March 22, 2017

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We Welcome the Reverend Sally Johnston, Guest Clergy This Sunday. The Reverend Sally Johnston and her family were members of St. Peter’s when she was raised up and sponsored for ordination by the parish. After completing her seminary work at The General Theological Seminary in New York, she served at Holy Comforter here in Charlotte and most recently as rector of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields in Columbia, S.C. Sally is a native of Charlotte, a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University. She is married to Harold Newfield and they have three grown children who live in New York, Montreal, and Croatia. Sally and Harold have recently returned to the Charlotte area, reclaiming (that means working a lot on) her family home on Lake Norman.

Life at St. Peter’s Winter-Spring 2017 Worship, Programs, and Events Calendar. This key parish life resource of offerings through Summer 2017 is now available online and available for pick up in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Weekday Morning Prayer and Tuesday Noon Eucharist. Monday–Friday, 8:00–8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel of the Saints is a beautiful offering for the start of the day. On Tuesdays at Noon, we offer a 30-minute celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the Chapel. All are invited and encouraged to bring guests to these weekday offerings.

Sunday Formation for Youth and Children, weekly. Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth, ages 13–18, meet in the Youth Suite (basement level, Parish House). For more information, email Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children, ages 2–12, meet on first floor in the Toddler Atrium and Levels 1–3 Atria (classrooms). 9:30–10:30 a.m. in the Parish House. For more information, email Director of Children’s Formation, Anna Hurdle.

Sunday Formation for Adults, March 26, 9:30–10:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House) will focus on “Engaging Holy Week: Good Friday.” The Reverend Sally Johnston will present our Parish Hall Forum and lead us in conversation related to the liturgy and theology of Good Friday. Looking ahead to April 2, our Parish Hall Forum Holy Week series continues with “Engaging Holy Week: Easter Vigil.” The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman will explore the meaning of the Great Vigil of Easter. Please plan to join in this time of reflection as part of our preparation for Holy Week.

All are invited to experience alternative contemplative ways to begin the week: worship on most Sundays at 5:00 p.m. On most second and fourth Sundays, Choral Evensong and Holy Eucharist is offered. On every third Sunday, a meditative Taizé Holy Eucharist is offered, which includes music for piano. Please join us this Sunday, March 26 for our last service of Evensong with Holy Eucharist for this program year, led by the Burli Singers and St. Peter’s clergy.  The Winter-Spring 2017 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s is available by clicking here.

Visual Changes in Our Sacred Space during Lent. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, the 40-day covering of certain religious symbols, including images and processional crosses, is part of what is called the “Lenten Array” at St. Peter’s. 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 Mary, Mother of God on the left and on the right, the disciple John depicted with his head uncovered and beardless. At the foot of the cross is the image of Jesus as Lamb of God.

Lenten Meditations 2017 Booklet. Copies are available in the lobby and entrances to the nave of the church or online by clicking here. This year’s devotional focuses on creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities, with a particular focus on empowering women. The daily readings are co-authored by a group of leaders from across the Anglican Communion, who bring a range of perspectives as they reflect on Scripture and other sources of spiritual wisdom.
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George Winston Concert Benefits Galilee Ministries. On Thursday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m., pianist George Winston will play a benefit concert at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson. Since 1972, Winston has released 13 solo piano albums. His third concert at St. Alban’s benefits both the St. Alban’s Preschool Scholarship Fund and Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $100 for VIP, which includes priority seating and an intermission reception with beer, wine, and appetizers. You may purchase tickets in the lobby. Please see Parish Intern Robin Sands ( or parishioner Wendy Merrill for more information.

Gourmet Gospel Brunch, Sunday, March 26: At 12:30 p.m., the St. Peter’s Choir will host a Gourmet Gospel Brunch Fundraiser for their August 2017 pilgrimage to England where our choristers will serve as choir in residence at St. Alban’s Cathedral. Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, March 23, 2017 to attend the event. Tickets may be purchased at and will not be sold at the door. Food will be catered by St. Peter’s Choir Provisions and entertainment will include the choir, guest gospel artists and you, the audience!

Social Justice Team Hosts Movie Night. The Social Justice Team of St Peter’s will be hosting a “movie night” to watch the documentary Salam Neighbor. The screening will take place Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the basement Youth Lounge at St. Peter’s. Salam Neighbor brings us into a refugee camp, chronicling the experiences of two filmmakers who lived in the Za’atari refugee camp seven miles from the Syrian border. You can view a trailer for the film here. In order to help us plan for snacks and seating, please RSVP by March 27 to Lisa Wielunski (

Pub Theology, Thursday, April 4. Join parish clergy and friends for a relaxed time of holy conversation beyond the walls of St. Peter’s. On Thursday, April 4, 6:00–8:00 p.m., at a location to soon be announced, the topic will be “Exploring the Passion and the Cross” with the Revered Jacob Pierce, Associate Rector. If you are interested in conversation about Good Friday and its implications for our lives, this casual, drop-in gathering is for you and a guest.

Women’s Eastertide Retreat with St. Martin’s Charlotte, April 2123. All women of St. Peter’s are invited to attend “Seek Peace and Pursue it,” an Eastertide retreat in collaboration with St. Martin’s Charlotte, at Valle Crucis Episcopal Conference Center in Western North Carolina. To learn more and register by the April 1 deadline, click here. For more information, contact St. Peter’s parishioner Paige Ghareeb (, 704-947-8986).

Parish Community Monthly Potlucks. On Sunday, March 12, the Congregational Development and Stewardship Teams hosted the monthly Parish Potluck at 12:15 p.m. in the Community Room and Parish Hall (second floor, Parish House). All are invited to share in these “no pressure” meals. Each month, on the second Sunday of the month, a different parish ministry group or team will sponsor and organize the event. Future dates for which we are seeking a host now are May 14, July 9, and August 13. These potlucks are a great opportunity for your group or ministry team to share its story with the wider parish. Hosts are responsible for setup/cleanup and providing basic potluck entrees. To volunteer to host in May or future months, contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood (, 704-749-6141) or Vestry Member Paige Ghareeb (, 704-947-8986).

How the potlucks work: If your name begins with the letter A-M, bring something savory; if it begins with the letter N-Z, bring something sweet. If you forget to bring something or arrive to church unaware, come anyway to enjoy fellowship and food. Watch the eNews, Website, and Bulletin Boards for details.
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Urgent Need. Room in the Inn needs immediate donations of hand towels, deodorant, and toothpaste. Please drop off any donations in the parish lobby.

Easter Memorials: Special contributions, as memorials or honoraria, help fund flowers and special music for our Eastertide observances. The deadline is Monday, April 10. You make contributions online or write a check payable to St. Peter’s. (Please use the notation “Easter Memorial” in the memo line of your check.) Questions? Contact Parish Administrator Leigh Dixon (

Parish Administration during the Rector’s Sabbatical. During the Rector’s Sabbatical, March 6–May 31, the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector, will work closely with Senior Warden, Bert Miano; Junior Warden, Maria Long; Assisting Priest, the Reverend Keith C. Lane; the Staff; and the Vestry on the overall administration of the parish.

An Invitation from the Parish St. Mary’s Guild. How do you tell the history of St. Peter’s? One way is through the story of the St. Mary’s Guild. We are a group of women who, along with many of their parents and children, have been active members of this parish for years. We are no longer affiliated with the Episcopal Church Women, but most of us have a long guild history. We meet the first Monday morning of each month in members’ homes (except for July and August). We have fellowship, bible study and service projects for the parish and community. Some of the past projects have included: alter linens, kneeler cushions for the chapel, renovation of the sacristy, supporting summer programs for at risk children, the Augustine project and many other works for the parish. We have stories and history to tell and would love to have you join our journey. If you are interested in finding out more about our guild, or would like to join, contact Lynn Lakin (

Parish Ministry Areas Overview. During the January 14 Vestry Retreat, the Wardens, Vestry, Treasurer, and Clergy reflected on who will serve as Coordinators for our several ministry areas and partner with their respective ministry area teams. To learn about a particular area and get involved, visit the website or pick up a “Parish Ministry Areas Overview” in the Parish House lobby. Consider how you might share in the mission, ministry, and vision of St. Peter’s in 2017.

Immigration Awareness Tables at St. Peter’s. This Sunday members of the parish Social Justice Team will be present at an information table in the Parish House to provide faith-based insight to immigration matters. Resources from the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. will be available.

Weekday Volunteer Receptionists Needed. Parish Administrator Leigh Dixon is recruiting additional volunteers to serve as daytime Parish House receptionist on a weekly basis. Duties include welcoming guests, answering phone calls, accepting package deliveries, and occasional administrative tasks. In addition to regular weekly shifts, volunteers may serve as substitutes on occasions when a receptionist may need to be away. If you are interested in serving, contact Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).

Casserole Ministry Volunteers. On behalf of St. Peter’s Pastoral Care Team, cooks are being recruited to prepare meals for sharing with fellow parishioners in times of need. If you are interested in serving through this ministry, contact coordinator Pat Markel (, 704-582-3148).

Name Tags at St. Peter’s: An Invitation from Congregational Development. The Clergy and Vestry encourage everyone to consider wearing a name tag button when at St. Peter’s. Name tag buttons are a way of demonstrating what a radically welcoming congregation St. Peter’s is. To request a free button, sign up at the reception desk in the Parish House on the main floor and pick it up the following Sunday. To learn how to make buttons for your ministry for fellowship or fundraising, or to join the Button Ministry, contact Payson Adams (, 857-719-7152) or a member of the Congregational Development team.

St. Peter’s Supports MeckMin. Founded in 1987, Mecklenburg Ministries (MeckMin) is an interfaith, interracial, and multi-ethnic organization that seeks to build bridges across differences by engaging clergy, encouraging congregations and energizing the community through the inspiration of our shared faith traditions. Our 100 member congregations represent more than a dozen faith traditions. To explore the mission, vision, and values of MeckMin, visit and watch our eNews, website, and bulletin boards for events.

Seeking Kanuga Planning Committee Members. Our annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga is scheduled for September 15–17, 2017 and we need help! We would like to have a kickoff meeting in the next few weeks to begin the planning process and are seeking people who would like to be a part of the following Kanuga Planning Teams: Registration, Communication / Marketing, Evening Programs (Friday and Saturday), Formation Program (Saturday Morning), Saturday Afternoon Activities, Children / Youth Program, Childcare, Scholarships (Fundraiser), and Budget. Please contact Vestry members Cooper Morrison (, 704-540-2384) or Paige Ghareeb (, 704-947-8986 (home), 704-608-8759 (cell)) if you would be willing to serve.
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April 2 and 13: We welcome the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman as our guest preacher.

April 14 and 15: We welcome the Reverend Dr. Sam Portaro as our guest preacher.

April 23: We welcome the Reverend David Pittman as our guest preacher.

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