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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | September 3, 2013

From the Rector

Homecoming Sunday: September 8. On this day, we will journey deeper into an extraordinary fall and new chapter in the life of St. Peter’s. All members, newcomers, and friends of this faith community are invited to be present on this particular day and beyond. Countless worship, formation, service, music, and fellowship offerings have been planned by the staff, Vestry, and ministry area leaders to bring us together—at our church home in efforts to make it the center of our lives. The Baptismal Covenant asks if we will continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers; our response has been “I will, with God’s help.” I am convinced that with God’s help, we can do many incredible things together, including those things designed to feed our souls and equip us for the journey of life.

Homecoming Sunday has been designated as an important time for all physically able persons who call St. Peter’s their church home to reconnect or connect maybe for the first time with one another by sharing the holiest of meals from God’s Table at 8:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m., learning more about God through a 9:30 a.m. formation offering, and becoming better acquainted during 8:30 a.m. Holy Chow breakfast or Noon Coffee Hour after 10:45 worship. Any and all of these ways undoubtedly will create more of a home—a place of sanctuary, nourishment, and hope.

Homecoming Sunday also will include an announcement from me about the vision and values of St. Peter’s. As follow-up to conversations begun by the Vestry and me at the January 2013 Vestry Retreat, it will be an honor and privilege to share more about our potential future with you.

I look forward to our celebration day and welcoming new persons too. Thanks, peace, and blessings in all things.

The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, 9/8 - Homecoming Sunday

8:30 a.m. in the Community Room, "Holy Chow" Breakfast until 9:25 a.m. $4 per person and $15 per household maximum.

9:30 a.m., For adults, the Inquirers’ / Confirmation Class meets in the Parish Hall, Level 2 of the Parish House; Engaging the Scriptures meets in the Tower Room, Level 2 of the Parish House; and Work/Life Balance meets in the Parlor, Level 1 of the Parish House..

9:30 a.m. in the Parish House, Formation Classes for Youth and Children. The nursery is on Level 1 of the Parish House. Children ages 3-12 meet on Level 1 of the Parish House. Young people ages 13-18 meet on Level “B.”

After 10:45 a.m. worship, at Coffee Hour.

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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Looking Ahead

Shrimp & Suds, Saturday, September 7. Join us for this popular fun and fellowship event for adults on the St. Peter’s Parish House rooftop from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for our Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth program; the cost is $25 per person for Low-Country shrimp boil, cheese grits, dessert, and a sampling of local beers, as well wine for non-beer drinkers, and non-alcoholic beverages. RSVP online today because our food order will be placed tomorrow. Tickets are going fast. Don’t miss this great event!

Give To The Vision 2014. The Rector and the 2014 Annual Giving Leadership Circle are pleased to commence our annual giving campaign for the 2014 fiscal year on Sunday, September 8: Homecoming Sunday. Stay tuned for a big announcement of St. Peter’s vision and values. Meanwhile, mark your calendars for Sunday, September 15, when, after 10:45 a.m. worship, the Rector and Leadership Circle will host a brief but important kickoff reception with light finger foods in the Parish Hall. During the months of September and October, a variety of large and small fellowship events will be hosted for members, newcomers, and friends of St. Peter’s to learn much more about our vision and values and consider how they might offer support for the future of St. Peter’s. Commitment Sunday is October 27.

Fall Inquirers’/Confirmation Classes Continue: Sunday, September 8, or Monday, September 9. Father Ollie Rencher, Mother Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, and lay leaders will host six sessions for inquiring minds and in preparation for the October 27 Visitation of The Right Reverend Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina. This series (Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., or Mondays, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) will provide an overview of the Episcopal practice of the Christian faith and prepare a variety of persons to be confirmed, reaffirmed, or received by The Episcopal Church from other Christian traditions or religions. Contact Mother Joslyn Schaefer (, 704-749-6150) today to register or to pose questions.

Early childhood music classes taught by Laurie Burlington resume on September 9. Register now for the 10-week fall session. Enrollment is open to children ages 0–4, and tuition is $160. Classes are designed for children and their caregivers to have fun, experience music and movement together, and broaden a child’s ability to understand the language of music. Contact Laurie Haynes Burlington (, 704-749-6155) for more information.

Sunday Evening Worship at St. Peter’s. On Sunday, September 15, at 5:00 p.m., experience our monthly “Service of Light and Holy Meal,” worship based on the quieter music and rhythm of the Taizé community in France. In a setting of peaceful light, all ages can engage in simple song, silence, scripture, and Holy Communion. This unique service is offered the third Sunday of every month to broaden worship styles at St. Peter’s. Consider changing your worship schedule on this day and worship in the evening.

Music at St. Peter’s noon concerts return in September. Don’t miss the return of noon concerts at St. Peter’s on Monday, September 16. The new concert series will begin with “BachFest VII.” Featuring Choir School graduate and parishioner Margaret Carpenter, this program honors J. S. Bach and his contemporaries with gorgeous arias for soprano and obbligato instruments, Brandenburg Concerto no. 4, and a luscious chamber sonata by Georg Muffat. The concert series is being presented in collaboration with Music at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson. Admission is free.

Senior Class (55+) Luncheon: September 17. The monthly lunch gathering for the Senior Class meets at the Greek Isles Restaurant, 200 East Bland Street, on Tuesday, September 17, at 11:30 a.m. Telephone Mary Griffin (704-364-5268) for more information.

“Are We in a Holy War? A Way Forward for Jews, Christians, and Muslims Today.” The St. Peter’s family is invited to join our neighbors at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 29, for a lecture by author Bruce Feiler. The lecture begins at 5:00 p.m. and is followed by Q&A, an optional 6:00 p.m. dinner, and a 6:45 p.m. interfaith panel discussion. The cost, including dinner, is $10.00. Contact for more information. Limited spaces are available.

Habitat for Humanity 2013 starts in September. St. Peter’s Outreach Ministry Team needs volunteers for this year’s Habitat build beginning with framing on Saturday, September 14. St. Peter’s will be Site Manager on October 12, and we need several volunteers for that day and others. For more information, contact St. Peter’s Habitat coordinator John Knip ( or sign up on the Habitat website.

St. Peter’s Community Garden’s Last Summer Workday: September 21. Join others from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for our last “summer” workday in the community garden located adjacent to Trinity Episcopal School, near the intersection of 8th Street and N. Myers Street. This is a great opportunity for households to come together, play in the dirt, help grow food for those who are hungry, and learn about God's marvelous creation. Contact Nancy Duncan ( for more information.

St. Peter’s Pastoral Counseling Partnership. The Reverend Dr. Sarah M. Rieth is an Episcopal priest and certified pastoral therapist whose office is in the St. Peter’s Parish House. Installed to this ministry in 2001 by Bishop Gary Gloster to support St. Peter’s Church and the Charlotte Episcopal Convocation, Dr. Rieth works on a fee-for-service basis with adult individuals and couples who face a variety of challenges and transitions. To learn more about her services or to make an appointment, call 704-749-6143 or visit

Facebook and St. Peter’s. Want to keep up with St. Peter’s at times other than Sundays and in addition to our website? The new, revised St. Peter’s Facebook page provides updates, pictures, and information about events and happenings at the church and beyond. Daily prayers and meditations also will be included for those needing inspiration on the journey. “Like us” on Facebook at St. Peter's Episcopal Church – Charlotte

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