This Week’s News

January 23, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.

January 26, Saturday
Vestry Retreat, Offsite (Lake Wylie, S.C.)
Women United March, First Ward Park, 11:00 a.m.

January 27, The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum, “Journey through the Prayer Book, Part II,” 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.
Parents Connect Family Social Event (Offsite: Blue Blaze Brewing, 528 S. Turner Ave, 28208), 12:30 p.m.
Break Baking Demo (Kitchen/Community Room), 12:30 p.m.
Evensong, 5:00 p.m., The MasterSingers of The Choir School at St. Peter’s

January 28, Monday
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 – 8:45pm (Note extended time)

January 29, Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Intercessory Prayer Room), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)
Social Justice Film Night, “This is Home: A Refugee Story” (Parish Hall), 6:00 p.m.

Annual Fund 2019 Update. As 2019 opens, over 307 out of approximately 500 pledging units have now committed $923,709 toward our $1,200,000 goal. To learn more about annual giving and to offer your pledge for 2019 visit

Youth Pilgrimage Chili Fundraiser, January 27. This Sunday, January 27, and Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, the Youth Pilgrim Class will be selling three kinds of chili for your in-home dining pleasure. We will offer White Chicken Chili, Traditional Chili with ground beef, and Vegetarian Chili. These homemade chilis will be sold frozen in 1 quart containers for $10 each. We want to assist in your Super Bowl Sunday entertaining! Thank you for supporting our Pilgrim Class and their Holy Pilgrimage to London, Canterbury, and northern France this summer.

Civil Rights Museum Day Trip, March 30. The St. Peter’s Social Justice Ministry Team received a mini-grant from The Foundation for the Carolinas for its work in successfully hosting “On the Table” conversations last fall. This grant provides significant funding for a group trip to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro on Saturday, March 30. The fee for each participant is only $10, which includes breakfast, round-trip transportation, museum admission, and lunch. 32 seats are available and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. If you would like to participate in this all-day trip, sign up in the Gallery on Sunday, January 27 after the 10:45 a.m. service or contact Gwen High ( To see the winning video, and learn more about the museum trip, go to YouTube and type “St. Peter’s Dismantling Segregation” in the search bar.

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. Peter’s. Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have organized a weekly Choral Evensong series among area churches. This Sunday at 5:00 p.m., Evensong is offered at St. Peter’s by the MasterSingers of The Choir School at St. Peter’s. Learn more online.

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. One performance remains: Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Opera Carolina website.


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 27, “Journey through the 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 on Wednesday, January 23. 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).

Monday Evening Bible Study, February 18. A new course of Monday Evening Bible Study will begin on February 18. The study is a Kerygma course entitled, “God Calls Leaders,” and we will be studying the great leaders of the Old and New Testament. We will focus on how God called these leaders, how they responded to the call, how we are called by God, and how we respond. The class meets at 6:45–8:15 p.m. in the Library. To register and secure a book, please contact Ruth Woodend (, 704-661-4687) or John Frederick (, 704-293-7800). The cost is $15 with scholarship available.

Pet Grief Support Group, February 14. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, February 14 (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 21. Typically offered on second Thursdays from 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology will take place on Thursday, February 21 next month. You are invited to join the Reverend Jacob Pierce for a discussion on “Preparing for Lent” 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, February 19. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, February 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Dolce Ristorante located at 1710 Kenilworth Avenue in Kenilworth Commons Shopping Center. For more information or to be added to the email distribution list, 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 and sign up for a dish, please visit ( You can find the event by entering “agan” as the coordinator last name and “8089” as the password. 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 (

Boys and Young Men Invited to Audition for The Choir School. Boys and young men ages 7–12 who love music and singing are invited to audition this month for The Choir School. The school, located here at St. Peter’s, is a non-profit, non-religious organization that offers music education and choral performance opportunities. The Boys Town Choir and the Boys Tour Choir meet weekly on Tuesday early evenings. Choristers develop music and vocal skills, study music theory, practice performance technique, and develop important skills such as teamwork and self-discipline as they work together to create one voice from many voices. The choirs are guided by Artistic Director Elizabeth Lenti and Director of Town Choirs Karen Kearney. Scholarships are available for this program. For detailed information and to schedule an audition, contact Assistant Director, Garrett Law (, 704-749-6147). Learn more about The Choir School online.

Donating Altar Flowers and Eucharistic Supplies. To honor or remember the life of loved ones or celebrate special occasions, you may donate to the Altar flowers and Eucharistic supplies fund. Altar flowers (two arrangements) are $150 per Sunday and Eucharistic supplies (bread, wine) are $35 for one month or $20 for two Sundays. Donate Altar flowers or Eucharistic supplies online or contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).

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 (

Join the Ushers. The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is looking for volunteers to serve on 2nd Sundays for the 8:00 a.m. service and 1st Sundays for the 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

Outreach and Social Justice

“Souper Bowl Sunday,” February 3. On February 3, Super Bowl Sunday, the youth want to turn this Sunday into a day when we all think about our neighbors with no homes in which to watch the game or go to bed and who never know where and when their next meal is, by participating in the National “Souper Bowl Sunday” fight against hunger and homelessness. Our Youth will be stationed at the Nave doors with big soup pots to collect donations to add to ours, for Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte, a Diocesan ministry focusing on assisting refugees in all ways, especially with food insecurity. Please give generously as the youth take up this collection at the end of each worship service. Thank you so much for your generosity!

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 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: Bishops’ 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.