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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | October 1, 2014
Children at St. Peter’s

As the Director of Children’s Formation, I enjoy greeting the faces of our youngest members every Sunday. Our parish seems to be experiencing an explosion of children. Have you noticed? Maybe you have seen the energetic procession of children into the service every Sunday at the Peace. You might know our youngest members through your service as a catechist in one of the four atria that are available to children at St. Peter’s. Many of you encountered our children as volunteers during our recent Vacation Bible School about pilgrimage. How do you experience children at St. Peter’s?

I am thankful that our parish incorporates children into our life and worship—they offer so much. To quote Children in the Church, a guide to children at St. Peter’s written by Anna Hurdle, “Some adults question the wisdom of including preschool children in worship. It is true that they sometimes distract those around them and distress parents by their behavior. In spite of this possibility, as members of our family, they are needed by all of us to complete the circle at God’s table.”
As a family of God, we are also responsible for supporting parents on their journey. The journey of a parent is the most challenging adventure any human can embark on. In that regard we will be offering a three week formation series for parents on October 12, 19, and 26 called The Spiritual Roots of Loving Parenting. The class will offer practical parenting methods and a chance for St. Peter’s parents to support one another on our journey.
It is a privilege to serve the children and parents of St. Peter’s church.
–Laurie Haynes Burlington
Director of Children's Formation

Sunday, 10/5

Christian Formation classes for all ages in the Parish House,
9:30 a.m.

Coffee Hour in the Community Room, second floor of the Parish House immediately following the
10:45 a.m. service.

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

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
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

The Parish Hall Forum concludes a three-part series “For It Is Better to Give than to Receive: Giving Time, Talent, and Treasure in a World of Scarcity” on Sunday, October 5 at 9:30 a.m. The Rector along with leaders from Congregational Development and a wide range of other ministry areas will outline ways to get involved in the various facets of life at St. Peter’s. They will delve deeper into the Christian call to give “ourselves, our souls and bodies” in response to God’s grace. This interactive series provides opportunities for the deepening of self-understanding and spiritual expression. Even if you missed the first two sessions, this one is for you. Spread the word and bring a companion.

Learning to Walk in the Dark is the title of a book by Barbara Brown Taylor and the focus of a book study at St. Peters beginning Thursday, October 2. From 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. each Thursday through October 16, the group will gather in the Parlor to consider the latest book by one of our church’s most respected writers. In Learning to Walk in the Dark, Taylor asks us to put aside our fears and anxieties and to explore all that God has to teach us “in the dark.” She argues that we need to move away from our “solar spirituality” and ease our way into appreciating “lunar spirituality” (since, like the moon, our experience of the light waxes and wanes). Through darkness we find courage, we understand the world in new ways, and we feel God’s presence around us, guiding us through things seen and unseen. The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer ( will facilitate this group.
Feast of St. Francis: Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 5. St. Peter's will be having a "Blessing of the Animals" liturgy during our 6:15 p.m. service of Holy Eucharist to commemorate the October 3 feast day of St. Francis. Animals of all sorts are welcome to join us and will receive a special blessing. We will also have a time in the service to name animals who have died. This will be the last day to receive donations of pet food for our neighbors in the "Fill the Bowl" barrels adjacent to our regular "human" food collection in the Gallery of the Parish House.

Spiritual Roots of Loving Parenting. Because St. Peter's strives to support parishioners who are navigating the challenging journey of parenting, parents of children and youth are invited to "Spiritual Roots of Loving Parenting," a three week formation series facilitated by parent parishioners and Director of Children's Formation, Laurie Burlington. Classes will take place on October 12, 19, and 26 during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning formation hour. The course utilizes an online video format as introduction to each week's discussion. Online sign up is no longer required. Parents will view short videos during the class, followed by discussion and fellowship. Come to learn, share and support other parents during this three week session.

The Life at St. Peter's fall program and events guide was mailed to households in August. It's also online at This new, comprehensive resource provides many ways to connect with the vibrant life of our faith community. If you did not receive a copy, pick one up at St. Peter’s in the Parish House Lobby or Narthex.

Special Events
Coming Your Way | Give To The Vision 2015: Connecting with St. Peter’s. This is the theme for the annual fundraising to support the financial life of St. Peter’s in the coming year. Within the next several days, details will be mailed and posted online about how you can participate before or on Commitment Sunday, November 2. Stewardship Co-Chairs, Jay Norton, Kristine Reid, Aimee Wilson, and Mike Wilson have worked hard to launch our campaign. If you haven’t already, it is not too late to support the parish’s current operating budget for the remainder of 2014. To pledge for 2014 or offer a one-time gift to St. Peter’s, click here to give. Thanks for all you do to support The Rector, Staff, and Vestry in their overall management of life at St. Peter’s.
The Choir School at St. Peter’s will present its 2014 Cabaret Night Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 10 in the church. The choirs will sing musical selections from around the world, including the Scottish folk song “Loch Lomond” and “Dwijavanthi,” an Indian Raga. The program will also include French Café Music by special guest David DiGiuseppe and a dance performance by Kinetic Works. Advance tickets for this popular fundraising event are $30–$50 and are available online at $50 patron tickets include a catered pre-concert reception and premium reserved seats.

Leave-taking Celebration for Aaron Goen, Associate Organist & Choirmaster. On July 16 the Rector announced that Aaron Goen would be leaving the staff of St. Peter’s Church and the Choir School at St. Peter’s this month for new employment in the Arlington, Virginia area. A reception in Aaron’s honor will take place Sunday, October 12 after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy. If you would like to offer a financial gift in honor of Aaron’s five-year ministry at St. Peter’s and assist with the transition of Aaron and his partner Matt Register, checks should be made payable to “St. Peter’s Church” (Memo: Ministry of Aaron Goen).Stay tuned for more information about the October 12 reception.
A Conversation about Domestic Violence: Surprised by the uproar about Domestic Violence (DV) in the NFL? Want to learn more about the dynamics of DV, how it persists, and what we can do to help? Join St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW) for “A Conversation about Domestic Violence,” featuring DV Survivor Alceen Megget and Community Advocate Michael Sexton on Tuesday, October 14, 6:15 p.m.–7:30 p.m. This event is open to men and women throughout Charlotte. RSVP online now or call the Parish Office (704-332-7746) to reserve a spot.

Newcomers’ Lunch Café on Sunday, October 26. The clergy and lay leaders will host a Newcomers’ Lunch Café in the Parish Hall immediately after 10:45 a.m. worship. All those who have been attending St. Peter’s for less than one year are invited to this intentional opportunity to get to know others and learn about the worship, ministries, facilities, and deeper life of St. Peter’s. If this offering is for you, reserve your spot by contacting Mary Virginia Woodall (, 704-749-6151).

Parish News

“Holy Faces” Photo Directory Project Inches to Completion. While many have had individual or household photos taken for “Holy Faces” over the last several months, a high number of photos of active adults as well as households with children and youth are missing. If you have not been photographed or submitted a picture of yourself or your household, e-mail an appropriate, casual or formal, clear, high-resolution picture (200 dpi or about 4 MB) to between today and Sunday, October 12. If you did not include others of your household in your initial photo, now is the perfect time to email a photo for inclusion. We intend to include only one photo per household. All members and newcomers alike are invited to participate in this volunteer project of Congregational Development and the Staff to capture the faces of those who make their home at St. Peter’s.

Arrival of Elizabeth Lenti, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster. The Rector, in collaboration with St. Peter’s Director of Music and Organist Ben Outen, Managing Director of The Choir School at St. Peter’s Kay Johnson, and an advisory committee, is pleased to announce that Elizabth Lenti has been called to succeed Aaron Goen. Ms. Lenti will join the St. Peter’s community, in the role of Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, on Monday, November 3 after completion of her duties at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio, where she serves as Associate for Music and Worship.
Youth Yard Sale This Friday and Saturday: The Journey to Adulthood (J2A) Yard Sale to help raise funds for the 2015 Pilgrimage will be held on October 3 and 4, 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the South Charlotte home of Ann and Bert Miano (10601 Bryony Court, 28277, off Ballantyne Commons Parkway). For more information, contact Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt (

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

New National Election Voting Rules will be some of the information available at St. Peter’s Social Justice Ministry Table on Sunday, October 5 in the Parish House Lobby. As we deepen our parish commitment to social justice, stop by to learn from team members and collect information about issues related to education, immigration, poverty, healthcare, voting rights, reconciliation, and more. To get involved with this evolving ministry contact, Jim Dudley at (
CROP Hunger Walk: Sunday, October 19: St. Peter’s is organizing a CROP Walk team to raise money for those who are hungry–both in our local community and internationally. This 3.8 mile walk begins at Independence Park at 2:00 p.m. If you can’t commit to walking, consider providing a financial donation to the St. Peter’s team. For more information, stop by the CROP walk table in the Gallery after the 10:45 a.m. service or contact parishioner Sarah Geer (, 704-574-1675).
The Cooperative Christian Ministry at UNC Charlotte, which includes the Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and United Methodist campus ministries, invites you to a celebration in honor of Dr. Loy Witherspoon, a member of St. Peter’s. The reception, which also marks 50 years of campus ministry at the University, will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s in the Parish Hall. RSVP to 704-549-8291 or

Food Pantry Partnership with Loaves and Fishes. Collection of groceries for neighbors in need continues in September. This month’s focus is canned meats. (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.
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