This Week’s News

June 19, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training, Part 1 (Atria and Community Room) 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Youth Advisory Committee Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.

June 20, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training, Part 1 (Atria and Community Room) 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Pilgrim Leaders Meeting (Offsite), 5:30 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal (last of the season), 7:00 p.m.

June 21, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.

June 23, The Second Sunday after Pentecost
Youth Pilgrimage Sendoff
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Pilgrims Special Prep Class & Celebration (Basement), 9:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Children’s Story Time (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.
Lemonade on the Lawn, 12:00 p.m.

June 24, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

June 25, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

June 26, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Summer Book Club Meeting, “Holy Envy” (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.

June 27, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

Youth Pilgrimage Prayer Request Submissions, and Recognition Sunday. On Sunday, June 23, we will pray for and wish “bon voyage” to our Pilgrims and bestow upon them the “Gifts of Pilgrimage.” And, as we finish final preparations for this Holy Pilgrimage to London, Canterbury, Normandy, Chartres and Paris, June 24 to July 4, we invite parishioners to email us prayer requests so we may offer prayers for you and your loved ones at three of the many cathedrals we visit: Canterbury, Chartres, and Sacré Coeur. Throughout our pilgrimage, we intentionally offer prayers for our parish family, friends, and community. All are asked to send personal and specific prayers, including for ourselves, family, and friends today to Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt ( We also ask for your prayers as we make this sacred and special journey.

Kanuga. In 2018 the annual parish retreat at Kanuga Conferences was canceled due to Hurricane Florence. Since that time, the staff has been working closely with Kanuga to find an alternative date for an upcoming parish retreat. Save the date for the next parish retreat to Kanuga: March 13–15, 2020. Stay tuned to the eNews for more information regarding Kanuga planning and registration.

Stewardship of Time & Talent. Christian stewardship calls us to consider not only how we give of our money, but how we give our time and talent in the work of God’s kingdom. During the months of June, July, and August the Stewardship and Congregational Engagement teams will highlight various ministries in the parish. Stay tuned to the weekly eNews and Sunday “minutes for ministry” to learn how you might pledge your time and spiritual gifts in 2019.

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.


Parish Hall Forum. The Parish Hall Forum will resume on “Kickoff Sunday,” August 25. Stay tuned to the eNews for occasional summer formation offerings.

Summer Book Club: Meetings on June 26, July 31, and September 5. This summer, as part of our Adult Formation, we will be offering a Summer Book Club. Over the months of June, July, and August, we will read three books together, all by well-known contemporary Christian authors, and all published last year. For our book club meetings, we will gather at the church in the Community Room from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a time of refreshments, conversation, and fellowship. Participants are asked to read the book ahead of time and to bring either a drink or snack to share. The dates and books are as follows: Wednesday, June 26 – Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor; Wednesday, July 31 – Shameless: A Sexual Reformation by Nadia Bolz-Weber; Thursday, September 5 – I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. Join us for as many of these discussions as you are able.

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. For more information, please contact Fr. Murdock Smith at ( or register online by visiting

Community Life

Summer at St. Peter’s with Children’s Story Time. No need to skip church this summer. During the summer months while the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is on break, an offering for young children will be held in the church Parlor during the Liturgy of the Word. Children will be invited to join two adult parishioners who will be sharing carefully selected literature. Children will follow a small cross after the Gospel, and will re-enter at the Peace.

The St. Francis Fund. The clergy and executive committee of the Vestry have re-established the St. Francis Fund, a restricted benevolence fund to assist St. Peter’s parishioners with housing and medical needs. If you are interested in contributing to this important fund, please contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).

Volunteer Front Desk Receptionists. During St. Peter’s weekday business hours, from 9:00 a.m. to 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, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m, and occasional substitutes. 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.

Clergy-Staff Impersonation Emails. Recently an online attacker impersonated members of the clergy and parish staff in an attempt to steal gift cards. Staff members will only communicate with you using their official email addresses. Clergy and staff will never ask for money or gift cards by email. Please be wary if you see a message that appears to be from the church, but uses another address.

Parents Connect End of Program Year Survey. Thank you to everyone for a great first program year for Parents Connect. We look forward to continuing to grow our program next year, but we need your feedback. Please take less than five minutes to take this survey so that we can grow and plan Parents Connect to meet your needs. We will base next year’s programming on your responses. Visit and complete the quick survey.

Parents Connect Summer Plans. Parents Connect Sunday formation and fellowship will resume when the fall program year begins on Sunday, August 25. Please join us for our summer events: Parents Connect Summer Family Breakfast, Sunday, July 14 at the Original Pancake House in Midtown (915 Charlottetowne Avenue, 8:45–10:15 a.m); Charlotte Pride Parade (Sunday, August 18 following the 10:45 am. service): Parents Connect will be running the Hospitality Tent at the Pride Parade this year. Of course you are more than welcome to march, but we will staff the church lawn, enjoy the parade, and pass out popsicles and other goodies. If you plan to attend either event, contact Erin Chantry (

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 On Break. Holy Chow will take a summer break beginning Sunday, June 16 and will resume for 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.

Senior Class Luncheon, July 16. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is July 16, 11:30 a.m., at Burton’s Grill (1601 East Woodlawn Road, Suite A, Park Road Shopping Center). 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, July 5. The next gathering of this first-Friday group is July 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: complete a “Prayer Request” card located in the pew rack, submit your request online at, or contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141). Names of persons who have given consent for their 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.

Augustine Literacy Project Volunteer Literacy Tutors. Learn more about becoming a volunteer literacy tutor with Augustine Literacy Project-Charlotte, our commitment in training and supporting volunteer tutors, and our impact in helping students learn to read. Contact ( for more information!

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).

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Looking Ahead

June 24–July 4: Youth Pilgrimage to London, Canterbury, and Northern France.
June 27: Pastoral Care Team Meeting.
July 4: Parish Offices Closed for Independence Day holiday.
July 8: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting.
July 8–12: HUGS Camp (Offsite at The Summit).
July 18–29: Choir School MasterSingers Residency at Durham Cathedral, UK.
July 28–31: Episcopal Outreach Camp.