News: 10/11/2017

Giving with Gratitude. Commitment Sunday is November 5. On September 18, our annual fund-raising campaign, Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter’s, launched for members and non-members of the parish to offer pledges for the 2018 operating budget. 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 campaign packet by mail, please contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142) to verify your contact information. Campaign information is available in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Worship and Music

Bishop’s Visitation and Provisions for Reception, October 15. Our XII Bishop Diocesan, the Right Reverend Samuel Sewall Rodman III will make his visitation to St. Peter’s on Sunday, October 15, when candidates for baptism, confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation will be presented. “Bishop Sam” will have breakfast at Holy Chow, facilitate a conversation at the Parish Hall Forum, preside and preach at the 10:45 a.m. service, and spend a moment at the festive post-worship reception in the Parish Hall before meeting with the Vestry. Note: For the reception, parishioners are invited to bring favorite finger foods or desserts in a serving dish. Serving dishes may be dropped off in the Parish Hall kitchen prior to the 10:45 a.m. service. If you are interested in assisting with set up or clean up or have questions, email Fellowship Special Events Team Leader, Logan Smith or call 704-488-4436.

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. 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, contemplative silence, candle-lighting as a prayer form, and a reflection/meditation by a layperson. The next Taizé liturgy will be October 15. On October 22, the Burli Singers, directed by St. Peter’s Choir member Rob Burlington, will lead the music for Evensong. The complete Fall 2017 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s is available online.

Weekday Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist followed by Conversation. 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, a 30-minute celebration of the Holy Eucharist without music is offered. Each weekday liturgy is followed by an optional time for worshippers to gather with the worship leader in the Parlor for a 30-minute conversation about the scripture lessons and more. Consider adding weekday worship to your journey and invite others too.

The Choir School Cabaret Night Concert, 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. Friday 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.

Annual Holiday Greenery Sale. The Choir School’s annual greenery sale has begun. Receive your greenery at competitive prices AND support an important non-profit. Order your wreaths and garland either online from The Choir School website or directly from a chorister by November 6. Please look for Choir School members taking orders during Holy Chow and after the 10:45 a.m. service. Wreaths to be shipped out of town will be delivered the week of November 20; local orders will arrive at St. Peter’s the evening of November 27. The greenery sale helps keep The Choir School program open to every talented young person who is accepted to our choirs. If you have questions, contact Kay Johnson at The Choir School (, 704-749-6146).


Sunday Formation for Adults, October 15, 9:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum will be a 9:30–10:15 a.m. “Conversation with the Bishop” to get acquainted and exchange questions and answers with the Right Reverend Samuel Sewall Rodman III, who was consecrated on July 15 as XII Bishop Diocesan of North Carolina. On October 22 and 29, the Parish Hall Forum will present a two-part “Becoming a Jesus People” series, “Episcopalians as Agents and Instruments of God’s Reconciliation” and “Servant Ministry Opportunities through St. Peter’s” presented by parish clergy and lay leaders.

Sunday, October 22, Book Study on “The Woman Next Door.” Rob Smith will facilitate the last of a three-week study of The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso, 9:30–10:30 a.m. in the Tower Room. 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.” All who are reading or have read the book are welcome to join others for this reflection time.

Sunday 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 (

Community Life

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.

Shrimp and Suds Fall Rooftop Benefit, October 14. All adults are invited to an extraordinary event! On Saturday, October 14, 6:30–9:00 p.m., on the rooftop of the Parish House, a tasty dinner will feature low country shrimp boil, grits, bread, dessert, and assorted refreshments including local craft beers, all for $35 per person. Prepaid reservations required by Thursday, October 12 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,

Newcomers’ Coffee, Sunday, November 12. The Congregational Development Team invites all who are new members, visitors, or want to get to get acquainted with newcomers to a time of fellowship and community building in the Parlor from 9:30–10:30 a.m. RSVP to Tony Craghead or with questions, contact the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector via email or at 704-749-6140.

October Parish Community Monthly Potluck: Rescheduled for 2018. The “God’s Tapestry Storytelling and Potluck Dinner” reflected in Life at St. Peter’s Fall 2017 for October 22 at 6:00 p.m. is being rescheduled. This extraordinary parish event will be hosted by the Sabbatical Program Committee who will provide information, later this fall, in parish news and notices.

Vestry Nominations Open through Sunday, October 29. You can now nominate yourself or someone else to serve as a member of the 2018-2020 Class of the Vestry of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The Vestry is the lay leadership team of 12 people elected to work with the clergy and staff to lead the parish in matters spiritual and financial, helping to discern, articulate, and work to realize the vision toward which God is drawing the parish. Vestry members are elected to three-year terms with four positions up for election each year.

Nominations are open through Sunday, October 29 and the election will take place on Sunday, December 10 at the Annual Meeting of the Parish at 9:30 a.m. Eligible members will also have the option to vote early on Sundays, November 26 and December 3 and during parish office hours Monday – Friday from November 27 – December 8. Consider prayerfully whom to nominate, and speak to that person before completing a nomination form: online or in hard copy. Paper forms are available at the reception desk of the church office and can be submitted there (via receptionist) to the Rector. If you are considering running for vestry or nominating someone, be sure to read more about the qualifications and responsibilities online at the same location.

Nominee Requirements: All nominees must fill out a Nominee Information Form, which can be found online or at the Parish House reception desk, by Friday, November 3. Any additional questions about serving on vestry or the election process can be directed to the vestry members serving on the nominating committee: Candace Armstrong (, Abigail Cudabac (, Paul Keller (, or Kristine Reid (

Christa Lineberger elected to fill Unexpired Vestry Term. In August, Paige Ghareeb shared with the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, that she would be unable to serve in this particular ministry at this time. In September, the Vestry elected Christa Lineberger to fill Paige’s unexpired 2016-2018 unexpired term. The Rector, Wardens, and Vestry are grateful for Paige’s service and Christa’s willingness to serve.

“St. Peter’s Episcopal Church: A Comprehensive History, 1834-2017” now available. 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. Copies are available for purchase ($20) at the Parish House Reception Desk or online. Members of St. Peter’s Vestry, Clergy, Staff, Endowment Trustees, 1834 Legacy Society, and book interviewees will receive a complimentary copy of the book from The Rector within the next couple of weeks.

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.

Realm Tutorial for Ministry Team Leaders and Group Facilitators, October 11 and 22. 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: Wednesday, October 11, 6:00–6:45 p.m. or Sunday, October 22, 12:15–1:00 p.m.

Outreach and Social Justice

Social Justice Film and Discussion Night – Road to Brown, October 25. The Social Justice Team will host a film screening of The Road to Brown on Wednesday, October 25, 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The film tells the story of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling as the culmination of a brilliant legal assault on segregation that launched the Civil Rights movement. It is a moving tribute to a visionary but little-known black lawyer, Charles Hamilton Houston, “the man who killed Jim Crow.” This free 56-minute film will be followed by a facilitated discussion about the film and the current state of affairs in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. RSVPs are encouraged but not required through Paula Savich (, 828-467-3188).

Helping Hands for St. Peter’s Habitat For Humanity Build, October 14. All adults and youth (age 16 and older) are invited to participate in a Saturday 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.

Support for CROP Hunger Walk, October 14. Our team is helping to end hunger one step at a time by participating in this year’s CROP Hunger Walk. Registration starts on Saturday 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 via the following link. To register, click here. 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!

Looking Ahead

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

November 12: Introduction and Conversation with 2018-2020 Vestry Candidates.

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

December 10: Annual Meeting of the Parish and 2018-2020 Vestry Election.