"Holy Chow," community breakfast resumes this Sunday beginning at 8;30 a.m. in the Community Room.
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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | September 10, 2015

Holy Gatherings at St. Peter’s

Members of the body of Christ who make their spiritual home at St. Peter’s are fortunate to have numerous holy gatherings which makeup our common life. In addition to the Holy Eucharist—the center of the Episcopal tradition and the place from which we are sent into the world, each fellowship offering is a holy time.

On Sunday, September 13, one of Charlotte’s best-kept secrets called “Holy Chow” will resume. A full Holy Chow community breakfast will be served every Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until 9:25 a.m. in the Community Room. Dedicated volunteer teams make each affordable meal possible namely for the parish family to deepen community among us. Instead of eating breakfast at home, consider adding Holy Chow to your Sunday rhythm and bring others along. If you can spare one Sunday per month to help a team by cooking, cleaning, or hospitality, contact Sam Gardner (samuelgardner3@gmail.com, 704-651-0286).

Every Sunday after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy, Coffee Hour is hosted by the St. Peter’s Baristas (Italian word for coffee server) in the Parish House lobby, unless elsewhere is announced. Each Barista team enjoys hosting this time of holy hospitality as an informal setting for worshippers to stop by briefly or stay a while as another means to deepen community among us. During Coffee Hour, visit the Small Dinner Group information table. Fall 2015 sign-ups will be underway on September 13 and 20 for groups to launch, beginning with a covered dish luncheon on Sunday, September 27.

The gift of gathering for a holy meal in a private residence is something to which we all can relate and can look forward.
Beginning Sunday, September 13, these and other opportunities for God’s holy people to gather will abound. Let us take advantage of them, made by possible by parish Fellowship ministers, and enhance our journeys into Christ.

God’s blessings and peace in all things.

–The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, September 6

Worship services at 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 5:00 p.m.

"You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church."

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
Evensong with Holy Eucharist (2nd and 4th Sundays)
5:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
with Music (1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays)
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m.
Morning Prayer in the Chapel
"Holy Food, Holy People," Holy Communion (about 30 minutes in the Chapel)



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In our prayers this week
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The Choir School at St. Peter's
Center City Concerts at St. Peter's
Formation and Worship Offerings

Formation Celebration for All Ages begins Sunday, September 13 in the Parish Hall: After the 8:30 a.m. until 9:25 a.m. Holy Chow Community Breakfast in the Community Room, come to the Parish Hall by 9:30 a.m. to celebrate the launch of our new Formation (education) year with an “Enthronement of The Bible” program designed by our parish formation staff. After a brief celebration, all will depart to various locations for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Journey to Adulthood, 20s & 30s Fellowship, and an all-adults conversation with the clergy in the Parish House Lobby. Another thing to note for this Sunday: Childcare hours for infants and toddlers up to age two will change to 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. to provide space families with young children to attend either the 8:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. liturgies.

(New) “Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s” begins September 13: If Sunday morning isn’t always the best time for you to attend worship, either on a regular basis or because of occasional conflicts, attend “Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s” when it resumes this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Each weekly offering will include a celebration of the Holy Eucharist, music, and intentional moments for meditation. Most second and fourth Sundays from September through April will offer the traditional service of Choral Evensong (sung evening prayers) before the Holy Eucharist. Spread the word!
Register Children for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Parents are asked to fill out a new registration form for all children from 18 months to 12 years who will participate in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd this year. This will help us assure that all information is accurate. Register online ahead of time to streamline the first day on Sunday, September 13. Contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org, 704-749-6156).
Youth Confirmation Retreat: All 11th and 12th graders are encouraged to participate in a one-day retreat on Saturday, September 19, 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. RSVP for the retreat to Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org).

Special Events

Holy Chow Community Breakfast returns on Sunday, September 13. Join fellow parishioners in the Community Room (second floor of the Parish House) for breakfast on Sunday mornings from 8:30 a.m. until 9:25 a.m. Cost is $4 per person with a $15 household maximum for a full breakfast – one of Charlotte’s best-kept secrets. Conveniently, this meal and fellowship is offered before the start of the 9:30 a.m. Formation (education) offerings for all ages.

Newcomers’ Luncheon: Mark your calendars for the Newcomers’ Luncheon on September 20, immediately following the 10:45 a.m. service. If you are new to St. Peter’s since the start of 2015, join in this time of connection with others including parish leaders and staff. RSVP online.

20s & 30s Whitewater Rafting: An outing to the National Whitewater Center for St. Peter’s 20s & 30s is planned for September 20, approximately 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to rafting, the Center also offers rock climbing, a ropes course, and just relaxing outdoors. For details about the cost of admission, as well as carpooling or parking, contact Katie Nelson (kasemmler@gmail.com, 704-737-4753).

Organist Elizabeth Lenti Kicks Off Center City Concerts, September 21: Our own Elizabeth Lenti is the featured organist when the 2015-2016 Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s season launches with a concert for organ and brass on Monday, September 21. The concert, which will be at noon in the church and repeating at 7:00 p.m., will offer music ranging from French bombastic music to atmospheric portrayals of Easter morning. William Osborne will conduct. The concerts are free. Watch the Parish House Lobby bulletin boards or visit www.centercityconcerts.org for additional information on the series.

RSVP Now for the Shrimp Boil Fundraiser: Join your parish friends for our Fifth Annual Parish Shrimp Boil Dinner on Saturday, September 26, to raise funds for the 2017 youth pilgrimage. This adults-only event takes place at 6:30 p.m. on the rooftop of St. Peter’s Parish House. This all-you-can-eat fundraiser features a cooked-on-site Low Country Boil of shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, and Andouille sausage. Sides include coleslaw, French bread, cheese grits, and peach cobbler, served with a choice of local brews, wine, or iced tea. The cost for this event is $35. RSVP online by Sunday, September 20. This event is limited to 100 diners due to the size of the venue.
Parish News

New Formation Partnership: St. Peter’s Church and The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman. Starting this month, Formation (Education) at St. Peter’s will commence a creative partnership with former Program Director of Urban Ministry Center (UMC), The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman. Hanneman retired in April after fifteen years of service, with primary oversight for UMC’s Room in the Inn program. He accepted an invitation from The Rector to assist our parish family and the wider community with ways to nurture spiritual journeys through prayer, education, and action. He will occupy an office on the second floor of St. Peter’s Parish House to organize and facilitate small and large group program offerings. Offerings focused on the Enneagram, Bridges Out of Poverty, and Servant Leadership are on the horizon and more is available in the Fall 2015 edition of “Life at St. Peter’s.”

Recruitment for Holy Chow Teams. Recruitment is underway for Holy Chow cooking/hospitality teams, especially for third Sundays. This popular weekly (September–May) community breakfast is another way to deepen connections within the parish family during a morning meal. If you can serve or have questions, contact Sam Gardner (samuelgardner3@gmail.com, 704-651-0286).

Fighting Hunger: You can help fight hunger locally and globally by participating one of two ways in this year’s CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 18. You can walk or you can donate money to support a walker. This year, you can also learn more by attending an Adult Forum on September 27 with the Reverend Barbara Thomas with Church World Service, which receives 75% of CROP Walk funds. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details in the weeks ahead. Contact John Brien (jfbrien@uncc.edu, 704-535-8096).

Holy Faces Member Directory: The most up-to-date photo directory of St. Peter’s members is now available online. If you haven’t already set up your personal St. Peter’s online account to access the directory and more, please do so at www.st-peters.org/holyfaces. If you do not have Internet access or prefer a paper copy of the directory, directories also will be available for $5.00 purchase (check or cash) at the Parish House reception desk on Sundays and on Monday-Friday whenever the desk is staffed.

