This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, June 6

June 9, Saturday
Outreach Project: Men’s Shelter Dinner Team Event

June 10, Sunday, Third Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Choir School ensembles sing at 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Recognition of Graduates and High School Seniors:
Phillip Black, Morgan Buffington, Kyle Cathey, Lillian Geis, Darin Kennedy, Joshua Meloy, Maddy Nicholson, Grace Owens, Onesha Sanders, Mason Smith, Miles Smith, Hannah Thomas

June 12, Tuesday
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 12:00 p.m.

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.

Worship and Music at St. Peter’s
Register for Kanuga Retreat, September 14–16
Give to the Parish Kanuga Retreat Fund
St. Peter’s Servant Ministry Partners

Men’s Shelter of Charlotte Meal Preparation, June 9. The Men’s Shelter, a non-profit organization with a vision to “serve as the catalyst for systemic change to end homelessness in our community,” is renovating their 1210 North Tryon Street shelter this summer. During the renovation, houses of worship and organizations are invited to provide meals for their guests. The St. Peter’s Outreach Team has committed to providing dinner for 175 men on Saturday, June 9 and needs cooks, servers, clean-up crew, and food transporters. To share in this ministry opportunity, contact Vestry Coordinator for Outreach, Elsie Erneston (, 704-591-1754).

Celebrating High School Seniors and The Choir School on Sunday, June 10. In honor of Youth Sunday, June 10, High School Senior Josh Meloy will offer the sermon at the 8:00 and 10:45 a.m. liturgies. At 10:45 a.m., seniors and other youth will serve in a majority of customary liturgical minister roles, including choral leadership offered by the Boys and Girls Touring Choirs and MasterSingers of The Choir School at St. Peter’s. Spread the word about this day. Later this summer many will participate in mission trips and The Choir School’s 2018 Summer Tour.

Leave-taking and Reception for the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, June 24. A reception to honor the ministry of our Rector, the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, will take place on his last Sunday, June 24, in the Parish Hall after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy. During the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. liturgies, “A Service for the Ending of a Pastoral Relationship and Leave-Taking from a Congregation” will be offered according to the Episcopal Church’s Book of Occasional Services. Learn more from the May 24 message from the Senior Warden and the Rector or pick up a copy in the Parish House lobby.

Transition update: Look for more information from the wardens and vestry in the coming days concerning the rector’s transition, steps being taken with the Diocese, and the ways in which we will honor our beloved rector, the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, as he moves on to an exciting new stage in his career.

Worship and Music

Observing Weekly Worship at St. Peter’s. Among many things, the Ten Commandments invite us to remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. St. Peter’s takes this commandment seriously by providing weekly worship opportunities for all ages in the morning and evening: Sunday, Holy Eucharist, 8:00 and 10:45 a.m. plus every third and most second and fourth at 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Holy Eucharist, Noon; Monday–Friday, Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m. On Sundays, the Infant and Toddler Center hours are 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Spread the word, invite others to worship with us, and be mindful of God’s call for our holy habits.

Bach Akademie Concert at St. Peter’s. Friday, June 15th at 7:30pm, St. Peter’s will host organist Bálint Karosi in recital as part of Bach Akademie Charlotte’s first Bach Festival. Karosi will offer a program entitled “Hommage a Bach” on our magnificent Fisk organ. To purchase tickets ($15) and to learn about the Charlotte Bach Festival, please visit the Bach Akademie website at (

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. In addition to Sunday mornings, on every third Sunday, a contemplative Holy Eucharist is offered at 5:00 p.m., patterned after the Taizé, France community. This service includes music for piano, moments for silence, and candle-lighting as a prayer form. The next offering will be on June 17. Choral Evensong, 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.

Donating Altar Flowers and Eucharistic Supplies. Opportunities are ongoing at St. Peter’s to honor or memorialize loved ones or celebrate special occasions by giving the Altar flowers and Eucharistic supplies essential to parish worship offerings. Altar flowers (two arrangements) are $150 per Sunday and Eucharistic supplies (bread, wine) are $30 for one month or $15 for two Sundays. You may donate the Altar flowers or Eucharistic supplies online or by contacting Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).


Formation Offerings during Summertime. A calendar of occasional classes for the summer months will be released soon, including offerings of intergenerational Conversations with the Clergy on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Room.

Mystical Food for Thought, June 13. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime on Wednesday, June 13 when a group meets at Noon in the St. Peter’s Library to read and discuss Christian mystics over the centuries. This group will meet as usual for June (second and fourth Wednesdays), skip July , and resume on Wednesday, August 22. Formation Partner, the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, will lead the discussion. Bring lunch if you like for this one-hour session. For more information and to register, please contact Paul Hanneman (, 704-749-6143).

A Formation Invitation from St. Martin’s. St. Martin’s Episcopal Church will offer Education for Ministry (EfM) classes beginning in September. EfM is a four-year study and theological reflection program that may be taken one year at a time. Participants gain a better understanding of the Old and New Testaments, Church History, and Christian Ethics to enhance their lay ministry. Consider one of three weekly options: Tuesday, 7:00–9:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.–Noon; and Wednesday, 7:00–9:30 p.m. Cost: $375, scholarships available. For more information, visit the “Education” tab at or contact an EfM co-mentor: Father Armand LaVallee (704-573-0129), Angie Forde (, Araminta Johnston (, or Paula Lombardi (

Community Life

Pastoral Care: Sharing and Responding to Concerns. To alert the clergy regarding a pastoral concern, telephone the Parish House during office hours (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) and after-hours, dial the Clergy On Call Phone at 704-749-6175 for pastoral emergencies such as hospitalizations. This protocol is the best way to communicate pastoral needs and ensure a response from a member of the clergy or pastoral care team.

Holy Chow: Appreciation and Summer Vacation. Offered September through June 3, this Sunday fellowship offering is on a break for the summer. During the summer, please join others in the Parish House lobby after the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services for fellowship. Let us give thanks for the faithful Holy Chow Teams who offered their services over the last nine months. Coffee Hour is hosted weekly by St. Peter’s Baristas after the 10:45 a.m. service.

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.

Holy Faces Needed for Parish Photo Directory. The Parish Clergy-Staff Team and fellow parishioners can benefit from connecting names with faces through the gift of pictures of individuals and households made available in Realm. To upload an image (casual or formal) and other key information, visit If you have questions about this or other Realm matters, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh(, 704-749-6141).

Pet Grief Support Group, June 14. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on second Thursdays, June 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. For more information, contact Wes Sturgis (, 704-621-8613).

Senior Class Luncheon, June 19. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, June 19, 11:30 a.m. at Showmars, 1600 East Blvd, 28203. For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

Prayer Shawl Knitting Group Meets Monthly. This fellowship and pastoral care ministry circle meets every first and third Tuesday in the Parlor at St. Peter’s Parish House from 10:00–11:30 a.m. The Clergy, Pastoral Care Team, and Guild of the Christ Child share prayer shawls with parish adults, youth, and children on various occasions. For more information or to attend, contact Linda Smith (

St. Luke’s Guild (formerly Chronic Care Support Group). The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be July 6, 11:00 a.m. The Clergy and parishioner Dan Busch, LCSW, 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 (, 917-679-7285).

Outreach and Social Justice

Charlotte Family Housing: Dinners and Overnight Volunteers, June 3–7. Charlotte Family Housing, a shelter-to-housing program for families experiencing homelessness, is in need of our help. St. Peter’s Outreach Team has committed to providing three simple dinners for 10–12 people within Hawthorne Place, one of three existing CFH shelters. Volunteers are needed for help with meals and to spend the night onsite (8:30 p.m.–6:00 a.m.). Overnight volunteers stay in a clean, private room with TV and a private bath. Volunteer while you sleep! For more information, contact Vestry Coordinator for Outreach, Elsie Erneston (, 704-591-1754).

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

June 24, Leave-taking and Reception for The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher.