June 14, 2017

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Life at St. Peter’s Summer 2017 Worship, Programs, and Events Calendar. This parish life resource of offerings for the remainder of June, July, and August is being updated for release. Coming soon via a special eNews, www.stpeters.org, and to all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Sunday Morning Formation Hour on Revised Summer Schedule. Our customary September–May offering of Christian formation classes, 9:30–10:30 a.m. for children, youth, and adults suspended on June 11 to give our devoted facilitators (Catechists) a break. This summer, the Clergy will offer a four-week, intergenerational conversation series beginning Sunday, June 25. Watch the eNews, service leaflets, bulletin boards, and www.stpeters.org for details about these and other summer formation offerings.

Conversations with the Clergy Four-Week Class begins June 25. The Rector and the Associate Rector will host a four-week, intergenerational conversation class on the second floor of the Parish House, 9:30–10:30 a.m. On June 25: Unpacking the Theology, Purpose, and Ministry of Reconciliation; July 2, Practicing Reconciliation in a Violent World; July 9, The Holy Eucharist: A Response to Violence; July 16, Music: A Source for Healing of the Heart. Classes will be offered in a unique setting for adults, youth, and children beyond nursery age to gather comfortably together for one hour. Nursery Center Hours: 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Spread the word. Come one and all.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s: June 18. In addition to 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., at 5:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month, an extraordinarily meditative Taizé Holy Eucharist is offered. This liturgy includes music for piano, time for contemplative silence, and candle-lighting as a prayer form. Mark your calendars for July 16 and August 20. Our offering of Choral Evensong resumes in the Fall.

Summer Weekday Morning Prayer and Tuesday Noon Eucharist. Monday–Friday, 8:00–8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel is a quiet and beautiful offering for the start of the day. On Tuesdays at Noon, we offer a 30-minute celebration of the Holy Eucharist without music in the Chapel. All are invited to these weekday offerings, especially when unable to attend our Sunday morning or evening offerings.

Filled with the Holy Spirit. The Pentecost season calls us to let the Holy Spirit transform our lives even more deeply. The Church celebrates such change in the liturgical feasts for Holy Women and Holy Men. Through the body of Christ, these saints are joined to us in our worship and in our daily lives. Learn about these companions and their history on St. Peter’s website, under the “Learning” tab, at “Inspiration from Saints.”
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Parish Retreat Information Breakfast. On Sunday, June 18 from 9:30–10:30 a.m., the Parish Retreat Planning Committee will host a light breakfast in the Community Room for all ages to learn more about Kanuga Episcopal Conference Center near Hendersonville, N.C. Come, have breakfast, and listen to prior attendees’ personal experiences. Contact Eleanor Shell (eleanor.norman@me.com) with questions. No RSVP required for breakfast.

Senior Class Third Tuesday Luncheon. The June luncheon will be at The Improper Pig in the Cotswold Village Shopping Center at 11:30 a.m. on June 20. The St. Peter’s Senior Class is a group of members and friends of St. Peter’s (55+) who meet monthly for an informal lunch and twice a year for a party. For further information, please call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) or Barbara and Jay Partington (704-523-1831).

Parish Community Monthly Potlucks. Mark your calendar for the next gatherings: July 9, August 13, and September 10. Initiated in January by the Clergy and Vestry as one way to increase community among newcomers and members throughout the parish, all ages are invited to these monthly no-pressure meals. Each month, on the second Sunday of the month after the 10:45 a.m. service in the Community Room, a different parish ministry group or team serves as event host. Hosts are responsible for simple setup, providing basic potluck entrees, and clean-up; these are a great chance for your group or ministry team to share its story with the wider parish. To host a potluck, contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood (ewood@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Save the Date: September Parish Retreat at Kanuga. Kanuga, our annual retreat to the mountains of Western North Carolina, will take place Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17. Save the date now as individual and household calendars fill up fast. Watch for more information on costs, registration, specifics, and related events in preparation for this annual fun getaway. Contact Eleanor Shell eleanor.norman@me.com) for more information.
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A Formation Invitation from St. Martin’s. St. Martin’s Episcopal Church on East Seventh Street invites St. Peter’s parishioners to participate in Education for Ministry (EfM) classes that will begin a new year in September. EfM is a study and reflection program that comes from the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn. It is a four-year program that one may take one year at a time, and is what its name suggests: education for ministry. Over the four-year period, participants gain a better understanding of the Old and New Testaments, Church History, and Christian Ethics to prepare for lay ministry in congregations and the world. It is not simply a program for individual spiritual development, but one designed to prepare participants to serve. St. Martin’s will offer participants a choice from three different EfM sessions, each week: Tuesdays, 7:00-9:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.–Noon; and Wednesday, 7:00-9:30 p.m. The cost for the year is $375, and scholarships are available, if cost may be a hardship. If you are interested, (light green) forms are available in the St. Peter’s Parish House lobby or visit the “Education” tab at www.stmartins-charlotte.org. Registration forms must be received by the end of June. For more information, contact EfM mentor Father Armand LaVallee (704-573-0129), co-mentors Angie Forde aforde@stmartins.org), Araminta Johnston (asjohnclt@aol.com) or Paula Lombardi (lombardi.paula@gmail.com).

