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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | January 14, 2015

A Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. The Episcopal Church’s “Holy Women, Holy Men” supplemental resource for individual devotion and corporate worship explores the lives of all sorts and conditions of beloved daughters and sons of God. The Church commends them as examples of what each Christian has the capacity to be and do faithfully in the name of the Gospel. Thursday, January 15, is the feast of Martin Luther King, Jr., a civil rights leader who died in 1968; Monday, January 19, marks a national holiday legislated in 1983 to commemorate King’s collaborative commitment to hope and healing.

This year, St. Peter’s will observe Dr. King’s ministry through A Multicultural Celebration: Civil and Human Rights through Music and Poetry.” On Monday, January 19 at noon, all are invited to gather at St. Peter’s for this community event sponsored by Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s (CCCSP), a new non-profit organization that has been offering “free” concerts since 2013.

This CCCSP offering is aligned with words from The King Center in Atlanta, which states that “we commemorate Dr. King’s great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation…not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance and interracial sister and brotherhood he so compellingly expressed in his great dream…No other day of the year brings so many peoples from different cultural backgrounds together in such a vibrant spirit.”

One aspect of our parish vision is to become “a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte.” May all that we are and all that we offer bless us and those who might join our journey to be reconciled with God and one another.

– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, January 18

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.
Evensong (resumes January 11)
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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The Rector's Blog
In our prayers this week
The Choir School at St. Peter's
Center City Concerts 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 and Worship Offerings

Two Christian Formation Options for Adults on Sunday, January 18, 9:30 a.m. In the Parish Hall Forum, the topic is “A Movable Feast: Exploring Mobile Models for Young Adult Ministry.” Every generation receives and passes on the sacred tradition in ways marked by their contemporary context. Come and learn about a new model for ministering to, with, and among young adults. In the Town Choir Room (basement level), Assisting Priest and New Testament scholar the Reverend Jonathan Soyars begins a five-week study of the Beatitudes, an in-depth study of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and its relevance for our contemporary context.
Hospitality Room Now Open on Sunday Mornings in St. Peter’s Parish House. From 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Parlor (first floor, nearest the Chapel) is set aside to provide a place for adults to savor coffee, quiet conversation, read the paper, a book or magazine during the formation hour.
Tuesday Nights at St. Peter’s offer “Reading Holy Books: A Comparative Look at Scriptures.” In light of the urgent need for increased compassion and understanding across faith traditions (as evidenced by the recent tragedy in France), parishioners Kate Norton and Jim Dudley will be leading us through a five-week course comparing the scriptures of other traditions with our own. Come explore Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Jewish texts for five Tuesday nights through February 10 in the Parlor from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To reserve a spot in this class, email the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer ( Note: This offering began Tuesday, January 13, but you may still reserve a spot for the remaining sessions.
20s & 30s Fellowship Book Study, “Finding Peace in a Culture of Now” begins Sunday, January 25 at 9:30 a.m. This four-week series, scheduled through February 15, will meet in the Tower Room (second floor). Led by Ruth Wooded, the group will be discussing ideas from Walter Brueggemann’s book, Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own books. Questions may be directed to Ruth Woodend (

During the season of Epiphany, we will be using the Eucharistic liturgy from Enriching our Worship, a collection of supplemental texts to the Book of Common Prayer, at the 10:45 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. services. First authorized in 1997, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church renewed authorization of the texts at its most recent convention in 2012.

Give To The Vision 2015: Connecting with St. Peter's

As of January 13, 318 members and newcomers have pledged $810,462. To help us reach our goal, please make your pledge online or stop by the Parish House to submit a pledge card. Every pledge matters. The Vestry, Treasurer, and Stewardship Team appreciate participants in our annual fundraising initiative to raise $1 million dollars in pledges of financial support of the worship, programs, staff, outreach, and facilities of St. Peter’s in 2015.

Special Events
Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s presents A Multicultural Celebration: Civil and Human Rights through Music and Poetry, January 19 at Noon. This non-profit organization celebrates its second season of offering free Noon concerts on third Mondays, including the January offering in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Talented artists from the Charlotte region will be featured. All ages are welcome to attend this important event to inform how we might share in creating a better world for all people. Learn more about Center City Concerts’ mission to provide monthly free concerts at and contribute online to this outreach and community engagement program.
The monthly Senior Class (age 55+) luncheon will be held at The Open Kitchen at 1318 W. Morehead Street on Tuesday January 20,2015 at 11:30 a.m. Contact Jay Partington (, 704-523-1831 if there are any questions).
The Return of St. Peter’s Pub Theology, January 22. All adults are invited to join Associate Rector Joslyn Ogden Schaefer and friends on Thursday, January 22, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for holy conversation. Sir Edmond Halley’s Pub (4151 Park Rd.) in Park Road Shopping Center will be the location for this month’s topic: Integrating Spirituality into The Workplace. Drop in and stay as long as possible; bring a guest. Nonalcoholic beverages and food are also available. Next month, one of our clergy will host this fourth-Thursday offering on February 26.
Legacy Sunday at St. Peter’s is January 25. Each year, the parish honors all who have included St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Endowment in their planned giving (wills and related documents). The day will highlight this ministry, open to all members, newcomers, and friends, and acknowledge the establishment of The 1834 Legacy Society. Stay tuned for more about this celebration day, which includes a 9:30 a.m. presentation in the Parish Hall Forum and information about the various ways to participate.
Outreach & Social Justice Soup Celebration: Sunday, January 25, 7:00 p.m. Reserve your spot today for a celebration of St. Peter’s outreach and social justice accomplishments and opportunities. Special guests will include local servant ministry partners and recipients of our community outreach grants. Parish leaders and volunteers will be available to facilitate ways to get involved with this critical ministry area. This all-ages event will include an assortment of soups, salad, and dessert. You are invited to make a soup to share from recipes that would be sent by a soup coordinator after your reservation is made; however, cooking is not required to attend. Crockpots are preferred but soup donations may be warmed upon arrival. If you would like to attend, click here and indicate whether or not you would like to donate a soup or make a reservation by calling the Parish House Reception Desk at 704-332-7746. Spread the word and expect a great evening. Last year’s event was a blast.
Theologian Carter Heyward to visit St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Charlotte: Charlotte native, the Reverend Dr. Carter Heyward will preach and teach at her home parish, St. Martin’s, 1510 East Seventh St., on Sunday, January 18 at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Heyward, among the first women to be ordained as a priest in The Episcopal Church, also will teach at 9:15 a.m. The occasion celebrates the 40th anniversary of her ordination. For more information, call St. Martin’s at 704-376-8441 or Araminta Johnston at 704-340-1264 or
January 25 Evensong features St. Peter’s Choir and MasterSingers preceded by Dongho Lee Organ Recital. Dongho Lee, Music Associate and Organist at Myers Park Methodist Church, will perform a 4:30 p.m. recital before 5:00 p.m. Evensong. The Clergy, St. Peter’s Choir, and MasterSingers of The Choir School at St. Peter’s will lead the congregation in prayer and the singing of hymns. Our weekly 6:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist follows this liturgy. Spread the word about this evening and consider staying for the 7:00 p.m. Outreach & Social Justice Soup Celebration in the Martha Bowles Parish Hall.
Evening with Audra McDonald to Benefit The Choir School at St. Peter’s: Sunday, February 8. Benefit. Purchase tickets today to join The Choir School community at the Knight Theatre in Uptown Charlotte at 6:30 p.m. on February 8 for a performance by McDonald, who has musical roots in The Episcopal Church. A limited number of premium (gold, silver, bronze) and general seating tickets are available and going fast! Thanks to Little Hardware and Neiman Marcus for helping make this event possible! Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

Parish News

Life at St. Peter’s 2015 is available now. The 2015 Winter, Spring, and Beyond edition of Life at St. Peter’s was released online and mailed. This update for the 2014-2015 program year contains detailed information about programs and events from January through May, plus known offerings for summertime. View it online at
Contributions Challenge: St. Peter’s New Non-Profit, Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s (CCCSP). During the summer of 2014, what started as a partnership in 2013 with Music at St. Alban’s in Davidson, Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s achieved non-profit status. This legal designation allows the organization to solicit and receive funds from a wider variety of individuals and institutions. Last year, the Board of Directors, the Rector, and a host of others from within and beyond the parish made generous contributions. This week, the Rector, will make a $250 contribution to launch the 2015 giving campaign to support this ministry operating outside the parish budget. This month, consider matching or exceeding the Rector’s leadership gift and click here to donate now. A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated. Meanwhile, mark your calendar for the January 19 performance in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and learn more about CCCSP at

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

Food Pantry Partnership with Loaves and Fishes. Collection of groceries for neighbors in need continues in January. This month’s focus is 100% fruit juice. (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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