Parish Picnic set for June 5

The annual Parish Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 5 just after the 10:45 a.m. service at Independence Park in the Elizabeth neighborhood, 300 Hawthorne Lane at Park Drive. We have reserved Shelter #1 (same as last year). The closest parking to the shelter is on Park Drive. Additional parking is available at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church on Seventh Street. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. St. Peter’s will provide barbeque and drinks.

Listening for God with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman

This adult formation series takes place on June 5, 12, and 19, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Henri Nouwen, one of the most insightful spiritual writers of the last century, described prayer as “being all ear for God.” And James Finley, one of Dr. Hanneman’s teachers, suggests that we begin each prayer session by breathing in while listening to God tell us how much God loves us – and breathing out with our response, “and I love you.” Dr. Hanneman invites us to explore this love affair God has with us…to feel into what it means to be loved by God, into what it means to love God in response, and some of the ways we can begin to let this love shape our daily living.

Legacy Sunday Celebration on June 5

The stewardship ministry of Planned Giving will be celebrated on Sunday, June 5 at St. Peter’s. “Planned Giving” is a term that describes the thoughtful designation of a gift that will be made some time in the future, usually at the end of the donor’s life. At St. Peter’s, planned gifts help ensure that our values as a faith community will be preserved for the future. A “minute for ministry” will be offered at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services, and information about St. Peter’s 1834 Legacy Society will be available in the public spaces. See www.st-peters.org/plannedgiving for more information and to express interest in having a committee member contact you.

Saints in the Summer Offering

Saints in the Summer will be offered Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. on June 26, July 31, August 7, August 14, and August 21. Our parish family will gather for worship, followed by a meal with fun activities designed to inspire our walk with God. Time together will be inclusive of children, but not child-centric, so bring the whole household! This is a community effort, so visit www.st-peters.org/rsvp to sign up to help make a saint “come alive” by assisting the clergy with the homily and prayers; developing an activity to do over dinner; and/or preparing a simple meal. Or sign up on the bulletin board in the Parish House. Contact clergy or formation staff with questions.

Praising God through Worship at St. Peter’s

Among many things, the Ten Commandments invite us to remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. Life at St. Peter’s takes this commandment seriously by providing weekly worship opportunities for all ages in the morning and evening: Sunday, Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Holy Eucharist, Noon; Monday – Friday, Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m. On Sundays, the Infant and Toddler Center hours are 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Let us spread the word, invite others to worship with us, and be mindful of God’s call for our holy habits.

Sunday Morning Formation Hour on Summer Schedule

Our weekly offering of Christian formation classes, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. for youth and children, as well as the Parish Hall Forum, is suspended until September. Adults can look forward to a three-week series at the 9:30 a.m. hour on June 5, 12, and 19 called “Listening for God” with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman.

St. Peter’s hosts a Community Dialogue on Race in Charlotte, June 7

Join former Mayor Harvey Gantt, Fannie Flono, Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs, Oliver Merino, and other thought leaders for a conversation to examine racial justice, equity, and community through the lens of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, Tuesday, June 7, 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Reflecting on schools, housing, policing, health, poverty, jobs, economic mobility, and commercial development in a growing Charlotte, how do we build an inclusive, just, flourishing, and beloved community for all of our residents? Let us know if you’re coming by signing up at www.st-peters.org/rsvp.

Center City Concerts celebrates Third Season with a Festive Garden Party on June 1

Help support free, noonday concerts at St. Peter’s by attending the series fundraiser on Wednesday, June 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the St. Peter’s garden. The event includes a reception followed by a concert of music in the Church. Single admission is $75; sponsorships are available starting at $500. RSVP now at www.centercityconcerts.org/rsvp.

Parish Retreat Weekend: Finding Jesus in our Stories

All households are invited to our parish retreat at the Kanuga Conference Center September 16 – 18. Under the leadership of Meg Gibson and Cooper Morrison, this retreat will deepen your faith and strengthen the bonds of friendship for all who attend. Pricing includes options for singles, couples, children, and youth for one night or two. Review details and sign up now by going to www.st-peters.org/rsvp.

New Parenting Fellowship Group

Parents and children are invited to join Mother Joslyn and one another in the Nursery on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, 11:00 a.m. – noon, for a time of play, prayer, and fellowship. Our next meet-up will be June 15. Often a short reading is sent out beforehand for a group discussion. Contact Mother Joslyn (jschaefer@st-peters.org) for more information or just come!

Weekday Volunteer Receptionists Needed

Parish Administrator Leigh Dixon is recruiting volunteers to serve at the Parish House reception desk on a Monday-Friday basis. Two morning shifts (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) are available: Monday and Wednesday. Duties include welcoming guests, answering the phone and transferring calls, accepting package deliveries, and occasional administrative tasks to support the clergy and staff. In addition to the two open shifts, volunteers are needed to serve as fill-ins for shifts on occasions when a receptionist may need to be out due to an emergency or illness. If you are interested in serving, contact Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142).

Front Porch Friday, June 3

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Plaza will be open all day with outdoor games, rocking chairs, a zen garden and more. This is a great opportunity to relax and get to know fellow Charlotteans. For more information, click here.

Cursillo Weekend, June 23 – 26

If you are looking for something more in your spiritual life, or if you need a “kick-start,” consider attending the next Diocese of N.C. Cursillo weekend to be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, Concord. Cursillo is a spiritual renewal ministry in the Episcopal Church for men and women. During the weekend, talks are given by lay persons and clergy about how the community of faith experiences God’s love. The Book of Common Prayer is used for all worship, and music is a major component. For more information, visit the Cursillo website (nccursillo.org).

Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars

June 10-13: J2A Class Urban Adventure to Washington, D.C.

June 26 and July 31-August 21: Saints in the Summer – 5:00 p.m. worship, formation, fellowship

June 18: Lobster Dinner & Silent Auction Fundraiser for Youth Pilgrimage 2017

August 9 – 12 and August 16-19: Mission trip to Farmworkers’ Camp in Dunn, N.C.

September 16-18: Kanuga Parish Retreat Weekend

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