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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | April 22, 2014
April 27 is High Sunday at St. Peter’s. While you and I easily could relax or continue to recover from the fullness of Lent, Passion Week, and Easter Day, the good news of God in Christ commands us to come together always for worship, formation and fellowship. The great mystery of faith (Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.) is a story to be told and celebrated whenever we have a chance, particularly on the Sabbath Day. 

Last year at St. Peter’s, we deemed the Second Sunday of Easter as High Sunday versus the historical and anticipated understanding that congregations worldwide will experience a Low Sunday, based on lower attendance after the annual hype of Easter. Life at St. Peter’s, however, is thriving and will continue to thrive through our constant presence and prayers as people of faith. Moreover, the period after Easter Day is a perfect time to bring friends, neighbors, and even strangers to share in our common life and activities—to explore God with us. 

On this day, formation classes for adults, youth, and children resume at 9:30 a.m. For adults, Father Murdock Smith (our new Assisting Priest) will lead a series called Murder, Money, Mayhem, Monarchy and Monotheism: Almost Everything That You Ever Wanted To Know About The Bible. The same content will be offered on Mondays at 5:45 p.m. Series participants are in for a whirlwind through the “Word of the Lord.” The day also will include a festive brunch hosted by our Fellowship Ministry Team. Based on last year’s hit event, classic shrimp and grits, child-friendly foods, desserts, live music, and more will create a big Eastertide celebration in the Martha Bowles Parish Hall. Pre-paid reservations are required online or by calling the parish office no later than Thursday, April 24, when food and beverage provisions will be purchased. These events and more will make for another extraordinary day to bless our souls and fortify us for the days to come. 

I give thanks for sharing the joy of Easter with you before, during, and after High Sunday.

–The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector 

Sunday, 4/27

“Holy Chow” Breakfast - 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m., Community Room
Breakfast 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 Christian Formation - 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. For adults, Father Murdock Smith (our new Assisting Priest) will lead a series called “Murder, Money, Mayhem, Monarchy and Monotheism: Almost Everything That You Ever Wanted To Know About The Bible.” The 20s/30s Fellowship meets in the Tower Room, Level 2 of the Parish House.

Formation Classes for Youth and Children - 9:30 a.m.–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. Young people ages 13–18 meet on Level “B.”

High Sunday Brunch - immediately following 10:45 a.m. service

Holy Eucharist with Music - 6:15 p.m.

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
6:15 p.m.
Holy Communion with Music
Monday through Friday
7:30 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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St. Peter's in the News

St. Peter’s featured in Anglican Communion Newsletter. The April issue of Anglican Witness features an article written by our Associate Rector, The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer. Valuing the importance of telling and sharing stories of what is working well in different contexts of the Anglican Communion of which The Episcopal Church is member, Anglican Witness is a component of its evangelism and church growth initiative. Click here to read the article.   

Children's Stations of the Cross on the front page of the Observer. Saturday's edition of the Charlotte Observer, both in print and online, included our Good Friday Stations of the Cross. If you missed it, click here to see the online slide show.

Formation and Worship Offerings

Upcoming Adult Formation Offerings on Sundays and Mondays
  • For adults, on Sundays in the Parish Hall at 9:30 a.m. and Mondays in the Library at 5:45 p.m., Father Murdock Smith (our new Assisting Priest) will lead a series called Murder, Money, Mayhem, Monarchy, and Monotheism: Almost Everything That You Ever Wanted To Know About The Bible. The same content will be offered on Sunday and Monday. 
  • Beginning on Sunday, May 4, parents of children and teenagers are invited to attend a four-week series on Parenting Teens led by Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt with assistance from parishioner and teacher Ed Smith. In addition to talking about boundary setting and healthy communication, the class will also create a “network of support” as you will be invited to share what has worked in your families and the particular challenges you face. The class meets in the Parlor from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • The 20s & 30s Fellowship continues in the Tower Room with a video series produced by Rob Bell, author and former pastor of one of the nation’s fastest growing churches. Come to explore topics that affect daily lives and how Christianity plays into those experiences. Topics such as love, anger, money, prayer, and relationship with God will be considered. Attendees are certain to find good friends, enriching discussion, and a nice cup of coffee. Along the way, the group might join other adults in the Parish Hall for the new Bible study series.
  • 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.

Sunday 6:15 p.m. service of Holy Eucharist with music continues.  Since March 9 this new weekly service has continued to grow. If you would like to assist with the offering this service through liturgical or hospitality roles, contact Father Ollie Rencher ( or 704-749-6141).

Special Events

Pub Theology in April. Because the parish offices will be closed and programs are suspended from April 21 through April 24, Pub Theology will not be hosted at Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for details about our next Pub Theology scheduled for Thursday, May 22.

High Sunday Brunch at St. Peter’s: Sunday, April 27. Back by popular demand, our celebration of Easter will continue on the Sunday after Easter Day (aka "High Sunday") with excellent shrimp and grits, child-friendly foods, desserts, live music, and more in the Martha Bowles Parish Hall. Cost is $5 per child, $10 per youth or adult, $30 household maximum. Pre-paid reservations are required for brunch by clicking here or by calling the Parish Office at 704-332-7746 no later than Thursday, April 24. Last year’s event was a hit…make your reservation today! 

The Spring Launch celebrating the return of the Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s (CCCSP) is set for Wednesday, April 30. As our popular first season (2013-2014) comes to a close and the final performance is Monday, May 5, the CCCSP Steering Committee and The Rector invite you to the launch of the 2014-2015 season. Food, drinks, and music will make for an extraordinary night at St. Peter’s from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the evening. $75 per person will support our fundraising efforts or if you can’t attend you may make a separate contribution. You may also become event sponsor for $500 (tickets for two people are included with the sponsorship). RSVP online at or call the Parish Office at 704-332-7746. CCCSP is an important part of our parish commitment to community engagement. Your support and presence are appreciated. 

AIDS Walk Charlotte scheduled for Saturday, May 3. Money raised from the Walk benefits RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network) which in turn helps people affected by HIV/AIDS. We walk through Uptown Charlotte for about 2 miles. Joining the walk is a great time to talk with others, socialize, or find peace. Please consider walking and getting people to sponsor you or if you do not want to walk please sponsor a St. Peter's walker. For more information visit, our team page,, or contact Frank Steele (704-544-0609).

Spring is calling us outdoors. Join other parents and children from St. Peter's for a venture outside. On Saturday, May 3 at 10:00 a.m., we will meet at Rural Hill for a family friendly hike. Bring water and snacks for your family. Email to RSVP

Parish Picnic on Sunday, May 4 at Freedom Park. Make plans now to join your parish family at Pavilion #3 after 10:45 a.m. worship for a fun time designed for all. Barbecue and beverages will be provided, while all delicious sides and desserts will come from whatever you bring. Stay tuned for more details.

Go Speak! Sharing Our Faith hosted by St. Peter’s: Thursday, May 15. St. Peter’s Clergy, “Sharing Faith” Coordinator Rob Pinkston, and the Congregational Development Ministry Team invite you to join Episcopalians from across the Diocese of North Carolina for a distinctive evening of small group storytelling (aka “cottage meetings”). The evening will begin with a simple meal in homes, at churches, or in meeting spaces throughout the diocese. Each meal will have a host, a moderator, and six to eight participants. Hosts will determine the time and location of gatherings near or convenient for you. Save the date and contact Sharing Faith Coordinator Rob Pinkston (, 704-609-1011) to express your interest in attending a meal. Click here for an insightful interview about Sharing Faith and click here to learn how it has come to North Carolina.

Parish News

New Welcome Ministry needs Hosts. St. Peter’s Congregational Development Ministry Team is recruiting hosts who would offer simple “welcome” hospitality fifteen minutes before and after worship services to those who come and go from our doors on a weekly basis. If you would like to serve St. Peter’s monthly or more by enhancing the experience of our visitors and newcomers, contact welcome coordinator Paul Keller ( or 704-906-6453).

Donations needed for Thompson Child and Family Focus. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW) has begun a donation drive to help one of our partner agencies in an immediate need to collect deodorant and soap. Our ECW chapter and the ECW of St. Michael and All Angels are working together to collect these items until the end of April. A collection bin will be available in the Parish House to receive your donations. The agency is called to serve children and families through healing, teaching, worship, and play” and appreciates our support. For more information, contact Kristine Reid ( or 803-579-7159).

Childcare News Update. We have begun a different model of childcare for children ages 0 to 2 -1/2 on Sunday mornings. After some reflection by the clergy and children’s area workers, we’ve realized that we should utilize both hired outside assistance (one person) and inside volunteers (two additional people) to be responsible for the nursery on Sunday mornings. We are currently compiling a calendar of volunteers who will be responsible for helping in the nursery once a month. Two volunteers will be needed every week. Pair up with a friend or spouse to volunteer and share the love of Christ with St. Peter’s very littlest ones. Contact Director of Children’s Formation, Laurie Burlington ( or 704-749-6155) with questions and to sign up.

The Flower Guild seeks new members. Learn about and serve through ministry by shadowing current guild leaders and assisting with the creation of floral arrangements for Sundays and seasonal occasions. Interested women, men, and youth should contact Rob Carpenter (704-365-8932 or

Belk Charity Day tickets are on sale. On Sundays through April 27 at St. Peter’s, buy tickets for the May 3 Belk Charity Day Sale from our Choir School choristers or visit The Choir School office anytime. 100% of the $5 ticket price goes directly to our England 2015 fund and the $5 is deducted from your Belk purchase at the time of payment. For Belk credit card customers, shop the private pre-sale to reserve your merchandise beginning Sunday, April 27. Use your tickets at any Belk location on the day of the sale from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. The Choir School at St. Peter’s thanks you sincerely for your generous support.

Parish Retreat Weekend at Kanuga returns September 12-14. Five years ago was our last parish getaway offering in the mountains! Now, our clergy and a lay leadership team are planning for a big return to Kanuga Conference Center (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 to “come away” to a fun, rustic, beautiful and refreshing setting with other parish family members. Click here now to let us know if you might or will attend, and watch for an early summertime date when payment will be required to reserve your space.

Caregiver's Support Group starting in collaboration with First Presbyterian Church. With our neighbors around the corner, an initial organizational meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 30 at Noon at First Presbyterian. Bring a lunch or purchase one there for $7.00. Contact Mother Joslyn ( if you plan to attend or are interested but cannot attend this initial organizational meeting.

Calling for Adult Pilgrims to Salisbury, England in 2015. The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, hopes to lead adults on a pilgrimage to Salisbury, England from July 16 until July 25, 2015 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. If you either definitely or remotely are interested in joining the journey, email Father Ollie Rencher or call him at 704-749-6141 no later than Friday, April 25. 

Solemn Communion and Rite of Reconciliation Retreat for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: May 10 and 11. Our children’s formation offering includes a series of meditations that help the older child to better appreciate the gift of the Eucharist. While parents often ask at what age their children should begin receiving communion, the Episcopal Church’s standard for nearly thirty-five years has been that Baptism is full Christian initiation in to Christ’s body, the Church. This means that the youngest, baptized babies are invited to share in the Eucharistic Feast. Our little ones also are able to learn about the sacrament of the Rite of Reconciliation. To register your child for the retreat and Solemn Communion, contact Catechesis Coordinator Anna Hurdle (, 704-749-6156).
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