This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, July 4

July 4, Wednesday
Parish offices closed for Independence Day holiday.

July 6, Friday
St. Luke’s Guild (formerly Chronic Care Support Group), 11:00 a.m., Parlor

July 8, Sunday, Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Parents Connect Summer Breakfast, 9:15 a.m. (Panera Bread, Myers Park)
Sunday Conversation with the Clergy, 9:30 a.m., Community Room
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Social Justice Racial Reconciliation Circle Meeting, 12:15 p.m., Parlor

July 10, 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 are also available 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.

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).

There’s still time to 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.

Worship and Music

Observing Weekly Worship at St. Peter’s. St. Peter’s takes the holy habit of daily prayer seriously by providing weekday 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. Donate Altar flowers or Eucharistic supplies onlineor contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).


Sunday Conversations with the Clergy begin July 8. Join the Reverend Jacob Pierce for our first summer Conversations with the Clergy as we discuss marriage rites, Prayer Book revision, and other hot topics at General Convention in Austin, Texas, taking place next week. 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.

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 Shun Lee Palace in the Cotswold Shopping Center (4340 Colwick Rd, 28211). 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). Emdash—looks

Outreach and Social Justice

Social Justice Racial Reconciliation Circle Meeting. Those interested in activities of the Social Justice Team focused on Racial Reconciliation are invited to join Gwen High and Jeanne Agan immediately after the 10:45 am service on Sunday, July 8 in the Parlor—right outside the Chapel—for a meet and greet reception and information session. A proposed calendar for the remainder of 2018 will be shared as well as information about Diocesan-sponsored race equity Workshops. To help plan for refreshments, please email Gwen High ( if you are interested in attending.

St. Peter’s Social Justice Pride Team: Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade. The Social Justice Committee’s Pride Team is actively recruiting for upcoming events. Please take a moment to stop by the Gallery on Sunday morning to learn about St. Peter’s involvement in this year’s Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade. Our Pride Team will also be happy to talk with you about their expanded participation and the opportunities available to become involved. You may also make a donation to the St. Peter’s Pride fund so that we can continue to increase our presence in what has now become one of Charlotte’s signature events. Contact the Pride Team at ( as well as attend our next meeting on July 25, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Library.

Social Justice Conversation and Potluck: Kids at the Border, July 15. A Parish Potluck will be held on Sunday, July 15 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 12, Pet Grief Support Group.
July 15, Social Justice Conversation and Potluck: Kids at the Border.
July 17, Senior Class Luncheon, Shun Lee Palace (Cotswold Shopping Center).
July 25, St. Peter’s SJC Pride Team Meeting.