News: January 24, 2018

Life at St. Peter’s Winter-Spring 2018 Calendar of Worship, Programs, and Events is available with a host of offerings for all ages. Take a look and share it with others. Learn more about our mission and ministry through the Fall 2017 edition of our parish magazine, Life at St. Peter’s. Copies of both are available for pickup in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Update on 2018 Annual Fund Campaign. As of Tuesday, January 23, 301 pledges totaling $907,644 had been received toward the one-million-dollar goal of Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter’s. 100% participation by all households is key to support the expenses associated with worship services, in-reach and outreach, formation for children, youth, adults, music, clergy-staff compensation and healthcare benefits, operations and administration, and care of buildings and grounds. To offer or increase your pledge gift, visit or contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).

Worship and Music

Weekday Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist. Monday-Friday, 8:00-8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel is a quiet offering for the start of the day. On Tuesdays at Noon, a 30-minute celebration of the Holy Eucharist is offered. Both are followed by brief fellowship time in the Parlor. Consider adding weekday worship to your journey, especially if you are unable to attend worship on Sundays.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s: January-February. At 5:00 p.m., on most second and fourth Sundays, we offer the service of Choral Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) with Holy Eucharist led by the Clergy and different choral ensembles (January 28 MasterSingers; February 11, Tour Choir; February 25, Burli Singers). On every third Sunday, a contemplative Holy Eucharist is offered, patterned after the Taizé, France community. This service includes music for piano, moments for silence, and candle-lighting as a prayer form. Learn more about Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s here and learn more about our complete worship schedule here.

Choral Evensong Sunday includes special music for Organ. Beginning at 4:40 p.m. on Sunday, January 28, Patrick Pope will play a brief recital of music for organ on St. Peter’s magnificent pipe organ, C. B. Fisk Opus 136. Then, beginning at 5:00 p.m. the MasterSingers ensemble and the St. Peter’s clergy lead a service of Choral Evensong. A brief service of Holy Eucharist takes place just after Evensong. Dr. Pope earned a Master of Music (MM) in Organ and Church Music and a Doctor of Music (DM) in Organ Performance and Literature, both from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Currently on sabbatical from his post as Organist and Choirmaster at Church of the Holy Comforter, Charlotte, Dr. Pope will be playing a series of recitals in England next month at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London; St. George’s Hanover Square, London; King’s College Chapel, Cambridge; and Westminster Abbey, London during February.

Ashes-on-the-Go Sidewalk Ministry Volunteers. If you would like to assist the Clergy with hospitality to and prayers with passersby on Ash Wednesday, February 14, inquire about duties and sign-up for a shift (8:00-8:45 a.m., 11:00-11:45 a.m., 1:00-1:45 p.m.) through Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

Altar Flowers and Eucharistic Supplies: In Honor or Memory of Loved Ones. To honor or memorialize loved ones or celebrate special occasions in meaningful ways, consider giving Altar flowers and Eucharistic supplies. Altar flowers are $150 per Sunday, and Eucharistic supplies (bread, wine) are $30 for one month or $15 for two Sundays. To make reservations, contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142) or visit


Wednesday Night: “Building Resilience in Beloved Community” Class. On January 24, 31, and February 7, 6:00-7:15 p.m., parishioner/clinical psychologist, Dr. Susan Campbell facilitates small group gatherings at St. Peter’s oriented around The Daring Way™ curriculum developed by Dr. Brené Brown. Building resilience helps us change the way we live, love, parent and lead. For more information and to register, contact Susan Campbell (, 404-272-1841). Learn more and register.

Discover St. Peter’s Class, January 28. Whether you are very new to St. Peter’s or simply interested in refreshing or deepening your understanding of what it means to be part of the St. Peter’s community, you are invited to attend the second of two Discover St. Peter’s sessions hosted by the Congregational Development Team on Sunday, January 28, at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Each session will be co-facilitated by clergy and lay leadership. Register here or for more information, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

Sunday Morning Bible Study. Adult Formation Advisory/Vestry Member, Mary Lynn Sepkowitz has started a new weekly Bible Study, “Engaging Scripture: Liberating the Gospels” on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room, across from the Community Room and Parish Hall. Participants are invited to bring a personal study Bible or may use one available at St. Peter’s. No registration is required for this offering.

Adult Parish Hall Forum, Sunday, January 28, February 4, 11, 9:30 a.m. All are invited to large group formation offerings presented by parish clergy, lay leaders, and guests: January 28, Spiritual Practices for Everyday Living; February 4, The Power of Caring: Pastoral Ministries at St. Peter’s; February 11, The Life, Legacy, and Example of Absalom Jones.

Monday Night Bible Study now underway. Parishioners John Frederick and Ruth Woodend will facilitate a weekly Bible study at St. Peter’s on Mondays, January 22 through March 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Participants will use Invitation to the Old Testament, a $12.00 resource book of the Disciple Short-term Series (Sinclair & Tabor). For more information and to register for the upcoming sessions, contact Ruth Woodend (704-661-4687, or John Frederick (704-293-7800, Learn more and register.

Lenten Retreat, Saturday, February 17: Registration Open. The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher and parishioner/spiritual director Ruth Woodend will facilitate “Stillness in Center City,” an instructed time of quiet, exploration, and spiritual formation, on Saturday, February 17, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s. Open to parishioners and the wider community. Learn more and register here.

Community Life

Wednesday Night: Young Adults Fellowship in South End. All young adults are invited to tonight’s reschedule of last Wednesday’s Brewery Night, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Wooden Robot in South End. Looking ahead: Consider Sunday and weekday formation (learning) offerings and, in addition to all parish events, several seasonal offerings: Sunday, February 4, 12:30 p.m. Brunch at 204 North Kitchen & Cocktails in Uptown; Sunday, February 11, 12:30 p.m. God’s Tapestry Potluck & Conversation; Tuesday, February 13, 6:00 p.m. Shrove Tuesday Festival at St. Peter’s. For more information, join St. Peter’s Charlotte: Young Adults on Facebook or email either Jason Gingras ( or Mary Gotschall (

Name Tag Button Orders. On the next few Sundays at the Reception Desk, personal name tag buttons may be ordered for wearing during worship, programs, and events. Name tags may be kept for convenience on designated board in the Parish House lobby.

Consider being a Welcome Host. Welcome Hosts are greeters who show hospitality and engage with those visiting St. Peter’s for the first time and all who come for worship, programs, and events on Sundays and seasonal occasions. To learn more about this aspect of our parish’s “radical welcome” efforts and sign up, contact Mike Hoffman (, 704-890-8508).

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed. The Sunday Coffee Hour Hosts are looking for new people to join the fun of hosting on the first Sunday of each month. Teams prepare coffee, lemonade, and platters of snacks for fellowship after the 10:45 a.m. service. For details or to begin serving, contact Kristine Reid (
Social Justice Film Night, January 31, 6:00 p.m. St. Peter’s Social Justice Team presents a film night screening of The Loving Story, Wednesday, January 31, 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Nave (note location change). This documentary tells the story of the 1967 landmark civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court that made interracial marriage legal in all states. After the 77-minute film, stay for a conversation with the Reverend Ollie V. and Mrs. Ellie R. Rencher about their own marriage, which would not have been legal 50 years ago.

God’s Tapestry Potluck and Conversation, February 11. Our first potluck of 2018 will be Sunday, February 11 at 12:30 p.m. We will celebrate the rich tapestry of heritage, culture, race, and history with which our parish is blessed. Hosted by the Sabbatical Congregational Planning Committee under the theme God’s Tapestry: Potluck and Conversation, all are invited to share your family’s unique heritage by bringing a favorite dish you would serve at a family celebration or holiday. Be prepared to share a story that makes the dish significant to your family, and to learn from others. We hope the conversation sparked will remind us all of our vibrant community, and inspire us to engage more deeply with one another. Watch for more details to come. If you need child care, please contact Candace Armstrong at ( or call Ministry Associate Kristie Lauderbaugh (704-749-6141).

