This Week’s News

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.

August 23, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.

August 25, Confession of St. Peter
Return to Formation
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
All-Ages Parish Hall Gathering and Strategic Planning Rollout, 9:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Classrooms) & Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Blessing of the Backpacks, 10:45 a.m.
Stewardship Potluck and Ministry Fair (Community Room and Parish Hall), 12:30 p.m.

August 26, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Choir School Rehearsals Resume
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

August 27, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

August 28, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer (Chapel)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

August 29, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room), 7:00 p.m.

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).

Incense on Sunday, August 25 at 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist. In keeping with the long-standing custom of the church, incense will be burned on August 25 at the 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist as part of our corporate worship. Incense will not be burned at the 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist on that day.

“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).

Note from the Treasurer. Greetings to all, and I hope you are having a good summer. All parish programs are doing well, and our expenses are tracking within the budget established by the Vestry for 2019. However, we have a $36,927 shortfall in pledge and plate offerings versus our budget, and this has left us with a deficit (expenses greater than revenues, forcing us to dip into reserves to fund payroll and programs) of $30,532 for the year. If you have fallen behind on your pledge commitment, please try to get caught up in the near future. Thank you to all who have made a pledge in 2019. Your Vestry is very grateful for your support. Many thanks, David Lavoie.

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 (, 704-661-4687).

Choral Evensong Resumes Sunday, September 8. Every second and fourth Sunday at 5:00 p.m., St. Peter’s offers a service of Choral Evensong, a contemplative and uniquely Anglican worship service for the evening including readings from scripture, psalm singing, hymns, and time for prayer. On September 8, the St. Peter’s Choir serves as the choir in residence. Other Charlotte Convocation parishes offer Choral Evensong on first and and third Sundays, with Church of the Holy Comforter beginning their season on September 15. Learn more online at


Sermon Talk-back. Beginning Sunday, September 1 at 12:15 p.m., parishioners are invited to the Parlor to discuss the sermon with the preacher. This is an informal formation gathering to ask questions, reflect on the readings of the day, and the offering by the preacher.

The Sunday Forum September 1, 8, 15. The fourth commandment, “Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath Day,” was included in the Ten Commandments because “the gods of Egypt were confiscatory gods — demanding endless produce, authorizing systems of production that are insatiable. The God of Israel is set on a collision course with gods of insatiable productivity.” Walter Bruggemann writes this in his book, Sabbath as Resistance—saying “no to the culture of now.” This timely book will be the basis of the forum and how we can begin to live out what is required of us as Christians. Join us for the Sunday Forum at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall on September 1. Classes on September 8 and 15 will take place in the Town Choir Room on the Basement Level.

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 (

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).

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, September 17. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is September 17, 11:30 a.m., at a location to be announced soon. 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.

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.

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).

Calling all Foodies! Holy Chow is looking for team members to serve breakfast on the second and fourth Sundays, as well as someone to assist with coordinating the teams. For more details, contact Harris Holt (

Outreach and Social Justice

A Special Message from St. Peter’s Pride Team. Thank you to the over 70 volunteers who made Pride at St. Peter’s possible. We engaged an estimated 500 folks at our booth this year, collecting information from individuals interested in hearing more about our wonderful parish. We showed Charlotte why we are a place known as a beacon of love and unconditional welcome. A special thanks to Parents Connect for handing out water and popsicles to the parade watchers, and to Deacon Robin Sands and volunteers who offered “mom and dad hugs.” Also, thank you to the Pride Team for all of their dedication and hard work: Jason Gingras, Ted Stawinsky, Mark Talbert, Adam Santalla Pierce, Kyle Houser, Mike Hoffman, Vera Greene, Brian Gallagher, and Jennifer Jones. Until next year, Happy Pride St. Peter’s!

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 (

Augustine Literacy Project Volunteer Literacy Tutors. The mission of Augustine Literacy Project is to improve the reading, spelling, and writing skills of low income children who struggle with literacy. To 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, consider attending the upcoming information session on Tuesday, October 8 at 10:30 a.m. at Morrison Regional Library (7015 Morrison Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28211). Training classes are filling up quickly! To RSVP for the information session or training classes, contact Jess Heath (

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Looking Ahead

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.