This Week’s News

September 18, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer & Meditations (Chapel)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Youth Advisory Committee Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.

September 19, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room), 7:00 p.m.

September 20, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.

September 21, Saturday
Funeral Service and Reception for William “Bill” Carl Hinson, III (Church and Parish Hall), 11:00 a.m.

September 22, Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: “Introduction to Spiritual Gifts” led by Matt Williams (Town Choir Room), 9:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Basement) and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Baptisms, 10:45 a.m.
Coffee Hour (Lobby), 12:00 p.m.
Sermon Talk-back (Parlor), 12:15 p.m.
“Becoming Episcopalian” Confirmation Class (Library), 12:30 p.m.
Acolyte Training (Church and Basement), 12:30 p.m.
Choral Evensong, 5:00 p.m. (Boys and Girls Tour Choirs of The Choir School at St. Peter’s)
Charlotte Area Ultreya Group Meeting (Parlor), 6:00 p.m.

September 23, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
EfM – Education for Ministry (Community Room), 6:15 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

September 24, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Centering and Intercessory Prayer (St. Benedict Room), 10:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice Film Night, Affordable Housing Loss (Parish Hall), 6:00 p.m.

September 25, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer & Meditation (Chapel)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Kanuga Planning Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

September 26, 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.

Parish Medical Professionals Needed. St. Peter’s Security Committee is seeking medical professional volunteers in the parish who would be willing to be identified and, then, respond to medical emergencies should the need arise on Sundays. If you are willing or would like more information, contact Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, (

Brunch and “Hymn-Sing”: Tickets on sale now! Purchase your tickets now for a special fundraising brunch and hymn-sing on Sunday, September 29 at 12:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Proceeds will benefit St. Peter’s Choir’s residency at Ely Cathedral in 2021. The cost for each $40 ticket includes a $30 tax-deductible donation toward making this trip possible for every member of our wonderful and dedicated choir. Make your reservation today by asking a choir member or go online to make your reservation.

Note from the Treasurer. All parish programs are doing well, and our expenses are tracking within the budget established by the Vestry for 2019. However, we have a $32,084 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 $43,615 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 and Thursdays. Noonday Prayer with a guided meditation will be offered each Wednesday in the Chapel.

Choral Evensong at St. Peter’s. 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 22, the Boys and Girls Tour Choirs of The Choir School at St. Peter’s serve as the choir in residence. Other Charlotte Convocation parishes offer Choral Evensong on first and third Sundays. Learn more online at

Mystical Songs, the Fall 2019 Concerts with The Choir School at St. Peter’s, October 11 and 12. Join the five choirs of The Choir School as they launch their 27th season with concerts on Friday and Saturday, October 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. The Choir School’s mission is to enrich and strengthen young lives through excellent, rigorous music education and choral performance. This concert features an eclectic program of choral music, including works by Benjamin Britten, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Rollo Dilworth, and Stacey Gibbs. The centerpiece of the concert is “Five Mystical Songs” by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams; this set of five pieces will highlight all choristers and guest artist for the evening, Dr. Jordan Wilson, culminating in the thrilling call of the final movement to “Let all the world in every corner sing!” Tickets are now on sale online at


Sermon Talk-back. On Sunday mornings at 12:15 p.m., parishioners are invited to the Parlor to discuss the sermon with the preacher. This informal formation is a great time of gathering to ask questions, reflect on the readings of the day, and engage in a dialog with the preacher.

“Becoming Episcopalian” Inquirers/Confirmation Class, September 15–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).

The Sunday Forum: “Introduction to Spiritual Gifts.” Have you ever wondered what St. Paul means when he writes about spiritual gifts? Are you curious about how spiritual gifts shape your faith journey? And why is it that some people are so happy doing ministries that you find so taxing? Our “Introduction to Spiritual Gifts” class dives into these questions and more as we explore the intersection between ourselves, the Holy Spirit, and the mission of the Church. Join us for the Sunday Forum at 9:30 a.m. in the Town Choir Room, Basement Level of the Parish House.

Fall Book Study, “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene.” St. Peter’s fall book study will continue on Tuesday, October 1st with a discussion on The Meaning of Mary Magdalene chapters 7-9: Reclaiming the Path of Romantic Love, The Great Identity Theft, and The Path of Conscious Love. Join us in the Parlor at 6:30 p.m. for a lively discussion. Contact Vera Greene at ( with any questions.

Fall Book Study of Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Our six-week discussions will go beyond the literary merits of the novel to its spiritual, psychological, and social justice themes. Morrison explores the architecture of her characters’ minds, the forms and power of community, and the walls of division standing during the Reconstruction and still today. In this love story characters are grounded in events both historical and magically real, set in a haunted house, and first rejected and ultimately embraced by a vibrant community. Read pages 3-59 for the first meeting on September 29 or just come for the discussion of what it means to be “beloved” as a person and as a people. This offering will take place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. on September 29, October 13 and 27, November 10 and 17, and December 15. Contact Deje McGavran for more information (

Community Life

St. Peter’s Men’s Group. A focus group meeting will be held in the near future to discuss the possibility of a new men’s ministry at St. Peter’s. A men’s group can provide opportunities for community in a safe environment. At this meeting, we will get to know each other and discuss what the ministry could look like as we walk together with Christ. We will discuss the available tools for our fellowship and spiritual learning, plus much more. If this topic interests you, we strongly encourage you to attend – all men are welcome! Stay tuned for more information or contact Tony Dunn (

St. Peter’s Dinner/Foyer Groups. Are you hungry? Do you like meeting new people? Been at St. Peter’s awhile, but want more connection? Please consider joining our St. Peter’s dinner (foyer groups) club. We will try to fit groups geographically near each other. We will host a kick-off potluck on Sunday, October 6 after the second service in the Community Room and Parish Hall. To get find out more or get involved, email Jennifer Jones ( or Michael Baker ( Please include your snail mail address and if you would like to include your whole family. We hope to break bread with you soon!

