This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, August 22

August 22, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman, 12:00 p.m. (Tower Room)

August 26, Sunday, Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
“Holy Chow” Breakfast begins, weekly thru December 16 (Community Room) 8:30—9:25 a.m.
Formation for all ages resumes
All Formation Celebration in the Parish Hall: Adults, Children, and Youth, 9:30 a.m.
(Becoming Episcopalian Class to meet in the Parish Hall, 9:30 a.m.)
Parents Connect Fellowship, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (Parents Connect Room, formerly 2nd Floor Conference Room)
Journey to Adulthood (Classrooms) & Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30—10:30 a.m.
Blessing of the Backpacks, 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Social Justice Racial Reconciliation Circle Meeting, 12:15 p.m. (Parlor)
Dinner Groups Kick-off Potluck, 12:30 p.m. (Parish Hall)

August 27, Monday
Rehearsals resume for The Choir School at St. Peter’s

August 28, Tuesday
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 12:00 p.m., followed by fellowship in the Parlor
Book Study with Paul Hanneman, “Putting on the Mind of Christ” by Jim Marion, 6:30 p.m.

Fall 2018 St. Peter’s Calendar Beginning this Sunday, August 26, the Fall 2018 St. Peter’s calendar with all programs, formation, fellowship and other opportunities will be available on the website and in all public spaces.
Kanuga Parish Retreat, September 14–16. The deadline to register for Kanuga was August 13–you have waited long enough! Plans are underway for this year’s parish retreat to Kanuga Episcopal Conference & Retreat Center in the mountains of Western North Carolina. You can still register directly through this link: You may also give to the Parish Retreat Fund, which provides scholarships for fellow parishioners and offsets general expenses. St. Peter’s Kanuga weekend will not be what it should be without you.

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. Please visit the Reception Desk for a personal receiver on Sunday mornings.

Prayer at St. Peter’s: Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer Group, September 11. Please join us in the Chapel from 10:45–11:45 a.m. on Tuesday mornings, beginning September 11, for a quiet time of intercession and contemplative prayer. If you are unable to be physically present, covenant with us to join in prayer at that time, wherever you may be. “If you are seeking after God, you may be sure of this: God is seeking you much more.” – St. John of the Cross For more information, please contact Judith Johnson (, 704-596-6167) or Ruth Woodend (


St. Peter’s Fall Formation Kick-off and Celebration, August 26. On Sunday, August 26 parishioners of all ages, adults, children, and youth, will gather in the Parish Hall at 9:30 a.m. with the St. Peter’s Choir for a Formation Kick-off and Celebration before gathering in their respective classrooms. Please join us as we celebrate the return of Holy Chow, all Formation, and our regular Sunday schedule.

Parents Connect Sunday Gatherings. Beginning August 26, on Sundays during the 9:30 a.m. formation hour, parents are invited to gather for fellowship in the new Parents Connect Room (formerly the 2nd Floor Conference Room beside the elevator and Parish Hall). On first Sundays of the month, parents will gather in the Parents Connect Room for formation and discussion. Come see the new space on August 26.

Blessing of the Backpacks, August 26. All children, youth, teachers, and others engaged in education are invited to bring backpacks to the August 26, 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist for the annual Blessing of the Backpacks. Backpacks will be blessed during the Peace as we pray for all those beginning another year of school.

Registration Open for “Becoming Episcopalian” Inquirers/Confirmation Class, August 26–October 28. In preparation for the official visitation of Bishop Suffragan, the Right Reverend Anne Hodges-Copple, on Sunday, October 28, a 10-week “Becoming Episcopalian” class will be led by a team of clergy and lay leaders. Classes will be offered weekly on Sundays, August 26 through October 28, 9:30–10:30 a.m. All adult non-members and members who wish to learn more about, have a refresher, or reaffirm their faith as Episcopalians; who are not confirmed Episcopalians; or who wish to be received into the Episcopal Church from another Christian tradition are eligible to attend this class series. Bishop Hodges-Copple will administer confirmations, receptions, and reaffirmations. Register online by Today: Wednesday, August 22. For more information before or after registration, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

Mystical Food for Thought, September 12. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime. This group normally meets on second and fourth Wednesdays at Noon in the St. Peter’s Library to read and discuss the Christian mystics. Bring lunch if you like for this one-hour session. For more information, contact Formation Partner, the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman (, 704-749-6143).

Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, August 28–February 12. In “Putting on the Mind of Christ,” Jim Marion maps the nine stages of consciousness through which the Christian grows toward full spiritual maturity. Paul Hanneman invites you to join him in reading this powerful book in a deliberate, contemplative manner on second and fourth Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning on August 28 at St. Peter’s. To register, please contact Dr. Hanneman (

Monday Evening Bible Study, September 10. A Monday evening Bible Study, led by Ruth Woodend and John Frederick, will begin on September 10, 6:30–8:00 p.m. in the library. For seven weeks, participants will study biblical parables. The parables of Jesus intend to draw us in to see and hear the Gospel message in a new way, a way that challenges our perspective and might change our hearts. Participants will use The Kerygma Program “Parables – Stories for Life in God’s World.” The resource book is available for $16 at the first session. Scholarships are available. Register by contacting Ruth Woodend (,704-661-4687) or John Frederick (, 704-293-7800).

