This Week’s News

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.
Safe Church Training, Level 2 (Offsite: St. Martin’s), 6:30 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.

February 14, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.

February 16, The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: “What Can I Do?” Creation Care Practices (Town Choir Room), 9:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Formation, “Wholehearted Parenting: Raising Compassionate, Resilient Children In Beloved Community,” Part I (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 (Parish Hall), 12:00 p.m.
Congregational Transition Meeting (Parish Hall), 12:00 p.m.
Intentional Discernment Group with Sally+ (Parlor), 3:00 p.m.
Taizé, 5:00 p.m.

February 17, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Center City Concert: Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary, Piano Trio (John Fadial – violin, Philip Bush – piano, Alan Black – cello), Noon
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 18, 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 (Zen Fusion), 11:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice Film Night, “Emanuel” (Parish Hall), 6:00 p.m.

February 19, 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.

February 20, 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.

Congregational Transition Meeting, Sunday, February 16. This Sunday, after the 10:45 a.m. service, all St. Peter’s parishioners are invited to join the Vestry and diocesan representatives for a time to reflect on our shared ministry as we prepare to call the next rector of St. Peter’s. Please join us for Coffee Hour refreshments in the Parish Hall, where we will gather to collect information in the next step of our transition with the Priest-in-Charge.

Deadline Approaching! 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. This is a hard deadline set by Kanuga. Unlike in previous years, late registrations can not be accepted. 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.

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. 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).

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.

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 in Charleston. 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. Space is limited, click here to register.

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 through 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 23, 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.

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, visit www.centercityconcerts.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, 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 17 at thechoirschool.org.

Learning

Sunday Morning Spring Book Discussion of author Flannery O’Connor continues on February 23. We will discuss “The River,” from The Complete Stories (pp. 157–174). Join us for a lively discussion on February 23 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor and on the following Sundays: March 8, March 22, April 26, and May 10. Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) for more information.

Offsite Lenten Book Study Groups, Various Locations. We have elected to join a 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 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 the book 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. 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 (cash or check only).

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, 6:45–8:15 p.m.,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.” You will need a Bible, notebook, and a copy of the book. 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. If you would like to read ahead, please read Genesis 12–14 for February 19.

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. 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. A $210 fee (non-refundable) reserves your spot for the workshop, which is limited to 14 people. There are 2 seats available. 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). Registration checks will be sent directly to the facilitator and coordinated by All Saints’.

Community Life

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).

Adult Pilgrimage to Greece and Rome, May 2020. In just a few short months, a group from St. Peter’s will head to Greece and Rome to follow in the footsteps of St. Paul. Space is still available for those who may like to join us. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the pilgrimage further, 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.

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.

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 our parish? 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).

Recycling. The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County have created an online game called “The Toss Is Right” to help people learn where specific items should be recycled. If you missed last Sunday’s presentation on recycling or just want to turn one of your chores into some fun, try the game at: https://www.charlottestories.com/charlotte-creates-new-online-game-to-teach-people-how-to-recycle If you have a recycling question that did not get answered last week, contact Julie Lavoie (juthala@bellsouth.net)

February Creation Care Tips. St. Peter’s offers Creation Care tips from the bulletin board: “Be yourself. Be nice. Be kind.” and “Treat others the way you want to be treated and respect the earth.”

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 continue to need help stock for 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. Leave donations in the RITI basket in the Parish House lobby. Contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com, 205-222-7527).

“Let’s Talk.” On Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Galilee Ministries offers a Spanish/English Conversation program designed to support the families and staff of Merry Oaks Elementary School. The program is funded through a St. Peter’s Outreach and Social Justice Grant and is supported by volunteers who serve a simple meal and engage in friendly conversation and community building. Childcare is provided. Individuals or groups may volunteer for one week or more. The program is scheduled to run through April 2 and is offered at Galilee Center, 3601 Central Avenue. For more information contact the Reverend Deacon Robin Sands(rsands@st-peters.org) and CLICK HERE to sign up().

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.

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 for information is (air.4charlotte@gmail.com), or email Win Murray (winifredmurray@yahoo.com) for further details .

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Looking Ahead

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.