News

April 10, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice Committee Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

April 11, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Fellowship (Parlor), 8:30 am
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.

April 12, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Fellowship (Parlor), 8:30 am
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.

April 13, Saturday
“Be the Bridge” with Tasha Morrison (Offsite: Galilee Center, 3601 Central Avenue, 28205), 10:00–11:30 a.m.

April 14, Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Classrooms) & Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
No Adult Parish Hall Formation
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.

April 15, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

April 16, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Intercessory Prayer Room), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite: Open Kitchen, 1318 W. Morehead St, 28208), 11:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

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.

Easter Flowers and Music Gifts. Special contributions in memory or honor of loved ones help to fund the beautiful flowers and glorious music for Eastertide observances, beginning with the Great Vigil of Easter on April 20. For names to be printed in the worship service leaflets, the deadline is Sunday, April 14. Envelopes are available in the public spaces at St. Peter’s; indicate “Easter Flowers and Music” on checks. You may also contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142) or pay online.

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Holy Week and Easter at St. Peter’s
Palm Sunday, April 14
Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist
8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Monday-Friday in Holy Week
Monday Prayer, 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m. (except Friday)

Maundy Thursday, April 18
Holy Eucharist, Washing of Feet, Stripping of the Altar, 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday, April 19
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.

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

Easter Day, April 21
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.

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.

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.

Joint Concert: One Voice Chorus and Charlotte Pride Band, April 12–13. One Voice Chorus (OVC) and Charlotte Pride Band (CPB) are proud to announce a joint concert, “Love: Nothing Stronger.” The concert will be presented on Friday and Saturday, April 12–13 at 7:30 p.m. in First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon Street. This concert is the first collaboration between the full groups, which believe that such partnerships lead to deeper and more powerful connections within our larger community. OVC is an SATB chorus comprised of approximately 70 singers begun in 1990. CPB has approximately 45 musicians and was founded in 2010. Both groups are proud to include both LGBTI members and straight allies. The groups will perform both separately and together in the concert. Tickets are available for $15 at the door and online at: https://onevoicechorus.com/events.

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

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.

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, April 11. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on April 11 (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, 11:30 a.m. at the Open Kitchen located at 1318 W. Morehead Street, 28208. 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.

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

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 also contact Natalie to find out about supplies that she is collecting for the cause.

Outreach and Social Justice

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.

About the eNews

The weekly news for the St. Peter’s community is published on our website, on Facebook, and via email each Thursday morning. The same information is also printed in the Sunday leaflets and mailed to those who request it. The deadline for submissions is the preceding Friday by Noon. Items may be edited for content, length, and style. Information should be sent to communications@st-peters.org.

Looking Ahead

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.
May 1: Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting.
May 4: RAIN/AIDS Walk.
May 7: Congregational Development Team Meeting.
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.

This Week’s News

April 3, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice Committee Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

April 4, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Fellowship (Parlor), 8:30 am
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

April 5, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Fellowship (Parlor), 8:30 am
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.

April 6, Saturday
“Be the Bridge” with Tasha Morrison (Offsite: Galilee Center, 3601 Central Avenue, 28205), 10:00–11:30 a.m.

April 7, The Fifth 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 V (Parish Hall), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Formation: God and Current Events: How to Help Your Children Understand Faith in Our Society, led by Mother Amanda. (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: Centering Prayer (Parlor), 12:30 p.m.

April 8, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Organ at Davidson, featuring Elizabeth Lenti, Garrett Law, and The MasterSingers of the Choir School at St. Peter’s (Offsite: Davidson College Presbyterian Church), 7:30 p.m.

April 9, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
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.

April 10, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

April 11, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
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.

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.

Organ at Davidson, April 8. Organ at Davidson presents an ongoing series of concerts featuring outstanding organists, as well as collaborations with instrumentalists and choral groups. On Monday, April 8, Ms. Elizabeth Lenti, Artistic Director of The Choir School at St. Peter’s, and Mr. Garrett Law, Assistant Director, will offer a varied program of organ music. In addition, the MasterSingers will sing both sacred and secular music, including works by John Rutter, Josef Rheinberger, Henry Balfour Gardiner, and Keith Hampton. The concert will be in the Davidson College Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free with donations welcome to support the series. In addition, the audience is invited to make donations to The Choir School to support their tour to England this summer, where the MasterSingers will be in residence at Durham Cathedral. For more information, please visit http://www.dcpc.org/organ.

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.

Easter Flowers and Music Gifts. Special contributions in memory or honor of loved ones help to fund the beautiful flowers and glorious music for Eastertide observances, beginning with the Great Vigil of Easter on April 20. For names to be printed in the worship service leaflets, the deadline is Sunday, April 14. Envelopes are available in the public spaces at St. Peter’s; indicate “Easter Flowers and Music” on checks. You may also contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142) or pay online.

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.

Holy Week and Easter at St. Peter’s
Palm Sunday, April 14
Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist
8:00 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.

Monday-Friday in Holy Week
Monday Prayer, 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m. (except Friday)

Maundy Thursday, April 18
Holy Eucharist, Washing of Feet, Stripping of the Altar, 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday, April 19
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.

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

Easter Day, April 21
Holy Eucharist, Rite I with hymns, 7:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with choir, 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist (Taizé), 5:00 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 lieu 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.

Joint Concert: One Voice Chorus and Charlotte Pride Band, April 12–13. One Voice Chorus (OVC) and Charlotte Pride Band (CPB) are proud to announce a joint concert, “Love: Nothing Stronger.” The concert will be presented on Friday and Saturday, April 12–13 at 7:30 p.m. in First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon Street. This concert is the first collaboration between the full groups, which believe that such partnerships lead to deeper and more powerful connections within our larger community. OVC is an SATB chorus comprised of approximately 70 singers begun in 1990. CPB has approximately 45 musicians and was founded in 2010. Both groups are proud to include both LGBTI members and straight allies. The groups will perform both separately and together in the concert. Tickets are available for $15 at the door and online at: https://onevoicechorus.com/events.

Learning

Parish Hall Forum, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. The conversational book study of The Last Week will conclude this Sunday in the forum. There will be no adult formation on Palm Sunday, April 14. Upcoming forums include: “Strategic Planning Update,” a series on “Christianity and Liturgy as Resistance,” “The Daily Office,” “Sabbath Keeping,” and “Evangelism.”

Lenten Spiritual Practices, Sundays at 12:30 p.m. The Lenten Spiritual Practices series concludes this Sunday in the Parlor at 12:30 p.m. Join us for a 30-minute conversation with Deacon Robin as we explore the practice of Centering Prayer.

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: 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.

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

High Sunday Brunch, April 8. 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.

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.)

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 such as 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 April 11 (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, 11:30 a.m. at the Open Kitchen located at 1318 W. Morehead Street, 28208. 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)

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.

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.

Join the Ushers. The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is looking for more volunteers to serve on a once-monthly basis at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharists. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Volunteer Front Desk Receptionists. During St. Peter’s weekday business hours, 9:00 a.m.–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.

Outreach and Social Justice

Galilee Speaker Series: “Be the Bridge,” April 6. Join Tasha Morrison at the Galilee Center (3601 Central Avenue, 28205) on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for a special speaker series sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church. Tasha founded “Be the Bridge” to inspire and equip ambassadors of racial reconciliation. Through her online community, “Be the Bridge,” it is her desire to create a community of bridge-builders who share a common goal of creating healthy dialogue about race. Over 1,500 members from different ethnicities practice the BTB values of grace, humility, truth-telling, respect, repentance, and reconciliation. For more information or to register, please contact Laura Konitzer (konitzerl@christchurchcharlotte.org, 704-714-6959) by Thursday, April 4.

About the eNews

The weekly news for the St. Peter’s community is published on our website, on Facebook, and via email each Thursday morning. The same information is also printed in the Sunday leaflets and mailed to those who request it. The deadline for submissions is the preceding Friday by Noon. Items may be edited for content, length, and style. Information should be sent to communications@st-peters.org.

Looking Ahead

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 Day.
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.

This Week’s News

March 27, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), 12:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.

March 28, Thursday
Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.
Rohr Conference Live Stream with Paul Hanneman (Parish Hall), 5:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

March 29, Friday
Rohr Conference Live Stream with Paul Hanneman (Parish Hall), 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

March 30, Saturday
Civil Rights Museum Trip to Greensboro (Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the Community Room).
Rohr Conference Live Stream with Paul Hanneman (Parish Hall), 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

March 31, The Fourth 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 IV (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.
Rohr Conference Live Stream with Paul Hanneman (Town Choir Room, Basement), 10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II , 10:45 a.m.
Lenten Spiritual Practices: The Examine (Parlor), 12:30 p.m.
Strategic Planning Committee Meeting (Library), 12:30 p.m.

April 1, Monday
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

April 2, 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.
Congregational Development Team Meeting (Tower Room), 6:00 p.m.

April 3, Wednesday
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice Committee Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

April 4, Thursday
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

Giving Thanks for the Ministry of the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman. Since his retirement from the Urban Ministry Center, St. Peter’s has been blessed with the ministry of the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman. Serving on staff as Formation Partner, Paul has shared his expertise in a variety of ways, by offering Enneagram workshops, studies of Richard Rohr and Cynthia Bourgeault, and weekly small group studies. Paul and his wife, Evelyn, are preparing for a move to New Mexico. Paul has been a joyful and witty presence on staff and he will be missed. The clergy and staff wish Paul and Evelyn safe travels and a joyful new chapter in New Mexico.

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.

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.

Joint Concert: One Voice Chorus and Charlotte Pride Band, April 12-13. One Voice Chorus (OVC) and Charlotte Pride Band (CPB) are proud to announce a joint concert, “Love: Nothing Stronger.” The concert will be presented on Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon Street. This event is the first collaboration between the full groups, which believe that such partnerships lead to deeper and more powerful connections within our larger community. OVC is an SATB chorus comprised of approximately 70 singers begun in 1990. CPB has approximately 45 musicians and was founded in 2010. Both groups are proud to include both LGBTI members and straight allies. The groups will perform both separately and together in the concert. Tickets are available for $15 at the door and online at https://onevoicechorus.com/events.

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 31, the clergy will offer 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 31, 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 Stevenson. 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).

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: 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.

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.)

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)

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.

Holy Faces Needed for Parish Photo Directory. Our whole parish community benefits from connecting names with faces through pictures of individuals and households in Realm. Log on to Realm and upload an image (casual or formal) and other key information. If you have questions about this or other Realm matters, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

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).

Galilee Speaker Series: “Be the Bridge,” April 6. Join Tasha Morrison at the Galilee Center (3601 Central Avenue, 28205) on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for a special speaker series sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church. Tasha founded “Be the Bridge” to inspire and equip ambassadors of racial reconciliation. Through her online community, “Be the Bridge”, it is her desire to create a community of bridge-builders who share a common goal of creating healthy dialogue about race. Over 1,500 members from different ethnicities practice the BTB values of grace, humility, truth-telling, respect, repentance, and reconciliation. For more information or to register, please contact Laura Konitzer (konitzerl@christchurchcharlotte.org, 704-714-6959) by Thursday, April 4.

Are you “Handy”? The Galilee Ministry is creating a committee of volunteers from area Episcopal parishes who have experience as some type of “handy person” (i.e. electrical, plumbing, mechanical, general building maintenance, etc.). The hope is that the volunteers would work on a rotating schedule to donate a couple of hours a week to the Center. If you think you would be able to join this committee, please contact Wendy Merrill at (ww.merrill@yahoo.com).

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Looking Ahead

April 17: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting.
April 17: Youth Advisory Committee Meeting.
April 18: Maundy Thursday Service and Overnight Prayer Watch.
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 Day.
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.

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).

About the eNews

The weekly news for the St. Peter’s community is published on our website, on Facebook, and via email each Thursday morning. The same information is also printed in the Sunday leaflets and mailed to those who request it. The deadline for submissions is the preceding Friday by Noon. Items may be edited for content, length, and style. Information should be sent to communications@st-peters.org.

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.

This Week’s News

March 13, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

March 14, Thursday
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Pub Theology (Offsite: Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse), 5:30 p.m.
Pet Grief Support Group (Parlor), 7:00 p.m.

March 16, Saturday
St. Pierre’s Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction (Parish Hall), 6:30 p.m.

March 17, The Second 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 II (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: The Daily Office (Parlor), 12:30 p.m.
Taizé, 5:00 p.m.

March 18, Monday
Center City Concert, Organ Recital featuring Elizabeth Lenti (Church), Noon
Funeral for Mary B. Williams, 2:30 p.m. (followed by reception in Parish Hall)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Strategic Planning Committee Meeting (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

March 19, Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Intercessory Prayer Room), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite: Fran’s Filling Station), 11:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

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.

Lent at St. Peter’s. During the Season of Lent there are many opportunities for further formation, worship, and study. On Sundays in Lent, the Parish Hall Forum will focus on a study of Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s The Last Week, about the final days before the crucifixion as told in the Gospel of Mark. After the 10:45 a.m. service on Sundays in Lent, the clergy will lead a 30-minute discussion on “Lenten Spiritual Practices” in the Parlor beginning at 12:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday, beginning March 11, Evening Prayer will be offered in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m. Whether you participate in one or all of these offerings, our hope is that Lent at St. Peter’s will enhance your journey of discipleship as we prepare for the holiest of seasons in the Church.

