St. Peter’s calls Associate Rector for Formation and Pastoral Care.
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, is pleased to announce his call of Mrs. Joslyn Ogden Schaefer to serve as our Associate Rector for Formation and Pastoral Care beginning June 20. A current resident of Morehead City, N.C. where she lives with husband Brian (an attorney) and four-year old son Elias, Joslyn will be graduated with a Master of Divinity in May from the Episcopal Divinity School at Cambridge, MA. Currently, she is Seminarian at St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church in Salter Path. On June 29, she will be ordained transitional deacon at Church of the Good Shepherd in Raleigh and following diocesan custom, she will be ordained priest approximately six months later at St. Peter's in Charlotte. Joslyn comes highly recommended from references with whom she has worked in professional, academic, faith-based. and church work settings. She is a graduate of Davidson College and studied at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Columbia Seminary, and the University of Wales & Southern Center for Business and Professional Ethics (both in Decatur, GA). Parishioners Mark Boyd, Laurie Burlington, Phyllis Ferguson, Paige Ghareeb, Bill Krewson, Rob Smith, and Hyacinth Young served as the broad search advisory circle that assisted the Rector with identifying the best applicant to serve with him and the parish community. In addition to presiding at worship, preaching, empowering lay ministry, teaching, and pastoral care administration, Joslyn will collaborate with lay staff and formation advisory committees to develop further a host of formation offerings for adults, youth, and children. Stay tuned for more information about welcoming Joslyn, Brian, and Elias to St. Peter’s.
Saturday, May 4, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Charlotte AIDS Walk 2013 in Uptown Charlotte at Gateway Village Atrium. A St. Peter’s Walk Team is being organized by Frank Steele (704-544-0609, firstname.lastname@example.org
). It’s not too late to walk for this 17th annual largest HIV awareness and fundraising event in the Carolinas. Contact Frank Steele, download details from the St. Peter’s website
or visit the AIDS Walk Charlotte website
Sunday morning formation offerings for all ages continue May 5, 9:30 a.m.
All are invited to grow in knowledge as a part of life at St. Peter’s. While children and youth meet in their classes, two adult classes are offered weekly: Sunday Scriptures Study class (Tower Room) and the Rector’s Forum (Parish Hall). The Rector’s Forum “Engaging the Great 50 Days” Eastertide series will feature of host of special guest reflections* on faith in action, scripture and discipleship. *May 5 - Parishioner David G. Jacobs, MD will reflect on his faith journey and how it informs his vocation as a physician. May 12 – Dale Mullennix of the Urban Ministry Center will reflect on the biblical roots of service and how such ministry is a commitment in Charlotte.
Choir School at St. Peter’s Spring Concerts, May 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m.
Make plans now and spread the word to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the partnership between St. Peter’s Church and the Choir School at St. Peter’s. Musical selections for this year’s spring concert at St. Peter’s are a variety of sacred, folk and popular music inspired by the upcoming choir tour to New Orleans. Favorite pieces from twenty years of singing by composers, such as Handel and Britten will be performed alongside new pieces by György Orbán, Paul Rardin and Arvo Pärt. Alumni return Saturday night to join the choirs on their final selection. Tickets may be purchased online now
or in The Choir School Office. Adults $15, Children and youth $5, Reserved blocks of 4 seats $100. Buy your tickets now before they sell out.
Sunday, May 19 is the Day of Pentecost
(birthday of God’s Church and culmination of the Great 50 Days of Easter). St. Peter’s will celebrate this historic day in the garden and throughout the churchyard with a festive lunch reception for all ages immediately after 10:45 worship. The event will begin with the taking of a huge “birthday” photograph of God’s people in front of the church. We hope all households and individuals will participate simply by bringing their favorite finger foods of sandwiches, snacks, and sweets to share. A special area with tables and such will be set aside for children and we look forward to a strong youth presence. Live music is a high possibility for this occasion. Mark your calendar, spread the word and plan to join the special festivities for this major feast day of the church year. If you think you will attend, click here to help our planners. *On this day, Holy Chow breakfast will not be offered so that all might gather for the lunch reception.
Sunday formation classes for children, youth and adults will end Sunday, May 19.
It would be wonderful to have record attendance on this day when we also will give thanks for those who have participated in our fall and spring offerings for educational nourishment. Stay tuned for notices about several summertime offerings for all ages.
Holy Chow will not be offered on Sunday, May 19
because of the Pentecost festive lunch celebration after 10:45 worship. This weekly breakfast offering will return on May 26 for the last time of spring.
The Choir School would like to express a huge thank you
to the parishioners of St. Peter's for your kind support during our month long Belk Charity Day Sale campaign. This annual fundraiser contributes to making our England Tour for the MasterSingers possible every four years. The education we receive at The Choir School not only develops our musical talents, but also fosters teamwork and leadership. Our skills in etiquette and self-discipline are truly enhanced during our travel away from home when we tour across the United States. This opportunity to be the Choir in Residence at Salisbury Cathedral, however, enriches us with an unmatched exposure to a culture steeped in tradition and musical heritage thereby nurturing us with a heightened appreciation for our music. These experiences are priceless and will last us a lifetime. We are grateful to you for your generosity and trust you are proud to call us The Choir School at St. Peter's
Mark Your Calendars
Tuesday, May 21, 11:30 a.m.
is the next Senior Class Luncheon. Meet at Villa Francesca (321 North Caldwell). Contact Mary Griffin (704-364-5268) for more information.
Choir Discovery Night, Tuesday, May 21
. All interested boys and girls, grades 1-5 and their parents are invited to attend and learn about The Choir School at St. Peter’s. Come experience a typical rehearsal, meet the current parents, boys and girls and learn about the value of a superior music education for your child. Call The Choir School office (704-749-6146) for more information and to make your reservation.
St. Peter’s Pilgrims reach out in Rome
. During the June 25-July 4 Journey to Adulthood (J2A) pilgrimage to Rome, our sixteen youth and five adult leaders will assist the American Episcopal Church, St. Paul's-within-the-Walls with its refugee center. The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center, held in the undercroft of this beautiful old Episcopal Church is a day center for hundreds of young men who have fled the miserable conditions in their villages in north Africa and the Middle East. These refugees sleep outdoors but use the facilities at the JNRC to wash up, eat a hot meal, learn to speak Italian and English, and receive counseling. Our pilgrims are collecting travel-size bottles of shampoo, lotion, soap, washcloths, and socks to bring extra comfort to the refugees. Your donations to the collection basket located on the first floor of the Parish House will be invaluable. Thank you for your support.
Bishop Visitation on Sunday, October 27.
The Right Reverend Michael Curry, Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina will make a visitation to St. Peter’s to meet with parish leadership, preach, confirm, and celebrate the Holy Eucharist. Stay tuned for information about Inquirer Classes for those seeking confirmation, reception or reaffirmation in The Episcopal Church.