This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, October 3

October 5, Friday
St. Luke’s Guild – formerly Chronic Care Support Group (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.
Diocesan Social Justice Retreat for Adult Youth Leaders, The Summit (Offsite)

October 7, 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: “Reflecting on the Way of Love: A Conversation about St. Francis and Creation” featuring The Reverend Keith C. Lane and Wes Sturgis, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Becoming Episcopalian Confirmation Class (Parlor), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Formation (Community Room), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Classrooms) & Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Parent and Pilgrim Meeting for 2018 Pilgrimage to France, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Young Adult Brunch (to join Strategic Planning Kick-off Lunch following second service)
Strategic Planning Kick-off Lunch (Parish Hall), 12:30 p.m.
Blessing of the Animals and St. Francis Statue Dedication Service (Churchyard), 5:00 p.m.

October 8, Monday
Requiem Eucharist and Parish Hall Reception for Robert (Bob) Eugene Stigall, 11:00 a.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:30 p.m.

October 9, 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.

October 10, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon
Choir School Fall Concert Dress Rehearsal (Church), 6:00 p.m.


Strategic Planning Kick-off – 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. Note: Because of the Strategic Planning Lunch, there will not be a coffee hour on Sunday.

Blessing of the Animals and St. Francis Statue Dedication, October 7. As one way to commemorate the October 4 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 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 memory of Thomas Haughton Pardee.

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 $290,000 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.

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.; Choral Evensong on second and fourth Sundays; 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.

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 (October 7), Evensong is at Christ Church at 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 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 Parish Hall Forum, 9:30 a.m. All adults are invited to weekly formation presentations offered by the parish clergy, lay leaders, and guests: October 7, Reflecting on the Way of Love: a Conversation about St. Francis and Creation with Wes Sturgis and Father Keith Lane; October 14, Servant Ministries and Outreach Opportunities at St. Peter’s; October 21, Engaging Democracy: Civil Discourse and Christian Duty with the Social Justice Team; October 28, Bishops Forum with the Right Reverend Anne Hodges-Copple, Bishop Suffragan of North Carolina

Sunday Morning Stewardship Book Study: “Let Your Life Speak,” October 14. Our next Sunday Morning Book Study is focused on the call to collective Stewardship and begins 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 dates for this study are: October 21, November 4, November 18, and November 25. Books are available free of charge. 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, October 10. 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 on “What Does it Mean to Live an Intentional Christian Life?” at Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse, Park Road Shopping Center. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual 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 Kick-off 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.

Join the Hospitality Team. 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.

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,

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, which 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.

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.

Outreach and Social Justice

Habitat for Humanity Build, October 13. John Knip and Alec Yale are heading up St. Peter’s Habitat for Humanity build and need more team members as we build homes for two deserving families! The build is on Saturday, October 13 with both morning and afternoon shifts available. We are looking for a minimum of 24 volunteers. The build is open to all parishioners aged 16 and over. While experience would help, there will be someone to supervise and instruct new workers in measuring, cutting and installing vinyl exterior siding on the newly constructed house. Please consider joining this team for a day of service, fellowship and fun. 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.

Are you “Handy”? The Galilee Ministry is creating a committee of volunteers from area Episcopal parishes who have experience as some type of “handy person” (i.e. electrical, plumbing, mechanical, general building maintenance, etc.). The hope is that the volunteers would work on a rotating schedule to donate a couple of hours a week to the Center. If you think you would be able to join this committee, please contact Wendy Merrill at (

Making a Difference: Join our volunteers at Hawthorne Place. It is our time to staff the Hawthorne Place shelter at St. John’s Baptist from Sunday, October 28 through Thursday, November 1. We are looking for light dinners for the residents on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and for overnight volunteers during the week (private room and bath with TV during your stay). If you can serve, please contact Barbara Kennedy ( for more details.

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. 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 12: Diocesan Chartered Committee on Youth Racial Justice Training.
October 20: Strategic Planning Listening Circles Begin.
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: Parents Connect Cookie Baking Family Service Project (Community Room).