August 16, 2017

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Life at St. Peter’s Fall 2017 is here. Our parish magazine and calendar of formation, worship, programs, and events was released last Sunday, August 13 and is available in many spaces around the church and parish house. Copies will also be available at the  St. Peter’s Parish Celebration: Rally Day, Ministry Fair, and Festive Eucharist for the Confession of St. Peter on Sunday, August 20. View the magazine online at and the events calendar online at

Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day, this Saturday, August 19. Liturgical ministers and volunteers will gather on Saturday, August 19, 9:00–11:00 a.m. for a retreat and training day. This retreat is for long-time volunteers, those who are new to a ministry, those who wish to be trained, or those who simply want to learn more. Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers and Sub-deacons, Lectors, Altar Guild Volunteers, Eucharistic Visitors, Welcome Hosts, and Healing Ministers are encouraged to attend. The day will begin with fellowship and coffee at 8:45 a.m. in the Community Room, followed by a plenary, and breakout trainings for each group.

St. Peter’s Parish Celebration: Rally Day, Ministry Fair, and Festive Eucharist for the Confession of St. Peter, this Sunday, August 20. Plan to attend what will be an extraordinary day in the life of St. Peter’s, leading us well in the remainder of the calendar year. We have transferred the January 18 feast of the Confession of St. Peter the Apostle to Sunday, August 20 to rally all ages of the parish community about ministry areas and how to get involved; register for children, youth, and adult formation classes which begin August 27; and experience richer worship experiences at 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. Watch for much more information and spread the word about St. Peter’s Day 2017.

Incense at 10:45 a.m. Service, Sunday, August 20. In keeping with the long-standing customs of the church, incense will be burned on Sunday, August 20 date at the 10:45 a.m. liturgy as part of our corporate worship. Those parishioners with allergies or respiratory issues are invited to attend another service where incense will not be offered (8:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m.).

Consider 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, a meditative service of Holy Eucharist is offered, patterned after the Taizé, France community. This year-round liturgical offering includes music for piano, time for contemplative silence, and candle-lighting as a prayer form. Mark your calendars for August 20, and if you have never attended, please consider this powerful option for worship. Our second and fourth Sunday offering of Choral Evensong resumes on September 24.

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.

Registration Open for “Becoming Episcopalian” Inquirers/Confirmation Class, August 20 – October 8. In preparation for the official Visitation of our Bishop Diocesan, the Right Reverend Samuel Sewall Rodman III, on Sunday, October 15, an 8-week “Becoming Episcopalian” class will be led by a team of clergy and lay leaders. Classes will be offered weekly on Sundays, August 20 through October 8, 9:30–10:30 a.m. All adult non-members and members who wish to learn more about, have a refresher, or reaffirm their faith as Episcopalians; who are not confirmed Episcopalians; or who wish to be received into the Episcopal Church from another Christian tradition are eligible to attend this class series. Bishop Rodman will administer confirmations, receptions, and reaffirmations. Register online by Thursday, August 17. For more information before or after registration, contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood (, 704-749-6141).
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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. “Unopened Gifts” is this year’s theme. 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 by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, August 24 online at ( For more detailed information, contact Eleanor Shell (

Talent Show at Kanuga: In keeping with the “Unopened Gifts” theme and back by popular demand, the Saturday, September 16 evening activity will be a Talent Show! Don’t miss this fun evening of fellow parishioners sharing their variety of talents on stage. To sign up for your performance, contact Logan Smith (, 704-488-4436) with the details of your talent, including if you will need a pianist. All performances should last no longer than five minutes and you will need to provide all props and music.

Scholarships Available for Kanuga. St. Peter’s Vestry, Clergy, and Kanuga Planning Team are committed to making the September 15–17 getaway to Kanuga feasible for all members of the St. Peter’s parish community. Scholarships are available for individuals and households who may need assistance in order to attend this community-building weekend. For more information, contact Fr. Jacob Pierce, Associate Rector ( Requests are confidential.

Kanuga Committee Needs Your Wrapping Supplies. The Kanuga Planning Team needs leftover wrapping supplies for an activity during the weekend: wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbon, gift tags, etc. No scraps are too small or too big. No paper is too nice or too tacky. Any occasion, any season. You can drop supplies off at the parish house on Sundays or during regular hours.

What to Expect at Kanuga? The Kanuga Planning Team is working hard to make this year’s retreat filled with old traditions and new adventures. Our schedule will be much like it has been in the past with social time Friday night, program on Saturday morning, free time Saturday afternoon, Talent Show Saturday evening, and worship on Sunday. Some new things planned include a bonfire with s’mores; free-time actives on-site; and a progressive social through some of the cabins. If you haven’t been to Kanuga, this is a great year to try it out. If you’ve been before, this is a year you will not want to miss!
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Young Adults Fellowship Brainstorming Lunch, August 20. All young adults are invited to join Young Adults Coordinator, Mary Gotschall and the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, for lunch and brainstorming about current and future offerings of this ministry on Sunday, August 20 after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy in the Parish House Community Room. This will be a time to reflect on the past and share ideas about how all sorts of young adults might build community through social, formation, and service opportunities. Even if you have not been involved before or if past offerings have not been of interest, this will be a time for all voices to be heard. To reserve your spot for this lunch, contact Mary Gotschall (

Holy Chow Breakfast Resumes August 27. On this day, our weekly “Holy Chow” breakfast begins another program year as another way to deepen connections at St. Peter’s by sharing a morning meal. Recruitment is underway for Holy Chow cooking/hospitality teams. If you can serve or have questions, contact Sam Gardner (, 704-651-0286).

