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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | February 5, 2013

Preparing for Lent. The incredible story about the Transfiguration of Christ upon the mountain as radiant light to lead our paths into peace is about the powerful presence, glory, and love of God (Luke 9:28-43a).  To this end, we are called to gather as a parish family at St. Peter’s on Shrove Tuesday (February 12) for a grand celebration of the gift of life, abundance, and for God with us.  Then, we are invited back as adults, youth, and children alike on Ash Wednesday in the way of Christians worldwide to remember whose and who we are as children of God.

The following words from the Ash Wednesday liturgy (said by the Celebrant) best sum up what we will gather to do in the way of followers of Jesus long before us: “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the
observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance;
by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and
meditating on God's holy Word. And, to make a right beginning 
of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.”

I look forward to engaging the deeper meaning of these words and observing a holy Lent with you.  Through worship, special formation offerings for the season, fellowship opportunities, and service to the Christ who stood upon the mountain as light for our paths, our journey to Easter will be rewarding, life-giving, and transformational.

– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, 2/10

8:30-9:30 a.m. “Holy Chow” breakfast in the 2nd floor Community Room after 8:00 a.m. worship.

9:30 a.m.  At the Rector’s Forum in the Parish Hall, Preparing for Lent: To Give Up or Take On. Are the forty days before Easter set aside to be a period of giving up or taking on something?

9:30 a.m.  Sunday Scriptures Study Class in the Tower Room. Join a lively small group discussion of the Eucharistic lessons appointed for the day. Bring your bible and a friend.

9:30 a.m.  Formation Classes for Youth and Children, and Crib/Nursery Care on levels “B” and “1” of the Parish House.

After 10:45 worship, Coffee Hour hosted by the St. Peter’s Baristas in the 2nd floor Community Room.

5:00 p.m., Choral Evensong, sung by the Boys and Girls Choirs at St. Peter’s and the Rector. A reception of light refreshments follows in the parlor.

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
(2nd and 4th Sundays)
Choral Evensong
Tuesdays and Thursdays
"Holy Food, Holy People," Holy Communion (about 30 minutes in the Chapel)


Sunday's Worship & Music Leaflets
The Rector's Blog
In our prayers this week
The Choir School at St. Peter's
Pledging Update
The Seal of St. Peter's Episcopal Church
"You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church."

Looking Ahead

Organ Recital on Friday, February 8, 7:30 p.m. This Friday evening, Eric Plutz, University Organist at Princeton University will give a recital at St. Peter’s as part of the annual meeting of the Association of Presbyterian Musicians. Read more in an overview of Friday's program.

The Boys and Girls Choirs at St. Peter’s and the Rector will lead Choral Evensong on Sunday, February 10 at 5:00 p.m. A reception of light refreshments follows in the Parlor. Read more in an overview of Sunday evening's service.

Sunday Adult Formation Offerings 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Sunday Scripture Readings Class (Tower Room) and the Rector’s Forum (Parish Hall). February 10 Forum Topic: Preparing for Lent: To Give Up or Take On. Are the forty days before Easter set aside to be a period of giving up or taking on something? Inquiring minds want to know! The Rector will explore the historical and realistic aspects of this step in the church year journey.

Vestry Nominations are being accepted now through February 11 for election at the March 3 Annual Parish Meeting. To serve on the Vestry, nominees must be communicants at least sixteen (16) years of age (confirmed, received, or transferred by way of letter) in good standing, and they must have given their consent to serve. Nomination forms and additional information are available online and beside a drop box in the lobby of the Parish House.

St. Peter’s Shrove Tuesday Festival with Music, Tuesday, February 12, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Menu: pancakes, Louisiana cuisine (introducing the Rector’s Gumbo), child-friendly options, King cake, fresh fruit, and jazz piano by our own Manley Roberts. Cost is $3/child, $5/youth-adults, with a $20/household maximum. Proceeds benefit St. Peter’s youth and other parish ministries. Tickets available weekdays at the church office, Sunday morning or reserve them online to avoid long lines.

Wednesday, February 13, Ash Wednesday Service Schedule: 7:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. A Nursery is available during the 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. services. The day also will include offerings of “Ashes to Go” in front of the church at 8:00-8:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and 5:00-5:15 p.m. 

New Monthly Worship Service: A Service of Light and Holy Meal in the manner of the Taizé, France Community begins Sunday, February 17, 5:00-5:45 p.m. at St. Peter’s. In a setting of peaceful light, this rich prayer service offers simple, repetitive song, and chant, scripture, extended silence and a holy meal from God’s table. Mark your calendar, spread the word and bring a friend on every third Sunday. 

Newcomers’ Lunch – Sunday, February 24, 12:30 p.m. All who are newcomers to St. Peter’s are invited by the Reverend and Mrs. Ollie Rencher to a welcome lunch at the Uptown home of Kathleen and George Mundle (400 N. Church St.). The favor of reply is requested by Monday, February 18 online or by contacting Mary Virginia Woodall (704-749-6141,

If you are interested in ministering as an Acolyte, Altar Guild, Chorister, Church Office Volunteer, Communion Bread Baker, Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Visitor, Healing Minister (Intercessory Prayer), Host (Greeter), Lector (Reader), Outreach Minister, or Usher, contact Mary Virginia Woodall (, 704-749-6141) to be directed to the ministry area leader.

Special Formation Offerings in Lent

Monday 6:30-7:30 p.m. February 18-March 25 (Parish Hall): Radical Welcome book* reflections hosted by St. Peter’s Rector and Vestry for members, newcomers and seekers to explore the bold journey of becoming followers of Jesus through radical welcome. Sign up online or call 704-332.7746 and indicate need for nursery/childcare. *Book available locally for $16.41 at Park Road Books or via; please acquire no later than the second class for full engagement of discussions.

Thursday 8:00-8:50 a.m. February 14-March 28 (Tower Room): Join parishioners Jan Keny and Lynn Lakin for a weekly women’s book discussion of Anne Lamott’s Help Thanks Wow, a story of her spiritual journey and perspective on prayer. Sign up online or call 704-332-7746. Book available locally for $17.95 at Park Road Books.

Sundays 9:30-10:30 a.m. February 17-March 24: Sunday Scriptures Study Class (Tower Room) and the Rector’s Forum (Parish Hall). The Forum will feature St. Peter’s Rector and guests offering a variety of weekly presentations about “Observing A Holy Lent” based on the annual Ash Wednesday invitation. 

Mark Your Calendars

Sunday, March 3, Annual Parish Meeting, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall immediately following 8:30 a.m. “Holy Chow” breakfast. The Rector and Vestry ask that all active member households make the necessary arrangements to be present. 

Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, 7:00 a.m. – noon, Youth Pilgrimmage and Mission Yard Sale. We are taking donations of all kinds for this big yard sale. Call Claire Wygand (704-650-5789) or Lyn Holt (704-763-3564) if you have gently used treasures that you’d like to donate.


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