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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | July 9, 2013

From the Associate Rector

God is doing a new thing at St. Peter’s—well, God is always doing new things through the Spirit, but it isn’t always so obvious. Since I joined you on June 20, I’ve been on the lookout for how God is moving in and among us. Here are a few observations from my first weeks:

We are a community that values all the ages and stages of life: From hearing a sermon delivered by a young person among us, Miss Kate Hickert, to celebrating together the 99 years (and counting!) of Edith Pearson’s life and ministry among us, we honor and embrace the unique gifts and challenges God presents to us throughout our journey.

We are community “on the way”: I noticed this most profoundly at the Pub Theology gathering in June, where a group of us engaged the question “Do we seek God or does God seek us?” None of us has the answer, but we are willing to “live the question” together.

We honor those whom the world might think of as “less than”: From the work in our community garden providing fresh produce for those receiving “meals on wheels” to the varied individual ministries of people who have been called to serve God at the Urban Ministry Center, together we are learning to “seek and serve Christ in all persons,” as our Baptismal Covenant says.

As we continue to get to know one another and become closer followers of Jesus, I pray that God will continue to bless us and have faith that the Spirit accompanies us on the way.


–The Reverend Deacon Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, Associate Rector

Sunday, 7/14

We welcome the newly baptized. At Sunday’s 10:45 a.m. service we will baptize Joseph Gibson Whelan IV, son of Joe and Teresa Whelan.

After 10:45 a.m. worship, Coffee Hour hosted by the St. Peter's baristas (listen for an announcement regarding the location)

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong
(resumes September 29)
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)


Sunday's Worship & Music Leaflets
The Rector's Blog
In our prayers this week
The Choir School at St. Peter's

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"You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church."

Coming Soon

Outreach Committee Recruiting Members. The Outreach Ministry Team is looking for volunteers interested in serving on its new Grants Committee. The committee is charged with reviewing and evaluating grant applications from community agencies and making recommendations to the Outreach Ministry Team and the Vestry. Members of the committee must not currently serve on the board of, be employed by, or volunteer on a recurring basis with any nonprofit agency that has sought funding from St. Peter’s in the last five years. The group will meet two or three times in the next few weeks, and members will be asked to visit the agencies being considered for funding. Contact Linda Gallehugh (, 704-620-4304) with any questions about eligibility or participation.

Double your donation to the concert series startup fund. A private donor has offered up to $2,500 to match gifts to St. Peter’s new concert series received during the month of July. By giving at any level, you can double your donation and get us closer to our goal of offering outreach to the uptown community. Our new concert series will feature a variety of musical styles and be offered free of charge to the city once a month. A feature that connects us to our former concert series is a commitment to excellence in performance. We are working with Music at St. Albans in Davidson to bring some of the region’s most interesting and gifted performers to Charlotte. Consider how you can be an integral part of presenting St. Peter’s mission to feed the soul of our city. E-mail Ben Outen ( for more information.

Ministry Engagement Resource Guide: Coming Soon. A new, comprehensive guide to getting involved in ministry through St. Peter's is being developed by Director of Ministry Development, Mary Virginia Woodall and the clergy.  As we deepen our commitments to follow Jesus as lay and ordained ministers of the Gospel, stay tuned for the release date of this resource guide for your home.

Community Garden Work Schedule. Our Community Garden, whose produce is distributed to the hungry through Friendship Trays, will hold work sessions at their location on E. Eighth Street, between McDowell and Alexander. Evening sessions are each Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, with time for socializing afterwards; and on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. On Saturday, July 27, the team will gather to start preparing flats for the fall crops. E-mail Nancy Duncan ( for more information.

The ministry area of Fellowship at St. Peter’s is looking for a person who would lead this ministry area, coordinating various activities with sub-ministry groups specifically working in individual areas.  Currently five areas of fellowship ministry have been identified: Holy Chow, Small Dinner Groups, Coffee Hour, Receptions, and Special Occasions (lunches and/or dinners). Leaders for three of these areas and teams for some of these activities are already in place and working effectively. The other areas need your help.  If you are interested in participating at any level in this important ministry area especially as it becomes more fully organized, please contact Sam Gardner (, 704-651-0286).

Summertime Evening Worship. On July 21 at 5:00 p.m. consider attending our monthly “Service of Light and Holy Meal,” a Communion service based on the music and rhythms of the Taizé community in France. In a setting of peaceful light, this unique service for adults, youth, and children includes simple, repetitive song and chant, scripture, silence, and Holy Communion. Offered the third Sunday of every month since February, we look forward to broadening worship styles and opportunities at St. Peter’s. Spread the word.

HUGS Camp 25th Anniversary Celebration. You are invited to experience heaven on earth on July 13 at The Summit. Join nine St. Peter’s youth (helper campers), two of our adult youth leaders (HUGS Camp staffers), and one St. Peter’s camper, along with Bishop Curry, our new Bishop Suffragan Anne Hodges-Copple, and a host of folks from around the Diocese for a huge celebration of the 25th anniversary of HUGS Camp. St. Peter’s has maintained a big presence at HUGS Camp for more than 10 years. Come learn more and see what draws our youth back year after year. There will be a celebration Eucharist, BBQ lunch, and great joy. We will take 15-passenger vans to The Summit (near Reidsville) for those who prefer not to drive. RSVP to Lyn Holt ( to secure a place on a van. The cost to attend the BBQ lunch is $8, which can be paid to the Diocese online at

Episcopal Outreach Camp, July 21–24, for rising seventh through ninth graders, provides opportunities for middle schoolers from Episcopal churches in the Charlotte Convocation to work together to help further the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to help solve the eight worst problems in the world: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, provide universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, ensure environmental sustainability, and seek global partnerships for development. We will help by working in the Friendship Gardens and helping at McCreesh Place, Urban Ministry Center, Loaves and Fishes, and Dilworth Soup Kitchen. Also included in this great camp are fun and fellowship, such as attending a Charlotte Knights baseball game, enjoying a lake party, hanging out to get to know each other, and participating in worship services. The cost for this 3-1/2-day camp is $90 (scholarship money is available). We will sleep at St. Peter’s and shower at the YMCA. Contact Lyn Holt ( for registration forms.

L'Académie du Roi Soleil in Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31. Performers will be Margaret Carpenter, soprano; Nicolas Haigh, harpsichord; Barbara Krumdieck, cello; David Wilson, violin; and Rebecca Troxler, flute. This new ensemble will present a program of French music under the direction of our own Margaret Carpenter and Assistant Organist of York Minster, England, Nicolas Haigh.

Youth Summer Mission Trip. Our Summer Mission Trip is planned for July 28–August 2 for all rising 8th through 12th graders. We will join our friends from St. Mark’s, Huntersville, to venture to Newton Grove, N.C., where we will work with the Episcopal Farm Workers Ministry in the clothing closet, food pantry, Vacation Bible School with preschoolers, and possibly building repair. We will also learn about the issues and difficulties faced by the 3,500 migrant farm workers from Latin America who come to work in the fields of North Carolina. Our “fun day” will be at Wrightsville Beach before we go to Newton Grove. The cost for this mission trip is $40. Scholarships are available (see Lyn Holt). Sign up by e-mailing Lyn (
Youth Taizé, Dinner, and Movie Night: August 10, 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. All youth (rising 6th through 12th graders) are invited to an evening of fun and fellowship. We’ll start with a short Taizé-style worship service in the youth prayer chapel, followed by dinner and a movie in the youth room/theater. RSVP to Lyn Holt ( by August 8. The cost for dinner is $5.

Note from Edith Pearson. Thank you to everyone who sent me a card or came up and spoke to me during my festive birthday party on Sunday.  And thank you for all who prepared and served the food.  It was a great birthday, and I’m grateful to all who helped me celebrate.

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