May 24, 2017

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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.

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 28, 9:30–10:30 a.m. Terry Prince will lead a conversation on the Doctrine of Hell entitled “An Anglican Approach to Sacred Scripture and Tradition: A Conversation about Hell.” Terry Prince is interested in retrieving their meaning in a form that invites engagement today. He will offer reflections on an alternative and traditional understanding of Hell, and how the doctrine might be viewed positively today. Looking ahead to June 4, we welcome back the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, who will lead the adult forum with a presentation discussing his sabbatical.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. At 5:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month, 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.

Incense (hypoallergenic) will be burned on June 4 at the 10:45 a.m. service as part of our corporate worship. While the incense burned is hypoallergenic and mild, parishioners with allergies or respiratory issues are invited to attend the 8:00 a.m. service where incense will not be used.
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Volunteers Needed for the St. Peter’s Community Garden. The St. Peter’s Community Garden, which grows food for Friendship Trays (Charlotte’s “Meals on Wheels” program) is undergoing a change in leadership. Now, more than ever, volunteer support is needed as the garden goes through this transition. Without additional volunteers the garden will grow no food this summer. Volunteers are needed for the following tasks: preparing soil and seed flats Friday, May 26 starting at 9:00 a.m. and Saturday, May 27 starting at 10:00 a.m.; growing flats of seedlings at home from May 31 to June 7; planting on Thursday, June 8 starting at 9:00 a.m.; joining the summer gardening team so that there are enough people to tend the garden two days a week with at least two people working each day. The St. Peter’s Community Garden is located in Uptown on the campus of Trinity Episcopal School. Please contact Nancy Duncan ( by noon on Friday, May 26 if you will join the team. To learn more about this outreach ministry, please click the link here.

Social Justice Committee Film Night Wednesday, May 31, 6:30 p.m. At the last Social Justice Leadership Team meeting, we heard a presentation on the “A Tu Lado” (“At your Side”) program, which provides support for people in the Charlotte area who are seeking asylum in the United States. At the meeting, we discussed ways to get more people in our parish community involved in this effort. One way that was suggested was to use our movie night to show a film that would explore the plight of this population and spark a discussion in our community. We decided to show the film “The Visitor,” which takes place in post 9/11 New York. You can view a trailer for the film here. We will be starting the movie at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 in the youth lounge area in the basement of St Peter’s. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a brown bag dinner. For more information, contact Paula Savich (

Pub Theology, Thursday, June 1, Join parish clergy and friends for a relaxed time of holy conversation beyond the walls of St. Peter’s. On Thursday, June 1, 6:00–8:00 p.m., at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, the topic is “Exploring the Holy Spirit: A Closer Look at Pentecost” with the Reverend Jacob Pierce, Associate Rector. This casual, drop-in gathering is for you and a guest.

Parish Picnic set for June 4. The annual Parish Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 5 just after the 10:45 a.m. service at Independence Park in the Elizabeth neighborhood, 300 Hawthorne Lane at Park Drive. We have reserved Shelter #1 (same as last year). The closest parking to the shelter is on Park Drive. Carpooling is encouraged. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. St. Peter’s will provide barbeque and drinks.

Parish Community Monthly Potlucks. There will be no Parish Community Potluck in the month of June due to the Parish Picnic on June 4. 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).
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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.

Diocesan Racial Reconciliation Initiative. As we learn more about Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church’s Long-term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice, a new path set by The Episcopal Church, the Diocese of North Carolina is working to help integrate TEC’s work with our own. You will find information and resources, including links to webinars, on the diocesan website, and it will be updated as resources are shared. Ellison Clary, Sue Coonen, Toni Moore, and Candace Armstrong are going to Durham on June 3 for the diocesan history day. For more information, contact Candace Armstrong (

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, is holding her strong lead, but the rest of the leader board has shifted. Currently Jacob Pierce, Associate Rector, is in second place over Ben Outen, Director of Music and Organist, and Bert Miano, Senior Warden. So far, contributions have raised $300 toward Kanuga scholarships. Each leader will have a bucket in the Parish House lobby for the remainder of May to receive donations; the person with the highest amount of money will be granted a pardon and excluded from the humiliation. As for the others, at the parish picnic you can pay $5 to join the fun and pie the participant of your choice!

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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