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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | September 10, 2014
Engaging the Charlotte Community through Music
Music at St. Peter’s includes so much excellence, depth, and power that I often am speechless. In addition to Sunday mornings and evenings, every musical offering from this sacred place leaves many witnesses with experiences of transcendence. Maybe you have similar stories about such occasions.

Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s (CCCSP) is honored to enter its second season beginning on Monday, September 15 with performances at noon and 7:30 p.m. Our stellar Associate Organist Aaron Goen and members of the Charlotte Symphony will perform magnificent pieces for organ and strings. In partnership with Music at St. Alban’s in Davidson, CCCSP offers a broad range of concerts for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment of the community.

The recent incorporation of this separate 501(c)(3) organization empowers us to engage the Charlotte Community beyond our doors by sharing the gift of music with all sorts and conditions of people. Committed to diversity in performances and to remaining free of charge, CCCSP offers numerous ways to become a “beacon of hope in center city Charlotte” in keeping with our parish vision. While each monthly program is free, it is not without cost. Patrons from St. Peter’s and throughout the region make series funding possible. All are invited to contribute any amount at

The more we stretch ourselves and offer programs and events beyond the norms of what many expect from the Church, the more the Church will become more relevant in an increasingly “spiritual but not religious” culture. I hope  you and your prospective guests will not miss the launch of Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s 2014-2015 season and its nine concerts. May our engagement with the community to the glory of God enrich the lives of many, and build relationships rooted in the universal language called music.

The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, 9/14

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. Choral Evensong resumes Sunday at 5:00 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)



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Formation and Worship Offerings

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for all Ages on September 14 at 9:30 a.m. Led by the Reverend L. Murdock Smith and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Coordinator Anna Hurdle, this special program will provide an enlightening perspective for adults and youth on our highly successful program for children ages 3–12. Adults and youth will gather in the second floor Parish Hall while children will gather in their first floor Atria.
The 2014 Parish Retreat at Kanuga Episcopal Conference Center is September 12-14. While attendees are away for formation and worship offerings, Sunday formation and worship classes at St. Peter’s will be offered according to the weekly schedule online at and provided in the Life at St. Peter’s fall program guide.

Evensong resumes on September 14 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. Holy Eucharist, this liturgical offering is considered by many to be the essence of the Anglican tradition. The fall season begins with music led by St. Peter’s clergy and the MasterSingers at St. Peter’s. A reception of light refreshments takes place immediately following the service.

Learn more about the Anglican Tradition. Classes begin Sunday, September 21 (9:30 a.m. in the Parlor) and continue through November 9 for all those who would like to learn more about the Anglican/Episcopal tradition within Christianity. Led by the Clergy and lay leaders, this offering is especially for those who would like to reaffirm the promises made at their Baptism (via Confirmation, Reaffirmation of Faith, or Reception into the Episcopal Church). On Sunday, November 16 at the annual Bishop’s Visitation, Suffragan Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple will preach, celebrate the Holy Eucharist, and offer Confirmation, Reaffirmation, and Reception. Register online or obtain a form from the Reception Desk. For more information, adults should contact Director of Ministry Development Mary Virginia Woodall ( and youth should contact Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt (

A three-part series, “For it is better to give than to Receive: Giving Time, Talent and Treasure in a World of Scarcity” also begins on September 21 (9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall). This series explores the Christian call to give “ourselves, our souls and bodies” in response to God’s grace.

The Life at St. Peter's fall program guide was mailed to all households last week. It's also online at new, comprehensive resource provides many ways to connect with the vibrant life of our faith community.

Special Events
Center City Concerts 2014/2015 Season begins September 15. Every third Monday, Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s will present a noon concert free, for the benefit of the community. The first concert features Associate Organist Aaron Goen and members of the Charlotte Symphony in a unique program of music for organ and orchestra. A longer version of this program will also be presented at 7:30 p.m. Spread the word and visit for more information.

Give To The Vision 2015: Connecting with St. Peter’s is the theme for the annual fundraising to support the financial life at St. Peter’s in the coming year. Co-chaired by the four-person team of Jay Norton, Kristine Reid, Aimee Wilson, and Mike Wilson, stay tuned for details about how to participate in the annual fund. Cottage meetings will be hosted in 28 homes throughout the region during the period of September 15-30 to create time and space for all to make connections in small, relaxed settings. Thanks for your commitments as the Rector and Vestry prepare for the future stewardship of St. Peter’s.

