This Week’s News

August 14, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

August 15, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

August 16, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.

August 16-17, Friday and Saturday
MasterSingers Retreat (Offsite: Valle Crucis, NC)

August 18, The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Children’s Story Time (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.
Lemonade on the Lawn (Pride Hospitality), 12:00 p.m.
Charlotte Pride Parade (Uptown), 1:00 p.m.
St. Peter’s Pride Volunteer Potluck (Community Room), 3:00 p.m.
Taize (Church), 5:00 p.m.

August 19, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

August 20, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite: Zen Asian Fusion, Kenilworth Commons), 11:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

August 21, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Youth Advisory Committee Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.

August 22, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Staff Strategic Planning Meeting (Library), 10:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal (Choir 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, Parents Connect will offer hospitality to parade marchers and viewers on the church lawn. For those who plan to station themselves on the church lawn during the parade, bring lawn chairs for you and your family. If you would like to be an ambassador for St. Peter’s at the Pride booth, select a shift here. To march in the parade, help provide hospitality, or give in another way, sign up using this form. For questions or to order a “Love is the Way” volunteer shirt, contact Jason Gingras (, 407-927-0034).

Feast of St. Peter, Parish Celebration. On Sunday, August 25 we will observe our parish “feast of title”: the Confession of St. Peter. Holy Chow and Christian Formation classes resume on this day. All ages will gather in the Parish Hall at 9:30 a.m. for a celebration before moving to their various classrooms. The adult Forum will feature the completed Strategic Plan, followed by a festive Holy Eucharist at 10:45 a.m., with the annual Blessing of the Backpacks. Our parish celebration will continue at 12:30 p.m. with a potluck, ministry fair, and stewardship gala in the Parish Hall. Bring 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).

“Becoming Episcopalian” Inquirers/Confirmation Class, September 8–October 20. In preparation for the visitation of our Diocesan Bishop, the Right Reverend Sam Rodman, on Sunday, October 20, a 6-week “Becoming Episcopalian” class will be led by a team of clergy and lay leaders. Weekly classes will be offered on Sundays in the Library through October 20, 12:30–2:00 p.m. All adult non-members and members who wish to learn more or reaffirm their faith as Episcopalians; who are not confirmed Episcopalians; or who wish to be received into the Episcopal Church from another Christian tradition are eligible to attend this class series. To RSVP contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

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. Beginning the week of August 25, Holy Eucharist will be offered at noon in the Chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Noonday Prayer with a guided meditation will be offered each Wednesday in the Chapel.

Prayer at St. Peter’s: Centering and Intercessory Prayer Group. Starting on September 10, join us on the 2nd floor in the St. Benedict Room (between the elevator and Tower Room) from 10:45–11:45 a.m. on Tuesday mornings for a quiet time of intercession and centering prayer. For more information, contact Judith Johnson (, 704-596-6167) or Ruth Woodend (


Education for Ministry (EfM) this Fall. St. Peter’s is planning to start an EfM group this fall. For more information, contact Fr. Murdock Smith at ( or register online by visiting

Fall Book Study, “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene.” Beginning on Tuesday, September 3, we will meet biweekly, 6:30–8:00 p.m. in the Parlor to study The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity, by the Reverend Cynthia Bourgeault. For our first discussion on September 3, prepare by reading Bourgeault’s preface and the first three chapters of the book: Mary Magdalene in the Canonical Gospels, The Woman with the Alabaster Jar, and The “Gnostic” Gospels. If you can’t make it to every session, feel free to join us when you can. Contact Vera Greene ( for more information.

Summer Book Club: Final Session on September 5, 6:00–8:00 p.m. 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. We will discuss I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown.

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. 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. 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 (

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.

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.

Pet Grief Support Group, September 12. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on September 12 (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, September 6. The next gathering of this first-Friday group is September 6, 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.

Name Tag Button Requests at the Reception Desk. Congregational Engagement and St. Peter’s Security Committee invite 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, contact Sabrina Clarke (

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, contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).

Pub Theology, September 12. Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m. during the program year, the next Pub Theology will resume on Thursday, September 12. You are invited to join St. Peter’s clergy 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.

Outreach and Social Justice

Habitat for Humanity Build 2019. This year’s build will begin on Saturday, September 14 with framing and will continue over the next 10 weeks. St. Peter’s will be site leaders on Saturday, October 19, first day of drywall. To sign up, visit (, create or sign in to an account, and search by group number: #1686 is associated with Charlotte Church Partners. You’ll see the whole build schedule, and you can volunteer for whichever day fits your schedule. If you have questions, contact John Knip ( or Alex Yale (

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Looking Ahead

August 25: Feast of St. Peter; Return to Formation for Adults, Children, and Youth; Blessing of the backpacks; Stewardship Potluck and Ministry Fair.
August 29: Pastoral Care Team Meeting.
August 30-September 2: Youth Beach Retreat.
September 2: Parish offices closed for Labor Day holiday.
September 8: First Evensong of the Season (5:00 p.m., St. Peter’s Choir).
September 15: Newcomers’ Talk and Tour.
September 28: Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day.