Small Dinner Group Sign-up, September 13 and 20: Sign-up has begun in the Parish House lobby for new Small Dinner Groups. Groups will launch this fall, beginning with a covered dish luncheon on Sunday, September 27. Contact coordinators Julie Lavoie (juthala@bellsouth.net, 704-341-0240) or Candace Armstrong (armstrong4300@bellsouth.net, 704-523-3868) for more information.
Personnel News from The Rector: On Monday, August 31, I respectfully accepted the resignation of Facilities Lead, Kevin Nunnery, who has decided to take some time off and pursue other endeavors. Friday, September 11, will be his last day of employment. Currently, I am working with Kevin and the Wardens (Mark Boyd, Dave Lavoie) to outline how facilities management will be organized. Because personnel employment matters are limited to the employee and me, Kevin and I will appreciate your respectfulness of our confidentiality agreement. It has been an honor and privilege to serve with Kevin, since I arrived in September of 2012. On behalf of the Personnel Committee, Vestry, Clergy, and Staff, I give thanks for his loyal and faithful service, which first commenced in 2001, and trust that you will join me in holding his transition in prayer for blessings. Upon his leave, Facilities Assistant Steven Yanku will begin full-time hours and work closely with Parish Administrator Leigh Dixon and me to ensure sound management of our buildings and grounds. To offer any personal cards or acknowledgments for Kevin, deliver them to the Receptionist in the Parish House lobby. The Rector and Vestry will extend a special gift to Kevin in thanksgiving for his time among our parish family. Let us give thanks for Kevin’s ministry to life at St. Peter’s and wish him Godspeed. - The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector
Beyond our Doors

Activist Dr. Cornel West to Speak: Prominent and provocative activist Dr. Cornel West will speak twice in Charlotte during the month of September. On Thursday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m., he will speak on Activism: Lifting Up the African American Traditions of Freedom Fighting and Activism for Social Change through the Arts and Culture at the Harvey B. Gantt Center Knight Theater. And on Thursday, September 24, at 7:15 p.m., he will speak on Justice: What Love Looks Like in Public at First Presbyterian Church, 200 West Trade Street. The clergy at First Presbyterian Church have extended a special invitation to the clergy of St. Peter’s to encourage parish participation. If you plan to attend either event, click here.

Charlotte Convocation Celebration Honoring Bishop Michael Curry and Mrs. Sharon Curry, October 3: The Diocese of North Carolina will hold one of three celebrations to honor Bishop and Mrs. Curry in Charlotte as they prepare to move into the next stage of their journey with The Episcopal Church. On Saturday, October 3, Christ Church (1412 Providence Road) will host an event at 2:00 p.m., beginning with a short liturgy and including time to say good-bye to the Currys, thank them for their dedication, and wish them well. If you plan to attend, the Diocese asks that you register online by Friday, September 18. A "Celebration Fund" has also been established to purchase vestments for Bishop Curry, make a contribution to the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry in his and Mrs. Curry's honor, and give them a farewell gift. Or mail your check, made out to the Diocese of North Carolina with the memo line "Celebration Fund," to Diocesan House, 200 W. Morgan St., Ste. 300, Raleigh, NC 27601. Note: On Sunday, October 4, Bishop Curry will make his Visitation to St. Peter’s where he will preside and preach at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. liturgies and facilitate a time of Q&A during the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum. A festive reception will follow the 10:45 a.m. liturgy; more will be posted about providing food provisions for this occasion at St. Peter’s in the Martha Bowles Parish Hall.

Looking Ahead: Mark Your Calendars

Sunday, October 4 – Bishop’s Visitation. Bishop’s Visitation followed by Festive Reception – Stay tuned for information for how you can assist with food and more for this occasion.
October 16, 17 and 18 – Bridges Out of Poverty seminar and Parish Hall Forum
Sunday, October 18 – CROP Hunger Walk to fight hunger locally and internationally

Visit www.st-peters.org for more details and news.
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