St. Peter’s Partners with Salvation Army Women’s Shelter. In an effort to help ease overcrowding at the Salvation Army’s homeless shelter for women, St. Peter’s is hosting a temporary overflow shelter for 12 homeless women in the Parish Hall, June 11-18. Much like our Room in the Inn ministry, volunteers will assist with transporting guests to and from the Center of Hope shelter to St. Peter’s, preparing and sharing dinner and breakfast, and staying overnight as hosts. If you have questions or wish to assist, contact Senior Warden, Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com or 205-222-7527).

Prayer Shawl Knitting Group. This fellowship and pastoral care ministry circle meets every first and third Tuesday at Charlotte Yarn in the Kenilworth Commons Shopping Center on East Boulevard (near Harris Teeter) from 10:00–11:30 a.m. All knitters/crocheters are welcome to join regardless of skill level. We will teach you! All you need are your needles (sizes 7–9); plenty of donated yarn is available. The Clergy, Pastoral Care Team, and Guild of the Christ Child shares prayer shawls with parish adults, youth, and children on various occasions. For more information, contact Jim Amburn (j_amburn@aol.com) or Linda Smith (lvsmithnc@gmail.com).

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 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 located in Uptown on the campus of Trinity Episcopal School. For more information, contact Nancy Duncan (innercitygardens4@gmail.com). To learn more about this outreach ministry, please click the link here.

Holy Chow Breakfast Break and Summer Fellowship: Offered September through May, this Sunday fellowship offering is on a break for the summer. During the summer, please join others for in the Parish House lobby after the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services for refreshments. Let us give thanks for the faithful Holy Chow Teams who offered their services over the last nine months and those who make provisions for weekly Coffee Hour.

Pub Theology on Break: Our last of these monthly sessions held on first Thursdays was June 1. Stay tuned for information about plans for the fall.

Name Tags at St. Peter’s. To request a free name tag button, sign up at the reception desk in the Parish House lobby and pick it up the following Sunday. Button boards are available in the Tryon Street Narthex and Parish House lobby to leave buttons at St. Peter’s for convenience. To learn how to make buttons for your ministry area or join the Button Ministry, contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood (ewood@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

The Holy Faces Online Directory will be Temporarily Offline. The directory temporarily is offline during the switchover to the new “Realm” software system. Members trying to access Holy Faces will not be able to log in successfully. Watch the eNews and Sunday leaflet for more information as we make this change.

“Realm” Online Community Resource coming to St. Peter’s. Our parish is moving to a new church record keeping solution called Realm. While it primarily will serve the administrative needs of the Staff and Clergy, it will offer some exciting opportunities to support the ways you are involved in the parish. Not only will this improve work life for those who work at the Parish House, it will make it easier for our parish community to connect with each other, keep up with what’s going on, and assist our parish vision to become a community of bold followers of Jesus, a crowd that effects good change for the world, a place known for radical love and welcome, and a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte. Stay tuned for dates and details about its launch.

Summer Parish House Hours. From June 12 through August 21, the Parish House and Offices will be closed on Mondays. Parish House hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For any hospital or pastoral emergencies concerning a member or facilities management emergency matters, contact the Clergy On Call at 704-749-6175 and provide a detailed message for a prompt response. Last summer, the Rector instituted this additional employee benefit primarily for the Staff in appreciation for extraordinary hours often worked and higher demands of parish programs between September and May.

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. For more information, contact Candace Armstrong (armstrong4300@bellsouth.net).
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July 23: Organ recital (7:00 p.m.) at St. Peter’s by Elizabeth Lenti, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster as part of the American Guild of Organists Summer Recital Series.

August 20: “Becoming Episcopalian” Confirmation/Inquirers’ 8-week class and “All-ages Formation” 2-week class begins.

August 27: Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade in Uptown Charlotte.

September 10: Launch of September – May formation offerings for all ages.

October 15: Bishop’s Visitation for Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation.

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