This Week’s News

October 16, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer & Meditation (Chapel)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Youth Advisory Committee Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.

October 17, 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 18, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.

October 19, Saturday
Habitat for Humanity Build (Offsite)

October 20, Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Bishop’s Visitation
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Bishop’s Forum (Parish Hall), 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 with Baptism, Confirmations, Receptions and Reaffirmations, 10:45 a.m.
Bishop’s Reception (Parish Hall), 12:00 p.m.
CROP Walk (Offsite), 2:00 p.m.
Center City Concert, “Four Twentieth Century Voices” (Church), 3:00 p.m.
Taizé (Church), 5:00 p.m.

October 21, 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 22, 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 23, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer & Meditation (Chapel)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
On The Table, “Finding Home: Where Do I Belong” (Parish Hall), 6:00 p.m.

October 24, Thursday
National Conference for Episcopal Catchesists (Offsite: Atlanta, GA)
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.

Bishop’s Visit, Sunday, October 20. This Sunday our diocesan bishop the Right Reverend Samuel Rodman will visit St. Peter’s for baptism, confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation. All are invited to a forum with the bishop at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Bishop Sam will celebrate and preach at the 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.

”Four Twentieth Century Voices,” Sunday, October 20. Center City Concerts is presenting “Four Twentieth Century Voices,” a concert of music for organ and string orchestra on Sunday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s. The performance will feature our own Elizabeth Lenti and members of the Charlotte Symphony, all under the direction of conductor William Osborne. The concert will include music by Peter Warlock, Samuel Barber, and Stephen Paulus. Admission is free and parking is validated. For more information, please go to www.centercityconcerts.org.

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 https://www.crophungerwalk.org/charlottenc/Team/View/120205/St-Peters-Episcopal-Church. 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 (logan_msmith@hotmail.com, 704-488-4436).

Parish Necrology for All Saints’ Sunday. On Friday, November 1, in observance of All Faithful Departed, and on Sunday, November 3, in observance of All Saints’ Day, the names of all those buried from St. Peter’s in the last year will be read aloud. If parishioners wish to add names of loved ones from previous years or from this year, please submit them to Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate, (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141) by Monday, October 28.

Vestry Nominations for the Annual Meeting of the Parish are due Friday, November 1. On Sunday, December 8 at 9:30 a.m., the Annual Meeting of the Parish will include the election of four new Vestry members to follow 2019 class members: Elsie Erneston, John Frederick, Maria Long, and Cooper Morrison. Please consider potential lay leaders who might serve the parish through this three-year commitment and first ask their permission to nominate. Nominations may be online by clicking here.

Giving to Sustain an Unconditional Welcome – Annual Fund 2020. The 2020 Annual Fund is now underway, with 100 pledging units committing $371,364 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 www.st-peters.org/pledge. 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

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 27, The MasterSingers 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 www.choralevensongclt.org.

Charlotte Pride Band Concert, November 2. Under the direction of Dr. John Stanley Ross, Charlotte Pride Band kicks off its 10th season with a concert dedicated to Contemporary Classics. Join us at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, to immerse yourself in music from contemporary composers such as Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” Fillmore’s “Americans We,” and Ticheli’s “Vesuvius.” It will take place in Heaton Hall at Myers Park Baptist Church (1900 Queens Road). Visit www.charlotteprideband.org/tickets to purchase tickets.

Learning

The Bishop’s Forum. On Sunday, October 20, at 9:30 a.m. Join candidates for confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation as our diocesan bishop the Right Reverend Sam Rodman shares with diocesan priorities and current events in the wider-church.

”The Art and Practice of Discernment” with Mother Sally: October 13 and 27. Trying to decide about your next career move, when to retire, whether to go back to school or move to Colorado? These are not simple decisions, but life-changing ones which are usually complicated and often have more than one “right answer.” So how do you decide? This two-part class will look at the power of discernment – learning to listen for God’s voice and letting answers come to you. We’ll cover what is discernment, how it “works,” some tools you can begin to use and explore forming an ongoing support group for those interested in going deeper. Join Mother Sally on Sunday, October 13 and Sunday, October 27 at 9:30 a.m. in the Tower Room.

MAGI: Uncovering Your Spiritual Gifts, with Diocesan Intern, Matt Williams. Scripture teaches us that we are all part of the Body of Christ, and that the Holy Spirit provides us with gifts necessary for our ministry to the Church and the world. What scripture does not offer is a guide for determining what those spiritual gifts actually are. The MAGI (Members Applying Gifts Intentionally) Workshop can help. In this three-week class, participants work through a variety of tools to discern their spiritual gift profile and to discover their ministry area. The class will be offered from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, 10, and 17 in the Library. Because space is limited, and because there is some homework for this class, signing up in advance is appreciated. Email Matt Williams at (matt@stje.org) to get registered for this workshop.

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 “Marriage in the Episcopal Church: A Tune Up” is on November 17 with Lisa Cashion, MA, MDiv, LPCA.

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 27, November 10 and 17, and December 15. Contact Deje McGavran for more information (dhmcgavran@gmail.com).

Discovering the Diaconate, November 3. Come and meet the Bishop(s), deacons, and persons in the ordination process for informal conversation, hear a panel discussion, and see and learn more about diaconal ministry and the ordination process. This is an interactive, informative event for priests, seminarians, and those in the process for priesthood, members (or potential members) of Parish Discernment Committees, and anyone feeling a tug toward serving others who wants to learn more about this order of ministry. It will be held at Christ Church Charlotte (1412 Providence Road) on Sunday, November 3 at 3:00 p.m. For more information or to register, contact the Reverend Rebecca Yarbrough (ryarb1@outlook.com) or the Reverend Harrel Johnson (hbacjohnson@embarqmail.com).

”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 https://copnc.org/event/silence-gods-first-language.

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 (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141) or Flower Guild Coordinator, Todd Murphy (todd@toddmurphyevents.com, 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, (mlsepkowitz@gmail.com).

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. Contact the Reverend Amanda C. Stephenson (astephenson@st-peters.org, 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 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.

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 (pllife@att.net).

The St. Francis Fund. The clergy and executive committee of the Vestry have 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 (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142).

Greenery Sale: The Choir School at St. Peter’s offers wreaths and garlands in a variety of sizes—all fresh from the North Carolina mountains. Orders can be placed on The Choir School website, by contacting a chorister, or at the greenery sales table on Sunday mornings prior to October 31. If you order online and want your greenery delivered by a chorister, put that chorister’s name in the “additional Information” section at checkout. The greenery sale helps keep The Choir School program open to every talented young person accepted to the choirs, as we enrich and strengthen young lives through excellent, rigorous music education and choral performance.

Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Fall Gathering – Charlotte Convocation, November 1 and 2. All women of faith and varied ministries are welcome to join the fall gathering of Episcopal Church Women (ECW), Charlotte Convocation on November 1 and 2 at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church (1510 E. 7th Street). The workshop cost is $35 and the guest speaker will be Catherine Meeks, PhD, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing. To register, contact Lois Johnson (charlotte@ecw-nc.org, 716-579-3548).

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. Tips will be refreshed every two weeks and you can submit your own creation care tips using the bulletin board space in the in the lobby.
– Install a low flow shower head to reduce shower water by up to 40%.
– Replace water-intensive landscaping with drought-tolerant and native plants.
– Reduce toilet water in half by upgrading to a WaterSense labeled model — toilets account for up to 30% of indoor home water use.

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.

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 (jknip@carriff.com) or Alec Yale (alecyale@gmail.com).

On The Table, “Finding Home: Where Do I Belong.” On October 23, when groups of Charlotteans gather to share a meal and conversation as part of the citywide 2019 On The Table event, St. Peter’s will once again participate thanks to the efforts of Social Justice, Congregational Engagement, and Outreach Ministries. 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 6:00–6:30 and conversation until 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. RSVP at one of the tables in the gallery after Sunday services, sign up with an OTT “recruiter,” or email Mary Lynn Sepkowitz (mlsepkowitz@gmail.com) or Marta Holden (marta.holden@gmail.com) to reserve your place.

Social Justice Film Night, October 29.The Social Justice Ministry continues its film series on October 29 in the Parish Hall, 6:00–8:00 p.m. with a 40 minute documentary, Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point. This film examines the impact of our dysfunctional healthcare system on our economy, medical professionals, patients, and businesses. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with leading Charlotte health care professionals. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Win Murray with questions winifred.murray@yahoo.com.

Room in the Inn Pre-Season Kickoff Dinner, November 20. On each Wednesday evening from December 4 through March 25, St. Peter’s will participate in Room in the Inn (RITI) by providing a warm, welcoming place where twelve (or more) of our neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall for one night. We will have a Pre-Season Potluck Dinner to kickoff this ministry on Wednesday, November 20, at 5:30 p.m. Sign up details will be available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you want to get involved with RITI or have questions, contact RITI Coordinator, Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com or 205-222-7527).

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: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/OGR/action-alerts.

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Looking Ahead

November 1: St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.
November 1: All Saints’ Day Holy Eucharist, 12:00 p.m.
November 2: Charlotte Pride Band Concert (Offsite, Myers Park Baptist Church).
November 14: Pub Theology (Offsite, Sir Edmond Halley’s), 5:30 p.m.
November 14: Pet Grief Support Group (Tower Room), 7:00 p.m.
November 17: Sunday Forum, “Crisis at the Border: An Episcopal Perspective.”
December 13 and 14: Choir School Christmas Concerts.
December 14: Parents Connect Christmas Cookie Exchange.
March 13-15, 2020: Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga.