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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
This week, the fourth Sunday of Easter, we celebrate with joy Good Shepherd Sunday. On this day we lift up Jesus, the Good Shepherd, as the heart of the Paschal mystery.
For more than twenty years our primary method of Formation (Education) for children at St. Peter’s has been the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The Catechesis is a Montessori-based approach where children can grow in their relationship with God through a deep engagement in scripture and liturgy. One of our beliefs is that God and the child have a unique relationship with one another, and that the growth of this relationship should be assisted by the adult, but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child. Another aim of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is for the child to fall more deeply in love with God through Jesus the Good Shepherd, whom we meet in scripture and in the Eucharist.
Today children who have been exploring the sacrament of reconciliation will be participating in Solemn Communion, an intentional receiving of Eucharist as celebration of the love and life of the Good Shepherd.
In the words of our own Maggie, Katie, Jordan and Logan:
Shine your light on us, Oh Lord, so we may worship you in happiness.
O, Lord our Shepherd; lead all your flock to peace.
Guide us through our journeys with love and life,
So we may love you wholeheartedly
Until one day when there is one flock and one sheepfold. Amen
—Anna Hurdle, Director of Children’s Formation
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Parish Hall Forum: Director of Music and Organist Ben Outen and The Reverend Ollie Rencher will lead Sunday’s Parish Hall Forum, which will explore the history of music at St. Peter’s related by asking the big question, “What is the Anglican Choral Tradition?” This exploration will include a discussion of the unique styles of music that make up our heritage, the people and circumstances that brought it into being, and where and how does this religious and artistic treasure trove thrive and evolve today. Join the discussion on April 17, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall.
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Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s: Join us at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, for a contemplative service in the style of Taize, followed by the Holy Eucharist.
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Next Week’s Parish Hall Forum: On Sunday, April 24, parishioners have the opportunity to hear from St. Peter’s Youth during the Parish Hall Forum, Learning from our Young People. St. Peter’s youth will talk about their experiences as part of Journey to Adulthood, including the opportunity to participate in worship and this summer’s mission trip to Ferguson, Missouri. Then the discussion will be opened up for questions. Don’t miss this chance to learn from the wisdom of our Youth.
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Center City Concerts: On April 19 at noon, organist Christopher Jacobson will present a recital for Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s. Jacobson is Chapel Organist and Divinity School Organist at Duke University. Previous positions have included Associate Organist at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina, and Assistant Organist at Washington National Cathedral. He has won prizes in several organ competitions and presented organ recitals in North America, Europe, and Australia. One reviewer from The American Organist noted that, “demonstrating excellent technique and mature interpretation, Christopher Jacobson presented one of the strongest recitals of the convention.”
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Breaking Out of the Ego Box—An Introduction to the Enneagram: I just love my ego (don’t you love yours?)! We get along so well together…and for such a long time. Egos are predictable and safe…more or less. Okay, we get angry, feel hurt, even challenge our habitual responses, but oh, the seduction of the familiar, the persistence of the patterns! Sometimes I’m free enough to say, I have an ego; most of the time, however, my ego has me! In a box. When we “break out of the box,” we see things in a radically new light and/or behave in a totally different way. We’ve all experienced such turning points; we know that change is possible. But breaking free of life-long ego patterns can be difficult; even when we want to change, we don’t know how to get unstuck. The Enneagram is a tool for recognizing–and working with—ego patterns. The Enneagram portrays our biggest problem in life and our greatest gift—and remarkably they are the same. I’ve studied and taught the Enneagram for more than twenty years and I invite you to hear more about the Enneagram at an introductory meeting on Thursday, May 5, 6-7:30 pm., in the Library.
– The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman
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Pet Grief Support Group: This group for those who have lost their pets meets on Thursday, April 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room.
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Staff Announcement: Part-time Communications Administrator Peg Robarchek has accepted a full-time position as Director of Communications at First Presbyterian Church. Her last day at St. Peter’s will be either on or before Thursday, April 28. After April 25, please send all submissions for the eNews and Sunday leaflets, as well as other questions related to communications, to email@example.com.
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Youth Fundraiser: Watch for St. Peter’s Youth around the Parish House Lobby, where they will be selling AutoBell car wash tickets this Sunday as a fundraiser.
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Good Shepherd Sunday: Children ages seven and older who have participated in the Solemn Communion Retreat on Saturday, April 16, will make an intentional Communion together at the 10:45 a.m. service on April 17, to honor their new insight and appreciation of the Holy Eucharist. Contact Anna Hurdle (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions. During the retreat, the children will join catechists, Father Ollie, and Mother Joslyn in exploring the sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Baptism, and Holy Eucharist at the church on Saturday, April 16, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The $20 suggested registration fee includes lunch and snacks. Parents should have received more details via email, but may contact Anna Hurdle (email@example.com) with additional questions.
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Hope and Grief: This program is open to all who have experienced a loss of any kind and are seeking solace and sustenance for the journey of healing. Hope and Grief will be held on Thursdays, April 7, 21, and 28, with both morning and evening hours. At Holy Comforter Episcopal Church on Park Road, sessions will be 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. At St. Peter’s, sessions will be 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. This offering is an effort of Holy Comforter, Avondale Presbyterian, First Presbyterian, and Saint Peter’s. Members of all congregations as well as the wider community are invited to attend. Contact the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or to sign up.
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Discover St. Peter’s: Whether you are very new to St. Peter’s or simply interested in refreshing or deepening your understanding of what it means to be part of the St. Peter’s family, you are welcome to participate in this two-session overview of life at St. Peter’s on Sundays, April 17 and 24, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Parlor. The April 17 session will explore the distinctly Anglican emphases found in the Christian faith. On April 24, our focus will be on how this faith is expressed at St. Peter’s through our various ministries, leadership structure, and liturgies. Both sessions are in the Parlor and will be co-facilitated by clergy and lay-leadership. To sign up, please email the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer (jschaefer@st–peters.org) or go online at www.st-peters.org/rsvp.
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Invitation to Contemplative Prayer: Participate in Contemplative Prayer in the Town Choir Room in the church basement each Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. Contact the Reverend Paul Hanneman (email@example.com).
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Children’s Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Youth Journey to Adulthood: Weekly offerings are available for children and youth, infants through high school, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at various places throughout the Parish House.
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Mystical Food for Thought: This lunchtime group will meet on Wednesday, April 20, to discuss the book “The Awakening Call” by former monk James Finley, who specializes in working with people suffering from acute trauma. Formation partner The Reverend Paul Hanneman leads discussion from Noon until 1:00 p.m. in the Tower Room related to the writings of Christian mystics. Next week’s discussion will include chapter one in Finley’s book.
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Senior Class Luncheon: The April Senior Class luncheon will be Tuesday, April 19, at 11:30 a.m. at Carolina Prime Steakhouse on East Woodlawn Road. For further information, please contact Barbara or Jay Partington (704-523-1831) or Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276).
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20th Anniversary AIDS Walk Charlotte: Please plan to join others from St. Peter’s as we participate again this year in AIDS Walk Charlotte, which benefits our Servant Ministry Partner, RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network). The walk, which begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, is approximately two miles long and takes the average person about 30 minutes. You can register in the Parish House Lobby on Sunday April 24 or May 1, or you can register online. Money raised will be used to provide a comprehensive range of services to people who are HIV-positive. Contact Frank Steele (704-544-0609).
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Deacons! Where? Who? This program at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1510 East 7th Street, is designed to share what diaconal ministry is all about, and how one becomes a deacon in the Episcopal Church. It will be held on Sunday, April 17, at 3:30 p.m. followed by Eucharist at 5:00 p.m. Clergy, staff and interested parishioners from St. Peter’s are welcome to join deacons from the area as they discuss their ministries, and share the process for discerning call and diaconal formation. Contact the Reverend Rebecca Yarbrough (Rebecca@saintalbansdavidson.org) or the Reverend Russ Settles (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Renowned Choir to Perform in Charlotte: The Choir of Men and Boys of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, New York, will perform on Tuesday, April 19, at 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 501 North Tryon Street. The Men of the Choir are professional singers; the Boys attend Saint Thomas Choir School, the only church-related residential choir school in the United States, and one of only a few similar schools remaining in the world. “They are the epitome of the Anglican Choral tradition as it exists in the United States, and a foundational inspiration for The Choir School program at St. Peter’s,” according to Ben Outen, Artistic Director of The Choir School and Director of Music and Organist at St. Peter’s. Advance general admission tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased through CarolinaTix or at the door. Free parking is available at First United Methodist Church.
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Servant Ministry Partner Looking for Volunteers: RAIN, the Regional Aids Interfaith Network, a St. Peter’s Ministry Partner that provides services to persons living with HIV, needs volunteers to work at its front desk to receive clients and answer the telephone. This position also can include computer data entry work to help manage RAIN’s database of donors. RAIN is a fascinating and heartwarming place, where you will work with a diverse group of talented and committed professionals. Volunteers are needed Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. RAIN is located at 601 East 5th Street, Suite 470, in the Children and Family Services Building. Contact Alan Holmes (704-973-9817, or email@example.com).
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The Bishop Search: A survey is online from the Nominating Committee for the Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina so you can share your thoughts, suggestions, wishes and ideas for the XII Bishop Diocesan. The survey closes on April 15 and is available in English and Spanish.
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Looking Ahead – Mark Your Calendars
- April 24: Final Evensong of the Season – 5:00 p.m.
- May 3: Book Discussion: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates—6:30 p.m. Parlor
- May 7: 20th Anniversary AIDS Walk Charlotte – 10:00 a.m.
- May 14: Galilee Center Anniversary with baked goods and coffee provided by St. Peter’s Youth
- May 15: Youth Parent Social
- May 22: Formation Celebration
- June 5: Parish Picnic – Independence Park
- June 7: Parish-wide Book Discussion Community Panel
- June 12-August 28: Saints in the Summer – Parish-wide intergenerational formation and fellowship
- September 16-18: Kanuga Parish Retreat Weekend
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Book Discussion: The next conversation about the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates will be offered in the Parlor on Tuesday, May 3, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The time was extended by one hour in response to feedback from the dozen people who participated in the April 12 conversation and asked for more time to engage in the rich discussion that resulted. Future discussions will be during a Parish Hall Forum on Sunday, May 22, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and a community panel on Tuesday, June 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Each discussion will explore a different topic. All will be at St. Peter’s. Join us for as many as you can.