This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, April 11


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
Worship at St. Peter’s
Baptism at St. Peter’s
Sign Up For Events at St. Peter’s
Learning for Adults, Youth, and Children
Life at St. Peter’s Magazine
St. Peter’s Servant Ministry Partners

Newcomers’ Coffee, Sunday, April 15. All who are new (or new-ish) to the parish and want to get acquainted with other newcomers, members, and the clergy are invited to a time of fellowship and community-building in the Parlor from 9:30–10:30 a.m. RSVP to Congregational Development Team Leader, Tony Craghead ( or with any questions, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh at (, 704-749-6141).

Got Realm? “Realm” serves as St. Peter’s central online tool for parishioners to build community and communicate with one another, upload a self or household photo image to connect by face, register for a special event, schedule a ministry team meeting, and maintain key confidential information used by the Parish Administrative Offices. Please visit to update your profile and giving details, upload an image, and much more. Questions? Contact Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate (, 704-749-6141).

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.

Worship and Music

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 April 15. On most second and fourth Sundays, we offer the service of Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist: April 22 will mark the last service for Spring 2018. Visit Worship and Music on our website to learn more.

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 see details online.


Sunday Parish Hall Forum, 9:30 a.m. All adults are invited to presentations offered by the parish clergy, lay leaders, and guests: April 15, Reflecting on Current Events; April 22, Invite, Welcome, Connect: Newcomer Ministry with the Congregational Development Team; April 29, Liturgy and Music, Part I; May 6, Liturgy and Music, Part II.

Monday Night Bible Study: New Class Underway. April 9 marked the start of a new weekly class facilitated by John Frederick and Ruth Woodend, 6:30–8:00 p.m. in the Library, 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,

The Eastertide Quiet Day, originally publicized for Saturday, April 14, will not take place. Those who had registered online should have been notified by email. Watch for information about a retreat to be offered in the season of Pentecost.

Catechesis Solemn Communion Retreat for Children, April 21. All children are invited to join Director of Youth Formation, Anna Hurdle, Atria Catechists, and Parish Clergy in exploring the sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Baptism, and Holy Eucharist on Saturday, April 21, 9:30 a.m–4:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s. This annual experience is designed for children ages seven and older. The $20 suggested registration fee includes lunch and snacks. Parents should contact Anna Hurdle ( to register by Sunday, April 15.

Invitation to Households with Children: Discover The Choir School. On Sunday, April 22, St. Peter’s households with children are invited to a special opportunity to experience the Choir School. The Boys and Girls Tour Choirs will sing for the 10:45 a.m. service. After the service, prospective choristers and their families are invited to lunch in the Parish Hall, followed by an opportunity to do some singing with the Tour Choirs, and an informational meeting for parents. The Choir School is currently recruiting boys and girls in grades 1–4. For more information and to RSVP for lunch, contact Kay Johnson (, 704-749-6146).

Community Life

Your Gift of Time, Talent, and Treasures. Together with presence for worship and formation, serving through in-reach and outreach, and volunteerism with ministries and programs, pledges and contributions also are vital. All financial giving benefits current year 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, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141). Learn more online.

Pub Theology, April 12. On Second Thursdays through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On April 12, the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector, will facilitate “Encountering the Resurrected Christ” 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, April 17. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, April 17, 11:30 a.m. at Fran’s Filling Station, 2410 Park Road across from the offices of the American Red Cross. For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

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 May 4, 11:00 a.m. The Clergy facilitate this pastoral care fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and those who are caregivers of family and friends. To learn more, contact the Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest (, 704-332-7746 x355).

Outreach and Social Justice

Social Justice Film & Discussion, April 25. Our Social Justice Team presents a screening of “Made in L.A.,” 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the Nave. This documentary follows what PBS describes as “the remarkable journey of three Latina immigrants working in L.A.’s garment factories and their struggle for self-empowerment as they wage a three-year battle to bring a major clothing retailer to the negotiating table.” After the film, a brief conversation will be facilitated. Light refreshments will be available.

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

April 22, Fourth Sunday of Easter
Solemn Communion for Children, 10:45 a.m.
Discover the Choir School, The Boys and Girls Tour Choirs, 10:45am
Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist (St. Peter’s Choir), 5:00 pm (Last Evensong Spring 2018)

April 23, Monday
Center City Concert: John Fadial, violin, and Andrew Harley, piano, 12:00 p.m.

May 10, Thursday
Holy Eucharist: The Feast of the Ascension, 6:00 p.m.

May 11–12, Friday-Saturday
Choir School Spring Concerts, 7:30 p.m.

May 19, Saturday
Pentecost Retreat: Stillness in Center City, 8:30 a.m.

May 20, Sunday, The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday
Festive Parish Community Potluck, 12:30 p.m.