This Week’s News

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This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, March 7

Lenten Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor
Wednesday Nights in Lent, 6:00 p.m. “Lenten Spiritual Practices” in the Library
Lenten Concert: L’Académie du Roi Soleil: Couperin’s “Leçons de Ténèbres” (“Lessons of Darkness”), 7:00 p.m. in the Church

Pub Theology, 5:30 p.m., Offsite: Sir Edmond Halley’s

Sunday, The Fourth 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.
Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist (St. Peter’s Choir), 5:00 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
Lenten Concert: L’Academie du Roi Soleil
Gifts for Easter Flowers and Music
Worship at St. Peter’s
Learning for Adults, Youth, and Children
Lenten Enrichment Opportunities
Life at St. Peter’s Magazine
Learn more about Invite-Welcome-Connect Workshop
Register for Invite-Welcome-Connect Workshop
Women’s Eastertide Retreat with St. Martin’s
Loaves and Fishes
St. Peter’s Servant Ministry Partners

Room in the Inn at St. Peter’s Needs Your Help. Room in the Inn (RITI) is running extremely low on toothpaste and deodorant (men and women) and needs 12 of each of these, every week. More hand towels also would be helpful. Please leave your donations in the RITI basket located in the Parish House lobby. On each Wednesday evening through March, our parish participates in this Urban Ministry Center program by providing a warm, welcoming place where twelve neighbors share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall. For more information, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (, 205-222-7527).

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.

2018 Annual Fund Update. 313 pledges totaling $927,274 have benefitted Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter’s, as of Friday, March 2. Support from all 485 households and friends of the parish is appreciated to reach the $1,000,000 in pledges 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.

Worship and Music

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 with Holy Eucharist (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; the next will be April 15. Visit Worship and Music on our website to learn more.


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, online.

Sunday Parish Hall Forum, 9:30 a.m. All adults are invited to formation presentations offered by the parish clergy, lay leaders, and guests: March 11, Episcopal Aerobics: Praying with Your Whole Being; March 18, Unpacking the Holy Week Gospels; March 25, Adult Fellowship with the Clergy in the Parish House Lobby

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. 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: 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.

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.

Community Life

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.

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.

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).

Young Adults Fellowship. All young adults are invited to Sunday and weekday formation (learning) offerings and, in addition to all parish events, seasonal offerings. For more information email Jason Gingras ( or Mary Gotschall (

Chronic Care Support Group. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be April 6, 11:00 a.m. 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).

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).

Join the Hospitality Group. 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 (

Women’s Eastertide Retreat with St. Martin’s Charlotte, April 20–22. All women of St. Peter’s are invited to attend “Caregiving, Caregivers, and Faith,” an Eastertide retreat in collaboration with St. Martin’s Charlotte, at Valle Crucis Episcopal Conference Center in Western North Carolina. Learn more and register online by the April 1 deadline. For more information, contact St. Peter’s parishioner Clara Dodd (, 704-488-5035).

Outreach and Social Justice

Social Justice Film & Discussion, March 21. Our Social Justice Team presents a screening of “Shell Shocked: A New Orleans Documentary about Youth and Gun Violence,” 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the Nave. The film features ideas, opinions, and testimonies from activists, community leaders, police, city officials, youth program directors, family and friends of victims, and children. After the film, a brief conversation will be facilitated by special guests: Malcolm Graham, President of the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation and former state senator; and Billy Maddalon, former City Council member. 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. Find more information online or contact Loaves and Fishes Parish Coordinator, Lynn Lewis (, 704-332-4315) to learn more about our partnership.

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.

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.

High Sunday Brunch: Parish Community Fellowship, April 8, 12:30 p.m.