May 31, 2017

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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.

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 today 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.

Parish Picnic is Sunday. The annual Parish Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 4 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. Seating will be limited, please bring a lawn chair or blanket.

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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, June 4, 9:30–10:30 a.m. We welcome back the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, who will lead the Parish Hall Forum with a presentation discussing his sabbatical. Please note this is the last Adult Formation until the fall. Watch eNews and/or visit our website for the fall offerings.

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. The next Taizé is Sunday, June 18.
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Social Justice Committee Film May 31 at 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. 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.
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Young Adult Brunch Takes the Summer Off. Due to the Parish Picnic, there will not be a Young Adult Brunch on June 4. The brunch will take a break for the summer and will resume in the fall. If you are interested in finding out more about this ministry, please contact Mary Gotschall (

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: volunteer support is needed as the garden goes through this transition. Volunteers are needed to join 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 in center city Charlotte on the campus of Trinity Episcopal School. For more information, contact Nancy Duncan ( To learn more about this outreach ministry, please click the link here.

Help for Homeless Women. In an effort to help ease overcrowding at the Salvation Army’s homeless shelter for women, St. Peter’s will be hosting a temporary overflow shelter for 12 homeless women the week of June 11-18. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks. This ministry, much like our Room in the Inn ministry, will involve transporting our guests to and from the Center of Hope shelter each day to their temporary home in our Parish Hall, preparing and sharing dinner and breakfast, and staying overnight as hosts. If you can help in any way, please click this link to learn more and sign up for a task that suits your talents and schedule If you have questions or need more information before you sign up, please contact Bert Miano ( or 205-222-7527).

Parish Community Monthly Potlucks. There will be no Parish Community Potluck in June. 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).

The Holy Faces Online Directory 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. 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. 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. By means of these events, the committee plans to make financial assistance available to those who request it. Please consider contributing to one or both of the dessert-themed events below:

Cake Walk – We are looking for bakers and non-bakers alike to donate cakes for a Cake Walk. (Bakery cakes are also 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 – Results are in for donations toward the Pie in the Eye fundraiser, and Lyn Holt, Youth Director, has been saved from the “pie in the eye.” Jacob Pierce, Associate Rector; Bert Miano, Senior Warden: and Ben Outen, Director of Music and Organist will be eligible for pies in the face at Sunday’s picnic. Bring your $5 bills to the parish picnic to join the fun and pie the participant of your choice. Contributions have raised $396 toward Kanuga scholarships so far.

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 or a member of the Congregational Development team.
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June 11: The Boys and Girls Tour Choirs and Mastersingers of the Choir School at St. Peter’s will lead the music at the 10:45 a.m. service.

June 18: 9:30 a.m. Kanuga information breakfast in the parlor.

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