This Week’s News

November 20, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer & Meditation (Chapel)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Room in the Inn Kickoff Potluck (Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
Youth Advisory Committee Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.

November 21, Thursday
204th Diocesan Annual Convention (Offsite: Winston Salem)
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.

November 22, Friday
204th Diocesan Annual Convention (Offsite: Winston Salem)
St. Peter’s Choir Retreat (Offsite: Valle Crucis)
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.

November 23, Saturday
204th Diocesan Annual Convention (Offsite: Winston Salem)
St. Peter’s Choir Retreat (Offsite: Valle Crucis)
Youth Pilgrim Event: Advent Fair Setup & White Beard Project

November 24, The Last Sunday after Pentecost, Christ the King
St. Peter’s Choir Retreat (Offsite: Valle Crucis)
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: “Debrief from the 204th Annual Convention of the Diocese of NC” with Father Jacob and Mother Amanda (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 Fellowship, (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.

November 25, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Choir School Greenery Pickup Begins (Basement), 4:30 p.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.

November 26, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group (Parlor), 10:00 a.m.
Centering and Intercessory Prayer (St. Benedict Room), 10:45 a.m.
Senior Class Luncheon (Red Rocks Café), 11:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

November 27, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer & Meditation (Chapel)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

November 28 and 29, Thursday and Friday
Parish offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday
NO Morning or Evening Prayer
NO Noon Eucharist
NO Adult Choir Rehearsal

Giving to Sustain an Unconditional Welcome – Annual Fund 2020. The 2020 Annual Fund is underway, with 221 pledging units committing $782,850 towards our $1,000,000 goal. 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.

Annual Meeting of the Parish on Sunday, December 8. 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. The following candidates will stand for election: Chase Branham, Tony Craghead, Chris Cudabac, Patricia Massey Hoke, Deje McGavran, Ashleigh Morgan, and Davis Tapp. Information about voting is in the article below. Visit to read candidate profiles.

Voting for Vestry Candidates. Early Vestry Candidate voting will take place on Sunday, December 1, 9:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Final voting begins and concludes prior to the Annual Meeting on December 8. Weekday voting (December 2–6) takes place in the office of Ministry Associate Kristie Lauderbaugh between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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 is offered each Wednesday in the Chapel.

Choral Evensong at St. Peter’s Returns January 12. Most second and fourth Sundays 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. The next Choral Evensong at St. Peter’s will be on January 12 sung by the St. Peter’s Choir. Other Charlotte Convocation parishes offer Choral Evensong on first and third Sundays. Learn more online at

Sung Compline, December 1. On Sunday, December 1 St. Peter’s will offer Sung Compline at 7:00 p.m. The Office of Compline marks the end of the day, with incense, candlelight, and ancient prayers. Join us for this quiet and meditative worship opportunity sure to feed the senses and soothe the soul.

Advent Quiet Day, December 7. Come spend a little quiet time preparing your heart as a manger to receive Christ. Advent Quiet Day will be held at St. Peter’s on Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Dress casually and comfortably and bring a journal if you like. Mother Sally would appreciate people letting her know if they plan to attend (, but all are welcome even at the last minute.

“Joy to the World,” December 13 and 14. The Choir School at St. Peter’s will present “Joy to the World,” their 2019 Christmas Concerts, on Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Led by Artistic Director Elizabeth Lenti, the program’s 77-member choir will sing more than a dozen holiday favorites, including I Saw Three Ships, Pat-a-Pan, Hark the Herald, and Silver Bells; sacred and secular pieces by Mack Wilberg, John Rutter, Dan Forrest, and Kim André Arnesen; and a tribute to the great Jessye Norman with Donald Fraser’s This Christmastide (Jessye’s Carol). A reception will take place in the Parish Hall after the Friday concert. Free parking is available in the TransAmerica Parking Garage, and a nursery space for small children is available during the concerts. The season media sponsor is WDAV 89.9. Tickets prices start at $10 per person and are now on sale at

Charlotte Pride Band Christmas Concert, December 15. Jingle all the way to Charlotte Pride Band’s December performance, “Songs for the Holidays.” Musical selections will vary widely, so there’s something for everyone. On the program are compositions by Leroy Anderson, Alfred Reed, Percy Grainger, Frank Ticheli, and more. The ensemble is led by artistic director Dr. John Ross, director of bands at Appalachian State University. The concert will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 4:00 p.m. in Park Road Church (3900 Park Road). Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door or online at

Center City Concerts presents The Burli Singers Christmas, Monday, December 16. ‘Tis the season to be jolly! On Monday, December 16 at Noon, Center City Concerts will offer a free concert of choral music with The Burli Singers, conducted by Rob Burlington, Assistant Choirmaster at St. Peter’s and Director of Music Arts at Cannon School. The concert will feature favorite Christmas carols and anthems, and opportunities to sing along. Admission is free and free parking is available. Learn more about Center City Concerts here.


The Sunday Forum: Debrief from the 204th Annual Convention of the Diocese of N.C. On Sunday, November 24, join Father Jacob, Mother Amanda, and St. Peter’s Lay Delegates as they offer a debrief of what was covered at the 204th Annual Convention of the Diocese of N.C. The presentation will be from 9:30–10:30 a.m. in the Town Choir Room.

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.

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. Every other Sunday you are invited to the Parents Connect Room for coffee, fellowship, and great conversation. Our next event, “Jesus and Santa: Balancing Traditions and Faith During the Holidays,” is on December 15 with Mother Sally.

Fall Book Study of Toni Morrison’s Beloved. All are welcome to join the final discussion of Toni Morrison’s Beloved on Sunday, 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 recently reminded us, about the Episcopal Church’s commitment to becoming Beloved Community. Contact Deje McGavran for more information (

Community Life

Annual Youth Advent Fair: November 24, December 1, and December 8. Visit us after each worship service in the parish house lobby where we will offer many items to help prepare your hearts and homes for Advent: Advent candle sets (purple or blue), Advent candle rings and wreaths for your candles, Advent calendars, and Auto Bell gift cards. Other items for sale include St. Peter’s t-shirts (long- and short-sleeved), handmade and gift-boxed Anglican rosaries, beaded jewelry, Chico reusable grocery bags, Episcopal shield stickers and patches, and more. Assist our Pilgrim Class in their efforts to raise funds for their Youth Pilgrimage.

Choir School Greenery Available on Monday Evening, November 25. If you ordered Christmas greenery from The Choir School, it will be available for pickup beginning Monday evening, November 25. Unless your order is being delivered by a chorister, email The Choir School ( with your preferred pickup date and time so we can have it marked and ready for you to collect easily.

Parents Connect Cookie Exchange, December 14. Come celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons with St. Peter’s families on Saturday, December 14 at 4:30 p.m. We’ll exchange cookies and have some delicious festive drinks and treats for the whole family. (Thanks to the Teichmans for hosting.) Bring one to two dozen cookies to exchange and an appetizer to share. Extra cookies will be donated to Room in the Inn. RSVP to Ann Luszcz ( by November 30.

20s/30s Brunch, December 15. Anyone at St. Peter’s who is their 20s or 30s is invited to brunch on December 15 immediately following the 10:45 service. The location will be announced soon, but it will be somewhere that we can easily walk to from the church. Walk-ups are welcome, but if you know ahead of time that you plan to attend, contact Mother Amanda (, 704-749-6150); it will help if we can give the restaurant a rough count of how many people to expect. We hope to see you there.

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).

Pilgrimage Gathering, December 10. On December 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., there will be a gathering for those who have registered for the Pilgrimage to Greece and Rome. It will be partly informational, partly social. With only about six months until we leave, it is time for us to begin to get to know one another better. If you know that you are planning to go on the pilgrimage but have not yet turned in your registration form, please do so ASAP so that you can attend this gathering. Contact Mother Amanda with any questions (, 704-749-6150).

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:

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, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141) or Flower Guild Coordinator, Todd Murphy (, 704-904-0545).

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).

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.

November 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 lobby.

Outreach and Social Justice

MeckMin Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, November 26. All are invited to the 44th annual interfaith Thanksgiving gathering hosted by MeckMin at Friendship Baptist Church. Learn more here.

Community Thanksgiving Day Celebration, November 27. The BELOVED Community Church and Let’EM Play Sports will be providing a free Thanksgiving meal celebration on November 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Simmons YMCA (6824 Democracy Drive). Share this invitation with individuals and families you believe would benefit the most from this special fellowship and festivities, especially newcomers to our city and those with no families during the holidays. RSVP at or contact Astrid (, 704-451-3978) with questions about registration or volunteering.

Habitat for Humanity Build 2019. There are only a couple of weeks left on this build and we seem to have plenty of volunteers lined up for the remaining days. The home dedication ceremony is planned for December 7 at 10:00 a.m., which is when the homeowner is presented with the house keys. If you have questions, contact John Knip ( or Alec Yale (

Room in the Inn Supplies Needed. On each Wednesday evening, December through March, St. Peter’s participates in Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn (RITI) program. Right now and through March, we need help with stocking our supply closet. We can use travel size toiletries, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant (men and women)‎. We would also accept other donations, such as socks, hand-warmers, small hand towels, and bus passes. We cannot use shampoo or similar items and we have plenty of soap. Leave any donations in the RITI basket in the Parish House lobby. For questions or more information, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano, 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.

Social Justice Film Opportunity, “Fix It” on Amazon. Last month, the Social Justice Ministry coordinated a Parish Hall viewing of Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point, which was very thought-provoking. This film examines the impact of our dysfunctional healthcare system on our economy, medical professionals, patients, and businesses. If you missed it or would like to see it again, it is now available for free on Amazon Prime or to rent on Amazon for $0.99.

“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,” 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 the Reverend Deacon Robin Sands ( and sign up at this link (

Augustine Literacy Project: Information Sessions and Training Classes. The mission of Augustine Literacy Project is to improve the reading, spelling, and writing skills of children in Title I schools who struggle with literacy. Join us for an Information Session (10:30 a.m. on November 18, November 19, and December 3) to learn more about becoming a volunteer literacy tutor and bring a friend. Winter Training Classes will be held January 13–17 and February 10–14. For more information and to RSVP, contact (

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Looking Ahead

November 28–29: Parish offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday.
December 6: St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.
December 8: Annual Meeting of the Parish and Vestry Elections, 9:00 a.m.
December 8: Advent Lessons and Carols with Solemn Procession, 5:00 p.m.
December 12: Pub Theology (Offsite: Sir Edmond Halley’s), 5:30 p.m.
December 12: Pet Grief Support Group (Tower Room), 7:00 p.m.
December 13 and 14: The Choir School at St. Peter’s Christmas Concerts.
December 16: Center City Concerts, Burli Singers Christmas Concert, Noon.
December 21: Drop-in Nativity Pageant Costuming and Rehearsal.
December 22: Greening of the Church, Youth Stocking Stuffing.
December 24: Holy Eucharist with Nativity Pageant, Christmas Eve Services.
December 25: Rite I Christmas Eucharist.
December 25–26: Parish offices closed for Christmas holiday.
January 1, 2020: Parish offices closed for New Year’s Day holiday.
March 13–15, 2020: Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga.