Recalling our Strength
Our actual ability to glorify and please God in will and deed is rooted in the source of our strength: God. Whenever we rely on God and entrust our lives, present and future, to the One who created us, we come closer to experiencing a certain peace that surpasses human understanding.

This Sunday

View our program guide, Life at St. Peter's, for more information.

8:00 a.m. Holy Communion* in the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer (Rite I), including sermon, organ music, and hymns.

8:30 a.m. "Holy Chow,"  breakfast in the Community Room. Cost is $4 per person; $15 household maximum.

9:30 a.m. Christian Formation for all ages, locations display on signage throughout the Parish House.

10:45 a.m. Holy Communion* in the contemporary language of the Book of Common Prayer (Rite II), including sermon, choral and organ music, and hymns.

5:00 p.m. Taizé, a participatory prayer service that combines the music of the Taizé community and periods of silence to help achieve a contemplative state. The altars, sanctuary, chancel, and nave at St. Peter's are adorned with icons and candles, and overhead lighting is reduced significantly; worshippers are invited to light prayer candles and share in songs from the Taizé community.

*Nursery Care - 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Infants and toddlers, ages 0-3 are welcome in St. Peter's professionally staffed nursery. The nursery area is accessible from the Church by walking through the Chapel, and proceeding up the steps to the left.

Life at St. Peter's Winter-Spring 2017 Worship, Programs, and Events Calendar. This key parish life resource of offerings through Summer 2017 is now available online and available for pick-up in all public spaces at St. Peter's. Mark your calendar for any and all of what's in store!

Weekday Morning Prayer and Tuesday Noon Eucharist.
Monday-Friday, 8:00-8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel of the Saints is a beautiful offering for the start of the day. On Tuesdays at Noon, we offer a 30-minute celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the Chapel. All are invited and encouraged to bring guests to any and all of these weekday offerings. 

Sunday Formation for Youth and Children, weekly. Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth, ages 13-18, meet in the Youth Suite (basement level, Parish House). For more information,  email Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children, ages 2-12, meet on first floor in the Toddler Atrium and Levels 1-3 Atria (classrooms). 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Parish House. For more information,  email Director of Children's Formation, Anna Hurdle.

Sunday Formation for Adults, February 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m.  The Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House) will feature "Spiritual Discernment: Where God is in our daily lives," hosted by parishioner/spiritual director Jim Dudley and the Parish Clergy. This is the first of a two-week series. The assembly will discuss how and where God is present in our lives; explore pertinent scripture passages; look more closely at our own lives; and consider some of the obstacles to seeing God. On February 26, the discussion will continue with discerning God in our lives, and explore how our prayer life can help us with discernment.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's: Evensong and TaizéAll are invited to experience alternative contemplative ways to begin the week: worship on most Sundays at 5:00 p.m. On most second and fourth Sundays, Choral Evensong and Holy Eucharist is offered. On every third Sunday, a meditative Taizé Holy Eucharist is offered, which includes music for piano. Our next Taizé liturgy will be February 19, and the next Evensong will be February 26, led by The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce and The Men of St. Peter's Choir which will include The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher. The Winter-Spring 2017 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's is available by clicking here.
Annual Shrove Tuesday Festival and Volunteers, February 28. On the eve of Ash Wednesday, the parish family is invited to gather for a Shrove Tuesday Festival on Tuesday, February 28, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Prepare now for an evening of live music and food, including pancakes, The Rector's Gumbo, fresh fruit, King Cake and other desserts, including many child-friendly options. Tickets are $6 for youth and adults, $4 for children, up to a $25 household maximum.  RSVP online . A variety of volunteers are essential to another successful event. To learn more and serve, click here  or contact Vestry Coordinator for Fellowship, Paige Ghareeb ( , 704-947-8986).

Parish Community Monthly Potlucks: Great First Success! On Sunday, February 12, more than 75 adults, youth, and children gathered at small tables for our first 2017 monthly Parish Potluck at 12:15 p.m. in the Community Room and Parish Hall (second floor, Parish House). Created to foster better community on the most convenient day for our urban parish church, all are invited to share in these "no pressure" meals. Each month, on the second Sunday of the month, a different parish ministry group or team will sponsor and organize the event. The next gathering will be Sunday, March 12 for which we are seeking a host. This is a great opportunity for your group or ministry team to share its story with the wider parish, and smaller groups can pair up. Hosts are responsible for setup/cleanup, and providing basic potluck entrees. To reserve your spot for March or future months, contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood (, 704-749-6141).
How the potlucks work: If your name begins with the letter A-M, bring something savory; if it begins with the letter N-Z, bring something sweet. If you forget to bring something or arrive to church unaware, come anyway to enjoy fellowship and food. Watch the eNews, Website, and Bulletin Boards for details.

A Lenten Letter from Bishop Anne Hodges-CoppleOur Bishop Pro Tempore has penned a letter for the St. Peter's parish community and everyone in the Diocese of North Carolina.  It is available online  and copies are available in the Parish House lobby. Important pieces of the letter direct readers to pages called " Take Action for Refugees "and " Equipping the Saints ." The Clergy and Social Justice Team encourage familiarization with these resources for our mission and ministry. 
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Mark Your Calendars

Wednesday, March 1: Ash Wednesday Liturgies: Imposition of Ashes with Holy Eucharist, 7:00 a.m., Noon, 7:00 p.m.; Ashes-to-Go Sidewalk Ministry, 8:00-8:45 a.m., 11:00-11:45 a.m., 1:00-1:45 p.m. 
Saturday, March 18: " Papa Pietro's" Italian Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction Youth Pilgrimage Fundraiser, 6:00 p.m. RSVP Now.
Sunday, March 26:  At 12:30 p.m., the St. Peter's Choir will host a Gourmet Gospel Brunch Fundraiser  for their August 2017 pilgrimage to England where our choristers will serve as choir in residence at St. Alban's Cathedral.  Tickets will go on sale next week.  Food will be catered by St. Peter's Choir Provisions and entertainment will include the choir, guest gospel artists and you, the audience!
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