January 13, 2016

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Living into The Baptismal Covenant: Living into The Baptismal Covenant was the theme of the annual Vestry Retreat offered Saturday, January 9, at the Parish House. To prepare returning and newly elected lay leaders for a new season in life at St. Peter’s, our twelve Vestry members and the clergy spent a packed day of getting acquainted through prayers, personal storytelling, sharing, and celebrating and reimagining approaches to ministry. It was evident that commitments to the parish vision are focused, as our faith community strives to become a community of bold followers of Jesus, a crowd that effects good change for the world, a place known for radical love and welcome, and a beacon of hope in Center City.

Our time also included reflections on the dynamics of lay and ordained ministry and naming the several tools necessary to empower all parishioners to engage the work that God has for each of us to do. Amid all of this, it was timely to share with the Vestry that the clergy, staff, and volunteer approach to ministry support would include improvements in four ways: hospitality, accessibility to clergy, staff, and ministry area leaders, relationship-building, and information-sharing. Our primary role at the parish offices is to support members and newcomers on their journeys to live into the Baptismal Covenant. This we do while collaborating with one another to offer many opportunities for worship, formation (education), fellowship, service, and music at St. Peter’s.

For information about the several ministries areas and leaders through which we exercise our mission at St. Peter’s and how to get involved, visit the website at https://st-peters.org/vestry/. Lest we forget that God only has us. Christ has no body now but ours. No hands, no feet on earth but ours. Living into The Baptismal Covenant through community is bound to fulfill the dream of God.

Epiphany blessings as we embark on a new year.

— The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector  
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Shrove Tuesday: On the eve of Ash Wednesday, St. Peter’s will gather again for a Shrove Tuesday Festival with music on Tuesday, February 9, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Old-fashioned pancakes with the Rector’s gumbo and other Louisiana fare will be offered, including child-friendly options with traditional King Cake, fresh fruit and other desserts. Tickets are $6.00 for youth and adults, $4.00 for children, up to a $25.00 household maximum. RSVP online.
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Senior Class Luncheon: Members and friends of St. Peter’s age 55 and up will meet for their monthly Senior Class Luncheon on Tuesday, January 19, at The Famous Toastery (formerly TOAST) at 2400 Park Road. For information, contact Jay or Barbara Partington (jimpart3@hotmail.com, 704-523-1831).
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Vestry Organization and Roles: For details about the roles of Vestry members in 2016, visit the Lay Leadership page on the St. Peter’s website.
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: The Choir School’s 2016 Serenade gala will take place Saturday, February 13, at Charlotte Country Club. Come enjoy a seated dinner, outstanding choral performance, and silent and live auctions. Tickets and more information available on the Choir School website or contact Allison Elrod (704-749-6157, aelrod@thechoirschool.org).
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Legacy Sunday Noon Luncheon Rescheduled: Update your calendars that the Celebrating Hope luncheon posted in Life at St. Peter’s and elsewhere for Sunday, January 24, is being rescheduled by the Outreach and Social Justice Ministry Team. On January 24, please attend the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum: Building on St. Peter’s Presence and The 1834 Legacy Society, led by clergy and lay leaders.
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20s and 30s Bowling: St. Peter’s 20s and 30s are invited to gather on Thursday, January 28, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Bowling at Ten Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Drive. The price of $16.00 includes bowling shoes and gratuity; food and drinks are purchased separately. RSVP to Marion Morrison (m.lyle.morrison@gmail.com).
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Parish Hall Forum: The topic for Sunday, January 17, is Revisiting the Dream: Human Rights Today. Many of us would quickly say we support Human Rights.  But what do we mean when we say that?  How is the idea of Human Rights informed by our Christian tradition?  Come hear Dr. Brian Schaefer lead a session exploring Human Rights through the lens of Anglican faith and contemporary challenges. The 20s and 30s Formation group will also participate in the Parish Hall Forum on Sunday, January 17.
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20s and 30s Formation: This group will participate in the Parish Hall Forum on Sunday, January 17.
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Next Week’s Formation Hour: The topic for the Parish Hall Forum on Sunday, January 24, will be Building on St. Peter’s Presence and the 1834 Legacy Society, led by the Reverend Ollie Rencher.
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Holy Chow! Breakfast Is Back: Join us on Sunday mornings for Holy Chow breakfast, served from 8:30 – 9:25 am in the Community Room on the Second Floor of the Parish House. Volunteers are needed to keep this ministry afloat. Volunteers serve monthly on a team that prepares a delicious breakfast for our parish family from September to May. Contact Tate Sterrett to volunteer (tsterrett@horacktalley.com, 704-293-8551). Until we build up the volunteer teams, a hearty continental breakfast will be served most Sundays.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Celebrate the legacy of Civil Rights leader the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with Holy Eucharist at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, January 18, followed by “Gospels, Spirituals, and Classics” at the Center City Concert at Noon.
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Center City Concert: Soprano Helen Goldsby will perform “Gospels, Spirituals, and Classics” during the Center City Concert at Noon on Monday, January 18, which will also feature the words of the Reverent Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. set to music, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Performing with Ms. Goldsby will be David Gilliland on piano and Chris Fensom on trumpet. The concert will also feature the poetry of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.
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Holy Conversation: This new, weekly Wednesday morning offering begins on Wednesday, January 6, with 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel, then continues in the Parlor with a scripture reflection led by the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher until 9:00 a.m. Consider adding this to your weekly routine and spread the word.
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Kerygma: And You Thought This Was New in the Church! Christians have been misbehaving and arguing since the very beginning—after all, it is people who make up the church (Acts 6). It has also been the Christians who cared for those in need—Lydia, Aquila and Priscilla. Come and learn all of the story. Starting on Monday, February 1, at 6:00 p.m., we continue our journey into the New Testament with the learning and discussion of Acts of the Apostles. This is a time for learning, talking, listening, being challenged, and experiencing a unique expression of community.  Contact Father Murdock at msmith@st-peters.org or register now online .
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Bridges out of Poverty: Understanding and addressing the dynamics that make it difficult for people to break out of poverty will be the focus for an Epiphany retreat, Bridges out of Poverty, January 29 and 30. The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, St. Peter’s Formation Partner, will lead this seminar, which begins on Friday, January 29, from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and concludes on Saturday, January 30. The $30.00 retreat fee includes dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Copies of the book Bridges out of Poverty will be available at the retreat for a discounted price of $20.00. The program is based on 35 years of research into the differences between poverty, middle class and wealth cultures. Contact the Reverend Dr. Hanneman (phanneman@st-peters.org) or register online .
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Engaging The Daily Office at St. Peter’s: All are welcome. One ancient and modern way to pray is through the Daily Office—The Book of Common Prayer services of Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, and Evening Prayer. Uniquely, the structure of Daily Office prayer gathers up personal and corporate concerns to be prayed together. From monasteries to churches like St. Peter’s to private homes, people have been praying the Daily Office for thousands of years, all because it brings us closer to God and deepens Christian community. In this new year, consider adding to your prayer life at St. Peter’s: Morning Prayer in the Chapel of The Saints, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and/or sung Evening Prayer (Choral Evensong led by clergy and choir) in the Nave, Second and Fourth Sundays through April 24, 5:00-5:45 p.m. On Wednesdays, Morning Prayer is followed immediately by a new clergy-facilitated offering called “Holy Conversation” to reflect on the morning’s scripture lessons. Holy Conversation ends at 9:00 a.m. and coffee is available. To learn more about The Daily Office including how to add it as an online practice to be engaged while others gather at St. Peter’s or throughout the world to pray for and with you, you may use resources from the Mission of St. Clare website.
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Coffee Hour Baristas Needed: Would you like to be a barista during our Sunday morning Coffee Hour? Our Fellowship Ministry is seeking more people to share in the ministry of hosting refreshments in the parish house lobby after the 10:45 a.m. service. You can be part of a team to serve on the fifth Sunday, serve on the second Sunday every other month, or jump in any Sunday. As a “barista” (an Italian word for coffee house server), you would bring your choice of simple light refreshments and prepare coffee and lemonade. We would love for the 20s and 30s to join in this ministry. Contact Kristine Reid (kmrlady@ymail.com) for details and consider asking a friend to join you in hosting.
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RAIN Benefit: Make a difference for RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network), one of St. Peter’s Ministry Partners, when the Broadway National tour of Wicked teams up with some of Charlotte’s best musicians for this one-night only benefit performance. The cabaret benefit will be Monday, January 25, 7:30 p.m. at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theater. Call 704-732-1000 or learn more online.
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Bishop Curry Participates in Trinity Institute Conference on Racial Justice: This year’s Trinity Institute Conference is about racism and racial justice, with our own Bishop Michael Curry as one of the principal speakers. The conference will be live-streamed in Charlotte at St Martin’s Episcopal Church, with on-site facilitators to lead groups for reflection and conversation. The event is free and open to the public Thursday, January 21, through Saturday, January 23. Email listenforachange@stmartins-charlotte.org.
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Bold Like Jesus: On January 21-23, Christ Lutheran Church brings together Lutherans, Moravians and Episcopalians from across the state to explore what it means to be bold like Jesus in a complex and changing world. Interim Bishop The Rt. Rev. Anne E. Hodges Copple is among the presenters. Registration is free for youth, $65 for all others after January 7. Scholarship and registration information online.