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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | January 21, 2015
The Lasting Legacy of Sandy McPeek
In so many ways, Sandy McPeek exemplified the concept of good stewardship.
A word Merriam-Webster defines as “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care,” stewardship was central to Sandy’s life. Her commitment to caring for her gifts was evident in the way she managed her talents, her time, and her role in carrying out the mission of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
Blessed with many talents, Sandy began her career as a nurse. When she came to Charlotte, she became a court reporter and served 17 years in the federal district court, often serving for U.S. District Judge James B. McMillan. Sandy was interested in experiencing the broad world, and traveled several times to Australia and Europe. She was also interested in her own community, and gave her time as a volunteer to Crisis Assistance Ministry and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.
Sandy’s commitment to stewardship had an enormous impact on the life of our faith community. She gave her time to enrich and sustain our Music Department, working in the music library and cataloging music for our choirs. She was a member of the St. Peter’s Senior Class, and she served on our Outreach Commission, working to recruit volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. She was faithfully present when our community gathered to worship.
We are grateful to Sandy for her extraordinary stewardship, which will now extend far into the future because of the planned gift she incorporated into her will. At the time of Sandy’s death, her gift to the St. Peter’s Endowment provided a lasting resource; one that will help ensure our ability to address the physical needs of our own community and the needs of the broader community through outreach for years to come.
As you consider your own commitment to stewardship and all the ways you use your talents, your time, and your resources, we invite you to follow Sandy’s example. You too can become a member of our 1834 Legacy Society by making a planned gift to the St. Peter’s Endowment. You don’t have to make a large gift to have a big impact on the future of our faith community. To find out more, please contact a member of the Planned Giving Committee, the St. Peter’s Endowment Board, or Mary Virginia Woodall, Director of Ministry Development.
Maria Long, Chairman of the Planned Giving Committee: 704-604-7855
Bill Williamson, Chairman of the St. Peter’s Endowment Board: 704-333-3001
Mary Virginia Woodall, Director of Ministry Development: 704-749-6151

Sunday, January 25

Legacy Sunday

Christian Formation classes
for all ages in the Parish House,
9:30 a.m.

Coffee Hour in the Community Room, second floor of the Parish House immediately following the
10:45 a.m. service.

Worship services at 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 5:00 p.m., and 6:15 p.m.

Outreach and Social Justice Soup Celebration, 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
Evensong (resumes January 11)
6:15 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
with Music
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m.
Morning Prayer in the Chapel
Tuesdays and Thursdays
"Holy Food, Holy People," Holy Communion (about 30 minutes in the Chapel)



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Formation and Worship Offerings

The Parish Hall Forum at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 25 observes Legacy Sunday: A History of St. Peter’s. Celebrate the work God has been doing among the people of St. Peter’s and beyond since our organization as a mission church in 1834. Presentations by Planned Giving Committee members Maria Long and Bill Williamson, along with others, consider ways in which we can keep the rich legacy of St. Peter’s going for years to come.
The Beatitudes Bible study continues at 9:30 a.m. in the Town Choir Room. Join Assisting Priest and New Testament scholar the Reverend Jonathan Soyars for an in-depth study of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and its relevance for our contemporary context.
20s & 30s Fellowship Book Study, “Finding Peace in a Culture of Now” begins Sunday, January 25 at 9:30 a.m. This four-week series, scheduled through February 15, will meet in the Tower Room (second floor). Led by Ruth Wooded, the group will be discussing ideas from Walter Brueggemann’s book, Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own books. Questions may be directed to Ruth Woodend (
Hospitality Room Now Open on Sunday Mornings in St. Peter’s Parish House. From 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Parlor (first floor, nearest the Chapel) is set aside to provide a place for adults to savor coffee or quiet conversation, or to read the paper, a book, or magazine during the formation hour.
Tuesday Nights at St. Peter’s offer “Reading Holy Books: A Comparative Look at Scriptures.” In light of the urgent need for increased compassion and understanding across faith traditions (as evidenced by the recent tragedy in France), parishioners Kate Norton and Jim Dudley will be leading us through a five-week course comparing the scriptures of other traditions with our own. Come explore Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Jewish texts for five Tuesday nights through February 10 in the Parlor from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To reserve a spot in this class, email the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer ( Note: This offering began Tuesday, January 13, but you may still reserve a spot for the remaining sessions.
Evensong on January 25 features the St. Peter’s Choir and the MasterSingers of the Choir School, preceded by an organ recital given by Dongho Lee. At 4:30 p.m. Ms. Lee, Music Associate and Organist at Myers Park Methodist Church, will play works by Bach, Franck, Rheinberger, and Dupré. At 5:00 p.m. Evensong the Clergy, the St. Peter’s Choir, and the MasterSingers of The Choir School at St. Peter’s will lead the congregation in prayer and the singing of hymns. Our weekly 6:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist follows this liturgy. Spread the word about this evening and consider staying for the 7:00 p.m. Outreach and Social Justice Soup Celebration in the Martha Bowles Parish Hall.

