Worship and Music
Evensong this Sunday, 5:00 p.m. The Charlotte Choir School’s MasterSingers are in residence for this Sunday’s service of Choral Evensong. Preces and Responses were composed by British composer Bernard Rose. The canticles are William Mathias’ set composed for Jesus College, Cambridge. And the anthem, Os justi, is by Anton Bruckner. Elizabeth Lenti directs this amazing ensemble of teenagers; Jerrick Cavagnaro, Assistant Organist at Christ Church, is the guest organist.
Visual Changes during Lent. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, we cover the crosses and the altar mosaic as part of ancient traditions marking the season of Lent. The Lenten dossal veil, which now covers the mosaic at the altar, was donated to St. Peter’s by the Stein family. The veil is a prototype of the Lenten array at Westminster Abbey, produced when the Abbey commissioned a new array several decades ago. Instruments of the Passion depicted in the dossal veil include a rooster (crowed after Peter’s third denial of Jesus), a combination of a lance (used to pierce the side of Jesus as he hung upon the cross), and a sponge on the end of a forked rod (used to offer sour wine to Jesus as he hung upon 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.
Daily Office. Parishioners lead Morning and Evening Prayer most weekdays. Morning Prayer takes place every day on Zoom (st-peters.org/morningprayer) and in the St. Peter’s Chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 a.m., with coffee and fellowship in the Parlor immediately following the office. Evening Prayer takes place every day online at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom (st-peters.org/eveningprayer).
Weekday Holy Eucharist on Wednesdays at Noon. Each Wednesday at Noon, St. Peter’s clergy offer a service of Holy Eucharist in the Chapel. This brief service of Holy Communion is a great way to spend the lunch hour in Uptown and to worship alongside a smaller congregation of parishioners.
Organ Recital Series to Celebrate the Tenth (+2) Anniversary of C. B. Fisk Opus 136. In November of 2010 our magnificent pipe organ, C. B. Fisk Opus 136, was dedicated during the culmination of the renovation of the St. Peter’s nave. We had planned a special celebration for the tenth anniversary, but the pandemic set us back a bit. On Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. Elizabeth Lenti, St. Peter’s Director of Music and Organist, will launch the celebratory series with the first of five recitals. Subsequent recitalists include Ben Outen, Patrick Pope, Aaron Goen, and Todd Wilson. Learn more in Elizabeth’s announcement on our website: st-peters.org/organ-recital-series.
The Adult Forum in Lent, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. During Lent, Father Jacob and Mother Amanda will lead the Adult Forum as we work through Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s book, The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem. Reading the book is not necessary, but if you do choose to read along, the schedule is as follows:
March 13 – Tuesday and Wednesday
March 20 – Maundy Thursday
March 27 – Good Friday
April 3 – Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday
Monday Night Bible Study, 6:30–8:00 p.m. We will study the Gospel According to Luke using N. T. Wright’s Study Guide, which is available from Amazon. There is weekly preparation and everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact Ruth Woodend (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesday Afternoon Book Group, 1:00–2:00 p.m. The book group is reading Sacred Earth Sacred Soul by John Philip Newell. Contact Ruth Woodend (email@example.com, 704-661-4687) for further details.
Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7:00–8:00 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study is studying several of Paul’s letters this spring, starting with Galatians. No preparation is needed, but contact Mother Amanda (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or if you would like to read ahead. Join on Zoom at st-peters.org/biblestudy-wednesday.
Diocesan Book Group, Mondays, 12:00–1:00 p.m. Beginning March 7, the diocese will lead a group study on the book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby. More information and registration is available here: https://bit.ly/ColorofCompromise. For additional information, contact Jenny Beaumont (email@example.com), Missioner for Adult and Lifelong Formation.
Senior Class Luncheon, March 15, 11:30 a.m. The Senior Class will meet at Leroy Fox, (705 S. Sharon Amity Road). For more information and to RSVP contact Sue Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-364-9061).
Sunday Welcome Desk Volunteers Needed. Every Sunday a parishioner assists in welcoming people to the Parish House. Staffed in four one-hour shifts between 8:00 a.m. and Noon, we are seeking enough volunteers so that this is just a one-hour per month commitment. If you are interested, contact Leigh Dixon (email@example.com, 704-749-6142).
Easter Flowers. Special contributions in memory or honor of loved ones help to fund the beautiful flowers for Eastertide observances, beginning with the Great Vigil of Easter on April 16. For names to be printed in the worship service leaflets, the deadline is Wednesday, April 6. Mail a check to the business office at St. Peter’s, indicating “Easter Flowers and Music” in the memo line; contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-749-6142); or donate online.
Upcoming 20s30s Fellowship Events. Please mark your calendar for the following 20s30s fellowship opportunities. More details of each event will follow closer to the date. March 18, 6:00 p.m. – Mini-Golf @ Stroke (Plaza Midwood) www.strokeputt.com; March 31, 7:00 p.m. – Trivia @ The Chamber Wooden Robot Brewery (NoDa, woodenrobotbrewery.com/location/the-chamber); April 3, 12:30 p.m. – First Sunday Brunch – Location TBD; April 22, 6:00 p.m. – Brewery Hangout with Food Trucks @ Resident Culture (Plaza Midwood) https://residentculturebrewing.com; April 30, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – White Water Center (whitewater.org).
Episcopal Relief & Development Ukraine Response: As we pray for an end to violence and for those fleeing Ukraine, please also pray for Episcopal Relief & Development and other ecumenical agencies working to respond to the current crisis. Specific needs will change as the crisis evolves. As of right now, there is a need for food, water, and shelter. Please consider partnering with Episcopal Relief & Development in this response. Visit episcopalrelief.org/ukraine-crisis for more information and to donate.
Episcopal Church Women Spring Conference, Saturday, April 2, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. The Episcopal Church Women of the Charlotte Convocation invite you to attend the spring program at Christ Church (1412 Providence Road). With the guidance of the authors of “From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century,” the gathering will focus on the ideas put forward in this award-winning book and is part of the ongoing effort to build the Beloved Community in the Diocese of North Carolina. For more about this opportunity for learning, inspiration, and fellowship, and to register, visit www.ecw-nc.org. If you register, please contact Nelda Leon (email@example.com) who is organizing the St. Peter’s delegation.
Contact Tracing for COVID-19 Infections. The Diocese of North Carolina requires worshiping communities to notify parishioners in the event of possible COVID transmission during worship or at other events. If you test positive for COVID-19 and have recently attended an in-person gathering at St. Peter’s, please contact a member of the clergy. Your name and information will not be shared and confidentiality will be maintained in all circumstances.
Prayer Requests. As a community, we offer support to one another through prayer. Requests may be made in two ways: Submit your request online at st-peters.org/make-a-prayer-request or contact Clergy Assistant, Michael Talbert (firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-749-6141). Persons who have given consent for their names to be printed will be read aloud and listed for four Sundays unless a more extended 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, send an email to Father Jacob (email@example.com) or Mother Amanda (firstname.lastname@example.org). For pastoral emergencies such as hospitalizations, dial the Clergy On-Call Phone at 704-749-6175. This process is the best way to communicate pastoral needs and ensure a response from a member of the clergy or pastoral care team.
Seeds for a Greener Lent
Food waste is a problem first because Americans waste 40% of their food (savethefood.com). Reducing food waste is at the top of Project Drawdown’s “solutions for climate change and sustainable development,” chiefly because food waste in landfills releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Waste facilities also raise environmental justice concerns by their location disproportionally near low income communities (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1964896).
Let’s be good stewards of the Earth by planning meals carefully, eating leftovers, and then composting. Composting in the backyard does not give off odors or attract animals—it just makes nutrient-rich humus (www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home). Bokashi composting can be done indoors in a pail (bokashicycle.com). Crown Town Compost can do it for you. They will pick up your food waste and make compost that is used by local farmers and gardeners (www.crowntowncompost.com). Plant waste. Reap rich soil.
Outreach & Social Justice
Room in the Inn is in need of your donations, particularly the following items: deodorant, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, chapstick, socks. These items are passed out to twelve guests every week, so the need is ongoing. There is a basket in the lobby under the parking ticket scanner to leave your donations. If you have questions or want to get involved in other ways with RITI, contact Bert Miano (email@example.com, 205-222-7527).
The Big Spring Clean, Saturday, March 26, 9:00 a.m. to Noon. The City of Charlotte is hosting a great event to help care for the earth by picking up litter in our local waterways. Gather a group and register online: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d4cadac2ba2fc1-volunthursdays. More site-specific information will be sent to those that register a few days prior to the event. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Eco-Justice Committee hopes to see many of our St. Peter’s people out there cleaning those streams.