This Week’s News

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.
Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

October 3, 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.

October 4, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.

October 5, Saturday
Sixth Annual “Shrimp and Suds” (Rooftop Patio), 6:30 p.m.

October 6, Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: 2019 Youth Pilgrimage (Parish Hall), 9:30 a.m.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 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.
Dinner/Foyer Groups Kickoff Potluck (Parish Hall), 12:30 p.m.
Blessing of the Animals (Garden), 5:00 p.m.
Sung Compline (Church), 7:00 p.m.

October 7, 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 8, 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.

October 9, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer & Meditation (Chapel)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

October 10, 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 (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.

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).

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!

Giving to Sustain an Unconditional Welcome – Annual Fund 2020. The 2020 Annual Fund is now underway, with 73 pledging units committing over $260,814 towards our $1,000,000 goal. You can make your pledge now, in advance of Commitment Sunday, November 3. Each pledge gift supports our worship, in-reach and outreach initiatives, formation programs for all ages, music, staff and clergy, operations and administration, and the care of our sacred facilities. To learn more about annual giving and to offer your pledge for 2020 visit Your gift supports St. Peter’s vision to be a place of unconditional welcome and a beacon of God’s love in the heart of Charlotte.

Worship and Music

Blessing of the Animals and Holy Eucharist, October 6. To commemorate the October 4 feast 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.

Sung Compline, October 6. On Sunday, October 6 St. Peter’s will offer Sung Compline at 7:00 p.m., a service to mark the end of the day, with incense, candlelight, and ancient prayers. Join us for this quiet and meditative worship opportunity sure to feed to senses and soothe the soul.

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 Burli Singers 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. 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


The Sunday Forum: Youth Pilgrimage 2019. 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 October 6.

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.

”Silence: God’s First Language,” November 2. Father Carl Arico is the author of A Taste of Silence and has been an integral part of the growth of Contemplative Outreach since its beginnings in 1984. This retreat will explore “Silence: God’s First Language” on Saturday, November 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. Come, set aside a day for silence and reflection. To register for the retreat day with Father Carl, visit

Parents Connect Formation. 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 (except October). 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 13 with Mother Amanda.

Fall Book Study of Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Our six-week discussion continues on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor: October 13 and 27, November 10 and 17, and December 15. Contact Deje McGavran for more information (

Community Life

Join the Flower Guild. The St. Peter’s Flower Guild is an opportunity to beautify our worship experience through serving as a once-monthly flower volunteer. Flower arranging expertise is not required. For more information, and if you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141) or Flower Guild Coordinator, Todd Murphy (, 704-904-0545).

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, (

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 (

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.

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 Ushers. The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is seeking more volunteers to serve on a once-monthly basis at the 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. Sunday services. If you are interested in this ministry, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

Planned Giving at St. Peter’s. The St. Peter’s community of faith is supported in part by the vision and generosity of generations of parishioners who came before us. Like them, we can also help to ensure that the programs and facilities we love will continue to exist far into the future. Planned gifts have a large impact on St. Peter’s, providing resources for our highly acclaimed music programs, funding for our internal non-profits including The Choir School at St. Peter’s, and enrichment of the lives of our young people during the important years when their faith is being formed. You can learn more about planned giving, the St. Peter’s Endowment, and how legacy giving supports the future of our faith community by contacting Steve Bentley (, 704-562-3830). For more information, pick up a copy of “A Common Legacy: Planned Giving at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church,” available in the Lobby.

October Creation Care Tips. Following the Episcopal Diocese’s environmental leadership, St. Peter’s offers “Creation Care Tips” as a good place to continue our thinking and efforts to better care for God’s creation. Ultimately the hope is to offer an approach focused on education and service including sustainable practices.

  • Run the clothes washer and dishwasher when full. For clothes, use cold water to reduce energy up to 90%.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. This saves 4 gallons of water per minute.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water and eating fruits and vegetables. Water is vital for your health!

Outreach and Social Justice

Outreach and Social Justice Grants, 2019. This year’s Outreach and Social Justice Grants Committee has completed its work. Our grant awards, attentive to the results of the Strategic Plan, attempt to go “deeper, not wider,” in an effort to make a stronger impact where we could. The following community partners are this year’s recipients: 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.

Affordable Housing Series Continues, October 13. On Sunday, October 13, we will continue the discussion around the impact of the lack of housing in Charlotte. Katie Church from Urban Ministry Center/Men’s Shelter will speak about the increasing number of homeless people including who is homeless, the complex reasons for homelessness and options available to the homeless. The presentation will be from 9:30–10:30 a.m. in the Town Choir Room in the Basement. Any questions, contact Katherine Everett at (

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. Have items to donate, but can’t attend? Please leave them in the Parents Connect Room on the 2nd floor. Contact Cathy Morrison ( for more information.

CROP Hunger Walk, October 20, 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 throughout October. 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, “Finding Home: Where Do I Belong.” On October 23, groups of Charlotteans gather to share a meal and conversation as part of the citywide 2019 “On The Table” event. Plan to be our guest for dinner and conversation as we come together to learn from and with each other in keeping with Goal 2 of our new Strategic Plan–Our Community (inclusion, belonging, and congregational engagement.) We hope to see you on October 23 with dinner from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. and conversation until 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. RSVP at one of the tables in the Gallery after Sunday services or email Mary Lynn Sepkowitz ( or Marta Holden ( to reserve your place.

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 (

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.

Subscribe to Take Action. The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations identifies important current legislation and policy issues impacting Social Justice. You can sign up to receive alerts about these issues so you can take action by going to this link:

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Looking Ahead

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.
October 29: Social Justice Film Night, “Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point”, 6:00 p.m.
March 13-15, 2020: Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga.