This Week’s News

News – February 11, 2018

Bible Study, 6:30 p.m.

Shrove Tuesday Celebration, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday (Ash Wednesday)
Ash Wednesday Liturgies with Eucharist: 7:00 a.m., Noon, 7:00 p.m.
Sidewalk Ministry 8:00–8:45 a.m., 11:00–11:45 a.m., 1:00–1:45 p.m.
Room in the Inn, 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, The First Sunday in Lent
The Great Litany and Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow, 8:30 a.m.
Christian Formation for all Ages, 9:30 a.m.
The Great Litany and Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Taizé Holy Eucharist, 5:00 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
Center City Concerts

RSVP: Shrove Tuesday Festival, February 13: Tickets and Volunteers. Gather in the Parish Hall on the eve of Ash Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. for a grand evening of food 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.

Click Here to purchase your ticket now.

Volunteer online for setup and cleanup; decorations; cooking assistants; food and refreshment station servers; table hosts/runners; door greeters.

Ash Wednesday, February 14 begins a Holy Lent. The ashes imposed in the shape of a cross on the foreheads of adults, youth, and children come from the burning of the palms of a previous Palm Sunday. This significant day marks the first day of the 40 days of Lent, a six-week period (excluding Sundays) dedicated to prayer, fasting, and reflection in preparation for the great celebration of Christ’s Paschal Mystery in the Easter Triduum: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, The Great Vigil of Easter/The Day of Resurrection. Lent as a time to re-focus and to re-enter a place of truth; here, we find our true identity. St. Peter’s will offer ashes with the Holy Eucharist at 7:00 a.m., Noon, and 7:00 p.m. in the nave, and through our annual sidewalk ministry, Ashes-on-the-Go at 8:00–8:45 a.m., 11:00–11:45 a.m., and 1:00–1:45 p.m. Mark your calendar and bring others with you.

Consider St. Peter’s Lenten “Quiet Day” Retreat, Saturday, February 17. 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.

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 25, Burli Singers). On every third Sunday, such as February 18, 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.

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!


Adult Parish Hall Forum, Sunday, February 18, 25, March 4, 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; March 4, Social Justice: Opportunity Task Force Report.

Sunday Morning Bible Study for Adults. “Engaging Scripture: Liberating the Gospels” by Mary Lynn Sepkowitz will gather weekly through March 18 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.

“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: 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 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

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).

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).

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 the home of Sam and Laura Bowles, 855 Museum Drive Charlotte, NC 28207. 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).

2018 Annual Fund Update and Appeal. 309 pledges totaling $918,194 have benefitted Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter’s as of Friday, February 9. 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 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 (

Young Adults Fellowship. All young adults are invited to consider Sunday and weekday formation (learning) offerings and, in addition to all parish events, several seasonal offerings. 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).

Pub Theology: Second Thursdays. On Second Thursdays through 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 the topic and plans for March 8.

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).

Outreach and Social Justice

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 online.

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.

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).

Looking Ahead

February 19, Center City Concert, Elizabeth Lenti, organ, 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday Nights in Lent begin February 21, 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer in the Chapel followed by 6:00-7:15 p.m. clergy-led Formation Classes.

March 7, Lenten Concert,: L’Académie du Roi Soleil: Couperin’s “Leçons de Ténèbres” (“Lessons of Darkness”), music for viola da gamba, and vocalists, Margaret Carpenter Haigh and Molly Quinn, 7:00 p.m.