Parents Connect Fall Schedule. This year, Parents Connect is invited to join the Parish Hall Forum on the first Sunday of every month, and our formation will take place on third Sundays in the Parents Connect Room (October 27: “Sexuality, Gender Roles, and Our Children” with Mother Amanda; November 17: “Marriage in the Episcopal Church – A Tune Up” with Lisa Cashion, MA, MDiv, LPCA). Other offerings include Moms’ Dinner Out on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. (offsite), and the Parents Connect Work Day at Hawthorne Place on October 13 at 3:00 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, contact Erin Chantry (

St. Luke’s Guild, October 4. The next gathering of this first-Friday group is October 4, 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).

Pub Theology, October 10. Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m. during the program year, the next Pub Theology will be on Thursday, October 10. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual holy conversation events.

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. Contact the Reverend Amanda C. Stephenson (, 704-749-6150).

Pet Grief Support Group, October 10. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on October 10 (and every second Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. For more information, contact Wes Sturgis (, 704-621-8613).

Senior Class Luncheon, October 15. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is October 15, 11:30 a.m. at Mama Ricotta’s at 601 S. Kings Drive. For more information, to RSVP, 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.

Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day, Saturday, September 28. Liturgical ministers and volunteers will gather Saturday, September 28, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. for a retreat and training day. This retreat is for long-time volunteers, for those who are new to a ministry, for those who wish to be trained, or for those who simply wish to learn more. Morning & Evening Prayer Officiants, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Welcome Hosts, and Healing Ministers are encouraged to attend. The day will begin with fellowship and coffee at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by a plenary at 9:30 a.m., and breakout sessions for each group. Eucharistic Visitors and Altar Guild volunteers routinely schedule separate training opportunities. For more information, contact Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate (, 704-749-6141).

Sixth Annual “Shrimp and Suds,” October 5. This popular adult fellowship event and fundraiser for the Youth is on Saturday, October 5, 6:30-9:30 p.m. on the rooftop patio of the Parish House. Our true low-country boil of shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, and sausage with great sides, local brews, wine, and iced tea is just $30. We are taking reservations online now or by check at the Parish Office. Contact Director of Youth Ministry, Lyn Holt (, 704-763-3564).

Holy Chow Ministry Needs. 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 ([](mailto:

Outreach and Social Justice

Hurricane Relief Contributions. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with dioceses in the path of Hurricane Dorian. You can help provide affected communities with immediate and long-term support. Please contribute to our Hurricane Relief Fund at (

Social Justice Affordable Housing and Economic Disparity Series. The Social Justice Ministry has put together a series of events to help the congregation understand the complexity of the affordable housing issues in Charlotte and the impact on our neighbors and on our community. Film Night, September 24, Affordable Housing at Risk. At 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall, view a documentary examining the devastating effects of the loss of a Minneapolis apartment complex with affordable rents on the people living there and the ripple effects on the surrounding community. Viewers will recognize similar issues to those we face here in Charlotte. Light refreshments will be served. Sunday Forum, September 29, Affordable Housing and Economic Disparity: How Did we Get Here and What Can be Done to Address It? Mary Kelly, co founder of Equitable Communities CLT, will speak about how racism and public policy have led to affordable housing and income disparity challenges in Charlotte. We recommend reading The Color of Law prior to the Forum. Sunday Forum, October 13, Homelessness in Charlotte: Who is Homeless, Why and What Options are Available to Help? Katie Church of the Men’s Shelter/Urban Ministry Center will speak on the issues of homelessness in Charlotte. To find out more about this series, contact Katherine Everett ([[(

Habitat for Humanity Build 2019. 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 Alec 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. RSVP for the information session or training classes by contacting Jess Heath (

Prayer Shawl Knitting Group Meets Monthly. This fellowship and pastoral care ministry circle will meet every first and third Tuesday at Charlotte Yarn in the Kenilworth Commons Shopping Center (1235 East Blvd) from 10:00–11:30 a.m. The Clergy, Pastoral Care Team, and Guild of the Christ Child share prayer shawls with parish adults, youth, and children on various occasions as well as baby blankets for newborns in the parish. In addition, hats and scarves are distributed during the month of December through the Room in the Inn program. We recently joined a nationwide effort to provide blankets for refugees at our southern border. For more information or to attend, contact Linda Smith (

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Looking Ahead

October 6: Blessing of the Animals, 5:00 p.m.
October 20: Center City Concert (Organist, Elizabeth Lenti, String Orchestra, and Conductor, William Osborne), 3:00 p.m.
March 13-15, 2020: Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga.