This Week’s News

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This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, March 14

Lenten Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel
Wednesday Nights in Lent, 6:00 p.m. “Making Meaning of the Cross” in the Parlor

Sunday, The Fifth 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.
Holy Eucharist with Music (modeled after Taizé, France), 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
Gifts for Easter Flowers and Music
Worship at St. Peter’s
Learning for Adults, Youth, and Children
Lenten Enrichment Opportunities
Easter Quiet Day Retreat
Women’s Eastertide Retreat with St. Martin’s
Life at St. Peter’s Magazine
High Sunday Brunch Reservations
High Sunday Brunch Volunteers
Loaves and Fishes
St. Peter’s Servant Ministry Partners

Baptism at St. Peter’s: 2018 Dates. If you or your child is interested in receiving the sacrament of Holy Baptism, registration is open for Saturday, March 31, The Great Vigil of Easter, 7:30 p.m.; May 20, The Day of Pentecost; May 27, Trinity Sunday; and November 4, All Saints’ Sunday. For more information, contact the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector (, 704-749-6150) or visit

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.

Lenten Stewardship: Time. Talent. Treasures. In concert with presence for worship and formation, serving through in-reach and outreach, and volunteerism with ministries and programs, financial pledges and contributions also are vital. As of March 9, pledges totaling $928,174 have benefitted this year’s operations, programs, administration, and outreach. Prayerfully consider making a first-time pledge, increasing your current pledge, or making a one-time contribution. If you are interested in offering time and talent, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141). 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 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 March 18. On most second and fourth Sundays, we offer the service of Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist; the next and last for Spring 2018 will be on April 22. Visit Worship and Music on our website to learn more.


Observing A Holy Lent. 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 18, Unpacking the Holy Week Gospels; March 25, Adult Fellowship with the Clergy in the Parish House Lobby; April 1, Easter Day, formation classes suspended; April 8, An Easter Conversation with the Clergy.

Sunday Morning Bible Study for Adults. “Engaging Scripture: Liberating the Gospels,” led by Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, will meet on 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: Last Class & New Class. John Frederick and Ruth Woodend are facilitating a Bible study on Mondays through March 19, 6:30–8:00 p.m., using Invitation to the Old Testament. April 9 marks the start of a new class for which participants will use Invitation to the New Testament, a $12.00 resource book. To register, contact Ruth Woodend (704-661-4687, or John Frederick (704-293-7800,

Wednesday Nights in Lent through 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 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.

St. Peter’s Easter “Quiet Day” Retreat, Saturday, April 14. Consider observing the Great 50 Days of Easter by participating in “Stillness in Center City,” an instructed time of quiet, exploration, and spiritual formation, on Saturday, April 14, 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s. Open to parishioners and the wider community. Register online on our website.

Women’s Eastertide Retreat with St. Martin’s Charlotte, April 20–22. All women of St. Peter’s are invited to “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 April 1. For more information, contact St. Peter’s parishioner Clara Dodd (, 704-488-5035).

St. Peter’s Winter-Spring 2018 Calendar of Worship, Programs, and Events. 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

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).

High Sunday Brunch, April 8. Celebrate Eastertide at a festive brunch in the Parish Hall on April 8 following the 10:45 a.m. service. The fare will be shrimp and grits and breakfast casserole with sides of asparagus, fresh fruit and biscuits, child-friendly foods, and a dessert table, in a setting of live music: $10/adults and youth 13 and older, $5/children 6-12, $35/household maximum, higher prices on April 8. Volunteers are welcome: see the link digest above. Purchase tickets online or at the Parish House Reception Desk by Noon on Wednesday, April 4.

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).

Flower Guild and Ushers: Call for Volunteers. Our Flower Guild and Usher ministries need more volunteers to serve and could benefit from your service. If you are interested and want to learn more, 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 (

Outreach and Social Justice

Room in the Inn at St. Peter’s Needs Your Help. Room in the Inn (RITI) needs more tubes of toothpaste and deodorant (men and women), 12 of each of per week. Hand towels also would be helpful donations to the RITI basket located in the Parish House lobby. On Wednesdays through March 28, our parish provides 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).

Loaves and Fishes Collections at St. Peter’s. Our Servant Ministry Partner benefits from non-perishable donations to the big red barrels located adjacent to the entrance to the Chapel. Find more information online or contact Loaves and Fishes Parish Coordinator, Lynn Lewis (, 704-332-4315).

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 and Eastertide at St. Peter’s, March 25–April 1.
Sunday, March 25 – The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., The Liturgy of the Palms and Reading of the Passion Gospel, with Holy Communion.

March 29, Maundy Thursday
Holy Eucharist and Mandatum, 7:00 p.m.

March 30, Good Friday
Solemn Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m.
Individual Sacrament of Reconciliation (Private Confessions) in the Church, 8:30–10:30 a.m.
Good Friday Liturgy and Veneration of the Cross, Communion from the Reserved Sacrament, 12:00–3:00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross, 3:15–4:00 p.m.

March 31, Holy Saturday
The Great Vigil of Easter, 7:30 p.m.

April 1, Sunday, The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day
Holy Eucharist: 7:30 a.m. (Rite I), 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m.

April 8, Sunday, Second Sunday of Easter
Parish Hall Forum: “An Easter Conversation with the Clergy” 9:30–10:30 a.m.
High Sunday Brunch, 12:30–2:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer with Holy Eucharist, 5:00 p.m.