The foggy center city skyline seen through St. Peter's window on Sunday. Photo by John Hall.
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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | December 31, 2014
From The Stable Into The World. Our Christmas journey from the isolated stable into the complicated world is progressing and full of opportunities to spread the Good News of God in Jesus the Christ as Light to the nations. Before we know it, the twelve days of Christmas will end, leading us to Tuesday, January 6, The Epiphany of our Lord. At 7:00 p.m. St. Peter’s will host a 7:00 p.m. celebration of the Holy Eucharist to commemorate how all sorts of conditions of people came from far and near to see our Lord.
It is brilliant that the new year of our Lord and the feast of the Epiphany happen so closely together. Such timing will serve us well as we make resolutions of what we want either to do differently or to become once we arrive into 2015. I trust that whatever we resolve, we will rely on God to help and enrich our prayer lives in faithful ways, revealing occurrences of the right things—things that often are exactly what we need versus what we might want.
Life at St. Peter’s intends to support our 2015 needs. All things scheduled for winter, spring, and summer have been planned by lay leaders and staff to bless us on the way. I encourage our increased engagement of them, as well as finding new and rewarding ways to become involved in the ministries of the parish. What we do within and beyond our doors is a part of our commitment to create God’s beloved community—one in which all people are reconciled with God and one another.
May the rest of Christmas and light of Epiphany empower us to live in love and service to the One who came among us as fully divine and fully human to enlighten our paths.
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, January 4

Christian Formation classes for all ages in the Parish House,
9:30 a.m.

Coffee Hour in the Community Room, second floor of the Parish House immediately following the
10:45 a.m. service.

Worship services at 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 6:15 p.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 January 11)
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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"You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church."
Formation and Worship Offerings

The Twelve Days of Christmas Continues at St. Peter’s: January 4, The Second Sunday after Christmas, we continue Christmastide with customary worship times (8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 6:15 p.m.). Holy Chow (breakfast) and Formation offerings also resume. For more about worship at St. Peter’s including weekday opportunities, check out
On January 4 and 11, adults will have two Christian Formation options: a two-session program “Unpacking The Lord’s Prayer” (“Thy Will Be Done” and “As It Is In Heaven”) in the Parish Hall and a two-session program “Navigating People” (exploring how to get along and manage conflict) in the basement’s Town Choir Room. January 4 also marks the opening of the Parlor as a new “Hospitality Room” that provides a place to savor coffee, quiet conversation, or the paper during the 9:30 a.m. formation hour.
The Feast of The Epiphany of Our Lord: Tuesday, January 6. The St. Peter’s community will gather at 7:00 p.m. for a Festival of Light and the Holy Eucharist to celebrate the revelation of Jesus as true God, Messiah, and Savior of the world. Enjoy the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas and join others for a powerful entrance into the season of Light.

Give To The Vision 2015: Connecting with St. Peter's
Every Member Canvass Follow-up to Commitment Sunday
Calling for New Pledges by Sunday, December 31

The 2015 Stewardship Team is grateful for all who have participated in our annual fundraising initiative to raise $1 million dollars in pledges and eagerly awaits responses from those who have not pledged yet. Since Commitment Sunday, November 2, pledges totaling $809,461.92 have been received from 316 households and individuals as of December 29. In order to finalize the 2015 parish operating budget, all members are asked to pledge financial support of the worship, programs, staff, outreach, and facilities of St. Peter’s in 2015 by Wednesday, December 31. Newcomers are welcome to pledge as well. To help us reach our $1 million dollar goal, please make your pledge online or stop by the Parish House between today and Noon on December 31 to submit a pledge card to the financial administration office.

Why Give to St. Peter’s? Our Christian vows to support the mission of God’s Church as well as the vision for St. Peter’s include a holy giving that is both priceless and beneficial to all. Despite what we may think, every pledge matters. Every Sunday at St. Peter’s, it costs more than $8,500 to operate the church and provide our necessary offerings: $1,740 to operate our worship space, parish house, and grounds including personnel and utilities; $1,353 to fund worship supplies and music ministry services including personnel; and $2,067 to support the clergy responsible for officiating three services, teaching classes, performing pastoral duties, and more that comes with their ministries. Sundays are followed by the Monday-Saturday cycle when it costs more than $3,500 for basic church operations including administration, supplies, and utilities. To support St. Peter’s today, click here to pledge or make a one-time contribution online.

