This Week’s News

February 13, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room)
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.

February 14, Thursday
Pet Grief Support Group (Parlor), 7:00 p.m.

February 16, Saturday
Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day (Parish Hall), 9:30 a.m.
Diocesan Absalom Jones Celebration, 11:00 a.m., Saint Augustine’s University Chapel, Raleigh.

February 17, The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum, “Exploring Vocation: A Conversation with Mother Amanda & Father Jacob” (Parish Hall), 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 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.
Reception to Welcome Mother Amanda Stephenson (Parish Hall), 12:30 p.m.
Taizé, 5:00 p.m.

February 18, Monday
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

February 19, Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Intercessory Prayer Room), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite: Dolce Ristorante, Kenilworth Commons), 11:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)

February 20, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
Youth Advisory Committee Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.

February 21, Thursday
Pub Theology (Offsite: Sir Edmond Halley’s, Park Road Shopping Center), 5:30 p.m.

NBA All-Star Game Traffic. The City of Charlotte is advising those traveling in Uptown this weekend to expect increased traffic and road closures due to the NBA All-Star Game. We do not expect events to impact Saturday or Sunday activities at St. Peter’s. Church Street, 8th Street, and 7th Street will remain open. We have reserved a maximum number of spaces in the TransAmerica Parking Garage for Saturday and Sunday. Please visit this link to see how the game may impact your route. See you on Sunday!

Volunteer Front Desk Receptionists. During St. Peter’s weekday business hours, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the St. Peter’s Reception Desk is staffed entirely by volunteers who actively receive visitors, give directions, and direct calls. Recently, we have had a need for additional volunteers and many have stepped in to help. We are still in need of morning shift volunteers on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. The church business office does not run as smoothly without a front desk attendant, so please consider this important ministry opportunity. Contact Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6143) for more information.

Come to Choir School Serenade Gala February 23.It’s not too late to attend the annual Serenade Gala of The Choir School at St. Peter’s. The event will be held on February 23, 2019 at the Charlotte Country Club. This year we will highlight the MasterSingers’ upcoming residency in England at Durham Cathedral this July. There will be dinner and dancing, both live and silent auctions, and a performance from the MasterSingers of a program of British music. Please join us – tickets are still available

Worship and Music

Observing Weekly Worship at St. Peter’s. Every weekday and Sundays, St. Peter’s offers opportunities for worship, study, and reflection. See a daily schedule online to learn more.

Charlotte area Choral Evensong continues Sunday at St. John’s. Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have organized a weekly Choral Evensong series among area churches. Sunday, February 17 at 5:00 p.m., Evensong is offered at St. John’s Episcopal Church by the choirs of St. John’s, Holy Comforter, and St. Martin’s. On February 24, the Holy Comforter Choir, directed by Patrick Pope, sings Evensong at St. Peter’s. Learn more online.


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: February 17, “Exploring Vocation: A Conversation with Mother Amanda and 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: March 3, “Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home” Book Discussion, led by Eleanor Shell. “Faithful Families” helps you add faith moments to your daily routine and share meaningful spiritual experiences with your children. Search “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” on Facebook to stay up to date.

Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, February 26. 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 March 26 at St. Peter’s. To register, please contact Dr. Hanneman (

Mystical Food for Thought, February 27. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime on Wednesday, February 27. 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).

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).

Rohr Conference Live Webcast, “The Universal Christ,” March 28–31. Franciscan Richard Rohr will be joined by historian John Dominic Crossan and public theologian Jacqui Lewis in Albuquerque, New Mexico online via live webcast. The conference begins on Thursday, March 28 and ends on Sunday, March 31; a detailed schedule is forthcoming. The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman invites you to join him for the large screen viewing at St. Peter’s for all or part of this unique formation opportunity. Woven throughout the conference are contemplative practices, liturgies, and opportunities for group and individual reflection. This event is free of charge. To register, please contact the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman (

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.

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 from 6:45 to 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, today. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on today (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, 5:30–7:00 p.m., the next Pub Theology will take place on Thursday, February 21. You are invited to join Father Keith Lane 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).

St. Luke’s Guild, March 1. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, March 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).

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.

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 $10, which includes breakfast, round-trip transportation, museum admission, and lunch. Twelve seats are still available and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to participate, 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.

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 (

Join the Ushers. The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is looking for volunteers to serve on second Sundays for the 8:00 a.m. service, first Sundays for the 10:45 a.m. service, and 5:00 p.m. Evensong services held on most second and fourth Sundays. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

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 Thursday 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

February 23: Social Justice Film Event, “Tell Them We Are Rising,” 9:30 a.m.
February 24: Social Justice Ministry Team Planning Retreat, 12:30 p.m.
February 27: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
February 28: Pastoral Care Team Meeting, 9:30 a.m.
March 2: Charlotte Pride Band Concert, “Wind Songs and Dances,” (Myers Park Baptist Church, Heaton Hall), 5:00 p.m.
March 5: Shrove Tuesday.
March 6: Ash Wednesday.
March 12: Congregational Development Team Meeting.
March 16: Youth Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser.
March 18: Center City Concert, Organ Recital featuring Elizabeth Lenti.