News: November 1, 2017

Update on Giving with Gratitude

St. Peter’s 2018 Annual Fund Campaign. As of Noon on Tuesday, October 31, 152 pledges totaling $481,347 have been committed toward our annual fund-raising campaign, Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter’s, in advance of Commitment Sunday, November 5. On Commitment Sunday, offering plates will be available for members and non-members to offer pledge gifts in 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. If you have pledged or will pledge by paper pledge form, online, or pew rack “Give” card, pick up an “I pledged” card from the worship space entrances for placement in the distinct offering plates. For a glimpse of what collective giving can do, explore Life at St. Peter’s – Fall 2017 and to offer your pledge on or before November 5, visit If you have questions, contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).

Worship and Music

All Saints’ Sunday, November 5: Baptisms and Incense. The sacrament of Holy Baptism will be administered at the 8:00 and 10:45 a.m. liturgies on All Saints’ Sunday. At the 10:45 a.m. liturgy, incense will be burned. Worshippers with allergies or respiratory issues may wish to attend the 8:00 a.m. liturgy where incense will not be offered.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. At 5:00 p.m., on most second and fourth Sundays, we offer the service of Choral Evensong 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. Please note: The last Choral Evensong for 2017 will led by the St. Peter’s Choir on November 12. On November 26 and December 10, a member of the Clergy will officiate Evening Prayer in the Chapel. The complete Fall 2017 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s is available online.

Holiday Greenery Sale Fundraiser for The Choir School. The Choir School at St. Peter’s annual greenery sale offers greenery at competitive prices and supports an important non-profit. You may order wreaths and garlands for yourself or others either online from The Choir School website or directly from a chorister by Monday, November 6. Choir School members will be 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 in the evening of Monday, 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, November 5, 9:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum features reflections from the youth pilgrimage class, adult youth leaders, and the Associate Rector on their Summer 2017 Youth Pilgrimage to Rome, Milan, and Assisi in Italy. The parish has a long history of supporting such pilgrimages, and all are invited to learn why our ongoing support matters. On November 12, in the Parish Hall, all are encouraged to attend a time of “Introduction and Conversation with 2018-2020 Vestry Candidates” hosted by the Parish Wardens and the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector.

An Invitation from Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt, for November 5. The Youth and their leaders are most grateful to St. Peter’s for your support of their J2A Pilgrimage, taken at the end of 10th/11th grade. While on pilgrimage, our youth truly experienced the adage, “tourists make demands, pilgrims give thanks.” As part of thanking you, our Pilgrim Class of 2017 will make a presentation to share what they learned and lived while on pilgrimage in Italy. Please join us in the Parish Hall on Sunday, November 5 at 9:30 a.m., as we share how you have changed the lives of these 16 youth and 5 adult pilgrims through your generous support.

Study of “My Accidental Jihad” begins Wednesday, November 8. The Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest, will facilitate a three-week book study of My Accidental Jihad on Wednesdays, November 8, 15, and 29, 6:30–7:30 p.m. in the Tower Room. The book is a biography and love story by North Carolina author Krista Bremer about a lifelong quest in search of the meaning of the world around her. Bremer navigates contemporary America and “the boundaries of religion and politics to arrive at the universal experience of love.” Register to attend.

Episcopalians Embark on The Jesus Movement. Read more about what is suggested by “We’re following Jesus into loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God, with each other and with the earth.”

Acolyte Training Make-up, Sunday, November 12. All acolytes new and returning, who were unable to attend Acolyte Training on October 8, are invited to join the clergy and acolyte coordinators for training on Sunday, November 12 after the 10:45 a.m. service. Lunch will be served in the Parlor, followed by training in the church, 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. All children and youth 5th–12th grade are welcome to attend for new acolyte training, or refresher training for returning acolytes.

Community Life

Rides Ministry to Fellow Parishioners. The Clergy and Pastoral Care Team are aware of parishioners who would benefit from occasional or regular rides to and from Sunday worship and special events, and weekday medical appointments. If you are interested in serving through this new ministry, please contact Pastoral Care Team member, Irma Hoffman (, 704-620-0081).

Vestry Nominees for the 2018-2020 Class. In preparation for the Annual Meeting of the Parish on Sunday, December 10 at 9:30 a.m., the following members are nominees for election to serve the 2018-2020 term on the Vestry: Marcus Clarke, Ellison Clary, Mike Hoffman, John Hurst, Perry Mixter, Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, and Amanda Wommack. The Rector gives thanks for the diligent work of the Nominating Committee/2015-2017 Class: Candace Armstrong, Abigail Cudabac, Paul Keller, and Kristine Reid. All are invited to attend the November 12 Parish Hall Forum where the nominees will engage in a conversation about spiritual leadership with the Rector and the Wardens.

