September 27, 2017

Worship and Formation on Sundays and Weekdays

Tune into Life at St. Peter’s Fall 2017. Read the parish magazine [online]( and explore the calendar of formation, worship, programs, and events for adults, youth, and children. Copies of each are available in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Sunday Christian Formation for Adults, October 1, 9:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum will feature parishioners Candace Armstrong, Sue Coonen, Toni Moore, and Ellison Clary as they share a history of St. Peter’s from the 1960s, entitled “A Great Cloud of Witnesses: Storytelling about St. Peter’s and the Civil Rights Movement” and highlights from a new book, “St. Peter’s Episcopal Church: A Comprehensive History, 1834-2017.” In the Tower Room, Rob Smith will begin a three-week study of The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso. On October 8, the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector, will facilitate a program titled, “Bible Study: The Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount,” in the Parish Hall.

Sunday Book Study on “The Woman Next Door.” On Sundays, October 1, 8, and 22, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Tower Room, Rob Smith will facilitate a study of The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso. For decades, two strong-willed women were committed enemies. One is black, one is white, both are widows, and they are next door neighbors in an affluent section of Cape Town, South Africa. The author explains while the women do come together through an accident, they do not become friends. She suggests it is okay that they try and plod along because it means that “we’re always trying and always attempting, which I think is more important than feeling like we’ve arrived somewhere.” Notify Rob Smith that you plan to attend.

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.

Blessing of the Animals: Sunday, October 1, 5:00 p.m. As one way to commemorate the October 4th feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Friar, 1226, St. Peter’s will offer a Blessing of the Animals service and Holy Eucharist in the Churchyard on October 1 at 5:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring animals of all sorts (on leashes) to receive a special blessing. There also will be time in the service to remember animals who have died.

Fall Schedule for “Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s.” At 5:00 p.m., on most second and fourth Sundays, we offer the service of Choral Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) with Holy Eucharist. The MasterSingers teen ensemble of The Choir School at St. Peter’s will offer musical leadership on October 8. On the third Sunday of every month, a meditative service of Holy Eucharist is offered, patterned after the Taizé, France community. This offering includes music for piano, time for contemplative silence, and candle-lighting as a prayer form. The complete Fall 2017 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s is available online.

Formation Conversation follows 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. Each liturgy is followed by an optional time to gather with the worship leader and fellow worshippers for a 30-minute informal conversation about the scripture lessons and more in the Parlor.


TONIGHT – Social Justice Film and Discussion Night – America Divided: Democracy for Sale. Tonight, the Social Justice Team is hosting a film and discussion, 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. In the provocative, award winning documentary “America Divided: Democracy for Sale,” Zach Galifianakis, the comic star of “The Hangover” movies, travels back to his home state to investigate how North Carolina has become a bellwether for how the money of a few has come to dominate our democracy and influences those in power. Sponsored by our Social Justice Ministry, the free event will include a facilitated discussion of the issues and what ways we can bring about change. RSVPs are encouraged through Paula Savich (, 828-467-3188).

Young Adults Fellowship Picnic: Fourth Ward Park, Sunday, October 1. After the 10:45 a.m. service on October 1, all young adults, including any children, significant others, and friends, are invited to meet in the churchyard for a five-minute walk to Fourth Ward Park for a picnic. Bring your own food and blanket and any lawn games. This fellowship exists to foster connections through seasonal social events, promote outreach opportunities, and offer formation classes for parishioners ages 21 and older who are single, married, partnered, parents or non-parents. For more information, email Mary Gotschall or Julia Hughes.

Pub Theology: Thursday, October 5. On first Thursdays through December, 6:00-8:00 p.m., 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. On October 5, the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, will host a discussion about “Making Peace and Finding Hope in a Violent World” at Rock Bottom Brewery across from St. Peter’s. Each gathering is a great way to introduce friends, coworkers, and others to an alternative approach to Christian formation.

Anti-Racism Seminar at St. Peter’s: Seeing the Face of God in Each Other, October 7. 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).

Acolyte Training and Lunch, October 8 after the 10:45 a.m. Eucharist. On Sunday, October 8, 12:30–2:00 p.m. all acolytes, new and returning, are invited to join the clergy and acolyte coordinators for lunch and training. High School students are invited to stay until 2:30pm for server and thurifer training. All fifth graders, and all new acolytes, sixth through twelfth grade, are invited to join us for this introductory training day. Fifth graders and new acolytes are welcome to join the new St. Peter’s Novice Acolyte program to begin this November after the October 8 training day.

The Choir School Cabaret Night Concert, Friday, October 13. Join The Choir School at St. Peter’s for a very special evening to celebrate the beginning of its 25th Season. This 7:30 p.m. performance in the worship space at St. Peter’s will feature an exceptional program, including guest performers Kelsey Harrison, Dareion Malone, and Carla Thomas. Individual and season tickets are available at or by calling 704-749-6146.

