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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | March 25, 2015
Come and be a part of this parade that transforms

I love a parade. There is something extraordinary about folks lined up for a parade, together to express a shared purpose. There are the small town parades on the Fourth of July; the Labor Day parades that celebrate those whose labors are part of the economic engine; Charlotte’s Pride Parade is second only to New York’s; and, of course, there is the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade when everyone is Irish. There are colors, sounds, and people who make for a great experience, a great day.

We have parades in the church all the time as we process into the nave and chancel for worship, and then process out into the world to carry the Good News of Jesus where the need is so great. There are processions to the font at Baptisms, and processions when we celebrate eternal life at a funeral. There is pomp and circumstance, color, voices lifted, and music swelling. There is quiet movement when we are invited into times and places for peace, prayer, and contemplation.

One of the great processions or parades of the church comes on Palm Sunday, on the Sunday of the Passion. Gathering outside we hear of Jesus’ triumphal entry in Jerusalem, riding on as the people threw down the palms and shouted, Hosanna! Hosanna! We parade into the church and hear the great story again of that most holy of weeks. The story of Jesus’ Passion, his willing sacrifice for us is retold. The music, the words, the story, the Sacrament all invite us into Holy Week – leading us on to Good Friday and the Sunday of the Resurrection. Come and be a part of this parade that transforms.

–The Reverend L. Murdock Smith, Assisting Priest

Sunday, March 29

Christian Formation classes for all ages in the Parish House,
9:30 a.m.

Coffee Hour in the Parish House Lobby immediately following the
10:45 a.m. service.

Worship services at 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 6:15 p.m.

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
Evensong (second and 4th Sundays, through March 22)
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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Parish Hall Forum on Sunday, March 29 for Adults. At 9:30 a.m., the Parish Hall forum considers the topic, “What is so Holy about Holy Week?” Join the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer as we walk through the four sacred liturgies that comprise the holiest of weeks. If you have ever asked, “What’s all the hype about The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and The Great Vigil of Easter/The Sunday of The Resurrection: Easter Day?” this one-hour offering is for you.
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday: The Sunday of the Passion, on March 29 with services at 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 6:15 p.m. and continues throughout the week. Observances for Maundy Thursday take place at Noon and 7:00 p.m. The St. Peter’s Choir will provide special music for the 7:00 p.m. service. On Good Friday, the service begins as usual at Noon. A special Stations of the Cross experience geared towards children takes place at 4:00 p.m. The Easter celebrations begin Saturday evening with The Great Vigil of Easter at 8:00 p.m., followed Sunday with Easter services at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 6:15 p.m. Read the full schedule with further details online.

Please note: Mild Incense will be used at the Great Vigil of Easter and on Easter Day at the 11:00 a.m. liturgy.

Special Events
Parish-Wide Dinner, “The Agape Meal,” on Palm Sunday, March 29, at 5:00 p.m. Begin Holy Week recalling Jesus’ last supper with his disciples by joining other parishioners for a simple but hearty meal of Mediterranean food, blessings before the food and drink, and closing with a reading of Jesus’ farewell discourse in John and Psalm 69. We encourage all households, especially those with children, to participate in this ritual meal together. Reservations, including what simple item you will contribute to this free meal, are required online (click here to RSVP) or at the reception desk by Noon Thursday. Fellowship Team Leader Kathie Knip (, 704-947-5645) is collaborating with the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer in offering this event.

All-Night Prayer Vigil begins Maundy Thursday. Immediately after the 7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday liturgy, worshippers and those who were unable to attend are invited to an all-night vigil in the Chapel. The Reserved Sacrament, surrounded by flowers and a candle on the altar, will be present to “stay with Jesus for one hour” as a time of adoration. If you are able to stay, click here to sign up now and be advised that you will come and go through the Parish House where a receptionist will be on duty. On Good Friday at 7:30 a.m., a brief service of Communion from the Reserved Sacrament will be offered.
High Sunday Brunch: April 12, 12:15 p.m. at St. Peter’s. Make your reservation today for the annual fare of shrimp and grits, quiche, child-friendly foods, desserts, and live music on the Second Sunday of Easter, now commonly called High Sunday. Spread the word about this wonderful occasion for the parish family to gather in the Martha Bowles Parish Hall for a festive meal in celebration of Easter. Pre-paid reservations are required online or by calling the parish office by Thursday, April 9. Click here to make your reservation online.

Parish News

Please observe silence for prayer and meditation before worship. With the upcoming liturgies of Palm Sunday, Passion Week, and anytime we gather for worship at St. Peter’s, all are asked to observe our pre-worship custom of silence for prayer and meditation and to silence communication devices that may disturb you or your neighbor. An increasing number of worshipers have asked that a reminder of this custom be shared throughout the parish family.

