This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, September 12

September 16, 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: “What Does it Mean to be Christian Today?” featuring The Rev. Keith C. Lane, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Becoming Episcopalian Confirmation Class (Parlor), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Community Room), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Classrooms) & Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Taizé Holy Eucharist, 5:00 p.m.

September 17, Monday
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:30 p.m.

September 18, Tuesday
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group (Parlor), 10:00 a.m.
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Chapel), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)
Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite: Fran’s Filling Station, 2410 Park Road), 11:30 a.m.

September 19, Wednesday
Youth Advisory Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.

Kanuga Weekend Postponed. The Kanuga Parish Weekend Planning Committee heard from Kanuga officials on Monday that they were in need of beds to provide safe lodging for many individuals and families resulting from the evacuation of residents from the Carolina coast, specifically the residents of Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community. The planning team quickly agreed to give up our reservation this weekend. We will work with Kanuga to find a suitable future weekend for our retreat. The Kanuga team also plans to use this delay to focus on ways to ensure the event is accessible to all members who desire to attend. Look for a survey soon. And in the meantime, join us in prayer this week for those who are preparing to face the storm.

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. 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.

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).

Prayer at St. Peter’s: Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer Group. Please join us in the Chapel from 10:45–11:45 a.m. on Tuesday mornings 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. 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 25. 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 (

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.

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).

Senior Class Luncheon, September 18. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, September 18, 11:30 a.m. at Fran’s Filling Station, 2410 Park Road. For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

Parish Talk and Tour, September 30. The Congregational Development Team invites visitors, newer members, and anyone who is interested in learning more to attend a casual gathering after the second service on Sunday, September 30. There will be a short but informative walking tour of the parish grounds that will help to give an overview of how St. Peter’s came to be what it is in Center City Charlotte. Light refreshments will be offered. Please RSVP to Congregational Development Team Leader, Tony Craghead (

St. Luke’s Guild, October 5. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, October 5, 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).

Join our St. Peter’s CROP Hunger Walk Team and help raise $1,500. This year will mark the 40th annual Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk and will take place on Saturday, October 13th starting at Independence Park. The 4.1 mile walk winds through the edge of uptown, the Belmont neighborhood, and the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Three local agencies benefit from the money raised from the CROP Hunger Walk which include Crisis Assistance Ministry, Loaves & Fishes, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. A sign-up table will be available after church or you can sign up online. You can also make a donation by check or cash after the 10:45 a.m. service. For questions, contact Logan Smith (, 704-488-4436).

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.

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).

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.

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).

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 p.m., 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 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. Anyone interested must register soon for the next training on October 19–20. 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 ( or learn more online.

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 23: First Evensong of the season (Tour Choirs), 5:00 p.m.
September 23: Annual Fund Launch Gala, 6:00 p.m.
September 26: Social Justice Film Night, “Answering the Call” (Parish Hall), 5:45 p.m.
September 30: Vestry Nominations Open, Strategic Planning Event.
September 30: Newcomers Talk and Tour, 12:30 p.m.
September 30: 5th Sunday Evensong (Burli Singers), 5:00 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.
October 11: Pub Theology, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Offsite (Location TBA).
October 13: Shrimp ‘n’ Suds (Rooftop Terrace).
October 16: Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite, Location TBA), 11:30 a.m.
October 19-20: Diocesan-sponsored Race Equity Workshop (Offsite, Concord, NC).
October 24: Social Justice Film Night, “Vocabulary of Change: Angela Davis and Tim Wise in Conversation” (Parish Hall), 6:00 p.m.
October 28: Bishop’s Visitation.
October 31: Holy Eucharist, All Hallows Eve, 12:00 p.m.