This Week’s News

March 13, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

March 14, Thursday
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Pub Theology (Offsite: Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse), 5:30 p.m.
Pet Grief Support Group (Parlor), 7:00 p.m.

March 16, Saturday
St. Pierre’s Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction (Parish Hall), 6:30 p.m.

March 17, The Second Sunday in Lent
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Lenten Forum Series, “The Last Week”: A Conversational Study, Part II (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.
Lenten Spiritual Practices: The Daily Office (Parlor), 12:30 p.m.
Taizé, 5:00 p.m.

March 18, Monday
Center City Concert, Organ Recital featuring Elizabeth Lenti (Church), Noon
Funeral for Mary B. Williams, 2:30 p.m. (followed by reception in Parish Hall)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Strategic Planning Committee Meeting (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

March 19, Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Intercessory Prayer Room), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite: Fran’s Filling Station), 11:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

March 20, Wednesday
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
Youth Advisory Committee Meeting (Basement) 6:00 p.m.

March 21, Thursday
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

Lent at St. Peter’s. During the Season of Lent there are many opportunities for further formation, worship, and study. On Sundays in Lent, the Parish Hall Forum will focus on a study of Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s The Last Week, about the final days before the crucifixion as told in the Gospel of Mark. After the 10:45 a.m. service on Sundays in Lent, the clergy will lead a 30-minute discussion on “Lenten Spiritual Practices” in the Parlor beginning at 12:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday, beginning March 11, Evening Prayer will be offered in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m. Whether you participate in one or all of these offerings, our hope is that Lent at St. Peter’s will enhance your journey of discipleship as we prepare for the holiest of seasons in the Church.

Youth Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser, March 16, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Register now for Saint Pierre’s Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction, hosted by the Pilgrim Class (10th and 11th graders), their families, and the Youth Advisory Team. This “Night in France” showcases the pilgrims’ chosen destination–where spaghetti is as beloved as it is in Italy! We will have a half-and-half cash raffle, guessing game jars of candy, a silent auction, the spaghetti dinner served by our youth, and more. Pricing: $14 for adults; $8 for youth 12–17; $4 for children 6–11; children under 6 are free; family maximum is $40; wine and beer will also be available for an additional charge. (When registering, please identify any dietary accommodation you may require.) Email Lyn ( with questions. All proceeds support the Pilgrim Class on their Holy Pilgrimage to London, Canterbury, and northern France where they will strengthen their faith and increase their knowledge of their Christian heritage.

Center City Concert at St. Peter’s, March 18. The Center City Concert series continues on Monday, March 18 at Noon with an organ recital by Elizabeth Lenti, Director of Music and Organist at St. Peter’s. Ms. Lenti will play a varied program of music from across the centuries. No ticket is required and there is no admission charge. For more information, please visit

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.

Daily Evening Prayer. Evening Prayer will be offered in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m., Monday–Thursday. This 30-minute liturgy is a wonderful way to mark the end of your day, whether you travel to St. Peter’s for this offering, or simply stop by on your way home. Daily Morning Prayer is offered in the Chapel, Monday–Friday at 8:00 a.m.

Charlotte area Choral Evensong on Sunday at St. Peter’s. Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have organized a weekly Choral Evensong series among area churches. On Sunday, March 17 the Choirs of Holy Comforter, St. John’s, and St. Martin’s sing Evensong at 5:00 p.m. (Holy Comforter). Sunday, March 24 marks the last Evensong at St. Peter’s until September and will be led by the St. Peter’s Choir. Learn more online.

Visual Changes in Our Sacred Space during Lent. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, the covering of crosses and the altar mosaic is an ancient tradition observed during the season of Lent. Instruments of the Passion depicted in the dossal veil, which now covers the mosaic at the altar, are a rooster (crowed after Peter’s third denial of Jesus) and what is a combination of a lance (used to pierce the side of Jesus as he hung on the cross) and a sponge on the end of a forked rod (offering sour wine to Jesus as he hung on the cross). On either side of Jesus are St. Mary the Virgin, Mother of our Lord, and St. John the Beloved, depicted with his head uncovered and beardless. At the foot of the cross is the image of Jesus as the Lamb of God.

MasterSingers at Duke Chapel, Sunday, March 17. The Choir School’s MasterSingers will sing the Evensong service at Duke University Chapel in Durham on Sunday, March 17 at 4:00 p.m. Choral Evensong is a centuries-old tradition that continues to be prayed every day all over the world. Drawn from the 17th century, worshipers are invited to enter into a sacred space of reflection through music, scripture, and prayers that has shaped Christian lives for hundreds of years.


Lenten Forum Series, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Continuing on March 17, the clergy will offer a study and conversation around John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg’s famous book The Last Week, which explores the final days before Jesus’ crucifixion as told in the Gospel of Mark. Available for purchase at this link, acquiring a copy is not necessary, though reading along may enhance your experience. Several copies are also available for purchase through the parish office.