Parish Community Monthly Potluck: Sunday. Please mark your calendar to attend our next monthly time to share food and fellowship on September 10. 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 (, 704-749-6141).
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Carolyn Carlburg elected to fill Unexpired Vestry Term. At the July meeting of the Vestry, Carolyn Carlburg was elected to fill the 2016-2018 unexpired term of Michael Koppenal. On August 1, the Koppenal family will relocate to Florida for a work-related opportunity. The Rector, Wardens, and Vestry are grateful for Michael’s service on the Vestry and Carolyn’s willingness to serve beginning with her first Vestry meeting on August 15.

Community of Hope Information Dinner, August 16. Community of Hope (CoH) is a servant ministry initiative that offers spiritual development and training, drawn from Benedictine principles, for adults who want to be part of an intentional community, which meets monthly, to support each person’s respective pastoral care ministries offered either within or beyond the parish. St. Peter’s CoH Chapter Coordinator, Michael Spivey and fellow chapter ministers invite interested persons to learn more about CoH during a dinner on Wednesday, August 16, 6:00 p.m. at the home of Phyllis Ferguson (3131 Fairfax Drive Charlotte 28209). To reserve your spot at this dinner, contact Michael Spivey (

Charlotte Pride Parade is Sunday, August 27. Join fellow parishioners, young and old, in supporting your LGBT friends and neighbors in the parade on North Tryon Street that begins soon after the completion of our 10:45 a.m. service. Volunteers are needed to march, purchase water for participants, provide hospitality at the churchyard and at front sidewalk, and monitor marchers. To help with the parade contact Bob Beardsley (, 704-544-0609).

Offer 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 (, 704-749-6142).

Diocesan Communications. “Please Note” is the weekly e-newsletter from the Bishop of North Carolina. Every Wednesday, vital news, announcements, and event listings from around the diocese are shared to keep the diocesan family well informed. Subscribe today to receive future editions of Please Note. For Please Note archival videos, click here. The North Carolina Disciple quarterly magazine is available for subscription according to our parish roster on file with the diocesan office. If you are not receiving The Disciple, email your mailing address to Scott Welborn at the Diocesan House.

Augustine Literacy Program (ALP) Information and Training. All are invited to learn more about ALP at an Information Session on Tuesday, August 22 from 10:00–11:00 a.m. at Sedgefield Elementary. RSVP to Jess Heath ( ALP also is recruiting for fall training classes; training sessions will be held on September 11–15, 19, and 20, October 23–27, 31, and November 2. Visit for more information or an application. Mark your calendars for ALP’s second Get Rowdy for Reading Event on Saturday November 4 at NODA Brewery. It is a free and family-friendly event with live music, silent auction and games!

Last Week of Summer Parish House and Office Hours. Regular Monday through Friday hours resume the week of August 28. Through August 21, the Parish House is closed on Mondays to allow the Clergy and Staff the benefit of working remotely via email and phone. 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.

St. Peter’s Community Garden: Summer Volunteers Needed. The St. Peter’s Community Garden, which grows food for Friendship Trays (Charlotte’s “Meals on Wheels” program), is undergoing a change in leadership. Major volunteer support is needed as the garden goes through this transition. Summer gardening teams require 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 ( or 704-609-6222).

Prayer Shawl Knitting Group Location Change and Request for Yarn. This fellowship and pastoral care ministry circle will now meet every first and third Tuesday at St. Peter’s in the Parlor from 10:00–11:30 a.m. If you have yarn that you don’t need, consider donating it to this ministry. The Clergy, Pastoral Care Team, and Guild of the Christ Child share prayer shawls with parish adults, youth, and children on various occasions. For more information, contact Jim Amburn ( or Linda Smith (

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 Ben Outen Music Fund has been established by the Rector. This new 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 throughout the year. 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.

Realm” Online Community Resource is here!. Did you receive your invitation to join in your email inbox?  If not, first check your spam folder.  If you didn’t get it at all, please contact Elaine Wood, Ministry Associate ( 704-749-6141) or Leigh Dixon, Parish Administrator (, 704-749-6142). Realm is a new church record keeping solution that replaces Holy Faces. 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 facilitate member engagement.

 St. Peter’s Financial Updates. 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 The financial summaries can be found by clicking here.
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August 20: St. Peter’s Parish Celebration: Rally Day, Ministry Fair and Festive Eucharist for the Confession of St. Peter.

August 27: Fall 2017 Formation Classes begin for Adults, Youth & Children, 9:30 a.m.

August 27: St. Peter’s Participation in Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade in Uptown.

September 10: Center City Concert: Organist Nicolas Haigh and Orchestra, 7:00 p.m.

September 1517: Parish Retreat at Kanuga Episcopal Conference Center.

September 24: Second and Fourth Sunday Choral Evensong resumes, 5:00 p.m.

October 14: Shrimp and Suds Youth Fundraiser on the Parish House Rooftop, 6:30 p.m.

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

November 17-18: 202nd Annual Convention of the Diocese, Winston-Salem.

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