September 13, 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 Adults, September 17, 9:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum will feature “Engaging our Time, Talents, and Treasure” led by members of the Congregational Development and Stewardship teams. In the Town Choir Room, the “Becoming Episcopalian” 8-week Inquirers/Confirmation Class continues. On September 24, the Parish Hall Forum will feature “Giving with Gratitude: Unpacking the Cost of Ministry and Operations” led by members of the Vestry, the Parish Treasurer, and Stewardship Ministry team members.

Sunday Christian Formation for Children and Youth, Weekly, 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 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.


Holy Conversation about Confederate Imagery at St. Peter’s, September 24 and 26. In response to the presence of the Confederate States of America seal in the one of the nave windows and in accordance with our parish commitment to the ministry of racial reconciliation, the Clergy and Wardens will facilitate two conversation opportunities: Sunday, September 24, 12:30–1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, September 26, 5:45–6:45 p.m. Each will be offered to reflect on all signs and symbols throughout our sacred space, including their history, significance, and ability to point worshippers to God. All ages are invited to attend one or both sessions.

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 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. In addition to dining, if you are able to serve on a Holy Chow cooking/hospitality team, contact Sam Gardner (, 704-651-0286).

Pub Theology on first Thursday of the month, 6:00 p.m. On first Thursdays through December, a member of the clergy will host Pub Theology. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual, drop-in, formation events. The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, will host the next discussion about “Making Peace and Finding Hope in a Violent World” at the gathering on October 5. Watch the parish news and notices for the location as well as future topics and locations.

Senior Class Third Tuesday Luncheon. The September luncheon will be Wolfgang Puck’s at Phillips Place on Fairview Road at 11:30 a.m. on September 19. 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).

Seeing the Face of God in Each Other: An Anti-Racism Seminar at St. Peter’s. On Saturday, October 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., The Bishop’s Committee for Racial Justice and Reconciliation will offer a regional gathering at St. Peter’s for adult and youth parishioners and non-parishioners to learn skills and acquire the tools to dismantle systemic and institutional racism. Hosted several times per year throughout the diocese, the seminar provides an opportunity for honest and open communication, and an opportunity for personal growth, understanding, and healing. The registration fee is $15 including lunch. Childcare will be available upon request at registration. To register, click here or pick-up a registration form at the Parish House reception desk. For more information, contact Martha Waters, Diocesan Coordinator (, 919-469-5154).

Young Adults Fellowship Makes Plans. On September 3, a group gathered for brunch at 5Church in Uptown after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy. More events, in addition to the weekly Sunday Parish Hall Forum, will be announced in the coming weeks. The scope of this fellowship for parishioners ages 21 and older who are single, married, partnered, parents or non-parents, will be to foster connections through seasonal social events, promote outreach opportunities, and gather for occasional formation classes. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved with St. Peter’s Young Adults Fellowship, contact Mary Gotschall ( or Julia Hughes (

Parish, Diocesan, and Beyond Our Doors

Give Altar Flowers and Eucharistic Supplies: In Honor or Memory of People and Occasions. In order to honor or memorialize loved ones or celebrate special occasions in meaningful ways, consider 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 either, contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).

“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, our parish directory of people. 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.

Augustine Literacy Program (ALP) Volunteer Information and Training. ALP 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 the ALP 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!

Habitat For Humanity Build, Saturday, October 14. All adults and youth (age 16 and older) are invited to participate in a fun day of helping our neighbors by building a Habitat house from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During a morning or evening shift, parish volunteers, through direction and supervision from building experts, will measure, cut, and install the vinyl siding along the exterior of a newly constructed house located at 2941 Coronet Way, Charlotte, 28208. For several years, St. Peter’s has joined Charlotte Church Partners in this life-changing ministry. Sign up for your shift, using Group 2717 and the “Search” button, by clicking here. For more information, contact parish coordinator, John Knip (, 980-721-4850) or assistant coordinator, Alec Yale (, 281-723-6992). Check out a recent video from Habitat for Humanity about the impact of affordable housing.

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: 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.