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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 Class continues. On June 25, the Rector and the Associate Rector began a four-week, inter-generational conversation class in the Community Room on the second floor of the Parish House, 9:30–10:15 a.m. On July 16, Music: A Source for Healing of the Heart. Past Topics were Unpacking the Theology, Purpose, and Ministry of Reconciliation; Practicing Reconciliation in a Violent World; and The Holy Eucharist: A Response to Violence. Classes are offered in a setting for adults, youth, and children to gather comfortably together. Nursery Center Hours: 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Spread the word. Come one and all. At the end of the series, presentations will be available online and for pickup in the Parish House lobby.
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.
Pre-Pilgrimage Summer Evensong on Sunday, July 30. The Clergy and St. Peter’s Choir will lead an extraordinary service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, July 30 at 5:00 p.m. before the August 4–14 Pilgrimage of the St. Peter’s Choir and the Rector to St. Alban’s Cathedral, U.K. All are invited to this special worship occasion, which also will celebrate our parish choir’s invitation to serve as the choir-in-residence at The Cathedral Abbey and Church of Saint Alban. Choral Evensong, sung Evening Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer, includes hymns, psalms, and traditional canticles for evening worship. A reception will follow the liturgy.
Sabbatical Congregational Program Committee planning events. Parishioners Candace Armstrong, Carolyn Carlburg, John Frederick, John Hall, Maria Long, Bert Miano, and the Associate Rector are collaborating with the Rector to offer special formation and fellowship programs in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 associated the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program 2017 Parish-Rector Grant entitled “Reconciliation, Music, and Rest for the Soul.” Stay tuned for more information.
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Senior Class Third Tuesday Luncheon. The July luncheon will be at Carolina Prime Steakhouse at 225 E. Woodlawn at 11:30 a.m. on July 18. 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).
September Parish Retreat at Kanuga: Registration and New Pricing. Our annual retreat to Kanuga Conference & Retreat Center in the mountains of Western North Carolina, will take place from dinnertime on Friday, September 15 through lunchtime on Sunday, September 17. Our Retreat Design Team is excited to announce the theme “Unopened Gifts.” During a balanced weekend of fun, fellowship, rejuvenation, and recreation for infants to our oldest parishioners, those on retreat will have occasions to share and explore the things that bring joy in our lives. What gifts has God given that make our days and weeks brighter? How might God be calling us to use our gifts to serve others? Register online now (www.st-peters.org/kanuga-registration). For more information, contact Eleanor Shell (email@example.com.)
Parish Community Monthly Potlucks. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-749-6141).
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Ben Outen Music Fund established at St. Peter’s. In thanksgiving for the 25-year ministry of Ben Outen as Director of Music and Organist at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Rector has established the Ben Outen Music Fund. This restricted parish fund exists to enrich the worship life of St. Peter’s through the enhancement of music made possible by gifts offered above and beyond pledges to the annual operating budget and from friends, family, and other supporters. Gifts may be given in honor or memory of loved ones, for seasonal or special occasions, or on an ongoing basis. To make your gift in appreciation for Ben’s ministry and on the occasion of his July 9 leave-taking from St. Peter’s, you may give online or make checks payable to “St. Peter’s Ben Outen Music Fund” and direct them to Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon.
New Director of Music and Organist Appointed. On June 30, the Rector announced the appointment of Ms. Elizabeth Lenti as the new Director of Music and Organist at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Elizabeth joined the staff in November of 2014 to serve as Assistant Organist and Choirmaster together with Director of Music and Organist, Ben Outen, whose last day at St. Peter’s is Sunday, July 9. On July 10, Elizabeth will commence her new role and begin the search for our new Assistant Organist and Choirmaster. Please join in congratulating and welcoming Elizabeth Lenti as our new Director of Music and Organist. We will be blessed by her spirit and ministry among us. She already has expressed appreciation for us and will offer a message to the parish community, soon. Read the full announcement online here or pick up a copy in the Parish House lobby.
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 for which St. Peter’s received 10 tickets, which have been distributed among members of the Vestry and others, including one youth and one child, to represent the parish. For those without a ticket who would like to be onsite for the service, overflow seating will be available in Duke University’s Goodson Hall for livestream viewing and a full Eucharist. No tickets are required to attend; general seating only. For those unable to travel, livestreaming will be available on the diocesan homepage. For more about the consecration, visit the transition page. After the consecration, watch for attendee highlights.
Help for Homeless Women: July 16-23 Shelter at St. Peter’s. Please consider signing up to help with our second Overflow Shelter which will be hosted in our Parish Hall for one week beginning Sunday, July 16, and continuing through Sunday, July 23. We need overnight hosts (especially women), breakfast crews, dinner crews, and van drivers, as before. You may sign up for specific tasks here: SPEC Shelter Signups. Alternatively, to volunteer or with questions you may contact Bert Miano (at email@example.com or 205-222-7527).
Elizabeth Lenti to Give Organ Recital. As part of the annual American Guild of Organists Summer Recital Series, Director of Music and Organist Elizabeth Lenti will give an organ recital at St. Peter’s on Sunday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.
Altar Flowers and Eucharistic Supplies: In Honor or Memory of People and Occasions. Life at St. Peter’s includes the opportunity for parishioners to honor or memorialize loved ones or celebrate special occasions in meaningful ways by giving Altar flowers and Eucharistic supplies. Altar flowers (2 large arrangements) are $150 per Sunday; more than one person or household can share in giving. Eucharistic supplies (bread, wine) are $30 for one month or $15 for two Sundays. To schedule your giving of Altar flowers or Eucharistic supplies, contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-749-6142).
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 at email@example.com. The financial summaries can be found by clicking on this link to our website.
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), 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Linda Smith (email@example.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. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“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.
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July 15: Consecration of the XII Bishop Diocesan at Duke Chapel in Durham.
July 23: Organ recital (7:00 p.m.) at St. Peter’s by Elizabeth Lenti, Director of Music and Organist, as part of the American Guild of Organists Summer Recital Series.
July 30: Evensong (5:00 p.m.) before St. Peter’s Choir Pilgrimage to St. Alban’s Cathedral, U.K.
August 13: Parish Community Monthly Potluck after the 10:45 a.m. service.
August 20: “Becoming Episcopalian” Inquirers/Confirmation 8-week class begins and “Conversation with the Clergy” all-ages 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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