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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | April 1, 2015
Do not be alarmed. When Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome arrived to the tomb to anoint the crucified body of Jesus, they encountered a young man who greeted them with the words, “Do not be alarmed.” He went on to say, “you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.”

Not unlike the people of God long ago who were present for the first Easter, it strikes me that you and I, for a whole host of reasons, might find the great mystery of the Resurrection hard to believe; that we actually might be alarmed. Our very human attempts and seemingly cultural encouragement to make sense of all things in life, that either have occurred or might occur, often leave us with more questions than answers. Even around instances whereby our Creator does the impossible, miracles happen daily, good things strangely happen to those who we might deem unworthy, and a “green blade riseth from the buried grain,” we want answers.

Easter invites us to consider the inexplicable reality that death is not the final answer. God in Christ told his followers, and all who were listening, that they would see him again; that they might not recognize him; that eternal life, made possible only by the Creator, is the final answer. Easter also invites us to embrace and act on our Parish Vision, which is to become a community of bold followers of Jesus, a crowd that effects good change for the world, a place known for radical love and welcome, and a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte.

May our Easter hearts open us to be transformed into a people of hope, justice, and love, who no longer are alarmed by the capacity of God and do all things in the name of Jesus.

–The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, April 5

Worship services at 7:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m., and 6:15 p.m.

An Easter Day reception takes place in the churchyard immediately following the 11:00 a.m. service.

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
Evensong (resumes Fall 2015)
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
Holy Week and Eastertide at St. Peter's. Observances for Maundy Thursday take place at Noon and 7:00 p.m. The St. Peter’s Choir will provide 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.

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.

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

Christian Formation for all ages resumes April 12. Adults meet for the Parish Hall Forum beginning at 9:30 am.  The Forum topic is “Easter Continues: The Great 50 Days.” Ever notice that the Easter season is ten days longer than Lent? Come explore theological and liturgical traditions of the Great 50 Days.

Special Events
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. Any time we gather for worship at St. Peter’s, please observe our pre-worship custom of silence for prayer and meditation and 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.

Advance Directives Workshop: On Friday April 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. St. Peter’s will host Carol Anne Lawler, Faith Community Educator of Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, will present an overview of hospice and palliative care, and address how to have the conversation about Advance Care Planning. She will also cover how to know when it is time for hospice, how to make a referral, and how the organization is funded. Please plan to attend this workshop which aims to educate and empower individuals to learn more about the right questions to ask when making important healthcare decisions.

“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 dinner are: Adults, $15.00; Youth ages 12–18, $10.00; Children 6–11, $7.00; under 6, no charge; household maximum, $47.00. Adult beverages also be available for purchase with your dinner. Your attendance will help our 10th and 11th graders on their Pilgrimage to Spain this summer. Ticket purchases may be made online at; via the Pilgrim Class before and after worship Sunday, April 12; or by contacting Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Formation (, 704-763-3564. If you have an item or service you can 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).

Prayer Shawl Knitting Group. Come join a dedicated group of knitters first and third Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. We meet in the Parlor to work on prayer shawls to be blessed and given to parishioners who are ill, recovering, or simply celebrating a life changing event. All levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome. Bring your needles and yarns and come join this group of individuals and share in this very meaningful ministry. Contact Linda Smith ( or Jim Amburn  ( for more information.

Special youth group meeting for our Journey to Adulthood youth (6th – 12th grades), Sunday, April 26, 6:00 pm–8:30 p.m. Youth from St. Martin’s, Holy Comforter, and St. Mark’s will join St. Peter’s youth for fellowship, dinner, and a presentation by Charles Odell about the pitfalls of teenage drinking and drug use. Mr. Odell is an Episcopalian who grew up in Charlotte and is Executive Director at Dilworth Center for Chemical Dependency, an outpatient treatment center for teens and young adults. RSVP to Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt ( by April 20.
The summer High School Mission Trip to Roanoke, Va. is July 28 through August 2. We will work with REACH Youth Missions, to help people of Appalachia with home repairs and a variety of other needs. The cost for this life-changing opportunity is $240 per person which includes all food, transportation, lodging, and mission work supplies. Scholarships are available as needed. We will be joined by youth and leaders from St. Martin’s, St. Mark’s, and Holy Comforter. RSVP by April 15 to Lyn Holt (

All St. Peter’s youth grades 6–12 are encouraged to come on the Journey to Adulthood Beach Trip, May 15–17. Join your St. Peter’s friends at the beach for fellowship, worship, a little bit of learning and lots of fun. Cost for this adventure is $65 (scholarships available). We will ride to the beach together in 15-passenger vans and will stay in a rented beach house. Please direct questions to Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt ( Please sign up and pay by May 1.

St. Peter’s Annual Fund and Every Member Canvass for 2015. The Vestry, Stewardship Ministry Team, and Finance Committee extend a Eastertide 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 and reflect on some of the reasons that people have pledged, visit

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.

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 April. This month’s focus is canned fruit. (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.
  • Choir School Spring Concert, May 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m.. Buy tickets now.
  • 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.
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