This Week’s News

May 15, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Safe Church Training (Basement), 6:00 p.m.

May 16, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room), 7:00 p.m.

May 17, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Choir School End of Year Celebration Dinner (Parish Hall), 6:00 p.m.

May 18, Saturday
Parents Connect Wine Tasting Social (Offsite at the home of Will and Jen Farquharson), 7:30 p.m.

May 19, The Fifth Sunday in Easter
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast (Community Room), 8:30 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum: “The Daily Office” with Mother Amanda, 9:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (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) and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Solemn Communion, 10:45 a.m.
Coffee Hour (Parish House Lobby), 12:00 p.m.
Newcomers Parish House Tour (Parlor), 12:30 p.m.
Taizé, 5:00 p.m.

May 20, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Center City Concerts: A.W.Duo, Cello & Piano (Church), Noon
Evening Prayer (Parlor), 5:30 p.m.
Center City Concerts Fundraiser: A.W.Duo Concert (Church), 5:30 p.m. and Dinner Event (Rooftop Terrace), 6:00 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

May 21, 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: Shun Lee Palace, Cotswold)
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Choir School Discovery Night (Parish Hall), 6:00 p.m.

May 22, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

May 23, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Youth Documentary Viewing, “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict” (Offsite: Holy Comforter), 6:15 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room), 7:00 p.m.


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 ( This event is adults only.

Newcomers Talk and Tour, May 19. All who consider themselves to be newcomers to St. Peter’s in the last six months are invited to gather for fellowship and a tour of the Parish House immediately following the 10:45 a.m. service on May 19. Please meet in the Parlor for brief refreshments before we head out for the tour. If you have questions, contact Mike Hoffman (

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.

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.

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. “Christianity as Resistance” with Mother Amanda. Upcoming forums include: “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: 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 sponsored by The University of the South, Sewanee, and 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 the recent Strategic Planning update presentation during the Forum hour on April 28, 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.) Holy Chow will take a summer break after Sunday, June 9 and will resume at the beginning of the 2019-2020 program year on Sunday, August 25.

Pet Grief Support Group, June 13. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on June 13 (and every second Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. For more information, contact Wes Sturgis (, 704-621-8613).

Pub Theology Resumes in September Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology features holy conversations around pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, available for purchase. Pub Theology will resume in September with a topic to be announced.

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 area. 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, June 7. The next gathering of this first-Friday group is June 7, 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.

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, 6:00–7:00 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

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 (

Outreach and Social Justice

Social Justice Film Night, June 4. The next film series in May has been delayed to June 4 due to the Memorial Day weekend. This film deals with the controversial practice of gay conversion therapy. “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” shows how a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians and the aftermath that follows. A special panel of guests, including parishioner Jason Gingras, will discuss their experiences with this controversial practice. Light refreshments will be served. Stay tuned for an RSVP link.

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Looking Ahead

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 4: Social Justice Film Night: “The Miseducation of Cameron Post.”
June 9: Parish Picnic.