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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | May 6, 2015
“Abide in my love…[so] that your joy may be complete.” –John 15:9, 11

Do you ever have those moments when something beyond you sweeps you up, even if for a brief moment, in a sense of awe and wonder? I had one of those today when I dragged myself away from the satisfaction of cleaning out my email inbox and checking things off my task list in order to go outside for a brief walk. When I walked the Fourth Ward Park right down the street, the Spirit asked me, “Why don’t you come here every day?” Taking the ten minutes to go down to the garden just might be a way for me to take Jesus up on the invitation issued last Sunday and this one to abide in Jesus and his love.

God gives us countless opportunities to abide in this love. But it’s up to us to recognize these opportunities and say “yes” to them. For me this means pulling away from my computer screen to catch a glimpse of the sky, a centering prayer practice that helps my ego recede and God’s presence be magnified in my mind, and reflecting daily on God has shown up through particular people and experiences.

Our life together at St. Peter’s is like a laboratory for experimenting with how to abide in God’s love. Last Sunday I saw people abiding in God’s love as they took the risk of discussing how their financial and spiritual values do and don’t connect in our Parish Hall Forum; I saw it when two people living with cancer shared conversation about how they are learning to “cast out fear”; I saw it in the faces of the children robed in white coming forward for their Solemn Communion after their spiritual retreat on Saturday.

In the week ahead, I wonder how you might make yourself available to abide in God’s love. And I wonder how your experiences and relationships at St. Peter’s nourish your sense of God’s ongoing presence. I will pray God’s blessing on your abiding and your joy.

–The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, Associate Rector

Sunday, May 10

Worship services at 8:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m., and 6:15 p.m.

"Holy Chow," community breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 9:25 a.m. $4 per person; $15 household maximum.

Christian Formation for all ages beginning at 9:30 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)
6:15 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
with Music
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m.
Morning Prayer in the Chapel
Tuesdays and Thursdays
"Holy Food, Holy People," Holy Communion (about 30 minutes in the Chapel)



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Formation and Worship Offerings
Guest Preacher on Sunday, May 10. On Sunday, May 10, at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. liturgies, Mr. Charles A. Wynder, Jr., Missioner for Social Justice and Advocacy Engagement of The Episcopal Church, will offer the sermon. Chuck is in the Episcopal priesthood ordination process of the Diocese of Massachusetts and recently co-facilitated St. Peter’s Lenten Reconciliation Retreat. He is married to Bethany Dickerson-Wynder who serves as the Director Admission and Financial Aid at Trinity Episcopal School, and they have been attending St. Peter’s since last year when they relocated to Charlotte

Formation offerings continuing this week. In the Parish Hall Forum on May 10, “Serving Faithfully: God and Your Budget” offers a final session on the nuts and bolts of the faithful stewardship of personal finance. This week we will focus on balancing our giving to church and charity. In the Town Choir Room (basement level of the Parish House), “The Bible and Immigration” series concludes. We will learn about immigrant outreach and social justice initiatives in Charlotte and how we can help. A representative of the Latin American Coalition will speak about the Municipal ID initiative and the Reverend Deacon Rebecca Yarborough will talk about an exciting new immigrant ministry, Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte, housed at the former St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Central Avenue.

Hospitality Room Now Open on Sunday Mornings in St. Peter’s Parish House. From 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. the Parlor (first floor, nearest the Chapel) is set aside to provide a place for adults to savor coffee, engage in quiet conversation or read the paper, a book or magazine during the formation hour. If you are not attending a structured formation class, we hope you will enjoy this space.

Sunday Night and Weekday Worship Schedule Changes effective May 24. On Sunday, May 24 the weekly offering of the 6:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist will end in order for the clergy, the musicians, and lay leaders to regroup and prepare for the introduction of “Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s” beginning September 13 at 5:00 p.m. Weekly 5:00 p.m. worship will offer the Holy Eucharist, Choral Evensong on second and fourth Sundays, and much more as part of evening worship at St. Peter’s. On Tuesday, May 26, the weekday offering of the 12:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist will shift to Tuesdays only for the foreseeable future, which means that the last Thursday offering will be May 21.

In Memoriam
Thomas Haughton Pardee
August 12, 1918 - May 4, 2015

St. Peter's parishioner Thomas Haughton Pardee died on Monday, May 4, 2015. His funeral service and requiem Eucharist will be held at St. Peter's on Sunday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m. Guests may greet the family immediately after the service in the Parlor.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Haughton.
Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you,
a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock,
a sinner of your own redeeming.
Receive him into the arms of your mercy,
into the blessed rest of everlasting peace,
and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

Parish News

St. Peter’s Photo Directory (“Holy Faces”) Update and Appeal. We’re making progress on the new directory, which we plan to have ready for the Day of Pentecost, May 24. To ensure that we have as many photos as possible of all member households and newcomers preparing for membership, please email high-resolution picture (200 dpi or about 4 MB) of your household or you to Casual or formal photos will work. If you are uncertain whether members of your household were included in pictures taken last year, please send another picture as soon as possible. “Holy Faces” will include one photo per household, aligning with parish records and household information maintained by Director of Ministry Development Mary Virginia Woodall and the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer.

Special Events

Senior Class Luncheon: On Tuesday, May 19, 11:30 a.m., the monthly lunch gathering of the Senior Class will be at Toast Restaurant, 2400 Park Road. Contact Jay or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831) with questions.

“God's Tapestry” Parish Family Breakfast and Conversation: Saturday, May 9, 8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. All are invited to holy conversation about differences, equality, and justice, including a deep look into Charlotte’s history of race and reconciliation, and recent situations of violence and even death in cities throughout the nation. This Eastertide occasion in the Parish Hall will continue the work begun during our March 6-8 Lenten Reconciliation Retreat. You are welcome whether or not you attended the retreat or have spent time with the book “God’s Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences.” You are also encouraged to invite others. Childcare will be available for infants and toddlers. Registration is required no later than Thursday, May 7. Click here to register.

20s & 30s Fellowship Events: On Thursday, May 14, 6:00 p.m., join Katie Semmler Nelson and others at St. Peter's Community Garden We'll get a garden tour, get our hands dirty with weeding and harvesting and then enjoy the abundance of God's provision with dinner and drinks at Intermezzo at 7:00 p.m. For directions to the garden and to RSVP, email the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer ( Friday, June 12th: Join Cooper and Marion Morrison for Food Truck Friday in Southend. Details about time and meet-up location will follow.
Family Strawberry Picking: On Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m., come together with other parish families for strawberry picking, hay wagon rides, swings, zip lines, a sand pit, and a recycled tire playground. Berries are $3.29 per pound to pick your own. Wise Acres is at 4701 Hartis Road, Indian Trail, N.C. 28079. Come enjoy the spring berry bounty!
Join The Choir School at St. Peter’s for Choir Discovery Night. The Choir School hosts its annual open house on Monday, May 18, for girls and on Tuesday, May 19, for boys, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Prospective choristers can experience an open rehearsal, learn about Choir Camp and Summer Tours, and audition. Most important, they will meet our staff and other young people who love to sing. For more information, contact Kay Johnson (, 704-749-6146) or visit The Choir School website,

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I course for adults to be held at St. Peter's this summer, June 15-20, 2015. Parents, catechists, religious educators, clergy, and other interested adults are drawn to the rich, retreat-like courses in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Through this course, adults have the opportunity to see all age-appropriate presentations and materials given to children from the Bible and liturgy. Each course focuses on a specific development age group of the child. Level I prepares adults working with children aged three to six. The foundation for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is in the Level I formation course, as it is in this course that a catechist becomes attuned to the religious life of the child. The course includes preparation in giving presentations (lessons) to children and provides solid background in the theological and pedagogical underpinnings of this work. One does not have to commit to working with children as a prerequisite for participation in the course. Download a brochure and registration form here. Contact Sunday Catechesis Coordinator Anna Hurdle ( for more information.

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

Episcopal Farmworker “50 in 50” Box Collection on Pentecost, May 24. You've seen the 50 in 50 boxes around the Parish House and hopefully you have one at home. Our challenge is for each household to donate $50 to the Episcopal Farmworker's Ministry by Pentecost (the 50th day of Easter). Checks are welcome: make them out to St. Peter's with "Farmworkers Ministry" in the memo line. Our Offertory on Pentecost will include the box collections; help us meet the challenge!

Food Pantry Partnership with Loaves and Fishes. Collection of groceries for neighbors in need continues in May, with a focus on 100% fruit juice. (Note: for safety reasons, glass jars cannot be accepted.) We look forward to filling the big red barrels in the Gallery of the Parish House with your contributions.

Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars
  • Choir School Spring Concert: May 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets now.
  • “God's Tapestry” Breakfast and Conversation: May 9, 8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. RSVP online.
  • The Day of Pentecost, Baptisms, and Last Day of Spring Formation Offerings: May 24.
  • Annual Parish Picnic at Independence Park: May 31 (moved from May 24), 12:30 p.m.
  • Parish Retreat at Kanuga Conference Center: August 21-23, Friday to Sunday.
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