March 8, 2017

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Daylight Saving Time Begins This Sunday. At 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 12, 2017 Daylight Saving Time returns, so don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed.

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. Mark your calendar for any and all of what’s in store!

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 any and all of 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 12, 9:30–10:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House) will focus on “Engaging Holy Week: Palm/Passion Sunday,” with Mr. Josiah Daniels leading the discussion. This session will explore the meaning of Palm/Passion Sunday, especially as it relates to Anglican worship. Looking ahead to March 19, the Parish Hall Forum will continue the focus on “Engaging Holy Week.” The Reverend Canon Rhonda Lee will lead the discussion exploring the meaning of Maundy Thursday, foot washing, and the Eucharist, and the paradoxical Christian path of strength through vulnerability. Please plan to join in this time of reflection as part of our preparation for Holy Week.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s: Evensong and Taizé. 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. Our next Evensong is March 12, led by the Clergy and the St. Peter’s Choir. The Winter-Spring 2017 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s is available by clicking here.

Our Witness to the World: Inspiration from the Saints. The Church has always celebrated how the Spirit of Christ has been revealed in the lives of Holy Women and Holy Men. Through the body of Christ, we are joined to them in our worship and in our daily lives. Learn about these companions on St. Peter’s website,, under the “Learning” tab, where their history can be found under “Inspiration from Saints.”

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. Medieval symbols 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 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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Parish Community Monthly Potlucks. On Sunday, March 12, the Congregational Development and Stewardship Teams will host 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 will be May 14, July 9, and August 13 as well as dates in the fall. This is a great opportunity for your group or ministry team to share its story with the wider parish, and smaller groups can pair up. Hosts are responsible for setup/cleanup, and providing basic potluck entrees. To reserve your spot for 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.

Safeguarding God’s People Training. St. Peter’s is offering Safeguarding God’s People training, Level I and Level II, on March 15 from 6:00–9:00 p.m. in the Youth Room to anyone who does ministry at and through St. Peter’s. This program is especially important for those involved in ministry with youth and children, providing pastoral care, or just for your own edification. The training will be led by Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Ministry, trained and licensed by the Diocese for this program. You will receive a certificate acknowledging your training and the Diocese will keep a copy of your certificate on file to satisfy Diocesan requirements for working with church members. Please RSVP to Lyn (, 704-763-3564).

“Papa Pietro’s” Dinner & Auction. Saturday, March 18 6:00–9:00 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for youth 12-17, $8 for children 6-11. Under 6 years old are free. You can sign up online on the St. Peter’s website or pay by check (with spaghetti dinner in the memo line). You will enjoy spaghetti with Jim DiMartino’s meat sauce or a meatless sauce for vegetarians, Italian salad, fresh rolls and choice of brownie with salted caramel and ice cream or strawberry-topped cheesecake. Wine and beer will also be available for purchase. The Pilgrim Class will be our wait staff and dinner will be accompanied by youth musicians. The auction is not to be missed with art, jewelry, restaurant gift certificates, a stained glass window by parishioner Dan Woodall, gift baskets, and much more! This class of 10th and 11th graders have been working toward this Holy Pilgrimage for 5 years, learning about the Church, faith, and following in the footsteps of St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Francis, and others. If you are unable to attend, we would happily accept a donation. Email Lyn Holt ( for more information.

Senior Class Third Tuesday Luncheon. The March luncheon will be at Charlotte Cafe in the Park Road Shopping Center at 11:30 a.m. on March 21. The St. Peter’s Senior Class is a group of members and friends of St. Peter’s (55+) who meet monthly for an informal lunch and twice a year for a party. For further information, please call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) or Barbara and Jay Partington (704-523-1831).

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.

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).
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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.

Welcoming Antonio Cook, Facilities Assistant. Antonio Cook has joined St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in the role of Facilities Assistant, as of February 20, 2017. He comes to us with a valued background in coordinating events, detail oriented cleaning experience, and overall quality customer service. As a part of the Facilities team, Antonio will be responsible for the daily upkeep of the building and grounds, event coordination, as well as assisting with a variety of facilities related projects. Please stay tuned for further updates regarding Antonio’s involvement at St. Peter’s. I appreciate you joining me in providing a warm welcome for Antonio. Brian Whitley, Facilities Manager.

An Invitation from the Parish St. Mary’s Guild. How do you tell the history of St. Peter’s? One of the ways is through the story of the St. Mary’s guild. We are a group of women who, along with many of our parents and children, have been active members of this parish for many 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 (except July and August) in a member’s home for fellowship, Bible study, and service projects for the parish and community. Some past service projects included: altar linens, kneeler cushions for the chapel, and renovation of the sacristy, as well as support for summer programs for at risk children, the Augustine project and many other works that support the parish. We have stories and history to tell and we 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 ministry areas at 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.

A Lenten Letter from Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple. Our Bishop Pro Tempore has penned a letter for the St. Peter’s parish community and everyone in the Diocese of North Carolina. It is available online and copies are available in the Parish House lobby. Important pieces of the letter direct readers to pages called “Take Action for Refugees”and “Equipping the Saints.” The Clergy and Social Justice Team encourage familiarization with these resources for our mission and ministry. 

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: knowing someone’s name also invites conversation. To request a free button, sign up at the receptionist desk in the Parish House on the main floor and pick it up the following Sunday at or near the reception desk. 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.

Reconciliation-focused Events at Myers Park United Methodist Church. All are invited to events at one of our community congregations. Learn more online at the MPUMC website.

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 the MeckMin website 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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March 19: We welcome the Reverend Canon Rhonda Lee, PhD as our guest preacher.

March 26: We welcome the Reverend Sally Johnston as our guest celebrant and preacher.

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 are on sale now, Food will be catered by St. Peter’s Choir Provisions and entertainment will include the choir, guest gospel artists and you, the audience!

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