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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | October 29, 2013

From the Rector

A Holy Connection: All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day

While I fondly recall wearing smart and ridiculous costumes, eating large amounts of candy without getting sick, dunking my face in water to capture apples with my teeth, and attending crazy parties on Halloween, this morning I am motivated by the more profound connection of Halloween to its succeeding days. Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve (October 31) maintains that saints are hallowed (“holy”) and is the vigil for All Saints’ Day. Without an All Saints’ Day, we would not have Halloween to celebrate the gift of the saints.

All Saints’ Day (November 1), which most congregations tend to celebrate in high solemn fashion on the Sunday after All Saints’ Day and even fuse with All Souls’ Day, recalls the biblical notion that a “saint” is anyone who is a follower of Jesus. (Yes, that means you and me!) This day calls attention to the array of sung or unsung heroes, who both live among us and have gone before us. One writer shares that “a saint is someone who has occupied a sacred space in our lives; most of us could probably come up with a list of such people who have touched our lives over the years.”

All Souls’ Day (November 2) marks a time to remember all who have died, whether we associate “saint” with them or not. The Episcopal Church calendar calls it both All Souls’ Day and the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed; it was first included in our current Book of Common Prayer (1979). In Central America and elsewhere, the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is reserved for families to honor their ancestors and embrace the connection between the living and the dead. “Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” Because of Christ’s victory, the barrier between the living and the dead has been trampled down.

The journey from All Hallows’ Eve to All Souls’ Day invites the church catholic (universal) to think about the fact that our lives and those of all persons both begin and end in the Creator. May we find blessings in these days and the gift of life – eternal life.

The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, 11/3

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., For adults, the Parish Hall Forum looks at the topic, “Saints Past and Present.” Engaging the Scriptures meets in the Tower Room, Level 2 of the Parish House.

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, coffee hour hosted by the St. Peter's baristas.

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)


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Looking Ahead

Harvest Blessing and Rogation Procession: Saturday, November 2. Faithful gardeners from St. Peter's and Trinity Episcopal School have been working hard to grow and harvest fresh food for our Charlotte neighbors who receive Friendship Trays. This Saturday, we will harvest our abundant crop of sweet potatoes and then ask God's blessing upon our fields with a Rogation Procession. During this liturgy we will process around the fields, sing, pray, and together ask God's blessing on our work and on the land. Sweet potato harvest will start at 2:00 p.m.; the Rogation Procession at 3:00 p.m.; and more harvesting and refreshments will follow. Our community garden is located near the intersection of East 8th and North Davidson streets. Bring your favorite shovel and any musical instruments that you enjoy playing, as making a joyful noise is part of the procession. Contact Nancy Duncan (, 704-609–6222) with any questions or to indicate a willingness to bring snacks to share. This event is for all ages.

Adult Formation on Sunday, November 3 will feature "Saints: Past and Present." All Saints Day (November 1) will be celebrated this Sunday (November 3) at 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. To commemorate the day, the Parish Hall Forum (Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.) will focus on how our spiritual growth might be encouraged by attending to the saints — both the famous ones and the ones in our own stories. We encourage participants to bring pictures of saints in their own life, so that we can more easily imagine the great "cloud of witnesses" by whom we are always surrounded. Our lectionary-based Bible Study, Engaging the Scriptures, will also be offered in the Tower Room at the same time.

New Adult Formation offerings begin Sunday morning and Monday evenings in November. Have you ever wondered about the importance of saints, been interested in studying the Bible, or wanted to learn more about outreach and matters of social justice? What about what we do together in worship and how it connects with your daily life? Would you like to deepen the spiritual practice of engaging in liturgy? If so, check out what will be offered on Sunday mornings or Monday evenings, including a four-week series on Liturgy and Life. Click here for the full schedule and note the new offering of Mondays, November 11 through December 2, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Library. Because we will order books for this course, email Mother Joslyn ( if you plan to attend. All are welcome.

Reserve your seat for “Traces of the Trade” at St. Peter’s: Wednesday, November 6. Don’t miss an evening with the documentary “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North.” Filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors, many of whom were Episcopalians, were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. Episcopalians Constance and Dain Perry, both of whom have North Carolina roots (Dain’s mother is also a descendent of the famous family), will spend an evening at St. Peter’s for a citywide screening of the 90-minute film followed by a 60-minute conversation in the Parish Hall. Starting with 5:30 p.m. contemplative worship in the church and ending with a post-film conversation, a memorable experience about reconciliation awaits and will be followed up with future conversations. Heavy appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Complimentary childcare will be available. Spread the word to family, friends, and colleagues, and make your reservation today at or 704-332-7746 for this free event. Learn more about the film at If you want to serve on the hospitality team for the evening, contact Cathy Smith (, 704-749-6141).

