June 28, 2017

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Parish Office Closed for Independence Day. The Parish office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day and reopen on Wednesday, July 5.

Sunday Morning Formation Hour: Summer Schedule. This summer, the Clergy will offer a four-week, inter-generational conversation series that began June 25. Our September–May Christian formation classes will resume on August 27 preceded by a special “Conversation with the Clergy” gathering on August 20 in the Parish Hall.

Conversations with the Clergy Four-Week Class began June 25. The Rector and the Associate Rector will host a four-week, inter-generational conversation class on the second floor of the Parish House, 9:30–10:15 a.m. On 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. Nursery Center Hours: 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Spread the word. Come one and all.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. 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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Chronic Care Support Group. The next gathering of this group, which meets on the first Friday of each month, will be Friday, July 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor. Assisting Priest, the Reverend Keith Lane, Pastoral Care Team Member, Dan Busch, and others facilitate this monthly fellowship of those with chronic illness and caregivers alike. For more information, contact Father Keith Lane (klane@st-peters.org, 704-332-7746 x355).

Leave-taking Reception for Ben Outen, Sunday, July 9. A reception to honor the nearly 25-year ministry of Ben Outen, Director of Music and Organist and Artistic Director of The Choir School at St. Peter’s will be hosted on Sunday, July 9 in the Parish Hall after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy. All are invited to this thanksgiving occasion. On June 26, news was shared that Ben has accepted a call to serve as Music Director at Christ Church (Episcopal) in Charlotte. Read a letter from the Rector and Ben or pick up a copy in the Parish House lobby. Please note: Information regarding gifts and ways that we might express our appreciation for the ministry of Ben Outen will be announced soon.

Parish Community Monthly Potlucks. Due to the leave-taking reception for Director of Music and Organist, Ben Outen on July 9, the next potluck is Sunday, August 13. Please mark your calendar to come and share the food and fellowship. If your name begins with the letter A-M, please bring something savory; if it begins with the letter N-Z, please bring something sweet. The hosts will provide the main dish. What is the Parish Community Potluck, you ask? 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 tend to fill up fast. Contact Eleanor Shell eleanor.norman@me.com) for more information. Learn more and register online now.
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A Message from The Rector and Ben Outen, Director of Music and Organist. On June 26, the Rector shared news that our Director of Music and Organist has accepted the call to serve in new ministry. Read their letter to the parish community or pick up a copy in the Parish House lobby.

St. Peter’s Financial Updates. In an effort to keep parishioners aware of how we are doing versus the operating budget, a financial summary is being posted monthly on the website. We hope this resource will answer most questions about our progress. If you have more detailed inquiries, contact Parish Treasurer, Dave Lavoie (lavoiedc@bellsouth.net). The financial summaries can be found by clicking on this link to our website.

Consecration of the XII Bishop Diocesan. The Reverend Samuel Sewall Rodman III will be ordained and consecrated the XII Bishop Diocesan of the Diocese of North Carolina at Duke Chapel in Durham, North Carolina, on Saturday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m. This is a ticketed event. Through a special request and lottery process, a limited number of tickets will be sent to St. Peter’s for a distribution among parish Delegates to Convention, members of the Vestry, and others. For those without a ticket who would like to be onsite for the service, overflow seating will be available in Goodson Hall for livestream viewing and a full Eucharist. No tickets are required to attend; general seating only. For more about the Consecration, visit the bishop search website.

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).

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 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.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.

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 2 – July 16: Continued “Conversation with the Clergy” 4-week formation offering for all ages.

July 9: Leave-taking Reception for Ben Outen after the 10:45 a.m. service.

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 13: Parish Community Monthly Potluck after the 10:45 a.m. service.

August 20: “Becoming Episcopalian” Confirmation/Inquirers’ 8-week class begins and “Conversation with the Clergy” gathering in the Parish hall.

August 27: Launch of September – May formation offerings for all ages.

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

September 15-17: Parish Retreat at Kanuga Episcopal Conference Center.

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

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