August 30, 2017

Worship and Formation

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 and the events calendar online.

Sunday Christian Formation for Children and Youth, 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.

Sunday Christian Formation for Adults, September 3, 9:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum will feature “Conversation with the Clergy: What Does it Mean to Participate in the Faith of Christ” hosted by the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector. In the Town Choir Room, the “Becoming Episcopalian” 8-week Inquirers/Confirmation Class continues. On September 10, the Parish Hall Forum will feature “The Ministry of Healing in a Polarized Culture: Life after 9/11” led by the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector.

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.


September Parish Retreat at Kanuga: DEADLINE TODAY. 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 today, Wednesday, August 30. Scholarships are available for individuals and households who may need assistance in order to attend this community-building weekend. For information regarding scholarships, contact Fr. Jacob Pierce, Associate Rector. Requests are confidential.

Weekly Parish Breakfast on Sundays, 8:30–9:25 a.m. On Sundays, experience fellowship during Holy Chow, a hearty breakfast in the Community Room on the second floor of the Parish House. Join all ages of parishioners 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).

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, contact 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 Thursday, 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 Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery. “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).

Center City Concert on Sunday, September 10. Mark your calendar, spread the word, and bring guests to the first 2017-2018 free performance hosted by Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s. “Music for Organ and Orchestra” with Nicolas Haigh, organist and conducted by William Osborne will be presented at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Center City Concerts website.

Parish, Diocesan, and Beyond Our Doors

“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 our website 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!

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. The financial summaries can be found by clicking here.

Looking Ahead

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.