This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, November 14

November 14, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon
Social Justice Film Night, “Vocabulary of Change: Angela Davis and Tim Wise in Conversation,” (Parish Hall), 6:00 p.m.

November 16-17, Friday and Saturday
203rd Annual Convention of the Diocese of North Carolina (Offsite: Winston Salem)

November 16-18, Friday to Sunday
St. Peter’s Choir Retreat (Offsite: Valle Crucis)

November 18, Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30–9:25 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum: “Debrief from the 203rd Annual Convention of the Diocese of North Carolina,” 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.
Taizé, 5:00 p.m.

November 19, Monday
Center City Concert: Iris Piano Trio (Church), Noon
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45p.m.

November 20, 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: Carolina Prime Steakhouse), 11:30 a.m.

I Pledge… to the present and to the future – Annual Fund 2019. Following Commitment Sunday, when many members of St. Peter’s formalized their commitment to the 2019 Annual Fund, over 226 pledging units have now committed $765,756 toward our $1,200,000 goal. Each member’s pledge of support to this parish is still needed in 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

Annual Meeting of the Parish on Sunday, December 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). The following candidates will stand for election: Bob Atkins, Chase Branham, Sydney Burgess, John Buric, Erin Chantry, Geoffrey Curme, Jason Gingras, Vera Greene, Gwen High, Harris Holt. Information about voting is in the blurb below. Visit to read candidate profiles.

Voting for Vestry Candidates. With ten nominees for vestry and four vacancies, parish and diocesan rules require a preferential primary to reduce the slate to no more than twice the number of vacancies, or eight nominees. Primary voting began on Sunday, November 11 after the candidate forum and will continue through the conclusion of the 10:45 a.m. service on Sunday, November 18. Then, on Sunday, November 25, after the 8:00 a.m. service, final voting begins for the eight-member candidate slate and concludes just prior to the beginning of the Annual Meeting on December 2. Weekday voting for the primary (November 12-16) and for the final slate (November 26-30) takes place in the office of Ministry Associate Kristie Lauderbaugh between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Visit to read candidate profiles.

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. On November 18 at St. John’s, The Choirs of Holy Comforter, St. John’s and St. Martin’s (5:00 p.m). Learn more online.

Center City Concerts: Iris Piano Trio, November 19. You are invited to an upcoming Center City Concert featuring the Iris Piano Trio, a Washington, D.C.-based ensemble. Inspired by the three upright petals of the Iris, the Iris Piano Trio, violinist Eva Cappelletti Chao, 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. On Monday, November 19, they will offer works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Fantayze, a new work by Kevin McKee written for the Iris Trio. Center City Concerts are free of charge, so please come out for an amazing noontime respite of music that feeds the soul and mind. Transamerica deck parking can be validated at St. Peter’s front desk upon arrival.

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 (

The Choir School at St. Peter’s, Christmas Concerts on December 14 and 15. Talented young singers from every corner of Charlotte will come together to share the spirit of the season on Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15, when The Choir School at St. Peter’s presents its 2018 Christmas concert series. This year’s concerts will once again take place in the sanctuary of St. Peter’s beginning at 7:30 p.m. each evening and will feature traditional and contemporary Christmas selections by John Rutter, Benjamin Britten, and Eric Whitacre. Audience members will be invited to join the choirs in singing traditional favorites including O Come, All Ye Faithful and Hark, The Herald Angels Sing. Advance general admission concert tickets are $20.00 or $8.00 for children under the age of 12. Reserved blocks of four tickets can be purchased for $125.00. Tickets are available at the door or online at


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: November 18, Debrief from the 203rd Annual Convention of the Diocese of North Carolina; November 25, Supporting Episcopal Relief and Development featuring Josephine Hicks, parishioner and ERD Vice President for Episcopal Church Programs; December 2, 2018 Annual Meeting of the Parish and Vestry Elections; December 9, People Look East: Preparing for Advent and Christmas; December 16, Reclaiming Jesus in a Bullhorn World.

Sunday Morning Stewardship Book Study: “Let Your Life Speak,” continues on November 18. Our current Sunday Morning Book Study is focused on the call to collective stewardship. We will continue reading and discussing “Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation,” by Parker Palmer. Remaining dates for this study in the Tower Room at 9:30 a.m. are: 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, November 14. 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, November 27. 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

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.

Young Adult Breakfast on December 2. On Sunday, December 2 young adults are encouraged to attend St. Peter’s Annual Meeting and take part in the future of our parish. We will be meeting for Holy Chow breakfast in the Community Room upstairs at 8:30 a.m. (Hearty breakfast is only $4.00.) Afterwards, we will attend the Annual Meeting in the Parish Hall at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the election of new Vestry members, hear reports, go over the draft budget and hear from the Wardens and Father Jacob. Don’t miss this opportunity to be involved. For more information, contact Young Adult Coordinator, Jason Gingras (

Pet Grief Support Group, December 13. 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).

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 Road). For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

Pub Theology, December 13. On second Thursdays through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On December 13, you are invited to join clergy for a 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.

St. Luke’s Guild, December 7. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, December 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).

Parents Connect Family Social Event Blue Blaze Brewing, December 9. Join us at Blue Blaze Brewery (528 South Turner Avenue) directly after the 10:45 a.m. service for a fun afternoon of food, fellowship, family, and football. Sandwich and snack trays will be provided. Please RSVP to ( by Wednesday, December 5.

Newcomers’ Coffee, Sunday, December 16. All who are new (or new-ish) to the parish and want to get acquainted with other newcomers, members, and the clergy are invited to a time of refreshment, fellowship and community-building in the Par¬lor immediately following the 10:45 a.m. Eucharist. This is an opportunity for those who are new to meet and connect with one another. If interested in attending, please RSVP to Congregational Development Team Leader, Tony Craghead ( or with any questions, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh at (, 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.

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 (

Outreach and Social Justice

Outreach & Social Justice Grants 2018. Each year the Outreach and Social Justice Grant Committee meets to review and approve applications for outreach grant monies provided by the St. Peter’s Endowment. This year the committee approved a total of $45,000 dispersed among the following 14 local organizations: Urban Ministry Center, Crisis Assistance Ministries, Samaritan House, Augustine Literacy Project, Charlotte Family Housing, Loaves and Fishes, Supportive Housing Communities, Galilee Center of East Charlotte Community Kitchen, Time Out Youth, RAIN, Thompson Child & Family Focus, Florence Crittenton Ministries, Latin American Coalition, Habitat for Humanity.

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 (

Social Justice Film Night on November 14. On Wednesday, November 14, the Social Justice Ministry Team will be presenting a screening of “The Vocabulary of Change: Angela Davis and Tim Wise in Conversation.” They challenge us to connect the dots so that we understand and accept that it’s OK to be concerned about more than just one area of social justice if we are to unify global communities. The 78-minute film viewing will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a moderated discussion led by Dr. John Frederick, Director of Faculty Learning and Engagement, CPCC and Dr. Tamara Johnson, Director of Engaged Scholarship, UNC Charlotte. Arrive early for movie refreshments of hot dogs, popcorn and beverages before the film begins.

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

November 21: Youth Advisory Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.
November 22-23: St. Peter’s offices closed in observance of Thanksgiving Holiday.
November 24: Youth Pilgrim Lock-in, Advent Fair Setup & White Beard Project.
November 28: Room in the Inn Kick-off Potluck (Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
November 29: Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.
December 2: Advent Lessons and Carols & Annual Meeting of the Parish.
December 2, 9, 16: Advent Fair.
December 5: Room in the Inn season begins.
December 5, 12, 19: Advent Evening Prayer (Chapel) followed by Simple Soup and Formation (Library), 5:30 p.m.
*December 9: Advent Festive Potluck (Parish Hall), 12:30 p.m.

December 22: White Beard Project.
December 23: Greening of the Church.