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AIDS Walk Charlotte: Why It Matters
“All of us will have had our lives forever changed by HIV. I want to do as much as I can to make a difference in the lives of men, women, and children impacted by HIV and AIDS and help provide compassionate care for individuals living with HIV in Charlotte. I am joining thousands of other brave individuals because it’s our opportunity to stand up and be counted.” — Frank Steele
“I walk for two reasons. The first is to create awareness that the incidence of HIV continues to rise. In fact, Mecklenburg County has the highest HIV rate in the state. So while people rarely die of AIDS today, HIV still impacts many families in our community. The second reason is to raise money to provide the services and support that RAIN gives these families, including education, case management and counseling. RAIN serves as a one-stop resource for people living with HIV.” — Linda Gallehugh
You can help people in your community and help fund RAIN (the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network) by joining other members of St. Peter’s and their families in this year’s AIDS Walk Charlotte on Saturday, May 7.
RAIN’s mission is to ensure access to quality, personalized care for individuals and their families who are living with HIV and associated chronic conditions so they may live healthier fulfilled lives. Through education and advocacy, RAIN promotes disease prevention, understanding and dignity for those affected by HIV and for those who are at risk.
Rooted in work that began in the faith community in 1992, RAIN has served more than 1,000 clients, trained more than 5,000 volunteers and provided hundreds of educational presentations to the community.
AIDS Walk Charlotte, which begins at 10:00 a.m. and is approximately two miles long, will begin at the Gateway Village Promenade (800 West Trade Street) and proceed through Uptown.
You can register for the walk in the Parish House Lobby Sunday May 1, or go to www.aidswalkcharlotte.org to register and learn more about the event.
AIDS WALK Charlotte is a family affair (kids and pets are welcomed) and open to all who want to participate. Whether you join the walk, sponsor a walker, or simply make a donation, your participation in this event will make a difference to the lives of HIV+ children and adults and their families.
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Watch for a Survey on Summer Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s: If you haven’t already completed the survey about Saints in the Summer, a suggested summertime program, please take less than five minutes right now to complete the survey. The program, Saints in the Summer, would provide an opportunity for the parish family to gather for worship, food and fellowship on Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. throughout the summer. The 5:00 p.m. liturgy will use prayers, readings and a homily focused on a particular saint. At 6:00 p.m., we would gather in the Parish Hall to enjoy a simple meal and engage in conversation and activities to inspire our walk with God, individually and community. Our time together will be inclusive of children, but not child-centric – this will be a great time to deepen our friendships with one another. In order to commit to this, we need to gauge your interest. The 12-week effort will need teams of at least four households each week to make a saint “come alive” by helping the clergy with the homily; developing an activity to do over dinner; and preparing a SIMPLE meal. Resources from the Formation team will be available for you. This will draw on the parish’s gift for creativity and fellowship. Please respond to the survey by Friday, April 29.
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This Sunday, May 1, from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. join the Rev. Ollie Rencher and Vestry Members Nelda Leon and Michael Koppenal for informal conversation over coffee and pastries in the Parlor.
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Parish Hall Forum: The Outreach and Social Justice Committee will offer a program on school assignment and justice on Sunday, May 1, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
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Choir School Concert: Join the Choir School at St. Peter’s for its spring 2016 concert, Classically American, on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14. The five choirs will perform favorite sacred and secular pieces from their upcoming tour program, including classical choral music, folksongs, and popular tunes. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the church. Tickets are $15.00 General Admission for adults, $5.00 for children. A block of four reserved tickets with priority seating is $100.00. Free parking and a nursery are provided. Visit the website for additional details and to purchase tickets.
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Register for the AIDS Walk Sunday in the Lobby: Sign up in the Parish House Lobby on Sunday, May 1, to walk with others from St. Peter’s as we participate in the 20th Anniversary AIDS Walk Charlotte. The walk benefits our Servant Ministry Partner, RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network). The walk begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, and is approximately two miles long. You can register online or drop by the Information Table in the Lobby to learn more. 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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Holy Chow: The last date for Holy Chow this season will be May 22. After that, this Sunday morning tradition will take a break for the summer, returning in the fall.
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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.
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Choir School Discovery Night: Boys and girls ages 7 to 11 are invited to Discovery Night 2016 on Tuesday, May 24, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Visitors can experience an open rehearsal, hear from the artistic staff, and meet other kids who love to sing. There is even an opportunity to audition for the 2016-2017 season. The annual open house is a great way to learn more about where The Choir School travels each summer, what is studied each week, and the amazing opportunities for performance each year. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Kay Johnson (704-549-6147, firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Parking at St. Peter’s: Our neighbor, Discovery Place, has alerted us that visitors to St. Peter’s Parish House and Church at various times have parked in the small lot beside our Parish House on Seventh Street. This lot belongs to Discovery Place whose policy is to tow any unauthorized vehicles without warning. Whenever you are at St. Peter’s, please help us be good neighbors (and save yourself a towing fee) by parking on the street or in the 401 North Tryon Street garage across Seventh Street. Valet parking is available on Sunday mornings for persons with mobility limitations.
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An Introduction to the Enneagram: On Thursday, May 5, 6:00-7:30 pm., in the Library, the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman will lead a discussion on the Enneagram, a tool for recognizing–and working with—ego patterns. The Reverend Hanneman has studied and taught the Enneagram for more than twenty years and invites you to hear more in this introductory meeting.
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Submitting Communications Requests: Please send all submissions for the eNews and Sunday leaflets, as well as any questions related to communications, to email@example.com. The deadline for submitting information for eNews and the Sunday leaflets is by end of day each Monday. Please provide all pertinent details, including date, time, location, any fees or other costs, a brief description of the event, links to any additional information available online, any pertinent deadlines, and the name, email address and phone number of the person to contact.
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Youth Parent Social: A time for fellowship, sharing parenting ideas and learning more about the Journey 2 Adulthood curriculum takes place on Sunday, May 15, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m at the home of Elsie Erneston (704-591-1754). Bring an appetizer to share; beverages will be provided. The 15-minute presentation on J2A will be at 5:30 p.m.; there will be time for Q & A.
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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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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Hope and Grief: This final session of this program will be Thursday, April 28. It is open to all who have experienced a loss of any kind and are seeking solace and sustenance for the journey of healing. At Holy Comforter Episcopal Church on Park Road, the session will be 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. At St. Peter’s, the session 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 (email@example.com) with questions or to sign up.
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Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s: Join us at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, for the Holy Eucharist.
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N.C. Bishop Search: The timeline for next steps in North Carolina’s search for a new Bishop includes these key milestones:
- In November, the Nominating Committee will announce nominees, followed by a two-week open period for identifying additional candidates.
- In February, 2017, Walkabouts will be held around the Diocese to meet the nominees
- On March 4, 2017, a special one-day convention will be held to elect our next Bishop Diocesan (with March 11 as the alternate date if there is bad weather on March 4)
- The Consecration Service is planned for July 15, 2017, at Duke Chapel in Durham.
The website remains a source for the most current information related to the search.
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Looking Ahead – Mark Your Calendars
- May 14: Galilee Center Anniversary with baked goods and coffee provided by St. Peter’s Youth
- May 15: Youth Parent Social 8:00 p.m.
- May 22: Formation Celebration
- June 4: Youth Swim Party
- June 5: MasterSingers and Boys & Girls Choir lead Holy Eucharist 10:45 a.m.
- June 5: Parish Picnic – Independence Park
- June 7: Parish-wide Book Discussion Community Panel
- June 10-13: J2A Class Urban Adventure to Washington DC
- June 12-August 28: Saints in the Summer – Parish-wide intergenerational formation and fellowship
- June 18: Lobster Dinner & Silent Auction Fundraiser for Youth Pilgrimage 2017
- September 16-18: Kanuga Parish Retreat Weekend