Celebrating the Day of Pentecost, May 15

Sunday, May 15, marks the “birthday of Christianity.” Fifty days after the Day of Resurrection, God in Christ imparted the Holy Spirit to all sorts and conditions of people. Mysteriously, they spoke in numerous tongues, yet with one voice, to reveal interconnection to God and one another. Our celebration on this festival day will include baptisms, magnificent music, and children of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd lighting candles to remind us of the seven gifts of the Spirit of God (Isaiah 11:1–3a): Wisdom, Understanding, Fear of God, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, and Piety.

Sunday Parish Hall Forum

Sunday Parish Hall Forum: St. Peter’s clergy lead a discussion on the theology and themes of Pentecost in the Parish Hall Forum, Sunday, May 15, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Contemplative Prayer

All are invited to participate in Contemplative Prayer in the Town Choir Room on the basement level of the Parish House, each Sunday morning, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Contact the Reverend Paul Hanneman (phanneman@st-peters.org).

Sunday Children’s Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Youth Journey to Adulthood

Weekly offerings are available for children and youth, infants through high school, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at various places throughout the Parish House.

Third Sunday’s Taizé Service

On Sunday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m., the Holy Eucharist is celebrated in the manner of Taizé, a monastic community in France founded in 1949, devoted to prayer and reconciliation within the church and the human family. This unique, fast-growing monthly service at St. Peter’s includes contemplative song, piano music, prayer, candle-lighting, touching blessed water, and times of silence.

Call for Day of Pentecost Readers

Each year on Pentecost Sunday, a part of the reading from Acts 2 is read simultaneously in multiple languages. If you can read or speak a language other than English, we invite you to participate in this tradition on May 15 at the 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., or 5:00 p.m. liturgies. Sign up today by contacting the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher via email (orencher@st-peters.org), and invite others to do the same. Detailed information will be sent to you after sign up.

Formation Celebration on May 22

All ages are invited to attend 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. formation offerings on Trinity Sunday in thanksgiving for our Fall-Winter-Spring offerings and to learn about the variety of offerings on the horizon for Summer 2016. Whether you have attended one or none of our offerings, this day of celebration is for you.

Incense during Worship

Incense (hypoallergenic) will be used at the Pentecost liturgy, May 15, 10:45 a.m.

Eastertide Parish-wide Book Discussion Continues on Sunday, May 22

The next conversation about Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates) will be during the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum on Sunday, May 22. Then on Tuesday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall, St. Peter’s will host a community panel. Each discussion will explore a different topic. Join us for as many as you can, whether you have read the book or not. Spread the word.

Former Assistant Organist Aaron Goen to premiere new commission on May 22

To honor Aaron Goen’s time at St. Peter’s prior to his move to the Washington, D.C. area, the St. Peter’s Choir commissioned a new work by Canadian composer Rachel Laurin (b. 1961), “Fantasy and Fugue in A.”  Aaron will give a recital at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, May 22, that includes works by Bach, Langlais, Alain, and Bovet and culminates with the piece composed in his honor. All are welcome to this free recital.

Choir School Spring Concerts, May 13-14

Join the Choir School at St. Peter’s for its spring 2016 concert, “Classically American,” on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14. The five choirs will perform favorite sacred and secular pieces from their upcoming tour program, including classical choral music, folksongs, and popular tunes. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the church. Tickets are $15 General Admission for adults, $5 for children. A block of four reserved tickets with priority seating is $100. Free parking and a nursery are provided. Visit the Choir School website for additional details and to purchase tickets.

Parish Retreat Weekend

Join us at the Kanuga Conference Center September 16 – 18 for a weekend retreat.  Planning for the retreat is already underway and is being led by parishioners Meg Gibson and Cooper Morrison.  Watch for more information and how to reserve a spot soon!

New Parenting Fellowship Group

Parents and children are invited to join Mother Joslyn and one another in the Nursery the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 11:00 a.m. – noon for a time of play, prayer and fellowship.  May 18 is our next meet-up.  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!

HousingFest 2016 Supported by St. Peter’s, May 28

Back by popular demand since its first event in 2014, HousingFest unites music lovers while supporting the Urban Ministry Center’s efforts to end chronic homelessness in Charlotte. Mark your calendar, check out the lineup, and purchase tickets at http://www.housingfest.org/. Thanks to a generous gift from our clergy, St. Peter’s is a new “Pay It Forward” sponsor of this event. Spread the word, bring a guest, and enjoy a night out in Charlotte!

