Formation Celebration on May 22

Children, youth, and adults are invited to the Parish Hall at 9:30 a.m. on Trinity Sunday to celebrate our Fall-Winter-Spring offerings and learn about offerings being finalized for Summer. The second half of this one-hour period will focus on the parish-wide book read of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, while children and youth return to their spaces for term-end activities. Whether you have attended one or none of our offerings, this celebration is for you.

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., St. Peter’s will host a community panel on race relations in Charlotte. Event panelists include Fannie Flono, Harvey Gantt, Rosalyn Jacobs, and Oliver Merino; additional panelists will be announced soon. Join us on May 22 and June 7, whether you have read the book or not, and spread the word.

St. Peter’s Graduating Seniors 2016

Carson Boykin, graduating from North Mecklenburg High School, attending UNC Charlotte. Lelyand Cathey, graduating from home/self-directed school, attending United States Air Force Academy, CO. Josh Caudle, graduating from Mallard Creek High School, attending North Carolina State University, NC. Callan Ghareeb, graduating from Lake Norman Charter School, attending Sewanee: The University of the South, TN. Genna Holtz, graduating from Charlotte Latin School, attending University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. Sam Miano, graduating from Providence High School, attending University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. Shianece Sanders, graduating from home/self-directed school, attending Norfolk State University, VA. Nathan Webb, graduating from Lake Norman Charter School, attending Missouri State University, MO.

Update on Saints in the Summer Offering

Based on feedback from the April survey, Saints in the Summer will be offered on June 26, July 31, August 7, August 14, and August 21. This program will provide an evening time for the parish family to gather for worship, food, and fellowship on Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. The liturgy will use prayers, readings, and a homily focused on a particular saint. At 6:00 p.m., worshippers have the option to gather in the Parish Hall for a simple meal and to engage in conversation and activities to inspire our walk with God, individually and communally. Time together will be inclusive of children, but not child-centric, all as an opportunity to deepen friendships. Stay tuned for information about how you can assist with making a saint “come alive” by helping the clergy with the homily; developing an activity to do over dinner; and preparing a simple meal. RSVP now.

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.

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; we also meet June 1 and 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!

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!

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-in’s 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).

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.

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 www.st-peters.org/listen-online.

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 26 and July 31-August 28: Saints in the Summer – 5:00 p.m. worship, formation, fellowship

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.