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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | November 19, 2013

From the Associate Rector

A Nudge from the Spirit? Two weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the showing of “Traces of the Trade,” a moving documentary about one family’s journey of understanding their ancestors’ complicity in the slave trade. Last Friday a group of 30 people gathered in our Parish Hall to watch a national webcast that explored “the state of racism” 50 years after the Voting Rights Act of 1963. Our Bishop, The Right Reverend Michael Curry, was one of the panelists. He spoke movingly about racism being America’s “original sin,” something so deeply ingrained in our way of being that we are collectively “in bondage” to prejudicial ways of acting in the world.

After both events, participants voiced a desire to enter more deeply into conversation about the reality of racism and other injustices that prevent us from being the people God intends us to be. Whom does God intend us to be? How do we order our lives to reflect God’s dream for us? These are big questions without easy answers, and so we ponder them each week in our liturgy through the praise, confession, and sacramental nourishment. We also explore these questions through Christian Formation programs. Right now we are in the middle of a four-week series exploring “The Call to Social Justice and Outreach.” We hope that at the end of the series participants might have a clearer idea of how they are called to participate in Christ’s work of reconciliation—from acts of charity such as feeding the hungry and housing the homeless to acts of advocacy that work at the institutional level to address root causes of injustice. In “Faith, Art, and Prayer,” we are exploring connections between beauty and devotion, knowing that attending to the beautiful through art, song, and nature forms us into more compassionate people who see beauty in all of God’s creation.

I’m starting to wonder if the Spirit is nudging St. Peter’s in some particular ways, especially toward reconciliation work as we become “a beacon of hope for Center City Charlotte.” It will take all of us to discern a call from the Spirit. I hope you’ll join me in listening.

The Reverend Deacon Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, Associate Rector

Sunday, 11/24

8:30 a.m. in the Community Room, "Holy Chow" Breakfast until 9:25 a.m. $2 per child under 6, $4 per person, and $15 per household maximum.

9:30 a.m., For adults, two new series begin. In the Parish Hall Forum, “The Call to Outreach and Social Justice” and in the Parlor, “Prayer, Art, and Music.” Engaging the Scriptures meets in the Tower Room, Level 2 of the Parish House.

9:30 a.m. in the Parish House, Formation Classes for Youth and Children. The nursery is on Level 1 of the Parish House. Children ages 3-12 meet on Level 1 of the Parish House. Young people ages 13-18 meet on Level “B.”

After 10:45 a.m. worship, coffee hour hosted by the St. Peter's baristas.

5:00 p.m. in the Church, Choral Evensong, sung evening prayers. A reception with light refreshments follows the service 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
5:00 p.m.
(3rd Sundays)
"Service of Light & Holy Meal," a Communion service based on the music and rhythms of the Taizé community in France
Tuesdays and Thursdays
"Holy Food, Holy People," Holy Communion (about 30 minutes in the Chapel)


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Looking Ahead

Give To The Vision 2014: Estimates of Giving for 2014 Needed by Sunday, November 24. Our $1,000,000 goal soon will be reached through 100% participation by all member households and allow us to complete our 2014 operating budget. All estimate levels are essential for this holy process. As of Monday, November 18, we have received $626,461 from 200 estimates (out of 425 potential ones) and hope to receive the remaining financial commitments to life at St. Peter’s by Sunday, November 24. Newcomers and friends, as part of the St. Peter’s family, also are invited to support our ministries and vision. Next year’s budget will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the parish on Sunday, December 8, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in the Parish Hall. To make your estimate of giving online today, click here or pick up more information from tables in the public spaces at St. Peter’s. The 2014 Annual Fund Leadership Team offers thanksgiving for the persons acknowledged below and others who, as of November 18, have offered their estimates, and is prayerful that many more will do the same.

Room In The Inn (RITI) at St. Peter’s begins December 4. Coordinated by Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center, Room In The Inn provides temporary overnight meals and accommodations for the homeless during the coldest months of the year, December to March. St. Peter’s is one of more than 90 churches and organizations to host RITI and does so on Wednesday nights. To learn more about how you might serve, click here to read more or contact coordinator Des Keller (, 205-243-6989).

Annual Meeting of the Parish: December 8. Mark your calendar to be present and accounted for on Sunday, December 8, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., when the parish family will gather again this year to observe the new schedule for our annual meeting (as adopted at our March meeting). While this meeting will not include the election of new Vestry members, it will include ministry area and clergy reports, information about outreach and social justice initiatives, presentation of the 2014 operating budget, and more, all within one hour. “Holy Chow” breakfast for all will be available from 8:30 until 9:15 a.m. Let us know you're coming by registering online.

Upcoming 20s/30s Fellowship Events: November 20 and 24. Father Ollie Rencher will host this month’s weekday gathering on Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Fuel Pizza on South Boulevard. Married or single adults, without or with children, are invited. Email Father Rencher to let him know you’re coming. Also offered will be our fourth-Sunday gathering of 20s/30s, hosted by Mother Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, on November 24; meet for 5:00 p.m. Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) followed by 6:00 p.m. supper at Rock Bottom Brewery. Email Mother Schaefer to let her know you’re coming.

St. Peter’s New Men’s Fellowship meets twice a month. Our next breakfast will be November 21. All men are invited to breakfast at 7:00 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month at Toast in Dilworth (2400 Park Rd., Charlotte 28203) for a time of fellowship, devotion, and planning for special service opportunities. Let us know you’re coming by emailing Jay Partington or calling 704-523-1831.

Adult Formation offerings continue on Sundays and Mondays. Sunday morning includes two offerings at 9:30 a.m. In the Parish Hall, the four-week series “Call to Outreach and Social Justice” focuses on how we might serve and respect the dignity of others. In the Parlor, the “Prayer, Art, and Music” four-part series continues this Sunday and will be led by parishioner Brian Gallagher, curator of Decorative Arts at The Mint Museum; the topic is “Art for Private Devotion.” Monday’s “Liturgy and Life,” from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Library, will continue through December 2; it includes conversations about what we do in worship and how it connects with your daily life. Contact Mother Joslyn Schaefer (, 704-749-6150) if you plan to attend so that you may acquire the class book.

Second Viewing of “Traces of the Trade” at St. Peter’s: Monday, December 9. By popular demand after our November 6 event, we will offer another opportunity to view the documentary “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North” from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors, many of whom were Episcopalians, were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black–white divide. Our clergy, the Reverends Ollie V. Rencher and Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, will facilitate a 30-minute conversation after the 90-minute film; arrive at 5:50 p.m. for a brief introduction to the film. Make your reservation now at or call 704-332-7746 for this free event. Learn more about the film at

St. Peter’s Advent Fair starts Sunday, November 24, in the Parish House Lobby. To help you prepare your home for Advent, our youth will be selling candles, wreaths, calendars, and a wide variety of gift items for Christmas. Proceeds will benefit the youth pilgrimage fund and the youth outreach fund.

Sunday Evening Worship at St. Peter’s on November 24. At 5:00 p.m., the Evensong Choir at St. Peter’s and the clergy lead a service of Choral Evensong, sung evening prayers. Music includes Introit and Responses by Gerre Hancock, canticles by C. V. Stanford, and John Ireland’s setting of “Te Deum.” A reception with light refreshments follows the service, in the Parlor.

Thanksgiving Eve Service on November 27. Bring neighbors, family, and friends to worship at St. Peter’s with your parish family on Wednesday, November 27, 5:30 p.m., through the service of Evening Prayer with music. All are invited to give thanks for the blessing of life and abundance of harvest since Thanksgiving 2012.

November Pub Theology. Because this every fourth Thursday fellowship offering falls on the evening of Thanksgiving Day and several schedule conflicts prevail, our next Pub Theology will be on December 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Stay tuned for details.

Holiday Shopping Help from The Choir School throughout November. Time is ending to pre-order your holiday greenery (wreaths, trees, and garlands). Tree pickup begins the Thanksgiving weekend. Wreaths and garlands will be available Monday, December 2. In addition, wreaths can be shipped directly from the farm; consider giving one to a friend or relative. Order online at

Matching Gift Opportunity for The Choir School at St. Peter’s Announced by Power2Give. Right now, the Leon Levine Foundation will donate 50 cents for every dollar donated to The Choir School at St. Peter’s through their Power2Give project, “Send a Chorister ‘Across the Pond’." Help make this trip of music and education a reality for all your MasterSinger choristers and enlarge your contribution by donating now before the matching funds run out.

December Brings the Seasons of Advent and Christmas

Advent Lessons and Carols and Parish Party: December 1. Mark your calendar for this 5:00 p.m. offering, when The St. Peter’s Choir and readers from all ages and walks of parish life present our annual festival of Advent Lessons and Carols followed by an intergenerational parish party. Childcare will be available during the service. The festive party will include food and crafts for children and live music. To make your reservation for the party, visit “Event Sign-up” at or call the reception desk at 704-332-7746.

Parish Family Advent Evenings begin December 4. Mark Wednesdays, December 4, 11, and 18 at 6:00 p.m., on your calendar and spread the word. The St. Peter’s family and friends of all ages will come together on three evenings for a simple meal, a period of Advent reflection, and worship. Escape the strain of the holiday season through a quiet time of expectation and wonder as we wait to celebrate the birth of our Lord at Christmas. Your reservations will help with planning. Visit “Event Sign-up” at or call the reception desk at 704-332-7746. The suggested donation for dinner is $3 per person or $10 maximum per household.