Parish Clergy and Vestry Ministry Areas

Our Clergy and Vestry collaborate with members of the Lay Staff in several ways to lead our ministry at St. Peter’s. As we pray and work daily to live more fully into the Baptismal Covenant, please note the following organization: The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher (Rector, primary clergy resource for Liturgy, Pastoral Care, Outreach, Social Justice); The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer (Associate Rector, primary clergy resource for Formation, Congregational Development, Fellowship); The Reverend L. Murdock Smith, PhD (Assisting Priest, occasional Sunday celebrant and preacher, facilitator of “Kerygma” Bible study class, backup pastoral assistance, non-stipendiary); The Reverend Keith C. Lane (Assisting Priest, secondary clergy resource for Pastoral Care, occasional Sunday and Tuesday celebrant and preacher); Irma Hoffman (Senior Warden), Paul Keller (Junior Warden, Worship and the Arts), Kristine Reid (Secretary/Clerk, Formation); Dave Lavoie (Treasurer); Candace Armstrong (Stewardship); Abigail Cud­abac (Worship and the Arts); Paige Ghareeb (Fellowship); John Hall (Pastoral Care); Des Keller (Outreach); Michael Koppenal (Con­gregational Development); Nelda Leon (Congregational Devel­opment); and Bert Miano (Social Justice). For more information about ministry, visit http://www.st-peters.org/ministry-areas/ or call the Parish Office at 704-332-7746. For pastoral emergencies or hospitalizations concerning a parishioner, outside office hours, contact the Clergy On Call at 704-749-6175.

Holy Chow Breakfast Takes Summer Vacation

The last Holy Chow for Spring 2016 will be Sunday, May 22. This weekly Sunday morning offering from 8:30 until 9:25 a.m. will take a break for the summer and return in the fall. Consider taking advantage of this all-ages fellowship before its vacation begins.

Youth Parent Social

A time for fellowship, sharing parenting ideas and learning more about the Journey to Adulthood (J2A) curriculum takes place on Sunday, May 15, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the home of Elsie Erneston (704-591-1754). Bring an appetizer to share; beverages will be provided. The 15-minute presentation on J2A will be at 5:30 p.m. and there will be time for Q & A.

Choir School Discovery Night

Boys and girls ages 7 to 11 are invited to Discovery Night 2016 on Tuesday, May 24, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Visitors can experience an open rehearsal, hear from the artistic staff, and meet other kids who love to sing. There is even an opportunity to audition for the 2016-2017 season. This annual open house is a great way to learn more about where The Choir School travels each summer, what is studied each week, and the amazing opportunities for performance each year. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Kay Johnson (704-549-6147, kjohnson@thechoirschool.org).

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.

St. Peter’s sermons are now available as a podcast on Apple devices

If you use an Apple device, you may download past sermons using the Podcasts app. To locate St. Peter’s sermons using the Podcasts app, open the app, go to “Search,” and type in “St. Peter’s Charlotte.” The search results will take you to the page to download past sermons, and to subscribe to future sermons as they are uploaded. Read more detailed instructions at by clicking here.

Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte Anniversary, Saturday, May 14

Galilee Center, located at 3601 Central Avenue, is a venture of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina to provide an innovative welcoming place of learning, service, and fellowship on the east side of Charlotte for refugees and other neighbors. St. Peter’s Youth will provide baked goods and coffee for their first anniversary Community Yard Sale from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 10’x10′ spaces are available for $10.00. To learn more, email GalileeEast@gmail.com, call 704-900-5210, or visit http://galilee.dionc.org.

N.C. Bishop Search

The timeline for next steps in North Carolina’s search for a new Bishop includes these key milestones:

  • In November, the Nominating Committee will announce nominees, followed by a two-week open period for identifying additional candidates.
  • In February, 2017, Walkabouts will be held around the Diocese to meet the nominees.
  • On March 4, 2017, a special one-day convention will be held to elect our next Bishop Diocesan (with March 11 as the alternate date if there is bad weather on March 4).
  • The Consecration Service is planned for July 15, 2017, at Duke Chapel in Durham.

The website http://bishopsearch.dionc.org remains a source for the most current information related to the search.

Fundraiser in support of Democracy N.C.

The St. Peter’s Social Justice Committee invites interested parishioners to attend a gathering/fundraiser in support of Democracy N.C. on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the home of Sandy Welton (1512 East 8th Street). Executive Director Bob Hall will discuss ongoing efforts to protect voting rights in N.C. and offer opportunities to get involved. Contributions are not required, but are welcomed from those who are able. RSVP to becky@democracy-nc.org or 919-286-6000.

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).

Communications Skills Training Classes at Christ Church Charlotte

A unique communications skills training class is being offered at Christ Episcopal Church on several different dates this coming summer and fall: June 7-9; July 12-14; July 26-28; and October 18-20. The course is open to the community and is free of charge. The three-day course is designed to assist participants in improving their communications skills and self-awareness, with the goal toward improved relationships to enhance our ability to touch people’s lives. Course information and registration available at http://www.christchurchcharlotte.org/cst or call Jenny Beaumont (704-714-6945).

Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars

June 4: Youth Swim Party

June 5: MasterSingers and Boys & Girls Choirs sing at Holy Eucharist 10:45 a.m.

June 7: “Between The World and Me” Book Discussion with Community Panel

June 10-13: J2A Class Urban Adventure to Washington DC

June 12-August 28: Saints in the Summer – 5:00 p.m. worship, formation, fellowship for all ages

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

September 16-18: Kanuga Parish Retreat Weekend

Submitting Communications Requests: Please send all submissions for the eNews and Sunday leaflets, as well as any questions related to communications, to communications@st-peters.org. The deadline for submitting information for publication during the coming week is Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Provide all pertinent details, including date, time, location, any fees or other costs, a brief description of the event, links to any additional information available online, any deadlines, and the name, email address and phone number of the person to contact. If you do not have email access, you may leave a detailed message at 704-749-6142. Spread the word about this process.