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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | November 12, 2013

From the Rector

Consuming God’s Holy Word. Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Collect for the Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost)

Pentecost—the longest and final season of the church year calendar—will soon come to a close. Before we know it, we will mark the beginning of the church year with Advent (December 1). Since the Day of Pentecost (May 19), you and I have been invited through corporate worship as well as personal devotion to celebrate the birth of God’s Church by focusing on the teachings of Jesus and becoming better followers. Our worship space has been decorated with intense “green” paraments (fabric hangings on the altar, pulpit, and lectern) to remind us visually that we, like plants, need nourishment to live more fully into our Baptismal Covenants with God. Through the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist and engagement of God’s Holy Word, we are bound to grow.

Every day of the church year, we are encouraged to slow down and be still enough to take advantage of or create opportunities to learn from the holy Scriptures. This we might do by reading from the Bible, listening more attentively during worship, exploring an online devotional, or attending one of the formation offerings of the parish. The holy Scriptures were written for individual consumption so that we may know more about the people of God who have gone before us. Written long ago by broken and sinful women and men with complicated stories, they inform how we today might write our own stories of faith (and doubt and faith and doubt and faith). Let us consume God’s Holy Word, get really full, and rest assured that life will only get better. Undoubtedly, we will grow in holy ways to equip us even more for the journey of life. If you want to talk with your clergy about your journey with God’s Holy Word and faith, please contact one of us.

The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, 11/17

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, a Service of Light and Holy Meal, a Communion service based on the music and rhythms of the Taizé community in France.

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

St. Peter’s hosts The Episcopal Church’s live forum “Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America” on Friday, November 15. From 1:45 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall, our diocesan bishop, The Right Reverend Michael B. Curry, will serve as a panelist for this national, historical event. Click here for more information and, if you plan to come, email Mother Joslyn Schaefer. This event will be one of several follow-up conversations to our November 6 screening of “Traces of the Trade.”

Weekday Morning Prayer Returns to St. Peter’s and Needs You. A team is organizing the return of weekday Morning Prayer to the Chapel at St. Peter’s. Beginning Monday, December 2, at 7:30 a.m., this daily contemplative service will last no more than 30 minutes. To explore whether or not you might be called to serve as a worship leader, email Doug Hutto ( or call 704- 674-6868.

Adult Formation offerings continue on Sundays and Mondays. Sunday morning includes two offerings at 9:30 a.m. In the Parish Hall, the “Call to Outreach and Social Justice” four-week series, which started November 10, focuses on how we might serve and respect the dignity of others and includes an expansion on questions raised by the “Traces of the Trade” film and conversation hosted at St. Peter’s on November 6.

  • In the Parlor, the “Prayer, Art, and Music” four-part series continues this Sunday. We hope that participants will emerge with a greater appreciation for how God uses our senses, especially our ears, eyes, and hands, to convey grace. The series began with Ben Outen, St. Peter’s Director of Music and Organist, who led a discussion about the connection between spirituality and music based on his work as a church musician for over 20 years.
  • Monday’s offering, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Library, focuses on “liturgy and life” and will go through December 2. Join others for evening conversations to explore what we do together in worship and how it connects with your daily life. Because we are ordering books for this course, contact Mother Joslyn Schaefer (, 704-749-6150) if you plan to attend.

Let’s all take a hike on Saturday, November 16. Pull out your hiking boots and backpacks for a youth- and child-friendly hike at Lake Norman State Park. Don’t miss the chance to experience nature with your St. Peter’s family. There is no cost. Bring water, snacks, and lunch for you and yours. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Lakeshore trailhead, located near the Cove picnic area. To let us know you’re coming, email Director of Children's Formation Laurie Burlington or call 704-749-6155.

Sunday Evening Worship at St. Peter’s on November 17. At 5:00 p.m., experience our monthly “Service of Light and Holy Meal,” worship based on the quieter music and rhythm of the Taizé community in France. In a setting of peaceful light, all ages can engage in simple song, silence, scripture, and Holy Communion. This unique service is offered the third Sunday of every month to broaden worship styles at St. Peter’s. Consider changing your schedule on that day to worship in the evening.

Senior Class (55+) Luncheon on Tuesday, November 19. Mark your calendar and join others for an informal lunch gathering at Shun Lee Palace (4340 Colwick Rd. in Cotswold). Contact Mary Griffin (704-364-5268) or Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) for more information and to sign up.

