The St. Peter's congregation gathered in front of the church on Pentecost. Photo by Tom Johnson.
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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | July 16, 2013

From the Associate Rector

The Four Orders of Ministry. Recently Fr. Ollie delivered a sermon emphasizing that all of God’s people are ministers. Yet our colloquial use of “minister” connotes ordained types like Fr. Ollie and me. However, our tradition, grounded in Scripture, teaches that all baptized people are ministers. The word “minister” derives from the word “ministration,” essentially meaning “service.” In Baptism, we pledge to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves.” All of us are called to service, to ministry, in response to God’s grace and goodness in our lives.

The Order of the Laity, by far the largest and most important order, fulfills its ministry primarily outside the bounds of the church in day-to-day living, reflected in how we treat others, spend our money, and prioritize our relationships over things. The other three orders of ministry are ordained, or “set aside,” to perform specific tasks supporting and nourishing the ministries of the laity. As a deacon, my specific task is to be a servant to those in need and to assist priests and bishops in proclaiming the Gospel and enacting that Good News through the administration of the sacraments. I pray this six-month period will deeply form my priestly ministry, which will begin in about six months. Fr. Ollie’s priestly role is to be our pastor, to oversee our parish, to proclaim and facilitate our celebration of the sacraments, and to bless and pardon us, reflecting God’s own blessing and pardon. Our Bishops oversee the parish communities in the diocese and also maintain the broader focus of manifesting Christ’s work of reconciliation, drawing all people into God’s intention for creation.

As ministers all of us are called to a grand adventure of discovering what God is doing and aligning ourselves with that activity. God’s work always manifests healing, reconciliation, and deep joy, but its specific expressions are as varied as the diversity of people you’d meet walking down Tryon Street. I’m honored to accompany you in this journey.


–The Reverend Deacon Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, Associate Rector

Sunday, 7/21

After 10:45 a.m. worship, Coffee Hour hosted by the St. Peter's baristas (listen for an announcement regarding the location)
A Service of Light & Holy Meal 5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m., Church. A Communion service based on the music and rhythms of the Taizé community in France. In a setting of peaceful light, this unique service for adults, youth, and children offers simple, repetitive song and chant, scripture, silence, and Holy Communion. Offered the third Sunday of the month, we look forward to broadening worship styles and opportunities at St. Peter’s. Spread the word. 

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong
(resumes September 29)
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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Coming Soon

Formation Brainstorm: Sunday, July 28, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. An essential part of our common life is formation. Spiritual growth happens over the course of our lifetime and only with intention. As the second-century Church Father Tertullian reminds us, “Christians are made, not born.” As we improve our commitment to formation for children, youth, and adults, we seek your input, especially as it relates to adults. To help us plan for formation offerings for fall 2013 and beyond, please take a brief 10-question survey by Friday, July 26. You can find a link to the survey online or a paper version in the public spaces of the Parish House. Your responses will be anonymous. At the July 28 formation brainstorm, we will discuss the preliminary results of the survey and begin to shape our calendar of offerings. A light lunch will be provided. To help organizers with food planning, RSVP online or contact Michelle Diamond-Eliason (, 704-749-6141); but if you forget to do so, please come anyway. Your input matters.

A memorial service for parishioner Jim Johnson will be offered Saturday, July 27, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception. If you are able to provide finger foods, such as sandwiches, cheese and crackers, and cookies, notify organizer Sue Martin ( about what you will contribute. Plan to deliver your item before the service on July 27.

Outreach Committee Recruiting Members. The Outreach Ministry Team is looking for volunteers interested in serving on its new Grants Committee. The committee is charged with reviewing and evaluating grant applications from community agencies and making recommendations to the Outreach Ministry Team and the Vestry. Members of the committee must not currently serve on the board of, be employed by, or volunteer on a recurring basis with any nonprofit agency that has sought funding from St. Peter’s in the last five years. The group will meet two or three times in the next few weeks, and members will be asked to visit the agencies being considered for funding. Contact Linda Gallehugh (, 704-620-4304) with any questions about eligibility or participation.

St. Peter’s has partnered with St. Alban’s, Davidson, to offer a 2013-2014 concert series. It is not too late to pledge your financial support of this creative partnership and get us closer to our goal. A private donor has offered up to $2,500 to match gifts and pledges made during the month of July. By giving at any level, you can double your donation and help us reach out to the community through music. Our new concert series will feature a variety of musical styles and be offered free of charge once a month. A feature that connects us to our former concert series is a commitment to excellence in performance. Some of the region’s most interesting and gifted artists will perform at both St. Alban’s and St. Peter’s. The first St. Peter’s performance will be on Monday, September 16, at 12:00 p.m. If you would like to pledge to this initiative, contact the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher (, 704-749-6141).

Community Garden Work Schedule. Our Community Garden, whose produce is distributed to the hungry through Friendship Trays, will hold work sessions at their location on E. Eighth Street, between McDowell and Alexander. Evening sessions are each Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with time for socializing afterwards; and on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. On Saturday, July 27, the team will gather to start preparing flats for the fall crops. E-mail Nancy Duncan ( for more information.

The ministry area of Fellowship at St. Peter’s is looking for a person who would lead this ministry area, coordinating various activities with sub-ministry groups specifically working in individual areas. Currently, five areas of fellowship ministry have been identified: Holy Chow, Small Dinner Groups, Coffee Hour, Receptions, and Special Occasions (lunches and/or dinners). Leaders for three of these areas and teams for some of these activities are already in place and working effectively. The other areas need your help. If you are interested in participating at any level in this important ministry area, especially as it becomes more fully organized, contact Sam Gardner (, 704-651-0286).

Summertime Evening Worship. On July 21 at 5:00 p.m., consider attending our monthly “Service of Light and Holy Meal,” a Communion service based on the music and rhythms of the Taizé community in France. In a setting of peaceful light, this unique service for adults, youth, and children includes simple, repetitive song and chant, scripture, silence, and Holy Communion. Offered the third Sunday of every month since February, we look forward to broadening worship styles and opportunities at St. Peter’s. Spread the word.

L’Académie du Roi Soleil in Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31. Performers will be Margaret Carpenter, soprano; Nicolas Haigh, harpsichord; Barbara Krumdieck, cello; David Wilson, violin; and Rebecca Troxler, flute. This new ensemble will present a program of French music under the direction of our own Margaret Carpenter and Organ Scholar at York Minster, England, Nicolas Haigh.

Youth Summer Mission Trip. Our Summer Mission Trip is planned for July 28–August 2 for all rising 8th through 12th graders. We will join our friends from St. Mark’s, Huntersville, to venture to Newton Grove, N.C., where we will work with the Episcopal Farm Workers Ministry in the clothing closet, food pantry, Vacation Bible School with preschoolers, and possibly building repair. We will also learn about the issues and difficulties faced by the 3,500 migrant farm workers from Latin America who come to work in the fields of North Carolina. Our “fun day” will be at Wrightsville Beach before we go to Newton Grove. The cost for this mission trip is $40. Scholarships are available (see Lyn Holt). Sign up by e-mailing Lyn (

Youth Taizé, Dinner, and Movie Night: August 10, 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. All youth (rising 6th through 12th graders) are invited to an evening of fun and fellowship. We’ll start with a short Taizé-style worship service in the youth prayer chapel and follow it with dinner and a movie in the youth room/theater. RSVP to Lyn Holt ( by August 8. The cost for dinner is $5.

Mark your calendars for the End of Summer Celebration on Saturday, August 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter's. All are invited, and we'll have a special focus on our children who will be preparing to launch into the new school year. In addition to an informal potluck dinner, we'll have several fun stations set up to entertain "children of all ages." More details will follow.

On August 18 our worship together will include a special liturgy to bless the backpacks (or briefcases or iPad cases) for all those returning to school or work. Plan to attend with backpacks in hand to participate in this time of giving thanks and asking God's blessing on the coming academic year.

Liturgy at St. Peter's seeks to engage all those gathered in authentic worship of God so that we might be nourished, challenged, and continually formed as Jesus's disciples. Eucharistic Ministers have been called to serve at the altar to ensure all of God's children are nourished at the Eucharistic Feast. Training for both seasoned and new Eucharistic Ministers, as well as youth acolytes, crucifers, and torchbearers, has been scheduled, as we seek to work together to serve Christ and his people.Refresher training for Eucharistic Ministers will be held July 28 at 9:15 a.m. Training for people newly called to this ministry will be held August 11 at 9:15 a.m. Training for youth involved in service at the altar (crucifers, torchbearers, and acolytes), both new and seasoned, will be held August 18 at 9:15 a.m. To register or obtain more information, contact the Reverend Deacon Joslyn Ogden Schaefer (, 704-749-6150).

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