Thanksgiving Eve Service on November 27. Bring neighbors, family, and friends to worship at St. Peter’s with your parish family on Wednesday, November 27, 5:30 p.m., through the service of Evening Prayer with music. All are invited to give thanks for the blessing of life and abundance of harvest since Thanksgiving 2012.
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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | November 26, 2013

From the Rector

Come, Lord Jesus. I am encouraged by the words “Come, Lord Jesus,” especially as we transition from the longest season of Pentecost to the first Sunday of Advent on December 1. This significant day marks the start of the Church New Year and anticipates the inevitable prosperity that will come upon us. During Advent, “Come, Lord Jesus” will be our response to the petitions offered during Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday celebrations of the Holy Eucharist at St. Peter’s.

These prayer words will remind us, yet again, to wait with boundless expectation for the rebirth of “God with us” at Christmas while continually giving thanks for the first birth of Our Lord to Mary, Mother of God. They name a great need and spiritual longing for Christ to become better known to us in a manner that is transformational. They suggest that all things, including new and eternal life, are possible through the mystery of faith.

It is my hope that you and I will take advantage of the necessary days before Christmas in ways that are countercultural. Intentionally, we can let Advent be Advent. Then, we can turn our attention to Christmas Eve and the 12 days of Christmas, which end with the Feast of the Epiphany on Monday, January 6. During Advent, the worship, formation, fellowship, and outreach life of St. Peter’s will offer diverse occasions to assist our engagement in the purpose of the season. Our Sunday and weekday offerings are designed specifically for the parish family to exercise holiday discipline amid the chaos and to plant spiritual seeds that are bound to bear rich fruit.

I look forward to celebrating the Church New Year with you and praying, “Come, Lord Jesus.” Our prayer for the Savior of the world to come closer is bound to change our lives and those of others.

The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, 12/1

8:30 a.m. in the Community Room, "Holy Chow" Breakfast until 9:25 a.m. $2 per child under 6, $4 per person, and $15 per household maximum.

9:30 a.m., For adults, two series continue. In the Parish Hall Forum, “The Call to Outreach and Social Justice” and in the Parlor, “Prayer, Art, and Music.” 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.

5:00 p.m. in the Church, Advent Lessons and Carols. The St Peter’s Choir, clergy, and readers lead a service of lessons and carols especially for the season of Advent. A festive “New Year” party takes place for all ages in the Martha Bowles Parish Hall just after the service.

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

Thanksgiving Eve Service on November 27. Bring neighbors, family, and friends to worship at St. Peter’s with your parish family on Wednesday, November 27, 5:30 p.m., through the service of Evening Prayer with music. All are invited to give thanks for the blessing of life and abundance of harvest since Thanksgiving 2012.

Advent Lessons and Carols and Parish Party. On Sunday, December 1, the First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of a new year in the church calendar, the St. Peter’s Choir, clergy, and readers from all ages and walks of parish life present our annual festival of Advent Lessons and Carols followed by an intergenerational parish party. Childcare will be available during the service. The festive party will include food and crafts for children and live music. To make your reservation for the party, visit “Event Sign-up” at or call the reception desk at 704-332-7746.  It’s not too late to sign up.

St. Peter’s Advent Fair takes place in the Parish House Lobby on Sunday. To help you prepare your home for Advent, our young people will be selling candles, wreaths, calendars, and a wide variety of gift items for Christmas. Proceeds will benefit the youth pilgrimage fund and the youth outreach fund.

As our new church year begins Sunday, St. Peter’s is excited to offer two resources to deepen your devotional life and spiritual growth:

  • Morning Prayer will be offered in the Chapel each weekday morning at 7:30 am beginning Monday, December 2. If you work or live uptown, consider making Morning Prayer part of your regular routine. Spread the word about this opportunity to dwell with the Eternal Word before starting the business of the day ahead. We are also in need of additional people willing to officiate this beautiful service. Contact Doug Hutto (, 704-674-6868) for more information.
  • Inspiration from the Saints: The Episcopal Church recognizes holy women and men from the past who provide us with encouragement and guidance to face the vexing challenges of our own time. Attending to the saints also broadens our sense of belonging to a family that extends from the past and into the future. Beginning December 1, the St. Peter’s website will feature a brief daily reflection based on our calendar of saints and feasts, written by parishioner Terry Prince. You can access this resource at

