This Week’s News

July 31, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Episcopal Outreach Camp
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Summer Book Club Meeting, “Shameless” (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.

August 1, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

August 2, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.

August 4, The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
“Lift up your hearts” Summer Formation (Community Room), 9:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Children’s Story Time (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.
Lemonade in the Lobby, 12:00 p.m.

August 5, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Choir School Camp
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Strategic Planning Committee Meeting (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.

August 6, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Choir School Camp
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Congregational Engagement Team Meeting (Tower Room), 6:00 p.m.

August 7, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Choir School Camp
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

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

Pride at St. Peter’s. Charlotte Pride is one of the many opportunities in our parish life to connect with our neighbors. St. Peter’s will have a booth at the festival near the Food Court on both Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18. On Sunday August 18, Parents Connect will offer hospitality to parade marchers and viewers on the church lawn. If you would like to be an ambassador for St. Peter’s at the Pride booth, please select a shift here. To march in the parade, help provide hospitality, or give in another way, please sign up using this form. For questions or other interest in being involved, please contact Jason Gringas (, (407) 927-0034. Visit the Pride Table in the Gallery on Sundays for more information.

Summer Formation: “Lift up your hearts.” On Sunday, August 4 at 9:30 a.m., all ages are invited to join the parish clergy in the Community Room for the second week of an interactive series on the Holy Eucharist. “Lift up your hearts” is an opportunity to learn more about our weekly worship, specifically the second of the primary movements of the Holy Eucharist: the Ministry of the Table. Join us for this fun, informative, and hands-on formation opportunity.

Security Summit, August 11. On Sunday, August 11 the St. Peter’s Security Committee invites all Ushers, Welcome Hosts, Catechists, Youth Leaders, Room in the Inn Team Leads, Parents Connect members, Vestry, and Staff to attend a summit in the Parish Hall after the 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist. The Security Committee will share the recently completed St. Peter’s Emergency Response Plan, as well as hear from experts of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Urban Ministry Center. Breakout sessions for each group will follow and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141) by August 6.

Summer Book Club: Final Session on September 5. As part of our summer Adult Formation, we are offering a Summer Book Club. We will gather in the Community Room, 6:00–8:00 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. Thursday, September 5 we will discuss I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown.

Worship and Music

Observing Weekly Worship. Every weekday and Sunday, St. Peter’s offers opportunities for worship, study, and reflection. See a daily schedule online to learn more.

Daily Worship. 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. Beginning the week of August 25, Holy Eucharist will be offered each Thursday at noon, in addition to the Tuesday Holy Eucharist, and Noonday Prayers with a guided meditation will be offered on Wednesdays in the Chapel.

Prayer at St. Peter’s: Centering and Intercessory Prayer Group. Starting on September 10, please join us in the St. Benedict Room from 10:45–11:45 a.m. on Tuesday mornings for a quiet time of intercession and centering prayer. For more information, please contact Judith Johnson (, 704-596-6167) or Ruth Woodend (


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

Education for Ministry (EfM) this Fall. St. Peter’s is planning to start an EfM group this fall. A theological curriculum sponsored by The University of the South, Sewanee, EfM is designed for lay people within the church. You can learn more about EfM 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

Monday Evening Bible Study, “That You May Believe.” Beginning on Monday, September 9, the Bible Study class will study “That You May Believe: The Gospel of John.” All are welcome to join us for this fourteen-week Kerygma Program and previous study is not required. The class time is from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. The cost of the book is $18. You will also need a study Bible. Please contact Ruth Woodend (, 704-661-4687) to register or for more information.

Community Life

Intercessory Prayer on Sunday Mornings. At each celebration of the Holy Eucharist, we’re led in intercessory prayer during the Prayers of the People. Clergy and staff members also constantly hold people in prayer. But on a more personal level, the opportunity to pray directly with prayer partners is available each Sunday after Communion in the Intercessory Prayer Room adjacent to the Church Parlor. For those seeking prayers of thanksgiving or for healing in body, mind, or spirit, it’s a time to share prayer requests with full confidentiality in a private setting. If you have questions, contact Pat Markel (

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 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, contact Erin Chantry (

Stewardship of Time and Talent. Christian stewardship calls us to consider not only how we give our money, but how we give our time and talent in the work of God’s kingdom. During the summer months 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 offer your time and spiritual gifts in 2019.

Greece and Rome Pilgrimage Informational Meeting, August 11. If you have been considering joining us for the 2020 pilgrimage to Greece and Rome, please visit the Library on Sunday, August 11 at 9:30 a.m. This meeting will provide more details and offer the opportunity to ask questions.

Adult Pilgrimage to Greece and Rome, May 2020. Mother Amanda, Associate Rector, and Lyn Holt, Youth Program Director, invite active adults to consider joining them for an adult pilgrimage scheduled for May of 2020, when they plan to walk in the footsteps of St. Paul in Greece and Rome. They will visit Athens and Corinth, cruise the Greek Isles, and eventually make their way to Rome, where tradition says that Paul was martyred. Pick up a brochure or go to: for a full itinerary and registration information. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the pilgrimage in greater detail, contact the Reverend Amanda C. Stephenson (, 704-749-6150).

Summer at St. Peter’s with Children’s Story Time. During the summer months while Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is on break, a special offering for young children will take place 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.

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. 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.

Pet Grief Support Group, August 8. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on August 8 (and every second Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. For more information, contact Wes Sturgis (, 704-621-8613).

St. Luke’s Guild, August 2. The next gathering of this first-Friday group is August 2, 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).

Senior Class Luncheon, August 20. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is August 20, 11:30 a.m., at Zen Asian Fusion located at 1716 Kenilworth Avenue, 28203 (Kenilworth Commons). 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).

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.

Join the Ushers. The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is looking for more volunteers to serve on a once-monthly basis at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharists. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

Planned Giving at St. Peter’s. The St. Peter’s community of faith is supported in part by the vision and generosity of generations of parishioners who came before us. Like them, we can also help to ensure that the programs and facilities we love will continue to exist far into the future. Planned gifts have a large impact on St. Peter’s, providing resources for our highly acclaimed music programs, funding for our internal non-profits including The Choir School at St. Peter’s, and enrichment of the lives of our young people during the important years when their faith is being formed. You can learn more about planned giving, the St. Peter’s Endowment, and how legacy giving supports the future of our faith community by contacting Steve Bentley (, 704-562-3830). For more information, please pick up a copy of “A Common Legacy: Planned Giving at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church,” available in the Lobby.

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Looking Ahead

July 28–31: Episcopal Outreach Camp.
August 9–18: Charlotte Pride Week.
August 11: Charlotte Pride Interfaith Service, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Caldwell Presbyterian Church.
August 25: Feast of St. Peter; Return to Formation for Adults, Children, and Youth; Stewardship Potluck and Ministry Fair.
August 30-September 2: Youth Beach Retreat.
September 2: Parish offices closed for Labor Day holiday.
September 28: Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day.