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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | May 28, 2014
“We find the Good Life at the intersection of love and peace.”  Fr. Ollie opened and closed his sermon last Sunday with this metropolitan image.  Love requires a subject and object to be meaningful.  Peace, too, is a deeply relational quality.  I might feel peaceful when I am by myself, but the test of the quality of my peacefulness is how I relate to others, especially those whom I find difficult.  The Good Life canonly be realized in community, by working together for the common good.
 
Last week Vincent Harding, a Civil Rights leader, scholar and lay minister, died. I heard him interviewed on “On Being,” a radio show that explores what living the Good Life might mean through diverse lenses.  Upon listening to the calmness of Harding’s voice, the humble way he responded to the host’s questions and his unquenchable curiosity even at age 79, I felt I had encountered someone who regularly hung out at the intersection of love and peace of which Fr. Ollie spoke.        
 
Indeed, in the interview Harding repeatedly used the phrase “Beloved Community,” popularized in speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King and a paraphrase of the Biblical “Kingdom of Heaven” or “Kingdom of God.”  I was struck by his gentle challenge that we stop using the words “minority and majority.”  Instead, he suggested that “…we are all now creating a new majority. We are all part of this beloved community. In community, the concept of minority simply doesn't work. You don't have a minority in a family. So we have got to get new words, new songs, new possibilities for ourselves.”
 
St. Peter’s is part of creating these new words and songs.  We are part of the Beloved Community that is both revealed and hidden, already and not yet.  Through thoughtful worship, conscientious outreach and justice work and listening to one another (as we did at the Sharing our Faith events earlier this month), the intersection of Seventh St. and Tyron might be transformed into the intersection of Love and Peace, a place from which the Good Life, the Resurrected Life, radiates.
 
— The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, Associate Rector

Sunday, 6/1

“Holy Chow” Breakfast - 8:30–9:30 a.m. in the Community Room, Level 2 of the Parish House, after 8:00 am worship. $2 per child under 6, $4 per person, and $15 per household maximum.

Adult Formation Offerings - 9:30–10:30 a.m. In various locations; see details below.

Youth and Children Formation Offerings - 9:30–10:30 a.m. The nursery is on Level 1 of the Parish House. Children ages 3–12 meet on Level 1 of the Parish House. Youth ages 13–18 meet on Level “B.”

Coffee Hour – immediately after 10:45 a.m. worship.

Holy Eucharist with Music - 6:15 p.m.

Worship Schedule

SUNDAYS
8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
6:15 p.m.
Holy Communion with Music
WEEKDAYS
Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m.
Morning Prayer in the Chapel
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Noon
"Holy Food, Holy People," Holy Communion (about 30 minutes in the Chapel)

 

Links

Sunday's Worship & Music Leaflets
The Rector's Blog
In our prayers this week
The Choir School at St. Peter's
 
The Seal of St. Peter's Episcopal Church
"You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church."
Formation Offerings
  • For adults, on Sunday, June 1 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall, Father Murdock Smith (our Assisting Priest) will lead a discussion on the meaning of Biblical Marriage. The discussion and debate will look at various Biblical perspectives on marriage.
  • Concluding on June 1 at 9:30 a.m. in the Tower Room is the two-part series "Anglican Identity in a Pluralist World" with The Rev. Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, Associate Rector. The group will discuss how Anglicans view people of other faith traditions, what distinctive emphases we bring to inter-faith conversations as well as ecumenical discussions among fellow Christians.
  • To celebrate the beginning of the season of Pentecost, when the Church was birthed, all ages will gather in the Parish Hall on June 8 at 9:30 a.m. for a Parish-Wide Pentecost Celebration. We will have a special commissioning for those being sent on various mission and educational trips this summer; prayers for safe summer travel for all of us; and a slide show featuring pictures from our Parish life together over the last year.  Around 9:50 a.m., Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Journey to Adulthood classes will be dismissed from the Parish Hall to go their final classes for the program year.  Adults will remain in the Parish Hall to engage in a listening session reflecting on Formation offerings over the past year and our hopes for the year to come.  
  • Our evolving 20s & 30s Fellowship is joining Father Murdock Smith and friends for the Sunday or Monday Bible series (see above). Attendees are certain to find new relationships, enriching discussion, and a cup of coffee.
  • Children and Youth Classes continue in various settings throughout the Parish House. Our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) and Journey to Adulthood (J2A) programs for children and youth are nationally recognized and powerful ways to explore God.

Special Events

2015 Adult Pilgrimage to England: Informational Meeting, June 4.  Because enough adults have expressed an interest in an adult pilgrimage to Salisbury, England from July 16 until July 25, 2015, Father Ollie Rencher and Choir School leaders Ben Outen and Kay Johnson will host an informational meeting on Wednesday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor.  E-mail Father Ollie Rencher if you will attend the meeting.  If you are interested in joining the journey abroad to be led by Father Rencher, this meeting is for you!  The pilgrimage is in collaboration with the summer tour of the Choir School at St. Peter’s. Airfare, lodging, and meals would cost approximately $4,000 per adult.

Vacation Bible School. St. Peter's will host a Holy Pilgrimage Vacation Bible School Aug. 4-8 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This year, youth and adults are invited to participate in this holy journey where  pilgrims will discover God’s Kingdom in England, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, within themselves and in each other. Register online at http://web.st-peters.org/register-for-vacation-bible-school/ For more information contact Director of Children's Formation Laurie Burlington at lburlington@st-peters.org.

May Prayer Embrace Us During Life’s Challenges. Starting on Tuesday, June 3, parishioner Linda Smith will introduce a prayer shawl knitting ministry to life at St. Peter’s.  This ministry is open to skilled and novice knitters as well as those with an interest in knitting. Prayer shawls are created to be tangible expressions of our prayers for those who receive them. This group intends to meet on the first Tuesday of the month from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Contact Linda Smith (lvsmithNC@gmail.com, 704-607-5027).

Parish-Wide Pentecost Celebration. To celebrate the beginning of the season of Pentecost, when the Church was birthed, all ages will gather in the Parish Hall on June 8 at 9:30 a.m. for a Parish-Wide Pentecost Celebration. We will have a special commissioning for those being sent on various mission and educational trips this summer; prayers for safe summer travel for all of us; and a slide show featuring pictures from our Parish life together over the last year.  Around 9:50 a.m., Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Journey to Adulthood classes will be dismissed from the Parish Hall to go their final classes for the program year.  Adults will remain in the Parish Hall to engage in a listening session reflecting on Formation offerings over the past year and our hopes for the year to come.   

Reconciliation Movie Series on Summertime Sundays. St. Peters Episcopal Church will hold a Summer Documentary Movie Series followed by a facilitated discussion with various community leaders. This series is free and open to the public. Refreshments and nursery will be available, and the discussion with wrap up before the 6:15 p.m. Sunday Service. The first film is Babies and will be shown on June 15 at 4:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The movie follows the lives of four babies around the world from birth to first steps. The children are, in order of on-screen introduction: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie, who resides with her family in San Francisco, California. RSVP online http://web.st-peters.org/rsvp-for-reconciliation-movie-series/ or to Cathy Smith (csmith@st-peters.org).

Parish News

The 20s/30s Fellowship will host several events this summer. On June 8, The Reverend and Mrs. Ollie V. Rencher will host a barbecue at their home from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. All attendees are asked to bring a side dish, beverage of choice and should RSVP with The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, jschaefer@st-peters.org. The group will have its Third Sunday at Rock Bottom on June 22 right after the evening service, typically at 7:15.  Lastly, the group will gather on June 29 for the Summer Pops series at Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road, at 5 p.m. RSVP for this event with Cathy and Micah Morrison at cathymorrison@gmail.com
 
June Lunch for the Senior Class (55+ fellowship group) will be at Portofino’s on Tuesday, June 17 at 11:30 a.m. The restaurant is at 5126 Park Road. Reservations are not required. Contact Mary Griffin (704-364-5268) or Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) for more information.
 
Episcopal Church Women (ECW) host a Special Program on Thursday, May 29: At 10:30 a.m. in the Parlor, all women are invited for a special presentation, "Eat Well, Be Well." Sisters Carolyn Hallett and Adri Warrick, creators of The Whole Tulip website (www.thewholetulip.com), are committed to helping others find the freedom, joy, and happiness they have found through a life of eating and living well. After the presentation at 11:45 a.m., those who are able will gather for lunch across the street at Rock Bottom Brewery. Consider bringing $10-$15 to provide guest speakers with an honorarium for the generosity of their time. Contact Millicent Veltman milliharper@yahoo.com for details.
 
The Journey to Adulthood (J2A) Class Urban Adventure will be Wednesday, June 11 through Friday, June 13. The class will go to Washington, D.C., and put their “self” skills to use. To sign up for the trip, or for more information about J2A, contact Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org, 704-763-3564).
 
The J2A Rising Pilgrims will have a Lobster Dinner and Silent Auction celebrating the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul on Sunday, June 29 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The event is a pilgrimage fundraiser for J2A and costs $35 for adults and $20 for teens and $5 for ages 10 and younger (a dinner of chicken nuggets will be offered for children). For more information or to RSVP this event, contact Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org , 704-763-3564).

Parish Retreat Weekend at Kanuga returns September 12-14. We are planning to retreat at Kanuga Conference Center (http://www.kanuga.org)  near Asheville from suppertime on Friday, September 12 until lunchtime on Sunday, September 14. Cost of this all-inclusive getaway time is $175.00 (adults), $95 (youth 10-18 years), $56.00 (children 5-9 years) and free for children under 5. Lodging, meals, activities for all ages, worship, special music and more are included in the cost. Click here (http://web.st-peters.org/parish-retreat-weekend-at-kanuga-returns/) to let us know if you either might or will attend. Stay tuned for date when payment will be required to reserve your space.
 
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