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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | April 29, 2014
Sharing Our Faith during Eastertide. The Great 50 Days of Easter provides wonderful opportunities to celebrate the mysterious resurrection of our Lord through conversation. Individually and collectively before the Day of Pentecost on June 8, which commences the season of Pentecost, Episcopal Christians are encouraged to “Go Speak!” (said Bishop Curry) about the good news of God in Christ. On Thursday, May 15, the St. Peter’s parish family will have an opportunity to join other Episcopalians from throughout the Diocese of North Carolina family in the communal act of “sharing our faith.” 

To participate in this distinctive invitation from our bishops, you can either host a May 15 gathering at your home for eight to ten persons or attend one at a parishioner’s home near you. St. Peter’s Sharing Our Faith Coordinator Rob Pinkston looks forward to hearing from you via email ( or phone (704-609-1011). He will have a listing of parishwide gatherings and information about hosting an event. On behalf of St. Peter’s Congregational Development Ministry Team and Clergy, I am grateful that Rob Pinkston has agreed to lead our parish commitment to share personal stories in matters of faith with people we know and some we don’t, but with whom we share a common worship life. 

Sharing Our Faith is designed to create a comfortable situation in which everyone present discovers that they have a story of faith or an experience about life at St. Peter’s to tell. Most importantly, participants will experience the power of deep listening, because each group gathering will be moderated. This will not be an evening of discussion, debate, or even dialogue. While there will be an element of fellowship, because the sharing takes place over a meal, this is not primarily a social event. It is a chance to practice listening and speaking about those things nearest to our hearts.

I hope that May 15 will mark the beginning of seasonal “cottage meetings” in homes as one way to foster relationships with one another throughout our beloved community of faith.

–The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector 

Sunday, 5/4

“Holy Chow” Breakfast - 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m., Community Room
Breakfast in the Community Room, Level 2 of the Parish House, after 8:00 am worship. $2 per child under 6, $4 per person, and $15 per household maximum.

Adult Christian Formation - 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. For adults, Father Murdock Smith (our new Assisting Priest) will lead a series called “Murder, Money, Mayhem, Monarchy and Monotheism: Almost Everything That You Ever Wanted To Know About The Bible.” The 20s/30s Fellowship is meeting with the Parish Hall Forum for this series.

Formation Classes for Youth and Children - 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. 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.”

Parish Picnic - immediately following 10:45 a.m. service. Join your parish family at Freedom Park Pavilion #3 after 10:45 a.m. worship for a fun time designed for all. Barbecue and beverages will be provided, while all delicious sides and desserts will come from whatever you bring. RSVP online.

Holy Eucharist with Music - 6:15 p.m.

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
6:15 p.m.
Holy Communion with Music
Monday through Friday
7:30 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

Formation and Word Offerings
  • For adults, on Sundays in the Parish Hall at 9:30 a.m. and Mondays in the Library at 5:45 p.m., Father Murdock Smith (our new Assisting Priest) will lead a series called Murder, Money, Mayhem, Monarchy, and Monotheism: Almost Everything That You Ever Wanted To Know About The Bible. The same content will be offered on Sunday and Monday.
  • Beginning Sunday, May 4, parents of children and teenagers are invited to attend a four-week series on “Parenting Teens” led by Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt with assistance from parishioner and teacher Ed Smith. In addition to talking about boundary setting and healthy communication, the class will also create a “network of support” as you are invited to share what has worked in your families and the particular challenges you face. The class meets in the Parlor from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    The 20s & 30s Fellowship will join the Sunday 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum series called Murder, Money, Mayhem, Monarchy, and Monotheism: Almost Everything That You Ever Wanted To Know About The Bible. Come with questions to this don’t miss series.
  • Children and Youth Classes continue in various settings throughout the Parish House. Our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) and Journey to Adulthood (J2A) programs for children and youth are nationally recognized and powerful ways to explore God.
Special Events

Sign-up for tomorrow’s Spring Launch celebrating the return of the Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s (CCCSP): Wednesday, April 30. As our popular first season (2013-2014) comes to a close and the final performance is Monday, May 5, the CCCSP Steering Committee and The Rector invite you and friends to the launch of the 2014-2015 season. Food, drinks, and music will make for an extraordinary night at St. Peter’s from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  in the Parish Hall. $75 per person will support our fundraising efforts or if you can’t attend you may make a separate contribution. It’s not too late to become a CCCSP sponsor for $500 (two ticket to Spring Launch included). RSVP online today or call the Parish Office at 704-332-7746. CCCSP is an important part of our commitment to community engagement. Your support is appreciated. 

Caregiver's Support Group starting in collaboration with First Presbyterian Church: Wednesday, April 30. With our neighbors around the corner, an initial organizational meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 30 at Noon at First Presbyterian. Bring a lunch or purchase one there for $7.00. Contact Mother Joslyn ( or 704-749-6150) if you plan to attend or are interested but cannot attend this initial organizational meeting.

