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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | June 4, 2013

From the Rector

O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Collect for the Third Sunday after Pentecost)

In the gift, abundance, glory, and craze of every new day, you and I are invited to immerse ourselves in God – more than anyone or anything else. In thought, word, and deed, we are called to delve deeper into our discipleship. In the mystery of love, as faithful followers of Jesus, we are given the daily opportunity to be all about God, even as we might struggle with the meaning of this.

Today, I am reminded of a collection of prayers and worship resources developed in Salisbury, England, during the 13th century, called the Sarum Primer. It was used throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, as well as some parts of continental Europe and continues to be a gem for daily devotion. May the following words from the Primer bless our journeys with the Creator and devotion amid the fullness of life.

God be in my head, and in my understanding;
 God be in mine eyes, and in my looking;
 God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
 God be in my heart, and in my thinking;
 God be at mine end, and at my departing.

– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, 6/9

After 10:45 worship, Coffee hour in the Parlor, hosted by St. Peter's baristas.

Next Sunday
Summertime Monthly Evening Worship: June 16, 5:00 p.m. If you have yet to attend it, mark your calendar and bring guests to our new monthly Service of Light and Holy Meal in the manner of the Taizé, France Community. In a setting of peaceful light, this unique service for adults, youth, and children offers simple, repetitive song and chant, scripture, silence and Holy Communion. Offered the third Sunday of every month since February, we look forward to broadening worship styles and opportunities at St. Peter’s. Spread the word. See photographs from the February offering.

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong
(resumes September 29)
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)


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."

Coming Soon

St. Peter’s New Outreach Opportunity. Our Outreach Ministry Team is seeking volunteers for Hawthorne Place, a transitional shelter for homeless families located at St. John’s Baptist Church in the Elizabeth community of Charlotte. During one week this summer and another this fall, volunteers will provide and share a main meal or stay overnight (in a private room with private bathroom). If you are interested in learning more about ways to volunteer in this new program, contact parishioner Nelda Leon (704-641-6148, If you are looking to get involved with outreach through St. Peter’s, contact ministry team leader Helen Krewson (803-831-5930, 
Auditions for The Choir School at St. Peter’s. The Choir School is auditioning children ages 7 and up for the 2013-2014 season. If your child enjoys singing and you appreciate the value of exceptional music education, visit to learn more. To request an audition time, contact Kay Johnson at the Choir School office (704-749-6146, Auditions are being held on the evenings of June 10 and 11.
Heartland Baroque will perform Alpine Flowers: Friday, June 7, 12:10 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. This dynamic instrumental ensemble (Martha Perry and David Wilson - violins, Barbara Blaker Krumdieck - cello, and Billy Simms -Theorbo and baroque guitar) is thrilled to perform a program of 17th century music featuring composers on each side of the Alps: Biber, Buxtehude, Legrenzi, and Corelli along with others.
Opportunity to Return Music Series to St. Peter’s. Several years after the end of the rather popular Chamber Music at St. Peter’s series, today we are presented with an incredible, fast-response-needed opportunity: to partner this fall with St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson to offer a weekday music series at St. Peter’s. Recently, our Rector called a meeting with board members of Music at St. Alban’s and our Director of Music and Organist Ben Outen to explore this unique community outreach opportunity. September 2013-May 2014 during lunchtime on a certain Monday of each month, a variety of music artists would gather at St. Peter’s and repeat a variety of six free-of-charge concerts (French café music, Celtic holiday music, gospel and spiritual choral, and a Bach fest), having offered them the Sunday evening before at St. Alban’s. Three additional concerts would be offered at and determined by St. Peter’s and not yoked with St. Alban’s schedule. For these artists, series administration by a non-member of St. Peter’s staff, a brilliant way to draw myriad people into our doors, marketing/advertising expenses and more, our non-budgeted portion of the “bill” to be shared with St. Alban’s is approximately $28,000. If you would like to pledge financially at any level to make this series opportunity a reality, contact the Rector directly (704-749-6140 or by Monday, June 10 and indicate how much you will pledge. Challenge: The Rector and several others, from their personal finances, already have pledged $200 each to the series and invite others to consider either matching or exceeding their pledges. If St. Peter’s is unable to raise the funds for the coming season and join St. Alban’s, we would pass on the opportunity for this year. Thanks for your consideration.
Prayers for The MasterSingers and Boys and Girls Tour Choirs during their June tour. The Choir School at St. Peter’s annual tour will include stops in Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, Jackson, MS, Baton Rouge, LA, and New Orleans from June 13 through 20. The choirs will sing concerts and worship services along the way. Follow their progress on the choir website: and please keep the Choir School staff, choristers, and families in your prayers.
Reception for Mary Ann Danchess: Friday, June 14, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Parlor and Gallery at St. Peter’s. You are invited to a light lunch reception honoring Finance and Administration Manager Mary Ann Danchess as she prepares to leave Charlotte on Tuesday, June 18 for new work in Florida. If you will attend this come-and-go gathering for any length of time, please respond by clicking here or calling the parish reception desk at 704-332-7746. The Rector, Vestry, and Staff look forward to joining you for this thanksgiving occasion.
Coming Soon
Your Prayers offered by the Journey to Adulthood (J2A) Pilgrim Class. Final preparations are underway for their long-awaited and hard-earned pilgrimage to holy sites in Milan, Assisi and Rome, Italy. June 25 through July 4, they will walk in the footsteps of the saints they have studied this year, especially St. Ambrose, St. Francis, St. Peter, and St. Paul. They will celebrate Eucharist in the chapel at their convent quarters in Milan and in the San Callista Catacombs of Rome. As has been customary for centuries of pilgrimages, our Pilgrims will offer prayers for each of you: as you have helped them in so many ways along this five-year journey toward their pilgrimage. In addition to our general prayers, we would like to take any specific prayers you have for yourself or loved ones to offer at the Duomo in Milan, in San Damiano, the church St. Francis rebuilt in Assisi, and at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Please e-mail your prayer requests to Lyn Holt ( before June 25. This year’s pilgrims are Lee Cathey, Gabby Celecia, Eliza Erneston, Roland Ghareeb, Kate Hickert, Frankie Keller, Lucy Keller, Eric Kennedy, Patrick Knip, Cameron Little, Carter Little, Kristen Mahler, Cullen McMillian, Montana Roberts, and Gabby Thomas. Adult leaders are Mike Hoffman, Jan Keny, Logan Smith, Lyn Holt, and Fr. Ollie Rencher.
Edith Pearson’s 99th Birthday Celebration: Sunday, June 30 after 10:45 a.m. worship. Mark your calendars for a special celebration. We simply can't let that day pass without letting Edith know how happy we are that she has been a member of St. Peter's all of her life. She was baptized here and continues to be present and active, just as she has been for nearly a century. This light lunch, including birthday cake, will be in the Martha Bowles Parish Hall. If you are among the few who may not know Edith, this is your chance. On that day, we would like to present St. Peter’s with a new fair linen for the altar in honor of Edith; several linens need to be "retired" from service. If you would like to contribute to the linen, contact Ann Hinson (, 704-375-8249) or Irma Hoffman (, 704-521-6862). If you plan to attend, please notify Ann or Irma and indicate what you plan to bring for this light lunch. Join us as we mark the beginning of Edith's 100th year. If you attend, you also will be able to greet our new Associate Rector, Joslyn Schaefer on the day after her ordination as Transitional Deacon at Church of the Good Shepherd in Raleigh.

Our next celebration of Holy Baptism will take place on Sunday, July 14 at 10:45 a.m. If you would like to be baptized or to have your child(ren) baptized, contact Mary Virginia Woodall ( or 704-749-6141) no later than Friday, June 28.
A Message from the Rector concerning St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Charlotte. In light of the May 30 suspension of services and operations of St. Andrew’s Church in East Charlotte, after a period of conversation between the parish and the diocese, the community of St. Peter’s faithfully is called to be prayerful and welcoming. Let us pray for all who are directly or indirectly affected by this outcome and welcome those who might visit St. Peter’s in search for a new “church home.” The Bishop of North Carolina, The Right Reverend Michael Curry, has issued a letter regarding this matter, a copy of which is available for pick-up in the Parish House. 

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