This Week’s News

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.
Safe Church Training (Offsite: Christ Episcopal Church), 10:00 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 27, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Rite 13 Fellowship Event (Basement), 5:30 p.m.

September 28, Saturday
Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training (Parish Hall), 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

September 29, Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: Affordable Housing and Economic Disparity: How Did we Get Here and What Can be Done to Address It? (Parish Hall), 9:30 a.m.
Fall Book Study of Toni Morrison’s Beloved (Library), 9:30–10:30 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.
Brunch and “Hymn-Sing” England Fundraiser (Parish Hall), 12:30 p.m.

September 30, 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.

October 1, Tuesday
Clergy Conference (Offsite: Clemmons, NC)
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group (Offsite: Charlotte Yarn), 10:00 a.m.
Centering and Intercessory Prayer (St. Benedict Room), 10:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Building and Grounds Meeting (Library), 5:15 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Congregational Engagement Team Meeting (Tower Room), 6:00 p.m.
Fall Book Study, “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene” (Parlor), 6:30 p.m.

October 2, Wednesday
Clergy Conference (Offsite: Clemmons, NC)
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer & Meditation (Chapel)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

October 3, 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.

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).

Brunch and Hymn Sing: Sunday, September 29. Join us this Sunday, September 29 for a special fundraising brunch and hymn sing 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.

The Sunday Forum: Affordable Housing/Economic Disparity and Youth Pilgrimage Presentation. The Social Justice series on Affordable Housing and Economic Disparity continues on September 29. Mary Kelly, co-founder of Equitable Communities CLT, will speak about the causes of the current affordable housing crisis, solutions that can be considered and what is actually being done in Charlotte. This presentation is your opportunity to hear from one of the leading affordable housing advocates in Charlotte on a topic which is so crucial to the future of the city and to improved lives for many of our neighbors. Come prepared with all the questions you have about this issue. On October 6, the Youth Pilgrim Class (high school juniors and seniors) and their adult leaders will offer a presentation to the parish from last summer’s Youth Pilgrimage to London, Canterbury, Normandy, and Paris. Come and learn about what they did, what they saw, and how this Pilgrimage affected them as they continue on their Journey to Adulthood. Join us for the Sunday Forum at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall on September 29 and October 6.

Worship and Music

Blessing of the Animals and Holy Eucharist, October 6. As one way to commemorate the October 4 feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Friar, 1226, St. Peter’s will offer a liturgy for Blessing of Animals and Holy Eucharist in the Garden on Sunday, October 6 at 5:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring animals of all sorts to receive a special blessing.

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 October 13, the St. Peter’s Choir serves 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 the 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 dialogue with the preacher.

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 this Sunday, 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 (

Parents Connect Formation, Third Sundays. This year we are invited to join the Parish Forum on the first Sunday of every month. Parents Connect formation will take place on the third Sunday of every month in the Parents Connect Room. Every other Sunday you are invited to the Parents Connect Room for coffee, fellowship, and great conversation! Our next formation, entitled “Sexuality, Gender Roles, and Our Children” is on October 27 with Mother Amanda.

Community Life

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

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.

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!

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).

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.

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 Faces Needed for Parish Photo Directory. Our whole parish community benefits from connecting names with faces through pictures of individuals and households in Realm. Log on to Realm and upload an image (casual or formal) and other key information. If you have questions about this or other Realm matters, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

Outreach and Social Justice

Outreach and Social Justice Grants, 2019. This year’s Outreach and Social Justice Grants Committee has completed its work. After several long and active conversations, we are proud to announce this year’s community partners chosen to receive funds from the $50,000 available to disperse. Our discussions focused on our effort to follow what we heard during the strategic plan presentation outlining the dedication of our congregation to Outreach and Social Justice in our community. We also followed the strong directive to address the needs of the most vulnerable portion of our population – primarily the homeless and immigrant populations. In our discussions, we also decided that with this year’s funding, we wanted to go “deeper, not wider,” in an effort to make a stronger impact where we could. With those thoughts in mind, funds were allocated to the following community partners: Augustine Literacy Project, Bruce Irons Camp Fund/Wayfinders, Charlotte Family Housing, The Choir School at St. Peter’s, Cooperative Christian Ministries, Crisis Assistance Ministry, The Galilee Center, Habitat for Humanity, The Latin American Coalition, Loaves and Fishes, Samaritan House, Supportive Family Housing, and Urban Ministry Center.

