June 7, 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, June 11: The Tour Choirs and Mastersingers Ensemble of the Choir School at St. Peter’s will lead worship at the 10:45 a.m. service. These choristers will travel to New York on their summer tour beginning June 15, with scheduled performances in Parkersburg, West Virginia; Akron, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Cleveland, Ohio. More information is available on the Choir School website: www.thechoirschool.org. The Choir School is an auditioned community choir for children between the ages of 8 and 18, and offers all the benefits of rigorous, excellent music education to children from every walk of life. If you would like information about joining the Choir School family, please contact Managing Director, Kay Johnson (kjohnson@st-peters.org, 704-749-6146).

Sunday Morning Formation Hour on Revised Summer Schedule. Beginning June 11, our customary offering of Christian formation classes, 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. for children, youth, and adults is suspended until September to give our devoted facilitators (Catechists) a break. However, we are pleased to announce that 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. In keeping with our parish’s year-round commitment to faith formation, the 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 by the Rector and the Associate Rector 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. 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. Mark your calendars for June 18, July 16, and August 20. Our offering of Choral Evensong resumes in the Fall.

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.
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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. All are invited to share in these “no pressure” meals offered to increase community throughout the parish community. 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. Mark your calendar for the next gatherings: July 9, August 13, and September 10. Started in 2017 by the Vestry, these potlucks also are a great opportunity for your group or ministry team to share its story with the wider parish. Hosts are responsible for simple setup/cleanup and providing basic potluck entrees. To host a potluck, contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood (ewood@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).
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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 (eleanor.norman@me.com) with questions.

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.

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 (miano204@gmail.com or 205-222-7527).

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

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: 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 communications@st-peters.org or a member of the Congregational Development team.

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).

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 (eleanor.norman@me.com) for more information.

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

July 23: 7:00 p.m. Organ recital in the Church by Elizabeth Lenti, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster as part of the American Guild of Organists Summer Recital Series.

August 20: “Becoming Episcopalian” Confirmation/Inquirers’ class begins.

August 27: Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade in Uptown Charlotte

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

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Submitting Communications Requests: Please send all submissions for the eNews and Sunday leaflets, as well as any questions related to communications, to communications@st-peters.org. The deadline for submitting information for publication during the coming week is Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Provide all pertinent details, including date, time, location, any fees or other costs, a brief description of the event, links to any additional information available online, any deadlines, and the name, email address and phone number of the person to contact. If you do not have email access, you may leave a detailed message at 704-749-6142. Spread the word about this process.