Christmas Concert by The Choir School at St. Peter’s: Come enjoy the choirs as they mix traditional carols, classic anthems, and holiday favorites to create a joyful program that has become a tradition for Charlotte audiences. Tickets go quickly for this popular concert, so buy your tickets online now or call 704-749-6146. The concerts begin at 7:30 pm at St. Peter’s on Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14. Visit for more information.

Advent Retreat to be facilitated by the Rector: Saturday, December 21. From 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Father Ollie Rencher will lead “Awaiting Love,” a distinctive morning of silence, contemplation, conversation, neighborhood walking (weather permitting), music, and closing quieter worship in the manner of the Taizé, France community. Interested adults and youth should register by Sunday, December 15, by emailing Cathy Smith or calling 704-749-6141.

The St. Peter’s Christmas Eve Pageant is coming! Mark your calendars for the following dates: Saturday, December 7, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.—drop-by to pick up costumes/parts in the church lobby; Saturday, December 21, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.—rehearsal in the church; Christmas Eve, December 24, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m—final rehearsal in the church before 4:00 p.m. worship and pageant. All children are welcome to participate. Adults are needed to assist at rehearsals and worship. Contact Director of Children’s Formation Laurie Burlington (, 704-749-6155.

St. Peter’s Community Garden News. Many, many thanks to all young and old who came out to dig, lug, and wash those sweet potatoes on November 2. They emerged in all shapes and sizes, including one as big as a pumpkin. We also had a lot of fun celebrating and blessing the garden. Last week, we threw row covers over all the crops at the last minute before the cold front came through, so all of our crops are okay. It was a wild affair in all that wind. This past weekend, we weeded the rows and finally reinstalled the row covers more securely. We have broccoli, cauliflower, many types of cabbage, kale, mustard greens, lava beans, Brussels sprouts, and turnips in the garden. With the protection of the row covers, all the crops will mature in December, giving Friendship Trays a good late-season boost. We welcome anyone who would like to join us for our adventures in the garden! We garden 365 days a year because people need to eat all year. Contact Nancy Duncan (

Contributors to Give To The Vision 2014 as of November 18. The following and other persons have offered estimates of giving to life at St. Peter’s for 2014. If you have offered your estimate but are not acknowledged, contact our Bookkeeper, Leigh Dixon-Phillips (, 704-749-6142).

