This Week’s News

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

February 21, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.

February 22, Saturday
Rite 13 Rehearsal and Celebration, 6:00 p.m.

February 23, The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: “Lent: Why We Do What We Do” with Mother Amanda (Town Choir Room), 9:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 a.m.
Spring Book Discussion, Flannery O’Connor “The Complete Stories” (Parlor), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Garden for Burning of the Palms), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Rite 13 Liturgy, 10:45 a.m.
Coffee Hour (Lobby), 12:00 p.m.
Shrove Tuesday Preparation (Kitchen), 1:00 p.m.
Evensong (St. Peter’s Choir), 5:00 p.m.

February 24, 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 25, Shrove 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.
Shrove Tuesday Parish Celebration with Ashes for Kids (Parish Hall), 6:00 p.m.

February 26, Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Ashes-on-the-Go Sidewalk Ministry, 8:30 a.m.
Ash Wednesday Eucharist, Rite II, 12:00 p.m.
Ashes-on-the-Go Sidewalk Ministry, 1:30 p.m.
Ash Wednesday Eucharist, Rite II, 7:00 p.m.
Room in the Inn (Community Room, Parish Hall, Kitchen), 5:30 p.m.

February 27, 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.

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 and $4 for children, with 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).

The Sunday Forum, “Lent: Why We Do What We Do.” This Sunday, February 23, Mother Amanda will lead a Forum discussion on Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and various Lenten practices as we explore together why we do the things that we do during Lent. Come reflect on the meaning behind our traditions, and hopefully learn something new about their origins. The presentation will be from 9:30–10:30 a.m. in the Town Choir Room on the basement level of the Parish House.

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)! Limited seats remain. 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.

Intercessory and Centering Prayer. The Intercessory and 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. 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, the St. Peter’s Choir serves 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, March 1.

Learning

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).

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 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.

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.

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).

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 15-2 for March 4.

Community Life

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.

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 (ldixon@st-peters.org, 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 ([harrisholt3@gmail.com](mailto: harrisholt3@gmail.com)).

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 (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141) or Flower Guild Coordinator, Todd Murphy (todd@toddmurphyevents.com, 704-904-0545).

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).

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.

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 the 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, 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

Early Voting Information. Early voting has begun and here is some information that may be helpful to you: you may register and vote through Saturday, February 29 at any available site. Visit www.meckboe.org for locations, times, and eligibility requirements.

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).

The Roots of Voter Suppression, February 20, 6:30–8:30 p.m. St. Peter’s Social Justice Team invites you to attend a discussion at First Baptist Church West about “The Roots of Voter Suppression” by author David Zucchino, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of “Wilmington’s Lie”. Sponsored by Equitable Communities CLT (the affordable housing advocates), the author presents a searing account and little-known history about the Wilmington riot and coup that devastated its black community in 1898. Once North Carolina’s largest city, the confluence of race and politics led to an intentional destroying of a thriving African-American community with long-term negative consequences that re-shaped Wilmington into the city it is today.

“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

March 1: First Sunday in Lent, Bishop Porter Taylor preaching and leading Adult Forum.
March 7: Charlotte Pride Band presents “Broadway” (Offsite: Park Road Baptist Church), 5:00 p.m.
March 10: Parents Connect Mom’s Dinner Out.
March 13–15: Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga.

March 17: Center City Concert, Georgia Guitar Quartet.