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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | August 27, 2014

"How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven." –Genesis 28:17 

As summer ends, The Choir School at St. Peter’s begins its 22nd season, the Evensong Series begins its 13th, and the Center City Concert Series begins its 2nd. Although the St. Peter’s Choir has sung throughout the summer, at this time of year they refresh their commitments, re-invigorating their service to our parish. For the Music Department, August and September are full of activity and promise. "How awesome is this place," indeed.

Choir Camp begins The Choir School year and was held August 11–15. New and old choristers met and began forming friendships, while each ensemble started new repertoire. The Boys and Girls Tour Choirs sing their first service Sunday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m. This service will feature the spritely Magnificat and Nunc dimittis written in 1994 for the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., by American composer, David Hogan. Cabaret Night is their first concert, October 10 at 7:30 p.m.

The MasterSingers begin 2014 thinking of their 2015 residency at Salisbury Cathedral. They will prepare pieces for that experience which also appear in services including their first Evensong, September 14, and concerts at home. A small group of adult singers will be preparing for Salisbury with the teens—a great collaboration. The MasterSingers have extra performances throughout this year to raise funds for their travels. We call it "singing for our supper," with the first scheduled at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, September 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The first concert of the Center City Concerts is a program of organ concertos with orchestra. St. Peter’s Associate Organist Aaron Goen will play music by Canadian composers Rachel Laurin and Derek Healey, among others. Conductor William Osborne will lead two performances on September 15, an hour at noon and a full-length concert at 7:30 p.m.

As The St. Peter’s Choir begins its season, they will say goodbye to Aaron Goen and will prepare to welcome a new assistant Organist and Choirmaster. We are looking forward to another year of beautiful worship and music making.

— Ben Outen, Director of Music and Organist

Sunday, 8/31

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

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
Evensong (resumes September 14)
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

Learn more about St. Peter’s across the Decades and explore St. Peter’s distinguished history in Charlotte. On Sunday, August 31 parishioners Dave Lavoie and Candace Armstrong will offer a fresh view of St. Peter’s, from our founding as a mission church in 1834 to the present.

Formation (education) offerings resume September 7. St. Peter’s will hold a Formation Celebration Kickoff for all ages in the Parish Hall on Sunday, September 7 at 9:30 a.m. After gathering and opening remarks from clergy and lay leaders, children will be dismissed to their Catechesis Atria (classrooms), and youth to Journey to Adulthood (J2A) classrooms. Adults will remain for an overview of Sunday and weekday formation opportunities for Fall 2014. This day also marks the return of “Holy Chow” Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.–9:25 a.m. in the Community Room.

Weekday Morning Prayer at St. Peter’s changes start time. Our Monday through Friday offering of Morning Prayer (30-minute service from the Book of Common Prayer, led by lay ministers) is now starting at 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel. This time change (from 7:30 a.m.) might encourage more persons to take advantage of this meditative way to enter the day ahead. If your weekday mornings include time at or near St. Peter’s or are flexible, consider attending Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Toddler Atrium to open in Fall 2014 at St. Peter’s. Click here for an exciting message from Catechesis Coordinator Anna Hurdle and information about how you can support this new ministry for our toddlers.

Kerygma: The Bible in Depth begins Monday, September 8. Do you want to know how to proclaim our story with an Anglican accent? “Kerygma: The Bible In Depth” is a 34-session program starting September 8, led by the Reverend L. Murdock Smith, PhD. Class participants will examine the Old and New Testaments and learn through readings, discussion, and reflections; each participant should expect a deeper understanding of the biblical story and faith journey. The course will meet 5:45 p.m.–7:45 p.m. in the Library. Click here to register and pay the $35 materials cost. For more information contact Father Murdock Smith (

Learn more about the Anglican Tradition. Classes begin Sunday, September 21 (9:30 a.m. in the Parlor) and continue through November 9 for all those who would like to learn more about the Anglican/Episcopal tradition within Christianity. Led by the Clergy and lay leaders, this offering is especially for those who would like to reaffirm the promises made at their Baptism (via Confirmation, Reaffirmation of Faith, or Reception into the Episcopal Church). On Sunday, November 16 at the annual Bishop’s Visitation, Suffragan Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple will preach, celebrate the Holy Eucharist, and offer Confirmation, Reaffirmation, and Reception. Register online or obtain a form from the Reception Desk. For more information, adults should contact Director of Ministry Development Mary Virginia Woodall ( and youth should contact Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt (

The Life at St. Peter's fall program guide was mailed to all households last week. It's also online at

Special Events
Center City Concerts 2014/2015 Season begins September 15. Every third Monday, Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s will present a noon concert free, for the benefit of the community. The first concert features Associate Organist Aaron Goen and members of the Charlotte Symphony in a unique program of music for organ and orchestra. A longer version of this program will also be presented at 7:30 p.m. that same day. Spread the word.

