This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, May 23

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 and Music at St. Peter’s
Learning for Adults, Youth, and Children
EfM at St. Martin’s: Click Education tab
Tickets to Parents Connect Program Luncheon at Loaves & Fishes
Life at St. Peter’s Magazine
St. Peter’s Servant Ministry Partners

Photos for Life at St. Peter’s publication. We are in the process of updating our Life at St. Peter’s publication for the upcoming seasons and are refreshing the photos. If either you or members of a ministry team on which you might serve have high resolution photos to submit for consideration, please send them electronically to Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh ( by Monday, May 28.

Parish Picnic, Sunday, June 3. The annual Parish Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 3 after the 10:45 a.m. service at Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Lane at Park Drive. We have reserved Shelter #1 (same as last year). The closest parking to the shelter is on Park Drive. Carpooling is encouraged. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. The parish will provide barbeque and drinks. Sign up to bring a dish or dessert to share or sign up to Volunteer. If you have any additional questions, please contact Logan Smith at (, 704-488-4436).

Worship and Music

Weekday Worship: Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist. In addition to worship on Sundays, Morning Prayer is offered Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel. This is a quiet 30-minute offering to start off the day. On Tuesdays at Noon, a 30-minute celebration of the Holy Eucharist is offered. Both are followed by fellowship time in the Parlor. Consider adding weekday worship to your journey and spread the word about these offerings.

Incense will be burned on Trinity Sunday. In keeping with the long-standing custom of the church, incense will be burned on May 27 at the 10:45 a.m. liturgy as part of our corporate worship. Those parishioners with allergies or respiratory issues are invited to attend some other service where incense will not be offered.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. 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 on June 17. Choral Evensong, offered most second and fourth Sundays between Fall and Spring, will resume in September. Visit Worship and Music on our website to learn more about these and all worship offerings.


Sunday Parish Hall Forum, 9:30 a.m. All adults are invited to presentations offered by the parish clergy, lay leaders, and guests: May 27, Conversation with the Clergy; June 3, Celebrating Life at St. Peter’s.

A Formation Invitation from St. Martin’s. St. Martin’s Episcopal Church invites St. Peter’s parishioners to participate in Education for Ministry (EfM) classes to begin in September. EfM is a study and reflection four-year program that one may take one year at a time. Over the four-year period, participants gain a better understanding of the Old and New Testaments, Church History, and Christian Ethics to prepare for lay ministry in congregations and the world. St. Martin’s will offer participants a choice of three different EfM sessions, each week: Tuesdays, 7:00–9:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.–Noon; and Wednesday, 7:00–9:30 p.m. The cost for the year is $375, and scholarships are available, if the cost is prohibitive. If you are interested, yellow forms are available in the St. Peter’s Parish House lobby or you may visit the “Education” tab at Registration forms must be received by the end of June. For more information, contact EfM mentor Father Armand LaVallee (704-573-0129) co-mentors Angie Forde (, Araminta Johnston (, or Paula Lombardi (

Community Life

Name Tag Button Requests at the Reception Desk. Congregational Development invites all who are present for worship, programs, and events on Sundays to wear a name tag, either a St. Peter’s pre-made button or a hand-written tag to be made in the Parish House lobby. Button sign-up is available in the Parish House lobby at the Reception Desk.

Social Justice Film and Discussion, May 30. Our Social Justice Team presents a screening of “Heroin(e)” on Wednesday, May 30, 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This Oscar-nominated film follows three women–a fire chief, a judge, and a street missionary–battling West Virginia’s devastating opioid epidemic. A guided discussion will follow the 40-minute documentary. Light refreshments will be available.

Parents Connect Program Luncheon, “Raising Children Who Care,” May 31. Before you load up the kids and rush off for summer vacation, consider this: Loaves & Fishes helped more than 75,000 people stave off hunger in 2017. Nearly half were children. July is the busiest month, with no free and reduced-price school meals. For our next Parents Connect gathering, please join us for an offsite Loaves & Fishes Program Luncheon on May 31 with Lois Brandt, author of children’s book Maddi’s Fridge. She will share how to talk to children about childhood hunger and poverty while instilling important lessons in empathy, friendship and helping others. The luncheon will be held at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Rd, Thursday, May 31, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at the Loaves & Fishes website.

Chronic Care Support Group. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be June 1, 11:00 a.m. The Clergy facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and those who are caregivers of family and friends.

Young Adults Fellowship. All young adults are invited to engage in weekly worship, learning, and fellowship offerings, in addition to seasonal offerings. For more information, email Jason Gingras ( or Mary Gotschall (

Senior Class Luncheon, June 16. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, June 16, 11:30 a.m. at a location to be announced. For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

Prayer Shawl Knitting Group Meets Monthly. This fellowship and pastoral care ministry circle meets every first and third Tuesday in the Parlor at St. Peter’s Parish House from 10:00–11:30 a.m. The Clergy, Pastoral Care Team, and Guild of the Christ Child share prayer shawls with parish adults, youth, and children on various occasions. For more information or to attend, contact Linda Smith (

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.

Outreach and Social Justice

Outreach Team Service Project in Early June. Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, a non-profit organization with a vision to “serve as the catalyst for systemic change to end homelessness in our community,” is renovating their 1210 North Tryon Street shelter this summer. While the renovation is underway, they have asked area churches to provide meals for their guests. The St. Peter’s Outreach Team has committed to providing dinner for 175 men on Saturday, June 9. We’re looking for cooks, help with food transfer, servers, and a clean-up crew. If you are interested in giving your time to this worthy cause, please contact Elsie Erneston (, 704-591-1754).

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 & 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

June 3, Second Sunday after Pentecost
Last Sunday of Spring Formation Classes for All Ages
Parish Picnic at Independence Park, 12:30–2:30 p.m.

June 10, Sunday, Third Sunday after Pentecost
Recognition of Graduates and High School Seniors
Choir School ensembles sing at 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist