This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Thursday, October 18

October 17, Wednesday
Youth Advisory Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.

October 19, Friday
Diocesan-sponsored Race Equity Workshop (Offsite: Concord, NC)

October 20, Saturday
Diocesan-sponsored Race Equity Workshop (Offsite: Concord, NC)
Youth SCarowinds Trip & Lock-in

October 21, Sunday, Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30–9:25 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum: “Engaging Democracy: Civil Discourse and Christian Duty” featuring the Social Justice 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.
Stewardship Book Study: “Let Your Life Speak” (Tower Room), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Strategic Planning Listening Circle #2 (Library), 12:30–2:00 p.m.
Taizé, 5:00 p.m.
Strategic Planning Listening Circle #3 (Library), 6:15–7:45 p.m.

October 22, Monday
Strategic Planning Listening Circle #4 (Community Room), 6:15–7:45 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:30 p.m.

October 23, 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 24, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon
On The Table Charlotte: Meal and Discussion focused on Charlotte Segregation and City-wide Outreach (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.

On The Table Charlotte at St. Peter’s, October 24. The St. Peter’s Social Justice Ministry Team invites you to join this second annual Community-wide event focusing on “The Legacy of Segregation and Its Continued Impact.” We will be one of a number of participating locations of over 6,000 people on this date discussing this topic. We will partner with St. Michael’s & All Angels Episcopal Church to host an On The Table Charlotte event on Wednesday, October 24, 6:00–7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. We will gather for dinner and explore our experiences by personal sharing through impartial small group conversations. This event is an opportunity to examine the legacy of segregation in Charlotte’s history and present. While no one solution exists for all of the challenges that Charlotte faces, progress in any area will require sharing, listening, and trust-building among residents to build a stronger, more inclusive Charlotte. To register, please CLICK HERE.

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 104 pledging units committing $391,160 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.

In Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas, hurricanes Florence and Michael have wrought devastation that call for our attention, our prayers and, yes, our financial support. There are massive ongoing efforts to house, clothe, feed and help rebuild on behalf of the victims. Episcopal Relief & Development is involved as a result of both storms—they work in collaboration with local Episcopal churches and the involved dioceses. Please consider giving what you are able through the Episcopal Relief and Development website. Click here for more information.

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.

Parish Necrology for All Saints’ Sunday. On Friday, November 2, in observance of All Faithful Departed, and on Sunday, November 4, in observance of All Saints’ Day, the names of all those buried from St. Peter’s in the last year will be read aloud. If parishioners wish to add names of loved ones from previous years or from this year, please submit them to Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate, (, 704-749-6141) by Monday, October 29.

Renaissance Choral Ensemble at St. Peter’s, November 3. On Saturday, November 3 at 5:00 p.m., Renaissance, one of Charlotte’s premiere choral ensembles, brings music from Buxtehude to Broadway for their first choral concert of the new season. Spanning five centuries, all music presented is by composers pre-eminent/eminent in their art and craft. William Byrd, Thomas Morley, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and Felix Mendelssohn represent the heavyweights; Leonard Bernstein, Daniel Gawthrop, Eleanor Daley, and Dan Forrest are more recent important composers. Come and enjoy beautiful choral music live in the warmth and tranquility of St. Peter’s.

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. On October 21, Evensong is at St. Martin’s (5:00 p.m.); on October 28, at St. Peter’s (5:00 p.m.). Learn more online.

Center City Concerts: Iris Trio, November 19. You are invited to an upcoming Center City Concert featuring the Iris Trio, a Washington, D.C.-based ensemble. Inspired by the three upright petals of the Iris, the Iris Piano Trio, violinist Sara Matayoshi, cellist Lauren Latessa and pianist Jessica McKee, was formed in 2016 with the dual mission of performing chamber music at the highest level and serving the community around them. The group performs frequently across the mid-Atlantic area and serves as the ensemble in residence for the Music Project at Charles E. Smith Life Communities in Rockville, Maryland. On Monday, November 19, they will offer works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Fantayze, a new work by Kevin McKee written for the Iris Trio. Parking at St. Peter’s is always free.

Experience Durham Cathedral with the MasterSingers of The Choir School. A very limited number of spots are available to adults interested in traveling to Durham, England when the MasterSingers of The Choir School serve as choir in residence during the summer of 2019. Ten nights in York and Durham includes accommodations in a bed and breakfast, daily excursions, two evening meals, and the opportunity to experience daily the centuries-old tradition of Anglican worship in Durham Cathedral. Reservation and deposit required by November 15, 2018. Departure date is July 18, with return on July 29. For complete information and pricing, contact Kay Johnson (


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 21, Engaging Democracy: Civil Discourse and Christian Duty with the Social Justice Team; October 28, Bishop’s Forum with the Right Reverend Anne Hodges-Copple, Bishop Suffragan of North Carolina.

