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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | August 20, 2014
The Importance of the Little Decisions
With a new school year starting, I wonder if any of you are joining me in making some deliberate decisions about household rhythms. With our son beginning school, our household has a new schedule. This new obligation brings the opportunity to be intentional about the how we structure the precious gift of time we receive each day, each week. 
The little rituals of our days and weeks, whether we are conscious of them or not, make a significant impact on the meaning we can discover in our lives. Most of us have probably heard of people who recount with gratitude the ritual of saying “I love you” to our partners and/or children as we leave the house and begin our workday. For it is true that no day is guaranteed to us: each going and coming is a gift. Similarly, we can cultivate an awareness of God’s gifts by naming a few things we are grateful for to another person or in a journal each day. Or we can practice ending each day with the gentle words of Compline (the word is derived from the Latin word for completion), as we offer the work and energy of day to God and prepare for sleep. 
The rituals of our week are similarly important. God knew what God was doing when he commanded us to take a Sabbath — to dedicate a day to attend to God’s presence in the world as we experience it in those communities, people, and things that are beautiful, true and just. St. Peter’s liturgical, formation and fellowship offerings on Sunday provide a “point of entry” into the Sabbath rest that God intends for each of us, and for all creation.
As you revisit the “little decisions” that make up a big part of your life, I pray you will continue to participate in our common life of prayer here at St. Peter’s. On Sunday, September 7, we will have our “Formation Celebration” for all-ages in the Parish Hall from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. This joyful gathering will kick-off our Catechesis program for children and Journey to Adulthood program for youth and provide adults with an overview of all the formation offerings from which we hope you will benefit. Please make a “little decision” to join us, and prepare for the spiritual part of your life to grow big!
— The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, Associate Rector

Sunday, 8/24

Coffee Hour. Will be held in the Community Room, second floor of the Parish House immediately following the 10:45 a.m. service.

Celebrate the Diversity of
St. Peter's.
Celebrate and share in the rich diversity that makes up St. Peter’s Church at a special potluck following 10:45 a.m. worship. All are invited to bring a traditional family gathering or favorite dish to share with the parish family.

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
6:15 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
with Music
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m.
Morning Prayer in the Chapel
Tuesdays and Thursdays
"Holy Food, Holy People," Holy Communion (about 30 minutes in the Chapel)



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Formation and Worship Offerings

Weekday Morning Prayer at St. Peter’s changes start time.  Our Monday through Friday offering of Morning Prayer (30-minute service from the Book of Common Prayer, led by lay ministers) is now starting at 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel. This time change (from former 7:30 a.m.) might encourage more persons to take advantage of this meditative way to enter the day ahead. If your weekday mornings include time in or near Uptown or are flexible, consider attending Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m. 
Embracing St. Peter’s Diversity: Sunday, August 24. In Ephesians, chapter 3, Paul suggests that the purpose of the Church is to proclaim “the wisdom of God in its rich variety” to the world around it. The parish family is invited to gather from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall to explore the rich variety of God’s wisdom present among the people of St. Peter’s. On this same day, a potluck featuring global and favorite cuisines will follow the 10:45 a.m. liturgy. 
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Toddler Atrium to open in Fall 2014 at St. Peter’s.  Click here for an exciting message from Catechesis Coordinator Anna Hurdle and information of how you can support this new ministry for our toddlers. 
Formation (education) offerings resume September 7. St. Peter’s will hold a Formation Celebration Kickoff for all ages in the Parish Hall on Sunday, September 7 at 9:30 a.m.  After gathering and opening remarks from clergy and lay leaders, children will be dismissed to their Catechesis atria (classrooms) and youth to Journey to Adulthood (J2A) classrooms, while adults will remain for an overview of Sunday and weekday opportunities for Fall 2014. Note: This day also marks the return of “Holy Chow” Breakfast from 8:30 to 9:25 a.m. in the Community Room.
Kerygma: The Bible in Depth begins September 8. Do you want to know how to proclaim our story with an Anglican accent? “Kerygma: The Bible In Depth” is a 34-session program starting Monday, September 8 and will be led by the Reverend L. Murdock Smith, PhD.  Class participants will examine the Old and New Testament and learn through readings, discussion, and reflections; each should expect a deeper understanding of the biblical story and faith journey.  The course will meet from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. in the Library and required materials cost $35. Click here to register. For more information contact Father Murdock Smith at or click here.
Learn more about the Anglican Tradition. All those who would like to learn more about the Anglican/Episcopal tradition within Christianity are invited to attend, and those who would like to reaffirm the promises made at their Baptism (via Confirmation, Reaffirmation of Faith or Reception into the Episcopal Church) will be able to do so on Sunday, November 16, when Suffragan Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple visits St. Peter's. Inquirers/Confirmation/Reaffirmation/ Reception Classes begin Sunday, September 21 and end on November 9 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Sessions will be led by clergy and lay leaders. Register online or obtain a form from the Reception Desk. For more information, adults should contact Director of Ministry Development Mary Virginia Woodall at and youth should contact Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt at  

