The MasterSingers of the Choir School at St. Peter's and members of the St. Peter's Choir, seen from the organ loft at Salisbury Cathedral.
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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | August 12, 2015

O Lord, open thou our lips. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

High on my perch in the organ loft at Salisbury Cathedral, just a few weeks ago, these words took on a special meaning. I watched in the monitor above the organ console as the 28 teenagers of the Mastersingers and their chaperones processed in for Evensong each day of the Choir School’s weeklong residency. They settled in their places, opened their music, and then they sang those ancient words that begin this service that is at the very heart of our Anglican tradition, “O Lord, open thou our lips. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.”

They sang these words in a cathedral that has stood for more than 700 years, a place where these words have been sung countless times, by countless choristers. It is impossible not to contemplate all that has happened in so many centuries, and all the ways in which the world has changed in that time.  But here we are, in 2015, celebrating this beautiful liturgy, singing these ancient texts, adding the voices of our young and gifted teenagers to this extraordinary tradition of worship and music.

We are so fortunate to continue that great tradition at home here in Charlotte. As fall approaches, please mark your calendars for our first Evensong of the season at 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 13. Evensong will continue on the second and fourth Sundays of the month through April, except during December and on Easter Day. Music will be offered throughout the year by various choirs including the boys and girls Tour Choirs and Mastersingers of the Choir School, St. Peter’s Choir, and the Evensong Choir, a group that draws its singers from churches throughout the Charlotte area. I invite you to make Evensong a regular part of your worship at St. Peter’s.

–Elizabeth Lenti, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster

Sunday, August 16

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 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

Childcare during 8:00 a.m. Worship Is Now Available: To meet the needs of parents with young children, childcare is now offered during both Sunday morning liturgies (8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.). Families are invited to attend whatever service best fits their needs, along with 9:30 a.m. formation (education) offerings for adults, youth, and children. Visit the formation calendar for upcoming events.

Special Events

Update on Parish Retreat Weekend, August 21-23 at Kanuga: On Friday, August 14, details for the Parish Retreat at Kanuga Conference Center in the mountains of North Carolina will be finalized. This will be followed by a communication to participants about what-to-pack and what-to-expect. If you are interested in attending, you may register by Friday, August 14. Scholarships are available through the parish clergy. “Celebrate Prayer!” is this year’s theme. The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher and Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt will offer a unique presentation about prayer forms in addition to creating significant time for all to relax and enjoy activities, including hiking, tennis, canoeing, fishing, and apple-picking. Pricing includes meals, lodging, and refreshments for one or two nights. Click here to register by August 14.
Easy Access to St. Peter’s during Charlotte Pride Parade: Center City Charlotte is the place to be this weekend, so don’t miss this opportunity to attend worship followed by the Pride Parade along North Tryon Street. Church Street will be open as usual, so access to the parking deck will be possible from Church on either 7th Street or 8th Street. Tryon Street will be closed until 10 p.m. Sunday from Stonewall Street to Trade Street. Also closed will be Levine Avenue from Church Street to Tryon Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, 3rd and 4th Streets from Church Street to College Street. Staging for the parade will close Tryon Street between 9th Street and the College Street connector and the cross streets between Church Street and College Street at 11 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. The parade, which begins at 1 p.m. at 9th Street and Tryon will pass in front of the church, so we’ll be on the lawn to offer hospitality and cheer on everyone who marches, including more than 50 people from St. Peter’s. Also, it’s not too late to walk with the group. Contact Bob Beardsley (, 704-544-0609) or sign up online.

Fellowship Focus Group: A second "focus group"-style conversation about Fellowship at St. Peter's will be offered in the Parlor on August 30 following the 10:45 a.m. liturgy. Join us to share your ideas about how we might grow together more closely as a "community of bold followers of Jesus" (from our Vision Statement). Contact Chantalle Couba (, 704-277-0538).

