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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | May 1, 2013

From the Rector

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Collect for the Sixth Sunday of Easter)

In all things, you and I are called to love: to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. And yet, most would agree that there is extreme challenge that comes with the commandment to love. The reasons not to love are often endless because we are broken human beings. We are and so are those who make it hard to love them. So, what are we–as followers of Jesus–to do with this commandment?

Eastertide invites us to ponder this commandment deeply, because as people of faith we celebrate the resurrection as the epitome of hope. For an Easter people, the resurrection is the perfect example of the capacity for God to do the impossible. It also suggests we will respond positively to the Summary of the Law as said in the Rite I celebration of the Holy Eucharist: "Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith:
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with
all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great
commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt
love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments
hang all the Law and the Prophets."

May this new day mark the day of opportunity on which we offer ourselves increasingly more to God and our neighbors in the name of love.

– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, 5/1

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 series, "Engaging the Great 50 Days," continues.

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 Parlor.

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

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, 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.
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