AIDS Walk Charlotte scheduled for Saturday, May 3. Money raised from the Walk benefits RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network) which in turn helps people affected by HIV/AIDS. We walk through Uptown Charlotte for about 2 miles. Joining the walk is a great time to talk with others, socialize, or find peace. Please consider walking and getting people to sponsor you or if you do not want to walk please sponsor a St. Peter's walker. Click here for more information, visit our team page, or contact Frank Steele (704-544-0609).

Spring is calling us outdoors to hike: Saturday, May 3. Join other parents and children from St. Peter's for a venture outside. On Saturday, May 3 at 10:00 a.m., we will meet at Rural Hill for a family friendly hike. Bring water and snacks for your family. Email Director of Children’s Formation Laurie Burlington to RSVP or learn more.

Parish Picnic on Sunday, May 4 at Freedom Park. Make plans now to join your parish family at Pavilion #3 after 10:45 a.m. worship for a fun time designed for all. Barbecue and beverages will be provided, while all delicious sides and desserts will come from whatever you bring. RSVP online or call 704-332-7746 so that we know how many people to expect. There is no charge for this event. Freedom Park is located at 1300 East Boulevard.

Join The Choir School at St. Peter’s for our Spring Concert Series, Friday and Saturday May 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. This popular annual concert will include a variety of selections from Haydn to The Lion King performed by the five choirs of The Choir School. General Admission tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Reserved blocks of four tickets are available for $100. For more information or to purchase tickets online: go to or contact Kay Johnson, Managing Director, 704-749-6146.

Go Speak! Sharing Our Faith hosted by St. Peter’s: Thursday, May 15. Now that Eastertide is here, focused plans are underway for the St. Peter’s family to join Episcopalians from across the Diocese of North Carolina for a distinctive evening of small group storytelling hosted by St. Peter’s parishioners. Stay tuned for a special big announcement. Meanwhile, mark your calendar and await details on how you can participate in this evening. Sharing Our Faith…coming soon to St. Peter’s. 

Parish News

Solemn Communion and Rite of Reconciliation Retreat for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: May 10 and 11. Our children’s formation offering includes a series of meditations that help the older child to better appreciate the gift of the Eucharist. While parents often ask at what age their children should begin receiving communion, the Episcopal Church’s standard for nearly thirty-five years has been that Baptism is full Christian initiation in to Christ’s body, the Church. This means that the youngest, baptized babies are invited to share in the Eucharistic Feast. Our little ones also are able to learn about the sacrament of the Rite of Reconciliation. To register your child for the retreat and Solemn Communion, contact Catechesis Coordinator Anna Hurdle or 704-749-6156).

Calling “Welcome” Hosts. On behalf of the clergy, the Congregational Development Ministry Team is seeking Sunday hosts to offer “welcome” hospitality fifteen minutes before and after worship services to those who come and go from our doors. If you would like to serve St. Peter’s monthly or more by enhancing the experience of our visitors and newcomers, contact welcome coordinator Paul Keller ( or 704-906-6453).

Our food pantry partnership with Loaves & Fishes: Groceries for Neighbors in Need continues in May. This month’s focus is canned fruit, though donations of all types are welcome. 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.

Donations needed for Thompson Child and Family Focus. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is collecting deodorant and soap to help one of our partner agencies with an immediate need. Along with the ECW chapter of St. Michael and All Angels, our chapter is collecting these items until the end of April. A collection bin is available on the gallery of the Parish House. Thompson Child and Family Focus "serves children and families through healing, teaching, worship, and play” and appreciates our support. For more information, contact Kristine Reid ( or 803-579-7159).

Art Gallery at St. Peter’s benefits Parish Ministries. In partnership with the Charlotte Art Guild, St. Peter’s now houses an art gallery on the second floor of the Parish House. It is significant to note that 30% of each sold piece of art will benefit various parish ministries. You can visit and shop the gallery on weekdays or Sundays; the first floor receptionist can assist with purchase arrangements. In May, new pieces will be added, including the art of several talented parishioners. Thanks for your support.

Childcare Update. A different model of Sunday morning childcare for ages 0 to 2 -1/2 has begun. After reflection by the clergy and children’s area workers, we are utilizing one certified outside staff person plus two inside volunteers to be responsible for nursery on Sunday mornings. Now, we are compiling a calendar of inside volunteers to be responsible for helping in the nursery once a month; two volunteers are needed every week. All parents are asked to participate by pairing-up with a friend or spouse to share the love of Christ with St. Peter’s littlest ones. Contact Director of Children’s Formation, Laurie Burlington ( or 704-749-6155) with questions and to sign up.

Parish Retreat Weekend at Kanuga returns September 12-14. After a five-year break, we will return to Kanuga Conference Center near Asheville from suppertime on Friday, September 12 until lunchtime on Sunday, September 14. The cost of this all-inclusive getaway time is $175.00 (adults), $95 (youth 10-18 years), $56.00 (children 5-9 years) and free for children under 5. Lodging, meals, activities for all ages, worship, special music, and more are included in the cost to “come away” to a fun, rustic, beautiful and refreshing setting with other parish family members. Click here now to let us know if you might or will attend. Watch for an early summertime date when payment will be required to reserve your space.
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