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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | September 3, 2014

As Director of Ministry Development, I have the opportunity to talk with people who want to begin the process of joining St. Peter’s. Whether from another denomination or from another Episcopal Church, I enjoy assisting them in finding ways to be a part of life at St. Peter’s.

“What are your expectations for someone who is a member of the church?”

Recently, I was asked this question by a young man. My response? To attend church services regularly, to participate in ministry offerings and formation classes, and to contribute financially to all that is required to keep us going.
There are many opportunities for worship, service and fellowship in and through this parish. Life at St. Peter’s, our new publication listing fall programs and events, is very helpful in describing groups serving this parish and our community as well as listing upcoming events.

How can one get involved to help spread the Kingdom of God? For some people, it is participating in worship by being Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Acolytes, or Altar Guild members. For some, it is arranging flowers at the altar. Others are called to work with children and youth or to help with fellowship offerings. Perhaps you have an idea for a group that is not offered here at the church, maybe one that you enjoyed in another church.

How “will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ”? (The Book of Common Prayer)

Come talk with me about it.

Mary Virginia Woodall
Director of Ministry Development

Sunday, 9/7

Formation (education) offerings resume. St. Peter’s will hold a Formation Celebration Kickoff for all ages in the Parish Hall on Sunday, September 7 at 9:30 a.m. After gathering and opening remarks from clergy and lay leaders, children will be dismissed to their Catechesis Atria (classrooms), and youth to Journey to Adulthood (J2A) classrooms. Adults will remain for an overview of Sunday and weekday formation opportunities for Fall 2014. This day also marks the return of “Holy Chow” Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.–9:25 a.m. in the Community Room. Learn more about Holy Chow.

Coffee Hour in the Community Room, second floor of the Parish House immediately following the 10:45 a.m. service.

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 14)
6:15 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
with Music
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m.
Morning Prayer in the Chapel
Tuesdays and Thursdays
"Holy Food, Holy People," Holy Communion (about 30 minutes in the Chapel)



Sunday's Worship & Music Leaflets
The Rector's Blog
In our prayers this week
The Choir School at St. Peter's
The Seal of St. Peter's Episcopal Church
"You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church."
Formation and Worship Offerings

Weekday Morning Prayer at St. Peter’s changes start time. Our Monday through Friday offering of Morning Prayer (30-minute service from the Book of Common Prayer, led by lay ministers) is now starting at 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel. This time change (from 7:30 a.m.) might encourage more persons to take advantage of this meditative way to enter the day ahead. If your weekday mornings include time at or near St. Peter’s or are flexible, consider attending Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m.

Kerygma: The Bible in Depth begins Monday, September 8. Do you want to know how to proclaim our story with an Anglican accent? “Kerygma: The Bible In Depth” is a 34-session program starting September 8, led by the Reverend L. Murdock Smith, PhD. Class participants will examine the Old and New Testaments and learn through readings, discussion, and reflections; each participant should expect a deeper understanding of the biblical story and faith journey. The course will meet 5:45 p.m.–7:45 p.m. in the Library. Click here to register and pay the $35 materials cost. For more information contact Father Murdock Smith (

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for all Ages on September 14. During the formation hour, The Reverend L. Murdock Smith and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Coordinator Anna Hurdle will lead this special program and provide an enlightening perspective for adults and youth on our highly successful program for children ages 3–12.

Evensong resumes on September 14 at 5:00 p.m. Every second and fourth Sunday St. Peter’s offers the beautiful service of Evensong, sung evening prayers. Lasting just under an hour, this liturgical offering is considered by many to be the essence of the Anglican tradition. The fall season begins with music led by St. Peter’s clergy and the MasterSingers at St. Peter’s. A reception of light refreshments takes place immediately following the service.

Learn more about the Anglican Tradition. Classes begin Sunday, September 21 (9:30 a.m. in the Parlor) and continue through November 9 for all those who would like to learn more about the Anglican/Episcopal tradition within Christianity. Led by the Clergy and lay leaders, this offering is especially for those who would like to reaffirm the promises made at their Baptism (via Confirmation, Reaffirmation of Faith, or Reception into the Episcopal Church). On Sunday, November 16 at the annual Bishop’s Visitation, Suffragan Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple will preach, celebrate the Holy Eucharist, and offer Confirmation, Reaffirmation, and Reception. Register online or obtain a form from the Reception Desk. For more information, adults should contact Director of Ministry Development Mary Virginia Woodall ( and youth should contact Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt (

The Life at St. Peter's fall program guide was mailed to all households last week. It's also online at new, comprehensive resource provides many ways to connect with the vibrant life of our faith community.

