This Week’s News

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.

March 6, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.

March 7, Saturday
Charlotte Pride Band presents “Broadway” (Offsite: Park Road Baptist Church), 5:00 p.m.

March 8, The Second Sunday in Lent
Daylight Saving Time (“spring forward”)
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: Jesus and the Disinherited, Chapter 1 with Father Jacob (Town Choir Room), 9:30 a.m.
Spring Book Discussion on Flannery O’Connor, The Complete Stories (Parlor), 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.
Intentional Discernment Group with Sally+ (Parlor), 1:00 p.m.
Evensong (MasterSingers), 5:00 p.m.

March 9, 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.

March 10, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 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.
Tuesday Night Book Study, The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr (Parlor), 6:00 p.m.
Parents Connect Mom’s Dinner Out (Offsite), 7:30 p.m.

March 11, 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.

March 12, 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 with Father Keith+: “What is the Meaning of Forgiveness?” (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.

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.

10th Anniversary Recital Series Announced. Recently, 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.

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).

Parish Hall Forum, Jesus and the Disinherited. On Sunday, March 8, Father Jacob will lead the Parish Hall forum at 9:30 a.m. as we discuss the first chapter of our Lenten book read: Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited.

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, 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 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. 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.

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 next Sunday, March 15, at 5:00 p.m.

Learning

Offsite Lenten Book Study Groups, Various Locations. We are joining 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 are designed to be times of fellowship, conversation, and learning as you discuss the book and get to know one another better. Meeting details are as follows, please reach out to the email address provided with each group if you are not already registered to attend:
– The Arboretum: Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at a parishioner’s home. Email (bafkloven@gmail.com) with questions.
– Plaza Midwood: Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Pilot Brewing. Email (daniels.josiah@gmail.com) with questions.
– Plaza Midwood: Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at a parishioner’s home. Email (grantsmitchell@gmail.com) with questions.
– South Park: Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Sir Edmond Halley’s. Email (suewmartin123@gmail.com) with questions.
– Uptown/Fourth Ward: Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m at Queen City Grounds. Email (druvy11@gmail.com) with questions.
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.

Tuesday Night Book Study, The Universal Christ. 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. The next meeting will take place on March 10. We are reading The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr. For more information, 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, read Genesis chapters 15 through 20 for March 4.

Community Life

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 the topic “What is the meaning of forgiveness?” 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).

Parents Connect Fellowship and Formation. This year we are invited to join the Parish Forum on the first Sunday of every month. This month, Parents Connect formation will take place on Sunday, March 29 in the Parents Connect Room and will include coffee, fellowship, and great conversation. We will cover Part 2 of our 3-part series on “Wholehearted Parenting: Raising Compassionate, Resilient Children In Beloved Community.”

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.

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).

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).

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.

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).

Augustine Literacy Project featured on PBS Charlotte. The mission of Augustine Literacy Project is to improve the reading, spelling, and writing skills of children in Title I schools who struggle with literacy. Visit this link to learn more about their impact on Charlotte and surrounding communities. For more information, contact Jess Heath at (jheath@alpcharlotte.org).

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 during the recent Forum, contact Julie Lavoie (juthala@bellsouth.net).

March Creation Care Tips. St. Peter’s Youth offer Creation Care tips for March: Try eating one meatless meal each day. A Climate, Land, Ambition & Rights Alliance estimate suggests a global shift towards a “flexitarian” diet could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 56% and reduce other environmental impacts by up to 25%, preventing approximately 6 billion tons of carbon dioxide in greenhouse gas emissions.

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. We continue to 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. 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.

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Looking Ahead

March 13–15: Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga.
March 28: Youth Museum Trip to Greensboro International Civil Rights Museum.
March 29: Celebration of Life gathering for Dan Kirsch (Mint Museum Uptown, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
April 5: Palm Sunday.
April 9: Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist & Mandatum, 7:00 p.m.
April 10: Good Friday Confessions (8:30 a.m.), Solemn Liturgy (2:00–3:00 p.m.), and Stations of the Cross (3:15 p.m.)
April 11: Great Vigil of Easter (7:00 p.m.)
April 12: Easter Day: Holy Eucharist, Rite I with hymns (7:30 a.m.), Holy Eucharist, Rite II with choir (9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.)