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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | September 3, 2015

Deep Peace In Times Like These

Daily, it seems, we find ourselves reading, seeing, hearing about, and even experiencing something that leaves us with a feeling of unrest, fear, anxiety, concern, anger, sadness, or hopelessness. Where, we might ask, is the peace and when will it come? Our cultural sweep of responses, questions, and emotions are what make us fully human. Furthermore, I find that they also present us with an opportunity to entrust ourselves, one another, and the situation at hand into the care of God—the one who can make the impossible possible, in a timeframe forever different from our own.

Our desire for deep peace in times like these, paired with a weekly presence at one or more of the various worship offerings of St. Peter’s, is bound to bless and prepare us for whatever will come our way. Even when we think we cannot make it to a liturgy of the Church and we end up making it, something about us—and our day—becomes different. The worship experiences of the Church are crafted to be like nothing else we do in life. They are readily available to fill us with the sustenance that Christians require to enter and endure each day of their lives. More often than not, I know for myself and learn from others that the deeper I am willing to go into God informs the level of peace that I am able to find.

“The peace of God, it is no peace, but strife closed in the sod. Yet let us pray for but one thing—the marvelous peace of God.” Long ago, Mississippian William Alexander Percy (1885-1942) wrote these words, set to the hymn tune “Georgetown.” In times like these, let us receive them as an invitation to spend intentional if not radical time, amid hectic lives, around God’s Table at St. Peter’s. From God’s Table, we are sent in peace to love and serve the only One from whom deep peace may be found.

God’s blessings and peace to your journey,

–The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, September 6

Worship services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

"You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church."

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
Evensong (resumes September 13)
5:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
with Music (begins September 13)
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m.
Morning Prayer in the Chapel
"Holy Food, Holy People," Holy Communion (about 30 minutes in the Chapel)



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Formation and Worship Offerings

Formation Celebration for All Ages, September 13: Plan to begin your Sunday, September 13 morning with “Holy Chow” breakfast from 8:30 a.m. until 9:25 a.m. in the Community Room on the second floor of the Parish House. Then gather in the Parish Hall at 9:30 a.m. for an intergenerational time to celebrate our new season of nurturing our spiritual journeys. From there, we will head out to special offerings that continue until 10:30 a.m.:
  • Inquirers’/Confirmation classes in the Parlor
  • 20s and 30s, a presentation on Worship and the Arts by Paul Keller in the Tower Room
  • Journey to Adulthood classes in the Young Adults in the Church (YAC) Meeting Room in the Youth Suite on the basement level
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in the Children’s Atrium
For a different kind of worship experience, you may want to plan to attend “Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s” when it resumes on September 13 at 5:00 p.m. with the traditional service of Choral Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) before the Holy Eucharist. This new offering will last approximately one hour.
Note: Childcare for infants and toddlers up to age two is available 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Infant and Toddler Center, located on the main floor of the Parish House, closest to the worship space.
Register Children for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Parents are asked to fill out a new registration form for all children from 18 months to 12 years who will participate in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd this year. This will help us assure that all information is accurate. Register online ahead of time to streamline the first day on Sunday, September 13. Contact Anna Hurdle (, 704-749-6156).
Register Now for Kerygma: September 7 is the final day to register for the upcoming study of the Gospel of Luke. RSVP online now to be part of this Bible study led by The Reverend Murdock Smith. Sessions are on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. starting on September 14 through December 21. Text and materials cost $25.00. Contact Father Murdock (

Youth Confirmation Retreat: In addition to confirmation classes, all 11th and 12th graders are encouraged to participate in a one-day retreat on Saturday, September 19, at the home of youth leader Jim DiMartino, 4417 Barwick Rd., 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. This is preparation for Bishop Curry’s October 4 parish visit, when he will confirm, receive, and reaffirm youth and adult candidates. Classes will be held on September 13, 20, 27 and October 4 during the Formation hour (9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.) in the YAC Meeting Room in the Youth Suite. RSVP for the retreat to Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt (

New Formation Partnership: St. Peter’s Church and The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman. Starting this month, Formation (education) at St. Peter’s will commence a creative partnership with former Program Director of Urban Ministry Center (UMC), The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman. Hanneman retired in April after fifteen years of service, with primary oversight for UMC’s Room in the Inn program. He accepted an invitation from The Rector to assist our parish family and the wider community with ways to nurture spiritual journeys through prayer, education, and action. As our “Formation Partner,” Hanneman will work from an office on the second floor of St. Peter’s Parish House to organize and facilitate small and large group program offerings. Offerings focused on the Enneagram, Bridges Out of Poverty, and Servant Leadership are on the horizon and more is available in the Fall 2015 edition of “Life at St. Peter’s.”

Special Events

Newcomers’ Luncheon: Mark your calendars for the Newcomers’ Luncheon on September 20, immediately following the 10:45 a.m. service. RSVP online.

RSVP Now for the Shrimp Boil Fundraiser: Join your parish friends for our Fifth Annual Parish Shrimp Boil Dinner on Saturday, September 26, to raise funds for the 2017 youth pilgrimage. This adults-only event takes place at 6:30 p.m. on the rooftop of St. Peter’s Parish House. This all-you-can-eat fundraiser features a cooked-on-site Low Country Boil of shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, and Andouille sausage. Sides include coleslaw, French bread, cheese grits, and peach cobbler, served with a choice of local brews, wine, or iced tea. The cost for this event is $35. RSVP online by Sunday, September 20. This event is limited to 100 diners due to the size of the venue.

20s and 30s Whitewater Rafting: An outing to the National Whitewater Center for St. Peter’s 20s and 30s is planned for September 20, approximately 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to rafting, the Center also offers rock climbing, a ropes course, and just relaxing outdoors. For details about the cost of admission, as well as carpooling or parking, contact Katie Nelson (, 704-737-4753).

Organist Elizabeth Lenti Kicks Off Center City Concerts, September 21: Our own Elizabeth Lenti is the featured organist when the 2015-2016 Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s season launches with a concert for organ and brass on Monday, September 21. The concert, which will be at noon in the church and repeating at 7:00 p.m., will offer music ranging from French bombastic music to atmospheric portrayals of Easter morning. William Osborne will conduct. The concerts are free. Watch the Parish House Lobby bulletin boards or visit for additional information on the series.            
Parish News

The Parish Offices and House will be closed on Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day. 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer will not be offered but will resume on Tuesday, September 8 in the Chapel.

Confession, Repentance, and Commitment to End Racism Sunday, September 6: In the aftermath of the June 17 massacre at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, where nine congregants were murdered, the AME Church has asked the Episcopal Church to join them in solidarity as they respond with acts of forgiveness, reconciliation, and justice. The Episcopal Church, along with many ecumenical partners, will stand in visible solidarity with the AME Church in Washington D.C. at the “Liberty and Justice for All” event in early September. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and President of the House of Deputies the Reverend Gay Clark Jennings issued a letter calling on St. Peter’s and all Episcopal congregations to participate. Expect related collects to be included in the liturgies at St. Peter’s on Sunday, September 6. Most important, stay tuned for ways each of us will be able to engage this holy work through initiatives to be facilitated by St. Peter’s Social Justice Committee over the coming weeks and months.

Life at St. Peter’s” Now Online. In addition to paper copies of the Fall 2015 edition of “Life at St. Peter’s” mailed to member households, you can read it online here as well as start planning for a full and rich season of worship, programs, and events here at St. Peter’s. This one-stop shop will be a primary resource to stay informed and get involved in the variety of our common and life.

Holy Chow Breakfast Needs Your Help, Sign Up Today: Recruitment is underway for Holy Chow cooking/hospitality teams, especially for third Sundays, beginning Sunday, September 13, at 9:30 a.m. This popular weekly (September–May) breakfast resumes as another way to deepen connections within the parish family by sharing a morning meal. If you can serve or have questions, contact Sam Gardner (, 704-651-0286).

Chronic Illness Support Group: Anyone who lives with a chronic illness is invited to attend this group, which is a time for prayer and meditation followed by a discussion on a spiritual topic. Meets on Thursday, September 10, 3:00-4:00 p.m., in the Parlor. Contact the Reverend Jonathan Soyars (, 704-749-6150).
Pet Loss: This support group for those who have experienced the loss of a pet is facilitated by a grief counselor and a veterinarian on Thursday, September 10, 7:00 –8:30 p.m. in the Tower Room. Contact Wes Sturgis (, 704-621-8613).
Habitat for Humanity 2015 Building: St. Peter's parishioners will join 11 other churches to build two Habitat for Humanity homes on Saturday, October 3. These homes will be located in the Lakewood Community. We need 24 volunteers to get started installing siding on both homes. Sign up online. If you cannot join us on October 3 but wish to help on any other day of the build, sign up here. Contact John Knip (, 980-721-4850).
Fighting Hunger: You can help fight hunger locally and globally by participating one of two ways in this year’s CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 18. You can walk or you can donate money to support a walker. This year, you can also learn more by attending an Adult Forum on September 27 with the Reverend Barbara Thomas with Church World Service, which receives 75% of CROP Walk funds. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details in the weeks ahead. Contact John Brien (, 704-535-8096).

Holy Faces Member Directory: The most up-to-date photo directory of St. Peter’s members will be available online beginning Monday, September 7. If you haven’t already set up your personal St. Peter’s online account to access the directory and more, please do so at If you do not have Internet access or prefer a paper copy of the directory, directories also will be available for $5.00 purchase (check or cash) at the Parish House reception desk on Sundays and on Monday-Friday whenever the desk is staffed.

Acolyte Required Training Sessions, September 13 and September 20: The Rector has appointed Brian Hacker as new Acolyte Master effective September 2015. Mr. Hacker’s ministry will follow the faithful service of Mike Hoffman who will assist Hacker and the Clergy with the transition. No later than Wednesday, September 9, all interested children or parents of children who are fifth grade and older must contact Brian Hacker (, 626-824-9462) to register for one of the required Acolyte Training sessions to be offered on Sunday, September 13 and 20, 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be included. On Sunday, September 20, all members of St. Peter’s Acolyte Guild will be commissioned during the 10:45 a.m. liturgy.

Sign Up Sunday for Small Dinner Groups: Sign-up has begun in the Parish House lobby for new Small Dinner Groups. Groups will launch this fall, beginning with a covered dish luncheon on Sunday, September 27. Contact coordinators Julie Lavoie (, 704-341-0240) or Candace Armstrong (, 704-523-3868) for more information.
Outreach and Social Justice: Every day we see evidence of injustice and inequality in the world—racial prejudice, immigration issues, poverty, hunger, abuse, health disparities…and the list goes on. How should we, as Christians, respond? What kinds of advocacy activities should St. Peter's be involved in? St. Peter's Social Justice Committee will tackle these key questions in the coming months and we want everyone with a passion for social justice to be involved. Please consider being a part of this initiative. The committee will meet monthly beginning this fall to plan activities for the coming year. The committee needs to be large and to reflect the diversity of St. Peter's congregation. Interested in helping set social justice priorities? Contact Linda Gallehugh (, 704-620-4304).

Welcome, Susannah Irwin Schaefer. Our Associate Rector, The Reverend Joslyn Schaefer, gave birth to Susannah Irwin Schaefer in the late afternoon of Wednesday, August 26. All is well with mother, child (6 pounds, 1 ounce, 19 inches), husband Brian, and son Elias (age 6). The Schaefer’s extend appreciation for the continual prayers and support of the parish family, and indicated that they are well covered with meals and more from family and friends. Any cards or packages may be directed to the Parish Office. During the maternity leave of the Associate Rector, the Rector will share updates with the parish family and is grateful for the new ministry of our Interim Associate Rector, The Reverend Jonathan Soyars.

Interim Associate Rector, The Reverend Jonathan Soyars: The Rector has appointed one of our Assisting Priests, the Reverend Jonathan E. Soyars, to serve as Interim Associate Rector while our Associate Rector, the Reverend Joslyn Odgen Schaefer, is on maternity leave until November 29. In addition to liturgical duties on Sundays and Tuesdays, Soyars will serve as the primary clergy resource contact for Pastoral Care and Formation (Education) matters. His primary office hours at the Parish House will be Sunday through Tuesday, and he can reached at 704-749-6150 or For after-hours emergencies concerning a member, dial 704-749-6175 to reach the Clergy On Call.
Personnel News from The Rector. On Monday, August 31, I respectfully accepted the resignation of Facilities Lead, Kevin Nunnery, who has decided to take some time off and pursue other endeavors. Friday, September 11, will be his last day of employment. Currently, I am working with Kevin and the Wardens (Mark Boyd, Dave Lavoie) to outline how facilities management will be organized. Because personnel employment matters are limited to the employee and me, Kevin and I will appreciate your respectfulness of our confidentiality agreement. It has been an honor and privilege to serve with Kevin, since I arrived in September of 2012. On behalf of the Personnel Committee, Vestry, Clergy, and Staff, I give thanks for his loyal and faithful service, which first commenced in 2001, and trust that you will join me in holding his transition in prayer for blessings. Between now and Friday, September 11, Kevin intends to maintain his normal days and hours, which means he will be around working on several projects with Facilities Assistant, Steven Yanku. Steven will remain in service, most likely according to a different schedule and arrangement. Stay tuned for an announcement about how the parish family might honor his leave-taking. Meanwhile, let us give thanks for Kevin’s ministry to life at St. Peter’s and wish him Godspeed. - The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Beyond our Doors

Activist Dr. Cornel West to Speak: Prominent and provocative activist Dr. Cornel West will speak twice in Charlotte during the month of September. On Thursday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m., he will speak on Activism: Lifting Up the African American Traditions of Freedom Fighting and Activism for Social Change through the Arts and Culture at the Harvey B. Gantt Center Knight Theater. And on Thursday, September 24, at 7:15 p.m., he will speak on Justice: What Love Looks Like in Public at First Presbyterian Church, 200 West Trade Street. The clergy at First Presbyterian Church have extended a special invitation to the clergy of St. Peter’s to encourage parish participation. If you plan to attend either event, click here.

Charlotte Convocation Celebration Honoring Bishop Michael Curry and Mrs. Sharon Curry, October 3: The Diocese of North Carolina will hold one of three celebrations in honor of Bishop and Mrs. Curry in Charlotte as they prepare to move into the next stage of their journey with The Episcopal Church. On Saturday, October 3, Christ Church (1412 Providence Road) will host an event at 2:00 p.m., beginning with a short liturgy and including time to say good-bye to the Currys, thank them for their dedication, and wish them well. If you plan to attend, the Diocese asks that you register online by Friday, September 18. A "Celebration Fund" has also been established to purchase vestments for Bishop Curry, make a contribution to the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry in his and Mrs. Curry's honor, and give them a farewell gift. Or mail your check, made out to the Diocese of North Carolina with the memo line "Celebration Fund," to Diocesan House, 200 W. Morgan St., Ste. 300, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Looking Ahead: Mark Your Calendars

Sunday, October 4 – Bishop’s Visitation
October 16, 17 and 18 – Bridges Out of Poverty seminar and Parish Hall Forum
Sunday, October 18 – CROP Hunger Walk to fight hunger locally and internationally

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