Annual Shrove Tuesday Festival, February 28 (tonight). 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 ( paigeghareeb@mac.com, 704-947-8986).

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.
Reconciliation: All Sorts in All Seasons
Considering the fractured world in which we live, I am prayerfully reminded that we are called to the ministry of reconciliation. The mission of the Church-the body of Christ-is to restore all people to unity with God and each other. Thus, reconciliation is when persons make right or harmonize around a difference or situation that has caused hurt, conflict, or separation.

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.

Note: There is not a 5:00 p.m. service this Sunday.

*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.
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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, March 5, 9:30-10:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House) will explore "Reconciliation: The Mission of the Church" led by the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher. The conversation will highlight St. Peter's intentional commitment to reconciliation of all sorts, opportunities that all Christians have to reconcile, and information about the reconciliation aspects of the Rector's sabbatical, which begins on March 6. Looking ahead to March 12, the Parish Hall Forum will focus on "Engaging Holy Week: Palm/Passion Sunday," with Mr. Josiah Daniels leading the discussion. This session will explore the meaning of Palm/Passion Sunday, especially as it relates to Anglican worship.

Visual Changes in Our Sacred Space during Lent . Beginning on Ash Wednesday, the 40-day covering of certain religious symbols, including images and processional crosses is part of what is called the "Lenten Array" at St. Peter's. Medieval symbols 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 what appears to be the combination of a lance (used to pierce the side of Jesus as he hung on the cross) and a reed (was placed in Jesus' hand as a royal scepter in mockery). On either side of Jesus are two of the women who followed him from Galilee to Calvary and at the foot of the cross is the image of Jesus as Lamb of God.
 
Pub Theology, Thursday, March 2. Join parish clergy and friends for a relaxed time of holy conversation beyond the walls of St. Peter's at our second such fellowship for 2017. On Thursday, March 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille located at 911 East Morehead Street near the corner of McDowell and Morehead streets, the topic will be "Observing A Holy Lent: Practices and Rituals," led by the Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest. If you are curious about ancient and new practices to make a Holy Lent in your life, this casual, drop-in gathering is for you and a guest.

Lenten Meditations 2017 Booklet. Copies are available in the lobby and entrances to the nave of the church and online by clicking here. This year's devotional focuses on creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities, with a particular focus on empowering women. The daily readings are co-authored by a group of leaders from across the Anglican Communion, who bring a range of perspectives as they reflect on Scripture and other sources of spiritual wisdom.
 
Sabbatical Send-off for The Rector, Sunday, March 5. The parish community will send off the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector for his 3-month sabbatical made possible by a 2017 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program grant awarded to St. Peter's. Entitled "Reconciliation, Music, and Rest for the Soul," ours was one of 146 grants awarded to a variety of congregations throughout the nation . All are invited to attend either of the morning liturgies and the send-off fellowship opportunity during Coffee Hour before his March 6 - May 31 sabbatical period. Our Associate Rector, the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, and Assisting Priest, the Reverend Keith C. Lane will welcome a host of visiting clergy during this season. For a Sabbatical Overview and Clergy Schedule, click here.

"Papa Pietro's" Dinner & Auction. Saturday, March 18, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for youth 12-17, $8 for children 6-11. Under 6 years old are free. You can sign up online at the St. Peter's website (www.st-peters.org/rsvp) or pay by check (with spaghetti dinner in the memo line). You will enjoy spaghetti with Jim DiMartino's meat sauce or a meatless sauce for vegetarians, Italian salad, fresh rolls and choice of brownie with salted caramel and ice cream or strawberry-topped cheesecake. Wine and beer will also be available for purchase. The Pilgrim Class will be our wait staff and dinner will be accompanied by youth musicians. The auction is not to be missed with art, jewelry, restaurant gift certificates, a stained glass window by parishioner Dan Woodall, gift baskets, and much more! This class of 10th and 11th graders have been working toward this Holy Pilgrimage for 5 years, learning about the Church, faith, and following in the footsteps of St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Francis, and others. If you are unable to attend, we would happily accept a donation. Email Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org) for more information.
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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 are on sale now, www.st-peters.org/rsvp.  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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