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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | June 3, 2015
“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.”
–Martin Luther
At St. Peter’s, we believe indeed that music is a magnificent and delightful gift—a gift we nurture carefully and deliberately all throughout the year. From concerts to worship services, music theory classes to choir camp, there is seldom a day when beautiful music isn’t being rehearsed, performed, or offered in thanksgiving at St. Peter’s.

While many choirs consider the summer months a hiatus, the extraordinary members of the St. Peter’s Adult Choir will continue to lead music in worship through the summer. Their dedication and their great love for this parish and the music we create together is a true blessing.

Although The Choir School has come to the end of its regular season, the Boys and Girls Tour Choirs and the MasterSingers continue to rehearse each week in preparation for upcoming summer tours, taking place in June and July. Tour Choir choristers will travel to Kinston, Greenville, and Wilmington, North Carolina this summer, performing at host churches and leading worship at St. Paul’s in Greenville. The MasterSingers will serve as Choir in Residence at Salisbury Cathedral, singing daily Evensong and leading Sunday worship during the week of July 20.

In partnership with St. Alban’s Davidson, St. Peter’s free concert series also continues to grow and thrive. Center City Concerts launched its upcoming 2015–2016 season with a very successful fundraising event on Wednesday, May 20. Many thanks to the St. Peter’s parishioners who serve on that organization’s board and whose leadership is helping to create a new ministry of outreach and music to the Uptown Charlotte community.

Elizabeth Lenti and I are honored to direct both St. Peter’s Adult Choir and the choirs of The Choir School. We’re looking forward to a summer of magnificent and delightful music that will stretch all the way from St. Peter’s to Salisbury Cathedral!

–Ben Outen, Director of Music and Organist

Sunday, June 7

Worship services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Christian Formation for all ages beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall.

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
Evensong (resumes Fall 2015)
5:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
with Music (resumes Fall 2015)
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m.
Morning Prayer in the Chapel
"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
Center City Concerts at St. Peter's
The Seal of St. Peter's Episcopal Church
"You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church."
Formation and Worship Offerings
Instructed Eucharist: Why do they do that? Have you ever asked yourself that question when you’ve participated in our worship services? Learn more about the ancient tradition of the liturgy during two Instructed Eucharist services this month. On June 7 at the 10:45 a.m. service, we will explore the first half of our service, the Liturgy of the Word. On June 14 at the 10:45 a.m. service, we’ll take a closer look at the second half of the service, which includes the Holy Eucharist. The service leaflet on both Sundays will be annotated to provide additional understanding of our worship.

Healing Eucharist: St. Peter’s will offer a special Eucharist on June 14 at 5:00 p.m. for all those seeking healing of mind, body, or spirit for themselves or for others. The litany of healing and the sacrament of anointing will be available for all who desire it. Experience the healing and wholeness promised through our faith in Jesus, the Great Healer.

Enroll Now in VBS: Imagine sending your child four and older on a pilgrimage to discover the Kingdom of God by exploring the lives of five diverse saints. That’s exactly what we’ll do during this year’s Vacation Bible School, August 3 through August 7. Contact Laurie Burlington ( for details about various ways you can participate. Registration is open and attendance is limited, so enroll your children now!

Parish Hall Forum: God’s Tapestry - The conversation about racial reconciliation continues on Sunday, June 7, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Join clergy and other parishioners in this vital but challenging conversation about race and God’s mission of reconciliation in light of recent events in Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore, Md., and Charleston, S.C.

Parish News

Youth Pilgrims Want Your Prayer Requests: One of the blessings of pilgrimage is participating in the centuries-old custom of pilgrims offering the prayers of those who helped them make their pilgrimage but could not go with them. Pilgrims offered these prayers at the shrines to which they journeyed. As our Pilgrim Class of rising 11th and 12th graders leave for their pilgrimage on June 16, they want to offer your prayers and light candles for your specific prayer requests at holy sites in Spain. Please email your prayer requests to Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Formation, at by June 14.