Community Life

Dinner Groups at St. Peter’s. The St. Peter’s fellowship team is excited to announce Fall Dinner Groups to begin in September. A tradition at St. Peter’s for many years, Dinner Groups are an opportunity for parishioners to gather in each other’s homes, to build lasting connections, and to enjoy fellowship with one another. Send an email to John Hoke, ( with your name, address, number of participants, with children or adults only, and if you are available to host in your home. Dinner groups are typically 8 adults or 2–3 families. For all interested in participating, please bring a dish to share on Sunday, August 26 for a potluck lunch to learn more about this low stress fellowship opportunity and to meet your group.

Holy Chow Breakfast Resumes August 26. On Sundays, 8:30–9:25 a.m., enjoy fellowship at Holy Chow, a hearty breakfast in the Community Room on the second floor of the Parish House, before Christian Formation classes begin at 9:30 a.m. Join all ages of parishioners for one of the best breakfasts in Charlotte. The cost for this great connection-making opportunity is $4 per person or a maximum of $15 per household.

Bring Kanuga Brunch to your House! The Kanuga team has baked and frozen dozens of quiches so that, for $12, you can have brunch at home and support the Kanuga scholarship fund, which has committed to helping nearly a dozen parishioners attend the retreat. A diverse parish demands a diversity of quiches, and we have options including ham and cheddar; ham, spinach, and mozzarella; sausage, onion, and cheddar; and spinach, mushroom, and mozzarella. So, come to the Kanuga table in the lobby anytime from 9:00 a.m. to after the 10:45 a.m. service, contribute to a great cause, and take home the star of a great Sunday brunch.

Hospitality Volunteers. Calling all Foodies! We have several openings in two of our beloved ministries: Holy Chow is looking for team members to serve breakfast on the second and fourth Sundays, as well as someone to assist with coordinating the teams. For more details, please contact Tate Sterrett ( or Christa Lineberger (
Coffee Hour is need of several volunteers to serve first Sundays, either monthly or every other month. Our baristas provide refreshments and a warm welcome after our 10:45 service. Please contact Kristine Reid ( for more information or to join this ministry.

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. (If we are able to accommodate late requests, the event organizer must be responsible for event setup and cleanup.) If you are considering the use of space at St. Peter’s, please contact Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate, (, 704-749-6141).

Join the Ushers. The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is looking for more volunteers to serve on a once-monthly basis at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharists. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

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.

Young Adults of St Peter’s, have you ever been to the Yiasou Greek Festival? Here is your opportunity to experience some wonderful Greek food, exhibits, and entertainment at Charlotte’s biggest Greek festival. We will be meeting at the back of the sanctuary after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy on Sunday, September 9. We have some free tickets available so reserve your spot today by sending an email to Jason Gingras at (

Pet Grief Support Group, September 13. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, September 13 (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, September 18. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, September 18, 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).

Social Justice Film and Discussion (Uptown Library), August 29. Our Social Justice Ministry Team presents a screening of “Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America,” an award-winning 2016 documentary about Moises Serrano, who grew up queer and undocumented in Yadkinville, North Carolina. Serrano’s journey illustrates the intersection of queer and immigrant issues, highlighting the challenges facing LGBT people growing up in the rural South, where racism and homophobia are not uncommon. On Wednesday, August 29, 6:00–8:00 p.m., we will gather at the main uptown Library (Francis Auditorium, 301 N. Tryon St.) from 6:00–8:00 p.m. Please be sure to validate your parking ticket at St. Peter’s before heading over to the Library.

Prayer Shawl Knitting Group Meets Monthly. This fellowship and pastoral care ministry circle will resume meetings on Tuesday, September 4 and will meet 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. Luke’s Guild (formerly Chronic Care Support Group), September 7. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, September 7, 11:00 a.m. The Clergy and parishioner Dan Busch, LCSW (retired), 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

Social Justice Racial Reconciliation Circle Meeting, August 26. Those interested in activities of the Social Justice Ministry Team focused on Racial Reconciliation are invited to join Gwen High and Jeanne Agan immediately after the 10:45 am service on Sunday, August 26 in the Parlor—right outside the Chapel—for program updates and group discussion. To help plan for refreshments, please email Gwen High ( if you are interested in attending.

Social Justice Voting Rights Initiative and Education. The St. Peter’s Social Justice Ministry Team is asking all to consider a prominent Christian pastor’s warning about voter suppression. In an article on the St. Peter’s website, the Social Justice Ministry Team explains voter suppression and the Christian call to assist vulnerable voters. This non-partisan Christian initiative is a call to further education and assisting everyone in their rights as voters. If you are interested in learning more about this initiative, read more here.

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.

Looking Ahead

August 26, St. Peter’s Fall Formation Kick-off and Celebration.
August 26, Blessing of the Backpacks at the 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist.
August 26, Social Justice Racial Reconciliation Circle Meeting, 12:15 p.m., Parlor.
August 28, Book Study with Paul Hanneman, “Putting on the Mind of Christ” by Jim Marion.
August 29, Social Justice Film & Discussion, “Forbidden”.
August 31 – September 3: Youth Beach Retreat
September 3: Parish offices closed in observance of Labor Day holiday.
September 7: St. Luke’s Guild (formerly Chronic Care Support Group).
September 9: Center City Concert Season Kickoff and Reception, featuring Elizabeth Lenti and Garrett Law.
September 10: Monday Evening Bible Study.
September 11: Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer Group, 10:45 p.m., Parlor.
September 12: Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman.
September 13: Pub Theology, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Offsite (Location TBA).