Parish News

Clergy Personnel Message from The Rector: When our Associate Rector, the Reverend Joslyn Odgen Schaefer, begins her maternity leave in mid-August, the Rector has appointed our Assisting Priest, the Reverend Jonathan E. Soyars, to serve as Interim Associate Rector for three months. In addition to his liturgical duties on Sundays and Tuesdays, Soyars will be the primary clergy resource contact for matters related to Pastoral Care and Formation (education). More information about this arrangement will be provided in the near future.
Big Fellowship in Small Groups: If you like the idea of building deep connections with others here at St. Peter’s, you may want to help plan the rebirth of Small Dinner Groups, which will kick off this fall with a covered dish on Sunday, September 27. If you’d like to help launch the Small Dinner Groups, contact Julie Lavoie (704-341-0240) or Candace Armstrong (, 704-523-3868).
Pub Theology to Resume in Spring 2016. In October of 2012, Pub Theology was begun by the Rector as a unique opportunity for parishioners to gather with parish clergy for theological conversation in a different setting. While this almost-monthly offering has been well received and brought together a good variety of folks, the clergy will collaborate with current “regulars” during Fall 2015 to re-imagine Pub Theology for its return in Spring 2016.
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. If you are interested in helping set priorities for the church's response to social injustice, please contact Linda Gallehugh (, 704-620-4304).

Vacation Bible School Artwork/Volunteer Thanks: During VBS our young "pilgrims" produced such amazingly detailed work that we wanted to share it with you. Be sure to stop at the Formation bulletin board in the Parish House Lobby to view their work. Also, a huge thank you to the following volunteers who made VBS possible: Amy King, Chris Cudabac, Christa Lineberger, Jen Bourne, Kyle Cathey, Whitney Wade, Wendy Merrill, Audrey Webb, Ruby Litaker, Annaliese Budall, Cayla Wood, Hannah Thomas, Lyn Holt, Avery Flinn, Sydney Burgess, Jamie Holt, Mary Gotschall, Maddie Nicholson, Mykal Sam, Jeanne Agan and Elizabeth Lenti. "Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted."- Garrison Keillor
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, August 13, 3:00-4:00 p.m., in the Parlor. Contact the Reverend Joslyn Schaefer (, 704-749-6150).
Pet Loss Support Group: This support group for those who have experienced the loss of a pet is facilitated by a grief counselor and a veterinarian on Thursday, August 13, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Tower Room. Contact Wes Sturgis (, 704-621-8613).

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

Become a Literacy Tutor: Learn how you can change a child's life as a literacy tutor during an informational meeting about Augustine Literacy Project, a St. Peter’s Servant Ministry partner, on Thursday, August 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School. Augustine Literacy Project tutors receive intense training in order to provide long-term, one-on-one, multi-sensory reading instruction to their students. During the 2014-15 school year, Augustine tutors provided more than 2,600 volunteer hours of individualized instruction to more than 80 low-income struggling readers in 20 Charlotte schools. Contact Jess Heath ( to RSVP or for more details about the informational meeting. Or visit for more information including upcoming training sessions.

Centering Prayer Retreat Day: Father Tom Ward will share his insights on living a contemplative life during a retreat for the Centering Prayer community on Saturday, August 29, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. The day will include two periods of Centering Prayer and lunch is included in the $50.00 fee. Register online.

Connecting through Communications with the Church beyond St. Peter’s. Websites and eNews subscriptions are helpful ways to learn more about the life of the Church. The Anglican Communion, The Episcopal Church, The Diocese of North Carolina, and St. Peter’s Parish Church are interconnected in historical and powerful ways. To know more about one another is one of many ways that we celebrate the body of Christ and our shared ministry to God’s beloved community. The Episcopal News Service (ENS) also plays a key role in information sharing. Consider adding these to your browser favorites.
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Looking Ahead: Mark Your Calendars
  • Formation Celebration, Fall Program Launch, First Evensong with Eucharist: September 13
  • Confirmation Retreat, 11th and 12th Graders: September 19
  • Newcomers’ Luncheon: September 20
  • Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s 2015-2016 Season Launch: September 21, Noon and 7:00 p.m.
  • Shrimp Boil Fundraiser for 2017 Youth Pilgrimage: September 26
  • Small Dinner Group Potluck Kick-off after 10:45 a.m. Worship: September 27
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