Make Your Reservation: Shrimp and Suds Fellowship Dinner. The fourth annual youth pilgrimage fundraiser will be held Saturday, September 27, at 6:30 p.m. on the rooftop of St. Peter’s Parish House. This event is open to all adults and will feature a cooked-on-site Low Country Boil of shrimp, corn on the cob, and andouille sausage. Sides include coleslaw, French bread, cheese grits, and peach cobbler for dessert. All items will be served with a choice of local brews, wine, or iced tea. The cost for this all-you-can-eat event is $35 and proceeds will benefit the 2015 Youth Pilgrimage and summer mission trips. Click here to make your reservation.

Parish News

Pub Theology meets Thursday, August 28, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant in the Park Road Shopping Center. This relaxed monthly fellowship includes the availability of food and non-alcoholic beverages, alongside normal pub fare. Hosted this month by the Reverend Deacon Jonathan E. Soyars, the topic is “Do Animals Have a Soul?” Pub Theology is a perfect place to expose others to the variety of life at St. Peter’s. Mark your calendar, bring a guest, and drop in for as long as possible.

Holy Chow Needs Your Help. Holy Chow, our breakfast together between 8:30 a.m. and 9:25 a.m. each Sunday morning, needs volunteer cooks and food preparers. We are starting a new team to serve on the fourth Sunday of each month. No special skills are required and notes on how various foods may be prepared will be available, along with an experienced volunteer or two. Generally breakfast consists of eggs, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit salad, biscuits, cereal, coffee, and juice. If you are interested in joining the new team or would like more information, please contact Tate Sterrett (, Sam Gardner (, or Joslyn Schaefer ( Some of our cooks have been part of this ministry for 20 years—it’s a great way to spend some time with other parishioners in this fellowship activity.

Parents’ Social: On Saturday, September 6, 6:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m., parents of young children (ages 0-11) will gather for fellowship at the home of the Rector. Parents will have a chance to connect with each other just as the school year begins. Attendees should bring an appetizer to share and their preferred beverage. Contact Director of Children’s Ministries, Laurie Burlington ( with questions.

Holy Faces Directory is coming soon. Stay tuned for details about how to obtain your copy of this in-house, parishioner-staff project to connect us better through pictures.

The Intercessory/Centering Prayer Group resumes weekly meetings on Tuesday, September 9 in the Parish House Intercessory Prayer Room (next to the Parlor). Contemplatives know that mighty changes can take place when people are willing to pray—for themselves and for others—in the name of Christ. Centering prayer is primarily a prayer of loving trust, consenting to God's will and action in our lives, and silently asking to learn how to pray "in the name of Christ." Join us on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. if you feel led to do so. For more information, contact Judith Johnson (, 704-596-6167).

Calling St. Peter’s Women. The ECW (Episcopal Church Women) Design team will hold its September planning meeting at The Flying Biscuit (Park Road Shopping Center, 4241 Park Road) on Saturday, September, 20 at 11:00 a.m. Please plan to join us to share your ideas and enthusiasm for this new group at St. Peter's. Contact Kristine Reid ( with any questions or to say you can attend.

Collecting Items for Youth Yard Sale: The Youth program Yard Sale to help raise funds for the 2015 Pilgrimage will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 3 and 4, 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the South Charlotte home of Ann and Burt Miano. Clean out your closets and donate anything you don’t want or need to our youth. We will take anything—clothing, furniture, knick-knacks, kitchen appliances and equipment, dishes, yard tools, bicycles, jewelry—anything! The Mianos will be accepting your donations for inclusion in the sale on Thursday evenings, September 4, 11, 18, and 25, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. at 10601 Bryony Court, 28277 (just off Ballantyne Commons Parkway).

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

Habitat for Humanity. St. Peter’s is looking for 16 to 24 volunteers to help build two houses with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, September 27. Tom Im will be the leader for the day. No experience is necessary. To register, send your name, address, date of birth and email address to John Knip (

Food Pantry Partnership with Loaves and Fishes. Collection of groceries for neighbors in need continues in August. This month’s focus is donor’s choice: donations of all types are welcome. (Note: for safety reasons, glass jars cannot be accepted.) We look forward to filling the big red barrels on the gallery of the Parish House with your contributions.

Faithful Sustainability. Join former TV meteorologist and “queen of green” Terri Bennett for a lunch program on Thursday, September 18, 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m., at Covenant Presbyterian Church discussing faithful stewardship of our planet. Terri brings a “no guilt” perspective to everyday green living for creating healthier lifestyles that our planet can sustain. Register for this event at
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