This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s

September 26, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), 12:00 p.m.
Social Justice Film Night: “Answering the Call,” (Parish Hall), 5:45 p.m.

September 27, Thursday
Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.

September 30, Sunday, Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30–9:25 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum: “Reflections on Stewardship: Engaging our Time, Talent, and Treasure,” featuring The Clergy and The Annual Fund Team, 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.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Evensong (The Burli Singers), 5:00 p.m.

October 1, Monday
Stewardship Committee Annual Fund Meeting (Tower Room)
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:30 p.m.

October 2, Tuesday
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group (Parlor), 10:00 p.m.
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Chapel), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)
Congregational Development Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

October 3, Wednesday
Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

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 (

I Pledge… to the present and to the future – Annual Fund 2019. On Sunday, September 23, many gathered in the Parish Hall for the 2019 Annual Fund Gala. We heard powerful reflections about the ministry of our parish and what it means to give to St. Peter’s. The 2019 Annual Fund is now underway, with over $200,000 committed towards our goal. You can make your pledge now, in advance of Commitment Sunday, November 4. Each pledge gift will offer support of parish worship, in-reach and outreach initiatives, formation programs for all ages, music, staff and clergy, operations and administration, and the care of our sacred facilities in Center City Charlotte. To learn more about annual giving and to offer your pledge for 2019 visit

Vestry Nominations for the Annual Meeting of the Parish are due Friday, November 2. On Sunday, December 2 at 9:30 a.m., the Annual Meeting of the Parish will include the election of four new Vestry members to follow 2018 class members Bert Miano, John Hall, Carolyn Carlburg (filling un-expired term), and Christa Lineberger (filling un-expired term). Please consider potential lay leaders who might serve the parish through this three-year commitment and first ask their permission to nominate. Click here to make an on-line nomination.

Strategic Planning Kick-off – Sunday, October 7. On Sunday, October 7 at 12:30 p.m., parishioners of all ages are invited to the Parish Hall for a free catered lunch to kick-off the St. Peter’s Strategic Planning Process. Our Strategic Planning Consultant is Andi Stevenson of Stevenson Wallace LLC. You can learn more about Andi and the Strategic Planning Process by reading this week’s column from Father Jacob or by visiting the Stevenson Wallace website.

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, Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer Group, 10:45 a.m., 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.

Blessing of the Animals & St. Francis Statue Dedication, October 7. As one way to commemorate the October 4th feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Friar, 1226, St. Peter’s will offer a Blessing of the Animals service and Holy Eucharist in the Churchyard on Sunday, October 7 at 5:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring animals of all sorts (on leashes) to receive a special blessing. There also will be time in the service to remember animals who have died. In addition, we will take this special time to formally dedicate our St. Francis Statue in the Memorial Garden, given in loving memory of Thomas Haughton Pardee.

If you love Choral Evensong, Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have a treat for you this program year. Area churches, including St. Peter’s, have coordinated a weekly series featuring the choirs and clergy of the host churches. This week at St. Peter’s, The Burli Singers and St. Peter’s clergy lead Evensong at 5:00 p.m. Additional dates and times are: October 7, Christ Church (4:00 p.m.); October 14, St. Peter’s (5:00 p.m.); October 21, St. Martin’s (5:00 p.m.); October 28, St. Peter’s (5:00 p.m.). Learn more online.

Fall Concert with The Choir School at St. Peter’s, October 12. The Choir School’s mission is to enrich and strengthen young lives through excellent, rigorous music education and choral performance. On Friday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m., please join us at St. Peter’s for an evening of celebration and music with the choristers of The Choir School at St. Peter’s and very special guests, Christina Pier (Soprano), Kelsey Harrison (Mezzo-Soprano), Ryan Headley (Tenor), and Peter deVries (Violin). Tickets are available at the door or in advance on the Choir School website at Free parking is available in the TransAmerica Parking Garage.


Sunday Morning Book Study: “Let Your Life Speak,” October 14. Our next Sunday Morning Book Study starts on Sunday, October 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor. We will be reading and discussing chapters one and two of “Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation” by Parker Palmer. The other two dates for this study are: October 21 and November 4. To learn more, contact Mary Lynn Sepkowitz (

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

Mystical Food for Thought, September 26. 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).

Pub Theology, October 11. On Second Thursdays through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On October 11, you are invited to join for discussion at a local offsite location to be announced. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual, drop-in, holy conversation events.

Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, October 9. 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

Young Adult First Sunday Brunch to join Strategic Planning Kickoff Lunch. On October 7, all young adults are invited to gather after the 10:45 a.m. service in the Parish Hall to join the parish Strategic Planning Kickoff Lunch. No payment or potluck dishes are required for this catered lunch.

Holy Chow Ministry Needs. Calling all Foodies! 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 (

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).

Pet Grief Support Group, October 11. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, October 11 (and every second Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. For more information, contact Wes Sturgis (, 704-621-8613).

Shrimp and Suds Fall Rooftop Benefit, October 13. Join fellow adult parishioners on Saturday, October 13, 6:30–9:00 p.m., on the rooftop of the Parish House for a delicious fellowship dinner, featuring a low country shrimp boil, traditional sides, dessert, and assorted refreshments including craft beers from Charlotte, all for $35 per person. Prepaid reservations required by Wednesday, October 10 online or pre-pay at the Parish House reception desk. All funds raised will benefit the 2019 youth pilgrimage. For more information, contact Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt (704-763-3564,

Habitat for Humanity Build, October 13. Come join us on Saturday, October 13 for this year’s Charlotte Church Partners’ Habitat Build. This is the 20th Anniversary for CCP and we will be building homes for two deserving families. These will be houses 29th and 30th that have been built through this partnership with other Charlotte churches. We are in need of 20 to 24 volunteers to help put up siding. If you can only work morning shift or afternoon shift, that is fine, as long as we maintain a steady workforce of 20 to 24. If you have questions, please contact John Knip ( or Alex Yale ( To sign up, please visit, create or sign in to an account, and search by group number: #2717 is associated with St. Peter’s and will bring up October 13. If you cannot work on the 13th but wish to volunteer for other days, use #1686.

Senior Class Luncheon, October 16. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, October 16, 11:30 a.m. at Luisa’s Brick Oven, 1730 Abbey Place (near bowling alley off Park Road). For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

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 13 starting at Independence Park. Three local agencies benefit from the money raised from the CROP Hunger Walk: 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).

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.

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.

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Looking Ahead

October 5: Diocesan Social Justice Retreat for Adult Youth Leaders, The Summit.
October 7: Strategic Planning Kickoff Lunch (Parish Hall); 12:30 p.m.
October 12: Diocesan Chartered Committee on Youth Racial Justice Training.
October 13: Shrimp ‘n’ Suds (Rooftop Terrace).
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.
November 2: Requiem Eucharist for All Souls (Church), 12:00 p.m.
November 4: Cookie Baking Family Service Project with Anna Hurdle (Community Room).