This Week’s News

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This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, February 28

Lenten Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor
Social Justice Film, 6:00 p.m. in the Church, “February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four,”
Wednesday Nights in Lent, 6:00 p.m. “Forgiveness and Reconciliation” Class attends Social Justice Film.

Sunday, The Third Sunday in Lent
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow, 8:30 a.m.
Christian Formation for all Ages, 9:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Young Adults Brunch, 12:30 p.m.
Parents Connect Social, 3:00–6:00 p.m.

Bible Study, 6:30 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
Learning for Adults, Youth, and Children
Lenten Concert: L’Academie du Roi Soleil
Gifts for Easter Flowers and Music
Worship at St. Peter’s
Life at St. Peter’s Magazine
Learn more about Invite Welcome Connect Workshop
Register for Invite Welcome Connect Workshop
Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter’s
St. Peter’s Servant Ministry Partners

Wednesday Night: Social Justice Film & Discussion, 6:00 p.m. Our Social Justice Team presents a screening of “February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four,” 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Nave. This documentary recounts the story of how four college freshmen changed the course of American history, beginning with the lunch counter sit-ins at Greensboro’s Woolworth department store in 1960. After the film, a brief conversation will be facilitated. Light refreshments will be available.

Loaves and Fishes Collections at St. Peter’s.  Loaves and Fishes provides groceries to over 100,000 individuals and families in the Charlotte region who are in a short-term crisis. You can serve others through this parish Servant Ministry Partner by offering non-perishable donations to the collection bins located adjacent to the entrance to the Chapel. When grocery shopping or in your pantry, please remember our big red barrels, ready to receive on Sundays and weekdays. Visit or contact Loaves and Fishes Parish Coordinator, Lynn Lewis (, 704-332-4315) to learn more about our partnership.

Lenten Enrichment Opportunities and Resources. The forty-day season of Lent invites us to take on and give up things that might create more space to deepen relationships with God and God’s Church and to increase our faith. Check out St. Peter’s 2018 Lenten Enrichment Opportunities and Resources including Wednesday Evening Prayer and Formation Classes.

Worship and Music

Lenten Concert, Wednesday, March 7. Mark your calendar for March 7 at 7:00 p.m., spread the word, and bring guests for an extraordinary artistic offering for the season by L’Académie du Roi Soleil. Couperin’s Leçons de ténèbres pour le mercredi saint (1714) a setting of verses from the Lamentations of Jeremiah composed for the liturgies of Holy Week at the Abbaye royale de Longchamp. Two soprano voices (Margaret Carpenter Haigh and Hannah De Priest) sing both as soloists and in duet accompanied by Nicolas Haigh (organ) and David Bevan Ellis (viola da gamba). Learn more about this ensemble online.

Easter Flowers and Music Gifts. Special contributions in memory or honor of loved ones help to fund the beautiful flowers and glorious music for Eastertide observances, beginning with The Great Vigil of Easter on March 31. For names to be printed in the worship service leaflets, the deadline is Sunday, March 25. Envelopes are available in the public spaces at St. Peter’s; indicate “Easter Flowers and Music” on checks. You may also make arrangements online or contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. At 5:00 p.m., on most second and fourth Sundays through April 22, we offer the service of Choral Evensong (March 11, St. Peter’s Choir). 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. Visit Worship and Music on our website to learn more.


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.

Invite-Welcome-Connect Workshop, Saturday, March 10. At Chapel of Christ the King, 425 E. 17th Street in NoDa, the Reverend Rhonda Lee, Diocesan Regional Canon, will host a 9:00 a.m. until Noon session to learn more about this congregational development ministry that equips and empowers clergy and lay leaders to cultivate intentional practices of evangelism, hospitality, and connectedness rooted in the Gospel. Learn more and register online.

Sunday Parish Hall Forum, 9:30 a.m. All adults are invited to weekly formation presentations offered by the parish clergy, lay leaders, and guests: March 4, Social Justice: Opportunity Task Force Report; March 11, Episcopal Aerobics: Praying with Your Whole Being; March 18, Unpacking the Holy Week Gospels.

Sunday Morning Bible Study for Adults. “Engaging Scripture: Liberating the Gospels,” led by Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, will reconvene on March 11 and March 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room, across from the Community Room and Parish Hall. There will be no session on March 4. Participants are invited to bring a personal study Bible or may use one available at St. Peter’s. No registration is required.

Monday Night Bible Study. John Frederick and Ruth Woodend are facilitating a weekly Bible study at St. Peter’s on Mondays through March 19, 6:30–8:00 p.m., using Invitation to the Old Testament, a resource book of the Disciple Short-term Series. To attend or for more information, contact Ruth Woodend (704-661-4687, or John Frederick (704-293-7800,

Wednesday Nights in Lent, February 21–March 21. During Lent, 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer is offered followed by 6:00-7:15 p.m. Formation Classes led by Parish Clergy: February 28, Forgiveness and Reconciliation (Class will attend 6:00 p.m. Social Justice Film); March 7, Lenten Spiritual Disciplines; March 14, Making Meaning of the Cross; March 21, Unpacking the Triduum: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter. For class locations, inquire upon arrival to the Parish House.

Community Life

Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter’s.  313 pledges totaling $927,274 have benefitted our 2018 Annual Fund as of Friday, February 23. The Vestry and Stewardship Team are seeking support from all 485 parish households to reach the $1,000,000 in pledge or contributions necessary to adequately fund the overall expenses associated with the operations, programs, administration, and outreach of our parish. Consider making a first-time pledge, increasing your current pledge, or making a one-time contribution online or by contacting Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142). Learn more online.

Young Adults Fellowship: First Sunday Brunch, March 4. All young adults are invited to Sunday and weekday formation (learning) offerings and, in addition to all parish events, seasonal offerings, like the First Sunday Brunch, March 4, 12:30 p.m. at 204 North Kitchen (North Tryon Street near St. Peter’s) and Pub Theology on March 8. For more information email Jason Gingras ( or Mary Gotschall (

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 Laura and Sam Bowles, 855 Museum Drive, Charlotte, 28207. Please RSVP to Erin Chantry. Children are most welcome at this event! (, 704-787-6812).

Chronic Care Support Group, March 2. 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, March 8. On Second Thursdays through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On March 8, the Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest, will facilitate “Exploring Lenten Spiritual Practices” at Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse in Park Road Shopping Center. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual, drop-in, holy conversation events.

Senior Class Luncheon, March 20. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, March 20, 11:30 a.m. at Carolina Prime Steakhouse located at 225 E. Woodlawn Road. 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).

Join the Flower Guild. The St. Peter’s Flower Guild is looking for more volunteers to serve as a once-monthly flower volunteer. For more information, and if you are interested in this ministry please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

Outreach and Social Justice

Volunteer through 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 and pick up a copy of a Servant Ministry through St. Peter’s resource from the public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Room in the Inn Supplies Needed. On each Wednesday evening 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. On an ongoing basis, we need help with stocking our supply closet with toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant (men and women)‎. Donations such as socks, hand-warmers, and bus passes also are welcome. The RITI donation basket is located in the Parish House lobby. For more information, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (, 205-222-7527).

Looking Ahead

Holy Week–Easter Day at St. Peter’s, March 25–April 1. Mark your household calendars for the events of The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, The Great Vigil of Easter, and The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day.
Room in the Inn, December-March season at St. Peter’s ends on March 28.
High Sunday Brunch: Parish Community Fellowship, April 8, 12:30 p.m.