This Week’s News

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.
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.

February 7, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.

February 8, Saturday
Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day (Parish Hall, various parish house locations), 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Parents Connect Social Justice Movie Night, “Small Foot” (Basement), 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

February 9, The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: “Recycle Right!” featuring Mecklenburg County Recycling Educator, Maitre Meyer (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.
Sermon Talk-back (Parlor), 12:15 p.m.
Evensong (Boys and Girls Tour Choirs of The Choir School at St. Peter’s), 5:00 p.m.

February 10, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.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.

February 11, 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.
Pilgrimage Gathering (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday Night Book Study, “Why We Can’t Wait” (Parlor), 6:00 p.m.

February 12, 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.

February 13, 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.

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 Parish Hall.

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 and 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).

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.

Intercessory & Centering Prayer. The Intercessory/Centering Prayer Group at St. Peter’s meets every Tuesday morning September-May at 10:45 a.m. for a period of intercession, reflection and sharing followed by 20 minutes of silent centering prayer. If you feel drawn to this ministry but have hesitated about making a long-term commitment, consider joining us for the six Tuesdays in Lent — March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7. No need to register, just come as you are. If you have questions, contact Judith Johnson (judithrayjohnson@hotmail.com, 704-596-6167).

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 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.

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 on Sunday, February 16, 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, March 1.

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.

Center City Concert: Piano Trio on Monday, February 17. You are invited to join us for the next Center City Concert featuring an all star Piano Trio (John Fadial – violin, Philip Bush – piano, Alan Black – cello). They will be playing an all Beethoven concert in honor of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth, including Beethoven’s Archduke Trio. The performance will take place at Noon on Monday, February 17 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Admission is free and parking is validated. For more information, please go to www.centercityconcerts.org.

Learning

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. We join this diocesan initiative to read Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman, both as part of the Sunday Forum series and in small groups hosted in parishioners’ homes. These gatherings will be times of fellowship, conversation, and learning as you discuss the book and get to know one another better. 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. Stop by the Congregational Engagement table to learn more about this opportunity for fellowship and formation during Lent. Books can be purchased for $13, payable in cash or by 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 on February 16 is the beginning of a 3-part series on “Wholehearted Parenting: Raising Compassionate, Resilient Children In Beloved Community.”

Monday Evening Bible Study, The Beatitudes for Today. Beginning on Monday, February 24, the Bible Study class will use the James C. Howell 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 takes place at 6:00 p.m. in the Parlor on second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. We are reading Why We Can’t Wait by the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 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 Road NE, 28025) is hosting an Icon Workshop March 9–13, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 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. A $210 fee (non-refundable) reserves your spot for the workshop, which is limited to 14 people. If you are interested in the opportunity to write an icon and learn about this beautiful prayer practice, contact the Reverend Deacon Jackie Whitfield (jwhitfield@allsaintsconcord.org). 

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).

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).

Senior Class Luncheon, February 18. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is February 18, 11:30 a.m. at Zen Fusion at 1716 Kenilworth Ave. For more information, to RSVP, or to be added to the email distribution list, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279) or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

Deadline Approaching: Adult Pilgrimage to Greece and Rome, May 2020. It may just barely be February, 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).

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).

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.

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).

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.

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.

Shrove Tuesday Festival, February 25: Tickets and Volunteers. On the eve of Ash Wednesday, all ages are invited to gather for a grand occasion beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Prepare now for a big evening of music and assorted foods including pancakes, bacon and sausage, gumbo, vegetarian options, salad, fruit, King Cake, assorted desserts, and many child-friendly items. Tickets are $6 for youth and adults, $4 for children, up to a $25 household maximum. Please click here to purchase your tickets. Volunteer for setup and cleanup, decorations, cooking assistance, food and refreshment station servers, table hosts/runners, or as a door greeter by contacting Harris Holt (harrisholt3@gmail.com).

Social Justice Film Night on February 18, “Emanuel.” With executive-producers Steph Curry and actress Viola Davis, this 77-minute long powerful documentary features intimate interviews with survivors and family members of the nine African-Americans slain in 2015 by a 21-year-old white supremacist who had been welcomed into their Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church. Special guest Councilman Malcolm Graham will share his personal story of a strong faith that helped him work through anger and grief to start a community foundation to memorialize and honor the legacy of his sister, Cynthia Graham Hurd, one of the slain churchgoers. Join the Social Justice team, clergy, and psychologists and parishioners Dr. Susan Campbell and Dr. John Hall, for film screening and discussion of “Emanuel: The Untold Story of the Victims and Survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting” on Tuesday, February 18, 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

February Creation Care Tips. St. Peter’s offers Creation Care tips from the 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; no-bottle 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 lotion, razors/shaving cream, deodorant (men and women), toothpaste, and toothbrushes; hand-warmers, small hand towels, and bus passes. We cannot use shampoo or similar items and we have enough socks and 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 16: Congregational Transition Meeting and Youth Chili Fundraiser Sale.
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.)
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.