News: November 8, 2017

Parish Community Report on St. Peter’s 2018 Annual Fund Campaign. As of Noon on Monday, November 6, 200 pledges totaling $661,487 have been offered toward Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter’s and its minimum one-million-dollar goal. St. Peter’s Annual Fund Leadership Team is grateful for all pledges received from members and non-members, and is seeking 100% participation from all member households. Each pledge gift will offer essential 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. For a glimpse of what collective giving and your pledge gift can do, explore Life at St. Peter’s – Fall 2017 and to pledge your support, visit

St. Peter’s Delegation to 202nd Annual Diocesan Convention, November 17–18. The parish will be represented by delegates John Hall, Josephine Hicks, Doug Hutto, Amy Dillon King, and Dave Lavoie who will join the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector, and the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, in Winston-Salem at Benton Convention Center. On November 19, our delegation will offer convention highlights at the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum, including reflections about the Friday “Becoming Beloved Community” panel on which parishioner Tony Craghead will serve. All parishioners may attend convention. Learn more and register here.

Worship and Music

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. The last Choral Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) for 2017 will be led by the St. Peter’s Choir on November 12. On November 26 and December 10, the clergy will lead Evening Prayer in the Chapel. The next Taizé liturgy will be offered on November 19. 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.


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.

Sunday Formation for Adults, November 12, 9:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum features “Introduction and Conversation with 2018-2020 Vestry Candidates” hosted by the Wardens and the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector. Learn more about nominees Marcus Clarke, Ellison Clary, Mike Hoffman, John Hurst, Perry Mixter, Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, and Amanda Wommack. On November 19, the Parish Hall Forum presents “All Things Come of Thee, O Lord: Practicing Gratitude in a Thankless World,” a discussion with Parish Lay Leaders and the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector. It will also include highlights from the November 17–18 Annual Convention of the Diocese of North Carolina.

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 today after the 10:45 a.m. service. Lunch will be served in the Parlor, followed by training in the church, 12:30–2:00 p.m. All children and youth 5th–12th grade are welcome to attend for new acolyte training, or refresher training for returning acolytes.

Monday Evening Formation Offerings during Advent: December 4, 11, 18. The Reverends Ollie V. Rencher and Jacob E. Pierce will facilitate a three-week study of the “Advent Gospels and the Significance of the Blessed Virgin Mary” from 6:15 until 7:15 p.m. at St. Peter’s. Participants should bring a Bible, writing journal or notebook, and are welcome to bring a “brown bag” snack. Learn more and register here.

Advent Retreat: Stillness in Center City, Saturday, December 2. The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector will facilitate an instructed time of quiet, exploration, and spiritual formation at St. Peter’s on Saturday, December 2. Participants should bring a desire for stillness and growth, a writing journal or notebook, and comfortable walking shoes should a brief walk in Uptown become of interest during breaks. Breakfast refreshments will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. before the gathering will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end no later than 1:00 p.m. Learn more and register here. Future retreats will be offered on January 6 (Epiphany) and February 17 (Lent).

Community Life

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).

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).

1834 Legacy Society Celebration, 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. RSVP online.

Young Adults Fellowship Dinner, Sunday, November 12. All young adults are invited to connect with others by attending Choral Evensong with Eucharist, 5:00 p.m. followed by dinner in Uptown on November 12. 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 (

Senior Class Luncheon, Tuesday, November 17. 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 (third Tuesdays) 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.

A Charlotte Conversation with Culinary Historian and Cultural Lightning Rod, Michael Twitty: Monday, November 27. Parishioners Susan and Des Keller and The Dunhill Hotel + Asbury Restaurant will host a Charlotte community conversation with Michael W. Twitty at 6:30 p.m. in Martha Bowles Parish Hall. The event is free and open to the parish community and public. Learn more about this unique event and RSVP online.

Annual Meeting of the Parish: Sunday, December 10. The Rector, Wardens, and Vestry invite all members and newcomers to attend the Annual Meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall, an important one-hour occasion to undertake key business matters. The meeting will include the election of the 2018-2020 Class of Vestry members, ministry area reports, a 2018 operating budget draft, and brief remarks from the Wardens and Rector. The Vestry nominees for 2018-2020 are Marcus Clarke, Ellison Clary, Mike Hoffman, John Hurst, Perry Mixter, Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, and Amanda Wommack, presented by the Vestry Nominating Committee/Class of 2017 (Candace Armstrong, Abigail Cudabac, Paul Keller, Kristine Reid). All communicants in good standing may vote for Vestry nominees and on other business concerns. Communicants in good standing are baptized members, at least sixteen years of age, who for the previous year have been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and have been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God. You may read profiles of each candidate at Spread the word about this important 9:30 a.m. parish community gathering and the festive advent potluck after the 10:45 a.m. service.

Early Voting for 2018-2020 Vestry Nominees. In preparation for the Annual Meeting of the Parish on December 10, early voting will be available on Sundays, November 26 and December 3; and during parish office hours, Monday–Friday, November 26–December 4. On Sunday, December 10, you may vote at the voting table located at the entrance to the Parish Hall before the start of the 9:30 a.m. meeting.

 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 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.

Pub Theology, Thursday, December 7. On first Thursdays through December, 6:00–8:00 p.m., a member of the clergy hosts Pub Theology. The Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest, will host a discussion about “Practicing Advent in a Christmas World” on December 7 at a location to be announced soon. 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. Watch the eNews and notices about 2018 plans for Pub Theology.

Outreach and Social Justice

Freedom Rising: Standing Together Against Injustice, Saturday, November 11. St. Peter’s Social Justice Ministry Partner, First United Presbyterian Church (FUPC) will host a panel discussion/conversation addressing social injustice against the African American male on Saturday, November 11, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at FUPC (406 N. College at W. 7th Streets). Panelists include the Reverend Rodney Sadler, Dr. Julia Robinson, and the Reverend Jimmie Hawkins. All parishioners are invited to this event. FUPC Senior Pastor, The Reverend Lorenzo R. Small, Sr. and many FUPC congregants attended St. Peter’s Social Justice Film and Discussion event.

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 (, 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

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

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.