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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | January 7, 2015
2015: A New Year for The Beloved to Respond. Sunday, January 11, marks the feast of the Baptism of Lord. To commemorate this feast day at St. Peter’s, we will baptize two infants into the body of Christ. All who witness or know about the administration of this sacrament will be reminded and maybe attempt to envision what took place long ago when our Lord appeared from under the water of his baptism. “As he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased” (Mark 1:10–11).

We too are God’s beloved—holy daughters and sons. This became a fact before our baptism and shall be forever even when one hasn’t been baptized. Indeed, it is God’s grace and unconditional love that define us as the beloved. Our belovedness comes solely from being created in the image of God. The God who gave us life and promises eternal life is the One who cherishes, admires, knows, forgives, and embraces us.

In this new year of our Lord, it is my prayer that we will choose to respond to our belovedness by how we live, prioritize, and serve in the name of Jesus. Life at St. Peter’s offers much to assist us on the way. In 2015, let us embrace God and deepen connections in thanksgiving for being God’s Beloved.

– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, January 11

Christian Formation classes for all ages in the Parish House,
9:30 a.m.

Coffee Hour in the Community Room, second floor of the Parish House immediately following the
10:45 a.m. service.

Worship services at 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 5:00 p.m., and 6:15 p.m.

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
Evensong (resumes January 11)
6:15 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
with Music
Monday through Friday
8:00 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

Two Christian Formation Options for Adults on Sunday, January 11, 9:30 a.m. The conclusion of a two-session program, “Unpacking The Lord’s Prayer” (“As It Is In Heaven”), in the Parish Hall and the conclusion of a two-session program, “Navigating People” (exploring how to get along and manage conflict), in the basement’s Town Choir Room will be offered.
Hospitality Room Now Open on Sunday Mornings in St. Peter’s Parish House. From 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Parlor (first floor, nearest the Chapel) is set aside to provide a place for adults to savor coffee, quiet conversation, read the paper, a book or magazine during the formation hour.
Evensong Resumes on Sunday, January 11. The Women of the Evensong Choir and the Rector lead Evensong, “sung evening prayers,” at 5:00 p.m. in the Church followed by a reception of light refreshments in the Parlor. Our weekly 6:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist also follows this liturgy. On Sunday, January 25, an organ recital by Dongho Lee, Music Associate and Organist at Myers Park Methodist Church, precedes the usual fourth Sunday service of Evensong at 4:30 p.m.
During the season of Epiphany, we will be using the Eucharistic liturgy from Enriching our Worship, a collection of supplemental texts to the Book of Common Prayer, at the 10:45 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. services. First authorized in 1997, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church renewed authorization of the texts at its most recent convention in 2012.

Give To The Vision 2015: Connecting with St. Peter's

Every Member Canvass Update for 2015 Pledges. The 2015 Stewardship Team extends appreciation for current participants in our annual fundraising initiative to raise $1 million dollars in pledges of financial support of the worship, programs, staff, outreach, and facilities of St. Peter’s in 2015. As of January 6, 318 members and newcomers have pledged $810,461.92. To help us reach our goal, please make your pledge online or stop by the Parish House to submit a pledge card. Every pledge matters.
Why Give to St. Peter’s? Our Christian vows to support the mission of God’s Church as well as the vision for St. Peter’s include a holy giving that is both priceless and beneficial to all. Despite what we may think, every pledge matters. Every Sunday at St. Peter’s, it costs more than $8,500 to operate the church and provide our necessary offerings: $1,740 to operate our worship space, parish house, and grounds, including personnel and utilities; $1,353 to fund worship supplies and music ministry services, including personnel; and $2,067 to support the clergy responsible for officiating three services, teaching classes, performing pastoral duties, and more that comes with their ministries. Sundays are followed by the Monday-Saturday cycle, when it costs more than $3,500 for basic church operations, including administration, supplies, and utilities. To support St. Peter’s today, click here to pledge or make a one-time contribution online.