Youth Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser, March 16, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Register now for Saint Pierre’s Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction, hosted by the Pilgrim Class (10th and 11th graders), their families, and the Youth Advisory Team. This “Night in France” showcases the pilgrims’ chosen destination–where spaghetti is as beloved as it is in Italy! We will have a half-and-half cash raffle, guessing game jars of candy, a silent auction, the spaghetti dinner served by our youth, and more. Pricing: $14 for adults; $8 for youth 12–17; $4 for children 6–11; children under 6 are free; family maximum is $40; wine and beer will also be available for an additional charge. (When registering, please identify any dietary accommodation you may require.) Email Lyn (lholt@st-peters.org with questions. All proceeds support the Pilgrim Class on their Holy Pilgrimage to London, Canterbury, and northern France where they will strengthen their faith and increase their knowledge of their Christian heritage.

Center City Concert at St. Peter’s, March 18. The Center City Concert series continues on Monday, March 18 at Noon with an organ recital by Elizabeth Lenti, Director of Music and Organist at St. Peter’s. Ms. Lenti will play a varied program of music from across the centuries. No ticket is required and there is no admission charge. For more information, please visit www.centercityconcerts.org.

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. Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have organized a weekly Choral Evensong series among area churches. On Sunday, March 17 the Choirs of Holy Comforter, St. John’s, and St. Martin’s sing Evensong at 5:00 p.m. (Holy Comforter). Sunday, March 24 marks the last Evensong at St. Peter’s until September and will be led by the St. Peter’s Choir. Learn more online.

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.

MasterSingers at Duke Chapel, Sunday, March 17. The Choir School’s MasterSingers will sing the Evensong service at Duke University Chapel in Durham on Sunday, March 17 at 4:00 p.m. Choral Evensong is a centuries-old tradition that continues to be prayed every day all over the world. Drawn from the 17th century, worshipers are invited to enter into a sacred space of reflection through music, scripture, and prayers that has shaped Christian lives for hundreds of years.

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 17, 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.

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

St. Peter’s Winter/Spring 2019. Stay tuned to parish announcements in the Sunday leaflet and weekly eNews for the upcoming St. Peter’s Spring 2019 magazine to be released soon. This seasonal magazine will include parish fellowship events, formation opportunities, and Holy Week and Easter information.

Youth Gumbo Sale on Sunday, March 17. This Sunday, March 17, the St. Peter’s Youth will be selling gumbo to support the Youth Pilgrimage. You will have your gumbo choice of chicken, chicken sausage, vegan, and shrimp. This is on a first-come first-served basis, so please visit their table in the Gallery following the second service.

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.

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.

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. Father Jacob will lead a discussion on Holy Week and Easter. You are invited to join a member of St. Peter’s clergy for a discussion 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, March 19. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is March 19 at 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).

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)

29th Annual Women’s Retreat, March 22–24. The Women’s Retreat is held in the spring at the Valle Crucis Conference Center deep in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Valle Crucis, NC. This year, we will gather on March 22–24. Come to find your Spiritual Gift(s) with the Reverend Deacon Jane V. Holmes. Spiritual gifts are real, we all have a gift, and yet we may not realize it. The Reverend Deacon Holmes will lead us through the process of discovering our gifts. The retreat cost is $165 per person, with a $75 deposit due at the time of registration. Use this link to register online. For financial assistance, please use this link to contact Father Josh.

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).

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.

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).

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

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).

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.

Outreach and Social Justice

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).

Room in the Inn Supplies Needed. On each Wednesday evening, December through March, St. Peter’s participates in the Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn (RITI) program. We need help with stocking our dwindling supply closet, especially lotion, small bars of soap, hand towels, travel size toothpaste, toothbrushes, and deodorant (men and women)‎. We would also accept other donations, such hand-warmers and bus passes. We cannot use haircare products. Please leave your donations in the RITI basket in the Parish House lobby. For questions or more information, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com, 205-222-7527). Thank you for helping our neighbors!

About the eNews

The weekly news for the St. Peter’s community is published on our website, on Facebook, and via email each Thursday morning. The same information is also printed in the Sunday leaflets and mailed to those who request it. The deadline for submissions is the preceding Friday by Noon. Items may be edited for content, length, and style. Information should be sent to communications@st-peters.org.

Looking Ahead

March 24: Last St. Peter’s Evensong of the season.
March 28: Pastoral Care Team Meeting.
April 3: Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting.
April 15-20: Holy Week.
April 21: Easter Sunday.
April 22: Parish Offices closed in observance of Easter Holiday.

This Week’s News

March 10, The First Sunday in Lent
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Lenten Forum Series, “The Last Week” (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 (Parlor), 12:30 p.m.
Evensong, led by the Tour Choirs of The Choir School at St. Peter’s, 5:00 p.m.

March 11, Monday
Evening Prayer Daily Office begins (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

March 12, 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.
Congregational Development Team Meeting (Library), 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 13, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.

March 14, Thursday
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Pub Theology (Offsite: Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse), 5:30 p.m.
Pet Grief Support Group (Parlor), 7:00 p.m.

Lent at St. Peter’s. During the Season of Lent there are many opportunities for further formation, worship, and study. On Sundays in Lent, the Parish Hall Forum will focus on a study of Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s The Last Week, about the final days before the crucifixion in the Gospel of Mark. After the 10:45 a.m. service on Sundays in Lent, the clergy will lead a 30-minute discussion on “Lenten Spiritual Practices” in the Parlor beginning at 12:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday, beginning March 11, Evening Prayer will be offered in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m. Whether you participate in one or all of these offerings, our hope is that Lent at St. Peter’s will enhance your journey of discipleship as we prepare for the holiest of seasons in the Church.

Youth Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser, March 16, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Register now for Saint Pierre’s Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction, hosted by the Pilgrim Class (10th and 11th graders), their families, and the Youth Advisory Team, Saturday, March 16. This “Night in France” showcases the pilgrims’ chosen destination–where spaghetti is as beloved as it is in Italy! We will have a half-and-half cash raffle, guessing game jars of candy, a silent auction, the spaghetti dinner served by our youth, and more. Pricing: $14 for adults; $8 for youth 12–17; $4 for children 6–11; children under 6 are free; family maximum is $40; wine and beer will also be available for an additional charge. (When registering, please identify any dietary accommodation you may require.) Email Lyn (lholt@st-peters.org with questions. All proceeds support the Pilgrim Class on their Holy Pilgrimage to London, Canterbury, and northern France where they will strengthen their faith and increase their knowledge of their Christian heritage.

