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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | May 13, 2015
“The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.” –E. Eisner

Mr. Eisner’s commentary on the value of arts education is just one of ten “Lessons the Arts Teach” we recently sent in poster form to the region’s Elementary Music Teachers. At The Choir School, we’ve seen the value of the arts in the lives of hundreds of choristers—who have “learned to say what cannot be said” for sure, as well as that problems can have more than one solution, that small differences can have large effects, and that multiple perspectives are important—all benefits identified by Eisner.

This time of year, Choir School choristers are busy putting some of those benefits into practice. May is when we offer Spring Concerts as well as when we prepare for summer tour—and this year’s tours will take us not only to the coast of North Carolina but all the way to England, where our MasterSingers will serve as Choir in Residence at Salisbury Cathedral. May is also the time when we reach out across the region to find the talented young singers who will become choristers in our 2015–2016 season. Elementary music teachers are our allies in this search—the poster was a gift we sent to each of them this year to thank them for helping us identify potential choristers.

Will you help us too? We’re looking for boys and girls between the ages of seven and ten who love to sing. If you know someone like that, we’d like to invite them to join us for Discovery Night, our annual open house. Discovery Night is a fun evening that lets kids experience an open rehearsal, meet others who love to sing, and audition for our upcoming season.

Discovery Night will take place at St. Peter’s on Monday, May 18 for girls and Tuesday, May 19 for boys. The events, which begin at 6:00 pm, are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.

More information is available on The Choir School website or by contacting me: 704-749-6149 or

–Kay Johnson, Managing Director, The Choir School at St. Peter's

Sunday, May 17

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

"Holy Chow," community breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 9:25 a.m. $4 per person; $15 household maximum.

Christian Formation for all ages beginning at 9:30 a.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 Fall 2015)
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
Feast of the Ascension, Thursday, May 14: The Reverend Jonathan Soyars will lead our Noon Eucharist this Thursday to celebrate Jesus’ ascension to heaven. Consider joining him in the Chapel for this simple and beautiful 30-minute liturgy.

Saving Faithfully: God and St. Peter’s Budget: Join the Parish Hall Forum at 9:30 a.m. this Sunday to learn more about how St. Peter’s stewards the money given to the glory of God by members and friends of the Parish. This is the final session of a three-week series that examines faith and money.

Call for Day of Pentecost Readers: Each year on Pentecost Sunday, a part of the reading from Acts 2 is read simultaneously in multiple languages. If you can read or speak a language other than English, we invite you to participate in this tradition on May 24 at the 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., or 6:15 p.m. liturgies. Sign up by contacting the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer via email ( and invite others to do the same. Detailed information will be sent to you after sign up.

Hospitality Room Open Sunday Mornings: 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, engage in quiet conversation or read the paper, a book or magazine during the formation hour. If you are not attending a structured formation class, we hope you will enjoy this space.

Sunday Evening Eucharist (6:15 p.m.) Ends: The final date for the weekly Sunday evening offering of the Holy Eucharist will be Sunday, May 24. The summer hiatus will allow clergy, musicians, and lay leaders to regroup and prepare for the Fall launch of “Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s” beginning September 13 at 5:00 p.m.

Noon Eucharist Offered Tuesdays Only. Our final Thursday Noon Eucharist will be on May 21. We will continue to offer the Tuesday Noon Eucharist, also known as “Holy Food for Holy People.”

Vacation Bible School Registration Begins. Young pilgrims ages four and older should save the dates August 3 through August 7 for this year’s Vacation Bible School. A journey back to the Middle Ages will introduce pilgrims to a diverse group of saints and their contributions to the church. Watch for details; register online or contact Laurie Burlington ( for details about various ways to participate, both as volunteers or by providing materials for the week’s activities.

Parish News

Support Groups: St. Peter’s collaborates with other churches to provide support groups for people living with chronic illness, those who are caregivers, those experiencing grief, and those in all sorts of life transitions. Contact the Associate Rector Joslyn Schaefer ( if you’d like more information.

Calling all Cooks: The “Casserole Ministry” is in need of a few more cooks to keep our freezer stocked with meals (they don’t necessarily have to be casseroles) for parishioners in need. Meals serving 4 to 6 people are stored in our freezer and distributed by our Pastoral Care Ministry team. Contact Pat Markel ( if you can help.

Special Events

20s & 30s Fellowship Events: On Thursday, May 14, 6:00 p.m., join Katie Semmler Nelson and others at St. Peter's Community Garden We'll get a garden tour, get our hands dirty with weeding and harvesting and then enjoy the abundance of God's provision with dinner and drinks at Intermezzo at 7:00 p.m. For directions to the garden and to RSVP, email the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer ( Friday, June 12th: Join Cooper and Marion Morrison for Food Truck Friday in Southend. Details about time and meet-up location will follow.

Family Strawberry Picking: On Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m., come together with other parish families for strawberry picking, hay wagon rides, swings, zip lines, a sand pit, and a recycled tire playground. Berries are $3.29 per pound to pick your own. Wise Acres is at 4701 Hartis Road, Indian Trail, N.C. 28079. Come enjoy the spring berry bounty!

Gathering to Garden: We will gather on Wednesday, May 13, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, May 16, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. This week, we need to start sweet potato slips, sow bean seed, lay down some more weed barrier, mulch, weed, fill up our leaf bin with leaves, and clean up the work area. So there are plenty of ways to help for anyone who can jump in for some gardening this week. Looking ahead, we will also garden next week on Wednesday, May 20, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you have questions or have thoughts about changing the evening work time to 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., contact Nancy Duncan (
Parish Picnic: On Sunday, May 31, at 12:30 p.m., we will gather at Independence Park, Shelter # 1, near the arches and rose garden, visible from 7th St. A sidewalk to the shelter is accessible from Park Drive. Bring frisbees, balls, and a side dish to share. Barbecue and drinks will be provided. To ensure we have enough barbecue, please RSVP here or call the church office to make your reservation (704-332-7746).

Join The Choir School at St. Peter’s for Choir Discovery Night. The Choir School hosts its annual open house on Monday, May 18, for girls and on Tuesday, May 19, for boys, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Prospective choristers can experience an open rehearsal, learn about Choir Camp and Summer Tours, and audition. Most important, they will meet our staff and other young people who love to sing. For more information, contact Kay Johnson (, 704-749-6146) or visit The Choir School website,

Senior Class Luncheon: On Tuesday, May 19, 11:30 a.m., the monthly lunch gathering of the Senior Class will be at Toast Restaurant, 2400 Park Road. Contact Jay or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831) with questions.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I course for adults to be held at St. Peter's this summer, June 15-20, 2015. Parents, catechists, religious educators, clergy, and other interested adults are drawn to the rich, retreat-like courses in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Through this course, adults have the opportunity to see all age-appropriate presentations and materials given to children from the Bible and liturgy. Each course focuses on a specific development age group of the child. Level I prepares adults working with children aged three to six. The foundation for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is in the Level I formation course, as it is in this course that a catechist becomes attuned to the religious life of the child. The course includes preparation in giving presentations (lessons) to children and provides solid background in the theological and pedagogical underpinnings of this work. One does not have to commit to working with children as a prerequisite for participation in the course. Download a brochure and registration form here. Contact Sunday Catechesis Coordinator Anna Hurdle ( for more information.

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

Episcopal Farmworker “50 in 50” Box Collection on Pentecost, May 24. You've seen the 50 in 50 boxes around the Parish House and hopefully you have one at home. Our challenge is for each household to donate $50 to the Episcopal Farmworker's Ministry by Pentecost (the 50th day of Easter). Checks are welcome: make them out to St. Peter's with "Farmworkers Ministry" in the memo line. Our Offertory on Pentecost will include the box collections; help us meet the challenge!

Food Pantry Partnership with Loaves and Fishes. Collection of groceries for neighbors in need continues in May, with a focus on 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.

Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars
  • The Day of Pentecost, Baptisms, and Last Day of Spring Formation Offerings: May 24.
  • Annual Parish Picnic at Independence Park: May 31 (moved from May 24), 12:30 p.m.
  • Vacation Bible School: August 3-7, 9:30 a.m.m to 12:45 p.m.
  • Parish Retreat at Kanuga Conference Center: August 21-23, Friday to Sunday.
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