This Week’s News

January 8, 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 (Community Room, Parish Hall, Kitchen), 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

January 9, 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.

January 10, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.

January 11, Saturday
Vestry Retreat (Offsite)

January 12, The First Sunday after the Epiphany, The Baptism of Our Lord
Vestry Commissioning
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: “Census 101: What You Need to Know,” featuring Dr. Wilhelmenia Rembert (Town Choir Room), 9:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 a.m.
Spring Book Discussion on Flannery O’Connor, The Complete Stories (Parlor), 9:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Basement) and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 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, St. Peter’s Choir, 5:00 p.m.

January 13, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Kanuga Planning Meeting (Parents Connect Room), 6:00 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.
EfM – Education for Ministry (Community Room), 6:15 p.m.

January 14, 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.
Parents Connect Mom’s Dinner Out (Offsite), 7:30 p.m.

January 15, 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 (Community Room, Parish Hall, Kitchen), 5:30 p.m.
Youth Advisory Committee Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Night Bible Study, “Foundational Biblical Stories” with Mother Amanda (Offsite: Amélie’s French Bakery on Park Rd), 7:00 p.m.

January 16, 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.

Giving to Sustain an Unconditional Welcome – Annual Fund 2020. The 2020 Annual Fund update: 267 pledging units have committed $897,494 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 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.

Census 2020 Sunday Forum, January 12. St. Peter’s, like the National Episcopal Church, is a Faith Partner with Census 2020. The U.S. Constitution requires a census every ten years to count every person living in the United States. The results affect us all, and in particular influence funding for programs such as affordable housing, education, healthcare, and transportation. Join the Social Justice team in the Town Choir Room at 9:30 a.m. for a special formation class: “Census 101: What You Need to Know.” Our Census Partnership speaker, Dr. Wilhelmenia Rembert, will provide useful tips, as well as opportunities to participate directly in our democracy, saying “I Count.”

New Vestry Leadership beginning on January 1. On Tuesday, December 17, the Vestry elected new wardens and executive committee leadership to begin their term on January 1: Marcus Clarke, Senior Warden; Mike Hoffman, Junior Warden; Erin Chantry, Clerk; Dave Lavoie, Treasurer (non-vestry). Ministry area assignments will take place at the vestry retreat on January 11.

Pub Theology, January 9. Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m. during the program year, the next Pub Theology will be on Thursday, January 9 at Sir Edmond Halley’s (4151 Park Rd). Mother Amanda will lead a discussion on “Marking Time.” As we enter a new year, and a new decade, we will examine the various ways that we mark time–religiously, secularly, environmentally, and in our own lives. These all overlap, but how we perceive them can influence the way that we understand the rhythms of life. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual, holy conversation events.

The Choir School Co-Founder Kay Johnson to retire in June. The Choir School at St. Peter’s has announced that co-founder Kay Johnson will retire in June 2020 after 27 years of service to the organization. In a joint statement, Artistic Director Elizabeth Lenti and Board President Abigail Cudabac acknowledged Kay’s service. “Kay has provided extraordinary leadership to The Choir School and, due to her dedication, has kept the organization running efficiently and confidently these past 27 years. Her commitment to welcoming and encouraging each chorister and their families has defined who we are. She works every day to represent our core values of excellence and accessibility. We applaud her service, cherish her institutional memory, and appreciate her wisdom.” Kay will be honored at The Choir School Spring Concerts on May 8 and 9, 2020 www.thechoirschool.org.

Incense will be burned on The First Sunday after the Epiphany. In keeping with the long-standing custom of the church, the ceremonial use of incense will be part of the 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist on January 12. Those parishioners with allergies or respiratory issues are invited to attend other services offered on the same day.

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 Resumes 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. For the next service of Choral Evensong, the St. Peter’s Choir serves as the choir in residence. Other Charlotte Convocation parishes offer Choral Evensong on first and third Sundays. Learn more online at www.choralevensongclt.org.

Taizé at St. Peter’s: An Opportunity for Contemplative Prayer and Holy Eucharist. On each third Sunday of the month at 5:00 p.m., you are invited to join us in the Taizé experience of quiet kneeling, musical chants, and meditative reflection. This unique Eucharistic liturgy of presence, community, and calm is a wonderful way to conclude the week. Try out this engaging liturgy Sunday, January 19 at 5:00 p.m.

Sung Compline. On most first Sundays, St. Peter’s offers 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. The next service of Compline will be held on Sunday, February 2, 2020.

Learning

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 Fellowship and 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 and will include coffee, fellowship, and great conversation. Our next event: “Religions and Atheism: Speaking to Our Children About Different Beliefs” is on Sunday, January 19.

Sunday Morning Spring Book Discussions in the Parlor. Spring Book Discussions focus on the short fiction of Flannery O’Connor using the collection, The Complete Stories. We begin on Sunday, January 12, with the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” on pages 117–133. Read the story ahead of time or just come to the Parlor for this first discussion. A reading schedule will be available. The series continues on the following Sundays at 9:30 a.m.: January 19, February 23, March 8, March 22, April 26, and May 10. Find out why O’Connor said that the South “is hardly Christ-centered, [but] it is most certainly Christ-haunted. The Southerner, who isn’t convinced of it, is very much afraid that he may have been formed in the image and likeness of God.” Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) for more information.

Intentional Discernment Group with Mother Sally, January through May 2020. An Intentional Discernment Group is starting in January, appropriate for people who are facing significant life decisions (career change, retirement, relocation, etc.) and want to approach those decisions prayerfully, supported by others equally committed to spiritual discernment. The program began Sunday, January 5 at 1:30 p.m. and will continue twice a month on Sunday afternoons through May. You will learn a variety of discernment practices to use on your own and enter into a holy listening process with others. Contact Mother Sally directly (sjohnston@st-peters.org) to learn more. Space is limited to 12 participants.

Wednesday Night Bible Study, “Foundational Biblical Stories” with Mother Amanda.
On the first and third Wednesdays of each month, Mother Amanda will lead a study on the foundational stories of the Bible (working our way through Genesis and Exodus). These stories are ones that are echoed throughout the rest of the Bible by the prophets, the Psalms, and the New Testament writers. Being familiar with them helps us understand the references to them that we find throughout the rest of Scripture. We will meet at Amélie’s French Bakery on Park Road (4321 Park Road), 7:00–8:00 p.m. No advance preparation is necessary, but bring your Bible!

Community Life

Youth Winter Retreat, January 17–19. The Journey to Adulthood Program leaders invite all sixth through twelfth grade youth (friends are welcome to join us) on the J2A Winter Retreat at the Blowing Rock Conference Center, Friday, January 17 through Sunday, January 19. The purpose of the youth retreat is to spend time together, away from the rush and stress of normal life, to reconnect with God and each other and to take time to relax, worship, hike, and learn. The all-inclusive cost for this retreat is $50 per person. Scholarships are available to make this retreat affordable for all (please contact Lyn Holt). We will leave St. Peter’s in our new(!) 15-passenger van at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, January 17 and return to St. Peter’s for pick-up around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 19. Please RSVP as soon as possible to Lyn Holt at (lholt@st-peters.org, 704-763-3564).

Intercessory Prayer on Sunday Mornings. At each celebration of the Holy Eucharist, we’re led in intercessory prayer during the Prayers of the People. Clergy and staff members also constantly hold people in prayer. But on a more personal level, the opportunity to pray directly with prayer partners is available each Sunday after Communion in the Intercessory Prayer Room adjacent to the Church Parlor. For those seeking prayers of thanksgiving or for healing in body, mind, or spirit, it’s a time to share prayer requests with full confidentiality in a private setting. If you have questions, contact Pat Markel (markelhouse@aol.com).

Pet Grief Support Group, January 9. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on January 9 (and every second Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. For more information, contact Wes Sturgis (pwsturgis@gmail.com, 704-621-8613).

Senior Class Luncheon, January 21. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is January 21, 11:30 a.m. at Portofino’s (5126 Park Road). For more information, to RSVP, 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).

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://www.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).

Planning an Event at St. Peter’s? Here’s what we need from you. St. Peter’s holds a number of events each year that enrich the lives of our community. We want to continue doing so, but can only help if setup details are submitted five days prior to the event date. (If we are able to accommodate late requests, the event organizer must be responsible for event setup and cleanup.) If you are considering the use of space at St. Peter’s, contact Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate, (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Join the Hospitality Team. Coffee Hour is in need of several volunteers to serve first Sundays, either monthly or every other month. Our baristas provide refreshments and a warm welcome after our 10:45 service. Contact Kristine Reid (kmrlady@ymail.com) for more information or to join this ministry.

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.

January Creation Care Tips. Following the Episcopal Diocese’s environmental leadership, St. Peter’s offers “Creation Care Tips” for January. In icy conditions, rather than scattering deicing salt, which irritates animal paws and damages lawns and concrete, try a product like EcoTraction. These volcanic mineral products do not melt the ice but rather provide traction on top of the ice. (The granules can be messy inside a home, so have a plan to contain them at the door.)

Outreach and Social Justice

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. Through March, we need help stocking our supply closet: travel size toiletries, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant (men and women)‎; socks, hand-warmers, small hand towels, and bus passes. We cannot use shampoo or similar items and we have enough soap. Leave any donations in the RITI basket in the Parish House lobby. For questions or more information, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com, 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.

Advocates for Immigration Rights, Opportunity to Serve. “Advocates for Immigration Rights” is a new organization in Charlotte which, among other things, sponsors court observations to ensure that judges and attorneys provide due process during removal (deportation) hearings. This is an excellent opportunity to serve members of our immigrant community who are seeking asylum. The training is minimal and reporting consists only of inappropriate or unusual conduct. The presence of the observer alone in the courtroom seems to be what has created the most impact. If anyone is interested, the contact information is (air.4charlotte@gmail.com), or email Win Murray (winifredmurray@yahoo.com) for further details .

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

January 18: MLK Day Parade and After-March Lunch.
January 20: Parish offices closed for MLK holiday.
January 20: Center City Concert, Jazz Quintet from Jazz Arts Charlotte, Noon.
January 28: Social Justice Film Night, “Selma.”
February 8: Liturgical Retreat and Training Day.
February 25: Shrove Tuesday.
February 26: Ash Wednesday.
March 13–15: Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga.