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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | October 8, 2014
Thanksgiving for Life at St. Peter’s
We have a tremendous life in this sacred place. God’s abundance envelops us in a manner I often find hard to articulate, at least with any brevity. When asked in various settings about the life and health of our community of faith, I promptly reflect on the abundance of worship, formation (education), fellowship, servant ministry, music, and so much more. All that we offer and do in ministry is part of a dedication to nurturing relationships with the Creator and creating spaces for people to connect with St. Peter’s.

Among the significant resources in our midst is the talented company of staff and volunteers who serve in the numerous roles necessary to fulfill the robust ministry to which we are called. Collaborating with one another and a multitude of ministry area leaders and teams, they and I work closely to produce fruits from God’s vineyard and remain grateful for your support and prayers.

In this new season, I am especially grateful for Associate Organist, Aaron Goen, who also serves as the Assistant Director of The Choir School at St. Peter’s. Sunday, October 12 will mark his leave-taking day from St. Peter’s before beginning new church music service in the Arlington, Virginia area. As we celebrate the extraordinary ministry of Aaron Goen and offer gifts to honor his presence, may we always give thanks for life at St. Peter’s and what lies ahead for each of us.

I appreciate the gift of your time, talent, and money to sustain this sacred place, and bid your participation in Give To The Vision 2015: Connecting with St. Peter’s to keep us faithful and share the load. I just made my pledge to the Vision in praise of God from whom all blessings flow and it feels really good to return thanks in this way.

–The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, 10/12

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., 5:00 p.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)



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 and Worship Offerings

Visiting Clergy on Sunday, October 12: The Reverend Sam Portaro. While The Rector is away to serve on the spiritual faculty for Episcopal CREDO at Lake Logan Episcopal Center in Canton, N.C., we welcome the Reverend Sam Portaro who will preach at the morning liturgies and officiate at Evensong. Resident in the Diocese of Chicago, he served St. Peter’s as short-term Interim Rector during the summer of 2012 before we called the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher.
The Parish Hall Forum on Sunday, October 12 at 9:30 a.m. considers the topic, “Jesus was Rich.” The Reverend Deacon Jonathan E. Soyars will reflect on the fact that Jesus talks more about money than any other topic in the Bible. Come learn about what Jesus says about money and why we tend to avoid talking about it.

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

Evensong Sunday, October 12 at 5:00 p.m. Every second and fourth Sunday, St. Peter’s offers the beautiful service of Evensong, sung Evening Prayers. Lasting just under an hour before the 6:15 p.m. service of Holy Eucharist, this liturgical offering is considered by many to be the essence of the Anglican tradition. The service will be led by the Reverend Sam Portaro and the Gentlemen of the St. Peter’s Choirs. A reception of light refreshments takes place immediately following the service.

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
Give To The Vision 2015: Connecting with St. Peter’s is the theme for the annual fundraising to support the financial life of St. Peter’s in the coming year. Invitations to participate were mailed last week and posted online about how you can pledge today through Commitment Sunday, November 2. Stewardship Co-Chairs Jay Norton, Kristine Reid, Aimee Wilson, Mike Wilson, and a cast of others have worked hard to launch a bold campaign. Your support of the rector, staff, and vestry in their overall management of life at St. Peter’s is appreciated.
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).
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.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice: St. Peter’s Ordinary Time Retreat on Saturday, October 25. Writing is a way to discover God’s voice coming through us. Our time from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will allow time for prayer, a meditative walk, writing, and learning from the writings of Julian of Norwich, the life of St. Francis of Assisi, and contemporary poets. This retreat is open to all, whether you share your writing with the world or write privately in your journal, and whether the last thing you wrote was a novel or a text message. Facilitators: The Reverends Leighton Ford and Joslyn Ogden Schaefer and parishioner Elizabeth Richardson. RSVP here. Call or email Mother Joslyn (, 704-749-6150) with questions.
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).
20s & 30s: Fellowship and Football. On Sunday, October 26 join the 20s/30s Fellowship at the home of Marion and Cooper Morrison (609 Berkeley Avenue in Dilworth) to watch the Panthers play the Seahawks, enjoy some BBQ, and a fun afternoon with friends. (Children are welcome.) Arrive any time after the 10:45 a.m. service (12:30-ish). Bring your favorite side and beverage. Feel free to bring along friends who haven’t been to St. Peter’s, but you think would enjoy getting to know everyone. Let us know if you’ll be there by responding to Cooper Morrison (

Celebrate the Community Garden and dig some sweet potatoes. A festive day is soon upon us. On Saturday, November 1 starting at 1:30 p.m. we will celebrate the garden and the season with a Rogation Procession. The Procession is a joyful, ancient liturgy during which we will bless the garden and give thanks for the harvest with song, prayer, and music. After the liturgy, we will dive in and dig the buried treasure of our sweet potato crop and cap the day with a party. RSVP to to let the planners know you can be there and if you can contribute refreshments. People of all ages are welcome, but should wear long pants, socks, and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. If you have gloves and shovels, bring those, too.

Parish News

Vestry Nominations for the Annual Meeting of the Parish. On December 7 at 9:30 a.m., the Annual Meeting of the Parish will be held and include the election of four new Vestry members to follow the service of William Bellamy, Ellison Clary, Harris Holt, and Cindy White. Next week, a Vestry Nominee Recommendation Form will be made available. Meanwhile, please ponder and approach potential lay leaders who might offer themselves for this rewarding service and three-year commitment.

“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, email 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.
Art Gallery at St. Peter’s benefits Parish Ministries. In partnership with the Charlotte Art Guild, St. Peter’s houses an art gallery on the second floor of the Parish House. It is significant to note that 30% of each sold piece of art will benefit various parish ministries. You can visit and shop the gallery on weekdays or Sundays; the first floor receptionist can assist with purchase arrangements. Last week, several new pieces were added; soon, new works by several talented parishioners will be added.

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 she completes her duties at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio, where she serves as Associate for Music and Worship.

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

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