This Week’s News

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.

August 9, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Choir School Camp

August 11, The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Pilgrimage Informational Meeting: Greece and Rome (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.
Security Summit (Parish Hall), 12:30 p.m.

August 12, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Stewardship Committee Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

August 13, 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 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.

Greece and Rome Pilgrimage Informational Meeting, August 11. If you have been considering joining the 2020 pilgrimage to Greece and Rome, 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.

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. For those who plan to station themselves on the church lawn during the parade, please bring lawn chairs for you and your family. 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 to order a “Love is the Way” volunteer shirt, please contact Jason Gingras (jason.gingras@gmail.com, 407-927-0034). Visit the Pride Table in the Gallery this Sunday for more information.

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. Please 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).

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, in addition to the noon Tuesday Holy Eucharist, 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, please 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, please contact Judith Johnson (judithrayjohnson@hotmail.com, 704-596-6167) or Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com).

Learning

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: efm.sewanee.edu. 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 (msmith@st-peters.org) or register online by visiting https://st-peters.org/efm-enrollment.

Fall Book Study, “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene.” Beginning on Tuesday, September 3, we will meet biweekly from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Parlor to study The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity, by Reverend Cynthia Bourgeault. For our first discussion on September 3, please 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, please feel free to join us when you can. Please contact Vera Greene (veraevergreene@gmail.com) for more information.

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.

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 (rbwoodend@gmail.com, 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 (markelhouse@aol.com).

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 (erin.chantry@gmail.com).

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.

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: https://st-peters.org/2020-pilgrimage 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 (astephenson@st-peters.org, 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.

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 (pwsturgis@gmail.com, 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 (klane@st-peters.org, 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 www.st-peters.org/make-a-prayer-request, or contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 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 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 (kmrlady@ymail.com) for more information or to join this ministry.

Planning an Event? 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, (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

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Looking Ahead

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 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: Newcomer’s Talk and Tour.
September 28: Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day.