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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | June 10, 2015
Vacation Bible School: Register Now

Vacation Bible School will take place August 3–7 this summer. The theme is that of a medieval pilgrimage. In order to grow together in faith, help from many parishioners is needed. Will you join us on our journey? Following are four ways that you can help us seek the Kingdom of God.

Mastercraftspeople – Mastercraftspeople lead a guild of pilgrims from activity to activity through the week of VBS. This role includes some lesson preparation and physical presence while VBS is in session (from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.).

Pilgrimage preparers – This role entails preparing the guild rooms for the week of VBS with decorations according to the theme of the week/guild and acquiring any materials the guilds will need to use in their guild rooms. Volunteers in this role are not required to be present during VBS week.

Pilgrimage patrons – Patrons will be responsible for acquiring the materials needed for craft activities during the street fair. During the course of the week pilgrims will experiences 25–30 different crafts. A Pilgrimage patron will choose one or more craft activities and supply the items needed to do a specific activity(ies). A patron will receive a list of required materials and is not responsible for making up the craft activity. This role does not require volunteers to be present during the week of VBS.  

Street Fair Artisans – Artisans will lead pilgrims in a specific craft activity during the street fair. This role requires a volunteer to be present at VBS from about 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the day that they are available to lead an activity.

Email me at lburlington@st-peters.org if one or more of these roles appeal to you. Last year’s VBS was a rousing success. I hope you will experience A Second Pilgrimage: Still Seeking the Kingdom of God with us this year! Register now.

–Laurie Haynes Burlington, Director of Children's Formation

Sunday, June 14

Worship services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. A special healing service takes place 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.
Evensong (resumes Fall 2015)
5:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
with Music (resumes Fall 2015)
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
Instructed Eucharist: The second of two Instructed Eucharist services will take place Sunday, June 14, at the 10:45 a.m. service. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Why do they do that?” you can learn more about the ancient tradition of the liturgy. This week, we’ll take a closer look at the second half of the service, which includes the Holy Communion. The service leaflet will be annotated to provide additional understanding of our worship.

Healing Eucharist: St. Peter’s will offer a special service of Holy Eucharist on June 14 at 5:00 p.m. for all those seeking healing of mind, body, or spirit for themselves or for others. The litany of healing and the sacrament of anointing will be available for all who desire it. Experience the healing and wholeness promised through our faith in Jesus, the Great Healer.

You Can Help with VBS: If you want to contribute to VBS, but cannot attend or help the week of August 3-7, you are invited to grab a re-usable grocery bag in the Parish Lobby on Sunday. You’ll find a list of items needed attached to each bag so you can take a bag, gather the items listed and return your bag to church by July 19. Items include specific craft supplies needed for the hands-on street fair portion of Pilgrimage 2-Still Seeking the Kingdom of God, the VBS curriculum this summer. And, of course, enroll children four and older now. For questions, contact Laurie Burlington (lburlington@st-peters.org).

The Online School at St. Peter’s: Join us Sunday, June 28, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., in the Parish Hall to learn all about participating in our online Formation offering. During July and August, you are invited to get to know Jesus better through an online study of Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John. Clergy will moderate this online conversation and learning experience. As we strive to become a community of bold followers of Jesus, most of us welcome more opportunities to understand who Jesus is. Contact the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer via email (jschaefer@st-peters.org) with questions and stay tuned about how to sign up.

Parish News

Summer Film Series: Sunday, June 28, and Sunday, July 29, at 12:30 p.m. are the dates for the two films in this year’s Summer Film Series. The first film, From the Back of the Line: Voices of the Undocumented, is a documentary about the lives of several immigrant workers who have come to North Carolina to work, some on farms and some in cities. The filmmakers will be on hand to discuss the making of the movie, which was shown at Joedance film festival in Charlotte last summer. Nelda Leon will facilitate discussion following the movie. The second film is Fierce Goodbye: Living in the Shadow of Suicide. Lunch will be available for $6 or you may bring your own lunch. RSVPs are required for lunch.

Migrant Farmworker Needs: To prepare for the Episcopal Farmworker’s mission trip July 7-9, we are collecting to provide for the following needs for migrant farmworkers: Money (checks payable to the Episcopal Farmworkers’ Ministry), men’s cotton long and short sleeve shirts and tee shirts (small or teen sizes ideal), men’s cotton long pants (small or teen sizes ideal), hats, new cotton socks, personal hygiene items (including women’s items), laundry detergent, towels and single bed linens, pillows and pillow protectors, stuffed animals. Interested in being part of the mission trip? It is open to adults and youth; families are encouraged. Stay one or both nights and bring air mattresses or sleeping bags and linens/towels. Contact Nelda Leon (neldaleon03@gmail.com, 704-641-6148) or Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org, 704-749-6148).

Youth Pilgrims Want Your Prayer Requests: One of the blessings of pilgrimage is participating in the centuries-old custom of pilgrims offering the prayers of those who helped them make their pilgrimage but could not go with them. Pilgrims offered these prayers at the shrines to which they journeyed. As our Pilgrim Class of rising 11th and 12th graders leave for their pilgrimage on June 16, they want to offer your prayers and light candles for your specific prayer requests at holy sites in Spain. Please email your prayer requests to Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Formation, at lholt@st-peters.org by June 14.

Member Directory Update: The member directory is rolling out in stages. Right now, printouts of a preliminary member directory with names, addresses and telephone numbers are available on the information table at the lobby bulletin boards. Also available is a comprehensive online member directory at web.st-peters.org/holyfaces that will enable you to update your contact information, print a member directory, and access a calendar of St. Peter’s events from our database. The final step is turning this into a comprehensive photo directory. Watch for information on how to submit your individual or family photo if we don’t already have one on file.

Literacy Tutor Training: Make a difference in the life of a low-income student who struggles with reading by becoming a tutor for our partner, the Augustine Literacy Project. Augustine tutors meet with students twice a week using a multi-sensory approach. The next two training sessions will begin on September 28 and October 26. Contact Jess Health (jheath@augustine.st-peters.org) for information about applying to serve as a tutor.

Parish Retreat Weekend at Kanuga Conference Center: Registration is now open for August 21-23, Friday to Sunday, to join other members of the parish family in the North Carolina mountains. “Celebrate Prayer!” is the theme that will be interwoven into a relaxed time of making new friends, deepening connections, and a host of outdoor and indoor activities for all ages. Click here to sign-up today. More details about what to expect were sent last Friday. Click here if you missed it..

Special Events

20/30s Food Truck Friday: On June 12, at 5:30 p.m., we will meet at Marion and Cooper Morrison’s house (609 Berkeley Ave.), then walk to South End at 5:45 p.m. Or meet us there around 6:00 pm. We recommend bringing a chair or blanket. Check out this link to get an idea what to expect: http://www.historicsouthend.com/events/food-truck-friday/ Questions? Contact Marion Morrison (205-983-2394, m.lyle.morrison@gmail.com).
Minnesota Boychoir in Concert: On Saturday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Church, the Minnesota Boychoir will present sacred and secular music in a variety of styles, representing many cultures and languages. The performance is free and open to the public. The 175-member Minnesota Boychoir was founded in 1962.You can learn more at http://www.boychoir.org/.

Senior Class Luncheon: On Tuesday, June 16, at 11:30 a.m., the Senior Class Luncheon for June will be at Portofino’s Italian restaurant and pizzeria, 5726 Park Rd. Contact Barbara or Jay Partington (704-523-1831) or Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) with questions.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I course for adults to be held at St. Peter's this summer, June 15-20: Parents, catechists, religious educators, clergy, and other interested adults are drawn to the rich, retreat-like courses in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Through this course, adults have the opportunity to see all age-appropriate presentations and materials given to children from the Bible and liturgy. Each course focuses on a specific development age group of the child. Level I prepares adults working with children aged three to six. The foundation for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is in the Level I formation course, as it is in this course that a catechist becomes attuned to the religious life of the child. The course includes preparation in giving presentations (lessons) to children and provides solid background in the theological and pedagogical underpinnings of this work. One does not have to commit to working with children as a prerequisite for participation in the course. Download a brochure and registration form here. Contact Sunday Catechesis Coordinator Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org) for more information.

Beyond our Doors: Learning and Serving Beyond St. Peter's

Cookie, Brownie Experts Needed: On June 18, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., St. Peter’s is participating in an open house for Galilee Ministries, a new ministry of hospitality, welcome and worship in East Charlotte at the former site of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Central Avenue. In addition to needing volunteers who can help with the new ministry, we’re also looking for people to help with cookies and/or brownies for the open house—three brownie experts and one cookie expert. The baked goods can be dropped off at St. Peter’s on June 18 by 1:30 p.m. If you can help, contact the liaison for St. Peter’s and Galilee, Sharon K. Roberts (skr1107@gmail.com, 704-340-8356).

Next Cursillo Scheduled: An Episcopal weekend retreat consisting of reflection, worship, prayer, and music led by laypersons and guided by priests, Cursillo will be held Thursday evening, July 30, through Sunday, August 2. For questions, contact Fran or Manning Huske (fph@bellsouth.net, 704-362-4107).

Looking Ahead: Mark Your Calendars
  • Recovery Eucharist: August 9, 5:00 p.m.
  • Formation Celebration and Fall Launch: September 13, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
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