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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | March 11, 2015
In Gratitude for our Youth and their Parents

St. Peter’s youth and their parents have much for which to be grateful. The support that the parish provides to its teens through the Journey to Adulthood program, summer trips, Diocesan activities and more, is second to none. Year in and year out, you provide our teens with the spiritual, physical, and financial support that forms them throughout their teen years. You help them grow into adults who will follow Christ in all facets of life.

The ways in which our youth leaders assist them in these endeavors are many and varied and you can be part of these endeavors, as well. As the 18-member Pilgrim Class of 2015 prepares for its mid-June J2A Pilgrimage to Spain, we want to take your prayers to offer for you at the holy sites we will visit on our journeys through Madrid, Avila, Toledo and Granada. Your prayer requests can be sent to lholt@st-peters.org. We would also be honored to serve you at our “Night in Italy” dinner and auction on April 22, our primary fund-raiser. The pilgrims will be your table servers, assisted by teens from the younger J2A and Rite 13 classes, and the 2013 pilgrims who are now seniors, ready to embark on the next chapter of their lives.

We ask for your continued support through your prayers for our youth, especially throughout the summer: for spiritual growth and new encounters with God while on the pilgrimage; for our middle school missioners who will serve Charlotte’s less advantaged at our Episcopal Outreach Camp; and for our high school missioners, who will serve in rural Appalachia through, REACH, a mission organization in Roanoke, Va.

Your support in all of these ways enables our youth to connect to God, to St. Peter’s, to their leaders, and to each other. For most of our teens, this church and the youth group provide an oasis in a too-busy, overwhelming, overstressed world, from which it is hard to escape. By providing the respite and joy they encounter at St. Peter’s, you are their village, and we are all very grateful.
–Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Formation

Sunday, March 15

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

Coffee Hour in the Parish House Lobby 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 (second and 4th Sundays, through March 22)
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
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

Parish Hall Forum on Sunday, March 15 for Adults. At 9:30 a.m. the five-week series focusing on the power of forgiveness and reconciliation continues. The three practical goals of the series are to 1) deepen our ability to live in the reality of God’s love; 2) forgive others and release resentment; and 3) forgive oneself. Facilitated by the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, all adults are invited to attend.
Last Sunday to purchase God’s Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences at church is March 15. The book, chosen for our parish-wide Lenten book study is available for $20 at the Reception Desk. The author, the Reverend Dr. William Kondrath, served as one of the facilitators for our March 6–8 Lenten Weekend of Reconciliation. You can also pay for and reserve a copy online and pick it up at the reception desk. The Rector, Associate Rector, and others will blog about their reflections on the book throughout the.

Taizé this Sunday, March 15 at 6:15 p.m. Every third Sunday of the month, our 6:15 p.m. service of Holy Eucharist includes music inspired by the Taizé, France community. This extraordinary time of worship, song, contemplative silence, and candlelight is among the many ways to worship at St. Peter’s, delving more deeply into your own spiritual journey. If your morning schedule does not permit attending one of our worship services, consider trying this evening offering at 6:15 p.m.

Newcomer’s Class with the Rector: If you are new to St. Peter’s and want to learn more about the Episcopal tradition, please join the Reverend Ollie Rencher on Sunday April 19, 26, and May 3 in the Tower Room (second floor) at 9:30 a.m. Class topics include liturgy, theology, and ways to connect more deeply with the ministries of St. Peter’s.

Visual Changes in Our Sacred Space during Lent. The 40-day covering of certain religious symbols, including images and processional crosses is part of what is called the “Lenten Array.” Medieval symbols depicted in the dossal, which now covers the mosaic at the altar, are a rooster (crowed after Peter’s third denial of Jesus) and what appears to be the combination of a lance (used to pierce the side of Jesus as he hung on the cross) and a reed (was placed in Jesus’ hand as a royal scepter in mockery). On Jesus’ right is the Blessed Virgin Mary and to his left stands Saint John the Evangelist, as the scene depicts the moment Jesus tells John that Mary is now her mother and that John is now her son (John 19:25-26). At the foot of the cross is the image of Jesus as Lamb of God. To learn more about the history of our dossal, visit the “Worship and Music” tab at www.st-peters.org or pick up a copy from the common space in the parish house lobby.

Special Events
Newcomers’ Luncheon, Sunday, March 15. The Clergy, Ves­try, and Staff will host a Newcomers’ Luncheon in the Martha Bowles Parish Hall immediately after 10:45 a.m. worship on Sunday, March 15. If you have been attending St. Peter’s for less than one year, please register to attend. This event is an opportunity to get to know others and learn about the worship, ministries, facilities, and deeper life of St. Peter’s. To make a reservation, contact Mary Virginia Woodall (mwoodall@st-peters.org, 704-749-6151).
20’s & 30’s and Young Families - Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day @ St. Peter’s: Join others for coffee, doughnuts, and a great view of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the grounds of St. Peter’s on Saturday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. Enter 7th Street from N. Church, as Tryon will be blocked off. Email the Reverend Joslyn Schaefer (jschaefer@st-peters.org) or Director of Children’s Ministries Laurie Burlington (lburlington@st-peters.org) if you plan to attend. In order to park, enter 7th St. from N. Church St., and tell the police officer you are there to attend a church event and need to park under the Transamerica building.

