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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | March 12, 2013

From the Rector

Preparing for Passion Week and Easter Day: March 24-31. It seems like yesterday that we were entering the season of Lent by way of the cold weather and richness of Ash Wednesday. Now we find ourselves on the Fifth Sunday in Lent inching closer to the annual “holiest of weeks” when Christians worldwide journey to and beyond the cross with Our Lord. It has been powerful to experience my first Lent with St. Peter’s in a variety of ways, including worship, formation, fellowship, and service in a variety of ways to our neighbors.

Even as the church year calendar invites followers of Jesus, like you and me, to do things differently and become more mindful of a particular season like Lent, we also know that life quite easily continues as is. This year, however, through rather creative planning, it would be incredible if everyone—of all ages—committed to participate in at least two weekday offerings of Passion Week. In addition to being present for the popular days of Palm Sunday and Easter Day, join the parish family and our guests for a host of rich events on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter. All offerings are appropriate for all ages and for some, childcare services will be available. Visit and share for more details.

Passion Week and Easter Day at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Center City Charlotte are offered to bless our souls in ways unimaginable. Daily food awaits and undoubtedly will nourish us for the Great 50 Days of Easter. I hope to share a deeper journey into Christ with you and encourage you to bring others to experience our life.
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, 3/17

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 will feature St. Peter’s Rector and guests offering a variety of weekly presentations about “Observing A Holy Lent,” based on the annual Ash Wednesday invitation.

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.

5:00 p.m., A Communion service based on the music and rhythms of the Taizé community in France.

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

Parishioner Ruth Woodend will be featured at the Sunday, March 17 Rector’s Forum (9:30 a.m., Parish Hall). As part of the Observing A Holy Lent series, join Ruth for a presentation about “Meditating on God’s Holy Word.”  Insight to individual and small group study of the Holy Scriptures, the current Bible Challenge, and more should make for a rich discussion.  Mark your calendar, spread the word and bring a guest.

New Monthly Evening Worship Service continues this Sunday evening. A Service of Light and Holy Meal in the manner of the Taizé, France Community started Sunday, February 17, 5:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s. (47 worshippers gathered for our first one of the year. View photos of that service.) In a setting of peaceful light, this rich prayer service offers simple, repetitive song and chant, scripture, extended silence and a holy meal from God’s table. Offered the third Sunday of every month, plan to attend, bring a guest and join us Sunday, March 17, 5:00 p.m. in the church.

Join the MasterSingers of The Choir School for breakfast at the Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser on March 16 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Concord Mills Applebee’s. $7 tickets may be purchased at the Concord Mills Applebee’s that morning. Funds raised support their England 2015 trip where they have been chosen to be the Choir in Residence at Salisbury Cathedral.

Senior Class Luncheon is Tuesday, March 19, 11:30 a.m. at Portofino (5126 Park Road). Contact Mary Griffin (704-364-5268).

The Spring Yard Sale is fast approaching. St. Peter’s Youth need donations of anything that is cluttering your home or that you don’t want or need anymore. Call Claire Wygand (704-366-0766) to arrange a time to take your donations to 800 Nottingham Dr. in Cotswold. For pick-ups of large items, call Lyn Holt (704-763-3564). The Sale dates are March 22 and 23 from 8 a.m. - noon. Proceeds assist our youth program with Pilgrimage and Mission Trip costs.

Augustine Project Fundraiser. The Random Acts of Kindness Group (RAK) is collecting gently used women’s accessories to refurbish and sell in April. Consider contributing purses, scarves, and costume jewelry by Friday, March 22 for a sale to be held Saturday, April 27, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Jazzercise Charlotte Fitness Center (1600 E. Woodlawn Rd., Ste. 300,  across from Park Road Shopping Center). A collection box and more information is available in the lobby of the Parish. Contact Bev Gilman (

Early Childhood Music Education Classes to be offered beginning Monday, April 8, 9:30 a.m. My First Music Discovery featuring The Music Class curriculum for ages 0 – 4 years, will be offered for 8 weeks at St. Peter’s taught by Laurie Haynes Burlington. For more information on the curriculum, benefits for your child and to sign up for classes, visit

Easter lilies are given to adorn the church for the Great Vigil of Easter and Easter Day in memory or honor of our loved ones.  For names to appear in the worship service leaflets, orders must be accepted by Palm Sunday, March 24.  Special order envelopes are available in all public spaces at the church or e-mail Mary Ann Danchess ( to place an order. After Easter Day worship, you are welcome to take your lily home or share it with others.

Preparing for Holy Week and Easter. Before we know it, the holiest of weeks and greatest fifty days of our faith tradition will be here. Mark and rearrange your calendars for Palm Sunday through Easter Day (March 24-March 31) and the richness of offerings for all to journey with Our Lord.  For a schedule of events, click here and plan to bring others on the journey.

Special Formation Offerings in Lent

Sundays 9:30-10:30 a.m. February 17-March 24: Sunday Scriptures Study Class (Tower Room) and the Rector’s Forum (Parish Hall). The Forum will feature St. Peter’s Rector and guests offering a variety of weekly presentations about “Observing A Holy Lent” based on the annual Ash Wednesday invitation.

Monday 6:30-7:30 p.m. February 18-March 25 (Library): Radical Welcome book* reflections hosted by St. Peter’s Rector and Vestry for members, newcomers and seekers to explore the bold journey of becoming followers of Jesus through radical welcome. Sign-up online or call 704-332-7746 and indicate need for nursery/childcare. *Book available via or for $16.41 at Park Road Books as inventory allows; please acquire book for full engagement of class discussions.

Thursday 8:00-8:50 a.m. February 14-March 28 (Tower Room): Join parishioners Jan Keny and Lynn Lakin for a weekly women’s book discussion of Anne Lamott’s Help Thanks Wow, a story of her spiritual journey and perspective on prayer. Sign up online or call 704-332-7746. Book available locally for $17.95 at Park Road Books.

Fridays 7:00-7:50 a.m., February 15 and beyond Lent: Uptown Bible Study Group hosted for all people by St. John’s Episcopal Church Charlotte (in our church Library). This weekly, layperson-led offering is open to all. Bring your Bible for study and discussion about various books. Contact John Mattox of St. John’s Church (, 704-715-4813).  

Mark Your Calendars

Sunday, April 7 is High Sunday at St. Peter’s.  Eastertide will continue on the Sunday after Easter Day with a “High Sunday” celebration that includes a Youth Preacher at 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. worship; 9:30 a.m. Rector’s Forum begins a new series Engaging the Great 50 Days; 10:45 a.m. worship music by the Davidson College Chorale and 12:15 p.m. High Sunday Brunch with shrimp & grits, child-friendly foods, desserts, music, and more; reservations will be required for brunch.

Saturday, April 20, 6:00 p.m., St. Peter’s Luigi’s Dinner & Silent Auction to benefit the Summer 2013 Youth Pilgrimage.  Stay tuned for more about tickets and details about this parish event. 
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