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. Beginning Monday, March 11, 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. Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have organized a weekly Choral Evensong series among area churches. On Sunday, March 10 at 5:00 p.m., Evensong is offered at St. Peter’s by the Tour Choirs of The Choir School at St. Peter’s. Sunday, March 17 the Choirs of Holy Comforter, St. John’s, and St. Martin’s sing Evensong at 5:00 p.m. (Holy Comforter). Learn more online.

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. Beginning Sunday, March 10, 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 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. Beginning March 10, 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.

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).

Community Life

St. Peter’s Winter/Spring 2019. Stay tuned to parish announcements in the Sunday leaflet and weekly eNews for the upcoming St. Peter’s Spring 2019 magazine to be released soon. This seasonal magazine will include parish fellowship events, formation opportunities, and Holy Week and Easter information.

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.

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.

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, March 14. 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, March 14. Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m., the next Pub Theology will take place on Thursday, March 14. Father Jacob will lead a discussion on Holy Week and Easter. You are invited to join a member of St. Peter’s clergy for a discussion 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, March 19. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is March 19 at 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).

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)

29th Annual Women’s Retreat, March 22–24. The Women’s Retreat is held in the spring at the Valle Crucis Conference Center deep in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Valle Crucis, NC. This year, we will gather on March 22–24. Come to find your Spiritual Gift(s) with the Reverend Deacon Jane V. Holmes, Deacon. Spiritual gifts are real, we all have a gift, and yet we may not realize it. The Reverend Deacon Holmes will lead us through the process of discovering our gifts. The retreat cost is $165 per person, with a $75 deposit due at the time of registration. Use this link to register online. For financial assistance, please use this link to contact Father Josh.

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).

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.

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 for its work in successfully hosting “On the Table” conversations last fall. 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. This will be the last opportunity to sign up; 4 seats are still available and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis by signing up in the Gallery after church service on March 10. If you would like more information, contact Gwen High (gwendolyn.high@gmail.com).

Experience England with the MasterSingers. Only 5 spots remain for adults interested in traveling to Durham, England when the MasterSingers of The Choir School serve as choir-in-residence during the summer of 2019. The trip departure date is July 18 with a return on July 29, and includes 10 nights in York and Durham, accommodations in a bed and breakfast, daily excursions, 3 evening meals, and the opportunity to experience the centuries-old tradition of daily Anglican worship in Durham Cathedral. Prices begin at $1,800 plus airfare. Group airfare pricing from Charlotte to Manchester is $1,577 or you may make your own arrangements. Reservation and $500 deposit are required by March 15, 2019. For complete information, excursion details, and payment schedule, contact Kay Johnson (kjohnson@thechoirschool.org).

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

Outreach and Social Justice

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).

Room in the Inn Supplies Needed. On each Wednesday evening, December through March, St. Peter’s participates in the Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn (RITI) program. We need help with stocking our dwindling supply closet, especially lotion, small bars of soap, hand towels, travel size toothpaste, toothbrushes, and deodorant (men and women)‎. We would also accept other donations, such hand-warmers and bus passes. We cannot use haircare products. Please leave your donations in the RITI basket in the Parish House lobby. For questions or more information, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com, 205-222-7527). Thank you for helping our neighbors!

About the eNews

The weekly news for the St. Peter’s community is published on our website, on Facebook, and via email each Thursday morning. The same information is also printed in the Sunday leaflets and mailed to those who request it. The deadline for submissions is the preceding Friday by Noon. Items may be edited for content, length, and style. Information should be sent to communications@st-peters.org.

Looking Ahead

March 18: Center City Concert, Organ Recital featuring Elizabeth Lenti.
March 18: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting.
March 20: Youth Advisory Committee Meeting.
March 28: Pastoral Care Team Meeting.
April 3: Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting.

This Week’s News

February 28, Thursday
Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.
NO Adult Choir Rehearsal

March 1, Friday
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.

March 2, Saturday
Charlotte Pride Band Concert, “Wind Songs and Dances,” (Myers Park Baptist Church, Heaton Hall), 5:00 p.m.

March 3, The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum, “Understanding the Transfiguration” (Parish Hall), 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Formation (Parents Connect Room) “Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home” Book Discussion, led by Deacon Robin, 9:30 a.m.
Burning of the Palms (Memorial Garden), 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.

March 4, Monday
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

March 5, Shrove Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Intercessory Prayer Room), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Shrove Tuesday Parish Festival (Parish Hall and Community Room), 6:00 p.m.

March 6, Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:30 a.m.
Ashes-on-the-Go Sidewalk Ministry, 8:30 a.m.
Ashes-on-the-Go Sidewalk Ministry, 11:00 a.m.
Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 12:00 p.m.
Ashes-on-the-Go Sidewalk Ministry, 1:00 p.m.
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice Committee Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 7:00 p.m.

Shrove Tuesday Festival, March 5: Tickets and Volunteers.Purchase your tickets by clicking here for a grand occasion on the eve of Ash Wednesday, 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, gumbo, 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. Volunteer for setup and cleanup, decorations, cooking assistance, food and refreshment station servers, table hosts/runners, or as a door greeter by contacting Harris Holt (harrisholt3@gmail.com).

Ash Wednesday at St. Peter’s. The Solemn Ash Wednesday liturgies of Holy Eucharist with imposition of ashes, will be offered at 7:30 a.m. (spoken), Noon (with choir), and 7:00 p.m. (sung with choir) on March 6. The clergy and volunteers are invited to join us for hospitality on Tryon Street for our annual Ashes-on-the-Go sidewalk ministry at 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.

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.

Worship and Music

Lent at St. Peter’s. During the Season of Lent there are many opportunities for further formation, worship, and study. Ash Wednesday liturgies will be offered on March 6 at 7:30 a.m. (spoken), Noon (with choir), and 7:00 p.m. (sung with choir). On Sundays in Lent, the Parish Hall Forum will focus on a study of Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s The Last Week, about the final days before the crucifixion in the Gospel of Mark. After the 10:45 a.m. service on Sundays in Lent, the clergy will lead a 30-minute discussion on “Lenten Spiritual Practices” in the Parlor beginning at 12:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday, beginning March 11, Evening Prayer will be offered in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m. Whether you participate in one or all of these offerings, our hope is that Lent at St. Peter’s will enhance your journey of discipleship as we prepare for the holiest of seasons in the Church.

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. Beginning Monday, March 11, 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. Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have organized a weekly Choral Evensong series among area churches. On Sunday, March 3 the Christ Church Choir sings Evensong at 4:00 p.m. (Christ Church). Sunday, March 10 at 5:00 p.m., Evensong is offered at St. Peter’s by the Tour Choirs of The Choir School at St. Peter’s. Learn more online.

Learning

Sunday Parish Hall Forum, 9:30 a.m. All adults are invited to weekly formation presentations offered by the parish clergy, lay leaders, and guests: March 3, “Understanding the Transfiguration” with Mother Amanda.

Lenten Forum Series, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Beginning Sunday, March 10, the clergy will offer a study and conversation of John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg’s famous book The Last Week, which explores the final days before Jesus’ crucifixion in the Gospel of Mark. Available for purchase at this link, acquiring a copy is not necessary, though reading along may enhance your experience.

Lenten Spiritual Practices, Sundays at 12:30 p.m. Beginning March 10, 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.

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: March 3, “Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home” Book Discussion, led by Deacon Robin. “Faithful Families” helps you add faith moments to your daily routine and share meaningful spiritual experiences with your children. Search “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” on Facebook to stay up to date.

Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, March 12. 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).

Community Life

St. Peter’s Winter/Spring 2019. Stay tuned to parish announcements in the Sunday leaflet and weekly eNews for the upcoming St. Peter’s Spring 2019 magazine to be released soon. This seasonal magazine will include parish fellowship events, formation opportunities, and Holy Week and Easter information.

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.

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.

Pet Grief Support Group, March 14. 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, March 14. Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m., the next Pub Theology will take place on Thursday, March 14. You are invited to join Father Keith Lane for a discussion 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, March 19. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is March 19 at 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).

St. Luke’s Guild, March 1. The next gathering of this first-Friday group is March 1, 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)

Youth Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser, March 16. Register now for our annual dinner hosted by the Pilgrim Class (10th and 11th graders), their families, and the Youth Advisory Team for a delightful evening of food, fun, and fellowship at “Saint Pierre’s Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction,” Saturday, March 16, 6:30–8:30 p.m. This “Night in France” showcases the class’s chosen pilgrimage location–where spaghetti is as beloved as it is in Italy! Our youth will be your servers and you can bid on many wonderful silent or live auction items. We will have a half-and-half cash raffle, guessing game jars of candy, and more. The youth will serve appetizers, salad, spaghetti (meat and non-meat toppings available, and further accommodation for other dietary requirements on request). Pricing: $14 for adults; $8 for youth 12–17; $4 for children 6–11; children under 6 are free; family maximum is $40; wine and beer will also be available for an additional charge. Email Lyn (lholt@st-peters.org with questions. All proceeds support the Pilgrim Class on their Holy Pilgrimage to London, Canterbury, and northern France where they will strengthen their faith and increase their knowledge of their Christian heritage.

29th Annual Women’s Retreat, March 22–24. The Women’s Retreat is held in the spring at the Valle Crucis Conference Center deep in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Valle Crucis, NC. This year, we will gather on March 22–24. Come to find your Spiritual Gift(s) with Reverend Jane Holmes, Deacon. Spiritual gifts are real, we all have a gift, and yet we may not realize it. Rev. Jane will lead us through the process of discovering our gifts. The retreat cost is $165 per person, with a $75 deposit due at the time of registration. Use this link to register online. For financial assistance, please use this link to contact Father Josh.

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).

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 for its work in successfully hosting “On the Table” conversations last fall. 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 breakfast, round-trip transportation, museum admission, and lunch. Twelve seats are still available and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to participate, contact Gwen High (gwendolyn.high@gmail.com). To see the winning video, and learn more about the museum trip, go to YouTube and type “St. Peter’s Dismantling Segregation” in the search bar.

Experience England with the MasterSingers. Only 5 spots remain for adults interested in traveling to Durham, England when the MasterSingers of The Choir School serve as choir-in-residence during the summer of 2019. The trip departure date is July 18 with a return on July 29, and includes 10 nights in York and Durham, accommodations in a bed and breakfast, daily excursions, 3 evening meals, and the opportunity to experience the centuries-old tradition of daily Anglican worship in Durham Cathedral. Prices begin at $1800 plus airfare. Group airfare pricing from Charlotte to Manchester is $1,577 or you may make your own arrangements. Reservation and $500 deposit are required by February 28, 2019. For complete information, excursion details, and payment schedule, contact Kay Johnson (kjohnson@thechoirschool.org).

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.

Join the Ushers. The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is looking for more volunteers to serve on a once-monthly basis at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharists. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Outreach and Social Justice

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).

Room in the Inn Supplies Needed. On each Wednesday evening, December through March, St. Peter’s participates in the Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn (RITI) program. We need help with stocking our dwindling supply closet, especially lotion, small bars of soap, hand towels, travel size toothpaste, toothbrushes, and deodorant (men and women)‎. We would also accept other donations, such hand-warmers and bus passes. We cannot use haircare products. Please leave your donations in the RITI basket in the Parish House lobby. For questions or more information, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com, 205-222-7527). Thank you for helping our neighbors!

About the eNews

The weekly news for the St. Peter’s community is published on our website, on Facebook, and via email each Thursday morning. The same information is also printed in the Sunday leaflets and mailed to those who request it. The deadline for submissions is the preceding Friday by Noon. Items may be edited for content, length, and style. Information should be sent to communications@st-peters.org.

Looking Ahead

March 11: Evening Prayer Daily Office begins (Monday–Thursday, 5:30 p.m.)
March 12: Congregational Development Team Meeting.
March 16: Youth Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser.
March 18: Center City Concert, Organ Recital featuring Elizabeth Lenti.
March 20: Youth Advisory Committee Meeting.

This Week’s News

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

February 21, Thursday
St. Peter’s Endowment Finance and Investment Committee Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.
Pub Theology (Offsite: Sir Edmond Halley’s, Park Road Shopping Center), 5:30 p.m.

February 23, Saturday
Social Justice Film and Discussion, “Tell Them We Are Rising” (Parish Hall), 10:00 a.m.
Choir School Serenade Gala and Silent Auction (Offsite: Charlotte Country Club)

February 24, The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum, “Written for Our Learning: Exploring the Bible” (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.
Youth Acolyte Training (Church), 12:30 p.m.
Social Justice Ministry Planning Retreat (Community Room), 12:30 p.m.
Evensong (Holy Comforter Choir, directed by Patrick Pope), 5:00 p.m.

February 25, Monday
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

February 26, Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Intercessory Prayer Room), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Book Study with Paul Hanneman, Jim Marion’s “Putting on the Mind of Christ” (Tower Room), 6:30 p.m.

February 27, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
Strategic Planning Committee Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

February 28, Thursday
Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.

A Special Message from Mother Amanda. Thank you so much to everyone who participated in my warm welcome to St. Peter’s this past Sunday! The reception was wonderful, the food delicious, and I was overwhelmed by your generosity in the pounding. Please know how incredibly grateful I am to all of you. I look forward to getting to know you better in the weeks and months to come. I am truly blessed to be your new priest.