Shrove Tuesday Festival, February 13: Tickets and Volunteers. On the eve of Ash Wednesday, all ages are invited to gather for a grand occasion beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Prepare now for a big evening of music and assorted foods including pancakes, bacon and sausage, the Rector’s Gumbo (four sorts), vegetarian options, salad, fruit, King Cake, assorted desserts, and many child-friendly items. Tickets are $6 for youth and adults, $4 for children, up to a $25 household maximum, and must be purchased by Wednesday, February 7 online or at the Parish House Reception Desk. We need volunteers for for setup and cleanup; decorations; cooking assistants; food and refreshment station servers; table hosts/runners; door greeters. Volunteer here.

Chronic Care Support Group: First Fridays. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be February 2, 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor. The Reverend Keith Lane and others facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and caregivers alike. Contact the Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest (, 704-332-7746 x355).

Pub Theology: Second Thursday. Through the month of May, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual, drop in holy conversation events. Stay tuned for details about February 8. Learn more about Pub Theology.

Senior Class Luncheon: Third Tuesdays. The next monthly luncheon for this fellowship group will be on Tuesday, February 20, 11:30 a.m. at Charlotte Café in Park Road Shopping Center. For more information, call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), Barbara Partington (704-523-1831), or Dan Woodall (704-351-2279). Learn more about this fellowship opportunity.

A Letter from Parishioner Wendy Merrill. Wendy shares information with the parish about her discernment process to become a Vocational Deacon.

2018 Vestry Ministry Area Coordinators. The January 5-6 Vestry Retreat (“Fostering and Sustaining Ministry”) included new Vestry member orientation; a buildings and grounds tour; next steps to develop a parish strategic plan for the benefit of present and future mission; and the organization of Vestry Ministry Area Coordinators: Senior Warden, Bert Miano; Junior Warden, Maria Long; Clerk, Cooper Morrison; Treasurer, Dave Lavoie; Congregational Development, Mike Hoffman and Cooper Morrison; Fellowship, Christa Lineberger; Formation, Marcus Clarke; Outreach, Elsie Erneston; Pastoral Care, John Hall; Social Justice, John Frederick; Stewardship, Carolyn Carlburg, Ellison Clary; Worship and The Arts, Mary Lynn Sepkowitz. Learn more about ministry areas and resources.

Outreach and Social Justice

Room in the Inn Supplies Needed. On each Wednesday evening, December through March, St. Peter’s participates in Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn (RITI) program by providing a warm, welcoming place where twelve neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall. Right now and on an ongoing basis through March, we need help with stocking our dwindling supply closet. We are running short on some necessities, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and deodorant (men and women)‎. We would also gladly accept other donations, such as socks, hand-warmers, and bus passes. Please leave any donations in the RITI basket in the Parish House lobby. For questions or more information, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (, 205-222-7527).

Volunteer: Servant Ministry Partners. The parish has a long custom of partnering with community social service agencies whose programs benefit the welfare of our neighbors. Learn more and sign up to volunteer.

Looking Ahead

Youth Pilgrimage Chili Fundraiser, Sunday, February 4.
Diocesan Absalom Jones Celebration, Saturday, February 10, 10:30 a.m., Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Greensboro. All invited to attend.
Commemorating Absalom Jones, Priest, 1818, Sunday, February 11 during worship and formation offerings.
Youth Parents Social, Sunday, February 11, 4:00-8:00 p.m., Home of Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt.
Ash Wednesday, February 14. Imposition of Ashes with Holy Eucharist, 7:00 a.m., Noon, 7:00 p.m.; Ashes-on-the-Go Sidewalk Ministry: 8:00-8:45 a.m., 11:00-11:45 a.m., 1:00-1:45 p.m.