This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, May 2

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
Volunteer to help with the Festive Parish Community Potluck
Tickets for Choir School Spring Concerts
Worship at St. Peter’s
Learning for Adults, Youth, and Children
Personnel Update-Overview from the Rector
May 6 Family Service Project: Cookies and Cards
Register for Kanuga Retreat, September 14-16
Give to the Parish Kanuga Retreat Fund
Life at St. Peter’s Magazine
Episcopal Relief & Development
St. Peter’s Servant Ministry Partners

Parish Strategic Visioning Process Introduction, May 6. All adults are invited to the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum on May 6 for a Strategic Visioning Process Introduction. Presented by the Vestry, other parish leaders, and a professional consultant from the Episcopal Church Foundation, the session will focus on sustaining our ministry and sacred space in Center City Charlotte.

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.

St. Augustine’s University Fundraiser at St. Peter’s, May 16. The Right Reverend Anne Hodges-Copple, Bishop Suffragan; St. Augustine’s University President, Dr. Everett Ward; and other leaders will be present for a Charlotte Convocation “friend-raising” reception and fundraiser on Wednesday, May 16, 5:30–7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Founded in 1867 and located in Raleigh, the University is one of two remaining Episcopal Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Reserve your spot at this $100/person event through Candice Murray (, 919-516-4024). Learn more about its history and the event here.

Pentecost Retreat: Living the Daily Office: Observing the Monastic Hours through the Book of Common Prayer, May 19. In preparation for the season of Pentecost, The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, and parishioner Rob Smith will facilitate a 7:30 a.m.– 6:00 p.m. experience of prayer, silence, meditation, journaling, and exploration of Center City Charlotte. Enhanced by the leadership of a Schola (small choral ensemble), this quiet day will afford a window into the offerings of Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline as conducted at monasteries and the sacred rhythm of religious life. Open to adult parishioners and friends, $10.00 registration fee includes all meals, a journal, and spiritual practice materials.

Festive Parish Potluck, May 20 Plan to attend the Festive Parish Potluck on Pentecost Sunday, May 20 in the Parish Hall at 12:30 p.m. Sign up to bring a dish.

Worship and Music

Weekday Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist. Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel is a quiet 30-minute offering to start of the day. On Tuesdays at Noon, a 30-minute celebration of the Holy Eucharist is offered. Both are followed by fellowship time in the Parlor. Consider adding weekday worship to your journey and spread the word about these offerings.

Spring Concerts for The Choir School at St. Peter’s. 2018 Choir School Spring Concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 in the sanctuary of St. Peter’s. Join the five choirs of the Choir School as they celebrate our rich cultural diversity through music, with a variety of selections including Cantate Domino, composed in the 1600s by Renaissance composer Claudio Monteverdi, and Down by the Riverside, a compilation of gospel favorites arranged by Brant Adams. The Tour Choirs will perform David Brunner’s JabberWocky, based on the poem by Lewis Carroll, and the MasterSingers will sing Brahms’ beautiful Liebeslieder Waltzes. Tickets are available at or by calling 704-749-6146.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s, May 20. 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 service, on May 20, will be enhanced with additional music in celebration of this unique monthly offering in our common life; a light reception will follow in the Community Room as part of this “May Taizé.” Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist, offered most second and fourth Sundays between Fall and Spring, will resume in September. Visit Worship and Music on our website to learn more about these and all worship offerings.

Call for Day of Pentecost Readers. Each year on Pentecost Sunday, a part of the reading from Acts 2 is read simultaneously in multiple languages. If you can read or speak a language other than English, we invite you to participate in this tradition on May 20 at the 8:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. liturgies. Sign up by Monday, May 14, by contacting Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate ( or 704-749-6141) and invite others to do the same. Detailed information will be sent after sign up.

Save the Date: “A rooftop fairy tale…” The season-ending celebration for Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s takes place on Monday, May 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Artists-in-residence A.W.Duo will perform, with time for socializing, food, and drink (cash bar).


Sunday Parish Hall Forum, 9:30 a.m. All adults are invited to presentations offered by the parish clergy, lay leaders, and guests: 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; May 27, Conversation with the Clergy; June 3, Celebrating Life at St. Peter’s.

Community Life

Personnel Update-Overview from The Rector. In light of several shifts in clergy-staff roles, responsibilities, and organization over the last several months, read the April 23 Personnel Update-Overview from The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, online. Copies also are available in the Parish House Lobby.

St. Peter’s Planned Giving Coordinator Appointed. The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, has appointed parishioner Steve Bentley to serve as the new lay minister responsible for Planned Giving and St. Peter’s 1834 Legacy Society. Bentley follows the service of Maria Long, and will collaborate with St. Peter’s Endowment Board of Trustees and the Parish Staff to support current and future planned giving participants. Stay tuned for a message from Steve Bentley, Planned Giving Coordinator. Learn more about all ways of giving on our website.

Youth Cookie Baking Project, May 6. You are invited to a Family Service Project on Sunday, May 6th, beginning with a simple lunch at 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Directly following, the group will be making cookies and cards for parishioners who are away at college. Please send your responses using the Evite link found above.

Share Your Voice with The Annual Fund Team, May 7 at 5:30 p.m. John Buric and Amanda Wommack will be co-leading the Annual Fund Team and would love to have your input. The first meeting is Monday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s in the Tower Room on the 2nd Floor. Feel free to come by and share your thoughts with the team. If you have questions, please contact Amanda at (

Parish Picnic, Sunday, June 3. The annual Parish Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 3 after the 10:45 a.m. service at Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Lane at Park Drive. We have reserved Shelter #1 (same as last year). The closest parking to the shelter is on Park Drive. Carpooling is encouraged. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. The parish will provide barbeque and drinks.

Reservations Open for Parish Retreat, September 14–16. Plans are underway for this year’s parish retreat to Kanuga Episcopal Conference & Retreat Center in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Reservations are now open (log into Realm and click on Events) and more details will be released soon by the Retreat Design Team. Meanwhile, all parishioners may give to the Parish Retreat Fund, which provides scholarships for fellow parishioners and offsets general expenses.

Name Tag Button Requests at the Reception Desk. Congregational Development invites all who are present for worship, programs, and events on Sundays to wear a name tag, either a St. Peter’s pre-made button or a hand-written tag to be made in the Parish House lobby. Button sign-up is available in the Parish House lobby at the Reception Desk.

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).

Young Adults Fellowship, May 6 and 10. 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 (

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 The Improper Pig, 110 S. Sharon Amity Road in the Cotswold Shopping Center. For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

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

Social Justice Table on Sundays. On Sunday, May 6, members of our Social Justice Ministry Team will be available in the Gallery to provide information and answer any questions about ways to get involved with the team’s primary focus areas: Assuring Democracy, Community Justice, Immigration & Refugee Support, and Racial Reconciliation.

Episcopal Relief & Development Network Representative Appointed. Parishioner Des Keller will serve as Parish Network Representative for Episcopal Relief & Development. After a training session in May, Des will inform the parish on what this ministry organization does and what we can do to support its work; encourage fundraising and awareness campaigns; and collaborate with Diocesan Coordinators and Staff, including parishioner Josephine Hicks, Vice President, Episcopal Church Programs. Learn more about Episcopal Relief & Development on their website.

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

May 19, Saturday, The Eve of Pentecost
Pentecost Retreat: Living the Daily Office: Observing the Monastic Hours through the Book of Common Prayer, 7:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

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

May 21, Monday
Center City Concert: A.W. Duo, cello and piano, 12:00 p.m.
Center City Concert: Season Fundraiser, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

May 27, First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism

June 3, Second Sunday after Pentecost
Last Sunday of Spring Formation Classes for All Ages
Parish Picnic at Independence Park, 12:30–2:30 p.m.

June 10, Sunday, Third Sunday after Pentecost
Recognition of Graduates and High School Seniors
Choir School ensembles sing at 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist