This Week’s News

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.

October 25, Friday
National Conference for Episcopal Catchesists (Offsite: Atlanta, GA)
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.

October 26, Saturday
National Conference for Episcopal Catchesists (Offsite: Atlanta, GA)
Choir School Outreach Project (Offsite)
Youth Lock-in and SCarowinds Trip

October 27, Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
National Conference for Episcopal Catchesists (Offsite: Atlanta, GA)
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: “Exploring the Autumnal Triduum: All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day” with Father Jacob (Town Choir Room), 9:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Basement), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
NO Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
“The Art and Practice of Discernment,” with Sally Johnston (Tower Room), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Fall Book Study of Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” (Parlor), 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.
Choral Evensong (Church), 5:00 p.m. (The MasterSingers of The Choir School at St. Peter’s)

October 28, 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 29, 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, “Fit It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point.” (Parish Hall), 6:00 p.m.
Fall Book Study, “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene” (Parlor), 6:30 p.m.

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

October 31, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room) 9:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist, All Hallow’s Eve (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room), 7:00 p.m.

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, (, 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 111 pledging units committing $412,944 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

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

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 to purchase tickets.

Sung Compline, November 3. On Sunday, November 3 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.


The Sunday Forum: Exploring the Autumnal Triduum. On Sunday, October 27, Father Jacob will speak about the three days of All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’, and All Souls’. The presentation will be from 9:30–10:30 a.m. in the Town Choir Room on the basement level of the Parish House.

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.

“The Art and Practice of Discernment” with Mother Sally continuing on October 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 second class will be a continuation of topics that were covered at the first class on October 13, looking 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 this Sunday, October 27 at 9:30 a.m. in the Tower Room.

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. It is not too late to join discussions of Toni Morrison’s Beloved on the following Sundays: October 27, November 10, November 17, and December 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Find out what Morrison’s masterpiece has to teach us about racial justice and healing and, as our Bishop reminded us this past Sunday, about the Episcopal Church’s commitment to becoming Beloved Community. Contact Deje McGavran for more information (

Fall Book Study, “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene.” St. Peter’s fall book study will continue on Tuesday, October 29 with a discussion on The Meaning of Mary Magdalene chapters 13-15: The First Apostle, The Alchemical Feminine, and Anointing and Anointed. Join us in the Parlor at 6:30 p.m. for a lively discussion. Contact Vera Greene at ( with any questions.

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 ( to get registered for this workshop.

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 ( or the Reverend Harrel Johnson (

“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

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).

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).

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 (, 716-579-3548).

Donating Altar Flowers and Eucharistic Supplies. To honor or remember the life of loved ones or celebrate special occasions, you may donate to the Altar flowers and Eucharistic supplies fund. Altar flowers (two arrangements) are $150 per Sunday and Eucharistic supplies (bread, wine) are $35 for one month or $20 for two Sundays. Donate Altar flowers or Eucharistic supplies online or contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).

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:

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.

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

Let’s Talk at Galilee Center. Through an Outreach and Social Justice Grant, St. Peter’s recently funded a new educational program at Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte called “Let’s Talk.” “Let’s Talk” is a conversational Spanish/English Program for Merry Oaks Elementary students, families, and friends of Galilee Ministries. The St. Peter’s Community is being offered the first opportunity to volunteer with this exciting program. No need to know a second language. The focus will be in building community among various groups (parents, students, parishioners), breaking bread together, and having fun. Childcare is provided. Individuals may volunteer for one week or for the entirety of the program, 10 weeks. For more information contact Deacon Robin Sands ( and sign up at this link (

Giving Voice to Hope. The Choir School at St. Peter’s received a Cultural Vision Grant award from the Arts and Science Council to fund 50% of an outreach project at Hidden Valley Elementary School this fall. Giving Voice to Hope explores the connections between music and social change. Working with sixteen 2nd-5th graders, The Choir School is providing six on-site music classes with students who are learning three folk songs and a bit of music theory. The program concludes this Saturday, October 26 with a half-day on-site workshop with both the students and our Boys and Girls Tour Choirs. St. Peter’s Outreach & Social Justice Ministry also provided additional funds to support the project.

2019 CROP Walk. Thank you to all who participated and/or donated to the 41st annual Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 20th, and especially to coordinator Logan Smith. It’s not too late to make a donation after church. Donations will be collected until Sunday, November 3. Make checks payable to CWS/CROP.

Habitat for Humanity Build 2019. The first day of drywall was a huge success, thanks to all the volunteers who came out and made that possible. There appears to be a shortage of volunteers for Saturday, November 2, which will entail painting. Please consider volunteering for that day or any of the remaining days. 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 (

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

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 ( 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:

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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 12: Parents Connect Moms’ Dinner Out, 7:30 p.m.
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.”
November 18: Center City Concert, “The Four Horsemen” Trombone Quartet, Noon.
November 19: Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite: Location TBA), 11:30 a.m.
December 1: Youth Advent Fair begins.
December 8: Annual Meeting of the Parish and Vestry Elections, 9:30 a.m.
December 8: Advent Lessons and Carols with Solemn Procession, 5:00 p.m.
December 13 and 14: The Choir School at St. Peter’s Christmas Concerts.
December 14: Parents Connect Christmas Cookie Exchange.
March 13-15, 2020: Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga.