Third Sunday’s Taizé Service

On Sunday, July 17 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 service at St. Peter’s includes contemplative song, piano music, prayer, candle-lighting, touching blessed water, and times of silence.

Revised Worship Schedule for Sunday 5:00 p.m.

Beginning in July, the 5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist monthly schedule will change to the third Sunday only. On third Sundays, our regular Taizé Holy Eucharist service will be offered. Then on the fifth Sunday, July 31, Saints in the Summer continues weekly at 5:00 p.m. through August 21. The new fall schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s will be announced soon.

Parish Hall Forum 9:30 -10:30 a.m.

On Sunday, July 17, a documentary giving voice to the witness of transgender people of faith, “Voices of Witness: Out of the Box,” will be shown, followed by a Q&A session moderated by Vestry member and psychologist John Hall and our Associate Rector, The Reverend Joslyn Schaefer.

Saints in the Summer

Join us on July 31 at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate the life of St. Clare of Assisi in our liturgy followed by a meal and activity. This offering is designed to be inclusive of children but not child-centric – all are welcome! Consider helping us with the meal, activity or liturgy for this event or any that follow by signing up here.

Parish Retreat Weekend: Finding Jesus in our Stories

All individuals and households are invited to our parish retreat at 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 here.

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-ups will be July 20 and August 3. Often a short reading is sent out beforehand for a group discussion. Contact The Reverend Joslyn Schaefer (jschaefer@st-peters.org) for more information or just come!

Young Adult Gatherings

Join other young adults (20s, 30s, and beyond) for brunch the first Sunday of every month. Stay tuned for details for August 7. Also, mark your calendars for a pool party on Saturday, August 13 from 4:00–7:00 p.m. at Rama Swim Club. Questions? Contact the Associate Rector.

Town Hall Meeting

The Social Justice Ministries of St. Peter’s and First United Presbyterian Church (406 N. College Street) present a Town Hall meeting/workshop on what justice means in our Charlotte context and how we can forgive in the face of injustice. The meeting will feature Garry McFadden, a retired homicide detective and Anthony Scott, brother of the late Walter Scott of Charleston, SC. The workshop will be held Saturday, August 6, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Call 704-376-8014 to RSVP.

Capital Campaign Outreach and Social Justice Funds Advisory Committee

On behalf of the Vestry, The Rector and Senior Warden have appointed a 15-person committee whose purpose is to discern how designated funds from the recent parish capital campaign might be managed and employed for the sole purposes of outreach and social justice ministries. Committee members are Steve Bentley, John Budall, Sydney Burgess, Sue Coonen, Linda Gallehugh, Irma Hoffman (Senior Warden), Patricia Hoke, Des Keller, Paul Keller, David Lavoie, Josh Meloy, Bert Miano, Thayer Moeller, The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher (Rector), and Bill Williamson. An initial committee report to the parish, including the amount of capital campaign designated funds available for use, will be offered after the committee’s July 25 meeting.

Reflections hosted on the God’s Tapestry Blog

Check out St. Peter’s God’s Tapestry Blog for reflections by our clergy and parishioners about difference and the Christian call to reconciliation – along racial and other lines. There are also curated resources to deepen our understanding of racism in our daily lives.

Summertime Call: Lay Ministers for Worship Roles

The Clergy and Vestry Coordinators for Worship and The Arts, Abigail Cudabac and Paul Keller, are now recruiting personnel and will collaborate with respective ministry team leaders to offer training sessions or make other appropriate connections for prospective new Acolytes (adult and youth from grade 5), the Altar Guild, Eucharistic Ministers, the Flower Guild, Lectors, Morning Prayer Officiants, the St. Peter’s Choir, and Ushers. Training sessions will be offered between August and September to begin new ministry in Fall 2016. If you are interested in serving, contact Abigail Cudabac via e-mail (acudabac@earthlink.net) or phone (704-532-2740).

8th Street Community Garden Update and Help Request

Summer workday schedule for the garden co-managed by St. Peter’s Church and Trinity Episcopal School: the week of July 18 to be announced; Friday, July 29, 9:00–11:00 a.m.; Wednesday, August 3, 9:00–11:00 a.m.; Saturday, August 6, 10:00 a.m.–Noon. We only have one per week scheduled, so help is very necessary. We are also looking for folks willing to gather together to tend to the garden one day during the week of July 18–24 when all of our leaders are out of town. It would be a great blessing if a group could weed, harvest, and tie up any peppers and eggplants that may have fallen down. If interested, contact Margaret Rudisill (mrudisill@tescharlotte.org) so she can organize all together. During the first week of August, we will be starting seeds for our fall crops and preparing our beds for fall planting. We need all hands on deck! Thanks, Nancy Duncan, St. Peter’s Coordinator, 8th Street Community Garden, located at 8th and Myers streets in Uptown.

Summer Parish House Hours

From June 20 through August 22, the parish clergy and staff offices and parish house will be closed on Mondays. Parish House hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For any hospital or pastoral emergencies concerning a member, contact the Clergy On Call at 704-749-6175 and provide a detailed message for prompt response.

Voter Engagement Workshops

Throughout July, the Social Justice Committee will be hosting workshops and registration drives to encourage community participation in the electoral process. Join us for an information session July 17 after the 10:45 a.m. service.

Summer Opportunities to Serve at Episcopal Farmworkers’ Camp in Dunn, N.C.

Adults and youth are invited to serve through upcoming parish mission trips, August 9–12 or August 16–19, to Eastern North Carolina. Several parishioners have served over the past couple of years and continue to reflect on their life-changing experiences. For more information and to sign-up, contact Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org, 704-749-6148). Episcopal Farmworker Ministry is jointly sponsored by the Diocese of North Carolina and the Diocese of East Carolina.

New Book Study hosted at Galilee Center

“Healing the Heart of Democracy,” by Parker J. Palmer, is the topic for a book study hosted by the Galilee Center. Beginning Tuesday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m. and continuing on first Tuesdays through January 3, 2017 the group will explore the five “habits of the heart” that can be developed in every day settings such as families, neighborhoods, schools, congregations, and workplaces to help restore a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” The Galilee Center is at 3601 Central Avenue. All are welcome.

Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars

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

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

August 21: Pride Parade Participation and Churchyard Hospitality

September 11: Fall 2016 Formation (Education) Offerings resume for All Ages

September 16-18: Kanuga Parish Retreat Weekend

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