Pub Theology, Thursday, November 2. On first Thursdays through December, 6:00-8:00 p.m., a member of the clergy will host Pub Theology. The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, will host a discussion about “The Practice of Giving in a Taking Society” on November 2 at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 East Morehead Street. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual, drop-in, formation events. Each gathering is a great way to introduce friends, coworkers, and others to an alternative approach to Christian formation.

Newcomers’ Coffee, Sunday, November 12. All who are new (or new-ish) to the parish and want to get acquainted with other newcomers, members, and the clergy are invited to a time of fellowship and community-building in the Parlor from 9:30–10:30 a.m. RSVP to Congregational Development Team Leader, Tony Craghead ( or with any questions, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh at (, 704-749-6141).

Invitation to Celebrate the 1834 Legacy Society, Sunday, November 12. To honor and celebrate fifteen years of St. Peter’s 1834 Legacy Society (those who have made a planned gift to St. Peter’s, and so named for the first year Episcopalians worshipped in Charlotte), a reception will be hosted on Sunday, November 12 in the Parish Hall at 6:00 p.m. after Choral Evensong. All members and friends of St. Peter’s are invited to this occasion, which will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks provided by La-tea-da’s Catering. Save the date and please plan to attend. Invitations will be mailed with RSVP information or RSVP online now.

Senior Class Third Tuesday Luncheon. The next monthly luncheon will be on November 17, 11:30 a.m. at Zen Asian Fusion in Kenilworth Commons on East Boulevard. St. Peter’s Senior Class is a fellowship group of parishioners (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). Stay tuned for details about the December 19 luncheon.

Young Adults Fellowship Events in November. All young adults are invited to connect with others by attending any and all offerings set for November: November 2 – Pub Theology, 6:00 p.m., Dilworth Neighborhood Grille; November 5 – All Saints’ Sunday Brunch after 10:45 a.m. worship; and November 12 – Choral Evensong with Eucharist, 5:00 p.m. followed by dinner in Uptown. 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, join St. Peter’s Charlotte: Young Adults on Facebook or email either Mary Gotschall ( or Julia Hughes (

Altar Flowers and Eucharistic Supplies: In Honor or Memory. 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).

Music Fund Gifts for November and December at St. Peter’s. In July, the Ben Outen Music Fund was established as a restricted fund to enrich the worship life of St. Peter’s through the enhancement of music and additional instrumentalists made possible by gifts above and beyond pledges to the annual operating budget. Members, newcomers, and friends may offer gifts to this fund in honor or memory of loved ones. Special music is being prepared for All Saints’ Sunday, Advent Lessons and Carols, and Christmas Eve. You may give online or make checks payable to “St. Peter’s Ben Outen Music Fund” and direct them to Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon.

Outreach and Social Justice

Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Options. The Puerto Rican Cultural Society of Charlotte (PRCSC) requests donations to assist with recovery efforts since the recent hurricane. St. Peter’s will serve as a temporary collection location for dry goods and non-perishable items: rice, coffee, salt, beans, canned meat, as well as bug repellent in lotion or cream form, and Vicks’ VapoRub. The Parish House Receptionist will provide drop-off directions. Donations also are being collected at the PRCSC Donations Center located at 550 Griffith Road in Charlotte. You may also give to Episcopal Relief and Development hurricane and earthquake relief efforts supported by the Diocese of North Carolina.

Room in the Inn: Volunteer Call and Pre-Season Event, November 29. On each Wednesday evening from December 6 through March 28, St. Peter’s will participate in Room in the Inn (RITI) by providing a warm, welcoming place where twelve neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall. RITI Volunteer Teams provide and serve meals, make sack lunches, set up beds, cook and serve breakfast, stay overnight, and do laundry. If you would like to get involved, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano ([](mailto:, 205-222-7527). To learn more, gather with parishioners who have served before, and celebrate the privilege of offering this ministry, RSVP to Bert Miano and come to the RITI Pre-Season Kickoff Dinner on Wednesday, November 29 at 6:00 p.m. RITI is a program of Urban Ministry Center, located at 945 North College Street.

Looking Ahead

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

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

November 26 and December 10: Evening Prayer in the Chapel, 5:00 p.m.

December 2: Advent Retreat: Stillness in Center City, 8:30 a.m.

December 3: Advent Lessons and Carols, 10:45 a.m.

December 6: Room in the Inn (RITI) weekly hospitality begins.

December 10: Parish Community Big Breakfast, 8:00 a.m.; Annual Meeting of the Parish, 9:30 a.m.; Festive Advent Parish Community Potluck, 12:15 p.m.

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.