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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | January 7, 2014

From the Rector

Bold Followers of Jesus. Sunday, January 12, commemorates the feast of the Baptism of our Lord, and we pray, Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

All who are baptized into the name of God are called to become bold followers of Jesus. So will be the three children to be baptized on this occasion at St. Peter’s. The parents and godparents of these children will be invited to be responsible for seeing that the child they present is brought up in the Christian faith and life, and that by prayers and witness they will help the child to grow into the full stature of Christ. Whether the sacrament of Holy Baptism is bestowed on a child, youth, or adult, it involves intentional, daily growth by the individual into the full stature of Christ, that the baptized might be like Christ. 

To become a community of bold followers of Jesus is the first aspect of the four-point vision of St. Peter’s, because this need is at the core of our tradition. It is simply Christian. It does not mean that you and I understand it–nor did the followers long ago. For this reason, we have begun exploration of it as well as the other three aspects of the vision at our “Claiming Our Vision” series that started on Sunday, January 5 in the Parish Hall Forum (9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m., second floor of the Parish House). A decent group gathered with the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer and me to explore the spiritual notion of bold-following through listening, conversation, and reflection. It is our hope for the coming weeks that all adult members and newcomers, who are able, will join us for these noteworthy gatherings. 

Let us pray for one another that we might “boldly confess him as Lord and Savior” and learn to do so in thought, word, and deed. 

The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, 1/12

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, the Parish Hall Forum continues the 4-week topic, "Claiming our Vision."

9:30 a.m., for 20s/30s, in the Tower Room, a study of the book, Parker Palmer's "Let Your Life Speak." 

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.

4:30 p.m. in the Church, an organ recital with Choral Evensong following immediately afterwards at 5:00 p.m.

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 Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer to be ordained Priest on January 9. God willing and with the consent of the people, the Bishop Suffragan of North Carolina, The Right Reverend Anne Hodges-Copple, will ordain Joslyn Ogden Schaefer as a Priest in Christ’s Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church on Thursday, January 9, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s. Mark your calendars for this parish, diocesan, and ecumenical event. If you are able to contribute food to the reception after the liturgy, contact Fellowship Ministry Team Leader Kathie Knip (, 704-947-5645). Appetizers in the following categories are requested: fruit and cheese, dips/veggies/crackers, biscuits/sandwiches, specialty (your suggestion), and desserts. All children, youth, and adults will make this a most memorable evening in the life of God’s Church.

Weekday Morning Prayer and Noon Eucharist in the Chapel. On any or all weekday mornings at 7:30 a.m., consider attending the service of Morning Prayer. This less than 30-minute opportunity allows a time of quiet worship with the Eternal Word before the day unfolds. At Noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, a celebration of the Holy Eucharist lasting less than 30 minutes and called “Holy Food, Holy People” is offered as a way to pause and be fed by God at midday. All are welcome.

Daily Inspiration from the Saints at The Episcopal Church recognizes holy women and men from the past who provide us with encouragement and guidance to face the vexing challenges of our own time. Attending to the saints also broadens our sense of belonging to a family that extends from the past and into the future. St. Peter’s now offers a brief daily, online reflection based on the church calendar of saints and feasts, written by parishioner Terry Prince. Access Inspiration from the Saints at, save the page as a favorite, and reflect on the lives of other people of faith.

New Adult Forum Series continues: “Claiming Our Vision” (January 12, 19, 26), 9:30 a.m., Parish Hall. In September 2013, the Rector (Father Ollie Rencher) announced an exciting new vision for St. Peter’s. Our vision 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. The “Claiming Our Vision” four-week series will unpack each vision aspect and deepen parish-wide ownership of the vision. We will tell stories of how we have already begun to embody the vision and imagine collectively how God is inviting us to realize it more fully. Information from these sessions will be used for future strategic planning and congregational development. 

20s & 30s Sunday Book Group in the Tower Room started Parker Palmer's Let Your Life Speak on January 5 and will continue on January 12 (9:30 a.m. –10:30 a.m.). Hosted by newcomers Mary Gotschall and Kathryn Reddick, you are invited to join this formation conversation whether you have the book or not; copies have been ordered. If you will attend, email Mother Joslyn. This new offering will inform the short and long-term future of 20s & 30s offerings for Sunday mornings and possible other times of the week.

Choral Evensong and Organ Recital on Sunday, January 12. On Sunday, January 12 Susan Talley, Organist and Assistant Music Ministry Director at Covenant Presbyterian, will present an organ recital at 4:30 p.m. featuring works by Pachelbel, Bach, Rheinberger, and others. Immediately afterwards, at 5:00 p.m. the clergy and The Evensong Choir at St. Peter’s lead a service of Choral Evensong, sung evening prayers. After the service there will be a reception of light refreshments in the Parlor.