Easter Memorials Enhance Flowers and Music: If you would like to make a monetary contribution in memory of, honor of, or thanksgiving for loved ones at Easter, you may send your payment and the list of honorees to Leigh Dixon, Parish Administrator ( or you may make your payment online at These contributions offset the cost of the Easter flowers and special music that will enhance our celebrations during Eastertide.

Easter Memorials Enhance Flowers and Music: If you would like to make a monetary contribution in memory of, honor of, or thanksgiving for loved ones at Easter, you may send your payment and the list of honorees to Leigh Dixon, Parish Administrator ( or you may make your payment online. These contributions offset the cost of the Easter flowers and special music that will enhance our celebrations during Eastertide.

“A Night in Italy” youth pilgrimage fund-raiser spaghetti dinner and silent auction is Saturday, April 18, and starts with appetizers at 6:00 p.m. Dinner, live entertainment, and a silent auction are all included. Prices for this great night of fun, parish fellowship and delicious dinner are: Adults–$15.00 each; Youth ages 12–18, $10.00; Children 6–11, $7.00; under 6,– no charge; Family cap, $47.00. Your attendance will help our 10th and 11th graders on their Pilgrimage to Spain this summer. Adult beverages also be available for purchase with your dinner. Ticket purchases may be made online beginning next week; via the Pilgrim Class before and after worship on March 29 and April 12; or by contacting Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Formation (, 704-763-3564. If you have an item or service you would be able to donate for the silent auction, please contact Lyn Holt.

Monthly Senior Class (55+) Luncheon will be Tuesday, April 21, 11:30 a.m. at Greek Isles Restaurant (200 E. Bland Street, between South Boulevard and South Tryon, 704-444-9000). For further information, call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara and Jay Partington (704-523-1831).

St. Peter’s Annual Fund and Every Member Canvass for 2015. The Vestry, Stewardship Ministry Team, and Finance Committee extends a Lenten Appeal for every member household of the parish to offer a pledge (estimate of giving) either online or by paper pledge card as financial support of life at St. Peter’s. While the tithe is the goal, every pledge amount matters and will ensure that all have shared in each component of the three-fold offering of time, talent, and money, expected of all members. To pledge online between now and Easter Day and reflect on some of the reasons that people have pledged, click here.
During the Great 50 Days of Easter, churches throughout the Diocese of North Carolina and the Diocese of East Carolina will support 50 in 50, a concentrated fundraising effort capping off Harvest for Hospitality. Each household is challenged to donate $1.00 for each of the Great 50 Days of Easter to benefit NC farmworkers. Harvest for Hospitality is a joint effort by the two dioceses to support the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry. Your donations will provide sacramental services, food, clothing, pesticide education, ESL classes and a sense of dignity to the people whose labor puts food on our tables. “Mite boxes” (donation boxes) will be available at the Reception Desk on Easter Sunday.

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

Join St. Peter’s Team for AIDS Walk 2015: Saturday, May 2. The time is nigh to prepare for the annual AIDS Walk to benefit one of our servant ministry partners, RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network). Our team will walk through Center City Charlotte for about two miles; all are welcome to join in this powerful community-building initiative. Consider walking and getting people to sponsor you, sponsoring a walker, or making a donation. To sign up and learn more about our parish team, contact St. Peter’s Team Captain Frank Steele (704-544-0609, or visit St. Peter’s team page. Click here to learn more about RAIN.
Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Hosts Event about Human Trafficking. St. Peter's will host the Charlotte Convocation ECW on Saturday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. to hear Dr. Ellen Blair from Partners Against Trafficking Humans in NC (PATH NC). Dr. Blair will speak on how to prevent child trafficking. Plan to join us to hear the message, share conversation, and meet women from neighboring Episcopal Churches in Charlotte. Contact Kristine Reid ( Register online now.
Food Pantry Partnership with Loaves and Fishes. Collection of groceries for neighbors in need continues in March. This month’s focus is cereal. (Note: for safety reasons, glass jars cannot be accepted.) We look forward to filling the big red barrels in the Gallery of the Parish House with your contributions.

Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars
  • Center City Concert: The Timeline Jazz Quartet: April 20
  • National Conference on Christian Unity (April 20-24): St. Peter’s Hosts April 22 Worship
  • The Day of Pentecost, Baptisms, and Last Day of Spring Formation Offerings: May 24
  • Annual Parish Picnic: May 31 (moved from May 24)
  • Parish Retreat at Kanuga Conference Center: August 21-23
Submitting Items for Communication. To submit items for communication via Wednesday eNews, Sunday worship service leaflet, and website, visit the online submission form. Items are communicated on a joint Wednesday eNews/Sunday worship leaflet cycle and must be submitted no later than the Friday before the Wednesday eNews. Items received after the Friday deadline will appear during the next eNews/worship leaflet cycle. To ensure good advanced notice of items, submissions may be sent as early as three months ahead. If you do not use the Internet, contact the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer at 704-749-6150 to submit items.

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