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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | April 15, 2015
We need each other.  We are family.
At the beginning of this year, I attended a formation conference with Joslyn Schaeffer and Amy King. The conference, titled Do What Matters, and took place at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church. Those gathered for the conference represented many denominations. We were all there to unravel one thing: How can we form lifelong faith in our churches? We were introduced to a new term: “familying.” Familying denotes how we care for those in our world beyond our own nuclear families. “Familying” refers to how we participate in each other’s lives, how we encourage one other, how we support one another, and how we show up at crucial life moments. Familying used to happen in close-knit neighborhoods, civic organizations, and schools. But social research now shows that the only naturally occurring, inter-generational groups that consistently exist today are communities of faith. The only remaining place in my family’s world where my children encounter people of all ages and backgrounds is at church. We need each other. We are family.

This summer you have the chance to family during Vacation Bible School. Re-calibrate your thinking about VBS. It’s not the popsicle-stick, project-based VBS we all grew up with. This VBS centers around the study of saints’ lives as we travel around the world as pilgrims together. We all have much to learn about our faith. We all have much to learn about each other. Please join your family on August 3–7, 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Contact me ( to volunteer and for more information.

–Laurie Haynes Burling, Director of Children’s Formation

Sunday, April 19

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
On Sunday, April 19, we launch 2 two-week series for adults. The Parish Hall Forum series, titled “A Glimpse into Other Religions,” invites you to come with questions and learn about the basic tenets of others’ faiths. For these two weeks, we will focus on Islam. In the Town Choir Room (basement level of the Parish House), the topic is “Growing in the Dark.” Come learn about how God uses both light and dark to nurture our souls. Too often we associate God exclusively with light, neglecting the long Biblical and spiritual tradition of finding God or being found by God in the dark. Both series are offered from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Newcomers’ Class with the Rector, April 19, 26, and May 3: If you are new to St. Peter’s, new to the Episcopal tradition, or possibly a new member of St. Peter’s, join the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher on Sundays, April 19, 26, and May 3 at 9:30 a.m. in the Tower Room (second floor of the Parish House) for a three-week class. Topics will include liturgy, Anglican/Episcopal theology, and ways to connect more deeply with the ministries of St. Peter’s. Register here no later than Wednesday, April 15.

Coffee Hour Conversation. On Sunday, April 19 join parishioners Nelda Leon and Lyn Holt to learn more about the lives of the farmworker in Eastern N.C. and the vibrant Farmworker’s Ministry our diocese supports there. Grab coffee and something to nibble on and then come to the Parlor for this conversation that begins at 12:20 p.m. and will end no later than 1:15 p.m.

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, quiet conversation, 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.

Parish News

Parish Staff News from The Rector. Parishioner Michael Koppenal has been appointed to the new volunteer position of Servant Ministries Coordinator to assist The Rector and Outreach and Social Justice Ministry leadership with connecting parishioners to current and new ways to serve others beyond our doors. Michael will work primarily on Wednesdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and can be reached at or 704-749-6159.

 St. Peter’s Photo Directory (“Holy Faces”) Update and Appeal. For a variety of reasons, last’s year journey to produce a parish family picture directory was detoured. Thanks be to God, the journey is back on track for completion during Eastertide in time for the Day of Pentecost, May 24. In order to ensure that we have as many photos as possible of all member households and newcomers preparing for membership, please email an appropriate, casual or formal, clear, high-resolution picture (200 dpi or about 4 MB) of your household or you to, no later than Wednesday, April 22. If you are uncertain if members of your household were included in pictures taken last year, please send another picture. “Holy Faces” intends to reflect 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.

Holy Chow Needs You. Holy Chow, a full breakfast for the community, is available each Sunday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:25 a.m., prior to 9:30 formation offerings and after the 8:00 a.m. liturgy. Volunteers are needed to fill out existing teams. No experience is necessary and groceries are provided, so all you have to do is show up and pitch in. With only two months remaining in the program year, now is a great time to give it a try. Some see it as a great social activity, a way to get involved and meet other parishioners; others see it as a way to give some in-kind service. Whatever the reason, we need you! To learn more, contact ministry team leader Tate Sterrett ( or Vestry coordinator Sam Gardner (, or show up around 7:00 a.m. on any Sunday and check it out.

Special Events

Advance Directives Workshop: On Friday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. St. Peter’s will host Carol Anne Lawler, Faith Community Educator of Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, will present an overview of hospice and palliative care, and address how to have the conversation about Advance Care Planning. She will also cover how to know when it is time for hospice, how to make a referral, and how the organization is funded. Please plan to attend this workshop which aims to educate and empower individuals to learn more about the right questions to ask when making important healthcare decisions.

A Night in Italy” Youth Pilgrimage Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction is Saturday, April 18. The event starts with appetizers at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner, live entertainment, and a silent auction. Prices for this great night of fun, parish fellowship, and dinner: Adults, $15.00; Youth ages 12–18, $10.00; Children 6–11, $7.00; under 6, no charge; household maximum, $47.00. Adult beverages will also be available for purchase at the event. Your attendance will help our 10th and 11th graders on their pilgrimage to Spain this summer. Ticket purchases may be made online at, or by contacting Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt (, 704-763-3564). If you have an item or service you can donate for the silent auction, contact Lyn Holt.

Monthly Senior Class (55+) Luncheon will be Tuesday, April 21, 11:30 a.m. at Greek Isles Restaurant (200 E. Bland Street, between South Boulevard and South Tryon, 704-444-9000). For further information, call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara and Jay Partington (704-523-1831).

Prayer Shawl Knitting Group meets next on April 21. Come join a dedicated group of knitters on first and third Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Knitters meet in the Parlor to work on prayer shawls to be blessed and given to parishioners who are ill, recovering, or simply celebrating a life changing event. All levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome. Bring your needles and yarns and come join this group of individuals who share in this meaningful ministry. Contact Linda Smith ( or Jim Amburn ( for more information.

National Workshop on Christian Unity offers Episcopal Liturgy at St. Peter’s: Wednesday, April 22, 6:00 p.m. Celebrating its 51st year, this April 21-23 ecumenical gathering in Charlotte is hosted by a national network of Episcopalians, Roman Catholics, Lutherans, United Methodists, and other traditions. St. Peter’s parish family and friends are invited to attend the April 22 event. To learn more about the conference and NWCU, click here.

Pub Theology, Thursday, April 23. Join the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher and others for this month’s lively gathering on Thursday, April 23, 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., at Sir Edmond Halley’s Pub (4151 Park Rd.) in Park Road Shopping Center. This month’s discussion will explore the notion of being “spiritual but not religious.” If you or others you know can relate to this, drop in for as long as possible and bring a guest. Nonalcoholic beverages and food are also available.

Special Youth Group Meeting for St. Peter’s Journey to Adulthood Youth (6th – 12th grades), Sunday, April 26, 6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Youth from St. Martin’s, Holy Comforter, and St. Mark’s will join St. Peter’s youth for fellowship, dinner, and a presentation by Charles Odell about the pitfalls of teenage drinking and drug use. Mr. Odell is an Episcopalian who grew up in Charlotte and is Executive Director at Dilworth Center for Chemical Dependency, an outpatient treatment center for teens and young adults. RSVP by April 20 to Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt (

The Summer High School Mission Trip to Roanoke, Va. is July 28 through August 2. We will work with REACH Youth Missions, to help people of Appalachia with home repairs and a variety of other needs. The cost for this life-changing opportunity is $240 per person which includes all food, transportation, lodging, and mission work supplies. Scholarships are available as needed. We will be joined by youth and leaders from St. Martin’s, St. Mark’s, and Holy Comforter. RSVP by April 15 to Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt (

All St. Peter’s Youth (grades 6-12) are encouraged to come on the Journey to Adulthood Beach Trip, May 15–17. Join your St. Peter’s friends at the beach for fellowship, worship, a little bit of learning, and lots of fun. Cost for this adventure is $65 (scholarships available). We will ride to the beach together in 15-passenger vans and will stay in a rented beach house. Please direct questions to Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt ( Sign up and payment by May 1 are required.

You can help send The Choir School at St. Peter’s Mastersingers to England. Youth choristers are selling tickets to Belk Charity Day, which will take place on Saturday, May 2nd from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The Charity Day Sale offers the deepest discounts of the year with few exclusions. Belk cardholders can reserve items up to one week in advance for pickup on the day of the sale or any time the following week. (You don’t have to get up early!) Each $5 ticket benefits The Choir School 100% (entire donation comes back to The Choir School) and ticket holders receive the full $5 off their first purchase.

Sacramental Preparation and Solemn Communion for Children on May 2. Intended for children ages 7+, sacramental preparation is meant to assist the older child’s moral development. The Sacramental Rite of Reconciliation is explored and availed to the children. Additionally, the children reaffirm their Baptismal vows and gain a further appreciation of the Holy Eucharist. The daylong retreat will be co-led by the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher and Catechesis Coordinator Anna Hurdle on Saturday, May 2 and followed with Solemn Communion on May 3, "True Vine Sunday." Suggested fee for the retreat is $25. Please contact Anna Hurdle ( for information and registration.

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

Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Hosts Event about Human Trafficking. St. Peter's will host the Charlotte Convocation ECW on Saturday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. to hear Dr. Ellen Blair from Partners Against Trafficking Humans in NC (PATH NC). Dr. Blair will speak on how to prevent child trafficking. Plan to join us to hear the message, share conversation, and meet women from neighboring Episcopal Churches in Charlotte. Contact Kristine Reid ( Register online now.

A Night about Autism. Come to this free event to learn more about local resources that support families that include a child living with autism. Six different organizations will be present with opportunities to register for services and time for Q&A. Free childcare and refreshments provided. Thursday, April 23 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at Metro School (405 S. Davidson St.) Register here: or by calling 980-229-7253.

During the Great 50 Days of Easter churches throughout the Diocese of North Carolina and the Diocese of East Carolina will support 50 in 50, a concentrated fundraising effort capping off Harvest for Hospitality. Each household is challenged to donate $1.00 for each of the Great 50 Days of Easter to benefit N.C. farmworkers. Harvest for Hospitality is a joint effort by the two dioceses to support the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry. Your donations will provide sacramental services, food, clothing, pesticide education, ESL classes, and a sense of dignity to the people whose labor puts food on our tables. “Mite boxes” (donation boxes) are available at the Reception Desk.

Join St. Peter’s Team for AIDS Walk 2015: Saturday, May 2. The time is nigh to prepare for the annual AIDS Walk to benefit one of our servant ministry partners, RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network). Our team will walk through Center City Charlotte for about two miles; all are welcome to join in this powerful community-building initiative. Consider walking and getting people to sponsor you, sponsoring a walker, or making a donation. To sign up and learn more about our parish team, contact St. Peter’s Team Captain Frank Steele (704-544-0609, or visit St. Peter’s team page. Click here to learn more about RAIN.

Food Pantry Partnership with Loaves and Fishes. Collection of groceries for neighbors in need continues in April. This month’s focus is canned fruit. (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
  • Center City Concert: The Timeline Jazz Quartet: April 20, Noon.
  • National Conference on Christian Unity (April 20–24): St. Peter’s Hosts April 22 Worship.
  • 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.
  • 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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