This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, June 20

June 24, Sunday, Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Parents Connect Summer Breakfast, 9:15 a.m. (Panera Bread, Myers Park)
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Leave-taking and Reception for the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall

June 26, Tuesday
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 12:00 p.m.

June 27, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought, 12:00 p.m.
Social Justice Pride Team Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

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
Donate Altar flowers or Eucharistic supplies
Give toward the Rector’s Purse
Register for Kanuga Retreat, September 14–16
Give to the Parish Kanuga Retreat Fund
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 email and may be working remotely on a variety of parish 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. You may contribute toward a monetary gift to the Rector and learn more from the May 24 message from the Senior Warden and the Rector or pick up a copy in the Parish House lobby.

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. If you have questions about this or other Realm matters, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

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. 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 occasional offerings of intergenerational Conversations with the Clergy on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Room.

Mystical Food for Thought, June 27. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime. Beginning June 13, this group normally meets on second and fourth Wednesdays at Noon in the St. Peter’s Library to read and discuss the Christian mystics. The summer schedule will vary, taking a break in July and resuming on August 22. Bring lunch if you like for this one-hour session. For more information, contact Formation Partner, the Reverend Dr. 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.

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.

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.

Pet Grief Support Group, July 12. 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, July 17. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, July 17, 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).

Prayer Shawl Knitting Group Meets Monthly. This fellowship and pastoral care ministry circle normally meets every first and third Tuesday in the Parlor at St. Peter’s Parish House from 10:00–11:30 a.m., though they will be taking a summer break during the months of July and August, resuming in September. 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, contact Linda Smith (

St. Luke’s Guild (formerly Chronic Care Support Group). The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, 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 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Police and Fire Training Academy, 1700 Shopton Road, Charlotte, 28217. St. Peter’s Racial Reconciliation Circle, co-led by Jeanne Agan and Gwen High, invites all parishioners to this event and to learn more about upcoming racial reconciliation initiatives facilitated by the parish Social Justice Team.

Summer Food Drive for Loaves and Fishes During the month of July, St. Peter’s children will be collecting non-perishable items to raise awareness for childhood hunger and to support Loaves & Fishes. 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. Our 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

July 4, Parish offices closed in observance of Independence Day holiday.
July 8, Sunday Conversation with the Clergy, 9:30 a.m., Community Room.
July 15, Social Justice Conversation and Potluck: Kids at the Border.