Shrove Tuesday Festival, March 6: 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, gumbo, 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. Please click here to purchase your tickets. Volunteer for setup and cleanup, decorations, cooking assistance, food and refreshment station servers, table hosts/runners, or as a door greeter by contacting Harris Holt (harrisholt3@gmail.com).

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.

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.

Charlotte area Choral Evensong on Sunday at St. Peter’s. Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have organized a weekly Choral Evensong series among area churches. Sunday, February 24 at 5:00 p.m., Evensong is offered at St. Peter’s by the Holy Comforter Choir, directed by Patrick Pope. Learn more online.

Learning

Sunday Parish Hall Forum, 9:30 a.m. All adults are invited to weekly formation presentations offered by the parish clergy, lay leaders, and guests: February 24, “Written for Our Learning: Exploring the Bible,” with Mother Amanda.

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: March 3, “Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home” Book Discussion, led by Deacon Robin. “Faithful Families” helps you add faith moments to your daily routine and share meaningful spiritual experiences with your children. Search “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” on Facebook to stay up to date.

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

Mystical Food for Thought, February 27. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime on Wednesday, February 27. This group normally meets on second and fourth Wednesdays at Noon in the St. Peter’s Library to read and discuss the Christian mystics. Bring lunch if you like for this one-hour session. For more information, contact Formation Partner, the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman (phanneman@st-peters.org, 704-749-6143).

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 the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman (phanneman@st-peters.org).

Community Life

St. Peter’s Winter/Spring 2019. Stay tuned to parish announcements in the Sunday leaflet and weekly eNews for the upcoming St. Peter’s Spring 2019 magazine to be released soon. This seasonal magazine will include parish fellowship events, formation opportunities, and Holy Week and Easter information.

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.

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.

Pet Grief Support Group, March 14. 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, February 21. Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m., the next Pub Theology will take place on Thursday, February 21. You are invited to join Father Keith Lane for a discussion on “Preparing for Lent” 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, March 19. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, March 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Dolce Ristorante located at 1710 Kenilworth Avenue in Kenilworth Commons Shopping Center. 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, March 1. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, March 1, 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)

29th Annual Women’s Retreat, March 22-24. The Women’s Retreat is held in the spring at the Valle Crucis Conference Center deep in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Valle Crucis, NC. This year, we will gather on March 22-24. Come to find your Spiritual Gift(s) with Reverend Jane Holmes, Deacon. Spiritual gifts are real, we all have a gift, and yet we may not realize it. Rev. Jane will lead us through the process of discovering our gifts. The retreat cost is $165 per person, with a $75 deposit due at the time of registration. Use this link to register online. For financial assistance, please use this link to contact Father Josh.

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. 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).

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 for its work in successfully hosting “On the Table” conversations last fall. 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 breakfast, round-trip transportation, museum admission, and lunch. Twelve seats are still available and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to participate, contact Gwen High (gwendolyn.high@gmail.com). To see the winning video, and learn more about the museum trip, go to YouTube and type “St. Peter’s Dismantling Segregation” in the search bar.

Experience England with the MasterSingers. Only 5 spots remain for adults interested in traveling to Durham, England when the MasterSingers of The Choir School serve as choir-in-residence during the summer of 2019. The trip departure date is July 18 with a return on July 29, and includes 10 nights in York and Durham, accommodations in a bed and breakfast, daily excursions, 3 evening meals, and the opportunity to experience the centuries-old tradition of daily Anglican worship in Durham Cathedral. Prices begin at $1800 plus airfare. Group airfare pricing from Charlotte to Manchester is $1,577 or you may make your own arrangements. Reservation and $500 deposit are required by February 28, 2019. For complete information, excursion details, and payment schedule, contact Kay Johnson (kjohnson@thechoirschool.org).

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).

Join the Ushers. The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is looking for volunteers to serve on second Sundays for the 8:00 a.m. service, first Sundays for the 10:45 a.m. service, and 5:00 p.m. Evensong services held on most second and fourth Sundays. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

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).

Outreach and Social Justice

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).

Room in the Inn Supplies Needed. On each Wednesday evening, December through March, St. Peter’s participates in the Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn (RITI) program. We need help with stocking our dwindling supply closet, especially lotion, small bars of soap, hand towels, travel size toothpaste, toothbrushes, and deodorant (men and women)‎. We would also accept other donations, such hand-warmers and bus passes. We cannot use haircare products. Please leave your donations in the RITI basket in the Parish House lobby. For questions or more information, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com, 205-222-7527). Thank you for helping our neighbors!

About the eNews

The weekly news for the St. Peter’s community is published on our website, on Facebook, and via email each Thursday morning. The same information is also printed in the Sunday leaflets and mailed to those who request it. The deadline for submissions is the preceding Friday by Noon. Items may be edited for content, length, and style. Information should be sent to communications@st-peters.org.

Looking Ahead

March 2: Charlotte Pride Band Concert, “Wind Songs and Dances,” (Myers Park Baptist, Heaton Hall), 5:00 p.m.
March 5: Shrove Tuesday.
March 6: Ash Wednesday.
March 11: Evening Prayer Daily Office begins (Monday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m.)
March 12: Congregational Development Team Meeting.
March 16: Youth Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser.
March 18: Center City Concert, Organ Recital featuring Elizabeth Lenti.
March 20: Youth Advisory Committee Meeting.

This Week’s News

February 13, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room)
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.

February 14, Thursday
Pet Grief Support Group (Parlor), 7:00 p.m.

February 16, Saturday
Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day (Parish Hall), 9:30 a.m.
Diocesan Absalom Jones Celebration, 11:00 a.m., Saint Augustine’s University Chapel, Raleigh.

February 17, The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum, “Exploring Vocation: A Conversation with Mother Amanda & Father Jacob” (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.
Reception to Welcome Mother Amanda Stephenson (Parish Hall), 12:30 p.m.
Taizé, 5:00 p.m.

February 18, Monday
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

February 19, Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Intercessory Prayer Room), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite: Dolce Ristorante, Kenilworth Commons), 11:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)

February 20, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
Youth Advisory Committee Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.

February 21, Thursday
Pub Theology (Offsite: Sir Edmond Halley’s, Park Road Shopping Center), 5:30 p.m.

NBA All-Star Game Traffic. The City of Charlotte is advising those traveling in Uptown this weekend to expect increased traffic and road closures due to the NBA All-Star Game. We do not expect events to impact Saturday or Sunday activities at St. Peter’s. Church Street, 8th Street, and 7th Street will remain open. We have reserved a maximum number of spaces in the TransAmerica Parking Garage for Saturday and Sunday. Please visit this link to see how the game may impact your route. See you on Sunday!

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.

Come to Choir School Serenade Gala February 23.It’s not too late to attend the annual Serenade Gala of The Choir School at St. Peter’s. The event will be held on February 23, 2019 at the Charlotte Country Club. This year we will highlight the MasterSingers’ upcoming residency in England at Durham Cathedral this July. There will be dinner and dancing, both live and silent auctions, and a performance from the MasterSingers of a program of British music. Please join us – tickets are still available

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.

Charlotte area Choral Evensong continues Sunday at St. John’s. Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have organized a weekly Choral Evensong series among area churches. Sunday, February 17 at 5:00 p.m., Evensong is offered at St. John’s Episcopal Church by the choirs of St. John’s, Holy Comforter, and St. Martin’s. On February 24, the Holy Comforter Choir, directed by Patrick Pope, sings Evensong at St. Peter’s. Learn more online.

Learning

Sunday Parish Hall Forum, 9:30 a.m. All adults are invited to weekly formation presentations offered by the parish clergy, lay leaders, and guests: February 17, “Exploring Vocation: A Conversation with Mother Amanda and Father Jacob.”

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: March 3, “Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home” Book Discussion, led by Eleanor Shell. “Faithful Families” helps you add faith moments to your daily routine and share meaningful spiritual experiences with your children. Search “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” on Facebook to stay up to date.

Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, February 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 (mailto:phanneman@st-peters.org).

Mystical Food for Thought, February 27. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime on Wednesday, February 27. This group normally meets on second and fourth Wednesdays at Noon in the St. Peter’s Library to read and discuss the Christian mystics. Bring lunch if you like for this one-hour session. For more information, contact Formation Partner, the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman (phanneman@st-peters.org, 704-749-6143).

Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day, Saturday, February 16. Liturgical ministers and volunteers will gather Saturday, February 16, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.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 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by a plenary at 9:30 a.m., and breakout sessions for each group. Eucharistic Visitors and Altar Guild volunteers routinely schedule separate training opportunities. For more information, contact Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

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 the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman (phanneman@st-peters.org).

Community Life

St. Peter’s Winter/Spring 2019. Stay tuned to parish announcements in the Sunday leaflet and weekly eNews for the upcoming St. Peter’s Winter and Spring 2019 magazine to be released soon. This seasonal magazine will include parish fellowship events, formation opportunities, and Holy Week and Easter information.

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.

Monday Evening Bible Study, February 18. A new course of Monday Evening Bible Study will begin on February 18. The study is a Kerygma course entitled, “God Calls Leaders,” and we will be studying the great leaders of the Old and New Testament. We will focus on how God called these leaders, how they responded to the call, how we are called by God, and how we respond. The class meets from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. in the Library. To register and secure a book, please contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com, 704-661-4687) or John Frederick (jgmfrederick@yahoo.com, 704-293-7800). The cost is $15 with scholarship available.

Pet Grief Support Group, today. 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, February 21. Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m., the next Pub Theology will take place on Thursday, February 21. You are invited to join Father Keith Lane for a discussion on “Preparing for Lent” 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, February 19. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, February 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Dolce Ristorante located at 1710 Kenilworth Avenue in Kenilworth Commons Shopping Center. 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, March 1. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, March 1, 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).

Boys and Young Men Invited to Audition for The Choir School. Boys and young men ages 7–12 who love music and singing are invited to audition this month for The Choir School. The school, located here at St. Peter’s, is a non-profit, non-religious organization that offers music education and choral performance opportunities. The Boys Town Choir and the Boys Tour Choir meet weekly on Tuesday early evenings. Choristers develop music and vocal skills, study music theory, practice performance technique, and develop important skills such as teamwork and self-discipline as they work together to create one voice from many voices. The choirs are guided by Artistic Director Elizabeth Lenti and Director of Town Choirs Karen Kearney. Scholarships are available for this program. For detailed information and to schedule an audition, contact Assistant Director, Garrett Law (glaw@thechoirschool.org, 704-749-6147). Learn more about The Choir School online.

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 for its work in successfully hosting “On the Table” conversations last fall. 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 breakfast, round-trip transportation, museum admission, and lunch. Twelve seats are still available and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to participate, contact Gwen High (gwendolyn.high@gmail.com). To see the winning video, and learn more about the museum trip, go to YouTube and type “St. Peter’s Dismantling Segregation” in the search bar.

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

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).

Join the Ushers. The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is looking for volunteers to serve on second Sundays for the 8:00 a.m. service, first Sundays for the 10:45 a.m. service, and 5:00 p.m. Evensong services held on most second and fourth Sundays. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Outreach and Social Justice

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).

Room in the Inn Supplies Needed. On each Wednesday evening, December through March, St. Peter’s participates in the Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn (RITI) program. We need help with stocking our dwindling supply closet, especially lotion, small bars of soap, hand towels, and deodorant (men and women)‎. We would also accept other donations, such hand-warmers and bus passes. We cannot use haircare products. Please leave your donations in the RITI basket in the Parish House lobby. For questions or more information, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com, 205-222-7527).

About the eNews

The weekly news for the St. Peter’s community is published on our website, on Facebook, and via email each Thursday morning. The same information is also printed in the Sunday leaflets and mailed to those who request it. The deadline for submissions is the preceding Friday by Noon. Items may be edited for content, length, and style. Information should be sent to communications@st-peters.org.

Looking Ahead

February 23: Social Justice Film Event, “Tell Them We Are Rising,” 9:30 a.m.
February 24: Social Justice Ministry Team Planning Retreat, 12:30 p.m.
February 27: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
February 28: Pastoral Care Team Meeting, 9:30 a.m.
March 2: Charlotte Pride Band Concert, “Wind Songs and Dances,” (Myers Park Baptist Church, Heaton Hall), 5:00 p.m.
March 5: Shrove Tuesday.
March 6: Ash Wednesday.
March 12: Congregational Development Team Meeting.
March 16: Youth Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser.
March 18: Center City Concert, Organ Recital featuring Elizabeth Lenti.

This Week’s News

February 6, Wednesday
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

February 8-10, Friday to Sunday
Bishops’ Ball 2019, Camp Walter Johnson.

February 10, The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum, “Marking Your Day with Prayer” with Father Keith and Deacon Robin (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, Town Choirs of the Choir School lead the service, 10:45 a.m.
Evensong, 5:00 p.m., St. Peter’s Choir

February 12, Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Intercessory Prayer Room), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)
Book Study with Paul Hanneman, Jim Marion’s “Putting on the Mind of Christ” (Tower Room), 6:30 p.m.

February 13, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.