Parents Connect and Playroom at Hawthorne Shelter, October 13. On Sunday, October 13, 3:00–5:00 p.m., you and your family are invited to join Parents Connect at Hawthorne Place to paint and decorate their new playroom. We will be painting a chalkboard wall, decorating, and stocking this special space for the shelter’s youngest residents. Hawthorne Place is depending us to supply educational posters, books (toddlers–1st grade), toy storage, and decorations or pictures to hang on the wall. Have items to donate, but can’t attend? Please leave them in the Parents Connect Room on the 2nd floor. Space is limited, so if you’d like to participate please RSVP to Cathy Morrison ( by Friday, September 27.

CROP Hunger Walk, October 20. This year will mark the 41st annual Charlotte Hunger Walk, which will take place on Sunday, October 20 starting at Independence Park at 2:00 p.m. Come walk with us and make a donation to help reach our $1,500 goal to help support three local agencies: Crisis Assistance Ministry, Loaves & Fishes, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. A sign-up table will be available after church in the Gallery or you can sign up or donate online at Please make your donations payable by check to CWS/CROP or with cash after the 10:45 a.m. service on the following Sundays: September 29, October 6, 13, 27, and November 3. For questions, contact Logan Smith (, 704-488-4436).

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 (

On The Table Charlotte, “Home and Belonging,” October 23. Social Justice, Congregational Engagement, and Outreach invite you to share a complimentary meal and participate in a meaningful conversation through St. Peter’s second annual “On The Table” event. This year’s community-wide event is sponsored by Leadership on Opportunity and will take place on Wednesday, October 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m. More than 8,000 people throughout Mecklenburg County participated last year in hundreds of group conversations on one day in October. St. Peter’s is hosting our own church-wide experience this year, and we’re inviting you to come. Dinner (at no cost) will be served from 6:00 until 6:30 p.m., followed by a 90-minute program of sharing stories and listening. Our committee is excited about this opportunity for church community-building around this year’s theme of “home and belonging” and believe that this conversation will be the next step in implementing the strategies under Goal 2, Community, in the new Strategic Plan: “1) to create more opportunities for members, neighbors, and visitors to engage in the life of the church and 2) to establish a sustainable culture of unconditional welcome and belonging for all visitors and neighbors.” RSVP at one of the tables in the gallery after Sunday services or email Mary Lynn Sepkowitz ( or Marta Holden ( to reserve your spot.

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 Blvd.). Training classes are filling up quickly. RSVP for the information session or training classes by contacting Jess Heath (

Are you “Handy”? The Galilee Ministry is creating a committee of volunteers from area Episcopal parishes who have experience as some type of “handy person” (i.e. electrical, plumbing, mechanical, general building maintenance, etc.). The hope is that the volunteers would work on a rotating schedule to donate a couple of hours a week to the Center. If you think you would be able to join this committee, contact Wendy Merrill at (

Volunteer through Servant Ministry Partners. Our parish has a long custom of partnering with community social service agencies whose programs benefit the welfare of our neighbors. Learn more online and pick up a copy of a Servant Ministry through St. Peter’s resource from the public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Chapel of Christ the King Yard Sale: Saturday, September 28. The Chapel of Christ the King (425 East 17th Street) is holding a BIG yard sale on Saturday, September 28 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be many good things for sale, food (courtesy of Charlotte Community Kitchen), and a silent auction for a house organ. The proceeds from this sale benefit the Chapel’s mission and ministries.

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Looking Ahead

October 4: St. Luke’s Guild, 11:00 a.m.
October 10: Pub Theology, 5:30 p.m.
October 10: Pet Grief Support Group, 7:00 p.m.
October 15: Senior Class Luncheon, Mama Ricotta’s, 11:30 a.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.