This Week’s News

May 1, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Vigil in Response to Mass Violence (Church), 5:30 p.m.

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

May 3, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.

May 4, Saturday
AIDS Walk Charlotte (Wells Fargo Plaza & Atrium, 301 S. Tryon St, Uptown Charlotte)

May 5, The Third Sunday in Easter
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast (Community Room), 8:30 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum: “Christianity as Resistance” with Father Jacob, 9:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Formation: “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and a Lifetime of Faith” led by Anna Hurdle and Katie Nelson (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Book Study: “A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World” (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Classrooms), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Liturgy of Light (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Coffee Hour (Parish House Lobby), 12:30 p.m.

May 6, 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.

May 7, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
St. Peter’s Endowment Finance Committee Meeting (Tower Room), 9:00 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.
Congregational Development Team Meeting (Tower Room), 6:00 p.m.

May 8, 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 9, 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, Park Road Shopping Center), 5:30 p.m.
Pet Grief Support Group (Tower Room), 7:00 p.m.
A Riff of Love: Jazz and Storytelling (Offsite: The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter), 7:00 p.m.

AIDS Walk Charlotte. On Saturday, May 4, St. Peter’s will be joining other community institutions for AIDS Walk Charlotte. This event is an opportunity to raise money for RAIN Carolina, an organization committed to ending HIV in our community and empowering persons who are living with or at risk for HIV to live a healthy and stigma free life. Your contributions and compassion help to create an HIV-free generation. You can click here to donate.

Choir School Spring Concert Tickets: Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. The Choir School at St. Peter’s will hold their 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, including 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 WDAV 89.9.

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.

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.

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). Purchase tickets online now.

Charlotte Pride Band presents “Spring Fling” on May 18. Under the artistic direction of John Stanley Ross, the Charlotte Pride Band closes this season with a “Spring Fling” concert on Saturday, May 18 at 5:00 p.m. in the Rowe Recital Hall of UNC-Charlotte (9119 University Road, 28262). This concert serves “lighter fare” with fun works by George Gershwin, Karl King, Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, Gustav Holst, and Steven Bryant. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online or at the door. Parking is free. For more information, visit


Parish Hall Forum, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Upcoming forums include: “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 (

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. If you missed last Sunday’s Strategic Planning update presentation during the Forum hour, you can review the stakeholder research results presented by St. Peter’s consultant, Andi Stevenson. Click here to download a PDF of the research results. For more information, contact either of the Strategic Planning Committee co-chairs, Maria Long ( or Tony Craghead (

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, 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 a member of 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, May 21. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is May 21, 11:30 a.m. at Shun Lee Palace, 4340 Colwick Road in the Cotswold Shopping Complex. 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.

Parents Connect Wine Tasting, May 18. Parents Connect is invited to a wine tasting social at the home of Will and Jen Farquharson on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. Our resident sommelier, Will Farquharson, will educate us as we sip and swirl. Will is a world-class sommelier who will share his expertise over delicious food and fellowship. He will also have a special bottle picked out for us. Please bring a bottle of wine that you enjoy. RSVP and send the name of your wine to Ann Luszcz at ( by May 12. This event is adults only.

Discover The Choir School, May 21. Do you know a child who loves to sing? Boys and girls ages 7–11 and their parents are invited to experience an open rehearsal with and audition for The Choir School at St. Peter’s on Tuesday, May 21 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Choristers study, rehearse, and perform with expert, experienced musicians. In addition to musicianship skills, choristers learn to be confident, organized, kind, ready to be a team player, and ready to lead—all skills that help them succeed in school, with friends, and in life. The Choir School recruits talented young singers from all over the region, reflecting the socioeconomic, geographic, and religious diversity of our area. Choristers who audition successfully are admitted regardless of their ability to contribute financially. For more information and to RSVP for Discovery Night, contact Kay Johnson (, 704-749-6146. Information also posted at

Outreach and Social Justice

A Riff of Love: Jazz and Stories Performance, May 9. Holy Comforter Episcopal Church (2701 Park Road, 28209) will host a performance of “A Riff of Love: Jazz and Stories of Justice and Belonging” on Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. This performance brings to life Greg Jarrell’s book about his family’s experience of “rooted discipleship” in Enderly Park, one of Charlotte’s poorest neighborhoods. An exceptional jazz quintet, with Greg on sax and Dawn Anthony on vocals, will mix with passages from the book and art illuminating neighborhood saints. The performance is free, but please use this link to RSVP.

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Looking Ahead

May 12: Solemn Communion for Children at 10:45 a.m. service.
May 13: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting.
May 15: Youth Advisory Committee Meeting.
May 19: Newcomer Coffee, Conversation, and Parish Tour.
May 23: Youth Documentary Viewing (Offsite: Holy Comforter), “Chasing the Dragon”.
May 27: Parish Offices Closed in observance of Memorial Day Holiday.
May 30: Pastoral Care Team Meeting.

May 30: Noon Eucharist: The Feast of the Ascension.
June 2: Youth Sunday, Senior Graduate Recognition.
June 9: Parish Picnic.