Regarding Year-end Contributions. in order to receive credit for 2014, all financial contributions for the 2014 fiscal year, including annual fund pledges for the year, must be received in the Financial Administration Office by Noon on Wednesday, December 31. Any contributions received after that date will be applied to 2015. If you would like to make a gift of stock, contact Director of Finance and Human Resources Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142) to get the information you will need to process the transfer. 2014 year-end statements will be mailed out by January 10, 2015.

Special Events
Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s presents A Multicultural Celebration: Civil and Human Rights through Music and Poetry, January 19. This non-profit organization celebrates its second season of offering free Noon concerts on third Mondays, including one in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Talented artists from the Charlotte region will be featured. All ages are welcome to attend this important event to inform how we might share in creating a better world for all people. Learn more about Center City Concerts’ mission to provide monthly free concerts at and contribute online to this outreach and community engagement program.

Parish News

Holiday Office Hours. The parish offices will be closed and no regular weekday services (Morning Prayer, Noon Eucharist) will be offered on Thursday, January 1.
Life at St. Peter’s 2015 is coming soon. The 2015 Winter, Spring, and Beyond edition of Life at St. Peter’s is scheduled to be released online and mailed by January 2. This update for the 2014-2015 program year will contain detailed information about programs and events from January through May, plus known offerings for summertime. Stay tuned for more information.
Check out the Why Church? Video Series on St. Peter’s Facebook Page: The Staff Formation Team has created over 30 short videos of parishioners (youth, children, adults) sharing about why they come to St. Peter’s. Celebrate the blessings of our community by enjoying these short videos and invite others to join you for life at St. Peter’s.
About The Prayer List. During each of the Sunday celebrations of the Holy Eucharist, the person leading the Prayers of the People (Intercessor) will say aloud a portion the extensive names printed on the prayer list. As invited by the Intercessor or during times of silence, congregants may also add their own petitions, which may include people or situations for which we are moved to pray. At our weekday services, we also offer prayers for those on the list and encourage parishioners to pray for those on the list in their daily prayers. If you or another have prayer requests, contact the Associate Rector, The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer (, 704-749-6150), or use the online “Prayers” form under “Connect” at Individuals are listed by first name only in the service leaflet for two weeks unless a longer period is requested; persons for whom prayers have been requested must give consent for their names to be printed.

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

Double your donation dollars to Episcopal Relief and Development. St. Peter's has been honored to host the powerful photo exhibit celebrating 75 years of healing a hurting world through the work of Episcopal Relief & Development. In honor of the 75th anniversary, a group of generous donors have offered to match every gift to Episcopal Relief & Development—up to $750,000—between now and December 31. All donations will double immediately, thanks to the match. Together, each dollar will enable us to reach and transform the lives of three million people in nearly 40 countries around the world. Shop in the Gifts for Life catalogue or make a donation today at
January 11 Gathering to Start Plants for St. Peter’s Community Garden. All are invited to celebrate the hope and renewal of Epiphany by starting new plants for St. Peter’s Community Garden. On Sunday, January 11, we will gather in the Parish Hall after the 10:45 a.m. service to start early spring crops by planting seeds in flats with step-by-step instruction. Younger children are invited to attend and will have assistance. All will be invited to take a couple of flats to grow at home and be provided with necessary equipment including plant lights, complete instructions, and fertilizer. A light lunch will be served and planting will begin at 1:00 p.m. RSVP to Nancy Duncan ( by Wednesday, January 7. It will be like Christmas morning all over again when the seeds come up!

Food Pantry Partnership with Loaves and Fishes. Collection of groceries for neighbors in need continues in January. This month’s focus is 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.
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