John Cummins, organist and choirmaster at St. Paul’s Winston-Salem, will play a recital of organ music at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 10. Before joining the staff at St. Paul’s, Cummins served at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, Kentucky. At 5:00 p.m. The Girls Tour Choir at St. Peter’s and the clergy will lead a service of Choral Evensong (sung Evening Prayer). A reception of light refreshments follows the recital and service in the Parlor.

Free Noon Concert at St. Peter’s: Monday, November 11. The next concert in the Music at St. Peter’s Noon series takes place on Monday, November 11 and features French café music. David DiGiuseppe and Muisque Accordeon present music from the cabarets of Montmartre through the musettes of Paris to the songs of famed singer Edith Piaf. New this month is the availability of a box lunch of quiche and salad for $10, dine-in or carry-out. Reserve yours today at or 704-332-7746. Invite a friend to join you for this special event.

Holiday Shopping Help from The Choir School throughout October. Contact the Choir School Office at 704-749-6146 to purchase Belk Charity Day $5 tickets, which allow you to attend Belk's Charity Day sale on November 9 and receive spectacular deals not offered to the general public. Your $5 will be refunded at checkout, so it costs you nothing: You get the discount and The Choir School keeps the $5. Proceeds help fund the 2015 MasterSingers’ England trip to Salisbury Cathedral. You now can pre-order your holiday greenery (wreaths, trees, garlands). Tree pickup begins the Thanksgiving weekend. Wreaths and garlands will be available Monday, December 2. In addition, wreaths can be shipped directly from the farm; consider giving one to a friend or relative. Order online at

Advent is just around the corner and the young people of St. Peter's can help you prepare. The Journey to Adulthood (J2A) Class will sell Advent candles (purple and blue), wreaths, calendars, and an assortment of inexpensive gift items for Christmas for three Sunday mornings before and after worship services beginning November 24th. All proceeds benefit the 2015 Pilgrimage and Mission Trip Funds.

New Matching Gift Opportunity for The Choir School at St. Peter’s announced by Power2Give. Right now, the Leon Levine Foundation will donate 50 cents for every dollar donated to The Choir School at St. Peter’s through their Power2Give project, Send a Chorister ‘Across the Pond’. Help make this trip of music and education a reality for all our MasterSinger choristers and enlarge your contribution by donating now before the matching funds run out.

Staff Development Message from the Rector. The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher is pleased to announce that Cathy Smith joined the staff on September 4 as his Executive Assistant to schedule appointments, support daily operations, manage special projects, and collaborate with other staff on administrative matters. Cathy brings a rich work history in corporate and church settings, including roles in project management, marketing, and client management. On October 15, Leigh Dixon-Phillips joined the staff as the part-time Bookkeeper to handle financial administration matters, contributions, and offer certain administrative support to the parish Treasurer (Dave Lavoie). Leigh brings a diverse accounting and operations background from non-profit and corporate settings and will work primarily on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). Interim Part-time Bookkeeper Sam Gardner will transition out of his duties in early November. The Rector and Personnel Committee are grateful to Sam for his fine and faithful service begun in mid June after Mary Ann Wexler left the staff for new work in Florida. Along with our paid staff, we give thanks for the committed pool of volunteers who serve as daytime Receptionists for the Parish House and those who volunteer in countless other ways throughout the parish. Your financial gifts that make possible our commitment to employ a variety of talented individuals are treasured.

Give To The Vision 2014: Update on Estimates of Giving for 2014. The 2014 Annual Fund Leadership Team would like to thank the following persons who, as of October 29, have offered their estimates of giving to the financial administration office. As we work toward our goal of $1,000,000 in estimates and marked October 27 as Commitment Sunday, these gifts to the glory of God are priceless. Thus far, we have raised $563,056.00, from 174 estimates of giving and look forward to more in support of the vision and values of St. Peter’s Church.

Mr. Jason Abner; Dr. Monique Abner; Mrs. Jeanne Agan; Mr. Jim Amburn; Ms. Candace Armstrong; The Honorable John Arrowood; Mr. Robert Atkins; Mr. and Mrs. Justin Baldwin; Mrs. Veronica Bandy; The Reverend and Mrs. James Bartos; Mr. and Mrs. C. Robert Beaird; Mr. and Mrs. William Bellamy; Mr. Steve Bentley and Mr. David Deal; Mrs. Jacquelyn Berry; Mr. Michael Berry; Mr. Timothy Bice; Mrs. Jane Neal Bobbitt; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bowles; Mr. and Mrs. John Bradberry; Mr. and Mrs. William Britton; Mr. Neil Broncaccio; Ms. Debbie Brooks; Dr. Barbara Brown; Mr. and Mrs. John Budall; Ms. Sydney Burgess and Mr. Al McMillian; Mr. John Nicholas Burnett; Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Busch; Mr. Neil Burkhead; Dr. and Mrs. Kent Carpenter; Mrs. Elise Cathey; Mr. Earl Chance; Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Chapin; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cheshire; The Reverend Julie Clarkson; Ms. Tina Coelho; Mrs. Gina Columna; Mrs. Sue Coonen; Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Corcoran; Mrs. Elizabeth Corzine; Mrs. James B. Craighill; Mrs. Kathleen Cress; Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Cudabac; Mr. John Denti; Mr. James DiMartino; Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Dresser; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Dudley; Mr. Daniel Duggan, Jr.; Mrs. Nancy Dumbell; Dr. John Dunn; Ms. Elsie Erneston; Ms. Roberta Farman; Dr. and Mrs. Robert Ferguson; Mr. James Gabbert, Jr.; Ms. Linda Gallehugh and Mr. Ellison Clary; Mr. Samuel Gardner, III; Ms. Lydia Gittens; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon G. Graves; Mr. and Mrs. James Green; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Greene; Ms. Mary Griffin; Mr. and Mrs. Brian Hacker; Ms. Ann Haskell; Ms. Marti Henderson and Ms. Hope Westerfield; Mr. Jim Hicks; Ms. Josephine Hicks; Mr. and Mrs. William Hinson, III; Mrs. Irma Hoffman; Mr. Michael Hoffman, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Holtz; Mrs. and Mr. Andy Hung; Mr. and Mrs. John Hurst, Jr.; Mr. Thomas Im and Mr. Michael Loose; Ms. Marie Irving; Ms. Bette Jacobs; Ms. Elaine Jones; Mrs. Nancy Jewell; Mrs. Judith Johnson; Mrs. James Johnson; Mr. John Joslin; Mr. and Mrs. William Kalbas; Mr. Walter Kearns; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Keller, Jr.;  Ms. Janet Keny and Mr. Wesley Sturgis, Jr.; Ms. Ann King and Mr. Brooks Keith; Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Keith; Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Keller; Mr. and Mrs. William Kelly; Mr. and Mrs. George Kennedy; Ms. Janet Keny; Carl and Amy Dillon King; Mr. and Mrs. William Krewson; Ms. Lynn Lau; Mr. and Mrs. David Lavoie; Ms. Nelda Leon and Mr. James McEwen; Dr. and Mrs. Chris Lakin ; Ms. Letitia Landers-King; Mr. and Mrs. Owen Laracuente; Ms. Lynnette Lewis; Ms. Carol Lillard; Mrs. Betty Little; Mr. and Mrs. Nevan Little; Mrs. Trissy Lomax; Mr. Henry London, II; Mrs. Kathleen Long; Ms. Maria Long and Mr. Rob Smith; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Lyons; Mrs. Claudia Macauley; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mandon; Mr. Elwood Manigault; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mann; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Markel; Mrs. Susanne Martin; Ms. Janie Maybeck; Ms. Susan McConnell; Ms. Judy McLeod and Mr. Richard Pierce; Mrs. Antonia Moore; Mr. and Ms. Daniel Moore; Mr. and Mrs. Micah Morrison; Mr. and Mrs. George Mundle; Ms. Mary Margaret Myers; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Nicholson, III; Mr. and Mrs. C. J. O'Neill; Mr. and Mrs. Dieter Olsen; The Reverend and Mrs. Thomas Osgood; Mr. Trey Owen and Mr. Wes Thompson; Mr. and Mrs. James Owens; Dr. Leland Park; Mr. and Mrs. James Partington, III; Ms. Elizabeth Richardson and Mr. Michael Pawlyk; Mr. and Mrs. Tim Pechar; Mr. and Mrs. Don Peeler; Dr. William Pfischner; Mr. Terry Prince; Dr. and Mrs. William Pritchard; Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Raiford; The Reverend and Mrs. Ollie V. Rencher; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Restaino; Mr. and Mrs. Adam Reynolds; Ms. Rosalie Reynolds; Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Ringley; Ms. Sharon Roberts and Ms. Amanda Vann; Mr. and Mrs. Terence Roche; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Roosa; Ms. Linda Sarazen and Mr. Patrick Hickert; Ms. Nancy Sarazen; The Reverend Joslyn and Dr. Brian Schaefer; Mrs. Yvette Seaton; Mr. and Mrs. James Shannonhouse, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. John Shumate; Ms. Anita Smith; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Smith, II; The Reverend and Mrs. Murdock Smith; Mr. Michael Spivey; Mrs. Jackie Stanley; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stigall; Mrs. Norveline Thomas; Ms. Linda Trent and Mr. Alan Lombardi; Mrs. Mary Anna Turner; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Uglehus; Mr. and Mrs. J. McDonald Welch; Ms. Mary Ann Wexler; Mrs. Cynthia White; Mrs. Hunt Williams, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. William Williamson, III; Mr. and Mrs. J. Michael Wilson; Ms. Mary Wilson; Mr. and Mrs. Dan Woodall; Ms. Ruth Woodend; Mr. and Mrs. William Wygand.

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