This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, July 18

July 19, Thursday
Requiem Eucharist for Cassandra Elizabeth Shuford, 11 a.m.

July 22, Sunday, Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Parents Connect Summer Breakfast, 9:15 a.m. (Panera Bread, Myers Park)
Recapping General Convention, 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.

July 24, Tuesday
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 12:00 p.m.

Life at St. Peter’s Summer 2018 Worship, Programs, and Events Calendar. This parish life resource of offerings for the remainder of June, July, and August is now available online by clicking here. Printed versions are also available in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Summer Parish House Hours. Through August 20, the Parish House is closed on Mondays. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For hospital or pastoral emergencies concerning a member, or facilities management emergency matters, contact the Clergy On Call at 704-749-6175, and leave a detailed message. On Mondays, clergy and staff members may be reached via email. Morning Prayer continues as scheduled, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

Holy Faces Needed for Parish Photo Directory. Our whole parish community benefits from connecting names with faces through pictures of individuals and households in Realm. Log on to Realm and upload an image (casual or formal) and other key information. If you have questions about this or other Realm matters, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

Worship and Music

Observing Weekly Worship at St. Peter’s. St. Peter’s takes the holy habit of daily prayer seriously by providing weekday worship opportunities in the morning and evening: Sunday, Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., plus every third Sunday at 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Holy Eucharist, Noon; Monday–Friday, Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m. On Sundays, the Infant and Toddler Center hours are 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Spread the word and invite others to worship with us.

Donating Altar Flowers and Eucharistic Supplies. To honor or remember the life of loved ones or celebrate special occasions, you may donate to the Altar flowers and Eucharistic supplies fund. Altar flowers (two arrangements) are $150 per Sunday and Eucharistic supplies (bread, wine) are $30 for one month or $15 for two Sundays. Donate Altar flowers or Eucharistic supplies onlineor contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).

Hearing Assistance Available. We are excited to announce that St. Peter’s is now equipped with a hearing assistance system. The wireless system is designed to help individuals needing auditory assistance to overcome background noise, reverberation, and distance from the sound source. Individuals can use personal receivers anywhere within the Nave to hear crystal-clear sound directly from the sound source. The single headphone is looped over an ear and volume is adjusted on the receiver. Telecoil / T-loop connectivity is currently pending. Please contact Brian Whitley, Facilities Manager, for a personal receiver on Sunday mornings.


Recapping General Convention On Sunday, July 22 at 9:30 a.m., join the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce in the Parlor for an informal conversation recapping the recent 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church which took place in Austin, Texas.

Sunday Conversations with the Clergy, July 29. The Clergy will host an intergenerational conversation class in the Community Room from 9:30–10:15 a.m. on select summer Sundays: July 29 and August 12. Classes will be offered in a unique setting for adults, youth, and children beyond nursery age to gather comfortably together. Nursery Center Hours: 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Spread the word. Come one and all.

Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day, Saturday, August 11. Liturgical ministers and volunteers will gather Saturday, August 11, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. for a retreat and training day. This retreat is for long-time volunteers, those who are new to a ministry, those who wish to be trained, or those who simply want to learn more. Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Welcome Hosts, and Healing Ministers are encouraged to attend. The day will begin with fellowship and coffee at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by a plenary at 9:30 a.m., and breakout trainings for each group. Eucharistic Visitors and Altar Guild volunteers routinely schedule separate trainings. For more information, contact the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector (, 704-749-6150).

Community Life

Planning an Event at St. Peter’s? Here’s what we need from you! St. Peter’s holds a number of events each year that enrich the lives of our community. We want to continue doing so, but can only help if setup details are submitted five days prior to the event date (any later than this will result in self-setup and possibly event cancellation). If you are considering the use of space at St. Peter’s, please contact Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate, (, 704-749-6141).

Summer Sunday Coffee Hour. A note from our Coffee Hour Baristas regarding Summer Coffee Hour: We love serving you after the 10:45 a.m. service, but due to our summer vacations, we will be providing only coffee, lemonade, and water for the next few weeks. We will be back in action with refreshments beginning August 26. As always, we welcome food offerings from parishioners throughout the year, and summer is no exception. Just drop them by the break room before the service.

Pastoral Care: Sharing and Responding to Concerns. To alert the clergy regarding a pastoral concern, telephone the Parish House during office hours (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) and after-hours, dial the Clergy On Call Phone at 704-749-6175 for pastoral emergencies such as hospitalizations. This protocol is the best way to communicate pastoral needs and ensure a response from a member of the clergy or pastoral care team.

Reservations Open for Parish Retreat, September 14–16. Plans are underway for this year’s parish retreat to Kanuga Episcopal Conference & Retreat Center in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Reservations are now open in Realm and more details will be released soon by the Retreat Design Team. You may also give to the Parish Retreat Fund, which provides scholarships for fellow parishioners and offsets general expenses.

Parents Connect Summer Breakfasts. During the summer months through August 19, all parents and their families are invited to gather at Panera Bread, 601 Providence Road, for fellowship and breakfast on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. Please join the Parents Connect leaders for this fun and easy opportunity to stay connected.

Pet Grief Support Group, August 16. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, August 16 (and every second Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. For more information, contact Wes Sturgis (, 704-621-8613).

Senior Class Luncheon, August 21. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, August 21, 11:30 a.m. at a location that will soon be announced. For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

St. Luke’s Guild (formerly Chronic Care Support Group), August 3. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, August 3, 11:00 a.m. The Clergy and parishioner Dan Busch, LCSW, facilitate this 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 (, 917-679-7285).

Outreach and Social Justice

Pride at St. Peter’s, August 18 and 19. The St. Peter’s Pride Team has been hard at work preparing for our congregation’s participation in Charlotte Pride. Our theme this year is “Love is the Way,” inspired by our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. We hope you will help us welcome and connect with our neighbors at this event and help us share the Jesus Movement with our community. As in past years, we will provide hospitality to parade marchers and viewers on the church lawn and host a potluck lunch in the community room following the parade on Sunday, August 19.

New this year, St. Peter’s will also have a booth in the festival on Saturday and Sunday. The booth will be an opportunity to welcome and connect with our neighbors. If you would like to be an ambassador for St. Peter’s at the booth, march in the parade, or help provide hospitality, please fill out this form.

St. Peter’s Pride Team Meetings The Pride Team at St. Peter’s is hosting several meetings to organize the volunteer effort for our participation in Charlotte Pride. We will meet two more times before Pride weekend. All are welcome to join us.
Wednesday, July 25 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 9 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Summer Food Drive for Loaves and Fishes. During the month of July, St. Peter’s children will be collecting non-perishable items to raise awareness for childhood hunger and to support Loaves & Fishes. Non-perishable donations may be made 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. Our 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.

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Looking Ahead

July 25, St. Peter’s SJC Pride Team Meeting.
August 7, Organ Recital, Darin Kennedy.
August 11, Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training.
August 12, Kanuga Brunch Fundraiser.
August 12, Charlotte Pride Interfaith Service, St. John’s Baptist, Hawthorne Lane
August 19, Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Uptown Charlotte.
August 21, Senior Class Luncheon