Give To The Vision 2015: Connecting with St. Peter's

As of January 21, 320 members and newcomers have pledged $815,162. To help us reach our goal, please <<make your pledge online>> or stop by the Parish House to submit a pledge card. Every pledge matters. The Vestry, Treasurer, and Stewardship Team appreciate participants in our annual fundraising initiative to raise $1 million dollars in pledges of financial support of the worship, programs, staff, outreach, and facilities of St. Peter’s in 2015.

Special Events
The Return of St. Peter’s Pub Theology, January 22. All adults are invited to join Associate Rector Joslyn Ogden Schaefer and friends on Thursday, January 22, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for holy conversation. Sir Edmond Halley’s Pub (4151 Park Rd.) in Park Road Shopping Center will be the location for this month’s topic: Integrating Spirituality into The Workplace. Drop in and stay as long as possible; bring a guest. Nonalcoholic beverages and food are also available. Next month, one of our clergy will host this fourth-Thursday offering on February 26.
Legacy Sunday at St. Peter’s is January 25. Each year, the parish honors all who have included St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Endowment in their planned giving (wills and related documents). The day will highlight this ministry, open to all members, newcomers, and friends, and acknowledge the establishment of The 1834 Legacy Society.
RSVP for Outreach & Social Justice Soup Celebration: Sunday, January 25, 7:00 p.m. Reserve your spot today for a celebration of St. Peter’s outreach and social justice accomplishments and opportunities. Special guests will include local servant ministry partners and recipients of our community outreach grants. Parish leaders and volunteers will be available to facilitate ways to get involved with this critical ministry area. This all-ages event will include an assortment of soups, salad, and dessert. You are invited to make a soup to share from recipes that would be sent by a soup coordinator after your reservation is made; however, cooking is not required to attend. Crockpots are preferred but soup donations may be warmed upon arrival. If you would like to attend, click here and indicate whether or not you would like to donate a soup or make a reservation by calling the Parish House Reception Desk at 704-332-7746. Spread the word and expect a great evening. Last year’s event was a blast.
Evening with Audra McDonald to Benefit The Choir School at St. Peter’s: Sunday, February 8. Benefit. Purchase tickets today to join The Choir School community at the Knight Theatre in Uptown Charlotte at 6:30 p.m. on February 8 for a performance by McDonald, who has musical roots in The Episcopal Church. A limited number of premium (gold, silver, bronze) and general seating tickets are available and going fast! Thanks to Little Hardware and Neiman Marcus for helping make this event possible! Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

Parish News

Life at St. Peter’s 2015 is available now. The 2015 Winter, Spring, and Beyond edition of Life at St. Peter’s was released online and mailed. This update for the 2014-2015 program year contains detailed information about programs and events from January through May, plus known offerings for summertime. View it online at or pickup a paper copy from the public spaces at St. Peter’s.
Contributions Challenge: St. Peter’s New Non-Profit, Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s (CCCSP). During the summer of 2014, what started as a partnership in 2013 with Music at St. Alban’s in Davidson, Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s achieved non-profit status. This legal designation allows the organization to solicit and receive funds from a wider variety of individuals and institutions. Last year, the Board of Directors, the Rector, and a host of others from within and beyond the parish made generous contributions. The Rector has made a $250 contribution to launch the 2015 giving campaign to support this ministry operating outside the parish budget. This month, consider matching or exceeding the Rector’s leadership gift and click here to donate now. A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.

Beyond our Doors: Learning and Serving Beyond St. Peter's

Help us Tackle Hunger on “Souper Bowl” Sunday, February 1. Please bring a donation of cash or check for our Souper Bowl of Caring collection on Sunday, February 1. To benefit the Urban Ministry Center, our youth will be holding soup pots before and after each worship service to receive your donations. The St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen at the Urban Ministry Center was started at St. Peter's and feeds Charlotte’s homeless, every day. Last year, the Urban Ministry Center served 98,469 lunches and several St. Peter’s parishioners are regular volunteers.

Food Pantry Partnership with Loaves and Fishes. Collection of groceries for neighbors in need continues in January. This month’s focus is 100% fruit juice. (Note: for safety reasons, glass jars cannot be accepted.) We look forward to filling the big red barrels in the Gallery of the Parish House with your contributions.
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