“Jesus said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.”
The gospel appointed for this Sunday contains an important reminder for followers of Jesus: the importance of fellowship, rest, and retreat. This fall at St. Peter’s there are many opportunities to enjoy this important and necessary component of discipleship. On Sunday, August 26, for our celebration and kick-off Sunday for all formation and programs, the Fellowship Team is organizing a potluck for those for those interested in participating in St. Peter’s Dinner Groups.
Several seasons ago, members of St. Peter’s gathered in homes throughout Charlotte to share in a meal, deepen relationships, and enjoy fellowship and conversation. This fall, the St. Peter’s Fellowship Team is excited to reintroduce the St. Peter’s Dinner Groups. In coming weeks there will be opportunities to hear from the team and to sign up. I hope you will consider this low-stress but very rewarding fellowship opportunity. Stay tuned to the weekly eNews, the Sunday leaflet, and Parish House lobby tables for more information.
On the weekend of September 14-17, many parishioners will travel to Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville for our annual Parish Weekend. The Kanuga retreat offers many opportunities for rest, formation, and fellowship. The Kanuga Planning Team is working hard to offer a wonderful program for adults and children. Parishioners of all ages are sure to enjoy this opportunity to learn and deepen relationships in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. Do not let cost prohibit your participation. There are confidential scholarships available for this event. If you would like to attend but require financial assistance, please contact me directly. Look for more information in the weekly eNews, Sunday leaflet, and upcoming notices.
Our parish vision is “to become a community of bold followers of Jesus, a crowd that effects good change for the world, a place known for radical love and welcome, and a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte.” The hard work of following Jesus, effecting change, and being a place of radical love, welcome, and hope, cannot be possible without the gift of community. This fall let us nurture our community by being together to “rest for a while,” to learn from one another, and to fellowship more deeply. May our times of fellowship and rest renew and strengthen us for the work of the gospel.
The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector