This Week’s News

April 10, 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 11, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Fellowship (Parlor), 8:30 am
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.

April 12, 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 13, Saturday
“Be the Bridge” with Tasha Morrison (Offsite: Galilee Center, 3601 Central Avenue, 28205), 10:00–11:30 a.m.

April 14, Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Classrooms) & Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
No Adult Parish Hall Formation
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.

April 15, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

April 16, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Intercessory Prayer Room), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite: Open Kitchen, 1318 W. Morehead St, 28208), 11:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

April 17, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Strategic Planning Committee Meeting (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.

April 18, Maundy Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist, Washing of Feet, Stripping of the Altar, 7:00 p.m.

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.

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Holy Week and Easter at St. Peter’s
Palm Sunday, April 14
Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist
8:00 a.m. and 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. and 11:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist (Taizé), 5:00 p.m.
*Valet service hours are extended: 7:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
*Nursery hours are 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
*No Holy Chow or Coffee Hour.

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 place 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.

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 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.

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. There will be no adult formation on Palm Sunday, April 14 or Easter Day, April 21. Upcoming forums include: “Strategic Planning Update,” a series on “Christianity and Liturgy as Resistance,” “The Daily Office,” “Sabbath Keeping,” and “Evangelism.”

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: May 5, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: How it Prepares Our Children for a Lifetime of Faith, led by Anna Hurdle and Katie Nelson; June 2, Continuing Family Spirituality into the Summer, led by St. Peter’s clergy. 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

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.

High Sunday Brunch, April 28. 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.)

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, May 3. The next gathering of this first-Friday group is May 3, 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.

Planning an Event at St. Peter’s? Here’s what we need from you. St. Peter’s holds a number of events each year that enrich the lives of our community. We want to continue doing so, but can only help if setup details are submitted five days prior to the event date. (If we are able to accommodate late requests, the event organizer must be responsible for event setup and cleanup.) If you are considering the use of space at St. Peter’s, please contact Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate, (, 704-749-6141).

Join the Hospitality Team. Coffee Hour is in need of several volunteers to serve first Sundays, either monthly or every other month. Our baristas provide refreshments and a warm welcome after our 10:45 service. Please contact Kristine Reid ( for more information or to join this ministry.

Bright Blessings Family Outreach Project, April 27. Parents Connect and their families will gather on the afternoon of Saturday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room to assemble Bright Blessings party bags. Bright Blessings is a program that hosts birthday parties at shelters and housing programs for children who have never had a birthday party. Please email Natalie Glover (] by April 12 if you’d like to participate. If you can’t come on April 27, but still want to help, please also contact Natalie to find out about supplies that she is collecting for the cause.

Outreach and Social Justice

Social Justice Film Night on April 30. On Tuesday, April 30, the Social Justice Ministry Team will be presenting a screening of “The Hand That Feeds,” which tells the story of twelve undocumented immigrants who face an uphill battle and the threat of deportation when they take on the popular restaurant in New York City where they work. The 56-minute film viewing will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a guided discussion. Simple refreshments will be offered.

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Looking Ahead

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.
May 1: Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting.
May 4: RAIN/AIDS Walk.
May 7: Congregational Development Team Meeting.
May 10 and 11: Spring Concerts for The Choir School at St. Peter’s.
May 11: Sacramental Retreat and Solemn Communion (CGS).
May 15: Youth Advisory Committee Meeting.
May 18: Parents Connect Wine Tasting.