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).

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 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.

This Week’s News

January 30, Wednesday
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.

January 31, Thursday
Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.

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

February 3, The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum, “What is the Ministry of a Deacon?” with Deacon Robin & Father Jacob, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Formation: “How to Speak to Your Children About Grief” (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.
Welcoming of the Reverend Deacon Robin Sands (Parish Hall), 12:15 p.m.
Social Justice Conversation and Potluck (Community Room), 12:45 p.m.

February 5, Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Intercessory Prayer Room), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)
Congregational Development Team Meeting (Tower Room), 6:00 p.m.

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.

Welcoming the Reverend Deacon Robin Sands, February 3. On Sunday, February 3, join us in the Parish Hall at 9:30 a.m. for a special forum featuring Deacon Robin and Father Jacob. At 12:15 p.m. we will welcome Deacon Robin with a special coffee hour reception before the Social Justice Reconciliation Potluck. In honor of Deacon Robin’s new ministry among us, please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to Loaves & Fishes.

Youth Pilgrimage Chili Fundraiser, February 3. February 3 is Super Bowl Sunday, and the Youth Pilgrim Class will be selling three kinds of chili. We will offer White Chicken Chili, Traditional Chili with ground beef, and Vegetarian Chili, homemade and sold frozen in 1 quart containers for $10 each. Thank you for supporting our Pilgrim Class and their Holy Pilgrimage to London, Canterbury, and northern France this summer.

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 only $10, which includes breakfast, round-trip transportation, museum admission, and lunch. 32 seats are available and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. If you would like to participate in this all-day trip, sign up in the Gallery after the 10:45 a.m. service or 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.

Worship and Music

Observing Weekly Worship at St. Peter’s. St. Peter’s takes the holy habit of daily prayer seriously by providing weekday worship opportunities in the morning and evening: Sunday, Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., plus every third Sunday at 5:00 p.m.; Choral Evensong on second and fourth Sundays; Tuesday, Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer Group, 10:45 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Noon; Monday–Friday, Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m. On Sundays, the Infant and Toddler Center hours are 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Spread the word and invite others to worship with us.

Charlotte area Choral Evensong continues next Sunday at St. Peter’s. Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have organized a weekly Choral Evensong series among area churches. On Sunday, February 3 at 4:00 p.m., Evensong is offered at Christ Church. On 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 3, “What is the Ministry of a Deacon? A Conversation with Deacon Robin and Father Jacob.” Join us as we explore the meaning of ordination and the role of deacons in the Church, as well as the ministry of all followers of Jesus.

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: February 3, How to Speak to Your Children About Grief. 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 (mailto: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.

St. Luke’s Guild, February 1. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, February 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).

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 the parish clergy 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).

Social Justice Conversation and Potluck, February 3. Immediately following the Welcoming of the Reverend Deacon Robin Sands in the Parish Hall after the second service on Sunday, February 3, the Social Justice Racial Reconciliation Circle will host a parish potluck in the Community Room, including small group discussions using Go Speak cards. This family friendly event will include related activities for the children. To RSVP and sign up for a dish, please visit (www.perfectpotluck.com). You can find the event by entering “agan” as the coordinator last name and “8089” as the password. If you have questions, please contact Jeanne Agan (jeanne.agan@icloud.com, 980-938-5734).

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).

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.

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).

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.

Outreach and Social Justice

“Souper Bowl Sunday,” February 3. On February 3, Super Bowl Sunday, the youth want to turn this Sunday into a day when we all think about our neighbors with no homes in which to watch the game or go to bed and who never know where and when their next meal is, by participating in the National “Souper Bowl Sunday” fight against hunger and homelessness. Our youth will be stationed at the Nave doors with big soup pots to collect donations for Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte, a Diocesan ministry focusing on assisting refugees in all ways, especially with food insecurity. Please give generously as the youth take up this collection at the end of each worship service.