Special Events
Celebrating our Diversity through Food. Celebrate and share in the rich diversity that makes up St. Peter’s Church at a special potluck on Sunday, August 24, following 10:45 a.m. worship. All are invited to bring a traditional family gathering or favorite dish to share with the parish family. Contact Kathie Knip (, 704-947-5645) or Mother Joslyn Schaefer ( about what dish you plan to bring and for more information. Join us earlier in the day at 9:30 a.m. for the Parish Hall Forum: Embracing St. Peter’s Diversity.
Save the Date: Shrimp and Suds Fellowship Dinner. The fourth annual youth pilgrimage fundraiser will be held Saturday, September 27, at 6:30 p.m. on the rooftop of the St. Peter’s Parish House. This event is open to all adults of the Parish and will feature a cooked on-site Low Country Boil of shrimp, corn on the cob and Andouille sausage. Sides include cole slaw, French bread, cheese grits and peach cobbler for dessert. All items will be served with a choice of local brews, wine and iced tea. The cost for this all-you-can-eat event is $35 and proceeds will benefit the 2015 Youth Pilgrimage and summer mission trips. Click here to make your reservation. 

Parish News

Parish Retreat Weekend at Kanuga: Reservation Deadline is Sunday, August 24. As preparation continues for September 12-14 at Kanuga Conference Center near Asheville, the Parish Retreat Design Team reports that much excitement awaits those who will attend. Expect outdoor and indoor activities for all ages, good downtime, music by Director of Music and Organist Ben Outen, a concert featuring guitarist Fran McKendree, and more. Both members and newcomers are invited to attend this all-inclusive getaway: $175 (adults), $95 (youth 10-18 years), $56 (children 5-9 years), free for children under 5 or $350 (household maximum). Scholarships are available by contacting Mother Joslyn Schaefer (, 704-749-6150). Reservations with payment are required by Sunday, August 24 on a first-come-first-serve basis; approximately 30 spots remain within in our 120-person capacity. Click here to register and pay. 
Senior Class (55+) Lunch: The Senior Class will hold its end of summer cocktail party on Friday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Ann and Bill Hinson (2216 Colony Road). Guests are asked to bring a hors-oeuvre on its own plate or dish. 

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Design Team will meet Saturday, August 23 at LePeep Restaurant in the Arboretum at 11:00 a.m. Items on the agenda include speakers for the upcoming ECW Speaker Series, finalizing plans for the October 25 fall party on the rooftop of the Parish House, and the winter retreat. All women of St. Peter’s are invited to attend, share ideas and talents. For more information contact Kristine Reid at
Pub Theology will meet Thursday, August 28, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant in the Park Road Shopping Center. This relaxed monthly fellowship includes the availability of food and non-alcoholic beverages, alongside normal pub fare. Hosted this month by the Reverend Deacon Jonathan E. Soyars, this month’s topic is “Do Animals Have a Soul?” Pub Theology is a perfect place to expose others to the variety of life at St. Peter’s. Mark your calendar, bring a guest, and drop-in for as long as possible.
Life at St. Peter’s (2014 Fall Programs and Events Guide) is now available. Copies have been sent to homes according to addresses in the parish records, online at under News/Events, and a limited number of copies will be available for pickup at the Parish House. 
Holy Faces Directory is coming soon. Stay tuned for details about how to obtain your copy of this in-house, parishioner-staff project to connect us better through pictures.  
The Intercessory/Centering Prayer Group will resume weekly meetings beginning Tuesday, September 9, in the Parish House Prayer Room (next to the Parlor). Contemplatives know that mighty changes can take place when people are willing to pray — for themselves and for others — in the name of Christ. Centering prayer is primarily a prayer of loving trust, consenting to God's will and action in our lives and silently asking to learn how to pray "in the name of Christ."  Join us on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. if you feel led to do so. For more information, contact Judith Johnson at, 704-596-6167.

Beyond our Doors: Serving Beyond St. Peter's

Habitat for Humanity. St. Peter’s Episcopal is looking for 16 to 24 volunteers to help build two houses with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, September 27. Tom Im will be the leader for the day. No experience is necessary. To register, send your name, address, date of birth and email address to John Knip at
Food Pantry Partnership with Loaves and Fishes. Groceries for Neighbors in Need continues in August. This month’s focus is donor’s choice, although donations of all types are welcome. For safety reasons, glass jars cannot be accepted. We look forward to filling the big red barrels on the gallery of the Parish House with your contributions. 
Relief Aid in the Middle East. In light of the recent unrest in the Middle East, Episcopal Relief and Development has provided the Church with one way to serve others. The Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza is providing critical medical care to those wounded in Israel-Palestine conflict. Go to to read about how to make a donation to the Middle East Fund and support the life-saving work of this hospital. 

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