April 5, 2017

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We Welcome the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, Guest Clergy Maundy Thursday, April 13.

We Welcome the Reverend Sam Portaro, Guest Clergy Good Friday, April 14 and Easter Vigil, April 15. Sam Portaro is a retired priest of the Episcopal Church. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (AB), Virginia Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Princeton Seminary (DMin) who was ordained in 1975, he served as Vicar of the Church of the Epiphany in Newton, N.C.; Episcopal Chaplain to the College of William and Mary and Associate Rector of Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Va., from 1976 until 1982; and Episcopal Chaplain and Director of Brent House at The University of Chicago, 1982-2004. He is the author of seven books, numerous essays and articles, in addition to his work on the faculty of CREDO. He conducts Quiet Days and retreats, has served as a consultant, educator and preacher nationwide and in England, and is a Trustee of the Pullman Educational Foundation in Chicago. He lives in Chicago with his spouse, Christopher Dionesotes, with whom he enjoys cooking, music, theater, movies, reading, and the endless cultural and culinary bounty of that beautiful city.

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, April 9, 9:30–10:30 a.m. There will not be an adult formation class. Instead we will enjoy fellowship together as we prepare for Holy Week. Looking ahead to April 16, there will not be an adult formation class as we celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. On every third Sunday, a meditative Taizé Holy Eucharist is offered, which includes music for piano, time for contemplative silence, and candlelight. Choral Evensong resumes in the Fall.

Holy Week at St. Peter’s: Holy Week is a time to experience in a full way what we proclaim each week when we come together for the Eucharist or Morning Prayer. We experience the truth of the Christian Way, not only through studying it or hearing about it, but by participating in it.

Palm and Passion Sunday, April 9, recreates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and includes offerings of the Passion narrative according to Luke. The 10:45 a.m. liturgy begins in front of the church with the blessing of the palms. The 8:00 a.m. liturgy begins in the church at the baptismal font.

Morning Prayer, Holy Monday–Maundy Thursday, from 8:00–8:30 a.m. offers a contemplative way to start the day. Lay ministers officiate this service of the The Daily Office throughout the year.

The Maundy Thursday liturgy April 13 at 7:00 p.m. invites us to consider the command of the Last Supper, and in the context of St. Peter’s rich choral tradition, the liturgy includes foot washing; stripping, washing, and anointing of the altar; and procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Chapel. Please note that those serving at this service are asked to attend rehearsal at 6:00 p.m.

Good Friday Our annual Solemn Liturgy from Noon until 3:00 p.m. includes the Passion narrative, meditations by The Reverend Sam Portaro, silence, and the Procession and Veneration of the Cross. At 4:00 p.m., Stations of the Cross for all ages commemorates Jesus’ last hours, including those who witnessed Jesus’ suffering.

The Great Vigil of Easter at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday is the culmination of Lent and the initiation of Eastertide beginning with lighting the first fire of Easter in front of the church. This ancient liturgy unites many opposites: the struggle between dark and light, cross and resurrection, death and eternal life. Please note that those serving at this service are asked to attend rehearsal at 6:00 p.m.

The Sunday of The Resurrection: Easter Day offers the Holy Eucharist Rite II at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. in Taizé. Historically, the 11:00 a.m. liturgy has the highest attendance because of an increase in visitors; you may wish to attend one of the other liturgies of the day or the Easter Vigil on Saturday.

Incense (hypoallergenic) will be used at the following liturgies: Maundy Thursday, 7:00 p.m.; Holy Saturday, The Great Vigil, 7:00 p.m.; and on Easter Day, 11:00 a.m.

Make a Joyful Noise: We hope you will attend the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 15, at 7:00 p.m. As part of that service, we remember and re-enact the moment of Christ’s resurrection by ringing bells and the “paschal shout.” Please bring a bell or noisemaker with you. We also have the privilege of welcoming two new Christians into the household of God through the sacrament of Holy Baptism. This special liturgy will be a sacred night for all who attend.
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Pub Theology, Thursday, April 6, Join parish clergy and friends for a relaxed time of holy conversation beyond the walls of St. Peter’s. On Thursday, April 6, 6:00–8:00 p.m., at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, the topic will be “Exploring the Passion and the Cross” with the Reverend 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. 

Chronic Care Support Group. The next gathering of this group, which meets on the first Friday of each month, will be Friday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor. Assisting Priest, the Reverend Keith Lane, and others facilitate this monthly meeting of those with chronic illness and caregivers alike. For more information, email Father Keith Lane (klane@st-peters.org, 704-332-7746 x355).

Save the Date: Agape Community Meal. On Sunday, April 9, 12:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. St. Peter’s will have an Agape (Love feast) meal remembering the Last Supper Christ shared with his disciples and in gratitude for the life in Christ we share as a parish family. The Agape Meal will take the shape of our monthly parish potluck: if your name begins with the letter A–M, bring something savory; if it begins with the letter N–Z, bring something sweet. Traditional Agape Meals are simple and include foods such as cheese, nuts, soups, olives, and dried fruits. You may bring any of these items or an item of your choice. If you forget to bring something or arrive to church unaware, come anyway to enjoy the fellowship and mark the beginning of Holy Week. Volunteers for preparing drinks and setting tables, please contact Robin Sands (rsands@st-peters.org).

Parish Community Monthly Potlucks. All are invited to share in these “no pressure” meals. On most second Sundays each 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 (ewood@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141) or Vestry Member Paige Ghareeb (paigeghareeb@mac.com, 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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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 may 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 (ldixon@st-peters.org).

The Parish House and offices will be closed for Easter Break, April 17-21. Normal hours resume Monday, April 24.

Ushers Needed: Have you ever considered being an usher at one of the Sunday services? We are in need of new Ushers to join our Teams. We will train you and you will serve only once a month. If interested, please contact Betty Little (blittle300@gmail.com, 704-614-5549).

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 (704-996-5838lynn.lakin1@gmail.com).

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 (ldixon@st-peters.org, 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 (markelhouse@aol.com, 704-582-3148).

Name Tags at St. Peter’s: An Invitation from Congregational Development. 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 (payson3@yahoo.com, 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 (http://www.meckmin.org) and watch our eNews, website, and bulletin boards for events.
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April 13: We welcome the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman as our guest preacher for Maundy Thursday.

April 14 and 15: We welcome the Reverend Dr. Sam Portaro as our guest preacher for Good Friday and Easter Vigil.

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

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