This Week’s News

April 24, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Special Social Justice Museum Trip Film Viewing, “February One” (Parish Hall), 6:30 p.m.

April 25, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

April 26, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Fellowship (Parlor), 8:30 am

April 27, Saturday
Parents Connect Bright Blessings Family Outreach Project (Community Room), 4:00 p.m.

April 28, The Second Sunday in Easter
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
*No Holy Chow
Parish Hall Forum: Strategic Planning Update – Sharing What We Learned from Parish Listening Circles
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.
*No Coffee Hour
High Sunday Brunch (Parish Hall), 12:30 p.m.

April 29, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

April 30, 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.
Social Justice Film Night: “The Hand That Feeds” (Parish Hall), 6:00 p.m.

May 1, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

May 2, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

Strategic Planning Update, April 28 at 9:30 a.m. Please join us on this Sunday, 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.

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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.

Choir School Spring Concert Tickets: Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. The Choir School at St. Peter’s will hold its annual spring concerts on Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s. The five choirs of The Choir School will perform works by Rutter, Rheinberger, and Hampton, and include music that the tour choirs will sing this summer in Tennessee, and music that the MasterSingers will sing during their residency at Durham Cathedral in England in July. Tickets: $8 student; $20 adult. Purchase online at Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, email or call Kay Johnson (, 704-749-6146). Support for the Spring Concerts is provided by Friends of Fourth Ward. Generous media support for the season provided by WDAV89.9.

Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s: Final Concert and Spring Fundraiser, Monday, May 20. The final Noon concert of the season features artists-in-residence A.W.Duo. Admission is free. The season-ending celebration for Center City Concerts takes place on Monday, May 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A.W.Duo will perform, with time for socializing, food, and drink (cash bar). More details will be published soon – please save the date!

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).


Parish Hall Forum, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. 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

Catechesis Solemn Communion Retreat for Children, May 11. All children are invited to join Director of Children’s Formation, Anna Hurdle, Atria Catechists, and Parish Clergy in exploring the sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Baptism, and Holy Eucharist on Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m–4:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s. This annual experience is designed for children ages seven and older. The $20 suggested registration fee includes lunch and snacks. Parents should contact Anna Hurdle ( to register by Wednesday, May 8.

A Note to the Parish from Paul Hanneman. To the clergy, staff, and members of St. Peter’s: Thanks so very much for inviting me to share in your ministry over the past several years. It was a joy and a privilege to be part of this spiritual community through teaching, counseling, spiritual direction, preaching, and fellowship. St. Peter’s is a potent example of what can happen when worship, music, spiritual formation, and community engagement are passionately alive and centered in the Presence of Christ. My prayers are with you as you discern the next stages of your journey. Blessings, Paul A. Hanneman

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.)

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 Harris Holt (

Pet Grief Support Group, May 9. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on May 9 (and every second Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. For more information, contact Wes Sturgis (, 704-621-8613).

Pub Theology, May 9. Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m., the next Pub Theology will take place on Thursday, May 9. 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, May 21. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is May 21, 11:30 a.m. at a location to be announced soon. 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.

Outreach and Social Justice

“February One” Special Film Viewing, April 24. Interested St. Peter’s members are invited to join others from St. Peter’s, The Chapel of Christ the King, and St. Michael’s and All Angels who journeyed together on Saturday, March 30, 2019 to visit the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, N.C. This follow up gathering will take place on Wednesday, April 24 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees will view an award-winning film, “February One,” about the four college freshmen at North Carolina A&T who started the Woolworth lunch counter sit-in movement that solidified North Carolina’s significant role in desegregating public accommodations across the nation. Light refreshments will be available at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room. The hour-long film will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall followed by a discussion with panelists from the three churches which visited the museum last month. To help with the count and set-up, please RSVP to Gwen High ( if interested in attending.

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 (] if you can participate. If you can’t come on April 27, but still want to help, please visit this link or contact Natalie to find out about supplies that she is collecting for the cause.

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

May 4: RAIN/AIDS Walk.
May 7: Congregational Development Team Meeting.
May 9: A Riff of Love: Jazz and Storytelling, The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter.
May 11: Sacramental Retreat and Solemn Communion (CGS).
May 15: Youth Advisory Committee Meeting.
May 18: Parents Connect Wine Tasting.
May 20: Center City Concerts Noonday concert and Spring Fundraiser (5:30 p.m.) featuring A.W. Duo.
May 21: Discovery Night with The Choir School: Community Auditions.