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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | October 22, 2013

From the Associate Rector

Sacraments are the “outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace.” In the Episcopal Church we honor two Gospel sacraments that Jesus instituted: Baptism and Eucharist. In both of these experiences, the Church uses the stuff of daily life—grapes, grain, and water—in a sacred way, affirming that God’s grace courses through the physical world. Indeed, I think it is impossible for us humans to really separate the physical from the spiritual. God’s grace is expressed in powerful and particular ways when it is met by our humility and the intentions of our gathered prayers at the baptismal font and altar. Beyond the two Gospel sacraments, we also acknowledge five additional “sacramental rites” that the Church has received through the guidance of the Holy Spirit: Confirmation, Ordination, Holy Matrimony, Reconciliation of a Penitent, and Unction of the Sick.

This Sunday we are all invited to participate in the sacramental rite of Confirmation through our prayers and presence. Confirmation and Ordination are peculiar among the traditional seven sacraments because they require the presence of a bishop. In both, the bishop’s hands are part of the “stuff of daily life” that is used to convey God’s grace. Of course, our hands, too, especially when used to “seek and serve Christ in each person,” may also manifest God’s grace in the world. But the presence of the bishop at Confirmation and Ordination is important because it manifests each person’s connection in the wider Church—a Church that extends through space in the present moment in dioceses throughout the world and a Church that extends through time, tracing itself back to Jesus in Bethlehem and forward to Jesus when “he comes again in glory.”

While over 40 of our brothers and sisters take the important step of expressing a public and mature commitment to Christ, I ask your special prayers for and support of their lives and ministries. It is an honor to learn how God’s image is revealed in particular ways through each of them—and indeed through each of us.

The Reverend Deacon Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, Associate Rector

Sunday, 10/27

We welcome the Right Reverend Michael B. Curry, Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina for his visitation to St. Peter’s. He will preach and celebrate at the morning services; confirm, receive, and reaffirm those who have participated in the Inquirers’ Class; and lead a conversation during the Parish Hall Forum.

8:30 a.m. in the Community Room, "Holy Chow" Breakfast until 9:25 a.m. $4 per person and $15 per household maximum.

9:30 a.m., For all adults, a time for "Conversation with Bishop Curry" meets in the Parish Hall, 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, a festive reception honoring those confirmed, received, and blessed; our visit from Bishop Curry; and the "Give to the Vision" annual campaign.
5:00 p.m. in the Church, Choral Evensong. The MasterSingers at St. Peter’s and the clergy lead a service of "sung evening prayers." A reception of light refreshments follows the service in the Parlor.

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

The Return of Weekday Morning Prayer to St. Peter’s. Led by parishioner Doug Hutto, a small lay leadership team is organizing the return of weekday Morning Prayer to the Chapel at St. Peter’s. Stay tuned for notices about the first offering of this contemplative weekday service to be said daily at 7:30 a.m. and to last no more than 30 minutes. To explore whether or not you might be called to serve as one of the worship leaders (officiants), contact Doug (, 704- 674-6868).

“Saints Alive” Diocesan Retreat for Middle School Youth: November 2–3. Join friends from all the Charlotte Episcopal churches for a one-night retreat at Camp Dogwood on Lake Normal to learn all about the saints in your life and how you, too, can be a saint. You can expect good food, fun, games, and fellowship along with joyful worship and praise. The sign-up deadline is Thursday, October 24, online at (Click the Youth button at the top of the page to go to the Fall Youth Event tab on the right. Click the tab and scroll down to Online Registration.) Cost is $50; scholarship money is available. Contact Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt (, 704-763-3564) for more information.

This Month’s Pub Theology: Thursday, October 24, at Rock Bottom Brewery. Drop in any time between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Rock Bottom Brewery for this month’s Pub Theology. Hosted this time by The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, our topic will be “The Peace That Passes All Understanding.” In response to our constant, natural search for peace in all things, join church friends and visitors for an important discussion. Come with your questions and a guest. Both nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages will be available. Let us know you’re coming by registering online.

