This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, August 29

August 29, Wednesday
Social Justice Film Night: Forbidden (Charlotte Mecklenburg Main Library, Francis Auditorium), 6:00–8:00 p.m.

August 30, Thursday
Pastoral Care Team Meeting, 9:30–11:00 a.m.

August 31 – September 3, Friday – Monday
Youth Beach Retreat

September 1, Saturday
Requiem Eucharist and Reception for Earl Thomas Chance, 10:00 a.m.

September 2, Sunday, Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30–9:25 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum: “Walking in Faith,” Part I: Pilgrimage as Spiritual Discipline, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Becoming Episcopalian Confirmation Class (Parlor), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship, (Parents Connect Room), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
NO Journey to Adulthood (Offsite Youth Beach Retreat)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30—10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.

September 3, Monday
Parish offices closed in observance of Labor Day holiday.

September 4, Tuesday
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group (Parlor), 10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 12:00 p.m., followed by fellowship in the Parlor
Congregational Development Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

September 5, Wednesday
Social Justice Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.

Fall 2018 St. Peter’s Calendar 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! 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).

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.

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 $35 for one month or $20 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 (

Center City Concert and Reception, September 9. Center City Concerts returns on September 9 with their first fall concert at 4:00 p.m., “Three Twentieth Century Voices” featuring Elizabeth Lenti and Garrett Law in works for organ and chamber orchestra, conducted by William Osborne. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.


Parents Connect Sunday Gatherings. On Sunday mornings 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.

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 9-week “Becoming Episcopalian” class will be led by a team of clergy and lay leaders. Classes will be offered weekly on Sundays 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 Today: Wednesday, August 29. 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

Youth Beach Retreat. If you are in 6th through 12th grades and want to celebrate the last of summer with your youth group friends, join us for our annual Labor Day Beach Retreat from August 31–September 3. We will leave St. Peter’s at 5:00 p.m. Friday and return early afternoon Monday. The cost to you is $65 and we will have fun, fellowship, worship, and spiritual discussions related to a movie we will watch on Saturday night. Come join the fun! Email Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Formation ( to register or if you have questions.

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.

Holy Chow Breakfast. 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.

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 in 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 (

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).

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, 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

Diocesan-sponsored Race Equity Workshop in Concord, October 19–20. Please join the Racial Reconciliation pillar of our Social Justice Ministry Team as they spread the word about the upcoming Racial Equity Workshop and the need to register as soon as possible for those interested. The September Institute is already closed, so anyone interested must now register for the next training on October 19–20 and should use this link to register. The workshop cost is $150 for the two full days of training, but can be reduced to $75 with a Diocesan discount. For additional information, please contact Gwen High for further discussion or clarification ( More information can also be found by visiting

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

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 begins.
September 11: Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer Group begins, 10:45 p.m., Parlor.
September 11: Book Study with Paul Hanneman, Jim Marion’s “Putting on the Mind of Christ”, 6:30 p.m.
September 12: Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman.
September 13: Pub Theology, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Offsite (Location TBA).
September 13: Pet Grief Support Group.
September 14-16: Kanuga Parish Retreat.
September 18: Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite, Location TBA), 11:30 a.m.