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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | April 8, 2014
All Glory, Laud, and Honor. Palm Sunday, the beginning of the holiest of the weeks of the Christian year, will dramatize the famous story of how human beings have the capacity to move quickly from offering praise to encouraging punishment. It also points to a certain responsibility that we have afterwards. We go from singing “all glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer King to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring” to shouting “Crucify him!” Throughout this time span, the complexity of the human condition and the profound reality of our sin and brokenness are at hand, as are our natural abilities to exercise good and evil.

This very complexity is all the more reason for us to engage the fullness of what will be offered daily at St. Peter’s during Passion Week as well as during Eastertide. Through common worship and fellowship, people of faith, hope, justice, and love are able to do far more good than not and are reminded that their sins and brokenness can be reconciled. Our journey with Jesus from Palm Sunday (aka Passion Sunday) to Maundy Thursday to Good Friday to the Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday night and on into Sunday morning or evening is bound to lead us into new or improved lives. To journey in prayer and worship with our Lord through his life, death, and resurrection is to accompany him in ways that will definitely transform us. 

As we travel through Passion Week and long to reach Easter, may we actively seek to reconcile ourselves with God and our neighbors. The corporate Confession of Sin and the individual sacrament of the Reconciliation of a Penitent (by appointment with a priest) are available to us during this season and always to support us on the way.

I look forward to making my own confession soon and am glad that God is forgiveness. 

–The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector 

Sunday, 4/13

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, the Parish Hall Forum topic is Walking through Holy Week, Level 2 of the Parish House. In the Parlor, the series Eating Well: For our Neighbors, For Ourselves, For our Planet concludes. The 20s/30s Fellowship meets in the Tower Room.

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.

6:15 p.m., Holy Communion with Music, a contemplative Communion service with candlelight, music, and prayers.

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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  • On Sunday, April 13, in the Parlor, the seven-week series, Eating Well: For our Neighbors, For Ourselves, For our Planet, concludes with its last session. This series has been exploring topics including the Slow Food movement and social justice issues related to food and migrant farm-workers from our perspectives as Christians seeking to honor God’s creation. Join in, even if you’ve missed the previous sessions.
  • On Sunday, April 13, the Parish Hall Forum will present Walking Through Holy Week. Holy Week is the most sacred of weeks in the Christian conception of time. It the week when we are invited to journey with Jesus with expectant and ecstatic crowd he met on Palm Sunday to the utter betrayal and final abandonment he experienced on the cross. Our clergy will provide an overview of the significance of the week ahead to help us fully participate in this sacred time. 
  • The 20s & 30s Fellowship continues on Sunday, April 13 in the Tower Room with a video series produced by Rob Bell, author and former pastor of one of the nation’s fastest growing churches. Come to explore topics that affect daily lives and how Christianity plays into those experiences. Topics such as love, anger, money, prayer, and relationship with God will be considered. Attendees are certain to find good friends, enriching discussion, and a nice cup of coffee.
  • Children and Youth Classes continue on Sunday, April 13 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.
  • Notice: On Sunday, April 20, Easter Day, formation classes for children, youth and adults will not be offered. All classes will resume on Sunday, April 27. 

    For adults, on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and Mondays at 5:45 p.m. beginning April 27, 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. 
Holy Week and Easter Worship and Events Schedule. Mark your calendars to participate in the “holiest of weeks for Christians” beginning Sunday, April 13: Palm Sunday. All ages especially are invited to participate in the three-day period called the Paschal Triduum: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Great Vigil of Easter. On Good Friday, the Noon until 3:00 p.m. come-and-go liturgy will include hourly meditations by the Reverend Steve Shoemaker of Charlotte. Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, The Right Reverend Michael B. Curry, will preside at this service, which also features the reading of St. John’s Passion, solemn prayers, hymns, music for organ, and choral music of Tallis and Duruflé. The week also will include an Agape Meal, Morning Prayer, daily Holy Eucharist, and Stations of the Cross for adults and children. At our children’s version of Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, light snacks will be provided for this hands-on, creative experience. For the full schedule of events for Holy Week and Eastertide, visit and parish house bulletin boards.

Sunday 6:15 p.m. service of Holy Eucharist with music to be offered on Palm Sunday and Easter Day. Since the first offering of this liturgy on March 9, we have received encouraging feedback from a wide variety of worshippers, several of whom are new to the Episcopal tradition. We hope you will attend soon to experience and spread the word about it. If you would like to assist with the offering this service through liturgical or hospitality roles, contact Father Ollie Rencher ( or 704-749-6141).

Special Events

Lenten Wednesday Nights at St. Peter’s: Last One for the Season. Join us this Wednesday, April 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for an evening of food, fellowship, and prayer. This week’s liturgy will feature music with spiritual themes from popular rock group U2. Dinner is $4 per person and $10 per household maximum. Pre-paid reservations may be made online or booked at the Parish office weekdays and Sundays. All proceeds will benefit St. Peter’s new partnership with Harvest for Hospitality

Community Agape Meal begins Holy Week. On Sunday, April 13 at 5:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall, the St. Peter’s community will be sharing a meal patterned after early Christian rituals: the agape meal. The meal is reminiscent of the final dinner Jesus shared with his disciples—with simple but hearty Mediterranean food, blessings before the food and drink, and closing with a reading of Jesus’ farewell discourse to his disciples in John 17 and Psalm 69. We encourage all households, especially those with children, to participate in this ritual meal together to mark the beginning of Holy Week. An offering to go toward Harvest for Hospitality will be taken up that evening. We are looking for people willing to contribute a dish to the shared table. Contact Kathie Knip ( or 704-947-5645) or Mother Joslyn ( or 704-749-6150) if you are willing to help with food or set-up/clean-up. RSVP online.

20s & 30s Monthly Evening Gathering on April 20, Easter Day. Third Sunday nights after worship are set aside for a monthly, predictable time of fellowship and more. Sunday, April 20 immediately after the 6:15 p.m. service of Holy Eucharist with music, the group will gather at Rock Bottom Brewery. If you know or think you will be there, email Mother Joslyn ( Bring a friend and spread the word about this evolving community. Join the fun and join the group on Sunday mornings at 9:30 in the Tower Room for a relaxed time of learning and fellowship.

Pub Theology in April. Because the parish offices will be closed and programs are suspended from April 21 through April 24, Pub Theology will not be hosted at Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for details about our next Pub Theology scheduled for Thursday, May 22.

High Sunday Brunch at St. Peter’s: Sunday, April 27. Back by popular demand, our celebration of Easter will continue on the Sunday after Easter Day (aka "High Sunday") with excellent shrimp and grits, child-friendly foods, desserts, live music, and more in the Martha Bowles Parish Hall. Cost is $5 per child, $10 per youth or adult, $30 household maximum. Pre-paid reservations are required for brunch by clicking here or by calling the Parish Office at 704-332-7746 no later than Thursday, April 24. Last year’s event was a hit…make your reservation today! 

The Spring Launch celebrating the return of the Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s (CCCSP) is set for 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 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 evening. $75 per person will support our fundraising efforts or you may make a separate contribution. Or become an event sponsor for $500 (2 people are included with the sponsorship. RSVP online at or call the Parish Office at 704-332-7746. CCCSP is an important part of our parish commitment to community engagement. Your support and presence are appreciated.  

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. For more information visit, our team page,, or contact Frank Steele (704-544-0609).

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. Stay tuned for more details.

Go Speak! Sharing Our Faith hosted in Eastertide by St. Peter’s: Thursday, May 15. St. Peter’s Clergy, “Sharing Faith” Coordinator Rob Pinkston, and the Congregational Development Ministry Team invite you to join Episcopalians from across the Diocese of North Carolina for a distinctive evening of small group storytelling (aka “cottage meetings”). The evening will begin with a simple meal in homes, at churches, or in meeting spaces throughout the diocese. Each meal will have a host, a moderator, and six to eight participants. Hosts will determine the time and location of gatherings near or convenient for you. Save the date and contact Sharing Faith Coordinator Rob Pinkston (, 704-609-1011) to express your interest in attending a meal. Click here for an insightful interview about Sharing Faith and click here to learn how it has come to North Carolina.

Parish News

Donations needed for Thompson Child and Family Focus. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW) has begun a donation drive to help one of our partner agencies in an immediate need to collect deodorant and soap. Our ECW chapter and the ECW of St. Michael and All Angels are working together to collect these items until the end of April. A collection bin will be available in the Parish House to receive your donations. The agency is called to serve children and families through
healing, teaching, worship, and play” and appreciates our support. For more information, contact Kristine Reid ( or (803-579-7159).