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 (bmiano@mianolaw.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 (bmiano@mianolaw.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 8-10: Bishops’ Ball 2019, Camp Walter Johnson.
February 10: Town Choirs of the Choir School sing at the Holy Eucharist, 10:45 a.m.
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 26: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
March 2: Charlotte Pride Band Concert, “Wind Songs and Dances,” (Myers Park Baptist Church, Heaton Hall), 5:00 p.m.

This Week’s News

January 23, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.

January 26, Saturday
Vestry Retreat, Offsite (Lake Wylie, S.C.)
Women United March, First Ward Park, 11:00 a.m.

January 27, The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum, “Journey through the Prayer Book, Part II,” with Father Jacob (Parish Hall), 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Book Study: “Falling Upward” (Tower Room), 9:30 p.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.
Parents Connect Family Social Event (Offsite: Blue Blaze Brewing, 528 S. Turner Ave, 28208), 12:30 p.m.
Break Baking Demo (Kitchen/Community Room), 12:30 p.m.
Evensong, 5:00 p.m., The MasterSingers of The Choir School at St. Peter’s

January 28, Monday
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 – 8:45pm (Note extended time)

January 29, Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Intercessory Prayer Room), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)
Social Justice Film Night, “This is Home: A Refugee Story” (Parish Hall), 6:00 p.m.

Annual Fund 2019 Update. As 2019 opens, over 307 out of approximately 500 pledging units have now committed $923,709 toward our $1,200,000 goal. To learn more about annual giving and to offer your pledge for 2019 visit www.st-peters.org/pledge.

Youth Pilgrimage Chili Fundraiser, January 27. This Sunday, January 27, and Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, the Youth Pilgrim Class will be selling three kinds of chili for your in-home dining pleasure. We will offer White Chicken Chili, Traditional Chili with ground beef, and Vegetarian Chili. These homemade chilis will be sold frozen in 1 quart containers for $10 each. We want to assist in your Super Bowl Sunday entertaining! Thank you for supporting our Pilgrim Class and their Holy Pilgrimage to London, Canterbury, and northern France this summer.

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 only $10, which includes breakfast, round-trip transportation, museum admission, and lunch. 32 seats are available and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. If you would like to participate in this all-day trip, sign up in the Gallery on Sunday, January 27 after the 10:45 a.m. service or 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.

Worship and Music

Observing Weekly Worship at St. Peter’s. St. Peter’s takes the holy habit of daily prayer seriously by providing weekday worship opportunities in the morning and evening: Sunday, Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., plus every third Sunday at 5:00 p.m.; Choral Evensong on second and fourth Sundays; Tuesday, Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer Group, 10:45 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Noon; Monday–Friday, Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m. On Sundays, the Infant and Toddler Center hours are 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Spread the word and invite others to worship with us.

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

See Street Urchins from The Choir School at St. Peter’s in Bizet’s Carmen. Boys and girls from The Choir School at St. Peter’s will serve as the children’s chorus in Opera Carolina’s production of Carmen by Georges Bizet. One performance remains: Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Opera Carolina website.

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: January 27, “Journey through the Prayer Book” with 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: February 3, How to Speak to Your Children About Grief. Search “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” on Facebook to stay up to date.

Book Study: “Falling Upward,” Sundays in January. Class participants who were in the most recent book study on “Let Your Life Speak” expressed interest in continuing this same theme of discernment. Each Sunday in January, we will gather in the Tower Room at 9:30 a.m. to study Richard Rohr’s “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.” The book is available on Amazon for about $13.00. Those interested should contact Mary Lynn Sepkowitz (mlsepkowitz@gmail.com).

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 February 12 at St. Peter’s. To register, please contact Dr. Hanneman (mailto:phanneman@st-peters.org).

Mystical Food for Thought, January 23. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime on Wednesday, January 23. 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).

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.

St. Luke’s Guild, February 1. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, February 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).

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., Pub Theology will take place on Thursday, February 21 next month. You are invited to join the Reverend Jacob Pierce 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).

Parents Connect Family Social Event at Blue Blaze Brewing, January 27. Join us at Blue Blaze Brewery (528 South Turner Avenue) directly after the 10:45 a.m. service for a fun afternoon of food, fellowship, family, and football. Sandwich and snack trays will be provided. Please RSVP to ann.luszcz@gmail.com by Wednesday, January 23.

Social Justice Film Night on January 29. On Tuesday, January 29, the Social Justice Ministry Team will be presenting a screening of “This is Home: A Refugee Story,” which tells the story of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and beginning to rebuild their lives. The film goes beyond the statistics, headlines, and political rhetoric to tell deeply personal stories, putting a human face on the global refugee crisis. The 91-minute film viewing will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a guided discussion. Simple refreshments will be offered.

Social Justice Conversation and Potluck, February 3. Immediately following the 10:45 a.m. service on Sunday, February 3, the Social Justice Racial Reconciliation Circle will host a parish potluck in the Community Room, including small group discussions using Go Speak cards. This family friendly event will include related activities for the children. To RSVP and sign up for a dish, please visit (www.perfectpotluck.com). You can find the event by entering “agan” as the coordinator last name and “8089” as the password. If you have questions, please contact Jeanne Agan (jeanne.agan@icloud.com, 980-938-5734).

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).

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.

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).

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 Tate Sterrett (tsterrett@horacktalley.com) or Christa Lineberger (christa.lineberger@gmail.com).

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 and 1st Sundays for the 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Outreach and Social Justice

“Souper Bowl Sunday,” February 3. On February 3, Super Bowl Sunday, the youth want to turn this Sunday into a day when we all think about our neighbors with no homes in which to watch the game or go to bed and who never know where and when their next meal is, by participating in the National “Souper Bowl Sunday” fight against hunger and homelessness. Our Youth will be stationed at the Nave doors with big soup pots to collect donations to add to ours, for Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte, a Diocesan ministry focusing on assisting refugees in all ways, especially with food insecurity. Please give generously as the youth take up this collection at the end of each worship service. Thank you so much for your generosity!

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 (bmiano@mianolaw.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 (bmiano@mianolaw.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 Wednesday 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

January 31: Pastoral Care Team Meeting, 9:30 a.m.
February 5: Congregational Development Team Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
February 6: Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
February 8-10: Bishops’ Ball 2019, Camp Walter Johnson.
February 10: Town Choirs of the Choir School sing at the Holy Eucharist, 10:45 a.m.
February 17: Welcoming Mother Amanda Stephenson, Associate Rector.
February 20: Youth Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
February 26: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

This Week’s News

January 16, Wednesday
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
Youth Advisory Committee Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.

January 19, Saturday
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade, Uptown Charlotte.

January 20, Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast resumes, 8:30 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum, “Exploring the Prayer Book,” with Father Jacob (Parish Hall), 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Book Study: “Falling Upward” (Tower Room), 9:30 p.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.
Taizé, 5:00 p.m.

January 21, Monday
Parish Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 22, Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Chapel), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)
Endowment Trustees Annual Meeting (Tower Room), 3:30 p.m.
Strategic Planning Committee Meeting (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.
Book Study with Paul Hanneman, Jim Marion’s “Putting on the Mind of Christ” (Tower Room), 6:30 p.m.

Annual Fund 2019 Update. As 2019 opens, over 302 out of approximately 500 pledging units have now committed $915,368 toward our $1,200,000 goal. To learn more about annual giving and to offer your pledge for 2019 visit www.st-peters.org/pledge.

Worship and Music

Observing Weekly Worship at St. Peter’s. St. Peter’s takes the holy habit of daily prayer seriously by providing weekday worship opportunities in the morning and evening: Sunday, Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., plus every third Sunday at 5:00 p.m.; Choral Evensong on second and fourth Sundays; Tuesday, Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer Group, 10:45 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Noon; Monday–Friday, Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m. On Sundays, the Infant and Toddler Center hours are 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Spread the word and invite others to worship with us.

Charlotte area Choral Evensong continues this Sunday at St. Martin’s. Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have organized a weekly Choral Evensong series among area churches. Sunday at 5:00 p.m., the choirs of St. John’s, Holy Comforter, and St. Martin’s observe the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Learn more online. The next St. Peter’s Evensong will be on Sunday, January 27 at 5:00 p.m., sung by the MasterSingers of the Choir School at St. Peter’s.

See Street Urchins from The Choir School at St. Peter’s in Bizet’s Carmen. Boys and girls from The Choir School at St. Peter’s will serve as the children’s chorus in Opera Carolina’s production of Carmen by Georges Bizet. Performances are Saturday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m., and Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Opera Carolina website.

The Center City Concert planned for Monday, January 21 will not take place. Look for further updates about future concerts soon.

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: January 20, “Exploring the 1979 Prayer Book” with 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: February 3, How to Speak to Your Children About Grief. Search “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” on Facebook to stay up to date.

Book Study: “Falling Upward,” Sundays in January. Class participants who were in the most recent book study on “Let Your Life Speak” expressed interest in continuing this same theme of ‘Discernment.’ Each Sunday in January, we will gather in the Tower Room at 9:30 a.m. to study Richard Rohr’s “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.” The book is available on Amazon for about $13.00. Those interested should contact Mary Lynn Sepkowitz (mlsepkowitz@gmail.com).

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 February 12 at St. Peter’s. To register, please contact Dr. Hanneman (mailto:phanneman@st-peters.org).

Mystical Food for Thought, January 23. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime. Resuming in January 2019, 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).

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.

St. Luke’s Guild, February 1. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, February 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).

Pet Grief Support Group, February 14. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, January 10 (and every second Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. For more information, contact Wes Sturgis (pwsturgis@gmail.com, 704-621-8613).

Pub Theology, February 14. On second Thursdays through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On February 14, you are invited to join the clergy for a discussion at Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse (Park Road Shopping Center) on a topic to be announced. 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 a location to be announced. For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

Parents Connect Family Social Event at Blue Blaze Brewing, January 27. Join us at Blue Blaze Brewery (528 South Turner Avenue) directly after the 10:45 a.m. service for a fun afternoon of food, fellowship, family, and football. Sandwich and snack trays will be provided. Please RSVP to ann.luszcz@gmail.com by Wednesday, January 23.

Social Justice Film Night on January 29. On Tuesday, January 29, the Social Justice Ministry Team will be presenting a screening of “This is Home: A Refugee Story,” which tells the story of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and beginning to rebuild their lives. The film goes beyond the statistics, headlines, and political rhetoric to tell deeply personal stories, putting a human face on the global refugee crisis. The 91-minute film viewing will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a guided discussion. Simple refreshments will be offered.

Social Justice Conversation and Potluck, February 3. Immediately following the 10:45 a.m. service on Sunday, February 3, The Social Justice Racial Reconciliation Circle will host a parish potluck in the Community Room, including small group discussions using Go Speak cards. This family friendly event will include related activities for the children. To RSVP, please use this link to sign up for a potluck item. If you have questions, please contact Jeanne Agan (jeanne.agan@icloud.com, 980-938-5734).

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).

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).

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 (bmiano@mianolaw.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 (bmiano@mianolaw.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 Wednesday 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

January 26: Vestry Retreat.
January 26: Women United March, First Ward Park, 11:00 a.m.
January 31: Pastoral Care Team Meeting, 9:30 a.m.
February 5: Congregational Development Team Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
February 6: Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
February 8-10: Bishop’s Ball 2019, Camp Walter Johnson.
February 10: Town Choirs of the Choir School sing at the Holy Eucharist, 10:45 a.m.
February 17: Welcoming Mother Amanda Stephenson, Associate Rector.
February 20: Youth Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
February 26: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

This Week’s News

January 10, Thursday
Pub Theology (Offsite: Sir Edmond Halley’s, Park Road Shopping Center), 5:30 p.m.
Pet Grief Support Group (Tower Room), 7:00 p.m.

January 13, First Sunday after the Epiphany
Baptisms Administered
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast resumes, 8:30 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum, “Baptismal Identity and Mission,” with Father Jacob (Parish Hall), 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Book Study: “Falling Upward” (Tower Room), 9:30 p.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.
Evensong, 5:00 p.m., The Burli Singers

January 14, Monday
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

January 15, Tuesday
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group (Parlor), 10:00 a.m.
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Chapel), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite: Tupelo Honey Café, 1820 South Blvd), 11:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)

January 16, Wednesday
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
Youth Advisory Committee Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.

Annual Fund 2019 Update. As 2019 opens, over 293 out of approximately 500 pledging units have committed $890,388 toward our $1,200,000 goal. To learn more about annual giving and to offer your pledge for 2019 visit www.st-peters.org/pledge.

Worship and Music

Observing Weekly Worship at St. Peter’s. St. Peter’s takes the holy habit of daily prayer seriously by providing weekday worship opportunities in the morning and evening: Sunday, Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., plus every third Sunday at 5:00 p.m.; Choral Evensong on second and fourth Sundays; Tuesday, Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer Group, 10:45 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Noon; Monday–Friday, Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m. On Sundays, the Infant and Toddler Center hours are 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Spread the word and invite others to worship with us.

Choral Evensong resumes this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. This Sunday, parishioner Rob Burlington’s choral ensemble, The Burli Singers, serves as the choir for the first Choral Evensong of 2019. Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have organized a weekly Choral Evensong opportunity among area churches. 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: January 13, “Baptismal Identity and Mission,” with 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: February 3, How to Speak to Your Children About Grief. Search “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” on Facebook to stay up to date.

Book Study: “Falling Upward,” Sundays in January. Class participants who were in the most recent book study on “Let Your Life Speak” expressed interest in continuing this same theme of ‘Discernment.’ Each Sunday in January, we will gather in the Tower Room at 9:30 a.m. to study Richard Rohr’s “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.” The book is available on Amazon for about $13.00. Those interested should contact Mary Lynn Sepkowitz (mlsepkowitz@gmail.com).

Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, January 22. 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 February 12 at St. Peter’s. To register, please contact Dr. Hanneman (mailto:phanneman@st-peters.org).

Mystical Food for Thought, January 23. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime. Resuming in January 2019, 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).

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.

St. Luke’s Guild, February 1. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, February 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).

Pet Grief Support Group, January 10. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, January 10 (and every second Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. For more information, contact Wes Sturgis (pwsturgis@gmail.com, 704-621-8613).

Pub Theology, January 10. On second Thursdays through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On January 10, you are invited to join the Reverend Keith C. Lane for a discussion at Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse (Park Road Shopping Center) on the topic of “Epiphany and the Meaning of Christ in Your Life.” Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual holy conversation events.

Senior Class Luncheon, January 15. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, January 15 at 11:30 a.m. at Tupelo Honey Café, 1820 South Blvd. For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

Parents Connect Family Social Event at Blue Blaze Brewing, January 27. Join us at Blue Blaze Brewery (528 South Turner Avenue) directly after the 10:45 a.m. service for a fun afternoon of food, fellowship, family, and football. Sandwich and snack trays will be provided. Please RSVP to ann.luszcz@gmail.com by Wednesday, January 23.

Social Justice Film Night on January 29. On Tuesday, January 29, the Social Justice Ministry Team will be presenting a screening of “This is Home: A Refugee Story,” which tells the story of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and beginning to rebuild their lives. The film goes beyond the statistics, headlines, and political rhetoric to tell deeply personal stories, putting a human face on the global refugee crisis. The 91-minute film viewing will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a guided discussion. Simple refreshments will be offered.

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.

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 (bmiano@mianolaw.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 (bmiano@mianolaw.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 Wednesday 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

January 19: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade, Uptown Charlotte.
January 22: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
January 26: Vestry Retreat.
January 26: Women United March, First Ward Park, 11:00 a.m.
January 31: Pastoral Care Team Meeting, 9:30 a.m.
February 10: Town Choirs of the Choir School sing at the Holy Eucharist, 10:45 a.m.
February 17: Welcoming Mother Amanda Stephenson, Associate Rector

Weekly News

January 4, Friday
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.
Wisdom School Retreat with Paul Hanneman (Library).

January 5, Saturday
Wisdom School Retreat with Paul Hanneman (Library).
Ordination of Robin Sands to Sacred Order of Deacons (Offsite: St. John’s Episcopal Church), 11:00 a.m. (open to all)

January 6, Sunday of The Epiphany
Formation resumes, Vestry Commissioning, Blessing of the Chalk
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast resumes, 8:30 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum, “Celebrating Epiphany in Church and at Home” (Parish Hall), 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Formation: “The Role of Technology in Our Families” (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Book Study: “Falling Upward” (Tower Room), 9:30 p.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Classrooms) & Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Blessing of the Epiphany Chalk for Home Blessings, 10:45 a.m.
Burning of the Greens (Church yard), 12:30 p.m.
Young Adults, Burning of the Greens (Churchyard), 12:30 p.m.

January 7, Monday
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

January 7, Monday
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

January 8, Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Chapel), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)
Congregational Development Team Meeting (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.
Book Study with Paul Hanneman, Jim Marion’s “Putting on the Mind of Christ” (Tower Room), 6:30 p.m.

I Pledge… to the present and to the future – Annual Fund 2019. Following Commitment Sunday, when many members of St. Peter’s formalized their commitment to the 2019 Annual Fund, over 289 pledging units have now committed $884,148 toward our $1,200,000 goal. We are eager to reach 100% participation from an approximate 500 households. Each member’s pledge of support to this parish is still needed in support of parish worship, in-reach and outreach initiatives, formation programs for all ages, music, staff and clergy, operations and administration, and the care of our sacred facilities in Center City Charlotte. To learn more about annual giving and to offer your pledge for 2019 visit www.st-peters.org/pledge.

Marking your Home with Blessed Epiphany Chalk. Making known our faith in the world is a vital aspect of the Christian life. In fact, the name of the liturgical season we are about to enter, “Epiphany,” comes from the Greek word Epiphania, which means “to show, make known, or reveal.” There is an ancient custom practiced during the season of Epiphany of marking our homes, where we spend so much time with family and friends, with blessed chalk. On Sunday, January 6, chalk of all colors will be blessed and available for use in home blessings. Read more about this ancient custom here and join us on January 6 to receive blessed chalk and a simple liturgy for blessing your home. On this day, the annual Burning of the Christmas Greens will follow the 10:45 a.m. liturgy in the churchyard.

Worship and Music

Observing Weekly Worship at St. Peter’s. St. Peter’s takes the holy habit of daily prayer seriously by providing weekday worship opportunities in the morning and evening: Sunday, Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., plus every third Sunday at 5:00 p.m.; Choral Evensong on second and fourth Sundays; Tuesday, Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer Group, 10:45 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Noon; Monday–Friday, Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m. On Sundays, the Infant and Toddler Center hours are 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Spread the word and invite others to worship with us.
If you love Choral Evensong, Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have a treat for you this program year. Area churches, including St. Peter’s, have coordinated a weekly series featuring the choirs and clergy of the host churches. Evensong services will resume on January 13, 2019 at St. Peter’s with The Burli Singers. Learn more online.
Incense will be burned on Epiphany. In keeping with the long-standing custom of the church, the ceremonial use of incense will be part of the 10:45 a.m. Epiphany liturgy. Those parishioners with allergies or respiratory issues are invited to attend other services offered on the same day.

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: January 6, Celebrating Epiphany in Church and at Home.
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: January 6, The Role of Technology in Our Families, featuring the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce; February 3, How to Speak to Your Children About Grief. Search “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” on Facebook to stay up to date.
Book Study: “Falling Upward,” Sundays in January. Class participants who were in the most recent book study on “Let Your Life Speak” expressed interest in continuing this same theme of ‘Discernment.’ Beginning on the morning of Epiphany Sunday, January 6, we will lead a study on Richard Rohr’s “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.” The book is available on Amazon for about $13.00. Those interested are encouraged to read chapters one through three for discussion on January 6 in the Tower Room. To learn more, contact Mary Lynn Sepkowitz (mlsepkowitz@gmail.com).
Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, January 8. 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 February 12 at St. Peter’s. To register, please contact Dr. Hanneman (mailto:phanneman@st-peters.org).
Mystical Food for Thought, January 9. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime. Resuming in January 2019, 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).

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 after the New Year. This seasonal magazine will include parish fellowship events, formation opportunities, and Holy Week and Easter information.
New Vestry Leadership beginning on January 1. On Tuesday, December 18, the Vestry elected new wardens and executive committee leadership to begin their term on January 1: John Frederick, Senior Warden; Cooper Morrison, Junior Warden; Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, Clerk; Dave Lavoie, Treasurer; Maria Long, Ex-officio voting member of Executive Committee/Vestry Liaison for Strategic Planning. Ministry area assignments will take place at the vestry retreat on January 26.
St. Luke’s Guild, January 4. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, January 4, 11:00 a.m. The clergy and parishioner Dan Busch, LCSW (retired), facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and those who are caregivers of family and friends. To learn more, contact the Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest (klane@st-peters.org, 917-679-7285).
Young Adults Group to Join Burning of the Greens, January 6. On Sunday, January 6, young adults are encouraged to attend St. Peter’s Annual Burning of the Greens in the churchyard after the 10:45 a.m. service. This service of Epiphany falls on a Sunday this year, and celebrates the light of Christ being revealed in the wider world. For more information, contact Young Adult Coordinator, Jason Gingras (jason.gingras@gmail.com).
Pet Grief Support Group, January 10. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, January 10 (and every second Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. For more information, contact Wes Sturgis (pwsturgis@gmail.com, 704-621-8613).
Pub Theology, January 10. On second Thursdays through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On January 10, you are invited to join clergy for a discussion at a location to be announced. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual holy conversation events.
Senior Class Luncheon, January 15. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, January 15 at 11:30 a.m. at Tupelo Honey Café, 1820 South Blvd. For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).
Parents Connect Family Social Event at Blue Blaze Brewing, January 27. Join us at Blue Blaze Brewery (528 South Turner Avenue) directly after the 10:45 a.m. service for a fun afternoon of food, fellowship, family, and football. Sandwich and snack trays will be provided. Please RSVP to ann.luszcz@gmail.com by Wednesday, January 23.
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.
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 number (704-749-6175) for pastoral emergencies such as hospitalizations. This process is the best way to communicate pastoral needs and ensure a response from a member of the clergy or the pastoral care team.
Join the Ushers. The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is looking for more volunteers to serve on a monthly basis at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services. 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 (bmiano@mianolaw.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 small bars of soap, hand towels, and deodorant (men and women)‎. We would also accept other donations, such as socks, hand-warmers, and bus passes. We cannot use haircare products. Please leave any donations in the RITI basket in the Parish House lobby. For questions or more information, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (bmiano@mianolaw.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 Wednesday 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

January 11-13: Youth Winter Sabbath Retreat.
January 19: Diocesan Youth Civil Rights Museum Tour, Greensboro.
January 21: CCC MLK Day Concert, Noon.
January 22: Annual Meeting of the Endowment, 3:30 p.m.
January 22: Strategic Planning Committee, 6:00 p.m.
January 26: Vestry Retreat.
January 30: Social Justice Film Night, 6:00 p.m.
January 31: Pastoral Care Team Meeting, 9:30 a.m.