Adult Formation offerings continue on Sunday and Monday. All are welcome to attend our final sessions of “The Call to Social Justice and Outreach” (in the Parish Hall) and “Prayer, Art, and Music” (in the Parlor) this Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. The "Outreach and Social Justice" session will focus on our personal passions and overcoming the barriers we face in acting toward a more just world. "Prayer, Art, and Music" will conclude with a lively panel of St. Peter’s artists who will discuss the connections they find between creativity and spirituality. We are thankful for the many volunteers who have shared their passions to make these two series happen. The concluding session of “Liturgy and Life” will be held on December 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Library. Contact Mother Joslyn Schaefer (, 704-749-6150) if you plan to attend so that you may acquire the class book.

The Book Study group is starting a new book, Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, by Kathleen Norris. The group meets on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the Library and reads a chapter or two a week in preparation for a wonderful discussion. All books are chosen to help us live a sacred life in a secular world. For more information contact Ruth Woodend (

Room In The Inn (RITI) at St. Peter’s begins December 4. Coordinated by Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center, Room In The Inn provides temporary overnight meals and accommodations for the homeless during the coldest months of the year, December to March. St. Peter’s is one of more than 90 churches and organizations to host RITI and does so on Wednesday nights. To learn more about how you might serve, contact coordinator Des Keller (, 205-243-6989).

Annual Meeting of the Parish: December 8. Mark your calendar to be present and accounted for on Sunday, December 8, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., when the parish family will gather again this year to observe the new schedule for our annual meeting (as adopted at our March meeting). While this meeting will not include the election of new Vestry members, it will include ministry area and clergy reports, information about outreach and social justice initiatives, presentation of the 2014 operating budget, and more, all within one hour. “Holy Chow” breakfast for all will be available from 8:30 a.m. until 9:15 a.m.

December Brings the Seasons of Advent and Christmas

  • Parish Family Advent Evenings begin December 4. Mark Wednesdays, December 4, 11, and 18 at 6:00 p.m., on your calendar and spread the word. The St. Peter’s family and friends of all ages will come together on three evenings for a simple meal, a period of Advent reflection, and worship. Escape the strain of the holiday season through a quiet time of expectation and wonder as we wait to celebrate the birth of our Lord at Christmas. Your reservations will help with planning. Visit “Event Sign-up” at or call the reception desk at 704-332-7746. The suggested donation for dinner is $3 per person or $10 per household maximum.
  • Christmas Concert by The Choir School at St. Peter’s. Come enjoy the choirs as they mix traditional carols, classic anthems, and holiday favorites to create a joyful program that has become a tradition for Charlotte audiences. Tickets go quickly for this popular concert, so buy your tickets online now or call 704-749-6146. The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s on Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14. Visit for more information.

Contributors to Give To The Vision 2014 as of November 25. The following and other persons have offered estimates of giving totaling $670,561 to life at St. Peter’s for 2014. If you have offered your estimate but are not acknowledged, contact our Bookkeeper, Leigh Dixon-Phillips (, 704-749-6142).

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. Robert Beardsley and Mr. Frank Steele; Mr. and Mrs. William Bellamy; Mr. Steve Bentley and Mr. David Deal; Mr. Earl Bernard; Mrs. Jacquelyn Berry; Mr. Michael Berry; Mr. Timothy Bice; Mrs. Jane Neal Bobbitt; Mr. & Mrs. Erskine Bowles; 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. Neil Burkhead; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Burlington; Mr. John Nicholas Burnett; Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Busch; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Caldwell; 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; Ms. Gloria N. Cooper; Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Corcoran; Mrs. Elizabeth Corzine; Mr. Jack Cozean; 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; Ms. Nancy Duncan;  Dr. John Dunn; Mr. and Mrs. Kwang Edeker; Ms. Elsie Erneston; Ms. Roberta Farman; Dr. and Mrs. Robert Ferguson; Ms. Carolyn Fitzgerald; Mr. James Gabbert, Jr.; Ms. Linda Gallehugh and Mr. Ellison Clary; Mr. Samuel Gardner, III; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ghareeb; Ms. Diana Gibbs; Ms. Lydia Gittens; The Right Reverend and Mrs. Gary Gloster; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon G. Graves; Mr. and Mrs. James Green; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Greene; Ms. Mary Griffin; Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Griggs; Mr. and Mrs. Brian   Hacker; Ms. Ann Haskell; Mr. Robert Headley and Mr. Robert Pinkston; Mr. Calvin Hefner; 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. Harris Holt; Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Holtz; Ms. Katherine Jane Hughes; Mrs. and Mr. Andy Hung; Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hurdle; Mr. and Mrs. John Hurst, Jr.; Mr. Thomas Im and Mr. Michael Loose; Ms. Marie Irving; Ms. Bette Jacobs; Dr. & Mrs. David Jacobs; Mrs. Nancy Jewell; Ms. Elaine Jones; Mrs. James Johnson; Mrs. Judith Johnson; Mr. John Joslin; Mr. and Mrs. William Kalbas; Mr. Walter Kearns; Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Keith; Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Keller; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Keller, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. William Kelly; Mr. and Mrs. George Kennedy; Ms. Janet Keny and Mr. Wesley Sturgis, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. Keith Kepley; Ms. Ann King and Mr. Brooks Keith; Mr. Carl and Amy Dillon King; Mr. Tom Kiser; Ms. Maureen Kivney; Mr. and Mrs. John Knip; Mr. and Mrs. William Krewson; Dr. and Mrs. Chris Lakin; Ms. Letitia Landers-King; Mr. and Mrs. Owen Laracuente; Ms. Lynn Lau; Mr. and Mrs. David Lavoie; Ms. Nelda Leon and Mr. James McEwen; Ms. Lynnette Lewis; Ms. Carol Lillard; Mr. and Mrs. Nevan Little; Mrs. Trissy Lomax; Mr. HenryLondon, II; Mrs. Kathleen Long; Ms. Maria Long and Mr. Rob Smith; Mr. and Mrs. Dean Loven; 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 and Mr. Bill Bryan; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Nicholson, III; Mr. Charles Noe; Ms. Jillian Nunn and Mr. Matt Bossemeyer; Mr. and Mrs. C.J. O'Neill; Mr. and Mrs. Dieter Olsen; The Reverend and Mrs. Thomas Osgood; Mr. Ben Outen; Mr. Trey Owen and Mr. Wes Thompson; Mr. and Mrs. James Owens; Mr. Thomas Haughton Pardee; Dr. Leland Park; Mr. and Mrs. James Partington, III; 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; Ms. Kristine Reid; The Reverend and Mrs. Ollie V. Rencher; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Restaino; Mr. and Mrs. Adam Reynolds; Ms. Rosalie Reynolds; Ms. Elizabeth Richardson and Mr. Michael Pawlyk; Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Ringley; Ms. Sharon Roberts and Ms. Amanda Vann; Mr. and Mrs. Terence Roche; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Roosa; Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Ruff Jr.; Ms. Linda Sarazen and Mr. Patrick Hickert; Ms. Nancy Sarazen; Ms. Nikki Scandalios and Mr. Vince DiFrancesco; The Reverend Joslyn and Dr. Brian Schaefer; Mrs. Yvette Seaton; Ms. Katherine Semmler; Mr. and Mrs. James Shannonhouse, Jr.; Mr. Matthew Sharp;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. & Mrs. Tate Sterrett; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stigall; Mrs. Norveline Thomas; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tindle; Ms. Linda Trent and Mr. Alan Lombardi; Mrs. Mary Anna Turner; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Uglehus; Mr. and Mrs. Ruard Veltman; Ms. Julie Viveros; Ms. Kristine Wade; Mr. and Mrs. J. McDonald Welch; Ms. Mary Ann Wexler; Mrs. Cynthia White; Mrs. Hunt Williams, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Joesph Williamson; 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. Michael Wright; Mr. and Mrs. William Wygand; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Young.

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