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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | July 1, 2015
Bringing us together. That’s my calling, as Communications Administrator here at St. Peter’s. How I try to do that is driven by my favorite scripture, from Philippians 4:8:

“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worth of praise, think about these things.”

Living into this passage can be challenging in our world, where we encounter so many things that are not quite pure or pleasing or worthy of praise. I started my career in communications as a newspaper reporter and editor, where I seemed to spend a dozen hours a day knee-deep in stories about people at their worst.

So what a gift to spend my day helping the people who do the real work of this church by producing posters and bulletin boards and signs and eNews, coming up with ideas for engaging people in our story. When I do that well, you and the community beyond our doors will know about life at St. Peter’s, how to get involved, who needs help, when and where to show up.

All of these activities are guided by my awareness that the call underlying the tasks and the to-do list is to communicate things that bring us together to connect and talk and weave our lives together.

Peg Robarchek, Communications Administrator

Sunday, July 5

Worship services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m

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
Befriending Jesus: Offered through St. Peter’s Online School through August 15, this summer program offers an opportunity for you learn from some of the top New Testament scholars across the country in four “classes,” one on each Gospel. Each class takes about 45 minutes and includes videos, a chance to reflect spiritually and the space to interact with St. Peter’s clergy and fellow parishioners. These classes can be taken anywhere—airport lobbies, on the beach, in the mountains, at home! Contact The Reverend Joslyn Schaefer (, and she'll send you a personal link to access to classes. "See" you online!

Enroll Now for Vacation Bible School: Have your children ages four and older enrolled for Pilgrimage 2: Still Seeking the Kingdom of God, our VBS the week of August 3-7? Hours are 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., with the theme of a medieval pilgrimage. RSVP online or contact Laurie Burlington ( with questions.

Special Events

Taize, Dinner & Movie: Wednesday, July 1, 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in the Youth area, basement level, St. Peter’s Youth are invited to enjoy Taize, dinner and a movie. For more information, contact Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt (

Parish News

Offices Closed: Parish offices will be closed for the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 3 and will reopen on Monday, July 6.

Let Us Welcome You! If you’re new to St. Peter’s in 2015, we want to get to know you. So if your photo hasn’t been posted on the Welcome Bulletin Board in the Parish House lobby, please email a photo to Peg Robarchek ( Medium-quality digital photos work well. And if there are several people in your family, let us know who’s who in the photo so we can get your names straight on the bulletin board. Selfies welcome!

Can You Help with Vacation Bible School? A few people are still needed to serve as Mastercraftspeople to lead groups of pilgrims from activity to activity during the week of VBS (August 3-7). This role includes some lesson preparation and physical presence while VBS is in session (8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). If you’re looking for your own memorable experience by helping create a memorable experience for St. Peter’s children, contact Laurie Burlington (

Migrant Farmworker Needs: To prepare for the Episcopal Farmworker’s mission trip July 7-9, we are collecting to provide for the following needs for migrant farmworkers: Money (checks payable to the Episcopal Farmworkers’ Ministry), men’s cotton long and short sleeve shirts and tee shirts (small or teen sizes ideal), men’s cotton long pants (small or teen sizes ideal), hats, new cotton socks, personal hygiene items (including women’s items), laundry detergent, towels and single bed linens, pillows and pillow protectors, stuffed animals. Interested in being part of the mission trip? It is open to adults and youth; families are encouraged. Stay one or both nights and bring air mattresses or sleeping bags and linens/towels. Contact Nelda Leon (, 704-641-6148) or Lyn Holt (, 704-749-6148).

Deadline nears for Parish Retreat Registration: You still have until July 15 to register for the Parish Retreat Weekend August 21-23. “Celebrate Prayer!” is this year’s theme for the weekend at Kanuga Conference Center in the mountains of North Carolina. Plan now to be fed spiritually as well as to rest or enjoy activities for all ages, including hiking, tennis, canoeing, fishing, and apple-picking. Pricing includes meals, lodging, and refreshments. Look for postcards in the Parish House lobby with pricing for staying overnight or for two-nights. Infants to 4 years free. Click here to sign up today. Questions? Call the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher at 704-749-6140.

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

Next Cursillo Scheduled: An Episcopal weekend retreat consisting of reflection, worship, prayer and music led by laypersons and guided by priests, Cursillo will be held Thursday evening, July 30, through Sunday, August 2. For questions, contact Fran or Manning Huske (, 704-362-4107).

Looking Ahead: Mark Your Calendars
  • Summer Film Series – Fierce Goodbye: Living in the Shadow of Suicide, July 19, 12:30 p.m.
  • Recovery Eucharist: August 9, 5:00 p.m.
  • Pride Parade: August 16, 1:00 p.m. – Walkers and hospitality helpers needed. Sign-up begins soon.
  • Formation Celebration and Fall Launch: September 13, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
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