This Week’s News

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 (CANCELLED)
Adult Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room), 7:00 p.m.

March 13, Friday
Parish Kanuga Retreat
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.

March 14, Saturday
Parish Kanuga Retreat, Cont’d

March 15, The Third Sunday in Lent
Parish Kanuga Retreat, Cont’d
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: Jesus and the Disinherited, Chapter 2 with Ruth Woodend (Town Choir Room), 9:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 a.m.
NO Journey to Adulthood (Canceled)
NO Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Canceled)
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), 3:00 p.m.
Taizé Eucharist, 5:00 p.m.

March 16, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
POSTPONED – Center City Concert, “The Georgia Guitar Quartet” (Date TBD)
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 17, 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.
Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite: Fran’s Filling Station), 11:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

March 18, 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 19, 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.

The Reverend Sally V. Johnston Preaches on Sunday, March 15. On Sunday, March 15, as Father Jacob and Mother Amanda joining parishioners on the Parish Retreat at Kanuga, our assisting priest Mother Sally Johnston will preach and preside at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharists.

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 Opens with Ben Outen. 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. After nearly 25 years at St. Peter’s, Ben is now Director of Music and Organist at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte. It was under his leadership that the original Organ Committee was formed and the case for a new pipe organ at St. Peter’s was built. His recital will last about one hour. A reception follows in the Parish Hall. You can make a contribution to a special fund supporting the series online.

Parish Hall Forum, Jesus and the Disinherited. On Sunday, March 15, Ruth Woodend, will lead the Parish Hall forum at 9:30 a.m. as we discuss the second chapter of our Lenten book read: Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited.

UPDATE – March 16 Center City Concert Postponed. The concert that was planned for Monday, March 16 featuring The Georgia Guitar Quartet (GGQ) has been postposted to the fall. For more information, visit www.centercityconcerts.org.

Samaritan’s Feet: Joint social justice/outreach project. On Maundy Thursday (April 9) from 8 a.m. to Noon, members of St. Peter’s will have a unique opportunity to bless others as we partner with Samaritan’s Feet to place a new pair of shoes and socks on the feet of 200 homeless neighbors from the Men’s Shelter. This one-day event will enable us do something kind for the soul and soles of individuals who spend a lot of time walking the street because they have no permanent shelter to call home. We need forty to fifty volunteers and are requesting donations of $20 per shoe recipient to purchase the new shoes. Click this link to view a short video and get an idea of what to expect at our event. Visit the Gallery table after the worship service to get a flyer for more detail, sign up to volunteer, and/or to donate to provide a tangible gift to a homeless person. Contact Gwen High (gwendolyn.high@gmail.com) and Vera Greene (verevergreene@gmail.com).

Next Steps in the Transition Process. The St. Peter’s Vestry has been hard at work to condense the information collected at the February 16 Congregational Meeting as we prepare for the next steps in the transition process with our priest-in-charge. One such step is for Father Jacob to take time away from the parish to continue his discernment both alone and with his spouse. Father Jacob will be away Monday, March 16 through Monday, March 23, observing both time for discernment and personal times. During that time, please contact Ministry Associate Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141) for any urgent ministry needs or dial the clergy-on-call (704-749-6175) for any pastoral emergencies. Stay tuned for more information regarding the transition process after Holy Week and Easter.

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 our last service of Evensong for the season, the St. Peter’s Choir serves as the choir in residence on March 22. 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 this Sunday, March 15, at 5:00 p.m.

Sung Compline. On most first Sundays during the program year, 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, April 5.

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 Bridgett Loven (bafkloven@gmail.com) with questions.
– Plaza Midwood: Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Pilot Brewing. Email Josiah Daniels (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 Grant Mitchell (grantsmitchell@gmail.com) with questions.
– Plaza Midwood: Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Nova’s Bakery on Central Avenue. Email Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com) with questions.
– South Park: Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Sir Edmond Halley’s. Email Sue Martin (suewmartin123@gmail.com) with questions.
– Uptown/Fourth Ward: Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m at Queen City Grounds. Email Drew Greene (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.

Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White, Saturday, April 25. Acclaimed author Debby Irving will host a one day workshop centered around her book Waking up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, on Saturday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Registration of $12 includes lunch. This event is open to all and online registration ends April 13th. This event is hosted by: The Episcopal Churches of St. John’s, Holy Comforter, St. Peter’s, St. Martin’s, and Chapel of Christ the King.

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 24. 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 17 through 20 for March 18.

Sunday Morning Spring Book Discussion of author Flannery O’Connor continues on March 22. We will discuss “Good Country People,” from The Complete Stories (pp. 271–291). Join us for a lively discussion on March 22 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor and on the following Sundays: April 26, and May 10. Contact Deje McGavran (dhmcgavran@gmail.com) for more information.

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, CANCELLED for March 12. The Pet Grief Support Group has been cancelled for March 12, but typically meets every second Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. More information about future meetings will be communicated. In the meantime, contact Wes Sturgis (pwsturgis@gmail.com, 704-621-8613) with interest.

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.

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).

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 Fund is 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).

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.

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.

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).

“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 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.)