This Week’s News

April 3, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice Committee Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

April 4, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Fellowship (Parlor), 8:30 am
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

April 5, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Fellowship (Parlor), 8:30 am
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.

April 6, Saturday
“Be the Bridge” with Tasha Morrison (Offsite: Galilee Center, 3601 Central Avenue, 28205), 10:00–11:30 a.m.

April 7, The Fifth 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 V (Parish Hall), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Formation: God and Current Events: How to Help Your Children Understand Faith in Our Society, led by Mother Amanda. (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: Centering Prayer (Parlor), 12:30 p.m.

April 8, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Organ at Davidson, featuring Elizabeth Lenti, Garrett Law, and The MasterSingers of the Choir School at St. Peter’s (Offsite: Davidson College Presbyterian Church), 7:30 p.m.

April 9, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Intercessory Prayer Room), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

April 10, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

April 11, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Pub Theology (Offsite: Sir Edmond Halley’s), 5:30 p.m.
Pet Grief Support Group (Tower Room), 7:00 p.m.

Strategic Planning Update, April 28 at 9:30 a.m. Save the date of April 28 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall for an update from our Strategic Planning leadership and our consultant, Andi Stevenson. Come to hear an update on the process and what we learned from the parish listening circles last fall.

Organ at Davidson, April 8. Organ at Davidson presents an ongoing series of concerts featuring outstanding organists, as well as collaborations with instrumentalists and choral groups. On Monday, April 8, Ms. Elizabeth Lenti, Artistic Director of The Choir School at St. Peter’s, and Mr. Garrett Law, Assistant Director, will offer a varied program of organ music. In addition, the MasterSingers will sing both sacred and secular music, including works by John Rutter, Josef Rheinberger, Henry Balfour Gardiner, and Keith Hampton. The concert will be in the Davidson College Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free with donations welcome to support the series. In addition, the audience is invited to make donations to The Choir School to support their tour to England this summer, where the MasterSingers will be in residence at Durham Cathedral. 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.

Easter Flowers and Music Gifts. Special contributions in memory or honor of loved ones help to fund the beautiful flowers and glorious music for Eastertide observances, beginning with the Great Vigil of Easter on April 20. For names to be printed in the worship service leaflets, the deadline is Sunday, April 14. Envelopes are available in the public spaces at St. Peter’s; indicate “Easter Flowers and Music” on checks. You may also contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142) or pay online.

Daily Worship at St. Peter’s. Morning and Evening Prayer are offered daily in the Chapel. Morning Prayer begins at 8:00 a.m., Monday-Friday, and Evening Prayer is offered at 5:30 p.m., Monday–Thursday. This 30-minute liturgy is a wonderful way to mark the beginning or end of your day. A mid-week Holy Eucharist is offered at noon on Tuesdays followed by fellowship in the Parlor.

Holy Week and Easter at St. Peter’s
Palm Sunday, April 14
Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist
8:00 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.

Monday-Friday in Holy Week
Monday Prayer, 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m. (except Friday)

Maundy Thursday, April 18
Holy Eucharist, Washing of Feet, Stripping of the Altar, 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday, April 19
Individual Sacrament of Reconciliation, 8:30 a.m.
Solemn Liturgy, Veneration of the Cross, Noon-3:00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross for all ages, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 20
Great Vigil of Easter, 8:00 p.m.

Easter Day, April 21
Holy Eucharist, Rite I with hymns, 7:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with choir, 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist (Taizé), 5:00 p.m.

Easter Week Parish Office Schedule. The parish offices will be closed on Monday, April 22. Morning and Evening Prayer will not be held on that day. On Tuesday, April 23, Morning and Evening Prayer will resume, and Noonday Prayer will be offered in the chapel in lieu of the Tuesday Eucharist. The clergy and music staff will be away from the office Monday, April 22–Friday, April 26 for annual respite following Holy Week and Easter services. To reach the clergy-on-call for emergency pastoral care dial 704-749-6175.

