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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | April 15, 2014
Already, But Not Yet. On Holy Tuesday, we pray with other Episcopal Christians: O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Today, we continue our journey with Jesus--slowly making our way to the Triduum, which is the three-day combined liturgies of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and The Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday night. Without a doubt, this week is hard. For me, it is hard because my sin, brokenness, and the realities of our human condition vigorously were brought to mind on Palm Sunday. I both read and heard a chanted version of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew 26:14 – 27:66. 

Fortunately, what will take place in the remaining worship offerings of this week, including daily offerings of the Blessed Sacrament, will bless my soul and provide both nourishment and refreshment. If you have similar feelings and needs, I invite you to engage what is to come, so that you too would be blessed, nourished, and refreshed. Even as you may be traveling or juggling a packed schedule like most people today, each of us is encouraged to make this the “holiest of weeks” and to be stretched in the name of God.

We already know the end of the story of the life, death and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ and quite naturally could relax. However, we are not yet there. We have not made it to the Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day. 

There is a lot between today and that day. Let us hold one another in prayer as we press on.


–The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector 

Holy Week and Eastertide

Thursday, Noon and 7:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Stripping of the Altar, and Foot Washing (optional)

Friday, 7:30 a.m. - Communion from the Reserved Sacrament; Noon - 3:00 p.m.
Come-and-go liturgy with hourly meditations.

Saturday, 8:00 p.m. - The Great Vigil of Easter Day: First Fire of Easter, Incense, Baptisms, Holy Communion with Music

The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day - 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 6:15 p.m. - Holy Eucharist with Music

Details of these services are below.

Worship Schedule

SUNDAYS
8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
6:15 p.m.
Holy Communion 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 and Worship Offerings

Upcoming Adult Formation Offerings on Sundays and Mondays

All formation classes resume next Sunday, April 27.
  • For adults, on Sundays in the Parish Hall at 9:30 a.m. and Mondays in the Library at 5:45 p.m., Father Murdock Smith (our new Assisting Priest) will lead a series called Murder, Money, Mayhem, Monarchy, and Monotheism: Almost Everything That You Ever Wanted To Know About The Bible. The same content will be offered on Sunday and Monday. 
  • Beginning on Sunday, May 4, parents of children and teenagers are invited to attend a four-week series on Parenting Teens led by Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt with assistance from parishioner and teacher Ed Smith. In addition to talking about boundary setting and healthy communication, the class will also create a “network of support” as you will be invited to share what has worked in your families and the particular challenges you face. The class meets in the Parlor from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • The 20s & 30s Fellowship continues in the Tower Room with a video series produced by Rob Bell, author and former pastor of one of the nation’s fastest growing churches. Come to explore topics that affect daily lives and how Christianity plays into those experiences. Topics such as love, anger, money, prayer, and relationship with God will be considered. Attendees are certain to find good friends, enriching discussion, and a nice cup of coffee. Along the way, the group might join other adults in the Parish Hall for the new Bible study series.
  • Children and Youth Classes continue in various settings throughout the Parish House. Our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) and Journey to Adulthood (J2A) programs for children and youth are nationally recognized and powerful ways to explore God.

Holy Week and Easter Worship and Events Schedule. All ages especially are invited to participate in the three-day period called the Paschal Triduum: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Great Vigil of Easter. On Good Friday, the Noon until 3:00 p.m. come-and-go liturgy will include hourly meditations by the Reverend Steve Shoemaker of Charlotte. Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, The Right Reverend Michael B. Curry, will preside at this service, which also features the reading of St. John’s Passion, solemn prayers, hymns, music for organ, and choral music of Tallis and Duruflé. The week also will include, Morning Prayer, daily Holy Eucharist, and Stations of the Cross for adults and children. At our children’s version of Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, light snacks will be provided for this hands-on, creative experience. For the full schedule of events for Holy Week and Eastertide, visit www.st-peters.org and parish house bulletin boards.

Easter Lily Contribution. If you would like to make a monetary contribution in memory of, honor of, or thanksgiving for loved ones during this special season, one way would be to offset the cost of Easter Lilies at St. Peter’s. “Easter Lily Contribution” envelopes are available in all public spaces at the church. Your gifts are appreciated. Contributions will be received until Wednesday, April 16.

Easter Lilies for Homebound Parishioners. Our pastoral care ministry team would like to bring a sign of the resurrection to homebound parishioners during Easter week, by delivering the Easter lilies used to decorate the church to those unable to worship with us. If you would be willing to act on your faith through this simple gesture of kindness, contact Mother Joslyn (jschaefer@st-peters.org or 704-749-6150).

Sunday 6:15 p.m. service of Holy Eucharist with music on Easter Day will be celebrated with our regular third-Sunday-of-the-month “Service of Light and Holy Meal in the Manner of Taizé.” If you would like to assist with the offering this service through liturgical or hospitality roles, contact Father Ollie Rencher (orencher@st-peters.org or 704-749-6141).

Special Events

20s & 30s Monthly Evening Gathering on April 20, Easter Day. Third Sunday nights after worship are set aside for a monthly, predictable time of fellowship and more. Sunday, April 20 immediately after the 6:15 p.m. service of Holy Eucharist with music, the group will gather at Rock Bottom Brewery. If you know or think you will be there, email Mother Joslyn (jschaefer@st-peters.org). Bring a friend and spread the word about this evolving community. Join the fun and join the group on Sunday mornings at 9:30 in the Tower Room for a relaxed time of learning and fellowship.

Pub Theology in April. Because the parish offices will be closed and programs are suspended from April 21 through April 24, Pub Theology will not be hosted at Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for details about our next Pub Theology scheduled for Thursday, May 22.

High Sunday Brunch at St. Peter’s: Sunday, April 27. Back by popular demand, our celebration of Easter will continue on the Sunday after Easter Day (aka "High Sunday") with excellent shrimp and grits, child-friendly foods, desserts, live music, and more in the Martha Bowles Parish Hall. Cost is $5 per child, $10 per youth or adult, $30 household maximum. Pre-paid reservations are required for brunch by clicking here or by calling the Parish Office at 704-332-7746 no later than Thursday, April 24. Last year’s event was a hit…make your reservation today! 

The Spring Launch celebrating the return of the Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s (CCCSP) is set for Wednesday, April 30. As our popular first season (2013-2014) comes to a close and the final performance is Monday, May 5, the CCCSP Steering Committee and The Rector invite you to the launch of the 2014-2015 season. Food, drinks, and music will make for an extraordinary night at St. Peter’s from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the evening. $75 per person will support our fundraising efforts or if you can’t attend you may make a separate contribution. You may also become event sponsor for $500 (tickets for two people are included with the sponsorship). RSVP online at www.st-peters.org or call the Parish Office at 704-332-7746. CCCSP is an important part of our parish commitment to community engagement. Your support and presence are appreciated. 

AIDS Walk Charlotte scheduled for Saturday, May 3. Money raised from the Walk benefits RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network) which in turn helps people affected by HIV/AIDS. We walk through Uptown Charlotte for about 2 miles. Joining the walk is a great time to talk with others, socialize, or find peace. Please consider walking and getting people to sponsor you or if you do not want to walk please sponsor a St. Peter's walker. For more information visit www.aidswalkcharlotte.org/franksteele, our team page, www.aidswalkcharlotte.org/stpetersepiscopal, or contact Frank Steele (704-544-0609).

Spring is calling us outdoors. Join other parents and children from St. Peter's for a venture outside. On Saturday, May 3 at 10:00 a.m., we will meet at Rural Hill for a family friendly hike. Bring water and snacks for your family. Email lburlington@st-peters.org to RSVP

Parish Picnic on Sunday, May 4 at Freedom Park. Make plans now to join your parish family at Pavilion #3 after 10:45 a.m. worship for a fun time designed for all. Barbecue and beverages will be provided, while all delicious sides and desserts will come from whatever you bring. Stay tuned for more details.

Go Speak! Sharing Our Faith hosted by St. Peter’s: Thursday, May 15. St. Peter’s Clergy, “Sharing Faith” Coordinator Rob Pinkston, and the Congregational Development Ministry Team invite you to join Episcopalians from across the Diocese of North Carolina for a distinctive evening of small group storytelling (aka “cottage meetings”). The evening will begin with a simple meal in homes, at churches, or in meeting spaces throughout the diocese. Each meal will have a host, a moderator, and six to eight participants. Hosts will determine the time and location of gatherings near or convenient for you. Save the date and contact Sharing Faith Coordinator Rob Pinkston (rpinkston@gmail.com, 704-609-1011) to express your interest in attending a meal. Click here for an insightful interview about Sharing Faith and click here to learn how it has come to North Carolina.

Parish News

Art Gallery at St. Peter’s benefits Parish Ministries. In partnership with the Charlotte Art Guild, St. Peter’s houses an art gallery on the second floor of the Parish House. It is significant to note that 30% of each sold piece of art will benefit various parish ministries. You can visit and shop the gallery on weekdays or Sundays; the first floor receptionist can assist with purchase arrangements. In May, new pieces will be added, including the art of several talented parishioners. Easter Day will be a great day for shopping.

New Welcome Ministry needs Hosts. St. Peter’s Congregational Development Ministry Team is recruiting hosts who would offer simple “welcome” hospitality fifteen minutes before and after worship services to those who come and go from our doors on a weekly basis. If you would like to serve St. Peter’s monthly or more by enhancing the experience of our visitors and newcomers, contact welcome coordinator Paul Keller (paul.keller1756@yahoo.com or 704-906-6453).

Donations needed for Thompson Child and Family Focus. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW) has begun a donation drive to help one of our partner agencies in an immediate need to collect deodorant and soap. Our ECW chapter and the ECW of St. Michael and All Angels are working together to collect these items until the end of April. A collection bin will be available in the Parish House to receive your donations. The agency is called to serve children and families through healing, teaching, worship, and play” and appreciates our support. For more information, contact Kristine Reid (kmrlady@ymail.com or 803-579-7159).

Childcare News Update. We have begun a different model of childcare for children ages 0 to 2 -1/2 on Sunday mornings. After some reflection by the clergy and children’s area workers, we’ve realized that we should utilize both hired outside assistance (one person) and inside volunteers (two additional people) to be responsible for the nursery on Sunday mornings. We are currently compiling a calendar of volunteers who will be responsible for helping in the nursery once a month. Two volunteers will be needed every week. Pair up with a friend or spouse to volunteer and share the love of Christ with St. Peter’s very littlest ones. Contact Director of Children’s Formation, Laurie Burlington (lburlington@st-peters.org or 704-749-6155) with questions and to sign up.

The Flower Guild seeks new members. Learn about and serve through ministry by shadowing current guild leaders and assisting with the creation of floral arrangements for Sundays and seasonal occasions. Interested women, men, and youth should contact Rob Carpenter (704-365-8932 or rcarpenter@carolina.rr.com).

Belk Charity Day tickets are on sale. On Sundays through April 27 at St. Peter’s, buy tickets for the May 3 Belk Charity Day Sale from our Choir School choristers or visit The Choir School office anytime. 100% of the $5 ticket price goes directly to our England 2015 fund and the $5 is deducted from your Belk purchase at the time of payment. For Belk credit card customers, shop the private pre-sale to reserve your merchandise beginning Sunday, April 27. Use your tickets at any Belk location on the day of the sale from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. The Choir School at St. Peter’s thanks you sincerely for your generous support.

Parish Retreat Weekend at Kanuga returns September 12-14. Five years ago was our last parish getaway offering in the mountains! Now, our clergy and a lay leadership team are planning for a big return to 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 $175.00 (adults), $95 (youth 10-18 years), $56.00 (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 to “come away” to a fun, rustic, beautiful and refreshing setting with other parish family members. Click here now to let us know if you might or will attend, and watch for an early summertime date when payment will be required to reserve your space.

Caregiver's Support Group starting in collaboration with First Presbyterian Church. With our neighbors around the corner, an initial organizational meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 30 at Noon at First Presbyterian. Bring a lunch or purchase one there for $7.00. Contact Mother Joslyn (jschaefer@st-peters.org) if you plan to attend or are interested but cannot attend this initial organizational meeting.

Calling for Adult Pilgrims to Salisbury, England in 2015. The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, hopes to lead adults on a pilgrimage to Salisbury, England from July 16 until July 25, 2015 in collaboration with the summer tour of the Choir School at St. Peter’s. Airfare, lodging, and meals would cost approximately $4,000 per adult. If you either definitely or remotely are interested in joining the journey, email Father Ollie Rencher or call him at 704-749-6141 no later than Friday, April 25. 

Solemn Communion and Rite of Reconciliation Retreat for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: May 10 and 11. Our children’s formation offering includes a series of meditations that help the older child to better appreciate the gift of the Eucharist. While parents often ask at what age their children should begin receiving communion, the Episcopal Church’s standard for nearly thirty-five years has been that Baptism is full Christian initiation in to Christ’s body, the Church. This means that the youngest, baptized babies are invited to share in the Eucharistic Feast. Our little ones also are able to learn about the sacrament of the Rite of Reconciliation. To register your child for the retreat and Solemn Communion, contact Catechesis Coordinator Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org, 704-749-6156).
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