This Week’s News

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.

January 31, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.

February 2, The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, The Presentation of Our Lord
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: “Supportive Housing Communities: A place to live again” featuring Linda Miller, SHC Community Partnership Coordinator (Parish Hall), 9:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship, (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Basement), 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.
Intentional Discernment Group with Sally+ (Parlor), 1:00 p.m.
Sung Compline, 7:00 p.m.

February 3, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Kanuga Planning Committee Meeting (Tower Room), 6:00 p.m.
EfM – Education for Ministry (Community Room), 6:15 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

February 4, 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.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Congregational Engagement Team Meeting (Tower Room), 6:00 p.m.

February 5, 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.
Wednesday Night Bible Study, “Foundational Biblical Stories” with Mother Amanda (Offsite: Amélie’s French Bakery on Park Rd), 7:00 p.m.

February 6, 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.

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’s Roman 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.

Annual Fund 2020: Close the Gap. 271 pledging units have committed $898,894 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 www.st-peters.org/pledge.

Worship and Music

Incense on Sunday, February 2. In keeping with the long-standing custom of the church, incense will be burned on Sunday, February 2 at the 10:45 a.m. liturgy as part of our celebration of the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in Temple.

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 next service at St. Peter’s on February 9, The Boys and Girls Tour Choirs 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 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 this Sunday, February 2.

Serenade in Blue – The Choir School Gala. This annual fundraising event will benefit excellent, accessible arts education. Serenade in Blue will take place on Saturday, February 29 at The Terrace at Cedar Hill in Uptown. Cocktails, dinner, both live and silent auctions, and a performance by The MasterSingers will complement our “blue” theme—”Blue Skies,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got That Swing),” and “Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy.” What to wear? Festive Gala Attire (in blue)! Seating is limited. Tickets are on sale through February 10 at thechoirschool.org.

Learning

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.

What Can I Do? Creation Care Practices: Sunday, February 16. Do you wonder what you—as an individual or family—can do to respond meaningfully to Climate Change? Join us to learn about and share practices that have an impact. Small actions make a difference when multiplied by many practitioners. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s these little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Come to the Town Choir Room on February 16 at 9:30 a.m. and you will go away with ideas, practices, and even recipes.

Offsite Lenten Book Study Groups, Various Locations. This year, at the invitation of the Diocese of North Carolina, we would like to offer you an option for a Lenten practice. The diocese is recommending that churches read one of two books together, click here to learn more. At St. Peter’s, we have elected to join in this diocesan initiative to read Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. Father Jacob and Mother Amanda will be covering the book in the Forum, but they also wanted to give our parish the opportunity to read and discuss it in small groups. These gatherings will be times of fellowship, conversation, and learning as you discuss Jesus and the Disinherited and get to know one another better. For the next several Sundays in the gallery, the Congregational Engagement Team will help you sign up for a group that will meet in a neighborhood near where you live or work. The groups will then decide what day and time to meet based on what works best for the participants in each group. Please stop by the Congregational Engagement table in the gallery to learn more about this exciting upcoming opportunity for fellowship and formation during Lent. Books can be purchased in the gallery for $13, please bring cash or check.

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.

Monday Evening Bible Study, “The Beatitudes for Today.” Beginning on Monday, February 24, the Bible Study class will use the James C. Howell study book, The Beatitudes for Today. All are welcome for this study of the well-known passages that “will creatively apply Jesus’ teachings to our contemporary world of Christian lives today.” The class takes place from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the Library. You will need a Bible, notebook, and the book, “The Beatitudes for Today, “ which can be purchased from Amazon or www.cokesbury.com. Contact Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com, 704-661-4687) to register or 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 the Reverend Dr. King’s introduction and chapters 1-3. 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.

Writing an Icon: the Gospel in Line, March 9-13. All Saints’ Episcopal Church (525 Lake Concord Rd NE, 28025) is hosting an Icon Workshop March 9-13, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. in the ASEC Community Room. Each day includes morning prayer with anointing of hands, noonday prayer, and compline. During the final day you will participate in a beautiful service to bless the icons. The cost is $210.00 per person. The non-refundable check reserves your spot for the workshop which is limited to 14 people. There are 4 seats available. If you are interested in the opportunity to write an icon and learn about this beautiful prayer practice, contact Deacon Jackie (jwhitfield@allsaintsconcord.org). Registration checks will be sent directly to Robert Higgins; Deacon Jackie will send you Instructor, Robert Higgins’ address when you send her an email.

Community Life

Registration for the Parish Retreat at Kanuga, March 13–15. Plan to join this year’s retreat to the beautiful Kanuga Episcopal Conference Center. Registration is now open online through Realm, https://st-peters.org/kanuga. 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.

St. Luke’s Guild, February 7. The next gathering of this first-Friday group is February 7, 11:00 a.m. The clergy and parishioner Dan Busch, LCSW (retired), facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and those who are caregivers of family and friends. To learn more, contact the Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest (klane@st-peters.org, 917-679-7285).

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 (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 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 (https://www.dionc.org/Diocese/safe-church-training.html).

Pub Theology, February 13. Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m. during the program year, the next Pub Theology will be on Thursday, February 13 at Sir Edmond Halley’s (4151 Park Rd. Father Jacob will lead a discussion on “Exploring the Meaning of Lent.” Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual holy conversation events.

Pet Grief Support Group, February 13. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on February 13 (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).

Deadline Approaching: Adult Pilgrimage to Greece and Rome, May 2020. It may still be January, but our pilgrimage to Greece and Rome will be here before we know it! If you are considering going on our adult pilgrimage to Greece and Rome in May but have not yet turned in your forms, please contact Mother Amanda ASAP. The tour company that we are working with needs an estimated number of participants to give to our various hotels, cruise line, attractions, etc. by February 10. It is still possible to sign up after the February 10 deadline, but the closer we get to the pilgrimage dates, the harder it will be to guarantee latecomers the same flight costs and hotels. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the pilgrimage further, please contact Mother Amanda directly. We hope that you will join us on this incredible journey as we follow in the footsteps of St. Paul! We will visit Athens and Corinth, cruise the Greek Isles, and eventually make our 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.

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 (kmrlady@ymail.com) for more information or to join this ministry.

Join the Ushers. The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is seeking more volunteers to serve on a once-monthly basis at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharists. There are also needs for 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. service ushers each month. If you are interested in this ministry, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Planned Giving at St. Peter’s. The St. Peter’s community of faith is supported in part by the vision and generosity of generations of parishioners who came before us. Like them, we can also help to ensure that the programs and facilities we love will continue to exist far into the future. Planned gifts have a large impact on St. Peter’s, providing resources for our highly acclaimed music programs, funding for our internal non-profits including The Choir School at St. Peter’s, and enrichment of the lives of our young people during the important years when their faith is being formed. You can learn more about planned giving, the St. Peter’s Endowment, and how legacy giving supports the future of our faith community by contacting Steve Bentley (stevebentley24@gmail.com, 704-562-3830). For more information, pick up a copy of “A Common Legacy: Planned Giving at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church,” available in the Lobby.

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 episcopalchurch.org/office-government-relations 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.

February Creation Care Tips. Following the Episcopal Diocese’s environmental leadership, St. Peter’s offers “Creation Care Tips” for February. A tip from the St. Peter’s bulletin board: “Use water from the sink.” If you are concerned about contaminants in your drinking water, you can check the annual Consumer Confidence Report of your municipality’s tap water (Click here for Charlotte’s: https://charlottenc.gov/Water/WaterQuality/Pages/CCR.aspx and also have your water tested (National Testing Laboratories Ltd, www.watercheck.com is one such testing company). Different kinds of water filters remove different kinds of contaminants; check the EWG’s Water Filter Buying Guide at https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/water-filter-guide.php. Options include under-the-sink filtration systems; bottle-less water coolers such as iBottleLess, Blue Reserve, and Aquaverve; and pitchers sold by Brita, which partners with TerraCycle to recycle its filters.

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.

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

February 9: Choir School leads worship (Town Choirs at 10:45 a.m.; Tour Choirs at 5:00 p.m.)
February 16: Congregational Transition Meeting and Youth Chili Fundraiser Sale.
February 17: Center City Concert featuring Piano Trio, Philip Bush/John Fadial/Alan Black.
February 18: Social Justice Film Night, “Emanuel”.
February 25: Shrove Tuesday Celebration in the Parish Hall (with Ashes for kids).
February 26: Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharists (8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. services) and Ashes-on-the-Go Sidewalk Ministry (8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.)
February 29: The Choir School at St. Peter’s Serenade Gala.
March 1: First Sunday in Lent, Bishop Porter Taylor preaching and leading Adult Forum.
March 10: Parents Connect Mom’s Dinner Out.
March 13–15: Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga.