Saints in the Summer concludes with Taizé Holy Eucharist

Join us on Sunday, August 21 at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate the life of Dorothy Day (1897–1980) in our liturgy modeled after the religious community of Taizé, France. A simple supper and activity will follow in the Parish Hall. Designed to be inclusive of children but not child-centric, our first-ever Saints in the Summer series has been well attended. All are invited to the last offering.

Cultivating Simplicity continues on August 21 and 28

Too much stuff? Too little time? Join the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, Associate Rector, as she continues 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.

Blessing of the Backpacks on August 28 at the 10:45 am liturgy

Children and teenagers are encouraged to bring their backpacks to our worship service for a special blessing as they begin the school year.

Registration Extended for Confirmation Class, 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. 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), no later than Noon on Friday, August 19.

New 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 Taizé Holy Eucharist service will continue. The fall schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s, which will include Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist and Holy Eucharist only, begins on September 11 and will be announced soon.

Monday Night Bible Study

Bible study is one of our core spiritual practices as Christians. Join Fr. Murdock Smith, Assisting Priest, and others for an in-depth look at 1 Corinthians this fall on Monday evenings from 6:00–7:45 p.m. The course begins on September 12 and runs through December 12. To sign up, email Mother Joslyn (jschaefer@st-peters.org). We need at least eight people to sign up, so spread the word!

Registration Deadline Extended for Parish Retreat Weekend: “Finding Jesus in our Stories"

Spaces remain available for additional individuals and households to participate in 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 is designed to offer a different setting for rest and relaxation, strengthen bonds of friendship, and deepen faith among all who attend. Pricing includes options for singles, couples, children, and youth for one night or two. Review details and sign up by going to the website no later than Monday, August 22. If finances alone are keeping you from signing up, contact the Associate Rector or Rector to inquire about limited financial assistance. Sign up and payments also can be made at the Parish House Reception Desk.

Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade is Sunday, August 21

Join fellow parishioners, young and old, in supporting your LGBT friends and neighbors in the parade on North Tryon Street that begins soon after the completion of our 10:45 a.m. service. Volunteers are needed to march, take water to participants, provide hospitality at the churchyard and at front sidewalk, and monitor marchers. Choir members will be selling BBQ lunches before the parade. Additional volunteers will be registering voters on the sidewalk. To help with the parade contact Bob Beardsley (bb-bobo@att.net, 704-544-0609).

St. Peter’s Choir Fundraiser for England 2017 Tour, Sunday, August 21

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 the England 2017 tour.

“Life at St. Peter’s” Fall 2016 Edition Coming Soon

In late August or early September, our publication of parish worship, programs, and events for the next several months will be made available online, with paper copies available for pickup in the parish house lobby. Stay tuned for a release date as we gear up for a rich season of offerings to enhance our common life beginning September 11.

2016 Annual Fund Update for Members and Newcomers

Click here to read recent updates on the current operating budget’s annual fund campaign and fiscal year from Chairman Mike Wilson and Treasurer Dave Lavoie. Copies also are available for pickup in the parish house lobby. More information about giving and financial stewardship matters are available here.

Can you help with Coffee Hour after the Sunday 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.

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).

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 September 7 and 21. 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!

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, September 20, 11:30 a.m. at a location soon to be announced. Contact Jay Partington (704-523-1831) or Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) with inquiries about luncheons and other Senior Class events.

Regular Parish House Hours Resume August 29

Our summer closing of the parish clergy and staff offices and parish house on Mondays will end the week of August 22. On August 29, Parish House hours will return to Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., including Monday’s 30-minute 8:00 a.m. service of Morning Prayer in the Chapel. For hospital or pastoral emergencies concerning a member, contact the Clergy On Call at 704-749-6175 and provide a detailed message for prompt response.

Youth Updates

The annual Journey to Adulthood Beach Retreat for all rising 6th through 12th graders is coming soon. We will head for the Myrtle Beach Christian Retreat Center on Friday, September 2 and return Monday, September 5. Please contact Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org, 704-763-3564) to register or with questions.

The annual Youth Yard Sale is September 24, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., at 3412 Cambria Road. Please clean out your closets, attics garages, and basements and save your no longer needed treasures for our fund-raiser. Contact Lyn Holt (lholt@st-Peter’s.org) with questions.

Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars

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

September 11: New “Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s” 5:00 p.m. Schedule begins

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 Hunger Walk

November 18–19: 201st Annual Diocesan Convention at Raleigh

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.