October 4, 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 8, 9:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum will feature the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector, facilitating a program titled, “Bible Study: The Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount.” In the Tower Room, the three-week study of The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso continues. On October 15, a “Conversation with the Bishop” will feature the Right Reverend Samuel Sewall Rodman III, who was consecrated on July 15 as XII Bishop Diocesan of North Carolina.

Sunday Book Study on “The Woman Next Door.” On Sundays, 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.”

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 (ahurdle@st-peters.org). 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 (lholt@st-peters.org).

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.


October 5 Registration Deadline for Anti-Racism Seminar at St. Peter’s: Seeing the Face of God in Each Other. Registration closes tomorrow, October 5, for this regional seminar to be hosted Saturday, October 7, from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s by The Bishop’s Committee for Racial Justice and Reconciliation. Adult and youth parishioners and non-parishioners will learn skills and acquire some of 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. For more information, contact Martha Waters, Diocesan Coordinator (martha.wtrs@gmail.com, 919-469-5154).

Pub Theology: Tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. 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.

Vestry Nominations Open through Sunday, October 29. You can now nominate yourself or someone else to serve as 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 armstrong4300@bellsouth.net, Abigail Cudabac acudabac@earthlink.net, Paul Keller paulkeller1756@yahoo.com, or Kristine Reid kmrlady@ymail.com.

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, 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 www.thechoirschool.org 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, lholt@st-peters.org).

Bishop’s Visitation and 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. For the reception, parishioners are invited to bring favorite finger foods or desserts in a serving dish. Serving dishes may be deposited 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, please email new Fellowship Special Events Team Leader, Logan Smith or call 704-488-4436.

Parish Community Monthly Potluck on October 22. 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.

Social Justice Film and Discussion Night – Road to Brown, October 25. The Social Justice Team is hosting a film and discussion on Wednesday, October 25, 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This film tells the story of the legal campaign against segregation that launched the Civil Rights Movement. It is also a moving tribute to a visionary black lawyer, Charles Hamilton Houston, “the man who killed Jim Crow.” By guiding students through the world of segregation sanctioned by the 1896 Plessey v. Ferguson decision, the cases Houston waged during the 1930s, and the final triumph in 1954 of Brown v. Board of Education, this 47-minute film provides a concise history of how African Americans struggled for full legal equality under the constitution. This free event will include a facilitated discussion. RSVPs are encouraged but not required through Paula Savich (paula.savich@gmail.com, 828-467-3188).

Parish, Diocesan, and Beyond Our Doors

Helping Hands Needed: 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 (jknip@carriff.com, 980-721-4850) or assistant coordinator, Alec Yale (alecyale@gmail.com, 281-723-6992). Check out a recent video from Habitat for Humanity about the impact of affordable housing.

Supporters Needed: 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 which St. Peter’s has been participating in for many years. 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 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 (logan_msmith@hotmail.com, 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!

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 www.st-peters.org/annualfund. If you did not receive the mailing, contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 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 are available for purchase ($20) at the Parish House Reception Desk or online. Members of St. Peter’s 1834 Legacy Society will receive a complimentary copy of the book, later this fall.

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.

Annual Holiday Greenery Sale. Later this week, The Choir School at St. Peter’s will begin taking orders for your wreaths and garland through The Choir School website. Items will be ready for pickup at St. Peter’s beginning on the Monday after Thanksgiving, November 27. Enjoy competitive pricing and the joy of supporting a non-profit! Watch for more details.

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.

Looking Ahead

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.