This Week’s News

September 11, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer (Chapel)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

September 12, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Pub Theology: “What does the ‘already but not yet’ mean?” (Offsite, Sir Edmond Halley’s), 5:30 p.m.
Pet Grief Support Group (Tower Room), 7:00 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room), 7:00 p.m.

September 13, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.

September 14, Saturday
Habitat for Humanity Build (Offsite)

September 15, Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: “Honoring Sabbath, Part III” led by Ruth Woodend (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 Formation – A Discussion of Brené Brown’s Netflix Special: “A Call to Courage” with Father Jacob (Parents Connect Room), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Coffee Hour (Lobby), 12:00 p.m.
Sermon Talk-back (Parlor), 12:15 p.m.
Newcomers’ Talk and Tour: Church and Grounds (Nave), 12:30 p.m.
“Becoming Episcopalian” Confirmation Class (Library), 12:30 p.m.
20s/30s Group gathering (Offsite: Resident Culture Brewery, 2101 Central Ave), 1:00 p.m.
Taizé, 5:00 p.m.

September 16, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Center City Concert featuring Baritone, Jordan Wilson (Church), Noon
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
EfM – Education for Ministry (Community Room), 6:30 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

September 17, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group (Offsite: Charlotte Yarn, 1235 East Blvd), 10:00 a.m.
Centering and Intercessory Prayer (St. Benedict Room), 10:45 a.m.
Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite: Fran’s Filling Station, 2410 Park Road)
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Fall Book Study “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene” (Parlor), 6:30 p.m.

September 18, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer (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.

Newcomers’ Tour of the Church, Sunday, September 15. All who are new (or new-ish) to the parish and want to get acquainted with other newcomers, members, and the clergy are invited to a tour of the Nave immediately following the 10:45 a.m. Eucharist. We will gather together in the church at the base of the steps leading up to the altar. If interested in attending, RSVP to Mike Hoffman (

“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).

20s/30s Group at Resident Culture Brewery, September 15. Formerly the Young Adults Group, the 20s/30s Group will meet at Resident Culture Brewery (2101 Central Avenue) on Sunday, September 15 at 1:00 p.m. for our first gathering of the program year. For more information, call or text Jason Gingras (407-927-0034).

Center City Concert at St. Peter’s on Monday, September 16. The 2019-2020 Center City Concerts series begins on Monday, September 16 at noon with a recital featuring the distinguished baritone Jordan Wilson, accompanied by Elizabeth Lenti on piano. He will be singing a varied program including music by Bach, Vaughan Williams, Wolf, Poulenc, and Gershwin. No ticket is required and there is no admission charge. For more information, please visit

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 (

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.

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.

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 Choir of The Choir School at St. Peter’s serves as the choir in residence. Other Charlotte Convocation parishes offer Choral Evensong on first and third Sundays, with Church of the Holy Comforter beginning their season this Sunday, September 15. Learn more 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 is an informal formation gathering to ask questions, reflect on the readings of the day, and the offering by the preacher.

The Sunday Forum. 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 Brueggemann writes this in his book, Sabbath as Resistance—saying No to the Culture of Now. This timely book will be the basis of this week’s forum exploring how we can begin to live out what is required of us as Christians. Join 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, September 17 with Father Keith facilitating a discussion on The Meaning of Mary Magdalene chapters 4-6: The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Dying and Rising, and Winners and Losers. Please 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 to announce groups in October. 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 (September 15: A Discussion of Brene Brown’s Netflix Special, “A Call to Courage” with Father Jacob; October 27: “Sexuality, Gender Roles, and Our Children” with Mother Amanda). 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, 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 Father Keith at Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse (Park Road Shopping Center) to discuss the topic, “What does the ‘already but not yet’ mean?” 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. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the pilgrimage in greater detail, contact the Reverend Amanda C. Stephenson (, 704-749-6150).

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).

Senior Class Luncheon, September 17. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is September 17, 11:30 a.m. at Fran’s Filling Station, 2410 Park Road (across the street from the Red Cross). 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.

Name Tag Button Requests at the Reception Desk. Congregational Engagement invites 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).

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).

Outreach and Social Justice

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. Join us in the Parish Hall at 6:30 p.m. to 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 the many of the same issues 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, co-chair of the Myers Park United Methodist Church Affordable Housing Group, a member of the Housing Justice Coalition and OneMeck affordable housing group, will speak. 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. 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. 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 resume meetings on Tuesday, September 4 and 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

September 22: Evensong, Boys and Girls Tour Choirs of The Choir School at St. Peter’s.
September 25: Kanuga Planning Meeting.
September 26: Pastoral Care Team Meeting.
September 28: Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day.
September 29: Brunch & Hymn Sing to support the St. Peter’s 2021 England Residency.
October 6: Blessing of the Animals, 5:00 p.m.
March 13-15, 2020: Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga.