This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, August 1

August 3, Friday
St. Luke’s Guild (formerly Chronic Care Support Group), 11:00 a.m.

August 5, Sunday, Eleventh 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.
Young Adult First Sunday Brunch, 12:30 p.m.

August 7, Tuesday
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 12:00 p.m.
Darin Kennedy: Senior Recital and Reception, 5:30 p.m.

Appreciation Message from the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher. Dear St. Peter’s Parish Community: I write with enormous appreciation for all that was offered by you on the occasion of my leave-taking on June 30. We will always remember your many calls, notes, favors, and our visits and fellowship. Sunday, June 24 was a humbling and spectacular celebration—a day in time that has imprinted mine and Ellie’s lives in ways beyond words. God’s abundance was evident from the beautiful presence of worshippers to the powerful liturgy and music, to the fun picture-taking, to the grand reception. The ministry slide show, very kind remarks, Vestry gifts of a triptych of John Hall images and an Absalom Jones icon to be placed at St. Peter’s in my honor, and donations to a remarkably generous “Rector’s Purse,” affect me with a heart full of blessing and abiding love. As your transition unfolds and my new service at Grace-St. Luke’s in Memphis commences on July 25, followed by our Celebration of a New Ministry on August 22, let us hold one another in prayer and peace. In deep appreciation for our season in ministry and faith in the Good Shepherd who binds us, peace. The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher on July 22, 2018.

Life at St. Peter’s Summer 2018 Worship, Programs, and Events Calendar. This parish life resource of offerings for the rest of the summer and early fall is now available online by clicking here. Printed versions are also available in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Regular Parish House Hours Resume August 20. Beginning Monday, August 20, the Parish Staff resumes regular office hours, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.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).

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).

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

Darin Kennedy in Concert, August 7. Please join parishioner Darin Kennedy and his family as they celebrate his milestones and achievements through a Senior Recital and hearty Parish Hall reception following the concert. The piano and organ concert begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7 in the church at St. Peter’s and will include works by C. S. Lang, Frank Bridge, Claude Debussy, Henri Mulet, and George Whiting. All are welcome.


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

Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day, Saturday, August 11. Liturgical ministers and volunteers will gather Saturday, August 11, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. for a retreat and training day. This retreat is for long-time volunteers, those who are new to a ministry, those who wish to be trained, or those who simply want to learn more. Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Welcome Hosts, and Healing Ministers are encouraged to attend. The day will begin with fellowship and coffee at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by a plenary at 9:30 a.m., and breakout sessions for each group. Eucharistic Visitors and Altar Guild volunteers routinely schedule separate opportunities training. For more information, contact the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector (, 704-749-6150).

Registration Open for “Becoming Episcopalian” Inquirers/Confirmation Class, August 26 – October 28. In preparation for the official visitation of Bishop Suffragan, the Right Reverend Anne Hodges-Copple, on Sunday, October 28, a 10-week “Becoming Episcopalian” class will be led by a team of clergy and lay leaders. Classes will be offered weekly on Sundays, August 26 through October 28, 9:30–10:30 a.m. All adult non-members and members who wish to learn more about, have a refresher, or reaffirm their faith as Episcopalians; who are not confirmed Episcopalians; or who wish to be received into the Episcopal Church from another Christian tradition are eligible to attend this class series. Bishop Hodges-Copple will administer confirmations, receptions, and reaffirmations. Register online by Tuesday, August 21. For more information before or after registration, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

Mystical Food for Thought, August 22. 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, 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).

Community Life

Planning an Event at St. Peter’s? Here’s what we need from you. St. Peter’s holds a number of events each year that enrich the lives of our community. We want to continue doing so, but can only help if setup details are submitted five days prior to the event date. (If we are able to accommodate late requests, the event organizer must be responsible for event setup and cleanup.) If you are considering the use of space at St. Peter’s, please contact Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate, (, 704-749-6141).

Young Adult First Sunday Brunch. On August 5, all young adults are invited to gather after the 10:45 a.m. service to walk to brunch at 204 North Kitchen. Meet in the back of the nave after the service. For more information, contact Young Adult Coordinator, Jason Gingras (

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.

Join the Ushers The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is looking for more volunteers to serve on a once-monthly basis at the 8:00 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharist. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

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 August 19, 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, August 16. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, August 16 (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, August 21. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, August 21, 11:30 a.m. at a location that will soon 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), August 3. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, August 3, 11:00 a.m. The Clergy and parishioner Dan Busch, LCSW (retired), 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

Pride at St. Peter’s, August 18 and 19. The St. Peter’s Pride Team has been hard at work preparing for our congregation’s participation in Charlotte Pride. Our theme this year is “Love is the Way,” inspired by our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. We hope you will help us welcome and connect with our neighbors at this event and help us share the Jesus Movement with our community. As in past years, we will provide hospitality to parade marchers and viewers on the church lawn and host a potluck lunch in the community room following the parade on Sunday, August 19.
New this year, St. Peter’s will also have a booth in the festival on Saturday and Sunday. The booth will be an opportunity to welcome and connect with our neighbors. If you would like to be an ambassador for St. Peter’s at the booth, march in the parade, or help provide hospitality, please fill out this form.

St. Peter’s Pride Team Meetings The Pride Team at St. Peter’s has hosted several meetings to organize the volunteer effort for our participation in Charlotte Pride. We will meet on Thursday, August 9 from 6:30–8:00 p.m. before Pride weekend. All are welcome to join us.

Social Justice Voting Rights Initiative and Education The St. Peter’s Social Justice Committee is asking all to consider a prominent Christian pastor’s warning about voter suppression. In an article on the St. Peter’s website, the Social Justice Committee explains voter suppression and the Christian call to assist vulnerable voters. This non-partisan Christian initiative is a call to further education and assisting everyone in their rights as voters. If you are interested in learning more about this initiative, read more here.

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.

Emails from the Church

Recently an online attacker copied a number of email addresses from our website and impersonated a member of the parish staff in an attempt to steal iTunes gift cards. Staff members will only communicate with you using their official email addresses, so please be wary if you see a message from the church that uses another address.

Looking Ahead

August 7, Darin Kennedy: Senior Recital and Reception.
August 9, St. Peter’s SJC Pride Team Meeting.
August 11, Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training.
August 12, Kanuga Brunch Fundraiser.
August 12, Charlotte Pride Interfaith Service, St. John’s Baptist, Hawthorne Lane.
August 19, Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Uptown Charlotte.
August 21, Senior Class Luncheon.
August 22, Mystical Food for Though with Paul Hanneman.
August 24-25, Introductory Centering Prayer Workshop with Paul Hanneman.
August 26, St. Peter’s Fall Formation Kick-off and Celebration.