News: October 18, 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

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s: October 22. The next Choral Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) will be October 22 when the Burli Singers, directed by St. Peter’s Choir member Rob Burlington, will lead the music. 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. 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.

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 garlands 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 22 and 29, 9:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum offers a fundamental two-part series on October 22 and 29. The parish clergy and lay leaders will present a “Becoming a Jesus People” series: “Episcopalians as Agents and Instruments of God’s Reconciliation” and “Servant Ministry Opportunities through St. Peter’s.” Our Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, reminds us that “we are The Episcopal Church, the Episcopal branch of Jesus’ movement in this world.” Mark your calendar and bring others to one or both of these conversations to consider what it means to be a participant in the Jesus Movement.

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.

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.

Realm Tutorial for Ministry Team Leaders and Group Facilitators, October 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. RSVP for the Sunday, October 22, 12:15–1:00 p.m. meeting.

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 (

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 (, 704-749-6140).

Reception to Celebrate the 1834 Legacy Society, 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. Formal invitations will be mailed with RSVP information or RSVP online now.

Making Connections through Parish Groups and Guilds. Relationship-building is an important aspect of life at St. Peter’s. If you wish to make new or revive old connections through regular or occasional offerings, visit Groups, Guilds and Events.

“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.

Personnel News from The Rector. The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, is pleased to share exciting news about the clergy-staff team at the Parish House. Read Personnel News from The Rector, October 16, 2017.

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. Facilitator Amy Hawn Nelson is a community-engaged researcher based at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. RSVPs are encouraged but not required through Paula Savich (, 828-467-3188).

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.