Sunday Evening Worship at St. Peter’s on January 19. 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.

20s & 30s Monthly Evening Gatherings start in January. By popular demand, reserve Third Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. (versus past Wednesdays) for a monthly, predictable time of fellowship and more. For January, the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher and his wife Ellie will host a 20s & 30s Epiphany Party at their home on Sunday, January 19 at 6:30 p.m. This will follow the third Sunday 5:00 p.m. "Service of Light and Holy Meal" at St. Peter's. Come to the party whether or not you attend evening worship. If you will attend, bring a dessert or beverage of choice. Barbecue, sides and more will be provided. RSVP via email to Cathy Smith, Executive Assistant to the Rector by Friday, January 17.

Senior Class (55+) Luncheon on Tuesday, January 21. Mark your calendar and join others for an informal lunch gathering at Greek Isles restaurant located at 200 E. Bland Street, Charlotte NC 28203. Contact Mary Griffin (704-364-5268) or Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) for more information and to sign up.

Pub Theology returns in 2014 on Thursday, January 23 at a new time. Drop in any time between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Sir Edmond Halley's Restaurant & Freehouse in Park Road Shopping Center for Pub Theology. Hosted this month by the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, our topic will be “Finding Quiet in a Noisy World.” If it is a challenge to find quietness of any sort amid whatever noise surrounds, join others for a chat about it and ponder solutions – and bring a guest. Both nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages will be available. Let us know you’re coming by registering online.

St. Peter’s partners with Loaves & Fishes. St. Peter’s has partnered with Loaves & Fishes after several years of feeding our neighbors through Project 5000. All persons have an opportunity and are encouraged to bring one or more food items for Loaves & Fishes to St. Peter’s. Current priority needs include canned meats, canned pasta, cereal, canned fruit, and 100% fruit juices. (No glass, please!) Large red collection barrels are located on the Gallery of the Parish House near the entrance to the chapel. There is no need to sign up ahead of time. Visit the “Serve” tab at or contact St. Peter’s coordinator, Judy McLeod (, 704-277-8895), to learn more.

Room in the Inn (RITI) at St. Peter’s. St. Peter’s is among dozens of churches in the Charlotte area that help to house our homeless neighbors through the RITI, administered by the Urban Ministry Center, from December until March. Every Wednesday night during this four-month period, we provide a place to sleep and meals for a dozen people and have an ongoing need for supplies. If you can donate any of the following, please put them in the RITI donation basket in the Parish House Lobby: standard-size pillow covers (not pillow cases, but hygienic covers to protect the pillows); travel-size deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and moisturizing lotion; and travel-size umbrellas. To learn more about RITI, contact coordinator Des Keller (, 205-243-6989).

“Jerusalem” IMAX Movie: Sunday, February 2, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Join fellow parishioners as we go next door to Discovery Place to watch the 40-minute film “Jerusalem” after a light lunch at St. Peter’s. From the producers: “The film will convey the story of Jerusalem in all its beauty and diversity, illuminating global public opinion and understanding about Jerusalem on a vast scale. We seek to present an exceptional vision of Jerusalem – as a city of universal historical, spiritual, cultural and archaeological importance – and to promote, with unprecedented impact, tolerance and goodwill between Jews, Christians and Muslims.” Click here to sign-up for this event and stay tuned for more details. 

Discerning God's Call, Manifesting Christ's Light: An Epiphany Retreat on Saturday, February 8. Have you ever asked any of these questions: What did God put me on earth to be and do? How am I called to be Christ's hands and feet? How do I listen for God's voice? Where can I find divine guidance? Please join Leighton Ford and parishioner Elizabeth Richardson at St. Peter's on Saturday, February 8th from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. to explore ways to discern God's call, to listen to God. This time will include prayer, Scripture, poetry, visio divine (gazing at holy images), music, and silence. RSVP by clicking here or call the parish reception desk at 704-332-7746. A suggested donation of $10.00 will cover costs associated with the retreat.