Mr. Jason Abner; Dr. Monique Abner; Mrs. Jeanne Agan; Mr. Jim Amburn; Ms. Candace Armstrong; The Honorable John Arrowood; Mr. Robert Atkins; Mr. and Mrs. Justin Baldwin; Mrs. Veronica Bandy; The Reverend and Mrs. James Bartos; Mr. and Mrs. C. Robert Beaird; Mr. Robert Beardsley and Mr. Frank Steele; Mr. and Mrs. William Bellamy; Mr. Steve Bentley and Mr. David Deal; Mrs. Jacquelyn Berry; Mr. Michael Berry; Mr. Timothy Bice; Mrs. Jane Neal Bobbitt; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bowles; Mr. and Mrs. John Bradberry; Mr. and Mrs. William Britton; Mr. Neil Broncaccio; Ms. Debbie Brooks; Dr. Barbara Brown; Mr. and Mrs. John Budall; Ms. Sydney Burgess and Mr. Al McMillian; Mr. Neil Burkhead;  Mr. John Nicholas Burnett; Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Busch; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Caldwell; Dr. and Mrs. Kent Carpenter; Mrs. Elise Cathey; Mr. Earl Chance; Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Chapin; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cheshire; The Reverend Julie Clarkson; Ms. Tina Coelho; Mrs. Gina Columna; Mrs. Sue Coonen; Ms. Gloria N. Cooper; Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Corcoran; Mrs. Elizabeth Corzine; Mr. Jack Cozean; Mrs. James B. Craighill; Mrs. Kathleen Cress; Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Cudabac; Mr. John Denti; Mr. James DiMartino; Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Dresser; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Dudley; Mr. Daniel Duggan, Jr.; Mrs. Nancy Dumbell; Ms. Nancy Duncan; Dr. John Dunn; Mr. and Mrs. Kwang Edeker; Ms. Elsie Erneston; Ms. Roberta Farman; Dr. and Mrs. Robert Ferguson; Ms. Carolyn Fitzgerald; Mr. James Gabbert, Jr.; Ms. Linda Gallehugh and Mr. Ellison Clary; Mr. Samuel Gardner, III; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ghareeb; Ms. Diana Gibbs; Ms. Lydia Gittens; The Right Reverend and Mrs. Gary Gloster; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon G. Graves; Mr. and Mrs. James Green; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Greene; Ms. Mary Griffin; Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Griggs; Mr. and Mrs. Brian Hacker; Ms. Ann Haskell; Ms. Marti Henderson and Ms. Hope Westerfield; Mr. Jim Hicks; Ms. Josephine Hicks; Mr. and Mrs. William Hinson, III; Mrs. Irma Hoffman; Mr. Michael Hoffman, Mr. and Mrs. Harris Holt; Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Holtz; Mrs. and Mr. Andy Hung; Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hurdle; Mr. and Mrs. John Hurst, Jr.; Mr. Thomas Im and Mr. Michael Loose; Ms. Marie Irving; Ms. Bette Jacobs; Dr. & Mrs. David Jacobs; Mrs. Nancy Jewell; Ms. Elaine Jones; Mrs. James Johnson; Mrs. Judith Johnson; Mr. John Joslin; Mr. and Mrs. William Kalbas; Mr. Walter Kearns; Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Keith; Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Keller; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Keller, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. William Kelly; Mr. and Mrs. George Kennedy; Ms. Janet Keny and Mr. Wesley Sturgis, Jr.; Ms. Ann King and Mr. Brooks Keith; Mr. Carl and Amy Dillon King; Mr. and Mrs. John Knip; Mr. and Mrs. William Krewson; Dr. and Mrs. Chris Lakin; Ms. Letitia Landers-King; Mr. and Mrs. Owen Laracuente; Ms. Lynn Lau; Mr. and Mrs. David Lavoie; Ms. Nelda Leon and Mr. James McEwen; Ms. Lynnette Lewis; Ms. Carol Lillard; Mr. and Mrs. Nevan Little; Mrs. Trissy Lomax; Mr. Henry London, II; Mrs. Kathleen Long; Ms. Maria Long and Mr. Rob Smith; Mr. and Mrs. Dean Loven; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Lyons; Mrs. Claudia Macauley; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mandon; Mr. Elwood Manigault; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mann; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Markel; Mrs. Susanne Martin; Ms. Janie Maybeck; Ms. Susan McConnell; Ms. Judy McLeod and Mr. Richard Pierce; Mrs. Antonia Moore; Mr. and Ms. Daniel Moore; Mr. and Mrs. Micah Morrison; Mr. and Mrs. George Mundle; Ms. Mary Margaret Myers and Mr. Bill Bryan; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Nicholson, III; Mr. Charles Noe; Ms. Jillian Nunn and Mr. Matt Bossemeyer; Mr. and Mrs. C.J. O'Neill; Mr. and Mrs. Dieter Olsen; The Reverend and Mrs. Thomas Osgood; Mr. Ben Outen; Mr. Trey Owen and Mr. Wes Thompson; Mr. and Mrs. James Owens; Dr. Leland Park; Mr. and Mrs. James Partington, III; Mr. and Mrs. Tim Pechar; Mr. and Mrs. Don Peeler; Dr. William Pfischner; Mr. Terry Prince; Dr. and Mrs. William Pritchard; Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Raiford; Ms. Kristine Reid; The Reverend and Mrs. Ollie V. Rencher; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Restaino; Mr. and Mrs. Adam Reynolds; Ms. Rosalie Reynolds; Ms. Elizabeth Richardson and Mr. Michael Pawlyk; Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Ringley; Ms. Sharon Roberts and Ms. Amanda Vann; Mr. and Mrs. Terence Roche; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Roosa; Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Ruff;  Jr.Ms. Linda Sarazen and Mr. Patrick Hickert; Ms. Nancy Sarazen; Ms. Nikki Scandalios and Mr. Vince DiFrancesco; The Reverend Joslyn and Dr. Brian Schaefer; Mrs. Yvette Seaton; Ms. Katherine Semmler; Mr. and Mrs. James Shannonhouse, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. John Shumate; Ms. Anita Smith; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Smith, II; The Reverend and Mrs. Murdock Smith; Mr. Michael Spivey; Mrs. Jackie Stanley; Mr. & Mrs. Tate Sterrett; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stigall; Mrs. Norveline Thomas; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tindle; Ms. Linda Trent and Mr. Alan Lombardi; Mrs. Mary Anna Turner; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Uglehus; Ms. Julie Viveros; Mr. and Mrs. J. McDonald Welch; Ms. Mary Ann Wexler; Mrs. Cynthia White; Mrs. Hunt Williams, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. William Williamson, III; Mr. and Mrs. J. Michael Wilson; Ms. Mary Wilson; Mr. and Mrs. Dan Woodall; Ms. Ruth Woodend; Mr. and Mrs. William Wygand.

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