Archives and More: A Workshop for Local Church “History Keepers,” November 3. Sponsored by the Diocesan History & Archives Committee and hosted by Calvary Church and St. Luke’s Church in Tarboro, the workshop will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 3. A registration fee of $15.00 includes refreshments and lunch. All are welcome – those with experience to share and those who want some guidance in the basics of getting organized. Please use this link to access the program schedule and online registration. If you have questions, please contact Lynn Hoke (, 919-602-4305).

Sunday Morning Stewardship Book Study: “Let Your Life Speak,” October 21. Our next Sunday Morning Book Study is focused on the call to collective Stewardship and began on Sunday, October 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor. We will continue reading and discussing “Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation” by Parker Palmer. Remaining dates for this study are: October 21, November 4, November 18, and November 25. Books are available free of charge for book study participants. 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 24. 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, October 23. 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

Parents Connect Cookie Baking Family Service Project, November 4. All families and children are invited to get together to make cookies and care packages for our parishioners in college. We’ll gather in the Community Room directly following the 10:45 a.m. service on Sunday, November 4 for lunch, fellowship, and cookie making fun!

St. Luke’s Guild, November 2. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, November 2, 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, November 8. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, November 8 (and every second Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. For more information, contact Wes Sturgis (, 704-621-8613).

Pub Theology, November 8. On second Thursdays through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On November 8, you are invited to join for discussion 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.

Senior Class Luncheon, November 20. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, November 20, 11:30 a.m. at Carolina Prime Steakhouse (225 E. Woodlawn Rd). For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

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.

What’s so great about St. Peter’s? We know that you know, so would you be willing to tell others about it? This is the stewardship season and we are requesting a little of your time, once per month on an assigned Sunday, to serve as Host-Greeter for 30 to 45 minutes. The opportunity to greet families, friends and other parishioners, old and new, is very rewarding! If interested in serving St. Peter’s as a Host-Greeter, please contact Sabrina Clarke (

Greenery Sale: The Choir School at St. Peter’s offers wreaths and garlands in a variety of sizes—all fresh from the North Carolina mountains. Fraser fir wreaths (20-inch, 24-inch or 36-inch) may be purchased plain or decorated with pine cones and a large red bow. Garlands can be ordered in two varieties—25-ft Fraser fir or 10-yd white pine. They will be available for pick up at St. Peter’s beginning the morning of November 27 or you may choose to have them shipped directly to clients, friends, or family the week of November 19. Orders can be placed on (The Choir School website), by contacting a chorister, or at the greenery sales table on Sunday mornings prior to November 5. If you order online and want your greenery delivered by a chorister, put that chorister’s name in the Additional Information section at checkout. The greenery sale helps keep The Choir School program open to every talented young person accepted to the choirs, as we enrich and strengthen young lives through excellent, rigorous music education and choral performance.

Name Tag Button Requests at the Reception Desk. Congregational Development invites all who are present for worship, programs, and events on Sundays to wear a name tag, either a St. Peter’s pre-made button or a hand-written tag to be made in the Parish House lobby. Button sign-up is available in the Parish House lobby at the Reception Desk.

Outreach and Social Justice

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.

Social Justice – Let’s Get Our Souls to the Polls. The Social Justice Ministry Assuring Democracy Team seeks to engage and inform our parish around issues related to protecting the right to vote and the importance of exercising that right. One Stop Early Voting starts October 17, when you can register or update your registration and vote at the same time. Stop by our table on October 21 to pick up Early Voting schedules and information about the election. Also, attend the Adult Forum October 21 on “Engaging Democracy and Civil Discourse” to learn more. Finally, if you have not done so by October 28, Souls to the Polls Sunday, we invite you to walk over after the Bishop’s reception to the Public Library and vote. In the words of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: “We are blessed as a nation to vote. However you vote, go and vote. And do that as followers of Jesus.”

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 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: All Saints Sunday, Baptisms administered.
November 7: Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.
November 11: Social Justice Potluck Dinner: “ Go Speak” Racial Reconciliation Table Discussions (Community Room), 12:30 p.m.
November 14: Social Justice Film Night, “Vocabulary of Change: Angela Davis and Tim Wise in Conversation” (Parish Hall), 6:00 p.m.
November 16-17: 203rd Annual Convention of the Diocese of North Carolina (Offsite: Winston Salem).