This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, May 9

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
Tickets for Choir School Spring Concerts
Center City Concerts
Worship at St. Peter’s
Learning for Adults, Youth, and Children
Register for Pentecost Retreat, May 19
Sign up to bring a dish to Festive Parish Potluck, May 20
Tickets to Parents Connect Program Luncheon at Loaves & Fishes
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

AIDS Walk Charlotte 2018, May 12. On Saturday, March 12, all are invited to march with the St. Peter’s Team or make donations to support the signature fundraising event of our Servant Ministry Partner, Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN). RAIN has served those living with HIV and those at risk since 1992. Learn more here or contact Social Justice Team Member, Robbie Howell (, 704-968-7866)

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.

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.

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.

Worship and Music

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.

Spring Concerts for The Choir School at St. Peter’s. 2018 Choir School Spring Concerts will take place at 7:30 pm 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.

Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s: Final Concert and Spring Fundraiser, Monday, May 21. The final Noon concert of the season features artists-in-residence A.W.Duo. So that we have a good headcount, you can sign up in advance to attend. Admission is free. Sign up now for “A Rooftop Fairy Tale.” The season-ending celebration for Center City Concerts takes place on Monday, May 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A.W.Duo will perform, with time for socializing, food, and drink (cash bar). Register and donate online now.

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.

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.


Sunday Parish Hall Forum, 9:30 a.m. All adults are invited to presentations offered by the parish clergy, lay leaders, and guests: 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

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, the $10.00 registration fee includes all meals, a journal, and spiritual practice materials. Register online via Realm (click Events).

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 through the link in the index above.

Parents Connect Program Luncheon, “Raising Children Who Care”, May 31 Before you load up the kids and rush off for summer vacation, consider this: Loaves & Fishes helped more than 75,000 people stave off hunger in 2017. Nearly half were children. July is the busiest month, with no free and reduced-price school meals. For our next Parents Connect gathering, please join us for an offsite Loaves & Fishes Program Luncheon on May 31 with Lois Brandt, author of children’s book Maddi’s Fridge. She will share how to talk to children about childhood hunger and poverty while instilling important lessons in empathy, friendship and helping others. The luncheon will be held at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Rd, Thursday, May 31st from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Tickets are $10 and available at the Loaves & Fishes website.

Young Adults Fellowship, May 10. All young adults are invited to engage weekly worship, learning, and fellowship offerings, in addition to seasonal offerings, such as Pub Theology, March 10, 5:30 p.m. at Sir Edmond Halley’s. For more information, email Jason Gingras ( or Mary Gotschall (

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).

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.

Planned Giving at St. Peter’s. Parishioner Steve Bentley is 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. Learn more about all ways of giving on our website.

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

Seeing the Face of God in Each Other: Anti-Racism Seminar, May 12, Greensboro. From 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s, Greensboro will host this event facilitated by the Bishop’s Committee for Racial Justice and Reconciliation as one of many efforts in realizing our diocesan commitment to Becoming Beloved Community. It is one step toward strengthening our shared commitment to racial justice and to grow as members of a community of reconcilers and healers. Learn more and register here.

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 & 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 & Celebration: A.W. Duo, cello and piano, 5:30 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