This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, June 27

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

July 1, Sunday, Fifth 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.

July 3, Tuesday
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 12:00 p.m.

Life at St. Peter’s Summer 2018 Worship, Programs, and Events Calendar. This parish life resource of offerings for the remainder of June, July, and August is now available online by clicking here. Printed versions will be available on Sunday, July 1 in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Summer Parish House Hours. From June 18 through August 20, the Parish House is 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 leave a detailed message. On Mondays, clergy and staff members may be reached via email. 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.

Through June 30, you may still contribute online toward a monetary gift to honor the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher’s tenure among us at St. Peter’s. Click here to read more about the transition process.

The congregation gathered for a photo after the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher’s final service as St. Peter’s rector on Sunday, June 24.

Holy Faces Needed for Parish Photo Directory. Our whole parish community benefits from connecting names with faces through pictures of individuals and households in Realm. Log on to Realm and upload an image (casual or formal) and other key information. If you have questions about this or other Realm matters, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

Worship and Music

Hearing assistance now available. We are excited to announce that St. Peter’s is now equipped with a FM hearing assistance system. The wireless FM system is designed to help individuals needing auditory assistance to overcome background noise, reverberation, and distance from the sound source. Individuals can use personal FM receivers anywhere within the nave to hear crystal-clear sound directly from the sound source. The headphone is looped over an ear and volume is adjusted on the receiver. (Telecoil / T-loop connectivity for hearing aids is currently pending.) Please contact Facilities Manager Brian Whitley ( for a personal FM receiver on Sunday mornings.

Observing Weekly Worship at St. Peter’s. St. Peter’s takes the holy habit of daily prayer seriously by providing weekly worship opportunities in the morning and evening: Sunday, Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., plus every third Sunday 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 and invite others to worship with us.

Donating Altar Flowers and Eucharistic Supplies. To honor or remember the life of loved ones or celebrate special occasions, you may donate to the Altar flowers and Eucharistic supplies fund. 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 Altar flowers or Eucharistic supplies onlineor by contacting Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).


Sunday Conversations with the Clergy begins July 8. The Clergy will host an intergenerational conversation class in the Community Room from 9:30–10:15 a.m. on select summer Sundays: July 8, July 29, and August 12. Classes will be offered in a unique setting for adults, youth, and children beyond nursery age to gather comfortably together. Nursery Center Hours: 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Spread the word. Come one and all.

Mystical Food for Thought, June 27. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime. 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).

Formation Invitation from St. Martin’s. St. Martin’s Episcopal Church will offer Education for Ministry (EfM) classes beginning in September. Act soon: registration deadline is July 2. 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, click here or contact an EfM co-mentor: Father Armand LaVallee (704-573-0129), Angie Forde (, Araminta Johnston (, or Paula Lombardi (

Community Life

Summer Sunday Coffee Hour. A note from our Coffee Hour Baristas regarding Summer Coffee Hour: We love serving you after the 10:45 a.m. service, but due to our summer vacations, we will be providing only coffee, lemonade, and water for the next few weeks. We will be back in action with refreshments beginning August 26. As always, we welcome food offerings from parishioners throughout the year, and summer is no exception. Just drop them by the break room before the service.

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 in Realm and more details will be released soon by the Retreat Design Team. You may also give to the Parish Retreat Fund, which provides scholarships for fellow parishioners and offsets general expenses.

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 leaders 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).

St. Luke’s Guild (formerly Chronic Care Support Group), July 6. 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

St. Peter’s SJC Pride Team Meeting, June 27. The Social Justice Committee at St. Peter’s will have a Pride Team Meeting on Wednesday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Library. They will discuss their plans for this ministry and would love to have the input of those interested in taking part in the important work that takes place in our community. If you have questions, please contact Robbie Howell (, 704-968-7866).

Social Justice Conversation and Potluck: Kids at the Border, July 15. A Parish Potluck will be held on Sunday, July 15th immediately after the 10:45 a.m. service, hosted by the Social Justice Committee. There will be a discussion and Q&A about kids caught in the immigration ‘enforcement regime’ and suggestions for ways to respond, hosted by Maureen Abell from Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy. Please bring a willingness to engage and a dish to share.

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. Non-perishable donations may be made 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.

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Looking Ahead

July 4, Parish offices closed for Independence Day holiday.
July 8, Sunday Conversation with the Clergy, 9:30 a.m., Community Room.
July 8, Social Justice Racial Reconciliation Circle Meeting, 12:15 p.m., Parlor
July 15, Social Justice Conversation and Potluck: Kids at the Border.