This Week’s News

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.

January 17, Friday
Winter Youth Retreat (Offsite: Blowing Rock, NC)
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.

January 18, Saturday
Winter Youth Retreat (Offsite: Blowing Rock, NC)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade (Offsite), 10:00 a.m.
MLK After-March Lunch (Basement)

January 19, The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Winter Youth Retreat (Offsite: Blowing Rock, NC)
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: “What is Faith Community Nursing?,” featuring Jo Anne Blackstone & Father Jacob (Town Choir Room), 9:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Formation, “Religions and Atheism: Speaking to Our Children About Different Beliefs” with Mother Amanda (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 a.m.
Spring Book Discussion on Flannery O’Connor, The Complete Stories (Parlor), 9:30 a.m.
NO Journey to Adulthood (due to offsite Winter Youth Retreat)
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.
Newcomers’ Coffee (Library), 12:30 p.m.
Taizé, 5:00 p.m.

January 20, Monday
Parish Offices closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
NO Morning or Evening Prayer
NO EfM or Monday Evening Bible Study
Center City Concert, Jazz Quintet from JazzArts Charlotte (Church), Noon

January 21, 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 (Portofino’s, Park Rd), 11:00 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

January 22, 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.

January 23, 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.

Introducing St. Peter’s Parish Nurse. With the assistance of Atrium Health’s Faith Community Nursing Program, Jo Anne Blackstone, a registered nurse and St. Peter’s parishioner, has been appointed by Father Jacob to serve as St. Peter’s Parish Nurse. Jo Anne will assist the clergy and the Pastoral Care Ministry Team in caring for members of the St. Peter’s community in a variety of ways. Please join us for the Sunday Forum on January 19 at 9:30 a.m. to learn more about this new ministry.

Annual Fund 2020: Close the Gap. 269 pledging units have committed $899,694 towards our $1,000,000 goal. As Senior Warden Marcus Clarke said on Sunday, we have many aspirations as a parish, including our formation, outreach and social justice ministries, and our worship and music. But our aspirations cannot exceed our financial reality. If you have not made your pledge please do so, and if you have pledged, prayerfully consider an increase for 2020. The Vestry is grateful to all who have committed to St. Peter’s. 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. To learn more about annual giving and to offer your pledge for 2020 visit www.st-peters.org/pledge.

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 begin the week. Try out this engaging liturgy Sunday, January 19, at 5:00 p.m.

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.

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. 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 on Sunday, January 26, 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 www.choralevensongclt.org.

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.

Learning

Sunday Forum, January 19. Join parishioner Jo Anne Blackstone and Father Jacob in the Town Choir Room at 9:30 a.m. for a special formation class: “What is Faith Community Nursing?”

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. On Sunday, January 19, our story is “The Life You Save May be Your Own.” Join us for a lively discussion at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor this week and on the following Sundays: February 23, March 8, March 22, April 26, and May 10. Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) for more information.

Tuesday Night Book Study, Why We Can’t Wait. St. Peter’s Tuesday Night Book Study will resume on Tuesday, January 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parlor and take place on second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. We will be reading Why We Can’t Wait by the late Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. You can begin by reading Reverend King’s introduction and chapters 1-3. This book is available through Amazon and local booksellers. Contact Vera Greene (veraevergreene@gmail.com) with any questions.

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 around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 19. Please RSVP as soon as possible to Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org, 704-763-3564).

Prayer Shawl Knitting Group Meets Monthly. This fellowship and pastoral care ministry circle will meet every first and third Tuesday at St. Peter’s in the Parlor from 10:00–11:30 a.m. The Clergy, Pastoral Care Team, and Guild of the Christ Child share prayer shawls with parish adults, youth, and children on various occasions as well as baby blankets for newborns in the parish. In addition, hats and scarves are distributed during the month of December through the Room in the Inn program. We recently joined a nationwide effort to provide blankets for refugees at our southern border. For more information or to attend, contact Linda Smith (lvsmithnc@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://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).

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 re-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).

Bishop Curry on U.S. Census 2020. 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. Watch Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry’s video explaining why the U.S. census is important and why you should get involved and participate directly in our democracy, saying “I Count.” Visit the Census 2020 Gallery Table on Sundays leading up to April 1, 2020.

January Creation Care Tips. Following the Episcopal Diocese’s environmental leadership, St. Peter’s offers “Creation Care Tips” for January. A tip from the St. Peter’s bulletin board: “Consider less fast fashion. Most of it ends up in landfills and is hard to reuse.” Americans now buy five times as much clothing as we did in 1980 (Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain, a textile-recycling company). Against the pattern of choosing trendy, cheaply produced, cheaply priced clothes are strategies such as altering existing garments, opting for vintage, used, and “upcycled” (remade) clothes, choosing better quality from sustainable sources, and mending. (Sashiko is an easy mending technique for jeans, see diynetwork.com or check out Mending Matters from the Library.)

Outreach and Social Justice

Social Justice Film Night, January 28.The Social Justice Ministry continues its film series on January 28 in the Parish Hall, 6:00–8:00 p.m. with Selma. This award-winning historical drama directed by Ava DuVernay is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lewis (now a U.S. Congressman). Nearly 55 years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, public officials continue to find ways to limit access to voting. Light refreshments will be served and early arrival is encouraged.

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 28: Social Justice Film Night, “Selma.”
February 8: Liturgical Retreat and Training Day.
February 18: Social Justice Film Night, “Emanuel”.
February 25, Shrove Tuesday.
February 26, Ash Wednesday.
March 13–15: Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga.