This Week’s News

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.

January 24, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.

January 26, The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: “Climate Reality: the science of the crisis and a youth activist’s thoughts on hope, love and rage on a dying planet,” featuring Mary Ellis Stevens (Parish Hall), 9:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship, (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 a.m.
NO Journey to Adulthood (attending Parish Hall Forum), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
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.
Youth Acolyte Training (Basement, Church), 12:15 p.m.
Intentional Discernment Group with Sally+ (Parlor), 1:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong (The Burli Singers), 5:00 p.m.

January 27, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.
EfM – Education for Ministry (Community Room), 6:15 p.m.

January 28, 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.
Tuesday Night Book Study, “Why We Can’t Wait” (Parlor), 6:00 p.m.
Social Justice Film Night, “Selma” (Parish Hall), 6:00 p.m.

January 29, 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 30, Thursday
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.

Sunday Forum, January 26, “Climate Reality,” featuring Mary Ellis Stevens. This Sunday, January 26, 14-year-old youth climate activist Mary Ellis Stevens will present the science behind the changing climate and its disastrous impacts as well as her experiences as a young environmental activist. Click here to learn more about Mary Ellis Stevens. She hopes to educate others and inspire action on an individual and collective level. Her presentation will take place in the Parish Hall at 9:30 a.m.

Annual Fund 2020: Close the Gap. 270 pledging units have committed $897,694 towards our $1,000,000 goal. As Senior Warden Marcus Clarke noted in his email to the parish this week, 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

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 this Sunday’s service of Choral Evensong, 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

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.


Supportive Housing Communities, Sunday Forum on February 2. Supportive Housing Communities began when two Tryon Street churches partnered to care for the growing homeless community living on the street. One of these churches was St. Peter Catholic Church, led by the late Father Gene McCreesh; the other was St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Together, they formed St. Peter’s Homes in 1993. Almost two decades later, it was named Supportive Housing Communities. Please join the Social Justice Team on Sunday, February 2 during the formation hour to learn more about sheltering the homeless in Charlotte and how we can help support this vulnerable population. This presentation will take place on Sunday, February 2 in the Parish Hall, 9:30–10:30 am.

Recycle Right! Sunday Forum, February 9. Do you have questions about recycling? Join us for an interactive presentation and dialogue on what materials are currently accepted by the county. Maitre Meyer, Mecklenburg County Recycling Educator, will present the challenges and costs of improper recycling and how residents can help. She’ll provide an overview of the Material Recovery Facility, and you’ll learn what is and is not recyclable. Join us at 9:30 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.

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 is the beginning of a 3-part series on “Wholehearted Parenting: Raising Compassionate, Resilient Children In Beloved Community” on February 16.

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 the Reverend Dr. King’s introduction and chapters 1-3. Contact Vera Greene ( 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

Registration for the Parish Retreat at Kanuga, March 13–15. Plans are underway for this year’s retreat to the beautiful Kanuga Episcopal Conference Center. Registration is now open online through Realm, In-person registration is available after Sunday morning services at the information table in the gallery, or during the weekdays in the parish office. Registration will close on Sunday, February 16. Individual scholarships are available through the clergy. Contact Father Jacob or Mother Amanda if you need assistance with scholarships. Additional donations to the retreat scholarship fund are greatly appreciated to help make the retreat accessible for all members to attend.

Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day, Saturday, February 8. Liturgical ministers and volunteers will gather Saturday, February 8, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. for a retreat and training day. This retreat is for long-time volunteers, for those who are new to a ministry, for those who wish to be trained, or for those who simply wish to learn more. Morning & Evening Prayer Officiants, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Welcome Hosts, and Healing Ministers are encouraged to attend. The day will begin with fellowship and coffee at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by a plenary at 9:30 a.m., and breakout sessions for each group. Eucharistic Visitors and Altar Guild volunteers routinely schedule separate training opportunities. For more information, contact Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate (, 704-749-6141).

Safe Church Training, February 12. Safe Church Training will take place on Wednesday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church (1510 E. 7th Street). This training is designed to equip anyone in a position of parish leadership with ways of preventing and overcoming abuse and misconduct. Required for clergy and staff every three years, it is also intended for wardens, vestry members, lay Eucharistic visitors, pastoral visitors, youth leaders, confirmation sponsors, acolyte leaders, choir directors, church school teachers, and volunteers working in the parish on a regular basis. To find out more about this training and registration, visit (

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).

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.

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 (

Coffee Hour Hospitality Team Needs. Coffee Hour is in need of several volunteers to serve 1st Sundays, 2nd Sundays, and 5th Sundays, monthly or every other month. Our baristas provide refreshments and a warm welcome after our 10:45 a.m. service. Contact Kristine Reid ( for more information or to join this ministry.

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).

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. Visit the Civic Engagement page of to 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 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, some 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 (, 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

February 18: Social Justice Film Night, “Emanuel”.
February 25, Shrove Tuesday.
February 26, Ash Wednesday.
March 13–15: Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga.