May 17, 2017

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This week we welcome our guest Clergy: The Reverend Reggie Payne-Wiens, The Reverend Reggie Payne-Wiens is the School Chaplain for Trinity Episcopal School here in Charlotte. He received his B.F.A. at Valdosta State University in Georgia. The Reverend Payne-Wiens attended Virginia Theological Seminary where he received his Masters of Divinity.

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.

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 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, May 21, 9:30–10:30 a.m. Toni Hagerman, Kate Norton, and Mary Lynn Sepkowitz will continue our conversation about reconciliation, focusing on interfaith dialogue and opportunities to engage in interfaith initiatives in our community. Looking ahead to May 28, Terry Prince will lead a conversation on the Doctrine of Heaven and Hell as recognized by the Anglican Communion entitled “Approaching Holy Scripture.”

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. This Sunday, May 21, a meditative Taizé Holy Eucharist is offered, which includes music for piano, time for contemplative silence, and candlelight. Choral Evensong resumes in the Fall.

Ascension Day Service, Thursday, May 25. There will be a spoken service of Holy Eucharist with organ and hymns on Thursday, May 25 at Noon. Please join us if you can.

Call for Day of Pentecost Readers: Each year on Pentecost Sunday, a part of the reading from Acts 2 is read simultaneously in multiple languages. If you can read or speak a language other than English, we invite you to participate in this tradition on June 4 at the 8:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m liturgies. Sign up by Wednesday, May 31, by contacting Elaine Wood, Ministry Associate ( or 704-749-6141) and invite others to do the same. Detailed information will be sent to you after sign up.

Celebrating the Day of Pentecost, June 4. Sunday, June 4, marks the “birthday of Christianity.” Fifty days after the Day of Resurrection, God in Christ imparted the Holy Spirit to all sorts and conditions of people. Mysteriously, they spoke in numerous tongues, yet with one voice, to reveal interconnection to God and one another. On the Day of Pentecost we will welcome the return of our Rector, the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher. Our celebration will include baptisms, magnificent music, and a parish picnic in Independence Park.
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Center City Concerts. Monday, May 22, Noon, Free. Center City Concerts presents Gemini Winds. Musicians from the North Carolina and Greensboro Symphonies join forces in Gemini Winds to bring an exciting and engaging program of wind quintet music for oboe, flute, clarinet, bassoon, and horn.

Parish Community Monthly Potlucks. 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. Future dates for which we are seeking a host now are July 9, October 8, and November 12. These potlucks are a great opportunity for your group or ministry team to share its story with the wider parish. Hosts are responsible for setup/cleanup and providing basic potluck entrees. To volunteer to host, contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood (, 704-749-6141) or Vestry Member Paige Ghareeb (, 704-947-8986).

How the potlucks work: If your name begins with the letter A–H, bring something sweet; if it begins with the letter I–Z, bring something savory. 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.
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The Holy Faces Online Directory will be Temporarily Offline. The directory will be offline temporarily in the next couple of weeks during the switchover to the new “Realm” software system.  Members trying to access Holy Faces will not be able to log in successfully. Watch eNews and Sunday leaflet news for more information as we make this change.

Discovery Night with the Choir School at St. Peter’s – If you know a child who loves to sing, come discover The Choir School at St. Peter’s on Tuesday, May 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Our annual open house gives boys and girls a chance to experience an open rehearsal, talk with our conductors, and meet other kids who love to sing. Come learn more about the region’s most rigorous and dynamic community choir, which makes its home right here at St. Peter’s! Limited auditions will be available, and later auditions can be scheduled. For more information or to reserve your spot at Discovery Night, contact Kay Johnson (704-749-6146, You can also learn more online, where you’ll find photos, videos, and more:

Save the Date for Kanuga – Kanuga, our annual retreat to the mountains of North Carolina, will take place Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17. Please save the date now as family calendars fill up fast. Stay tuned for more information on costs, specifics, and other planned events this spring and summer related to the retreat. Contact Eleanor Shell ( for more information.

Kanuga Breakfast – On Sunday, June 18, the Kanuga Planning Committee will be hosting a light breakfast in the Community Room for all ages to attend. Please come have breakfast, learn more about Kanuga, and listen to prior attendees’ personal experiences. Contact Eleanor Shell ( with questions.

Kanuga Fundraiser Events at Church Picnic – To raise scholarship funds for parishioners attending the Kanuga Parish Weekend, two fundraising activities will take place at the annual Church Picnic on June 4. The committee is striving to create a fund for the Kanuga Parish Weekend so that all in our community will feel welcome to attend, regardless of financial need. Please consider contributing to one of the dessert-themed events below…or both!

Cake Walk – We are looking for bakers and non-bakers alike to donate cakes for a Cake Walk. Even store-bought cakes are perfectly acceptable. Contact Logan Smith ( if you are interested in donating a cake. Tickets for the cake walk will be sold at the picnic.

Pie in the Eye – Several staff and lay leaders have agreed to participate by having pies put to their faces (in order of money raised): Lyn Holt, Youth Director, who has pulled out to a strong lead over Bert Miano, Senior Warden, who is just $.30 ahead of Ben Outen, Director of Music and Organist. For the moment Jacob Pierce, Associate Rector, is looking for additional drops in his bucket. Pay $5 and you can join the fun and pie the participant of your choice! Each leader will have a bucket in the Parish House lobby during the month of May to receive donations; the person with the highest amount of money will be granted a pardon and excluded from the humiliation.

Parish Administration during the Rector’s Sabbatical. During the Rector’s Sabbatical, March 6–May 31, the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector, will work closely with Senior Warden, Bert Miano; Junior Warden, Maria Long; Assisting Priest, the Reverend Keith C. Lane; the Staff; and the Vestry on the overall administration of the parish.

Name Tags at St. Peter’s: An Invitation from Congregational Development. To request a free button, sign up at the reception desk in the Parish House on the main floor and pick it up the following Sunday. To learn how to make buttons for your ministry for fellowship or fundraising, or to join the Button Ministry, contact Payson Adams (, 857-719-7152) or a member of the Congregational Development team.
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June 4: Pentecost, Parish Picnic, and returning from his Sabbatical and celebrating the Eucharist: the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher.

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