This Week’s News

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

June 6, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Building and Grounds Committee Meeting (Parlor), 5:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room), 7:00 p.m.

June 7, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.

June 9, The Day of Pentecost, Whitsunday
Last Sunday of the Program Year
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast (Community Room), 8:30 a.m. (last of the program year)
Parish Hall Forum: “Pentecost: Discerning the Holy Spirit” with Father Jacob, 9:30 a.m.
Pentecost Celebration in the Atria (Last day of CGS), 9:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room) 9:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Annual Parish Picnic (Offsite: Independence Park, Shelter #1), 12:30 p.m.

June 10, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

June 11, 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 12, 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.

June 13, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Pet Grief Support Group (Tower Room), 7:00 p.m.

The Day of Pentecost. On the Day of Pentecost, Sunday June 9, we celebrate the “birthday” of the Church by the sending of the Holy Spirit in a fiery, wind-swept moment recalled in the Book of Acts. There will be much fanfare, including incense at the 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist. Parishioners at all services are invited to wear red to commemorate this feast with the color of fire.

Parish Picnic, Sunday, June 9. The annual Parish Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 9 after the 10:45 a.m. service at Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Lane at Park Drive. We have reserved Shelter #1 (same as last year). The closest parking to the shelter is on Park Drive. Carpooling is encouraged. Please bring lawn chairs and a side dish or dessert to share, as follows (Last names A-S: bring a side dish or vegetarian entrée (savory); last names T-Z: bring a dessert or something sweet). The parish will provide barbecue and drinks.

Stewardship of Time & Talent. Christian stewardship calls us to consider not only how we give of our money, but how we give of our time and talent in God’s Kingdom work. 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 of 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, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. On June 9 the Parish Hall Forum will conclude for the season with “Pentecost: Discerning the Holy Spirit,” led by Father Jacob. 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. Please join us for as many of these discussions as you are able. 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.

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.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Formation Course for Adults – Part One, June 17–21. Part One of the CGS Formation Course for adults will take place June 17–21, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. You are invited to join others from St. Martin’s, Charlotte; Holy Comforter, Charlotte; St. Peter’s, Roman Catholic Church, Charlotte; and Grace Church, Waynesville; as we explore the fundamentals of our faith as experienced in scripture and liturgy, as well as the spirituality of childhood. Tuition is waived for parishioners of St. Peter’s and commitment to being an atrium facilitator is not a requirement in order to attend. More information on this adult formation can be found here: Please contact Anna Hurdle to discuss or register, or register online through Realm.

Community Life

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 from the church that uses another address.

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 hiatus, 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 process out during the hymn before the Gospel and will re-enter at the time of the Peace.

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 5 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. Please visit and complete the quick survey.

Parents Connect Summer Plans. Parents Connect Sunday formation and fellowship will take a summer break after June 9 and 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, please 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 (

Tuesday Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer resumes in the Fall. For those who were able to participate in this year’s Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer sessions preceding the Tuesday Noon Eucharist each week from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., your presence has been such a blessing. Tuesday, June 4, was the final meeting of the season and we will reconvene in the fall (specific date to be provided later). We hope that all of you will continue your own prayer practice throughout the summer, while enjoying a break from the discipline of group practice. For more information about this group, please contact Judith Johnson (, (704) 596-6167) or Ruth Woodend (

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 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, June 18. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is June 18, 11:30 a.m., at Carolina Prime Steakhouse (225 E. Woodlawn). 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: 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.

Pastoral Care: Sharing and Responding to Concerns. To alert the clergy regarding a pastoral concern, telephone the Parish House during office hours (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) and after-hours, dial the Clergy On Call Phone at 704-749-6175 for pastoral emergencies such as hospitalizations. This protocol is the best way to communicate pastoral needs and ensure a response from a member of the clergy or 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 Coffee Hour Team in the Fall. Coffee Hour is in need of several volunteers to serve in the fall, either monthly or every other month. Our Coffee Hour baristas provide refreshments and a warm welcome after our 10:45 a.m. service each week during the program year. Please contact Kristine Reid ( for more information or to join this ministry.

Augustine Literacy Project Volunteer Literacy Tutors, June 10 at Christ Church. 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. RSVP to ( to attend our next Information Session on June 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Church. Join us and bring a friend. To find out more, please visit

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Looking Ahead

June 14-17: Annual Tour for the Tour Choirs of The Choir School at St. Peter’s.
June 17–21: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training Course, Level 1.
June 24-July 4: Youth Pilgrimage to London, Canterbury, and Northern France.
July 18-29: Choir School MasterSingers Residency at Durham Cathedral, UK.