This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, June 13

June 13, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought, 12:00 p.m.

June 14, Thursday
Pet Grief Support Group, 7:00 p.m.

June 15, Friday
Bach Akademie Concert, organist Bálint Karosi, 7:30 p.m.

June 17, Sunday, Third Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Parents Connect Summer Breakfast, 9:15 a.m. (Panera Bread, Myers Park)
“Parents Connect” Formation for families, 10:00 a.m., Community Room
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Taizé, 5:00 p.m.

June 19, Tuesday
Senior Class Luncheon (Showmars, East Blvd), 11:30 a.m.
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
Make a Donation to the Fund for Rector Recognition
Bach Akademie website for concert information
Donate Altar flowers or Eucharistic supplies
Learn more about Maddi’s Fridge
Register for Kanuga Retreat, September 14–16
Give to the Parish Kanuga Retreat Fund
Upload Holy Faces photos on Realm
St. Peter’s Servant Ministry Partners

Summer Parish House Hours. From June 18 through August 20, the Parish House will be closed on Mondays. Parish House hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For any hospital or pastoral emergencies concerning a member or facilities management emergency matters, contact the Clergy On Call at 704-749-6175, and provide a detailed message for a prompt response. On Mondays, Clergy-Staff Team members may be reached via e-mail and often will be working remotely on a variety of parish life matters. This arrangement is in appreciation for extraordinary hours worked and higher demands of parish programs between September and May. Morning Prayer continues as scheduled, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

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.

Recognition for the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher’s Service at St. Peter’s. In honor of his nearly six years of service as St. Peter’s rector, the vestry is collecting funds for a monetary gift. Known as a “purse,” it is a customary honorarium given to a member of the clergy upon his or her leave-taking. You may give to this fund online or write a check to St. Peter’s with “Rector’s Purse” in the memo line.

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 normally meets on second and fourth Wednesdays, though the summer schedule will vary; they will meet on June 13 and June 27, take a break during the month of July, and then 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).

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.

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.

Bach Akademie Concert at St. Peter’s. Friday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m., 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 à Bach” on our magnificent Fisk organ. To purchase tickets ($15) and to learn about the Charlotte Bach Festival, please visit the Bach Akademie website.

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).


Special Formation for Children and Families, Sunday, June 17. All children and parents are invited to participate in a special summer Parents Connect offering at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, June 17 in the Community Room. We will read the children’s book Maddi’s Fridge, by author Lois Brandt. We will discuss childhood hunger and make posters to advertise a summer food drive for Loaves and Fishes, before joining parents in the Nave at our normally scheduled time. Our food drive will run through the end of July. Find more information about the book online.

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.

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

Parents Connect Summer Breakfasts. During the summer months through September 2, all parents and their families are invited to gather at Panera Bread, 601 Providence Road, for fellowship and breakfast on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. Please join the Parents Connect leadership for this fun and easy opportunity to stay connected.

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 Realm using the link in the index above. 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 this Thursday (and every second Thursday) 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

“What is White?” Community Presentation, Thursday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. Race Matters for Juvenile Justice will present their annual community presentation, “What is White?” on Thursday, June 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Police and Fire Training Academy, 1700 Shopton Road, Charlotte, NC 28217. Join co-chairs Gwen High and Jeanne Agan at the Social Justice table immediately after the 10:45 a.m. service on June 17 to learn more about this event and upcoming activities for the Racial Reconciliation pillar of the Social Justice Committee.

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.