This Week’s News

News – February 7, 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.

Worship and Music

Experience God: Sundays and Beyond. In addition to Sunday morning celebrations of The 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. At 5:00 p.m., on most second and fourth Sundays, we offer the service of choral ensembles (February 11, Tour Choir; February 25, Burli Singers). On every third Sunday, a contemplative Holy Eucharist is offered, patterned after the Taizé, France community; includes music for piano, moments for silence, and candle-lighting as a prayer form. You can also learn more online about worship at St. Peter’s.

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).

The Choir School’s 2018 Serenade Gala will take place on Saturday, February 24 at beautiful Charlotte Country Club. Their biggest fundraiser of the season, the evening will include a seated dinner, silent and live auctions, and performances by the MasterSingers.  Proceeds of the evening help to keep all the benefits of The Choir School’s excellent arts education program available to talented kids from every walk of life. Details and tickets are available online or by calling 704-749-6157. Sponsorship opportunities are also available!

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 donate to this ministry online.


Commemorating Absalom Jones, Priest, 1818. On February 11 at the Parish Hall Forum and during worship, St. Peter’s joins the Diocese of North Carolina and The Episcopal Church worldwide in celebration of The Reverend Absalom Jones. The first African-American priest in The Episcopal Church, ordained as deacon in 1795 and as priest in 1802, Jones was a champion who paved the way for blacks and all people of color to serve in ordained and lay ministry. Soon, St. Peter’s will acquire an icon of Jones for placement among our other portraits and sacred images. Read more about Jones at the Learning portal of our website.

Lenten “Quiet Day” 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. Register online.

Adult Parish Hall Forum, Sunday, February 11, 18, 25, 9:30 a.m. All are invited to large group formation offerings presented by parish clergy, lay leaders, and guests: February 11, The Life, Legacy, and Example of Absalom Jones; February 18, Reconciliation: What Does It Mean?; February 25, The Joy of Reconciliation: Reflecting on the work of the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Sunday Morning Bible Study for Adults. “Engaging Scripture: Liberating the Gospels” by Mary Lynn Sepkowitz will gather at 9:30 a.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room, across from the Community Room and Parish Hall. NOTE: There will be no gathering on February 11. It will resume on Sunday, February 18, continuing up until March 18. 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.

“Building Resilience in Beloved Community” Class. Parishioner/clinical psychologist, Dr. Susan Campbell is facilitating small group, weeknight gatherings in January and February 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. Updated class schedule: Wednesday, February 7, 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, February 18, 9:15 a.m.; Wednesday, February 21, 6:00 p.m. For more information and to register according to the current class schedule, contact Susan Campbell (, 404-272-1841).

Monday Night Bible Study. 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, Register online.

Community Life

Pub Theology: Thursday, February 8. Thursdays through May, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On February 8, the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector, will foster conversation about “Faith and Science: Exploring the Value of Human Reason” at Rock Bottom Brewery across W. Seventh Street from St. Peter’s. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual, drop in holy conversation events.

RSVP: God’s Tapestry Potluck and Conversation, Sunday, February 11. Our first parish community potluck of 2018 will be Sunday, February 11 at 12:30 p.m. We will celebrate the rich and diverse heritage, culture, races, and history with which our parish is blessed. Hosted by the Sabbatical Planning Committee, charged with developing 2017-2018 congregational programs associated with the Rector’s Spring 2017 sabbatical, the theme is God’s Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences. Consider attending this event and celebrating your unique traditions by bringing a favorite dish you would serve at a family celebration or holiday. We hope that conversations sparked will remind us all of our vibrant parish community, and inspire us to engage more deeply with one another. Households with children and youth are encouraged to attend. Childcare for infants available upon request. Sign up online and encourage others to attend.

RSVP: 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 an evening of music and assorted foods including pancakes, bacon and sausage, the Rector’s Gumbo (four kinds: chicken, sausage, chicken & seafood, everything), vegetarian/vegan 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 online or at the Parish House Reception Desk. Volunteer online for setup and cleanup; decorations; cooking assistants; food and refreshment station servers; table hosts/runners; door greeters.

