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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | March 4, 2015
Crafting God’s Tapestry at St. Peter’s

In the preface of God’s Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences by the Reverend William “Bill” Kondrath, I am struck by a powerful proclamation that moves me to even greater thanksgiving for life at St. Peter’s. Kondrath writes that “people of faith are the threads, fibers, cords, yard, filaments, twine, and cables that God weaves together into magnificent mutually protective and supportive art that reflects to the world the wonder of the Artist and provides warmth and security in what might otherwise be a cold and dangerous environment.”
 
This proclamation reminds me that you and I and those who come and go from the doors of our parish church, in faith, are interconnected in ways that cannot be separated. Not only are we interwoven with one another. We are called to be in relationship with the “other,” whomever the “other” may be, because she or he equally is created in the image of God the Artist. The more that we can see the face of God in each other, the more we can embrace the brilliant fact that we, as human beings, are a tapestry.
 
Every day, God grants us the opportunity to participate in the craft of weaving holy relationships with one another of all sorts and conditions. Relationships within and beyond our common life at St. Peter’s or wherever we call our spiritual home actually matter. Regardless of how we individually might approach faith or life or other people, I am convinced that each of us has a role to play in weaving relationships to the glory of God.
 
I look forward to engaging the events of St. Peter’s Lenten Reconciliation Weekend, March 6-8, to delve totally into the concept of “God’s Tapestry.” It is my honor to welcome Bill Kondrath as one of the weekend facilitators and as the preacher for our 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. liturgies on March 8. May blessings abound along our Lenten journey.
 
–The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, March 8

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., 5:00 p.m., and 6:15 p.m.

Worship Schedule

SUNDAYS
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
WEEKDAYS
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m.
Morning Prayer in the Chapel
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Noon
"Holy Food, Holy People," Holy Communion (about 30 minutes in the Chapel)

 

Links

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

On Sunday, March 8, we welcome the Reverend William “Bill” Kondrath as the guest preacher for the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. liturgies and as the facilitator for the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum. Kondrath is recently retired from Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass. where he served as Professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of Theological Field Education.
 
Parish Hall Forum on Sunday, March 8 for Adults and Youth. The Reverend William “Bill” Kondrath will present “Connecting to Our Ancestors in Faith as a Means of Reconciliation” at 9:30 a.m. as part of the current five-week series focusing on the power of forgiveness and reconciliation. The three practical goals of the series are to 1) deepen our ability to live in the reality of God’s love; 2) forgive others and release resentment; and 3) forgive oneself. Adults and youth are invited to attend this open session, the last event of the March 6-8 Lenten Reconciliation Weekend based on God’s Tapestry.
 
The book God’s Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences is now available for purchase at the reception desk for $20 for all to participate in a parish-wide book study during Lent. The author, the Reverend Dr. William Kondrath, will serve as one of the facilitators for our March 6–8 Lenten Weekend of Reconciliation. You can also pay for and reserve a copy online and pick it up at the reception desk. The Rector and Associate Rector will blog throughout the season based on reflections.

The MasterSingers at St. Peter’s and the St. Peter’s clergy will sing Evensong, sung evening prayers, this Sunday, March 8 at 5:00 p.m. This hour-long service of prayer and song is among the most beloved of Anglican liturgies and is offered every other Sunday from September through March. A reception of light refreshments takes place in the Parlor just after the service. If your Sunday schedule keeps you away from St. Peter’s in the morning, consider attending this service or the service of Holy Eucharist at 6:15 p.m.

Visual Changes in Our Sacred Space during Lent. The 40-day covering of certain religious symbols, including images and processional crosses is part of what is called the “Lenten Array.” Medieval symbols depicted in the dossal, which now covers the mosaic at the altar, are a rooster (crowed after Peter’s third denial of Jesus) and what appears to be the combination of a lance (used to pierce the side of Jesus as he hung on the cross) and a reed (was placed in Jesus’ hand as a royal scepter in mockery). On Jesus’ right is the Blessed Virgin Mary and to his left stands Saint John the Evangelist, as the scene depicts the moment Jesus tells John that Mary is now her mother and that John is now her son (John 19:25-26). At the foot of the cross is the image of Jesus as Lamb of God. To learn more about the history of our dossal, visit the “Worship and Music” tab at www.st-peters.org or pick up a copy from the common space in the parish house lobby.

Special Events
 
Lenten Retreat Weekend: “God’s Tapestry: A Lenten Weekend of Reconciliation,” March 6–8 (this weekend), register now. We will have a variety of options for participation – plan to attend what you can by registering at http://web.st-peters.org/rsvp. Friday night, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., will feature a free family-style meal and a program. Childcare is available after the meal by emailing Laurie Burlington (lburlington@st-peters.org) for a reservation. Saturday’s program, “Reconciling Our Minds, Our Hearts, and Our Relationships to Others,” is from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Sunday our Parish Hall Forum will be “Connecting to Our Ancestors in Faith.” Facilitators for the events are Episcopal Church Missioner for Social Justice and Advocacy Engagement, Chuck Wynder, Jr.; The Reverend Dr. William Kondrath, author of the book, God’s Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences; and St. Peter’s Rector and Associate Rector. Register online or at the parish house reception desk as soon as possible. Note: During Lent, a parish-wide reading of God’s Tapestry is underway; to acquire the book, you can also pay online and pick it up at the reception desk.

Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s continues its second season on Monday, March 16 with an organ recital by renowned organist Dr. Marilyn Keiser. Dr. Keiser is Chancellor’s Professor of Music Emeritus at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington. Prior to her appointment at Indiana University she was Organist and Director of Music at All Souls in Asheville, N.C. This special concert, showcasing our C. B. Fisk pipe organ, will be offered at both Noon and 7:30 p.m. Both concerts are free. Learn more at www.centercityconcerts.org.

Parish News

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday. Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour.

Would you like to be a Coffee Hour Barista? Our Fellowship Ministry is seeking more people to share in the ministry of hosting refreshments in the parish house lobby after the 10:45 a.m. service. You can be part of a team to serve once a month on the first Sunday, serve on the second Sunday, every other month, or jump in any Sunday. As a “barista” (an Italian word for coffee house server), you would bring your choice of simple light refreshments and prepare coffee and lemonade. Contact Kristine Reid (kmrlady@ymail.com) for details and consider asking a friend to join you in hosting.

St. Peter’s needs your service. Did you know it takes about 100 parishioners to support a “regular Sunday” at St. Peter’s? Assisting with our liturgies or other ministries is more than volunteering – it is ministry, one of the ways we “serve Christ in one another.” We need additional persons to serve to enhance support of worship, programs, and parish administration. Whether behind-the-scenes on the Altar or Flower Guild, as an Usher, a Welcome Host, or a weekday Volunteer Receptionist at the Parish House, we need you. To learn more, please contact Director of Ministry Development Mary Virginia Woodall (mvwoodall@st-peters.org, 704-749-6151). Join the crowd. Share the privilege. Make a difference.

Advanced Planning for Funerals: Lent has been a season when many Christians acknowledge the reality of death and look to the promise of resurrection. The clergy of St. Peter’s recommend that parishioners complete an Advanced Planning for Funerals worksheet for our files. Many families find funeral planning easier when their loved ones have indicated their wishes beforehand. You can download a copy of the worksheet from this page on our website and return it to the Parish House reception desk. Please contact clergy with any questions or to request a meeting about this topic.

The Spring Social for Parents of Youth (ages 12 – 18) is Saturday, March 14, 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Mix and mingle with fellow parents dealing with all the fun, frustration, and fear of raising teenagers to be happy, (w)hol(l)y adolescents and adults for light hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, tea, and coffee at the home of Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt (3334 Windsor Drive). We will be joined at 6:00 pm by a skilled Charlotte family therapist, Laurie Howell, who will briefly share her insights on raising teens and answer any questions you may have about family therapy or children/adolescent counseling. Watch your inbox for more information.

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

Morning Prayer Outside the Church and Throughout the City. In addition to our regular offering of Morning Prayer (8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday), you can attend Morning Prayer throughout the city six days a week. Sites include Southminster, Nova’s Bakery, Wells Fargo Atrium, and others. To learn more visit http://web.st-peters.org/morning-prayer.

All are invited to celebrate the Tenth anniversary of Samaritan House on March 5, 2015, 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The luncheon will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church on E. Morehead St. The speaker is Dave Richard, Deputy Secretary of N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Tickets are $40 and may be obtained from Carol Lillard, Ruth Woodend, or www.thesamaritanhouse.org.

Levine Lecture Explores Latino Migration to N.C.: On Monday, March 9, Anthropologist Hannah Gill, Director of the Latino Migration Project at UNC, will present the annual Levine Lecture at the Levine Museum of the New South. The lecture begins at 6:00 p.m. The event is free but RSVPs are required (anwillia@uncc.edu or 704-687-0015). This lecture is relevant to St. Peter’s because our Social Justice sub-committee has identified immigration as one of its focus areas.

Statewide Summit on Immigration & Faith: Saturday, March 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Durham, N.C. Registration is free but required. To RSVP visit www.ncchurches.org. Workshops include “Children and Mother in Detention at the Border,” “Unaccompanied Minors in N.C.,” and “Children in the Fields of N.C.”
 
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