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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | February 26, 2013

Annual Parish Meeting

St. Peter's Annual Parish Meeting is this Sunday, March 3, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall following 8:30 "Holy Chow" breakfast. Everyone is welcome to attend the annual meeting. If an individual wants to vote for new vestry members and on other parish business matters, said individual must be an enrolled communicant in good standing, age 16 or older. A "communicant in good standing" is one who for the previous year has been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and who has been faithful in working, praying, and giving financially through annual pledge or contributions for the spread of the kingdom of God. An enrolled communicant is one who has either been confirmed at St. Peter’s or who has joined the church by letter of transfer from another Episcopal Church.

The Annual Meeting of St. Peter’s parish opened officially on Sunday, February 24 for the purposes of voting. Ballots are available during the week at the parish offices, Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Voting will continue on Sunday, March 3 (the day of the annual meeting) until the beginning of the business part of the meeting (9:30 a.m.).

Read more about the Vestry nominees on the website, including autobiographical information from each candidate.

From the Rector

The liturgy and music of Lent offer rich support for our journeys with Christ to Easter. From start to finish of our Sunday morning and even Tuesday and Thursday noon worship, the prayers, scripture readings, reflections, silences, and the Holy Eucharist invite worshippers to engage God--deeply. Christian history reminds that our praying shapes our believing (lex orandi, lex credendi) and that whenever we sing, we pray twice (St. Augustine). This I have learned firsthand and continue to hear from others is quite true.

During Lent, I invite us all to go below our natural surface levels into the powerful, intentional words that we pray when worshipping God. In this intentionally introspective season, let us listen closely to the scripture readings and homilies (shorter sermons); cherish the silences we rarely get outside of worship; remember our Episcopal tradition believes wholeheartedly in the “real presence” of Christ in the Bread and Wine; and sing (with our best abilities) the hymns, service music and responses from the hymnal and service leaflet.

Our worship invites us to use our God-given voice and to sing with a different voice than the voice used all week. It also invites us boldly to add new inflection to the words said so often and to breathe for inspiration from the Holy Spirit. As our exciting journey to Easter unfolds, may we find blessing and encouragement from a worship experience made even better by surrendering our all to God through liturgy (work of the people) and music.

– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, 3/3

8:30-9:30 a.m. “Holy Chow” breakfast in the 2nd floor Community Room after 8:00 a.m. worship.

9:30 a.m.  Gather in the Parish Hall for the annual reports of the Rector, officers of the Vestry, program leaders, and committees as well as the election of four new members of the Vestry.

9:30 a.m.  Formation Classes for Youth and Children, and Crib/Nursery Care on levels “B” and “1” of the Parish House.

After 10:45 worship, Coffee Hour hosted by the St. Peter’s Baristas in the 2nd floor Community Room.

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
(2nd and 4th Sundays)
Choral Evensong
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)


Sunday's Worship & Music Leaflets
The Rector's Blog
In our prayers this week
The Choir School at St. Peter's
Pledging Update
The Seal of St. Peter's Episcopal Church
"You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church."

Looking Ahead

Theology on Tap this week.  Drop-in at any point and stay as long as possible, Thursday, February 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sir Edmond Halley's Restaurant & Freehouse in Park Road Shopping Center.  Hosted by the Reverend Ollie Rencher, St. Peter’s Theology on Tap will discuss Lent: To Give Up or Take On Something.  Our January gathering included 18 people at Rock Bottom Brewery for a lively discussion about Episcopal Evangelism.  Spread the word and bring a guest to this unique way to gather for relaxed holy conversation; non-alcoholic beverages equally are available.  RSVP online.

The Community Garden wakes up for Spring. Join us at the 8th Street Garden (behind Trinity Episcopal School) on Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 A.M. until NOON. We will planting vegetable plants and seeds, weed and rebuild some beds. Please bring gloves and your favorite tool for weeding. Children are welcome. E-mail Nancy Duncan ( for more information.

Small Dinner Groups. Sign-up by Sunday, March 3 to join a small dinner group. During March and May, 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 contact Tina Coelho (, 704-537-0078) for more information.
Samaritan House Annual Fundraising Luncheon will be held March 7 at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Morehead St. from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. The speaker is John Lozier executive director of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased from the Samaritan House website,, by calling 704-333-0110, or directly from Carol Lillard, Helen Krewson, Ruth Woodend.

The MasterSingers of The Choir School at St. Peter's will join the Rector in leading a service of Evensong, sung evening prayers, next Sunday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m. A reception of light refreshments follows the service.

Join the MasterSingers of The Choir School for breakfast at the Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser on March 16 at the Concord Mills Applebee’s. Purchase your $7 tickets or make a donation on Sunday after each service and at Holy Chow.  Funds raised support their England 2015 trip where they have been chosen to be the Choir in Residence at Salisbury Cathedral.

The Spring Yard Sale is fast approaching. St. Peter’s Youth need donations of anything that is cluttering your home or that you don't want or need anymore. Call Claire Wygand (704-366-0766) to arrange a time to take your donations to 800 Nottingham Dr. in Cotswold. For pick-ups of large items, call Lyn Holt (704-763-3564). The Sale dates are March 22 and 23 from 8 a.m. - noon. Proceeds assist our youth program with Pilgrimage and Mission Trip costs.

Easter lily memorials and honoraria for the Easter Day service leaflets are being accepted now through Palm Sunday, March 24. Pick-up a special envelope in the public spaces around the church and complete your information; donation of $10 per lily is requested. After the Easter Day worship, you are welcome to take your lily home or share it. You also may e-mail your request to Mary Ann Danchess ( and contribute for the lily online at

Special Formation Offerings in Lent

Sundays 9:30-10:30 a.m. February 17-March 24: Sunday Scriptures Study Class (Tower Room) and the Rector’s Forum (Parish Hall). The Forum will feature St. Peter’s Rector and guests offering a variety of weekly presentations about “Observing A Holy Lent” based on the annual Ash Wednesday invitation.

Monday 6:30-7:30 p.m. February 18-March 25 (Parish Hall): Radical Welcome book* reflections hosted by St. Peter’s Rector and Vestry for members, newcomers and seekers to explore the bold journey of becoming followers of Jesus through radical welcome. Sign-up online or call 704-332-7746 and indicate need for nursery/childcare. *Book available via or for $16.41 at Park Road Books as inventory allows; please acquire book for full engagement of class discussions.

Thursday 8:00-8:50 a.m. February 14-March 28 (Tower Room): Join parishioners Jan Keny and Lynn Lakin for a weekly women’s book discussion of Anne Lamott’s Help Thanks Wow, a story of her spiritual journey and perspective on prayer. Sign up online or call 704-332-7746. Book available locally for $17.95 at Park Road Books.

Fridays 7:00-7:50 a.m., February 15 and beyond Lent: Uptown Bible Study Group hosted for all people by St. John’s Episcopal Church Charlotte (in our church Library). This weekly, layperson-led offering is open to all. Bring your Bible for study and discussion about various books. Contact John Mattox of St. John’s Church (, 704-715-4813).  

Mark Your Calendars

Saturday, April 20, 6:00 p.m., St. Peter’s Luigi’s Dinner & Silent Auction to benefit the Summer 2013 Youth Pilgrimage.  Stay tuned for more about tickets and details about this parish event. 
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