Make Your Reservation: Shrimp and Suds Fellowship Dinner. The fourth annual youth pilgrimage fundraiser will be held Saturday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. on the rooftop of St. Peter’s Parish House. This event is open to all adults and will feature a cooked-on-site Low Country Boil of shrimp, corn on the cob, and andouille sausage. Sides include coleslaw, French bread, cheese grits, and peach cobbler for dessert. All items will be served with a choice of local brews, wine, or iced tea. The cost for this all-you-can-eat event is $35 and proceeds will benefit the 2015 Youth Pilgrimage and summer mission trips. Click here to make your reservation.

Parish News

Calling St. Peter’s Women. The ECW (Episcopal Church Women) Design team will hold its September planning meeting at The Flying Biscuit (Park Road Shopping Center, 4241 Park Road) on Saturday, September, 20 at 11:00 a.m. Join us to share your ideas and enthusiasm for this new group at St. Peter's. Contact Kristine Reid ( with any questions or to indicate you can attend.

Acolyte Training on Sunday, September 21. All baptized youth, middle school and above, are invited to serve as acolytes. A mandatory training for returning and prospective acolytes will be held Sunday, September 21, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. at St. Peter's. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Acolyte Master Mike Hoffman ( no later than Monday, September 15 for his planning.

Holy Chow Needs Your Help. Holy Chow, our breakfast together between 8:30 a.m. and 9:25 a.m. each Sunday morning, needs volunteer cooks and food preparers. We are starting a new team to serve on the fourth Sunday of each month. No special skills are required and notes on how various foods may be prepared will be available, along with an experienced volunteer or two. Generally breakfast consists of eggs, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit salad, biscuits, cereal, coffee, and juice. If you are interested in joining the new team or would like more information, please contact Tate Sterrett (, Sam Gardner (, or Mother Joslyn Schaefer ( Some of our cooks have been part of this ministry for 20 years—it’s a great way to spend some time with other parishioners in this fellowship activity.

The Intercessory/Centering Prayer Group resumed weekly meetings on Tuesday, September 9 in the Parish House Intercessory Prayer Room (next to the Parlor). Contemplatives know that mighty changes can take place when people are willing to pray—for themselves and for others—in the name of Christ. Centering prayer is primarily a prayer of loving trust, consenting to God's will and action in our lives, and silently asking to learn how to pray "in the name of Christ." Join us on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. For more information, contact Judith Johnson (, 704-596-6167).

Collecting Items for Youth Yard Sale: The Journey to Adulthood (J2A) Yard Sale to help raise funds for the 2015 Pilgrimage will be held on October 3 and 4, 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the South Charlotte home of Ann and Bert Miano. Clean out your closets and donate anything you don’t want or need to our youth. We will take anything—clothing, furniture, knick-knacks, kitchen appliances and equipment, dishes, yard tools, bicycles, jewelry—anything! You can drop off yard sale donations on Thursday evenings, September 4, 11, 18, and 25, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. at 10601 Bryony Court, 28277 (off Ballantyne Commons Parkway). For more information, contact Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt (

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

Habitat for Humanity. St. Peter’s is looking for 16 to 24 volunteers to help build two houses with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, September 27. Tom Im will be the leader for the day. No experience is necessary. To register, send your name, address, date of birth and email address to John Knip (

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

Faithful Sustainability. Join former TV meteorologist and “queen of green” Terri Bennett for a lunch program on Thursday, September 18, 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m., at Covenant Presbyterian Church discussing faithful stewardship of our planet. Terri brings a “no guilt” perspective to everyday green living for creating healthier lifestyles that our planet can sustain. Register for this event at

Learning to Walk in the Dark: Episcopal priest and celebrated spiritual writer Barbara Brown Taylor will be presenting various programs based on her most recent book Learning to Walk in the Dark on October 17–19 at Myers Park Baptist Church. The Saturday workshop requires tickets, which are selling out quickly. To reserve your spot on Saturday Stay tuned for information about St. Peter’s book discussion group on Thursday evenings, beginning October 2.
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