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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | June 17, 2014
“When we pray we must hold fast and believe that God has heard our prayer.  It was for this reason that the ancients defined prayer as an Ascensus mentis ad Deum, ‘a climbing up of the heart unto God.’ ”  
-- Martin Luther
 
Ordinary Time, the long “green” season that will take us through Christ the King Sunday on November 23, is when the Church celebrates the fullness of Jesus’ ministry, rather than periods of focused contemplation on the mysteries of his Incarnation (Advent and Christmas) or his Passion (Lent and Easter). It is the season of the Spirit, when we have the opportunity to “seek and find” God’s presence in all things. 
 
Prayer is the central vehicle we have for both the search for and celebration of God’s work among us. Common prayer, in particular, is central to our identity as Anglican Christians. At St. Peter’s there are many ways for you to connect your personal prayers with the prayers of the world. Every workday morning at 7:30 our doors open for Morning Prayer. Every service of Holy Communion is filled with communal and personal prayer. I encourage you to pray aloud during the Prayer of the People for concerns and thanksgivings that are on your heart.  Additionally, we have several ministry groups whose sole purpose is prayer. If you would like to become more involved in our prayer ministries, please contact me to learn more about various ways to become more intentional. 
 
If you are in need of special prayers, the parish maintains a prayer list for members and friends. These names are lifted up in our Sunday services as well as throughout the week. At any time you may add names to this list by visiting http://web.st-peters.org/join/prayer-list/. Names generally remain on the list for two weeks. Healing ministers are also available immediately following the Eucharist at our 10:45 a.m. services to offer personal intercessory prayer. Further, if you have a confidential prayer need, feel free to contact me, Mother Joslyn Schaefer, Associate Rector for Pastoral Care, directly via phone 704-749-6150 or e-mail jschaefer@st-peters.org.
 
The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, Associate Rector

Sunday, 6/22


Adult Formation (Education) Offering – 9:30-10:30 a.m. "Holy Living, Holy Dying: A Closer Look at the Burial Rite" in the Parish Hall

Coffee Hour – after 10:45 a.m. worship.



 

Worship Schedule

SUNDAYS
8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
6:15 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
with Music
WEEKDAYS
Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m.
Morning Prayer in the Chapel
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Noon
"Holy Food, Holy People," Holy Communion (about 30 minutes in the Chapel)

 

Links

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 Offerings
  • “Holy Living, Holy Dying: A Closer Look at the Burial Rite” on Sunday, June 22. Join the clergy and others from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall for an important discussion about what the Book of Common Prayer and other resources offer to inform how we live and how we die. Youth and children are welcome to join adults for this discussion.
  • Complete Our Formation (Education) Survey by Sunday, June 22.  As we become a “beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte,” we are invited to go deeper to understand the substance of our hope. Understanding how to read the Bible and entering into our story as Christians is an important way to explore Christian hope. In 2014-2015, we would like to offer additional opportunities for Bible study on Sunday mornings and beyond. Please assist the clergy and formation advisory committee by completing this brief survey, which will inform the design of offerings that will be relevant and convenient for you. The survey closes on June 22. Click here to take the survey.
  • Newcomers’ Café on Sundays July 20 and August 3. The clergy and lay leaders will host a monthly Newcomers’ Café from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. All are invited to “make new friends and keep old ones,” as we continue to get to know one another and learn about the worship, ministries and deeper life of St. Peter’s. If you are new among us and likely are finding your way around, these offerings are for you. Feel free to attend one or both of the remaining two cafés (Sunday, July 20 and Sunday, August 3).  For more information, contact Mother Joslyn (jschaefer@st-peters.org).

Special Events

St. Peter’s is offering a variety of Formation (Education) programs and Special Events this summer. Click here for the calendar.

Concert by the Virginia Girls Choir:
The Choir School at St. Peter’s will host the Virginia Girls Choir in concert, Tuesday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. The choir is touring through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina June 20-26. They will present a varied program of sacred and secular music including music by Schubert, Bach and favorite contemporary composer Harold Arlen, just to name a few. The Virginia Girls Choir is a community-wide, auditioned choir for girls in grades 3 -12. They rehearse weekly, participate in services at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va. and perform in concerts, special appearances and tours. The choir is in residence at St. Stephen’s in Richmond, current parish of our former rector, The Rev. Gary D. Jones. This free concert is open to the community. 

