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This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, March 21

Lenten Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m. in the Library
Wednesday Nights in Lent, 6:00 p.m. “Unpacking the Triduum: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter” in the Library
Social Justice Film, 6:00 p.m. in the Church, “Shell Shocked: A New Orleans Documentary about Youth and Gun Violence” in the Church
The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, The Liturgy of the Palms and Reading of the Passion Gospel, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow, 8:30 a.m.
Adult Fellowship with the Clergy in the Parish House Lobby, 9:30 a.m.
Christian Formation for Youth and Children, 9:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, The Liturgy of the Palms and Chanting of the Passion Gospel, 10:45 a.m.
Evening Prayer with Holy Eucharist, 5:00 p.m.

Holy Monday – Wednesday
Morning Prayer in the Chapel, 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Holy Tuesday
Solemn Holy Eucharist, Noon

Maundy Thursday
Morning Prayer in the Chapel, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist and Mandatum includes foot-washing; the stripping, washing, and anointing of the altar; and procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Chapel for an Overnight Prayer Watch, 7:00 p.m.
Overnight Prayer Watch in the Chapel, 9:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. Good Friday

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, includes organ and choral music, the Passion narrative, a homily, and meditations by the clergy, 12:00–3:00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross for all ages, 3:15–4:00 p.m.

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

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.

Read and download Holy Week – Easter: Practices Rooted in Ancient Tradition

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
March for Our Lives
St. Peter’s Servant Ministry Partners
Loaves and Fishes

Wednesday Tonight: Social Justice Film & Discussion. 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.

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 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

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 16, 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 most second and fourth Sundays, we offer the service of Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist: Evening Prayer with Holy Eucharist, March 25 and April 8; Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist, April 22. 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.


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 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; April 15, Reflecting on Current Events.

Monday Night Bible Study: Last Class & New Class. April 9 marks the start of a new weekly class facilitated by John Frederick and Ruth Woodend, 6:30–8:00 p.m., using 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 culminates Tonight. After 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer in the Library, the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector, will facilitate Unpacking the Triduum: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter. All are welcome.

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

Help Us Stay Organized and Connected: Update your Realm Profile! St. Peter’s Parish Administrative Offices can stay best organized when your information is current in the parish database. When you have moments in the coming weeks, please visit to update your profile and giving details. While you are at it, please upload an image of yourself so that we can stay better connected to one another. If you have questions about your Realm profile or how to get started, call or email Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate (, 704-749-6141).

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.

Senior Class Luncheon, April 17. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, April 17, 11:30 a.m. at a location to be announced soon. 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).

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

Minute for Ministry: March 21 Social Justice Film and March 24 March for Our Lives. Read an open letter from Social Justice Team Member, Susan Campbell.

March for Our Lives, Saturday March 24. “March for Our Lives” is an opportunity for children and families to take to the streets to demand an end to mass shootings and gun violence in schools. The main event is slated for noon in Washington, D.C., and there are sister marches planned all over the world, including several in the Charlotte area. Organized by the students who survived the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, marchers are calling for legislation that would 1) ban the sale of assault rifles like the ones used in the massacres in Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Orlando, Aurora, Newtown, and most recently in Parkland; 2) prohibit the sale of high capacity magazines or “bump stocks”; and 3) close loopholes that allow dangerous people to obtain guns online or at gun shows. The Charlotte event is planned to begin at 11:00 a.m. at First Ward Park. Other local gatherings and rallies listed on the March for Our Lives website include a 10:00 a.m. gathering at the YMCA Teen Center in Hickory, N.C., and a rally at Mooresville High School at 5:30 p.m.

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 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).

Looking Ahead

April 8, 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.

April 22, Fourth Sunday of Easter
Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist (St. Peter’s Choir), 5:00 pm (Last Evensong Spring 2018)