This Week’s News

February 26, Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday Eucharist, Rite II, 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, 1:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 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.

February 28, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.

February 29, Saturday
Choir School “Serenade in Blue” Gala and Silent Auction (Offsite: The Terrace at Cedar Hill), 6:00 p.m.

March 1, The First Sunday in Lent
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: Conversation with Bishop Porter Taylor (Parish Hall), 9:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood, 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.
Sunday Lenten Series (Library), 12:15 p.m.
Intentional Discernment Group with Sally+ (Parlor), 1:00 p.m.

March 2, 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.

March 3, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group (Parlor), 10:00 a.m.
Lenten 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.

March 4, 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.

March 5, 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.

Visual Changes in Our Sacred Space during Lent. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, the covering of crosses and the altar mosaic marks an ancient tradition observed during the season of Lent. Instruments of the Passion depicted in the dossal veil, which now covers the mosaic at the altar, are a rooster (crowed after Peter’s third denial of Jesus) and a combination of a lance (used to pierce the side of Jesus as he hung on the cross) and a sponge on the end of a forked rod (offering sour wine to Jesus as he hung on the cross). On either side of Jesus are St. Mary the Virgin, Mother of our Lord, and St. John the Beloved, depicted with his head uncovered and beardless. At the foot of the cross is the image of Jesus as the Lamb of God.

Parish Hall Forum featuring Bishop Porter Taylor. On Sunday, March 1, Bishop Porter Taylor, the 6th and immediate past bishop of Western North Carolina, will lead the Parish Hall forum at 9:30 a.m. Join us for this special opportunity to learn from this renowned speaker, preacher, and writer.

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.

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).

10th Anniversary Recital Series Announced. Last Sunday, a recital series celebrating the 10th anniversary of our pipe organ, C. B. Fisk Opus 136, was announced. The series begins on Saturday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. with a recital given by former Director of Music and Organist, Ben Outen. You can make a contribution to a special fund supporting the series online.

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 March 8, the MasterSingers 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.

Center City Concert: The Georgia Guitar Quartet on Monday, March 16. The next concert on this series features The Georgia Guitar Quartet (GGQ). Formed in 1996 and based in Athens, Georgia, the Quartet performs throughout the nation delivering a high-energy blend of breathtaking virtuosity and imaginative programming while taking an adventurous approach to classical music. Audiences at a GGQ concert experience an exciting musical journey through an expansive array of genres, continents, and time periods. Accomplished composers themselves, the Quartet Members (Kyle Dawkins, Brian Smith, Phil Snyder, and Jason Solomon) frequently incorporate their own unique works into their dynamic concert programs. Admission is free and parking is validated. For more information, visit www.centercityconcerts.org.

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 begin this week and will be times of fellowship, conversation, and learning as you discuss the book and get to know one another better. Information is available with your group leaders and will be shared soon, if not already. For those who do not have a local discussion group or who simply want to reach out to a wider circle, the diocesan Facebook group will offer questions every day in Lent, inviting those taking part into conversation and community.

Sunday Morning Spring Book Discussion of author Flannery O’Connor continues on March 8. We will discuss “The Displaced Person,” from The Complete Stories (pp. 194–235). Join us for a lively discussion on March 8 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor and on the following Sundays: 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.

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, read Genesis 15-20 for March 4.

Community Life

St. Luke’s Guild, March 6. The next gathering of this first-Friday group is March 6, 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).

Pub Theology, March 12. Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m. during the program year, the next Pub Theology will be on Thursday, March 12 at Sir Edmond Halley’s (4151 Park Rd). Father Keith will lead a discussion on a topic to be announced soon. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual holy conversation events.

Pet Grief Support Group, March 12. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on March 12 (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, March 17. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is March 17, 11:30 a.m. at Fran’s Filling Station (2410 Park Road). 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).

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.

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.

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.

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 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).

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 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)

March Creation Care Tips. St. Peter’s Youth offer Creation Care tips for March: Try eating at least one meatless meal each day. The Climate, Land, Ambition & Rights Alliance recommends consuming just two 5-ounce servings of meat per week. Their estimate says a global shift towards a “flexitarian” diet would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 56 percent and reduce other environmental impacts by up to 25 percent. This also will prevent approximately 6 billion tons of carbon dioxide in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as preventing fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorus to spill into waterways, a huge problem in eastern North Carolina.

Outreach and Social Justice

Early Voting Information. Early voting ends this weekend. Visit www.meckboe.org for locations and times.

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).

Social Justice Film Night (Offsite): “Resilience,” March 24. In partnership with Novant Health, the Social Justice Ministry pillar of Economic and Healthcare Justice invites you to join the offsite film night screening of “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope” on Tuesday, March 24, 6:00–8:30 p.m. Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary “Resilience” reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. This movie will be offsite at Novant Health’s location at 108 Providence Road (BB&T Building). Registration is encouraged due to limited seating, visit www.tinyurl.com/resiliencefilmscreen to sign up or learn more. Light refreshments will be available at 6:00 p.m. before the 6:20 p.m. screening and a facilitated discussion with special guests will follow.

“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 at 10:45 a.m. 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.