March 9, 2016

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A Walk in Jerusalem: “I invite you, therefore, to the observance of a holy Lent…”

With those words on Ash Wednesday we began the walk of Lent. Some have been more disciplined than others. Some have experienced a more “holy” Lent to date than others. Whatever our experience the past four weeks, soon we are all entering Holy Week, embarking on a pilgrimage with Jesus that begins with the “hosannas” of Palm Sunday but then plunges into the darkest moments imaginable before being redeemed by the glorious resurrection that changed the world—and our lives—forever.

The walk of Holy Week will resonate for the two of us this year with vivid memories of walking the way of Jesus in Jerusalem on a pilgrimage with Episcopal Relief & Development in August 2015. We traced the steps of Jesus and his followers on Palm Sunday, starting at Beth-Phage with a blessing of olive tree branches (our “palms”), then singing “All Glory Laud and Honor” as we walked down the streets Jesus would have followed. We lingered and reflected at the spot where Jesus looked out over Jerusalem and wept. We prayed at the Garden of Gesthsemane. We visited Caiaphas Palace, known today as St. Peter in Gallicantu (“the crowing rooster”). We prayed at a prison cell where Jesus may have been held the night before his trial. The next day we prayed the Stations of the Cross in the Old City of Jerusalem, ending at a small building called the “Empty Tomb” inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the location of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus.

We will reflect on these experiences in Jerusalem in the Parish Hall Forum at 9:30 a.m. on March 13. Join us.

What will these images of Jerusalem evoke for you? What are your hopes as we walk with Jesus, in heart and mind, through the pilgrimage of Holy Week?

—Josephine Hicks and Jan Keny
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Holy Week at St. Peter’s: St. Peter’s offers many opportunities for us to experience the significance of Holy Week. You may want to mark your calendars for any of these special activities:

  • Palm and Passion Sunday, March 209:30-10:30 a.m. Conversation in the Parish House Lobby; and Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m.* and 5:00 p.m. Incense in use for the 10:45 a.m. service.
  • Holy Monday, March 21 – Noon Center City Concert: Lake Norman Choral Artists with N.C. Baroque Orchestra Chamber Players; and at 6:00 p.m. Kerygma Bible Study in the Library
  • Holy Tuesday, March 22 – Holy Eucharist Noon –1:00 p.m.
  • Holy Wednesday, March 23 – Holy Conversation, beginning with 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel and moving into the Parlor about 8:30 a.m. for clergy-led scripture reflection
  • Maundy Thursday, March 24 – Holy Eucharist*, 7:00 p.m. Incense in use.
  • Good Friday, March 25 – Liturgy with Music, Meditations, and Silence, Noon-3:00 p.m.; at 4:00 p.m., Stations of the Cross for Children and Adults
  • Holy Saturday, March 26 – The Great Vigil of Easter*, 7:00 p.m. Incense in use.
  • Easter Day, March 27 – Holy Eucharist, 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.*, 5:00 p.m. Incense in use for the 11:00 a.m. service.

*Please note that several services will make use of incense to enhance the experience. Those with allergies or other sensitivities may want to plan to participate in alternate services.
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Eastertide Parish Book Study:  Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahesi Coates, a 2015 McArthur Foundation Fellow and national correspondent for The Atlantic Magazine, has contributed to constructive engagement and dialogue on topics such as systemic racism, inequality and the persistence of racial injustice.  The book will be introduced at the April 3 Parish Hall Forum by Social Justice Missioner Charles (Chuck) Wynder.  In April and May, several opportunities for meaningful discussion will be offered.
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Senior Class Luncheon: The March luncheon for St. Peter’s members and friends who are 55-plus will be at Toast on Park Road, at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15. For more details, including directions, call Jay or Barbara Partington (704)523-1831 or Hannah Craighill (704) 334-6276
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Center City Concert: Lake Norman Choral Artists with the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra Chamber Players will be the featured artists at this free concert at noon on Monday, March 21. The Lake Norman Choral Artists will perform a program of Bach cantatas and Brandenburg concertos, accompanied by the Chamber Players on period instruments, including harpsichord, theorbo, recorder, and baroque flutes. This vibrant vocal chamber ensemble of experienced professionals specializes in classic choral repertoire.
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High Sunday Brunch: Make reservations today for the Second Sunday of Easter, April 3, now commonly called High Sunday here at St. Peter’s. The annual fare for our brunch is shrimp and grits, quiche, and breakfast casserole with sides of asparagus, fresh fruit and biscuits. There will also be a dessert table, child-friendly foods, tea, lemonade and coffee, accompanied by live music. Spread the word about this wonderful occasion for the parish family to gather in the Parish Hall for a festive meal in celebration of Easter. Pre-paid reservations are required and may be paid online through March 31, or at the Receptionist Desk no later than Sunday, March 28.  Tickets are $10 for adults and youth 13 and older, $5 for children 6-12, with a family cap of $35.00. Ticket prices will be slightly higher the day of the event.
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Easter Sunday Potluck Lunch— Celebrate Easter with the 20s and 30s at the home of Marion and Cooper Morrison after the Easter Service. RSVP
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After-Hours Receptionist: Joy Floyd, who staffs the reception desk on Sundays and evenings, will be out beginning March 21 through early May. Steps to make sure those important hours are well-staffed are under way and will be announced in the next two weeks.
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Volunteers Needed: Reception desk volunteers to work either a morning or afternoon shift one day a week at St. Peter’s are needed. Volunteers answer phones, assist visitors and provide help with various projects. Interested in learning more? Contact Parish Administrator Leigh Dixon (
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Youth Car Wash Fundraiser: Watch for St. Peter’s youth in the Parish House lobby and at the North Tryon Street entrance to the church this Sunday. They will have Auto Bell Car Wash tickets for $16 to support youth activities.
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We Spring Forward This Weekend: The time springs forward this weekend when Daylight Saving Time goes into effect. Remember to set your clocks forward by one hour at bedtime on Saturday, March 12, to be sure you don’t miss anything at St. Peter’s on Sunday morning.
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Parish Hall Forum: On Sunday, March 13, the two-part Parish Hall Forum on the topic What’s Going on in the Middle East will conclude with a presentation by parishioners Josephine Hicks and Jan Keny reflecting on their recent trip to the Holy Land from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Members of the 20s and 30s group will participate in this week’s Parish Hall Forum.
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Baptism Instruction: Thinking about baptism for yourself or for a child? Come join the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer on Sunday, March 13, in the Parlor from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to explore the multiple significances of this Holy Sacrament.
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Easter Memorials: The deadline is end of day on Monday, March 14, to make donations for flowers and special music for Easter Day. Make contributions online. Or you can write a check to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and use one of the envelopes on the Information Table in the Parish House Lobby and leave it at the Parish House reception desk on Sunday morning. Use the notation “Easter Memorial” in the memo line of your check. If you will be mailing your check and want to be sure that your contribution is listed in the Easter leaflets, mail it in plenty of time to reach the office in Monday’s mail.
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Adult Formation: On Sunday, March 13, the study on Exploring Contemplative Prayer concludes in the Town Choir Room on the lower level, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Contact Paul Hanneman (
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Children’s Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Youth Journey to Adulthood: Weekly offerings are available for children and youth, infants through high school, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at various places throughout the Parish House. Learn more about these programs online.
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St. Patrick’s Day Fellowship: Join others from St. Peter’s when we gather on the lawn for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 19. The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
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Galilee Center Hosts Film on Refugee Experience: Salam (Hello) Neighbor is an independent film detailing the Syrian refugee experience.  Galilee Center is hosting a dinner followed by a screening and discussion of the movie on Thursday, March 10.  Dinner at 6:30 p.m. will be prepared by St. Peter’s own 20s & 30s group.  There is no charge for admission, but you must reserve a spot online. Galilee Center is located at 3601 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205.
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Diocese Bicentennial History Day Events: The Bicentennial Planning Committee of the three Episcopal dioceses in North Carolina invite you to History Day 2016 on Saturday, April 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Gastonia. Entitled Hearts, Homes and the Holy Spirit: Mission & Ministry in North Carolina Mill Villages, 1890 – 1940, this event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Mary Sudman Donovan, historian and author of A Different Call: Women’s Ministries in the Episcopal Church, 1850-1920; a panel presentation; exhibits and tours of the Gaston County Museum and the recently restored Loray Mill. An optional Friday evening event at Chapel of Christ the King in Charlotte will highlight the history of this former mill mission, and conclude with dinner at a local restaurant. For registration and program details visit the Diocese website.  History Day 2016 is the last in an annual series leading up to the statewide celebration of the Bicentennial of the Diocese of North Carolina next April 22, 2017, at Christ Church, New Bern, in the Diocese of East Carolina.
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Scholarship Applications: Women who are 23 years of age or older may apply for scholarship funds from the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of North Carolina to pay for specialized training in vocational or technical skills, or for a degree or certificate below the masters or doctorate level. The scholarship program provides educational opportunities for women who have been out of the work force for a period of time or who need to upgrade their skills or education to advance career opportunities. Complete details and applications can be downloaded from the ECW website. The deadline to apply is March 25, 2016.
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Looking Ahead – Mark Your Calendars

  • March 28-April 1: Parish Offices Closed for Clergy and Staff Break
  • April 3: High Sunday Brunch Noon
  • April 19: St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys —7:30 p.m. at First Methodist Church