This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, September 5

September 5, Wednesday
Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.
Social Justice Pride Team Recap Meeting (Parlor), 6:30 p.m.

September 7, Friday
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.

September 9, Sunday, Sixteenth 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 II: Pilgrimage Stories from the Camino de Santiago, featuring the Reverend Sally Johnston, 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.
Journey to Adulthood (Classrooms) & Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Young Adults Trip to Yiasou Greek Festival (Offsite), 12:30 p.m.
Center City Concerts & Reception: “Three Twentieth Century Voices,” works for organ (Elizabeth Lenti and Garrett Law) and chamber orchestra, conducted by William Osborne (Church and Parish Hall), 4:00 p.m.

September 10, Monday
Stewardship Committee Annual Fund Meeting (Tower Room), 5:30 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:30 p.m.

September 11, Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Chapel), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)
Book Study with Paul Hanneman, Jim Marion’s “Putting on the Mind of Christ” (Library), 6:30 p.m.

September 12, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon

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 (

Center City Concert and Reception, September 9. Center City Concerts returns on September 9 with the 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, will be conducted by William Osborne. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

A message from John Buric with the Annual Fund Team:
Although we have only been here for a little more than a year as members, St. Peter’s has become a very big part of our life. I often have to remind myself that God actually commands us to give. Malachi 3:10 says: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” We give and God blesses. St. Peter’s is blessed. More importantly, St. Peter’s has blessings to give. This is a special place with a bold mission–we all know that money is necessary to accomplish this mission. Your financial pledge is needed to make sure we meet the needs of this Parish. We are holding the Annual Fund Kick-off Gala on September 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall following Evensong and Holy Eucharist at 5:00 p.m. I hope to see all of you there.

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.

Do you love Choral Evensong? This uniquely Anglican observance of sung evening prayers, scripture readings, and music will be offered throughout the Charlotte convocation of churches weekly beginning Sunday, September 16 at Holy Comforter (5:00 p.m.) and continuing every Sunday. Upcoming dates and locations include: September 23 and 30 at St. Peter’s (5:00 p.m.); October 4 at Christ Church (4:00 p.m.). More details are coming soon.

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 online or contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).

Hearing Assistance Available. 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 receivers anywhere within the Nave to hear crystal-clear. The single headphone is looped over an ear and volume is adjusted on the receiver. Please visit the Reception Desk for a 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 (


Parents Connect Sunday Gatherings. On Sunday mornings during the 9:30 a.m. formation hour, parents are invited to gather for fellowship in the Community Room. On first Sundays of the month, parents will gather for formation and discussion.

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, September 11. 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. through February 12 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

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.

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.

Pub Theology, September 13. On Second Thursdays through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On September 13, the Reverend Keith C. Lane will facilitate “What does it mean to live an intentional Christian life?” 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.

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.

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).

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.

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

Social Justice Film and Discussion, September 26. Our Social Justice Ministry Team presents a screening of “Answering the Call: The American Struggle for the Right to Vote.” This film explores a cherished family story of Selma and the current state of voter suppression in America. The 75-minute film viewing will begin at 5:45 pm, followed by a guided discussion led by Arthur Griffin, Chair of the Black Political Caucus of Mecklenburg County, and Arthur Hartsell, Western Piedmont Field Organizer for Democracy N.C. Please come join us in the Parish Hall on September 26.

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 13: Pet Grief Support Group.
September 14-16: Kanuga Parish Retreat.
September 18: Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite, Location TBA), 11:30 a.m.
September 23: Annual Fund Launch Reception, 6:00 p.m.
September 23: First Evensong of the season (Tour Choirs), 5:00 p.m.
September 26: Social Justice Film Night, “Answering the Call” (Parish Hall), 5:45 p.m.
September 30: Newcomers Talk and Tour, 12:30 p.m.
October 5: St. Luke’s Guild, 11:00 a.m.
October 7: Blessing of the Animals & St. Francis Statue Dedication, 5:00 p.m.