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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | April 23, 2013

From the Rector

Rite-13: A Celebration of the Gift and Challenge of Manhood and Womanhood.  St. Peter’s Journey to Adulthood (J2A) offering is a youth ministry program of spiritual formation for sixth through twelfth graders. It encourages relational ministry and uses Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, outreach ministries, theological reflection, and both serious and playful activities to underscore the two guiding principles of the program: manhood and womanhood are free gifts from God; and adulthood must be earned. Throughout the Episcopal Church and other Christian traditions, J2A is being offered as a brilliant and popular way to engage young people more deeply in their journeys with God in Christ.

Since my early twenties when I was a J2A mentor in Jackson, Mississippi, I have witnessed the powerful impact that J2A can make on the lives of those youth and families who engage the program at its fullest and unique degree. And on Sunday, April 28 at 10:45 worship, St. Peter’s will have an opportunity to share in one aspect of J2A called the Rite-13 Liturgy. Grades six and seven celebrate the individuality of each young teen and their creative potential, while exploring Biblical stories of God and God's people. The Rite-13 liturgy is the community expression of this and serves as a rite of passage from childhood towards adulthood; it will occur during worship before we greet one another at the Peace.

On behalf of the Vestry, I give thanks for our youth, their families, and all who work with them, especially Lyn Holt (Director of Youth Formation) and the J2A mentors.  May our April 28th celebration be one way to meet and connect with our young people and to honor their invaluable gifts as faithful members of the body of Christ.

– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, 4/28

8:30-9:30 a.m. “Holy Chow” breakfast in the 2nd floor Community Room after 8:00 a.m. worship.

9:30 a.m. At the Rector’s Forum in the Parish Hall, The Forum series, "Engaging the Great 50 Days," continues.

9:30 a.m. Sunday Scriptures Study Class in the Tower Room. Join a lively small group discussion of the Eucharistic lessons appointed for the day. Bring your bible and a friend.

9:30 a.m. Formation Classes for Youth and Children, and Crib/Nursery Care on levels “B” and “1” of the Parish House.

After 10:45 worship, Coffee Hour hosted by the St. Peter’s Baristas in the 2nd floor Community Room.

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

“Theology on Tap” in April. Drop-in at any point and stay as long as possible, Thursday, April 25, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant & Freehouse in Park Road Shopping Center. Hosted by the Reverend Ollie Rencher, St. Peter’s Theology on Tap will discuss “Different Accounts of The Resurrection.”  Spread the word and bring a guest to this unique way to gather for relaxed holy conversation; non-alcoholic beverages equally are available. Let us know you’re coming by registering online.

A fun event to benefit the Augustine Project for Literacy. Random Acts of Kindness Philanthropic Group is hosting an accessories sale, Saturday, April 27 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Jazzercise Charlotte Fitness Center, Suite 300 (across from Park Road Shopping Center). All proceeds benefit the Augustine Project, so tell your friends and neighbors to join in the fun. Those attending may register to win a pair of earrings valued at $150.There will be light refreshments. Payment for items must be by cash or check.

Rite-13 Liturgy observed Sunday, April 28, 10:45 a.m. During worship before the Peace, a brief liturgy for the rite of passage of becoming young men and women will be celebrated by several sixth and seventh grade youth and their families surrounded by the worshipping community. Your prayers and presence are requested for this milestone in their journeys of faith.

Formation offerings for all ages have resumed.  All are invited to grow in knowledge as a part of life at St. Peter’s. While children and youth meet in their respective classes, two adult classes are offered weekly: Sunday Scriptures Study class (Tower Room) and the Rector’s Forum (Parish Hall). The Rector’s Forum “Engaging the Great 50 Days” Eastertide series will feature of host of special presenters and reflections on faith in action, scripture and discipleship.  Stay tuned to Formation at www.st-peters.org for details.

Choir School Spring Concerts, May 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m. Make plans now to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of your Choir School at the annual Spring Concerts  The musical selections this year are a variety of sacred, folk and popular music inspired by our upcoming tour to New Orleans. Favorite pieces from our twenty years of singing by composers such as Handel and Britten will be performed alongside new pieces by György Orbán, Paul Rardin, and Arvo Pärt. Alumni return Saturday night to join the choirs on their final selection. Tickets may be purchased now on line or in The Choir School Office.  Adults $15, Children $5 and reserved blocks of 4 seats for $100. Buy your tickets now before they are sold out.

Pilgrim Outreach in Rome. While in Rome this summer, our sixteen teen Pilgrims and their five leaders will assist the American Episcopal Church, St. Paul's-within-the-Walls with its refugee center. The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center, held in the undercroft of the beautiful old Episcopal Church is a day center for hundreds of young men who have fled the miserable conditions in their villages in north Africa and the Middle East. They sleep outdoors but can use the failities at the JNRC to wash up, eat a hot meal, learn to speak Italian and English, and get counseling. We are collecting small (travel size) bottles of shampoo, lotion, soap, washcloths, and socks to help make their young refugees lives a little better. Please drop off your donations in the large basket located on the first floor of the Parish House behind the built-in desk. Thank you for your support.

Mark Your Calendars

Saturday, May 4, 8:00-11:00 a.m. Charlotte AIDS Walk 2013 in Uptown Charlotte at Gateway Village Atrium. A St. Peter’s Walk Team is being organized by Frank Steele (704-544-0609, frank-steele@att.net). Stay tuned for more information and get ready to walk for the 17th annual largest HIV awareness and fundraising event in the Carolinas. Download an information sheet from the St. Peter’s website to learn more or visit the AIDS Walk Charlotte website.

Sunday, May 19 is the Day of Pentecost and culmination of the Great 50 Days of Easter. Mark your calendars for a host of events that will take place on this particular day, the birthday of Christianity.

Tuesday, May 21, 11:30 a.m. is the next Senior Class Luncheon. Meet at Villa Francesca (321 North Caldwell). Contact Mary Griffin (704-364-5268) for more information.

Sunday, October 27 the Right Reverend Michael Curry, Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina will make a visitation to St. Peter’s to meet with parish leadership, preach, confirm, and celebrate the Holy Eucharist. Stay tuned for information about Enquirer’s Classes for those seeking confirmation.

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