This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, May 16

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 and Music at St. Peter’s
Sign up to attend Center City Concerts noon concert May 21
Register for Center City Concerts evening program May 21
Learning for Adults, Youth, and Children
EfM at St. Martin’s: Click Education tab
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
St. Peter’s Servant Ministry Partners

Tonight, St. Augustine’s University Fundraiser at St. Peter’s. The Right Reverend Anne Hodges-Copple, Bishop Suffragan; St. Augustine’s University President, Dr. Everett Ward; and other leaders will be present this evening for a Charlotte Convocation “friend-raising” reception and fundraiser, 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). All are invited to attend this $100/person event and can pay upon arrival. Learn more about its history and the event here.

Saturday, May 19, Pentecost Retreat: Living the Daily Office: Observing the Monastic Hours through the Book of Common Prayer. 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.

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 here.

Worship and Music

Call for May 20, Day of Pentecost Readers. Each year on Pentecost Sunday, our parish custom includes reading a portion of Acts 2 simultaneously in multiple languages. If you can read or speak a language other than English, you may participate in this tradition at the 8:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. liturgies. Sign up by Thursday, May 17, 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.

Incense will be burned on the Day of Pentecost and Trinity Sunday. In keeping with the long-standing custom of the church, incense will be burned on May 20 and May 27 at the 10:45 a.m. liturgies as part of our corporate worship. Those parishioners with allergies or respiratory issues are invited to attend some other service where incense will not be offered.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s, May 20, Special Event. 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.

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. Also, 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.

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 off 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 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.

A Formation Invitation from St. Martin’s. St. Martin’s Episcopal Church invites St. Peter’s parishioners to participate in Education for Ministry (EfM) classes to begin in September. EfM is a study and reflection four-year program that one may take one year at a time. Over the four-year period, participants gain a better understanding of the Old and New Testaments, Church History, and Christian Ethics to prepare for lay ministry in congregations and the world. St. Martin’s will offer participants a choice of three different EfM sessions, each week: Tuesdays, 7:00–9:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.–Noon; and Wednesday, 7:00–9:30 p.m. The cost for the year is $375, and scholarships are available, if the cost is prohibitive. If you are interested, yellow forms are available in the St. Peter’s Parish House lobby or you may visit the “Education” tab at Registration forms must be received by the end of June. For more information, contact EfM mentor Father Armand LaVallee ((704-573-0129)) co-mentors Angie Forde (, Araminta Johnston ([], or Paula Lombardi ([]

Community Life

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.

Photos for Life at St. Peter’s publication. We are in the process of updating our Life at St. Peter’s publication for the upcoming seasons and are refreshing the photos. If you have high resolution photos that you would like to submit for consideration, please send them electronically to Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh ( by Monday, May 28.

Social Justice Film and Discussion, May 30. Our Social Justice Team presents a screening of “Heroin(e)” on Wednesday, May 30, 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This Oscar-nominated film follows three women–a fire chief, a judge, and a street missionary–battling West Virginia’s devastating opioid epidemic. A guided discussion will follow the 40-minute documentary. Light refreshments will be available.

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. All young adults are invited to engage in weekly worship, learning, and fellowship offerings, in addition to seasonal offerings, such as Pub Theology. For more information, email Jason Gingras ( or Mary Gotschall (

Senior Class Luncheon, June 16. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, June 16, 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).

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. To give, please use the link in the index above.

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

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.
Taizé Holy Eucharist and Reception, 5:00 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