“Amazing Maize” Maze at Rural Hill: Friday, October 25. Bring your own flashlight and an appetite for adventure, and meet your St. Peter's family at the Amazing Maize (corn) Maze at Rural Hill on Friday, October 25, at 6:00 p.m. Pack a picnic dinner or purchase dinner on site. There will even be music and bonfires, weather permitting. The whole of Rural Hill’s 265 acres is available during maze hours. Take a hayride around the farm, play a round of corn-hole, explore the historic site, play in mini-mazes, hike the trails, pick a pumpkin, and more. Families are welcome to do as much or as little of the maze as they wish; exits are available throughout in case anyone runs out of energy or patience. Buy tickets online at beforehand and bring them with you. Cost is $15 for ages 13 years and older, $10 for ages 5–12; children 4 and under are free. Children are welcome to wear Halloween costumes to the event. E-mail Director of Children’s Formation, Laurie Burlington ( if you plan to come.

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.

Sunday Morning at St. Peter’s concludes with festive reception: October 27. Our diocesan bishop, the Right Reverend Michael B. Curry, will be with us throughout the morning beginning with 8:00 a.m. worship and ending with our festive reception after 10:45 a.m. worship, which will honor the class of adult and youth candidates for confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation. The Parish Hall Forum, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., will include a time for “Conversation with the Bishop.” If you can contribute food items for the reception, e-mail Kathie Knip ( to let her know what you can bring and the quantity so that a good balance of foods will be available to all. We request heavy hors d’oeuvres in the following categories: fruit and cheese, dips/veggies/crackers, biscuits/sandwiches, specialty (you suggest), and desserts. Thanks for your consideration. Spread the word to any and all about this festival day. This also is Commitment Sunday for the Give To The Vision 2014 annual fund campaign; read more below.

Sunday Evening Worship at St. Peter’s: October 27. At 5:00 p.m., The MasterSingers (teen ensemble) from The Choir School at St. Peter’s and clergy will lead a service of Evensong, “sung evening prayers.” The music sung by our teen choir will include Responses by Heathcote Statham, Canticles by William Mathias, and an anthem by Ola Gjeilo. A reception of light refreshments follows the service in the Parlor.

20s/30s Gather for Choral Evensong and Supper: October 27. All 20s and 30s are invited to the unique worship experience of 5:00 Choral Evensong and then to move across the street to Rock Bottom Brewery for a casual supper hosted by the Clergy. If you cannot attend worship but can attend supper, let us know your plans either way by sending an e-mail to Father Ollie Rencher. Spread the word about a great Sunday evening in Center City Charlotte.

Holiday Shopping Help from The Choir School throughout October. After Sunday’s service, purchase Belk Charity Day $5 tickets, which allow you to attend Belk's Charity Day sale on November 9 and receive spectacular deals not offered to the general public. Your $5 will be refunded at checkout, so it costs you nothing: You get the discount and The Choir School keeps the $5. Proceeds help fund the 2015 MasterSingers’ England trip to Salisbury Cathedral. Also, 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

St. Peter’s and Trinity Episcopal School Harvest Celebration: Saturday, November 2. Come join in as we harvest our abundant crop of sweet potatoes and then celebrate our community garden (East 8th and North Davidson streets) with a Rogation Liturgy on Saturday, November 2, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Rogation Liturgy is marked by “processing around the fields,” celebrating God’s mercy, and asking for blessings upon the garden and for the grace of good and bountiful future harvests as well as thanksgiving for this year’s harvest. We will start digging sweet potatoes at 2:00 p.m. and have the brief rogation service at 3:00 p.m. The service will be followed by refreshments and more potato digging if we haven't finished. Bring your favorite shovel and any musical instruments that you enjoy playing, as making a joyful noise is part of the procession. If you are interested in helping with refreshments by making a batch of cookies, let us know. This event is for all ages. E-mail or call Nancy Duncan at 704-609-6222 so we can make sure we have enough food.

“Traces of the Trade” comes to St. Peter’s: Wednesday, November 6. In the documentary “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors, many of whom were Episcopalians, were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. Episcopalians Constance and Dain Perry, both of whom have North Carolina roots (Dain’s mother is also a descendent of the famous family), will spend an evening at St. Peter’s for a citywide screening of the 90-minute film followed by a 60-minute conversation in the Parish Hall. Starting with 5:30 p.m. contemplative worship in the church and ending with a post-film conversation, a memorable experience about reconciliation awaits and will be followed up with future conversations throughout Charlotte. Heavy appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Complimentary childcare will be available. Spread the word to family, friends, and colleagues, and make your reservation today at or 704-332-7746 for this free event. Learn more about the film at If you want to serve on the hospitality team for the evening, contact Cathy Smith (, 704-749-6141).