The Choir School Town Choirs are featured for this Sunday’s services. This Sunday, February 10, the youngest singers from The Choir School, the boys and girls of the Town Choirs, will be leading worship at the 10:45 a.m. service. For most of these young children, this will be the first time they have sung during church at St. Peter’s. In addition to learning the anthems that they will sing, they have learned how to process at the beginning and end of the service and learned the hymns and service music and the order in which these elements come in the liturgy. And, of course, they will work hard to be quiet and attentive throughout the service! If you have a child, grandchild, niece or nephew between the ages of 6 and 13 and are interested in learning more about the Choir School, you can contact Elizabeth Lenti at (elenti@st-peters.org).

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.

Charlotte area Choral Evensong continues this Sunday at St. Peter’s. Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have organized a weekly Choral Evensong series among area churches. Sunday, February 10 at 5:00 p.m., Evensong is offered at St. Peter’s by the St. Peter’s Choir. Learn more online.

Learning

Sunday Parish Hall Forum, 9:30 a.m. All adults are invited to weekly formation presentations offered by the parish clergy, lay leaders, and guests: February 10, “Marking Your Day with Prayer.” Join Father Keith and Deacon Robin as they explore the resources of the Book of Common Prayer in marking our daily lives with prayer.

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: March 3, “Faithful Families” Book Discussion, led by Eleanor Shell. Search “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” on Facebook to stay up to date.

Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, February 12. 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 (mailto:phanneman@st-peters.org).

Mystical Food for Thought, February 13. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime on Wednesday, February 13. This group normally meets on second and fourth Wednesdays at Noon in the St. Peter’s Library to read and discuss the Christian mystics. Bring lunch if you like for this one-hour session. For more information, contact Formation Partner, the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman (phanneman@st-peters.org, 704-749-6143).

Parents Connect Winter Book, January through March. This winter, Parents Connect will be reading “Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home,” by Traci Smith. You are invited to read this on your own January through March. During our March formation we will discuss this book. “Faithful Families” helps you add faith moments to your daily routine and share meaningful spiritual experiences with your children.

Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day, Saturday, February 16. Liturgical ministers and volunteers will gather Saturday, February 16, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.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 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by a plenary at 9:30 a.m., and breakout sessions for each group. Eucharistic Visitors and Altar Guild volunteers routinely schedule separate training opportunities. For more information, contact Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

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 the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman (phanneman@st-peters.org).

Community Life

St. Peter’s Winter/Spring 2019. Stay tuned to parish announcements in the Sunday leaflet and weekly eNews for the upcoming St. Peter’s Winter and Spring 2019 magazine to be released soon. This seasonal magazine will include parish fellowship events, formation opportunities, and Holy Week and Easter information.

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.

Welcoming Mother Amanda. On February 11, the Reverend Amanda Stephenson joins St. Peter’s as our next Associate. Help with a warm welcome by participating in an old style “pounding,” with a 21st century twist. Use this Sign-up Genius link to identify which item you’ll be pounding and ensure that too much of the same thing isn’t selected. Items range from kitchen pantry items to gift cards to introduce Amanda to Charlotte. All items can be dropped off at the Parish House by Thursday, February 14. If you have questions, suggestions, or are interested in assisting, please contact Eleanor Shell (eleanorshell@icloud.com).

Monday Evening Bible Study, February 18. A new course of Monday Evening Bible Study will begin on February 18. The study is a Kerygma course entitled, “God Calls Leaders,” and we will be studying the great leaders of the Old and New Testament. We will focus on how God called these leaders, how they responded to the call, how we are called by God, and how we respond. The class meets at 6:45–8:15 p.m. in the Library. To register and secure a book, please contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com, 704-661-4687) or John Frederick (jgmfrederick@yahoo.com, 704-293-7800). The cost is $15 with scholarship available.

Pet Grief Support Group, February 14. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, February 14 (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, February 21. Typically offered on second Thursdays from 5:30–7:00 p.m., the next Pub Theology will take place on Thursday, February 21. You are invited to join Father Keith Lane for a discussion on “Preparing for Lent” 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, February 19. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, February 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Dolce Ristorante located at 1710 Kenilworth Avenue in Kenilworth Commons Shopping Center. 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, March 1. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, March 1, 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).

Boys and Young Men Invited to Audition for The Choir School. Boys and young men ages 7–12 who love music and singing are invited to audition this month for The Choir School. The school, located here at St. Peter’s, is a non-profit, non-religious organization that offers music education and choral performance opportunities. The Boys Town Choir and the Boys Tour Choir meet weekly on Tuesday early evenings. Choristers develop music and vocal skills, study music theory, practice performance technique, and develop important skills such as teamwork and self-discipline as they work together to create one voice from many voices. The choirs are guided by Artistic Director Elizabeth Lenti and Director of Town Choirs Karen Kearney. Scholarships are available for this program. For detailed information and to schedule an audition, contact Assistant Director, Garrett Law (glaw@thechoirschool.org, 704-749-6147). Learn more about The Choir School online.

Urgent Need for 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.

Join the Ushers. The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is looking for volunteers to serve on 2nd Sundays for the 8:00 a.m. service, 1st Sundays for the 10:45 a.m. service, and 5:00 p.m. Evensong services held on most 2nd and 4th Sundays. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

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

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 for its work in successfully hosting “On the Table” conversations last fall. 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 breakfast, round-trip transportation, museum admission, and lunch. Twelve seats are still available and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to participate, contact Gwen High (gwendolyn.high@gmail.com). To see the winning video, and learn more about the museum trip, go to YouTube and type “St. Peter’s Dismantling Segregation” in the search bar.

Outreach and Social Justice

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).

Room in the Inn Supplies Needed. On each Wednesday evening, December through March, St. Peter’s participates in the Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn (RITI) program. We need help with stocking our dwindling supply closet, especially lotion, small bars of soap, hand towels, and deodorant (men and women)‎. We would also accept other donations, such hand-warmers and bus passes. We cannot use haircare products. Please leave your donations in the RITI basket in the Parish House lobby. For questions or more information, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com, 205-222-7527).

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Looking Ahead

February 16: Diocesan Absalom Jones Celebration, 11:00 a.m., Saint Augustine’s University Chapel, Raleigh.
February 17: Welcoming Mother Amanda Stephenson, Associate Rector.
February 20: Youth Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
February 23: Social Justice Film Event, “Tell Them We Are Rising,” 9:30 a.m.
February 26: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
February 28: Pastoral Care Team Meeting, 9:30 a.m.
March 2: Charlotte Pride Band Concert, “Wind Songs and Dances,” (Myers Park Baptist Church, Heaton Hall), 5:00 p.m.
March 5: Shrove Tuesday.
March 6: Ash Wednesday.
March 16: Youth Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser.