April 19, 2017

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We Welcome the Reverend David Pittman, Guest Clergy Sunday, April 23. A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (BA) and the Virginia Theological Seminary (MDiv), the Reverend David Pittman served as rector of Trinity Church, Staunton, Virginia (1973-1986); Holy Trinity Church, Gainesville, Florida (1986–2001); and St. Peter’s Church, Charlotte, North Carolina (2001–2011). He and his wife, Alene, were married in 1970 and have two children and four grandchildren. After thirty-eight years of parish ministry, they retired in 2011 and now reside in upstate South Carolina. In retirement, he serves as a priest associate at the Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, South Carolina, and as a visiting vicar at St. Paul Church, Kekaha, and St. John Church, ‘Ele‘ele, Hawai‘i.

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 23, 9:30–10:30 a.m. The adult formation class will be led by The Reverend Jacob Pierce. “Unpacking the Resurrection” will feature a conversation on the meaning of Christ’s resurrection and its implication for our lives and the world. Looking ahead to April 30 adult formation presents “Simplifying Your Life” with vestry member Dr. John Frederick. The discussion will focus on simplifying our lives so that we are able to cultivate an inner voice that allows us to be in conversation with God through meditation, contemplative prayer, and solitude.

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.
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Center City Concerts. April 24, Noon, Free. Center City Concerts presents A. W. Duo. This husband and wife duo of cellist James Waldo and pianist Alyona Aksyonova will present a program connecting the music of J. S. Bach and Johannes Brahms.

The Center City Concerts Board of Directors invites you to join them for an evening of Music with a View Tuesday, April 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the church with a performance by The AW Duo playing Music for ‘Cello and Piano. The performance will be followed by hors d’oeuvres and drinks on the rooftop (cash bar), and a silent auction. Tickets to the event, at $75 per person, help make it possible for us to provide free noontime concerts in Center City Charlotte. Tickets may be purchased by clicking here: RESERVE NOW. If you are unable to join us this year, donations can be made online at centercityconcerts.org. Tickets will also be available for sale this Sunday, April 23 in the Parish Lobby.

Enneagram Study Group, led by the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, will meet on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor. For more information, contact Paul (phanneman@st-peters.org).

Pub Theology, Thursday, May 4, Join parish clergy and friends for a relaxed time of holy conversation beyond the walls of St. Peter’s. On Thursday, May 4, 6:00–8:00 p.m., at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, the topic is “Being an Easter People” with the Reverend Keith Lane, Assisting Priest. 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.

Come support the fight against HIV/AIDS in our local community by participating in the AIDS Walk on May 6. To get information on how to register as a walker, or how to support our St. Peter’s team financially, please visit or www.aidswalkcharlotte.org. Use the search feature to navigate to the St. Peter’s page, or contact Susan Campbell (susan.k.campbell0463@gmail.com).

Parish Community Monthly Potlucks. 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 (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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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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May 7: We welcome the Reverend Luis Léon as our guest preacher.

May 14: We welcome the Reverend Gary D. Jones as our guest preacher.

May 21: We welcome the Reverend Reggie Payne-Weins as our guest preacher.

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