May 3, 2017

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Location Change for Pub Theology this Thursday, May 4, Join parish clergy and friends for a relaxed time of holy conversation beyond the walls of St. Peter’s. On Thursday, May 4, 6:00–8:00 p.m., at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille in the Morehead Room, the topic is “Being an Easter People” with the Reverend Keith Lane, Assisting Priest. This casual, drop-in gathering is for you and a guest.

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This week we welcome our guest Clergy: The Reverend Luis León. The Reverend Luis León, has been the rector of St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, in Washington, D.C., since 1994. Before coming to St. John’s, León served as rector of Trinity Church in Wilmington, Delaware, where he co-founded Delaware Futures, a program that helps at-risk economically disadvantaged youth develop the social, academic and problem-solving skills they need to qualify for college and expand their opportunities. The Reverend Mr. León also served as rector of St. Paul’s Church in Paterson, New Jersey. Prior to his time in Paterson, he was Director of Refugee Resettlement for the Diocese of Maryland. Born in Guantánamo, Cuba, León came to the United States in 1961 as part of the “Peter Pan” flights out of Cuba, joining thousands of children whose parents, at that time in history, feared for their future in Cuba. He was 11 years old when he arrived in the U.S. and was supported by the Episcopal Church in Miami. He attended the University of the South, graduating in 1971. He received a Master in Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1977 and in 1999 was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the University of the South. He is married to Lu Stanton León and is the father of Sofia and Emilia.

Thank You from Mother Joslyn+. Easter 2017 – Dear Beloved People of St. Peter’s: I was incredibly surprised, grateful, and humbled to receive such a generous “purse” from you as our family transitioned to a new call here in Western North Carolina. Thank you so much for that symbol of our care for one another. We are settling in well to Grace Church in the Mountains here in Waynesville. Going through Lent, Holy Week, and now Easter has been a beautiful bonding experience for us. Of course, I’ve missed being with you very much and am so glad to have been “formed” as a priest by your graciousness and faithfulness to the Gospel we share. Wishing you Peace and all Goodness, Joslyn+ and Family

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 7, 9:30–10:30 a.m. The Reverend Dr. Luis Léon, visiting clergy, will present a discussion on Reconciliation: Reflecting on Human and Civil Rights. The Reverend Dr. Léon was an associate rector at St. Peter’s (1977–1980) during the period of time when the St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen was founded (now the Urban Ministry Center) and is now rector of St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C. Looking ahead to May 14, the St. Peter’s Youth Commission will host a video about the issues raised in the Ferguson Missouri riots and there will also be a presentation from the Social Justice Committee.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. On every third Sunday, a meditative Taizé Holy Eucharist is offered, which includes music for piano, time for contemplative silence, and candlelight. Choral Evensong resumes in the Fall.
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Memorial Service for the Right Reverend Alfred “Chip” Marble, Bishop of Mississippi (resigned) and former Assisting Bishop of North Carolina, will be held May 4 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (2105 W. Market Street, Greensboro, N.C.). The service is open to all who wish to attend. In addition, those who want to wish to take part in a “mass choir” are welcome to bring their own vestments and join in. Please plan to be at the church by 1:15 p.m. to ensure time to park, vest, and get in line. If you have questions about the massed choir or other parts of the service, please contact the Reverend Warren Pittman (336-210-0602). If you would like to help with the reception which follows the service, please contact Ayliffe Mumford (, 336-273-5770) for details on how you can help.

Chronic Care Support Group. The next gathering of this group, which meets on the first Friday of each month, will be Friday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor. Assisting Priest, the Reverend Keith Lane, and others facilitate this monthly meeting of those with chronic illness and caregivers alike. For more information, email Father Keith Lane (, 704-332-7746 x355).

AIDS Walk May 6, benefiting the non-profit organization RAIN. RAIN was formed in 1992 as a way to engage the faith community in addressing the challenges presented by HIV/AIDS. Many people were dying alone back then, amidst stigma, shame, and misunderstanding. Thanks to remarkable advances in awareness and medicine, RAIN has shifted its focus from caring for the dying to compassionately caring for our neighbors living with HIV. They provide education, counseling, support groups, medical case management, and many other services to clients and caregivers. Please take a look at the statistics on their website–there is a critical need for the work they do in our community. St. Peter’s has a team walking on Saturday morning. You can sign up on the AIDS Walk Charlotte website to walk with us and raise money yourself or you can choose not to walk, but to make a donation on our team’s page. You can also show up Saturday and stand in community with us, part of a crowd that effects good change in the world, expressing radical love. To join the St. Peter’s team, click “Join a Team” on the AIDS Walk Charlotte 2017 main page, and then put “St. Peter’s” (just those two words) in the search line. To learn more contact Susan Campbell (

Solemn Communion Retreat for Children: Children ages seven and older are invited to join catechists and Father Jacob in exploring the sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Baptism, and Holy Eucharist at the church on Saturday, May 6, 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 ( with additional questions.

Newcomer Coffee, Sunday, May 7, 9:30–10:30 a.m. The Congregational Development Team invites all who are new to the Parish or want to get to know newcomers better to a time of fellowship and community building in the Parlor.

Young Adults’ First Sunday Brunch. May 7 at 12:30 p.m., all young adults are invited to gather after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy to walk to brunch at 204 North (204 N. Tryon Street). With questions about this and St. Peter’s Young Adults Fellowship, email Mary Gotschall (

Choir School Spring Concerts. Join the Choir School for spring concerts on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s. All five choirs will perform, with selections ranging from Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” to Phillip Moore’s “All Wisdom Cometh From the Lord” to Ken Berg’s jazzy spiritual “You Got to Hold On.” General admission tickets for this popular concert are $25 or $15 for children under 12. Reserved blocks of four tickets are $125. Tickets and more information are available by phone at 704-749-6146 or online at

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. On May 14, the potluck will be hosted by Community of Hope. Because they are a small group, they are asking for help with entrees (which the host group normally supplies). If you can bring an entrée to feed 8–10, please contact Phyllis Ferguson ( Future date 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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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 – In an effort to help subsidize costs for some parishioners to attend Kanuga, two fundraising activities will take place at the annual Church Picnic on June 4. The committee is striving to ensure Kanuga reflects the diversity that is our congregation. 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. Pay $5 and you can join the fun and pie the participant of your choice! Each leader will have a bucket in the month of May to receive donations; the person with the most amount of money will be granted a pardon and excluded from the humiliation.

Ushers Needed: Thank you to those who have signed up: we are still seeking more ushers. Have you ever considered being an usher at one of the Sunday services? We are in need of new Ushers to join our Teams. We will train you and you will serve only once a month. If interested, please contact Betty Little (, 704-614-5549).

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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May 14: We welcome the Reverend Gary D. Jones as our guest preacher.

May 14: Monthly Parish Potluck after the 10:45 a.m. service.

May 21: We welcome the Reverend Reggie Payne-Weins as our guest preacher.

June 4: Pentecost, Parish Picnic, and returning from his Sabbatical to celebrate the Eucharist: The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher.

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