New Adult Formation offerings begin Monday evenings in November. Have you ever wondered how what we do together in worship connects with your daily life? Would you like to deepen the spiritual practice of engaging in liturgy? If so, we invite you to attend a four-week series on Liturgy and Life, offered on Monday nights from November 11 through December 2, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the Library. Because we will order books for this course, contact Mother Joslyn ( if you plan to attend. All are welcome.

Give To The Vision 2014: Update on Estimates of Giving for 2014. The 2014 Annual Fund Leadership Team would like to thank the following persons who, as of October 21, have offered their estimates of giving to the financial administration office. As we work toward our goal of $1,000,000 in estimates by Commitment Sunday (October 27), these gifts to the glory of God are priceless. Thus far, we have raised $404,610.00 from 118 estimates of giving and look forward to receiving future ones toward the vision and values of St. Peter’s Church.

Dr. Monique Abner; Mr. Jim Amburn; The Honorable John Arrowood; Mr. Robert Atkins; Mr. & Mrs. Justin Baldwin; Mrs. Veronica Bandy; The Reverend and Mrs. James Bartos; Mr. and Mrs. C. Robert Beaird; Mr. and Mrs. William Bellamy; Mrs. Jacquelyn Berry; Mr. Timothy Bice; Mrs. Jane Neal Bobbitt; Mr. Samuel Bowles; Mr. and Mrs. John Bradberry; Bill Bryan & Mary Margaret Myers; Mr. and Mrs. John Budall; Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Busch; Mr. Neil Burkhead; Dr. and Mrs. Kent Carpenter; Mr. Earl Chance; Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Chapin; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cheshire; The Reverend Julie Clarkson; Mr. Ellison Clary and Ms. Linda Gallehugh; Ms. Tina Coelho; Mrs. Gina Columna; Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Corcoran; Mrs. Elizabeth Corzine; Mrs. James B. Craighill; Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Cudabac; Mr. James DiMartino; Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Dresser; Mr. Daniel Duggan, Jr; Mrs. Nancy Dumbell; Dr. John Dunn; Ms. Elsie Erneston; Dr. and Mrs. Robert Ferguson; Mr. James Gabbert, Jr.; Mr. Samuel Gardner, III; Ms. Lydia Gittens; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon G. Graves; Mr. and Mrs. James Green; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Greene; Ms. Mary Griffin; Ms. Ann Haskell; Mr. Jim Hicks; Mr. & Mrs. William Hinson, III; Mrs. Irma Hoffman; Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Holtz; Mr. and Mrs. John Hurst, Jr.; Mrs. Nancy Jewell; Mrs. James Johnson; Mr. John Joslin; Mr. & Mrs. William Kalbas; Mr. Walter Kearns; Mr. Brooks Keith and Ms. Ann King; Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Keith; Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Keller; Ms. Amy Dillon King and Carl King; Mr. & Mrs. William Krewson; Ms. Lynn Lau; Mr. and Mrs. David Lavoie; Ms. Nelda Leon; Ms. Lynnette Lewis; Ms. Carol Lillard; Mrs. Betty Little; Mrs. Trissy Lomax; Mr. V. Lombardi & Linda Trent; Mr. Henry London, II; Mr. Samuel Lyons; Mr. Elwood Manigault; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Markel; Mrs. Susanne Martin; Ms. Janie Maybeck; Mr. James McEwen; Ms. Judy McLeod; Mr. Al McMillian and Ms. Sydney Burgess; Mrs. Antonia Moore; Mr. and Mrs. Micah Morrison; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Nicholson, III; Mr. and Mrs. C.J. O'Neill; Mr. and Mrs. Dieter Olsen; The Reverend Thomas Osgood; Mr. Trey Owen and Mr. Wes Thompson; Dr. Leland Park; Mr. and Mrs. James Partington, III; Mr. Michael Pawlyk and Ms. Elizabeth Richardson; Mr. and Mrs. Tim Pechar;  Mr. and Mrs. Don Peeler; Dr. William Pfischner; 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; Mr. and Mrs. Terence Roche; Ms. Rosalie Reynolds; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Roosa; Ms. Linda Sarazen and Mr. Patrick Hickert; The Reverend Joslyn Schaefer; Mrs. Yvette Seaton; Mr. and Mrs. James Shannonhouse, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. John Shumate; Ms. Anita Smith; Mr. Rob Smith and Ms. Maria Long; Mrs. Jackie Stanley; Mrs. Mary Anna Turner; Mr. and Mrs. J. McDonald Welch; Ms. Hope Westerfield; 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

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