Special Events
Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s presents A Multicultural Celebration: Civil and Human Rights through Music and Poetry, January 19 at Noon. This non-profit organization celebrates its second season of offering free Noon concerts on third Mondays, including the January offering in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Talented artists from the Charlotte region will be featured. All ages are welcome to attend this important event to inform how we might share in creating a better world for all people. Learn more about Center City Concerts’ mission to provide monthly free concerts at and contribute online to this outreach and community engagement program.
Theologian Carter Heyward to visit St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Charlotte: Charlotte native, the Reverend Dr. Carter Heyward will preach and teach at her home parish, St. Martin’s, 1510 East Seventh St., on Sunday, January 18 at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Heyward, among the first women to be ordained as a priest in The Episcopal Church, also will teach at 9:15 a.m. The occasion celebrates the 40th anniversary of her ordination. For more information, call St. Martin’s at 704-376-8441 or Araminta Johnston (704-340-1264,
The Return of St. Peter’s Pub Theology, January 22. All adults are invited to join Associate Rector Joslyn Ogden Schaefer and friends on Thursday, January 22, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for holy conversation. Sir Edmond Halley’s Pub (4151 Park Rd.) in Park Road Shopping Center will be the location for this month’s topic: Integrating Spirituality into The Workplace. Drop-in and stay as long as possible; bring a guest. Nonalcoholic beverages and food are also available. Next month, one of our clergy will host this fourth-Thursday offering on February 26.
Legacy Sunday at St. Peter’s is January 25. Each year, the parish honors all who have included St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Endowment in their planned giving (wills and related documents). The day will highlight this ministry, open to all members, newcomers, and friends, and acknowledge the establishment of The 1834 Legacy Society. Stay tuned for more about this celebration day, which includes a 9:30 a.m. presentation in the Parish Hall Forum and information about the various ways to participate.
Outreach & Social Justice Soup Celebration: Sunday, January 25, 7:00 p.m. Mark your calendar today for a Sunday evening celebration of outreach accomplishments and opportunities. Parish volunteers will also present information about their learning experiences and ways to get involved with our outreach and social justice ministry. Soup, salad, dessert, and more will be available at this all-ages event. Stay tuned for more details, including how to make a reservation for this event. Spread the word and expect a rewarding night at St. Peter’s.

Parish News

Life at St. Peter’s 2015 is available now. The 2015 Winter, Spring, and Beyond edition of Life at St. Peter’s was released online and mailed. This update for the 2014-2015 program year contains detailed information about programs and events from January through May, plus known offerings for summertime. View it online at
Contributions Challenge: St. Peter’s New Non-Profit, Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s (CCCSP). During the summer of 2014, what started as a partnership in 2013 with Music at St. Alban’s in Davidson, Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s achieved non-profit status. This legal designation allows the organization to solicit and receive funds from a wider variety of individuals and institutions. Last year, the Board of Directors, the Rector, and a host of others from within and beyond the parish made generous contributions. This week, the Rector, will make a $250 contribution to launch the 2015 giving campaign to support this ministry operating outside the parish budget. This month, consider matching or exceeding the Rector’s leadership gift and click here to donate now. A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated. Meanwhile, mark your calendar for the January 19 performance in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and learn more about CCCSP at
Check out the Why Church? Video Series on St. Peter’s Facebook Page: The Staff Formation Team has created over 30 short videos of parishioners (youth, children, adults) sharing about why they come to St. Peter’s. Celebrate the blessings of our community by enjoying these short videos, and invite others to join you for life at St. Peter’s.
About The Prayer List. During each of the Sunday celebrations of the Holy Eucharist, the person leading the Prayers of the People (Intercessor) will say aloud a portion the extensive names printed on the prayer list. As invited by the Intercessor or during times of silence, congregants may also add their own petitions, which may include people or situations for which we are moved to pray. At our weekday services, we also offer prayers for those on the list and encourage parishioners to pray for those on the list in their daily prayers. If you or another have prayer requests, contact the Associate Rector, The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer (, 704-749-6150), or use the online “Prayers” form under “Connect” at Individuals are listed by first name only in the service leaflet for two weeks unless a longer period is requested; persons for whom prayers have been requested must give consent for their names to be printed.

Beyond our Doors: Learning and Serving Beyond St. Peter's

January 11 Gathering to Start Plants for St. Peter’s Community Garden. All are invited to celebrate the hope and renewal of Epiphany by starting new plants for St. Peter’s Community Garden. On Sunday, January 11, we will gather in the Parish Hall after the 10:45 a.m. service to start early spring crops by planting seeds in flats with step-by-step instruction. Younger children are invited to attend and will have assistance. All will be invited to take a couple of flats to grow at home and provided with necessary equipment including plant lights, complete instructions, and fertilizer. A light lunch will be served, and planting will begin at 1:00 p.m. RSVP to Nancy Duncan ( by Wednesday, January 7. It will be like Christmas morning all over again when the seeds come up!
Food Pantry Partnership with Loaves and Fishes. Collection of groceries for neighbors in need continues in January. This month’s focus is 100% fruit juice. (Note: for safety reasons, glass jars cannot be accepted.) We look forward to filling the big red barrels in the Gallery of the Parish House with your contributions.
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