Saints in the Summer

Join us on Sunday, August 14 at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate the life of Moses the Black (330–405) 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 the following by signing up here: www.st-peters.org/rsvp. The final Saints in the Summer offering is August 21, celebrating Dorothy Day (1897–1980).

Cultivating Simplicity, August 14, 21, and 28

Too much stuff? Too little time? Join the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer as she leads a three-week series on cultivating simplicity in your life so that you can focus on the things that matter most. This course will offer brief readings, opportunities for reflection and sharing, and a supportive environment to begin to make small changes toward simplicity in mind, body, and spirit. 9:30–10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall.

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 Thursday, August 11.

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

Beginning in July, the 5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist monthly schedule changed to the third Sunday only. On third Sundays, our regular Taizé Holy Eucharist service will be offered. The “Saints in the Summer” schedule is July 31 through August 21 at 5:00 p.m. The new schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s will begin in September and be announced soon.

Newcomer Coffee

New to St. Peter’s? Even if not, would you like to meet those who are? Join us Sunday, August 14 from 9:30–10:30 a.m. in the Parlor for informal conversation and a chance to ask questions about St. Peter’s. Coffee and light snacks will be available.

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. Sign up and payments also can be made at the Parish House Reception Desk.

Charlotte Pride Parade, Sunday, August 21

St. Peter’s parishioners are invited to participate in this year’s Bank of America Pride Parade. Adult and youth volunteers may serve as parade marchers, water runners, or marching monitors; offer churchyard hospitality; or serve as voter registration assistants on the sidewalk in front of St. Peter’s. The parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 21. To serve, contact parish organizer Bob Beardsley (bb-bobo@att.net or call 704-544-0609). Learn more about Charlotte Pride including how to donate.

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 17 and September 7. 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 Fellowship

Saturday, August 13 from 4:00–7:00 p.m. at Rama Swim Club (6109 Wheeler Dr.) The parish will provide hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hotdogs. Bring a side-dish to share. Beyond swimming, we might play some corn-hole and volleyball. RSVP to jschaefer@st-peters.org. Children are welcome.

Senior Class (55+) Monthly Luncheon, Third Tuesdays

On the third Tuesday of each month, parishioners age 55+ are invited to fellowship over lunch at different locations throughout Charlotte. The next gathering will be on Tuesday, August 16, 11:30 a.m. at Cantina 1511 at Park Road Shopping Center. Contact Jim Parrington at 704-523-1832 with inquiries about luncheons and other Senior Class events.

St. Peter’s Choir Fundraiser for England 2017 Tour

The St. Peter’s Choir is going to England in August of 2017 and has been accepted as the resident choir at St. Alban’s Cathedral in St. Alban’s, England. The fundraising goal is to make it financially feasible for any chorister to have this experience. The first fundraiser is a BBQ lunch on Sunday, August 21. After the 10:45 a.m. liturgy, choir members will sell $8 barbecue lunches for parishioners to dine-in the Parish Hall or take out. This will be the first-of-its-kind pilgrimage for our exceptional parish choir, which sings nearly every Sunday throughout the calendar year and for many feast days and special occasions. Stay tuned for more information about this fundraiser and the England 2017 tour.

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).

Can you help with Coffee Hour after the 10:45 a.m. service?

Barista coordinator Sue Martin is recruiting people to assist with our wonderful, boisterous time of fellowship after the 10:45 a.m. service. People are needed on third Sundays and fifth Sundays. Let Sue know you can help by emailing her at martinsusanne@att.net.

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

Click here to read July 14th 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.

Ways to Support 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. The second of two trips for adults, teens, and children is planned for August 16–19. For more information and to reserve a space, contact Nelda Leon (neldaleon03@gmail.com) or Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org).

Check out St. Peter’s 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.

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.

Charlotte Pride’s Annual Interfaith Service

Charlotte Pride’s Annual Interfaith Service is Sunday, August 14 at 4:00–5:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church (501 N. Tryon Street). “Where all are welcome” will be an interfaith experience celebrating the dignity, value, and worth of all people, led by clergy from a diversity of faith traditions. Refreshments following the service. Learn more.

Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars

August 14–August 21: Saints in the Summer – 5:00 p.m. worship, formation, fellowship

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

August 21: Pride Parade Participation and Churchyard Hospitality

August 21: St. Peter’s Choir BBQ Benefit for England 2017 Tour

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

September 16–18: Kanuga Parish Retreat Weekend

October 1: Shrimp & Suds Fall Rooftop Benefit for Youth Pilgrimage 2017

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

October 2: Blessing of the Animals with Holy Eucharist, 5:00 p.m.

October 15: Habitat Build; October 16: CROP Walk

November 18–19: 201st Annual Diocesan Convention at Winston-Salem

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