Joint Concert: One Voice Chorus and Charlotte Pride Band, April 12–13. One Voice Chorus (OVC) and Charlotte Pride Band (CPB) are proud to announce a joint concert, “Love: Nothing Stronger.” The concert will be presented on Friday and Saturday, April 12–13 at 7:30 p.m. in First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon Street. This concert is the first collaboration between the full groups, which believe that such partnerships lead to deeper and more powerful connections within our larger community. OVC is an SATB chorus comprised of approximately 70 singers begun in 1990. CPB has approximately 45 musicians and was founded in 2010. Both groups are proud to include both LGBTI members and straight allies. The groups will perform both separately and together in the concert. Tickets are available for $15 at the door and online at:


Parish Hall Forum, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. The conversational book study of The Last Week will conclude this Sunday in the forum. There will be no adult formation on Palm Sunday, April 14. Upcoming forums include: “Strategic Planning Update,” a series on “Christianity and Liturgy as Resistance,” “The Daily Office,” “Sabbath Keeping,” and “Evangelism.”

Lenten Spiritual Practices, Sundays at 12:30 p.m. The Lenten Spiritual Practices series concludes this Sunday in the Parlor at 12:30 p.m. Join us for a 30-minute conversation with Deacon Robin as we explore the practice of Centering Prayer.

Six-week Book Study, “A Different Way,” April 28–June 2. Join us in the Tower Room on Sunday mornings from April 28 through June 2 as we explore “A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World.” The concept of “living simply so that others may simply live” has been around for hundreds of years. The book connects our individual values and actions to the larger picture and helps us find power to make real change in our lives, communities, and in the world at large. Order eBook ($28) or paperback ($30 plus shipping) from (the Northwest Earth Institute. Scholarships are available by contacting Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141). For more information about the book study course, please contact Ellen Thompson ( or Mary Lynn Sepkowitz (

Monday Evening Bible Study: “Sabbath as Resistance.” Beginning on Monday, April 29, the Bible Study class will study Walter Brueggemann’s book “Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now.” All are welcome to join us for this four-week study. You will need the book and your Bible. The class time is from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. For more information or to register, please contact Ruth Woodend (, 704-661-4687) or John Frederick (, 704-293-7800).

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.

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

High Sunday Brunch, April 8. Celebrate Eastertide at a festive brunch in the Parish Hall on April 28 following the 10:45 a.m. service. The fare will be shrimp and grits and breakfast casserole with sides of asparagus, fresh fruit, and biscuits; child-friendly foods; and a dessert table: $10/adults and youth 13 and older, $5/children 6–12, $35/household maximum. Purchase your tickets online today.

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.)

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 such as 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 April 11 (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. You are invited to join Father Keith for a discussion on “Understanding the Resurrection” 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, April 16. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is April 16, 11:30 a.m. at the Open Kitchen located at 1318 W. Morehead Street, 28208. 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)

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, by 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.

Pastoral Care: Sharing and Responding to Concerns. To alert the clergy regarding a pastoral concern, telephone the Parish House during office hours (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) and after-hours, dial the Clergy On Call Phone at 704-749-6175 for pastoral emergencies such as hospitalizations. This protocol is the best way to communicate pastoral needs and ensure a response from a member of the clergy or pastoral care team.

Join the Ushers. The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is looking for more volunteers to serve on a once-monthly basis at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharists. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

Volunteer Front Desk Receptionists. During St. Peter’s weekday business hours, 9:00 a.m.–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.

Outreach and Social Justice

Galilee Speaker Series: “Be the Bridge,” April 6. Join Tasha Morrison at the Galilee Center (3601 Central Avenue, 28205) on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for a special speaker series sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church. Tasha founded “Be the Bridge” to inspire and equip ambassadors of racial reconciliation. Through her online community, “Be the Bridge,” it is her desire to create a community of bridge-builders who share a common goal of creating healthy dialogue about race. Over 1,500 members from different ethnicities practice the BTB values of grace, humility, truth-telling, respect, repentance, and reconciliation. For more information or to register, please contact Laura Konitzer (, 704-714-6959) by Thursday, April 4.

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Looking Ahead

April 17: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting.
April 17: Youth Advisory Committee Meeting.
April 18: Maundy Thursday Service.
April 19: Individual Sacrament of Reconciliation, Good Friday Service and Stations of the Cross.
April 20: Holy Saturday Great Vigil of Easter Service.
April 21: Easter Day.
April 22: Parish Offices closed in observance of Easter Holiday.
April 28: Strategic Planning Update: Sharing What We Learned from Parish Listening Circles.
April 28: High Sunday Brunch.
April 30: Social Justice Film Night.