This Week’s News

January 16, Wednesday
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
Youth Advisory Committee Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.

January 19, Saturday
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade, Uptown Charlotte.

January 20, Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast resumes, 8:30 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum, “Exploring the Prayer Book,” with Father Jacob (Parish Hall), 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Book Study: “Falling Upward” (Tower Room), 9:30 p.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.

January 21, Monday
Parish Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 22, Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Chapel), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)
Endowment Trustees Annual Meeting (Tower Room), 3:30 p.m.
Strategic Planning Committee Meeting (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.
Book Study with Paul Hanneman, Jim Marion’s “Putting on the Mind of Christ” (Tower Room), 6:30 p.m.

Annual Fund 2019 Update. As 2019 opens, over 302 out of approximately 500 pledging units have now committed $915,368 toward our $1,200,000 goal. To learn more about annual giving and to offer your pledge for 2019 visit

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.

Charlotte area Choral Evensong continues this Sunday at St. Martin’s. Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have organized a weekly Choral Evensong series among area churches. Sunday at 5:00 p.m., the choirs of St. John’s, Holy Comforter, and St. Martin’s observe the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Learn more online. The next St. Peter’s Evensong will be on Sunday, January 27 at 5:00 p.m., sung by the MasterSingers of the Choir School at St. Peter’s.

See Street Urchins from The Choir School at St. Peter’s in Bizet’s Carmen. Boys and girls from The Choir School at St. Peter’s will serve as the children’s chorus in Opera Carolina’s production of Carmen by Georges Bizet. Performances are Saturday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m., and Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Opera Carolina website.

The Center City Concert planned for Monday, January 21 will not take place. Look for further updates about future concerts soon.


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: January 20, “Exploring the 1979 Prayer Book” with Father Jacob.

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 for formation and discussion on key topics: February 3, How to Speak to Your Children About Grief. Search “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” on Facebook to stay up to date.

Book Study: “Falling Upward,” Sundays in January. Class participants who were in the most recent book study on “Let Your Life Speak” expressed interest in continuing this same theme of ‘Discernment.’ Each Sunday in January, we will gather in the Tower Room at 9:30 a.m. to study Richard Rohr’s “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.” The book is available on Amazon for about $13.00. Those interested should contact Mary Lynn Sepkowitz (

Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, February 12. 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 (

Mystical Food for Thought, January 23. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime. Resuming in January 2019, 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).

Parents Connect Winter Book, January through March. This winter, Parents Connect will be reading “Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home,” by Traci Smith. You are invited to read this on your own January through March. During our March formation we will discuss this book. “Faithful Families” helps you add faith moments to your daily routine and share meaningful spiritual experiences with your children.

Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day, Saturday, February 16. Liturgical ministers and volunteers will gather Saturday, February 16, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. for a retreat and training day. This retreat is for long-time volunteers, those who are new to a ministry, those who wish to be trained, or those who simply want to learn more. Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Welcome Hosts, and Healing Ministers are encouraged to attend. The day will begin with fellowship and coffee at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by a plenary at 9:30 a.m., and breakout sessions for each group. Eucharistic Visitors and Altar Guild volunteers routinely schedule separate training opportunities. For more information, contact Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate (, 704-749-6141).

Community Life

St. Peter’s Winter/Spring 2019. Stay tuned to parish announcements in the Sunday leaflet and weekly eNews for the upcoming St. Peter’s Winter and Spring 2019 magazine to be released soon. This seasonal magazine will include parish fellowship events, formation opportunities, and Holy Week and Easter information.

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 is $4 per person or a maximum of $15 per household.

St. Luke’s Guild, February 1. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, February 1, 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, February 14. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, January 10 (and every second Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. For more information, contact Wes Sturgis (, 704-621-8613).

Pub Theology, February 14. On second Thursdays through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On February 14, you are invited to join the clergy for a discussion at Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse (Park Road Shopping Center) on a topic to be announced. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual holy conversation events.

Senior Class Luncheon, February 19. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, February 19 at 11:30 a.m. at a location to be announced. For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

Parents Connect Family Social Event at Blue Blaze Brewing, January 27. 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, January 23.

Social Justice Film Night on January 29. On Tuesday, January 29, the Social Justice Ministry Team will be presenting a screening of “This is Home: A Refugee Story,” which tells the story of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and beginning to rebuild their lives. The film goes beyond the statistics, headlines, and political rhetoric to tell deeply personal stories, putting a human face on the global refugee crisis. The 91-minute film viewing will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a guided discussion. Simple refreshments will be offered.

Social Justice Conversation and Potluck, February 3. Immediately following the 10:45 a.m. service on Sunday, February 3, The Social Justice Racial Reconciliation Circle will host a parish potluck in the Community Room, including small group discussions using Go Speak cards. This family friendly event will include related activities for the children. To RSVP, please use this link to sign up for a potluck item. If you have questions, please contact Jeanne Agan (, 980-938-5734).

Welcoming Mother Amanda. On February 11, the Reverend Amanda Stephenson joins St. Peter’s as our next Associate. Help with a warm welcome by participating in an old style “pounding,” with a 21st century twist. Use this Sign-up Genius link to identify which item you’ll be pounding and ensure that too much of the same thing isn’t selected. Items range from kitchen pantry items to gift cards to introduce Amanda to Charlotte. All items can be dropped off at the Parish House by Thursday, February 14. If you have questions, suggestions, or are interested in assisting, please contact Eleanor Shell (

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.

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

Room in the Inn on Wednesday nights. On each Wednesday evening through March 27, St. Peter’s will participate in Room in the Inn (RITI) by providing a warm, welcoming place where twelve neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall. To learn more and serve, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (, 205-222-7527).

Room in the Inn Supplies Needed. On each Wednesday evening, December through March, St. Peter’s participates in the Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn (RITI) program. We need help with stocking our dwindling supply closet, especially lotion, small bars of soap, hand towels, and deodorant (men and women)‎. We would also accept other donations, such hand-warmers and bus passes. We cannot use haircare products. Please leave your donations in the RITI basket in the Parish House lobby. For questions or more information, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (, 205-222-7527).

About the eNews

The weekly news for the St. Peter’s community is published on our website, on Facebook, and via email each Wednesday morning. The same information is also printed in the Sunday leaflets and mailed to those who request it. The deadline for submissions is the preceding Friday by Noon. Items may be edited for content, length, and style. Information should be sent to

Looking Ahead

January 26: Vestry Retreat.
January 26: Women United March, First Ward Park, 11:00 a.m.
January 31: Pastoral Care Team Meeting, 9:30 a.m.
February 5: Congregational Development Team Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
February 6: Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
February 8-10: Bishop’s Ball 2019, Camp Walter Johnson.
February 10: Town Choirs of the Choir School sing at the Holy Eucharist, 10:45 a.m.
February 17: Welcoming Mother Amanda Stephenson, Associate Rector.
February 20: Youth Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
February 26: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.