Saints in the Summer

Join us on Sunday, July 31 at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate the life of St. Clare of Assisi (1194-1253) 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: http://www.st-peters.org/rsvp. Remaining Schedule: August 7, Jonathan Myrick Daniels (1939 – 1965); August 14, St. Moses the Black (330 – 405); August 21, Dorothy Day (1897 – 1980).

Confirmation Class Series, August 14 - September 25

In preparation for the Bishop’s Visitation to St. Peter’s on Sunday, October 2, “Becoming Episcopalian” will be led by the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, and lay leaders on Sundays, August 14 through September 25 (excluding Labor Day weekend), 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the Town Choir Room. Adult members and non-members who are not confirmed Episcopalians, those who wish to be received into the Episcopal Church from another Christian tradition, or those who wish to reaffirm their faith as Episcopalians are encouraged to attend this series. For more information or to register, contact the Reverend Joslyn Schaefer, Associate Rector, (jschaefer@st-peters.org or 704-749-6150). The registration deadline is Monday, August 8.

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

Beginning in July, the 5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist monthly schedule has changed 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.

Book Launch and Reading

The Reverend Jonathan Martin, a noted author and speaker, will launch his latest book How to Survive a Shipwreck on Saturday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Peter’s Parish Hall. In addition to the author reading selections from his book, musician Nichole Nordeman will offer music. Our parish has played a significant role in Jonathan’s turbulent, but grace-filled faith journey. A light reception will follow.

Registration Deadline Approaching for Parish Retreat Weekend: “Finding Jesus in our Stories”

All individuals and households are invited to our annual parish retreat at Kanuga Conference Center, September 16–18, in the mountains of Western North Carolina. 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 no later than Monday, August 15, by clicking here. Sign up and payments also can be made at the Parish House Reception Desk.

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 August 3 and August 17. 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

Our inaugural “First Sunday Brunch” for young adults (20s, 30s, and beyond) will be at 5Church (127 N. Tryon Street) on Sunday, August 7 following the 10:45 a.m. service. RSVP to Mary Gotschall (marygotschall@gmail.com) to reserve a spot. Also, mark your calendars for a pool party on Saturday, August 13 from 4:00–7:00 p.m. at Rama Swim Club (6109 Wheeler Drive). Questions? Contact The Reverend Joslyn Schaefer (jschaefer@st-peters.org).

Town Hall Meeting about Justice in Charlotte

The Social Justice Ministries of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and First United Presbyterian Church (406 N. College at W. Seventh streets) 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, S.C. The workshop will be held Saturday, August 6, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at First United Presbyterian, and light refreshments will be served. RSVP by Saturday, July 30 by calling 704-376-8014.

Weekday Volunteer Receptionists Needed

Parish Administrator Leigh Dixon is recruiting additional volunteers to serve as daytime Parish House receptionist on a weekly basis. Duties include welcoming guests, answering phone calls, accepting package deliveries, and occasional administrative tasks. In addition to regular weekly shifts, volunteers may serve as substitutes on occasions when a receptionist may need to be away. If you are interested in serving, contact Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142).

2016 Annual Fund Update from Chairman Mike Wilson and Treasurer Dave Lavoie

Click here to read the July 14 updates on the current annual fund campaign and fiscal year. Copies also are available for pickup in the parish house lobby. More information about giving and financial stewardship matters are available here.

Continuing St. Peter’s Social Justice Efforts: Episcopal Farmworker Ministry

Our Social Justice Ministry Team is seeking donations of clothing for the farmworkers (long sleeved shirts and khaki pants, especially) and their children, as well as school supplies (backpacks filled with a pack of 100 sheets of notebook paper, a pack of pencils, a ruler and a 24-pack of crayons). Through Sunday, August 14, please bring donations to the “Episcopal Farmworker Ministry” bins in the Gallery of the Parish House. Another way to support our ministry relationship would be to join us for a 3-day mission trip to the Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry camp in Eastern North Carolina in August. Two trips for adults, teens, and children are planned for August 9-12 and August 16-19. For more information and to reserve a space, contact Nelda Leon (neldaleon03@gmail.com) or Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org).

God’s Tapestry Blog

Check out St. Peter’s God’s Tapestry Blog for reflections by our clergy and parishioners about understanding and celebrating difference and the Christian call to reconciliation. While some postings are permanent, new ones are added as individuals are moved to reflect or current events arise.

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: 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. 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 (innercitygardens4@gmail.com), 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.

Book Study Hosted at the 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.

Concert for CROP Hunger Walk

Singer/Songwriter Bob Warren will offer a concert at St. John’s Baptist Church on Saturday, August 6 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm to benefit local and international hunger-relief organizations. St. Peter’s has a proud history of supporting CROP. All proceeds directly support Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk.

Charlotte Pride’s Annual Interfaith Service

Charlotte Pride’s Annual Interfaith Service is Sunday, August 14 at 4:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church (501 N. Tryon Street). This interfaith experience celebrates the dignity, value, and worth of all people.

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

October 2: Bishop’s Visitation for Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation

October 15: Habitat Build; October 16: CROP Walk

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