Parish-Wide Dinner, “The Agape Meal,” on Palm Sunday, March 29, at 5:00 p.m. Begin Holy Week recalling Jesus’ last supper with his disciples by joining other parishioners for a simple but hearty meal of Mediterranean food, blessings before the food and drink, and closing with a reading of Jesus’ farewell discourse to his disciples in John 17 and Psalm 69. We encourage all households, especially those with children, to participate in this ritual meal together. Please RSVP and indicate how you will contribute to this free meal by contacting Kathie Knip (kathie@datasuppliessource.com, 704-947-5645) or the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer (jschaefer@st-peters.org, 704-749-6150).

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, The Sunday of the Passion, on March 29 with services at 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 6:15 p.m. and continues throughout the week. Observances for Maundy Thursday take place at Noon and 7:00 p.m. The St. Peter’s Choir will provide special music for the 7:00 p.m. service. On Good Friday, the service begins as usual at Noon. A special Stations of the Cross experience geared towards children takes place at 4:00 p.m. The Easter celebrations begin Saturday evening with The Great Vigil of Easter at 8:00 p.m., followed Sunday with Easter services at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 6:15 p.m.

Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s continues its second season on Monday, March 16 with organ recitals by renowned organist Dr. Marilyn Keiser. Dr. Keiser is Chancellor’s Professor of Music Emeritus at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington. Prior to her appointment at Indiana University she was Organist and Director of Music at All Souls in Asheville, N.C. This special concert, showcasing our C. B. Fisk pipe organ, will be offered at both Noon and 7:30 p.m. Both concerts are free. Learn more at www.centercityconcerts.org.

Parish News

Parish Life Pictures to Tell Our Story: March 15 and 22. On Sundays, March 15 and 22, candid and staged pictures will be taken by talented professional photographers during worship, formation time, fellowship, preparation for ministry, and as people come and go from the builds and grounds of St. Peter’s. Minimal intrusion will be the approach of this initiative, requested by The Rector, to capture a variety of pictures that will help to better tell our parish life story through pictures and enhance our website and other communications efforts.

The Spring Social for Parents of Youth (ages 12 – 18) is Saturday, March 14, 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Mix and mingle with fellow parents dealing with all the fun, frustration, and fear of raising teenagers to be happy, (w)hol(l)y adolescents and adults for light hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, tea, and coffee at the home of Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt (3334 Windsor Drive). We will be joined at 6:00 pm by a skilled Charlotte family therapist, Laurie Howell, who will briefly share her insights on raising teens and answer any questions you may have about family therapy or children/adolescent counseling. Watch your inbox for more information.

Would you like to be a Coffee Hour Barista? Our Fellowship Ministry is seeking more people to share in the ministry of hosting refreshments in the parish house lobby after the 10:45 a.m. service. You can be part of a team to serve once a month on the first Sunday, serve on the second Sunday, every other month, or jump in any Sunday. As a “barista” (an Italian word for coffee house server), you would bring your choice of simple light refreshments and prepare coffee and lemonade. Contact Kristine Reid (kmrlady@ymail.com) for details and consider asking a friend to join you in hosting.

St. Peter’s needs your service. Did you know it takes about 100 parishioners to support a “regular Sunday” at St. Peter’s? Assisting with our liturgies or other ministries is more than volunteering – it is ministry, one of the ways we “serve Christ in one another.” We need additional persons to serve to enhance support of worship, programs, and parish administration. Whether behind-the-scenes on the Altar or Flower Guild, as an Usher, a Welcome Host, or a weekday Volunteer Receptionist at the Parish House, we need you. To learn more, please contact Director of Ministry Development Mary Virginia Woodall (mvwoodall@st-peters.org, 704-749-6151). Join the crowd. Share the privilege. Make a difference.

Advanced Planning for Funerals: Lent has been a season when many Christians acknowledge the reality of death and look to the promise of resurrection. The clergy of St. Peter’s recommend that parishioners complete an Advanced Planning for Funerals worksheet for our files. Many families find funeral planning easier when their loved ones have indicated their wishes beforehand. You can download a copy of the worksheet from this page on our website and return it to the Parish House reception desk. Please contact clergy with any questions or to request a meeting about this topic.

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

Feed My Sheep: Volunteers Needed to Reopen Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry on Central Ave. A new ministry center is evolving on the grounds of the former St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, “Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte.” One of the first tasks is to recruit volunteers to reopen the Loaves and Fishes food pantry located at the site. The pantry will be open 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; roughly 5 or 6 volunteers are needed per three-hour shift. Volunteers will welcome clients, help them chose a week’s worth of groceries, and stock pantry shelves. Volunteer training will be provided. Volunteers can choose to work once a month or once a week. If you are interested, please contact Pantry Coordinator, Linda Smith (lvsmithnc@gmail.com). For more information about Loaves & Fishes, visit www.loavesandfishes.org
Morning Prayer Outside the Church and Throughout the City. In addition to our regular offering of Morning Prayer (8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday), you can attend Morning Prayer throughout the city six days a week. Sites include Southminster, Nova’s Bakery, Wells Fargo Atrium, and others. To learn more visit http://web.st-peters.org/morning-prayer.

Statewide Summit on Immigration & Faith: Saturday, March 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Durham, N.C. Registration is free but required. To RSVP visit www.ncchurches.org. Workshops include “Children and Mother in Detention at the Border,” “Unaccompanied Minors in N.C.,” and “Children in the Fields of N.C.”

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