Shrimp and Suds Fall Rooftop Benefit, October 14. Join fellow adult parishioners on Saturday, October 14, 6:30–9:00 p.m., on the rooftop of the Parish House for a delicious fellowship dinner, featuring low country shrimp boil, sides of grits and bread, dessert, and assorted refreshments including craft beers from Charlotte, all for $35 per person. Prepaid reservations required by Wednesday, October 11 online or pre-pay at the Parish House reception desk. All funds raised will benefit the 2019 youth pilgrimage. Our new Bishop Diocesan, The Right Reverend Sam Rodman, plans to join us for this event on the eve of his visitation to St. Peter’s. For questions or special dietary concerns, please call or text Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt (704-763-3564,

Parish Community Monthly Potluck for October. Instead of the second Sunday after the 10:45 a.m. service, mark your calendar to attend our next monthly time to share food and fellowship for Sunday, October 22, 6:00 p.m. The 2017 Sabbatical Program Committee will host “God’s Tapestry Storytelling and Potluck Dinner” as an extraordinary parish life event after 5:00 p.m. Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist. Stay tuned to parish news and notices for details.

Parish, Diocesan, and Beyond Our Doors

Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter’s – Make A Pledge. On September 18, a letter announcing our annual fund-raising campaign, Giving with Gratitude, was mailed to members and non-members affiliated with St. Peter’s. The letter requests the offering of pledges for the 2018 operating budget by Commitment Sunday, November 5, and includes significant financial facts. Each pledge gift will offer support of parish worship, in-reach and outreach initiatives, formation programs for all ages, music, staff and clergy, operations and administration, and the care of our sacred facilities in Center City Charlotte. To learn more about annual giving, offer your pledge for 2018 and/or for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year, visit If you did not receive the mailing, contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).

Announcing “St. Peter’s Episcopal Church: A Comprehensive History, 1834-2017. St. Peter’s parishioners Sue Coonen and Ellison Clary have co-authored an important resource for the parish community and beyond, “St. Peter’s Episcopal Church: A Comprehensive History, 1834-2017.” Picking up on where our last history summation left off in 1984, research and interviews for this new issue were begun in 2013. Book printing and publishing were made possible by an anonymous donor and copies will be available for purchase beginning Sunday, October 1 during the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum and thereafter at the Parish House Reception Desk. Members of St. Peter’s 1834 Legacy Society will receive a complimentary copy of the book.

Realm Tutorial for Ministry Team Leaders and Group Facilitators. If you lead or help lead a group at St. Peter’s, chair a committee, or serve as the secretary for a committee, join St. Peter’s parishioner Rob Smith for a 45-minute tutorial about features in our new parish database system and community connection tool, Realm. Rob will help you get set up on Realm and guide you through its use for your group. Step One: RSVP for one of two meetings: after work on Wednesday, October 11, 6:00–6:45 p.m.; or after Church on Sunday, October 22, 12:15–1:00 p.m.

Engaging St. Peter’s “Realm” Communication Tool. Realm is a church record-keeping and administration solution that, among several things, has replaced our online directory of people. Realm also offers easy opportunities to support the ways that you are or can become involved in parish life. Not only will this improve the work life of those working 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. If you did not receive an e-mail invitation to join “Realm” or cannot find it in your spam folder, please e-mail Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon or call 704-749-6142.

Helping Hands Needed: 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.

Supporters Needed: CROP Hunger Walk, Saturday, October 14. Our team is helping to end hunger one step at a time by participating in this year’s CROP Hunger Walk which St. Peter’s has been participating in for many years. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m., and the Walk begins at 9:00 a.m. Last year, we raised over $5,000, so help us meet our goal again this year. The easiest way to join or donate is to visit our team online at the following link: To register, click here or stop by our information table after the 10:45 a.m. service starting Sunday, September 24 through Sunday, October 8. If you have questions or registration needs, contact Logan Smith (, 704-488-4436).

Augustine Literacy Program (ALP) Volunteer Information and Training. ALP is recruiting for fall training classes; training sessions will be held on 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!

Outreach and Social Justice: Servant Ministry Partners, Events, and News. Outreach and Social Justice ministries are integral to life at St. Peter’s. Now, more than ever, the world needs deeper engagement from the body of Christ, the Church. St. Peter’s Parish Vision is 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. Check out the newly revised outreach and social justice section of our website and explore how you might engage, and more.

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).

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 13: Choir School Cabaret Night, 7:30 p.m.

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

October 22 and 29: Parish Hall Forum Series – Becoming a Jesus People: Episcopalians as Agents and Instruments of God’s Reconciliation and Servant Ministry Opportunities through St. Peter’s, 9:30 a.m.

October 22: God’s Tapestry Storytelling and Potluck Dinner, 6:00 p.m.

November 5: All Saints’ and 2018 Annual Fund Pledge Commitment Sunday.

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