Lenten Spiritual Practices, Sundays at 12:30 p.m. Continuing on March 17, the clergy will offer a 30-minute conversation in the parlor each Sunday in Lent as an opportunity to enhance personal spiritual practices in this holy season. Join us after Coffee Hour for conversations about praying with beads, praying the Daily Office, praying the Examine, Lectio Divina, and Centering Prayer.

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: April 7, God and Current Events: How to Help Your Children Understand Faith in Our Society, led by Mother Amanda. May 5, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: How it Prepares Our Children for a Lifetime of Faith, led by Anna Hurdle and Katie Nelson. Search “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” on Facebook to stay up to date.

Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, March 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 (

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 Paul Hanneman (

Education for Ministry at St. Peter’s this Fall. St. Peter’s is planning to start an Education for Ministry (EfM) group this fall. EfM is a theological curriculum put out by Sewanee that is designed for lay people within the church. You can learn more about it by going to their website: If you have previously participated in EfM, or have heard about EfM and are interested in participating, we would like to talk with you! Please contact Fr. Murdock Smith at ( for more information or to learn how to become involved.

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 Spring 2019 magazine to be released soon. This seasonal magazine will include parish fellowship events, formation opportunities, and Holy Week and Easter information.

Youth Gumbo Sale on Sunday, March 17. This Sunday, March 17, the St. Peter’s Youth will be selling gumbo to support the Youth Pilgrimage. You will have your gumbo choice of chicken, chicken sausage, vegan, and shrimp. This is on a first-come first-served basis, so please visit their table in the Gallery following the second service.

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. Don’t have cash? You can now pay online through Realm.

Wearing Nametag Buttons on Sundays. As we welcome new staff and clergy, please help them begin putting faces with names by wearing your nametag buttons on Sunday mornings. The button boards are located near the 7th street Parish House entrance and in the Narthex, so please be sure to pick yours up as you head into the church for services. If you don’t yet have a nametag button, sign-up is available in the lobby at the Reception Desk.

Planned Giving at St. Peter’s. The St. Peter’s community of faith is supported in part by the vision and generosity of generations of parishioners who came before us. Like them, we can also help to ensure that the programs and facilities we love will continue to exist far into the future. Planned gifts have a large impact on St. Peter’s, providing resources for our highly acclaimed music programs, funding for our internal non-profits like The Choir School at St. Peter’s, and enrichment to the lives of our young people during the important years when their faith is being formed. You can learn more about planned giving, the St. Peter’s Endowment, and how legacy giving supports the future of our faith community by contacting Steve Bentley (, 704-562-3830). For more information, please pick up a hard copy of “A Common Legacy: Planned Giving at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church”, available in the Lobby.

Pet Grief Support Group, April 11. 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, April 11. Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m., the next Pub Theology will take place on Thursday, April 11. Father Jacob will lead a discussion on Holy Week and Easter. You are invited to join a member of St. Peter’s 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.

Senior Class Luncheon, March 19. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is March 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Fran’s Filling Station, 2410 Park Road across the street from the Red Cross. 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, April 5. The next gathering of this first-Friday group is April 5, 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)

29th Annual Women’s Retreat, March 22–24. The Women’s Retreat is held in the spring at the Valle Crucis Conference Center deep in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Valle Crucis, NC. This year, we will gather on March 22–24. Come to find your Spiritual Gift(s) with the Reverend Deacon Jane V. Holmes. Spiritual gifts are real, we all have a gift, and yet we may not realize it. The Reverend Deacon Holmes will lead us through the process of discovering our gifts. The retreat cost is $165 per person, with a $75 deposit due at the time of registration. Use this link to register online. For financial assistance, please use this link to contact Father Josh.

Social Justice Film Night, March 26. St. Peter’s Social Justice Ministry is partnering with Novant Health for a special screening of the documentary “Gen Silent” on March 26 at 6:00–8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. During this free event you can learn how LGBT seniors who fought the earliest battles for equality now face fear of discrimination in healthcare/long term care. A panel discussion with special guests will follow. Refreshments will be provided by the Novant Business Resource Group. Please use this link to register and click here to view the movie trailer. For more information, contact Jason Gingras (

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.

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. 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 a Holy Chow breakfast in the Parish Hall, round-trip motor coach transportation, museum admission, and lunch. Before returning to Charlotte, the group will also visit February One, the monument sculpture on the campus of North Carolina A&T of the four college students who started the sit-in movement. If you would like more information, contact Gwen High (

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 (

Prayer Requests. As a community, we offer support to one another through prayer. Requests may be made in several ways: by calling the church office, by completing a “Prayer Request” card located in the pew rack, submitting your request online at, or by contacting Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141). Names of persons who have given consent for names to be printed will be read aloud and listed for two Sundays, unless a longer period is requested. Intercessions are offered during Sunday and weekday worship, and daily by the Clergy and Pastoral Care Team.

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, travel size toothpaste, toothbrushes, 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). Thank you for helping our neighbors!

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

March 24: Last St. Peter’s Evensong of the season.
March 28: Pastoral Care Team Meeting.
April 3: Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting.
April 15-20: Holy Week.
April 21: Easter Sunday.
April 22: Parish Offices closed in observance of Easter Holiday.