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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | August 6, 2014
For some time, this space has been filled primarily with the wisdom of our clergy. Going forward, in addition to their thoughts, reflections will be offered by lay staff members.   
The goal is to provide you with an even broader understanding of what goes on in daily life at St. Peter’s from those who assist the clergy in ministry leadership. So often, our lives are so busy that we don’t think of a church as having a “life” beyond Sunday worship. But the truth is that St. Peter’s is a vibrant, thriving place with opportunities for learning, fellowship, involvement, and inspiration.
To help you take advantage of these opportunities, the lay staff members will tell their stories – to share with you the work they do, the goals for which they strive, and the passion with which they embrace their role at St. Peter’s.
You may see a column by Director of Music and Organist Ben Outen about upcoming events associated with one of our incredible choral ensembles, or a piece by Sunday Catechesis Coordinator Anna Hurdle on a new program that will enrich the lives of our children. In another week, Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt might reflect on mission trips undertaken by our youth and their leaders. 
We hope that this glimpse into the vibrant life here at St. Peter’s will encourage you to take a fresh look at how you make the church a part of your life. Maybe you will take time to attend a concert or take a formation class. Perhaps you will venture to one of our Pub Theology sessions to learn and meet new people. The doors are always open and these columns are your invitation to explore.
We look forward to sharing our stories with you.
— Leslie Shiel, Director of Communications

Sunday, 8/10

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

Reconciliation Movie Series. A Class Divided will be shown at 4:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

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
7:30 a.m.
Morning Prayer in the Chapel
Tuesdays and Thursdays
"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
The Seal of St. Peter's Episcopal Church
"You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church."
Formation Offerings

During the remainder of summertime, St. Peter’s is offering a variety of Formation (Education) programs and Special Events. Click here for the calendar.
Lions and Lambs: Keeping Relationships Healthy and Whole, Sunday, August 17. The Reverend L. Murdock Smith, PhD, will lead this examination of how personal behaviors and patterns affect our relationships with our partners. This discussion will examine how we can grow both individually and as a couple. Using family systems, biblical examples and theological traditions, we will learn how to be healthier in our relationships. The class will meet from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall.
Formation (educational) 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 also marks the return of Sunday “Holy Chow” Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the Community Room.
Learn more about the Anglican Tradition. All those who would like to learn more about the Anglican 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. Registration forms will be available at the Reception Desk or online. For more information contact Director of Ministry Development Mary Virginia Woodall at Youth seeking participation should contact Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt at  
Kerygma: The Bible in Depth. 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 Sunday, September 8 will be led by The Reverend L. Murdock Smith, PhD and will examine the Old and New Testament.  Through this in-depth learning experience using readings, discussion and reflections, you will receive a deep understanding of the biblical story and faith journey. The course will meet from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. in the Library. Click here to register online. The cost of course materials is $35. For more information contact Father Murdock Smith at 

Special Events

Reconciliation Movie Series: Sunday, August 10 viewing of the third and final film, A Class Divided.  All are invited at 4:00 p.m. to the Parish Hall for this free event at the end of our summertime movie series. A Class Divided follows the impact of an experiment by Jane Elliott, a teacher in a small, all-white Iowa town in 1968. Elliott divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups and gave them a daring lesson in discrimination. This is the story of that lesson, its lasting impact on the children, and its enduring power 30 years later.  The film will be introduced by Dr. Tom Hanchett, Staff Historian at Levine Museum of the New South and followed by a discussion facilitated by parishioner Geoffrey Curme and our Rector, the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher.  A variety of adult and children’s beverages and snacks will be available, and the discussion will wrap up before the 6:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist. Click here to register. 
Charlotte Pride Parade 2014: Sunday, August 17. St. Peter’s will participate in this year’s parade by (1) walking in the 1:00 p.m. parade with a team from St. Peter’s who will carry St. Peter’s church banner, (2) offering hospitality in St. Peter’s churchyard before, during, and after the parade and (3) donating to Charlotte Pride, Inc. ( The event is open to participation by all LGBTQ persons and Straight Allies alike. For information about how to get involved, contact parishioner Bob Beardsley (, 704-544-0609).
Celebrating our Diversity. Celebrate and share in the rich diversity that makes up St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at a special potluck on Sunday, August 24 following 10:45 a.m. worship. All are invited to bring a traditional family gathering dish to share with others in the Parish Hall. Contact Kathie Knip (, 704-947-5645) or Mother Joslyn Schaefer ( about what dish you plan to bring and for more information.
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
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 register. 

Parish News
Parish Retreat Weekend at Kanuga, September 12-14: Registration Now Open. We will gather at Kanuga Conference Center near Asheville from suppertime on Friday, September 12 until lunchtime on Sunday, September 14. Cost of this all-inclusive getaway time is $175 (adults), $95 (youth 10-18 years), $56 (children 5-9 years), free for children under 5 or $350 (household maximum). Lodging, meals, activities for all ages, worship, special music and more are included in the cost. Reservations with payment are required to secure spots on a first-come-first-serve basis. As of yesterday, 73 paid reservations have been made toward our group capacity of 120 people. Reservation deadline is Sunday, August 24. Click here to register and pay.
The 20s/30s Fellowship will gather for its Third Sunday Supper on August 17 at Rock Bottom Brewery at 7:15 p.m. after the 6:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist.  All, including those with children, are welcome to attend all events.
Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry Mission Trip. A mission trip will visit the Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry in Newton Grove August 12-14. If you cannot attend, consider making a donation of money to support this diocesan ministry (make checks out to St. Peter’s with Farmworker Ministry in the memo line) or donate gently used clothing, new or used blankets, new bandanas, toiletries, and socks using the collection bin in the Gallery of the Parish House. When considering clothing to donate, choose clothes that are easy to work in: T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts or button-downs, work pants, khakis, and any cotton items. Those attending the mission trip can click here to complete payment and registration.
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.
Senior Class Lunch. The Senior Class will hold its monthly lunch trip on Tuesday, August 19 at Toast, 2400 Park Road in Dilworth at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Mary Griffin (704-364-5268) or Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276). In addition, 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. RSVP to Hannah Craighill at 704-334-6276 by Friday, August 15.
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. The staff is putting the final touches on “Life at St. Peter’s” — an overview of Fall Programs and Events at St. Peter’s. Copies will be sent to homes, will be available at St. Peter’s and will be available for download on
Holy Faces Directory. With the deadline for photo submission closed, we have started the process of putting St. Peter’s new directory together. Stay tuned for details about how to order your copy of “Holy Faces.”
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. 
Beyond Our Doors: Serving beyond St. Peter’s. 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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