This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, April 18

Links Mentioned in this Week’s News

For many of the items you’ll read about in this week’s news, there’s more information available online.

Calendar of Worship, Programs, and Events
Worship at St. Peter’s
Baptism at St. Peter’s
Sign Up For Events at St. Peter’s
Learning for Adults, Youth, and Children
Life at St. Peter’s Magazine
St. Peter’s Servant Ministry Partners** North Tryon Vision Plan Community Event, Thursday, April 19.

All are invited to join the North Tryon Vision Plan leadership on Thursday, April 19, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. for a community event to explore the North Tryon development projects underway, enjoy food and entertainment with your neighbors and community leaders, and engage in the conversation and help shape the future of the North Tyron area. For details, visit and spread the word.

Catechesis Solemn Communion Retreat for Children, April 21. All children are invited to join Director of Youth Formation, Anna Hurdle, Atria Catechists, and Parish Clergy in exploring the sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Baptism, and Holy Eucharist on Saturday, April 21, 9:30 a.m–4:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s. This annual experience is designed for children ages seven and older. The $20 suggested registration fee includes lunch and snacks. Parents should contact Anna Hurdle ( to register by Wednesday, April 18.

Households with Children: Discover The Choir School, April 22. On Sunday, April 22, St. Peter’s households with children are invited to a special opportunity to experience the Choir School. The Boys and Girls Tour Choirs will sing for the 10:45 a.m. service. After the service, prospective choristers and their families are invited to lunch in the Parish Hall, followed by an opportunity to do some singing with the Tour Choirs, and an informational meeting for parents. The Choir School is currently recruiting boys and girls in grades 1–4. For more information and to RSVP for lunch, contact Kay Johnson (, 704-749-6146).

Social Justice Film & Discussion, April 25. Our Social Justice Team presents a screening of “Made in L.A.,” 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This documentary follows what PBS describes as “the remarkable journey of three Latina immigrants working in L.A.’s garment factories and their struggle for self-empowerment as they wage a three-year battle to bring a major clothing retailer to the negotiating table.” After the film, a brief conversation will be facilitated. Light refreshments will be available.

Got Realm? “Realm” serves as St. Peter’s central online tool for parishioners to build community and communicate with one another, upload a self or household photo image to connect by face, register for a special event, schedule a ministry team meeting, and maintain key confidential information used by the Parish Administrative Offices. Please visit to update your profile and giving details, upload an image, and much more. Questions? Contact Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate (, 704-749-6141).

Worship and Music

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: April 22 will mark the last service for Spring 2018. The St. Peter’s Choir will sing a beloved masterpiece, Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb.” On every third Sunday, a contemplative Holy Eucharist is offered, patterned after the Taizé, France community; includes music for piano, moments for silence, and candle-lighting as a prayer form; the next will be May 20. Visit Worship and Music on our website to learn more about these and all worship offerings.

Ascension Day Holy Eucharist, May 10. Celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at a Noon Holy Eucharist in the Chapel. This, the fortieth day of Easter and ten days before The Day of Pentecost, marks when Jesus ascended to heaven following his crucifixion and resurrection. Spread the word about this important feast of the Church.


Sunday Parish Hall Forum, 9:30 a.m. All adults are invited to presentations offered by the parish clergy, lay leaders, and guests: April 22, Invite, Welcome, Connect: Newcomer Ministry with the Congregational Development Team; April 29, Liturgy and Music, Part I; May 6, Parish 2018 Strategic Visioning Process Introduction; May 13, Liturgy and Music, Part II; May 20, A Blast from the Past: The Gifts of History to the Life of the Church.

Monday Night Bible Study: New Class Underway. April 9 marked the start of a new weekly class facilitated by John Frederick and Ruth Woodend, 6:30–8:00 p.m. in the Library, using Invitation to the New Testament, a $12.00 resource book. To register, contact Ruth Woodend (704-661-4687, or John Frederick (704-293-7800,

Community Life

Parish Retreat at Kanuga, September 14-16. This year’s retreat to Kanuga Conference & Retreat Center in the mountains of Western North Carolina is set from dinnertime on Friday, September 14 through lunchtime on Sunday, September 16. Mark your calendar now for a weekend of fun, fellowship, rejuvenation, and recreation for all ages. The Retreat Design Team will release details soon, including about giving to the Parish Retreat Fund, which provides scholarships for fellow parishioners and offsets general expenses.

Chronic Care Support Group. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be May 4, 11:00 a.m. The Clergy facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and those who are caregivers of family and friends. To learn more, contact the Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest (, 704-332-7746 x355).

Pub Theology, May 10. On Second Thursdays through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On May 10, the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, will facilitate “Pentecost: The Birth of the Church” at Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse in Park Road Shopping Center. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual, drop-in, holy conversation events.

Senior Class Luncheon, May 15. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, May 15, 11:30 a.m. at a location to be announced. For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

Young Adults Fellowship: Upcoming Events. All young adults are invited to engage weekly worship, learning, and fellowship offerings, in addition to seasonal offerings: First Sunday Brunch, May 6, 12:30 p.m. at 204 North Kitchen (North Tryon Street) and Pub Theology, March 10, 5:30 p.m. at Sir Edmond Halley’s. For more information, email Jason Gingras ( or Mary Gotschall (

Festive Parish Community Potluck, May 20. Mark your calendar and watch for details about the 12:30 p.m. potluck to follow the 10:45 a.m. liturgy on The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday when the Great Fifty Days of Easter culminate with the birthday of the Church.

St. Peter’s Winter-Spring 2018 Calendar of Worship, Programs, and Events. Take a look and share it with others. Learn more about our mission and ministry through the Fall 2017 edition of our parish magazine, Life at St. Peter’s. Copies of both are available for pickup in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Outreach and Social Justice

Loaves and Fishes Collections at St. Peter’s. Our Servant Ministry Partner benefits from non-perishable donations to the big red barrels located adjacent to the entrance to the Chapel. Find more information online or contact Loaves and Fishes Parish Coordinator, Lynn Lewis (, 704-332-4315).

Volunteer through Servant Ministry Partners. The parish has a long custom of partnering with community social service agencies whose programs benefit the welfare of our neighbors. Learn more online and pick up a copy of a Servant Ministry through St. Peter’s resource from the public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Looking Ahead

April 22, Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday
Solemn Communion for Children, 10:45 a.m.
Discover the Choir School, The Boys and Girls Tour Choirs, 10:45am
Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist (St. Peter’s Choir), 5:00 pm (Last Evensong Spring 2018)

April 23, Monday
Center City Concert: John Fadial, violin, and Andrew Harley, piano, 12:00 p.m.

May 10, Thursday
Holy Eucharist: The Feast of the Ascension, Noon in the Chapel

May 11–12, Friday-Saturday
Choir School Spring Concerts, 7:30 p.m.

May 20, Sunday, The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday
Festive Parish Community Potluck, 12:30 p.m.