Our next 20s/30s Fellowship meets Wednesday, November 20. The Rector (Father Ollie Rencher) will host this month’s weekday gathering on November 20, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Fuel Pizza on South Boulevard. All younger adults, married or single, without or with children, and any others they might wish to bring are invited. Also note that this month’s fourth Sunday gathering of 20s/30s will be on November 24; meet for 5:00 p.m. Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) followed by 6:00 p.m. supper at Rock Bottom Brewery. Let us know you’re coming via an email to Father Ollie Rencher.

St. Peter’s New Men’s Fellowship meets twice a month. All men are invited to breakfast on the first and third Thursdays of the month, at 7:00 a.m., at Toast in Dilworth (2400 Park Rd., Charlotte 28203) for a relaxed 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. Our next breakfast is November 21.

St. Peter’s offers Thanksgiving Eve Service on November 27. Bring neighbors, family, and friends to worship with your parish family on Wednesday, November 27, 5:30 p.m., through the service of Evening Prayer with music. All ages are invited to this intentional offering on the eve of the national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada 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 hosted by the Rector (Father Ollie Rencher) on December 26 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Stay tuned for details.

Holiday Shopping Help from The Choir School throughout November. You now can pre-order your holiday greenery (wreaths, trees, 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

New 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.

Looking Ahead: December Brings the Season of Advent
Advent Lessons and Carols: December 1. Mark your calendar for this 5:00 p.m. offering, when the St. Peter’s Choir and readers from all walks of parish life present our annual festival of Advent Lessons and Carols followed by an intergenerational parish Advent party. Childcare will be available during the service. The festive party will include food and crafts for children and live music. Stay tuned for RSVP details.
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 according to the new schedule (adopted in March) for the annual meeting of the parish. 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. Stay tuned for RSVP details.

Give To The Vision 2014: November 11 Update on Estimates of Giving for 2014. The 2014 Annual Fund Leadership Team gives thanks for the following persons who, as of November 11, have offered their estimates of giving. As we work toward our goal of $1,000,000 and seek 100% participation by all households to create an operating budget for 2014, all estimates are essential for this holy process. Thus far, $618,461 from 194 estimates has been committed. We look forward to future financial commitments to the vision and values of St. Peter’s Church.

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. John Nicholas Burnett; Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Busch; Mr. Neil Burkhead; 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; Dr. John Dunn; Mr. and Mrs. Kwang Edeker; Ms. Elsie Erneston; Ms. Roberta Farman; Dr. and Mrs. Robert Ferguson; Mr. James Gabbert, Jr.; Ms. Linda Gallehugh and Mr. Ellison Clary; Mr. Samuel Gardner, III; 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. John Hurst, Jr.; Mr. Thomas Im and Mr. Michael Loose; Ms. Marie Irving; Ms. Bette Jacobs; Ms. Elaine Jones; Mrs. Nancy Jewell; Mrs. Judith Johnson; Mrs. James Johnson; Mr. John Joslin; Mr. and Mrs. William Kalbas; Mr. Walter Kearns; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Keller, Jr.;  Ms. Janet Keny and Mr. Wesley Sturgis, Jr.; Ms. Ann King and Mr. Brooks Keith; Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Keith; Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Keller; Mr. and Mrs. William Kelly; Mr. and Mrs. George Kennedy; Ms. Janet Keny; Carl and Amy Dillon King; Mr. and Mrs. John Knip; Mr. and Mrs. William Krewson; Ms. Lynn Lau; Mr. and Mrs. David Lavoie; Ms. Nelda Leon and Mr. James McEwen; Dr. and Mrs. Chris Lakin ; Ms. Letitia Landers-King; Mr. and Mrs. Owen Laracuente; Ms. Lynnette Lewis; Ms. Carol Lillard; Mrs. Betty Little; 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; 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. Trey Owen and Mr. Wes Thompson; Mr. and Mrs. James Owens; Dr. Leland Park; Mr. and Mrs. James Partington, III; Ms. Elizabeth Richardson and Mr. Michael Pawlyk; 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; The Reverend and Mrs. Ollie V. Rencher; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Restaino; Mr. and Mrs. Adam Reynolds; Ms. Rosalie Reynolds; 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. and Mrs. Robert Stigall; Mr. & Mrs. Tate Sterrett; 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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