News: January 3, 2017

Welcome to 2018 at St. Peter’s. The Clergy, Staff, Vestry, and a host of lay leaders are pleased to release the 2018 Winter-Spring-Summer Calendar of Worship, Programs, and Events for your engagement, including new weekday and small group events. Take a look, share it with others, and learn more about life at St. Peter’s. Copies are available for pickup in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Worship and Music

Friday, January 5, Eve of The Epiphany Burning of the Greens, 6:00 p.m. All are invited to a Twelfth Night Holy Eucharist with hymns and Burning of the Greens. This liturgy marks the end of Christmastide and begins the season of Epiphany. Bring one or two small sprigs or branches from your Christmas tree, wreath, or garland to add to the “Light of Christ” fire that will be lit after the liturgy in the churchyard. Households with children and youth have especially enjoyed this annual feast.

Sunday, January 7, Feast of the Baptism of our Lord. The 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services will include the Renewal of Baptismal Vows and the commissioning of the 2018–2020 Vestry.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. In addition to our regular Sunday morning schedule, the next evening service will be Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist, led by the Clergy and the St. Peter’s Choir, on January 14 at 5:00 p.m. Learn more about Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s here and learn more about our complete worship schedule here.

Weekday Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist. Monday-Friday, 8:00–8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel is a quiet offering for the start of the day. On Tuesdays at Noon, a 30-minute celebration of the Holy Eucharist is offered. Both are followed by brief fellowship time in the Parlor. Consider adding weekday worship to your journey, especially if you are unable to attend worship on Sundays.


Register Today: Epiphany Retreat, Saturday, January 6. The Reverend Keith C. Lane and parishioner/spiritual director Elizabeth Richardson will facilitate “Stillness in Center City,” an instructed time of quiet, exploration, and spiritual formation, this coming Saturday at St. Peter’s, 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.

Formation Classes for Children, Youth, and Adults resume Sunday, January 7, 9:30 a.m. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children, ages 2-12, and Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth, ages 13-18 meet in their classrooms, while adults are invited to gather for the clergy-hosted Parish Hall Forum on the second floor of the Parish House. Learn more about St. Peter’s approach to formation.

Adult Parish Hall Forum, Sundays, January 7 and 14, 9:30 a.m. The January 7 Parish Hall Forum presents “New Year Reflections on Who We Are: Baptismal Identity and Mission,” a conversation led by the Clergy. On January 14, “A Call to Resilience” will be offered by parishioner/clinical psychologist, Dr. Susan Campbell and the Reverends Jacob E. Pierce and Ollie V. Rencher. This forum will launch a four-week, weeknight series on Wednesdays, January 17, 24, 31, and February 7, facilitated by Dr. Campbell and oriented around The Daring Way™ curriculum developed by Dr. Brené Brown. Learn more about the Sunday forum and register for Wednesday nights by Monday, January 15.

Pub Theology, Thursday, January 11. On second Thursdays, January through May, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On January 11, the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, will host “Reflecting on The Civil Rights Movement, Past and Present” at Rock Bottom Brewery across W. Seventh Street from St. Peter’s. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual, drop-in events. Learn more about Pub Theology.

Monday Night Bible Study starts January 22. Parishioners John Frederick and Ruth Woodend will facilitate a weekly Bible study at St. Peter’s on Mondays, January 22 through March 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Participants will use Invitation to the Old Testament, a $10.00 resource book of the Disciple Short-term Series (Sinclair & Tabor). For more information and to register, contact Ruth Woodend (704-661-4687, or John Frederick (704-293-7800, Learn more and register.

Community Life

2018 Annual Fund Update. On Wednesday, January 3, Parish Treasurer, Dave Lavoie reported that 281 pledges totaling $876,754 had been received toward Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter’s. The 2018 Annual Fund Leadership Team is seeking 100% participation from all member households to make our one-million-dollar pledge goal a reality. To offer or even increase your 2018 pledge, visit or use the information available at St. Peter’s.

Vestry Retreat, January 5–6. The Vestry, Treasurer, and Clergy will gather for its Annual Retreat and New Member Orientation on Saturday, January 6, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Parish House preceded by dinner on Friday, January 5. Stay tuned for a retreat debrief and please hold this leadership gathering in your prayers: Class of 2018 Christa Lineberger, John Hall, Carolyn Carlburg, Bert Miano (Senior Warden), Class of 2019 Elsie Erneston, John Frederick, Maria Long (Junior Warden), Cooper Morrison (Secretary), Class of 2020 Marcus Clarke, Ellison Clary, Mike Hoffman, Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, and Treasurer Dave Lavoie.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Events at St. Peter’s, January 13 and 15. Saturday, January 13 – St. Peter’s Social Justice Team invites all ages to participate in the Parade, 10:00 a.m.–Noon. Volunteers are needed to march, offer sidewalk and churchyard hospitality, and assist with setup. Sign up at the Social Justice table on the Sundays prior to the event or learn more and sign up online. Monday, January 15 – Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s presents the Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble at Noon followed by a 1:00 p.m. Center City Holy Communion Service commemorating Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.

Parents Connect, Sunday, January 14, 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Parents of children and youth are invited to gather in the Parlor on Sunday, January 14 during the 9:30 a.m. formation hour. Join Erin Chantry and Father Jacob Pierce for a time of fellowship and conversation. Parents Connect will serve as a unique opportunity for parents to connect in fellowship, service, and community-building ways, including Sunday morning opportunities. Stay tuned to the eNews and notices about a parish-wide Parents Connect Social in February.

Valet Parking at St. Peter’s. Services are available for persons with limited mobility circumstances on Sundays, 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Parish House/W. Seventh Street entrance.

Chronic Care Support Group: First Fridays. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be January 5, 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor. The Reverend Keith Lane and others facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and caregivers alike. Contact Father Keith Lane (, 704-332-7746 x355).

Senior Class Luncheon: Third Tuesdays. The next monthly luncheon for this 55+ fellowship group will be on Tuesday, January 16, 11:30 a.m. at a location to be announced next week. For more information, call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), Barbara Partington (704-523-1831), or Dan Woodall (704-351-2279). Learn more about this fellowship opportunity.

Parish Groups and Guilds. If you wish to make new or revive old connections through regular or occasional small group fellowships, visit Groups, Guilds and Events. Watch for notices about events of the Senior Class, Young Adults, and new opportunities to begin in 2018.

Outreach and Social Justice

Room in the Inn hosted at St. Peter’s. On each Wednesday evening from December 6 through March 28, St. Peter’s participates 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. To learn more and serve in a variety of important ways, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (, 205-222-7527).

Social Justice Film Night, January 31, 6:00 p.m. St. Peter’s Social Justice Team presents a film night screening of The Loving Story, Wednesday, January 31, 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This documentary tells the story of the 1967 landmark civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court that made interracial marriage legal in all states. After the 77-minute film, stay for a conversation with the Reverend Ollie V. and Mrs. Ellie R. Rencher about their own marriage, which would not have been legal 50 years ago.

Looking Ahead

Youth Pilgrimage Chili Fundraiser, Sunday, February 4.

Youth Parents Social, Sunday, February 11, 4:00–8:00 p.m., Home of Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt.

Shrove Tuesday Festival, February 13, 6:00 p.m.

Ash Wednesday, February 14. Imposition of Ashes with Holy Eucharist, 7:00 a.m., Noon, 7:00 p.m.; Ashes-on-the-Go Sidewalk Ministry: 8:00–8:45 a.m., 11:00–11:45 a.m., 1:00–1:45 p.m.