Special Events
Center City Concerts 2014/2015 Season begins September 15. Every third Monday, Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s will present a noon concert free, for the benefit of the community. The first concert features Associate Organist Aaron Goen and members of the Charlotte Symphony in a unique program of music for organ and orchestra. A longer version of this program will also be presented at 7:30 p.m. Spread the word and visit for more information.

Make Your Reservation: Shrimp and Suds Fellowship Dinner. The fourth annual youth pilgrimage fundraiser will be held Saturday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. on the rooftop of St. Peter’s Parish House. This event is open to all adults and will feature a cooked-on-site Low Country Boil of shrimp, corn on the cob, and andouille sausage. Sides include coleslaw, French bread, cheese grits, and peach cobbler for dessert. All items will be served with a choice of local brews, wine, or iced tea. The cost for this all-you-can-eat event is $35 and proceeds will benefit the 2015 Youth Pilgrimage and summer mission trips. Click here to make your reservation.

Parish News

Holy Chow Needs Your Help. Holy Chow, our breakfast together between 8:30 a.m. and 9:25 a.m. each Sunday morning, needs volunteer cooks and food preparers. We are starting a new team to serve on the fourth Sunday of each month. No special skills are required and notes on how various foods may be prepared will be available, along with an experienced volunteer or two. Generally breakfast consists of eggs, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit salad, biscuits, cereal, coffee, and juice. If you are interested in joining the new team or would like more information, please contact Tate Sterrett (, Sam Gardner (, or Mother Joslyn Schaefer ( Some of our cooks have been part of this ministry for 20 years—it’s a great way to spend some time with other parishioners in this fellowship activity.

Parents’ Social: On Saturday, September 6, 6:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m., parents of young children (ages 0-11) will gather for fellowship at the home of the Rector. Parents will have a chance to connect with each other just as the school year begins. Attendees should bring an appetizer to share and their preferred beverage. Contact Director of Children’s Formation, Laurie Burlington ( with questions.

The Intercessory/Centering Prayer Group resumes weekly meetings on Tuesday, September 9 in the Parish House Intercessory Prayer Room (next to the Parlor). Contemplatives know that mighty changes can take place when people are willing to pray—for themselves and for others—in the name of Christ. Centering prayer is primarily a prayer of loving trust, consenting to God's will and action in our lives, and silently asking to learn how to pray "in the name of Christ." Join us on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. For more information, contact Judith Johnson (, 704-596-6167).

Calling St. Peter’s Women. The ECW (Episcopal Church Women) Design team will hold its September planning meeting at The Flying Biscuit (Park Road Shopping Center, 4241 Park Road) on Saturday, September, 20 at 11:00 a.m. Join us to share your ideas and enthusiasm for this new group at St. Peter's. Contact Kristine Reid ( with any questions or to indicate you can attend.

Collecting Items for Youth Yard Sale: The Journey to Adulthood (J2A) Yard Sale to help raise funds for the 2015 Pilgrimage will be held on October 3 and 4, 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the South Charlotte home of Ann and Bert Miano. Clean out your closets and donate anything you don’t want or need to our youth. We will take anything—clothing, furniture, knick-knacks, kitchen appliances and equipment, dishes, yard tools, bicycles, jewelry—anything! You can drop off yard sale donations on Thursday evenings, September 4, 11, 18, and 25, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. at 10601 Bryony Court, 28277 (off Ballantyne Commons Parkway). For more information, contact Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt (

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

Habitat for Humanity. St. Peter’s is looking for 16 to 24 volunteers to help build two houses with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, September 27. Tom Im will be the leader for the day. No experience is necessary. To register, send your name, address, date of birth and email address to John Knip (

Food Pantry Partnership with Loaves and Fishes. Collection of groceries for neighbors in need continues in August. This month’s focus is canned meats. (Note: for safety reasons, glass jars cannot be accepted.) We look forward to filling the big red barrels in the gallery of the Parish House with your contributions.

Faithful Sustainability. Join former TV meteorologist and “queen of green” Terri Bennett for a lunch program on Thursday, September 18, 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m., at Covenant Presbyterian Church discussing faithful stewardship of our planet. Terri brings a “no guilt” perspective to everyday green living for creating healthier lifestyles that our planet can sustain. Register for this event at
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