Monday, January 6 - Update on Give To The Vision 2014. The 2014 Annual Fund Leadership Team gives thanks for the following persons and others who, as of January 6, 2014 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 contribute to this holy process. Thus far, $739,994 from 252 estimates has been committed. We look forward to the receipt of additional 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. Michael Baker; Mr. and Mrs. Justin Baldwin; Mrs. Veronica Bandy; Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bass; 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; Mr. Earl Bernard; Mrs. Jacquelyn Berry; Mr. Michael Berry; Mr. Timothy Bice; Ms. Donna Black; Mrs. Jane Neal Bobbitt; Ms. Annie Bowles and Mr. Eric Wilkins; Mr. & Mrs. Erskine Bowles; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bowles; Mr. Mark Boyd and Mr. Andre Fleuriel; Mr. and Mrs. John Bradberry; Mr. and Mrs. John Brien; 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. Neil Burkhead; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Burlington; Mr. John Nicholas Burnett; Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Busch; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Caldwell; Dr. and Mrs. Kent Carpenter; Mr. Rob 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; Ms. Lisa Cox; Mr. Jack Cozean; Mrs. James B. Craighill; Mrs. Kathleen Cress; Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Cudabac; Mr. John Denti; Mr. James DiMartino; Ms. Mebane Dowd; Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Dresser; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Dudley; Mr. Daniel Duggan, Jr.; Mrs. Nancy Dumbell; Ms. Nancy Duncan; Dr. John Dunn; Mr. and Mrs. Kwang Edeker; Ms. Elsie Erneston; Ms. Roberta Farman; Dr. and Mrs. Robert Ferguson; Ms. Carolyn Fitzgerald; Ms. Joy Floyd; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ford; Mr. James Gabbert, Jr.; Mr. Brian Gallagher and Mr. Terry Prince; Ms. Linda Gallehugh and Mr. Ellison Clary; Mr. Samuel Gardner, III; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gardner; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ghareeb; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Gilman; Ms. Diana Gibbs; Ms. Lydia Gittens; The Right Reverend and Mrs. Gary Gloster; Ms. Mary Gotschall; 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; Mr. Randy Haith; Ms. Ann Haskell; Mr. Robert Headley and Mr. Robert Pinkston; Mr. Calvin Hefner; 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; Ms. Katherine Jane Hughes; Mrs. and Mr. Andy Hung; Mrs. Beth Hunt; Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hurdle; Mr. Daniel Hurley; Mr. and Mrs. John Hurst, Jr.; Mr. Doug Hutto; Mr. Thomas Im and Mr. Michael Loose; Ms. Marie Irving; Ms. Bette Jacobs; Dr. & Mrs. David Jacobs; Mrs. Nancy Jewell; Ms. Elaine Jones; Mrs. James Johnson; Mrs. Judith Johnson; Mr. John Joslin; Mr. and Mrs. William Kalbas; Mr. Walter Kearns; Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Keith; Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Keller; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Keller, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. William Kelly; Mr. and Mrs. George Kennedy; Ms. Janet Keny and Mr. Wesley Sturgis, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. Keith Kepley; Ms. Ann King and Mr. Brooks Keith; Mr. Carl and Amy Dillon King; Mr. Tom Kiser; Ms. Maureen Kivney; Mr. and Mrs. John Knip; Mr. and Mrs. William Krewson; Dr. and Mrs. Chris Lakin; Ms. Letitia Landers-King; Mr. and Mrs. Owen Laracuente; Ms. Lynn Lau; Mr. and Mrs. David Lavoie; Mr. Scott Lawrence; Ms. Denise Lawton; Ms. Nelda Leon and Mr. James McEwen; Ms. Allison McMurry and Mr. Jake Cordell; Ms. Lynnette Lewis; Ms. Carol Lillard; Ms. Shirley Linn and Mr. Dumont Clarke; 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 and Mr. Bill Bryan; Mr. and Mrs. Drew Nicholson; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Nicholson, III; Mr. Charles Noe; Mr. and Mrs. Jay Norton; 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. Ben Outen; Mr. Trey Owen and Mr. Wes Thompson; Mr. and Mrs. James Owens; Mr. James Henderson Padgett; Thomas Haughton Pardee; Dr. Leland Park; Mr. and Mrs. James Partington, III; Miss Edith Pearson; 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; Ms. Kristine Reid; The Reverend and Mrs. Ollie V. Rencher; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Restaino; Mr. and Mrs. Adam Reynolds; Ms. Rosalie Reynolds; Ms. Elizabeth Richardson and Mr. Michael Pawlyk; Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Ringley; Mr. Greg Robbins;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; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Schroeder; Mrs. Yvette Seaton; Ms. Katherine Semmler; Mr. and Mrs. James Shannonhouse, Jr.; Mr. Matthew Sharp; Mr. and Mrs. John Shumate; Mr. Larry Skipper; Ms. Anita Smith; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Smith, II; Mr. Logan Smith; The Reverend and Mrs. Murdock Smith; Mr. Michael Spivey; Mrs. Jackie Stanley; Mr. Robert Steppe; Mr. & Mrs. Tate Sterrett; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stigall; Mrs. Norveline Thomas; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tindle; Ms. Linda Trent and Mr. Alan Lombardi; Mrs. Mary Anna Turner; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Uglehus; Mr. and Mrs. Ruard Veltman; Ms. Julie Viveros and Mr. Daniel Oller; Ms. Kristine Wade; Mr. and Mrs. J. McDonald Welch; Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Welman; Ms. Mary Ann Wexler; Mrs. Cynthia White; Mrs. Hunt Williams, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Williamson; 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; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Young.
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