Senior Class Luncheon. Tuesday, April 15 is the next Senior Class Luncheon for parishioners 55 and older. Join the crowd at Villa Francesca (321 N. Caldwell Street) at 11:30 a.m.

Easter Lily Contribution. If you would like to make a monetary contribution in memory of, honor of, or thanksgiving for loved ones during this special season, one way would be to offset the cost of Easter Lilies at St. Peter’s. “Easter Lily Contribution” envelopes are available in all public spaces at the church. Your gifts are appreciated. Contributions will be received until Wednesday, April 16.

New Welcome Ministry needs Hosts. St. Peter’s Congregational Development Ministry Team is recruiting hosts who would offer simple “welcome” hospitality fifteen minutes before and after worship services to those who come and go from our doors on a weekly basis. 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).

Childcare News Update. We have begun a different model of childcare for children ages 0 to 2 -1/2 on Sunday mornings. After some reflection by the clergy and children’s area workers, we’ve realized that we should utilize both hired outside assistance (one person) and inside volunteers (two additional people) to be responsible for the nursery on Sunday mornings. We are currently compiling a calendar of volunteers who will be responsible for helping in the nursery once a month. Two volunteers will be needed every week. Pair up with a friend or spouse to volunteer and share the love of Christ with St. Peter’s very littlest ones. Contact Director of Children’s Formation, Laurie Burlington ( or 704-749-6155) with questions and to sign up.

Baptisms at St. Peters: “Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble.” (Book of Common Prayer, page 298) St. Peter’s will follow the ancient custom of offering baptisms at The Great Vigil of Easter (Saturday, April 19, 8:00 p.m.). This sacrament also will be administered on Sundays, May 4 and June 8 at the 10:45 a.m. liturgies. If you would like to be baptized or are responsible for the baptism of a family member, contact the Executive Assistant to the Rector, Cathy Smith (704-749-6141 or

The Flower Guild seeks new members. Learn about and serve through ministry by shadowing current guild leaders and assisting with the creation of floral arrangements for Sundays and seasonal occasions. Interested women, men, and youth should contact Rob Carpenter (704-365-8932 or

Belk Charity Day tickets go on sale. On Sundays through April 27 at St. Peter’s, buy tickets for the May 3 Belk Charity Day Sale from our Choir School choristers or visit The Choir School office anytime. 100% of the $5 ticket price goes directly to our England 2015 fund and the $5 is deducted from your Belk purchase at the time of payment. For Belk credit card customers, shop the private pre-sale to reserve your merchandise beginning Sunday, April 27. Use your tickets at any Belk location on the day of the sale from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. The Choir School at St. Peter’s thanks you sincerely for your generous support.

Remembering our Homebound. St. Peter's pastoral care administration would like to bring a sign of the resurrection to its homebound parishioners during Easter week, by delivering the Easter lilies used to decorate the church to our homebound parishioners. Please contact Mother Joslyn ( or 704-749-6150) if you would be willing to act on your faith through this simple gesture of kindness.

Save the Date: Parish Retreat Weekend at Kanuga returns September 12-14. Five years ago was our last parish getaway offering in the mountains! Now, our clergy and a lay leadership team are planning for a big return to <<Kanuga Conference Center>> near Asheville from suppertime on Friday, September 12 until lunchtime on Sunday, September 14. 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, and watch for an early summertime date when payment will be required to reserve your space.

Caregiver's Support Group starting in collaboration with First Presbyterian Church. 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 if you plan to attend or are interested but cannot attend this initial organizational meeting.

Calling for Adult Pilgrims to Salisbury, England in 2015. The Rector hopes to lead adults on a pilgrimage to Salisbury, England from July 16 until July 25, 2015 in collaboration with the summer tour of the Choir School at St. Peter’s. Airfare, lodging, and meals would cost approximately $4,000 per adult. If you either definitely or remotely are interested in joining the journey, email Father Ollie Rencher or call him at 704-749-6141 no later than Wednesday, April 16. At least 35 persons will be required to offer a pilgrimage of this sort. 
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