August 23, 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 is available in all public spaces at St. Peter’s. View the magazine online at and the events calendar online at 

Sunday Christian Formation for Children, Youth, and Adults begins August 27, 9:30 a.m. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children, ages 2–12, meet on first floor in the Toddler Atrium and Levels 1–3 Atria (classrooms) in the Parish House. For more information, email Director of Children’s Formation, Anna Hurdle ( Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth, ages 13–18, meet in the Youth Suite (basement level, Parish House). For more information, email Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt ( Adults meet in the Parish Hall (second floor, Parish House) and other designated areas according to schedule.

Sunday Christian Formation for Adults, August 27, 9:30 a.m. On August 27, the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector, and special guests will lead a Parish Hall Forum discussion about “Respecting the Dignity of Every Human Being” in keeping with our Baptismal Covenant. The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, will facilitate the “Becoming Episcopalian” 8-week Inquirers/Confirmation Class in the Town Choir Room (basement level, Parish House).

Registration Open through August 25 for “Becoming Episcopalian” Inquirers/Confirmation Class. 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 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 Friday, August 25. For more information before or after registration, contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood (, 704-749-6141).

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 September 17 (Taizé) and September 24 (first Choral Evensong for Fall 2017).

Weekday Morning Prayer and Tuesday Noon Eucharist followed by Conversation Time. 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, especially when unable to attend our Sunday morning or evening offerings. Each weekday liturgy is followed by a time to gather with the worship leader and fellow worshippers for a 30-minute informal conversation in the Parlor.
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September Parish Retreat at Kanuga: Register Today through Thursday, August 24. 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 online or for more detailed information, contact Eleanor Shell ( The registration deadline is Thursday, August 24 at 5:00 p.m.

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 activities 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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Ministry Area Sign-ups continue on Sunday, August 27. If you missed the St. Peter’s Day Ministry Fair on Sunday, August 20 in the Parish Hall, please note that sign-up sheets will be available on Sunday, August 27 before and after the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum. To learn more about intra-parish or outreach ministries, you also can visit or contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood at or 704-749-6141.

 “Holy Chow” Breakfast returns on Sunday, August 27, 8:30 a.m. Join all ages of parishioners in the Community Room on the second floor of the Parish House, 8:30–9:25 a.m. before Christian Formation classes begin at 9:30 a.m., for one of the “best breakfasts in Charlotte.” The cost for this great connection-making opportunity is $4 per person or a maximum of $15 per household. Recruitment is underway for Holy Chow cooking/hospitality teams. If you can serve or have questions, contact Sam Gardner (, 704-651-0286).

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).

 Chronic Care Support Group. The next gathering of this group, which meets on the first Friday of each month, will be Friday, September 1 at 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor. Assisting Priest, the Reverend Keith Lane, and others facilitate this monthly meeting of those with chronic illness and caregivers alike. For more information, email Father Keith Lane (, 704-332-7746 x355).

Young Adults Fellowship Fall Kickoff on Sunday, September 3. On August 20, the Rector and the Associate Rector met with ten young adults to reflect on the scope of this ministry to parishioners, age 21 and older, who are single, married, partnered, a parent, or a non-parent. This evolving fellowship will foster connections through seasonal social events, promote outreach opportunities, and gather for occasional formation classes. Interested persons are invited to a Young Adults Brunch on Sunday, September 3 after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy at a location within walking distance from St. Peter’s. To reserve your spot for brunch or learn more about this fellowship, contact Mary Gotschall ( or Julia Hughes ( More events, in addition to the weekly Sunday Parish Hall Forum, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Pub Theology returns on Thurday, September 7, 6:00 p.m. All adults are invited to join the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector, for this fall’s first Pub Theology, 6:00–8:00 p.m. on September 7 at a location to be announced soon. “Signs and Symbols: Reflecting on Confederate Imagery in the Wake of Charlottesville” will be the conversation topic. On first Thursdays through December, Pub Theology will be hosted by a member of the Clergy. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual, drop-in, formation events. Watch the parish news and notices for future locations and topics. The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, will host next month’s gathering on October 5.

Parish Community Monthly Potluck on September 10. Mark your calendar to attend our next monthly time to share food and fellowship on September 10 and sponsored by the St. Peter’s Choir. 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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“Realm” Online Parish 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.

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 Diocesan House.

Augustine Literacy Program (ALP) Information and Training. 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!

Parish House and Office Hours. On August 28, the Parish House will resume Monday hours. Parish House hours of operation are Monday 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. 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. For more information about how to serve others through gardening, contact Nancy Duncan ( or 704-609-6222) or Sean Casey (

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 (

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 on the following link on our website.
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September 10: Center City Concert: Organist Nicolas Haigh and Orchestra, 7:00 p.m.

October 14: St. Peter’s Habitat for Humanity House Build.

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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