Got Realm? Realm, our parish online directory and community connection database, is a vital tool designed to strengthen connections among individuals, ministry teams, groups, guilds, and for special or emergency communications from the Parish House. It is safe, private, and secure, and also gives enhanced convenience to giving and financials. Upon login, check your settings to maximize the benefits intended by use of this new system. For more information or setup assistance, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141) or Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).

2018 Annual Fund Update and Appeal. 307 pledges totaling $917,214 have benefitted Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter’s as of Friday, February 2. Support from all 485 parish households will make it possible to reach the $1,000,000 in pledge income necessary to fund 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. The Treasurer, Wardens, and Rector are working to finalize a 2018 parish operating budget that will not reflect significant reductions in all areas. Consider making a first-time pledge or increasing your current pledge by at least $35 a month online or by contacting Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).

Youth Parent Social, February 11. All parents of youth, grades 6-12, are invited to a 4:00-8:00 p.m. Parent Social at the home of youth leader, Harris Holt and Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt (3334 Windsor Drive, 28203). Hosted by the Youth Advisory Team, this fellowship event will include a brief conversation with a rape crisis counselor (5:00-6:00 p.m.) about realities and prevention measures. Please bring an appetizer (6-person sharing size) while a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, beer, and wine will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, call or text Lyn Holt (704-763-3564,

Youth Winter Retreat at Blowing Rock, February 16-19. On Presidents’ Day weekend, parish youth, grades 6-12, will embark on a Winter Retreat at the Blowing Rock Conference Center. Travelers will depart from St. Peter’s on Friday at 6:45 p.m. and return at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Monday. This 2-½ day rest and relaxation getaway will include getting to know one another and more about God, a scavenger hunt, snow tubing, exploring the Blowing Rock area, and different types of worship, including a service at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church. $60 is the fee for this adventure in fellowship, fun, and spiritual exploration. Scholarships are available as needed. The fee or a deposit is due Sunday, February 11. For more information, contact Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt (704-763-3564,

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed. Are you a natural host or do you enjoy preparing goodies for a group of family or friends? 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 (

Join the Ushers The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is looking for more volunteers to serve on a once-monthly at the 8:00 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharist. If you are interested in this ministry please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

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).

Young Adults Events: February. All young adults are invited to consider Sunday and weekday formation (learning) offerings and, in addition to all parish events, several seasonal offerings: 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 email Jason Gingras ( or Mary Gotschall (

Chronic Care Support Group: First Fridays. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be March 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).

Parents Connect Social: Sunday, March 4. All parents of youth and children are invited to the Parents Connect Social on Sunday, March 4, 3:00-6:00 p.m. at a location soon to be announced. Please RSVP to Erin Chantry by February 18 and look for a Signup Genius in upcoming news. Children are most welcome at this event! (, 704-787-6812).

Parish Ministry Administration Contacts. In addition to the Clergy, Staff, and Parish House Volunteers, the Vestry and Treasurer serve in key leadership roles associated with our focus on God’s mission. Vestry Ministry Area Coordinators are Senior Warden/Administration, Bert Miano; Junior Warden/Property, Maria Long; Secretary/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.

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 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).

Social Justice Film Night, February 28, 6:00 p.m. St. Peter’s Social Justice Team presents a film night screening of “February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four,” Wednesday, February 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m. This documentary, a national PBS broadcast and 2004 Global Peace Film Festival award winner, tells the story of four young college freshmen who staged a sit-in at Woolworth’s in 1960 to protest segregation practices.

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 volunteer online.

Looking Ahead

Diocesan Absalom Jones Celebration, Saturday, February 10, 10:30 a.m., Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Greensboro. All invited to attend.

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.

Links Mentioned in this Week’s News

For many of the items you’ll read about in this week’s news, there’s more information available online.
Calendar of Worship, Programs and Events
Life at St. Peter’s Magazine
More Information about the Taizé Community
Worship at St. Peter’s
Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s
The Choir School at St. Peter’s – Serenade Gala
Donate to St. Peter’s
Register or Sign Up for Events
2018 Annual Fund
Make a Pledge
Volunteer to help with Shrove Tuesday Celebration
Pub Theology
The Senior Class
Young Adults on Facebook
Ministry Areas at St. Peter’s
St. Peter’s Servant Ministry Partners