Congratulating our Graduates: St. Peter’s congratulates its 2015 graduates: Kate Hickert (heading to UNC Chapel Hill), Frances Keller (UNC Asheville), Patrick Knip (Savannah College of Art & Design), Gabriella Thomas (Appalachian State University), Roland Ghareeb (The University of the South), and Garrett Keith.

Member Directory Update: The member directory is rolling out in stages. Right now, printouts of a preliminary member directory with names, addresses and telephone numbers are available on the information table at the lobby bulletin boards. Also available is a comprehensive online member directory at that will enable you to update your contact information, print a member directory, and access a calendar of St. Peter’s events from our database. The final step is turning this into a comprehensive photo directory. Watch for information on how to submit your individual or family photo if we don’t already have one on file.

Literacy Tutor Training: Make a difference in the life of a low-income student who struggles with reading by becoming a tutor for our partner, the Augustine Literacy Project. Augustine tutors meet with students twice a week using a multi-sensory approach. The next two training sessions will begin on September 28 and October 26. Contact Jess Health ( for information about applying to serve as a tutor.

Parish Retreat Weekend at Kanuga Conference Center: Registration is now open for August 21-23, Friday to Sunday, to join other members of the parish family in the North Carolina mountains. “Celebrate Prayer!” is the theme that will be interwoven into a relaxed time of making new friends, deepening connections, and a host of outdoor and indoor activities for all ages. Click here to sign-up today. More details about what to expect are coming soon.

Special Events

New Members/Newcomers’ Luncheon: Sunday, June 7, immediately following the 10:45 a.m. service, you are invited to a New Members/Newcomers’ luncheon in the Martha Bowles Parish Hall (second floor of the parish house). This is an informal luncheon with the opportunity to meet other newcomers and the leadership of the parish. Even if you have attended a luncheon before, you are invited to come back, meet other new folks or connect with those you have met before. Let Mary Virginia Woodall know by Thursday, June 4, if you can attend (, 704-749-6151).

20/30s Food Truck Friday: On June 12, at 5:30 p.m., we will meet at Marion and Cooper Morrison’s house (609 Berkeley Ave), then walk to South End at 5:45 p.m. Or meet us there around 6:00 pm. We recommend bringing a chair or blanket. Click here to get an idea what to expect: Questions? Contact Marion Morrison (205-983-2394,
*Minnesota Boychoir in Concert: On Saturday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Church, the Minnesota Boychoir will present sacred and secular music in a variety of styles, representing many cultures and languages. The performance is free and open to the public. The 175-member Minnesota Boychoir was founded in 1962. You can learn more at

Senior Class Luncheon: On Tuesday, June 16, at 11:30 a.m., the Senior Class Luncheon for June will be at Portofino’s Italian restaurant and pizzeria, 5726 Park Rd. Contact Barbara or Jay Partington (704-523-1831) or Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) with questions.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I course for adults to be held at St. Peter's this summer, June 15-20: Parents, catechists, religious educators, clergy, and other interested adults are drawn to the rich, retreat-like courses in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Through this course, adults have the opportunity to see all age-appropriate presentations and materials given to children from the Bible and liturgy. Each course focuses on a specific development age group of the child. Level I prepares adults working with children aged three to six. The foundation for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is in the Level I formation course, as it is in this course that a catechist becomes attuned to the religious life of the child. The course includes preparation in giving presentations (lessons) to children and provides solid background in the theological and pedagogical underpinnings of this work. One does not have to commit to working with children as a prerequisite for participation in the course. Download a brochure and registration form here. Contact Sunday Catechesis Coordinator Anna Hurdle ( for more information.

Beyond our Doors: Learning and Serving Beyond St. Peter's

Next Cursillo Scheduled: An Episcopal weekend retreat consisting of reflection, worship, prayer and music led by laypersons and guided by priests, Cursillo will be held Thursday evening, July 30, through Sunday, August 2. For questions, contact Fran or Manning Huske ( or 704-362-4107).

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