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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | August 27, 2013

From the Associate Rector

“So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work . . .” – from the Collect for Labor Day, The Book of Common Prayer, page 261

Though not an expressly religious holiday, Labor Day is an opportunity for us to deepen our prayer life as we ponder the struggle and joy that work brings into our lives. Many of us work to provide for our families, to express some aspect of ourselves, and as St. Paul said, so that we can “remember the poor” and be generous in our giving. For some of us, work gives meaning and shape to our days. For others of us, work is something we dread and feel compromised in doing. And some of us long to work but can’t find a job or are no longer physically able to do so.

Episcopalians have a long tradition of praying and advocating for those who work in unsanitary or unjust conditions. Frances Perkins, commemorated on May 13 in our calendar of saints, Holy Women, Holy Men, was the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet. As Secretary of Labor, she worked under Franklin D. Roosevelt to advocate for child labor laws and create Social Security. Perkins valued cycles of both work and rest and regularly retreated with Anglican nuns in Baltimore to sustain her spiritually for her work in the world.

It may seem ironic that a day off is called Labor Day, but I encourage you to find some time for true rest next Monday. What rest looks like for each person is different, but God knows how important it is for us and even built rest into the weekly cycle by creating the Sabbath. Might we also pray for those who can’t find rest for whatever reasons, that God might create space in their lives for refreshment and renewal.

The Reverend Deacon Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, Associate Rector

Sunday, 9/1

8:30 a.m. in the Community Room, "Holy Chow" Breakfast until 9:25 a.m. $4 per person and $15 per household maximum.

9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall, The Inquirers’/Confirmation Class begins today. Other adult formation opportunities begin next Sunday, September 8.

9:30 a.m. in the Parish House, Formation Classes for Youth and Children. The nursery is on Level 1 of the Parish House. Children ages 3-12 meet on Level 1 of the Parish House. Young people ages 13-18 meet on Level “B.”

After 10:45 a.m. worship, at Coffee Hour.

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)


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Looking Ahead

Homecoming Sunday: September 8. You and yours are invited to reengage or further experience the fullest sense of life at St. Peter’s by being present for festive worship offerings on Sunday, September 8. Homecoming Sunday at St. Peter’s, much like what families and places of learning do annually, will be a day of thanksgiving for the mission and ministry to which we are called. Bring your church home spirit and friends to celebrate our life together as people of faith, hope, and love. It should be an incredible day!

Holy Chow teams need your help. Our Holy Chow teams are looking for one or two additional volunteers to join each of the teams already in place. Can you slice, fry, scramble, stir, set a table, or set up coffee or condiments? If so, you are prequalified. To obtain more information or to join one of our teams, contact Tate Sterrett (, 704-716-0830).

Fall Inquirers’/Confirmation Class Kickoff: Sunday, September 1, or Monday, September 9. Father Ollie Rencher, Mother Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, and lay leaders will host seven sessions for inquiring minds and in preparation for the October 27 Visitation of The Right Reverend Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina. Want to understand why some people cross themselves and others don’t? Curious about how The Episcopal Church is governed? Wondering what philosophy guides our interpretation of Scripture? This series (Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., or Mondays, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) will provide an overview of the Episcopal practice of the Christian faith and prepare a variety of persons to be confirmed, reaffirmed, or received by The Episcopal Church from other Christian traditions or religions. Contact Mother Joslyn (, 704-749-6150) with questions or to sign up for the journey.

Mark your calendar now for the return of noon concerts at St. Peter’s. Monday, September 16, marks the first concert of the series with “BachFest VII.” Featuring Choir School graduate Margaret Carpenter, this program honors J. S. Bach and his contemporaries with gorgeous arias for soprano and obligato instruments, Brandenburg Concerto no. 4, and a luscious chamber sonata by Georg Muffat. The concert series is being presented in collaboration with Music at St. Alban’s in Davidson. Admission is free.

Announcing a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Course for Adults. All adults are invited to participate in 11 sessions, one Saturday per month, beginning in October, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Catechesis is based on two profound mysteries: the mystery of God and the mystery of the child. Parents, clergy, and other interested adults are drawn to the very rich, retreat-like courses in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, where these mysteries are explored. Contact Anna Hurdle ( with your questions and for more information on this opportunity, including a complete schedule and registration information.

Habitat for Humanity 2013 starts in September. We are seeking volunteers for this year’s Habitat build beginning with framing on Saturday, September 14. St. Peter’s will be Site Manager on October 12, and we need several volunteers for that day and others. For more information, contact St. Peter’s Habitat coordinator John Knip ( or sign up on the Habitat website.

Small Dinner Groups to Resume. From October to January, groups of parishioners will gather in homes as a great way to fellowship, share a meal, and relax. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the Parish House lobby, or you may contact Tina Coelho (, 704-537-0078) for further information.

Shrimp & Suds, Saturday, September 7. Join us for this popular fun and fellowship event for adults on the St. Peter’s Parish House rooftop from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for our Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth program; the cost is $25 per person for all-you- care-to-eat Low-Country shrimp boil, cheese grits, dessert, and a sampling of local beers, wine for non-beer drinkers, and delectable nonalcoholic beverages. RSVP online. Jim DiMartino will be selling tickets after both worship services this Sunday. (Note that childcare is not available for this event.)

Contemplative Outreach of Charlotte Retreat: September 21. This organization is sponsoring a one-day retreat titled “The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living” on Saturday, September 21, with Fr. Carl Arico. Based on conversations between Fr. Arico and Fr. Thomas Keating, the gathering will engage how the stages of dying lead to the transformation, the dance between judgment and mercy, the meaning of the Cross, and the mystery of God in our lives. Location: St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $45. Register online at or contact St. Peter’s parishioner Judith Johnson (, 704-596-6167). Registration closes on September 13.

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