Reconciliation Movie Series on Summertime Sundays. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will continue its Summer Documentary Movie Series on Sunday, July 13 at 4:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall with As We Forgive. The film focuses on Rosaria and Chantal, two Rwandan women coming face-to-face with the men who murdered their families during the 1994 genocide. The women speak for a nation still dealing with the genocide that killed one in eight Rwandans. The government, overwhelmed by the cases of more than 50,000 perpetrators, has turned the men back to the communities they tried to destroy. But the question remains — can reconciliation be achieved? Can the survivors forgive the killers and can the church, which failed at moral leadership during the genocide, fit into the process? The film will be followed by a facilitated discussion with various community leaders. This series is free and open to the public. A variety of adult and children’s beverages and snacks will be available, and the discussion will wrap up before the 6:15 p.m. Sunday Service. Complimentary nursery care will be provided and can be reserved by clicking here.

Vacation Bible School. St. Peter’s will host a Holy Pilgrimage Vacation Bible School Aug. 4-8 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This year children, youth and adults are invited to participate in this holy journey where pilgrims will discover God’s Kingdom in England, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, within themselves and in each other. Click here to register online. For more information, contact Director of Children’s Formation Laurie Burlington (lburlington@st-peters.org).

Parish News

Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet tonight from 5:30 to 7:00 in the Parlor. This ministry is open to skilled and novice knitters as well as those with an interest in knitting. Prayer shawls are created to be  tangible expressions of our prayers for those who receive them. The group also meets the first Tuesday of the month from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the Parlor. For more information, contact Linda Smith (lvsmithNC@gmail.com, 704-607-5027).

Community Garden: The Irish potatoes and green beans are ready to harvest. Come help us today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Nancy at innercitygardens4@gmail.com. In addition, volunteers for weeding are needed on June 18, 20 and 21. Contact Nancy to set up a work time. The garden is located downtown on 8th Street between McDowell and Alexander Streets. There is no address, but if you search for the intersection of 8th Street and N. Myers Street (an abandoned road) you will get directions.  You can park along 8th Street.

The 20s/30s Fellowship will host several events this summer. The group will host Sunday at Rock Bottom on Sunday, June 22 right after the 6:15 p.m. service, typically at 7:15 p.m.  Lastly, the group will gather on June 29 for the Summer Pops series at Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road, at 5:00 p.m. RSVP for this event with Cathy and Micah Morrison (cathymorrison11@gmail.com). On Thursday, July 10, we will hit the lanes for some bowling at Ten Park Lanes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Cost is about $15 / person. RSVP here to indicate you are coming so that we can reserve the right number of lanes.

Calling All St. Peter’s Women: You are invited to a time of fellowship and learning on Sunday, June 22 at the Levine Museum of the New South. We will meet in the Parish House lobby at 12:30 p.m. and walk down to the museum together.  Current exhibits include “Out of the Shadows,” “Faces of Freedom Summer” and “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow.” Sue Martin will be the host for this event. Museum admission is $8 / person or $6 for those 62 years or older. Questions may be directed to Mother Joslyn (jschaefer@st-peters.org).

The J2A Rising Pilgrims will host a Lobster Dinner and Silent Auction celebrating the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul on Sunday, June 29 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The event is a pilgrimage fundraiser for J2A and costs $35 for adults and $20 for teens and $5 for ages 10 and younger (a dinner of chicken nuggets will be offered for children). Click here to RSVP because payment is required in advance. For more information contact Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org, 704-763-3564).
 
Support Groups: The Caregiver’s Support Group will meet on Thursday, June 26 at noon at First Presbyterian Church in the Frances Browne Dining Room. Feel free to bring your own lunch. (Lunch is not provided during the summer.)  For more information, contact Mother Joslyn Schaefer (jschaefer@st-peters.org).

Ministry Refresher for all Liturgical Ministers: All lay ministers who serve in our Sunday liturgies (Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and Acolytes) are asked to attend a time of fellowship and a "ministry refresher" on Sunday, July 13 from 9:30 to 10:25 a.m. in the Parlor and Church. Our leaders will be on-hand to answer questions and provide clarification about various roles as our liturgies continue to evolve. RSVP to Mother Joslyn (jschaefer@st-peters.org).  This session will be important for our ongoing work together.  

Parish Retreat Weekend at Kanuga returns September 12-14. We are planning to retreat at Kanuga Conference Center near Asheville from suppertime on Friday, September 12 until lunchtime on Sunday, September 14. Cost of this all-inclusive getaway time is $175 (adults), $95 (youth 10-18 years), $56 (children 5-9 years) and free for children under 5. Lodging, meals, activities for all ages, worship, special music and more are included in the cost. Click here to let us know if you either might or will attend. Stay tuned for date when payment will be required to reserve your space.

Food Pantry Partnership with Loaves and Fishes: Groceries for Neighbors in Need continues in June. This month’s focus is 100 percent fruit juice, although donations of all types are welcome. For safety reasons, glass jars cannot be accepted. We look forward to filling the big red barrels on the gallery of the Parish House with your contributions. For more information go to Loaves and Fishes.
 
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