Parish Community Monthly Potluck, May 14. This Sunday, the potluck will be hosted by Community of Hope. Because they are a small group, they are asking for help with entrees (which the host group normally supplies). If you can bring an entrée to feed 8–10, please contact Phyllis Ferguson (keelyboy@icloud.com). If your name begins with the letter A–H, bring something sweet; if it begins with the letter I–Z, bring something savory. If you forget to bring something or arrive to church unaware, come anyway to enjoy fellowship and food. For more information, contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood (ewood@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141) or Vestry Member Paige Ghareeb (paigeghareeb@mac.com, 704-947-8986).

Choir School Spring Concerts. Join the Choir School for spring concerts on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s. All five choirs will perform, with selections ranging from Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” to Phillip Moore’s “All Wisdom Cometh From the Lord” to Ken Berg’s jazzy spiritual “You Got to Hold On.” General admission tickets for this popular concert are $25 or $15 for children under 12. Reserved blocks of four tickets are $125. Tickets and more information are available by phone at 704-749-6146 or online at thechoirschool.org.

Formation and Worship Offerings

This week we welcome our guest Clergy: The Reverend Gary D. Jones, rector at St. Peters, 1991-1999. The Reverend Gary D. Jones is rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia, where he has served since 2005. St. Stephen’s has grown by more than 1,000 members in that time, and is one of the largest and most vibrant parishes in the Episcopal Church with the fourth highest average Sunday attendance of U.S. Episcopal parishes. Gary has also served churches in Tennessee, North Carolina and Pennsylvania during his 30 years in ordained ministry. Formative experiences with the Society of St. John the Evangelist have helped him delve more deeply into the contemplative dimensions of the Gospel. A serious bout with cancer in 2011 only enriched the journey. Gary and his wife Cherry Jones, a nurse practitioner, have three adult children: Garrison and Graham, who live in Boston, and Caroline, a student at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Thank You from Mother Joslyn+. Easter 2017 – Dear Beloved People of St. Peter’s: I was incredibly surprised, grateful, and humbled to receive such a generous “purse” from you as our family transitioned to a new call here in Western North Carolina. Thank you so much for that symbol of our care for one another. We are settling in well to Grace Church in the Mountains here in Waynesville. Going through Lent, Holy Week, and now Easter has been a beautiful bonding experience for us. Of course, I’ve missed being with you very much and am so glad to have been “formed” as a priest by your graciousness and faithfulness to the Gospel we share. Wishing you Peace and all Goodness, Joslyn+ and Family

Life at St. Peter’s Winter-Spring 2017 Worship, Programs, and Events Calendar. This key parish life resource of offerings through Summer 2017 is now available online and available for pick up in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Weekday Morning Prayer and Tuesday Noon Eucharist. Monday–Friday, 8:00–8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel of the Saints is a beautiful offering for the start of the day. On Tuesdays at Noon, we offer a 30-minute celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the Chapel. All are invited and encouraged to bring guests to these weekday offerings.

Sunday Formation for Youth and Children, weekly. Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth, ages 13–18, meet in the Youth Suite (basement level, Parish House). For more information, email Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children, ages 2–12, meet on first floor in the Toddler Atrium and Levels 1–3 Atria (classrooms). 9:30–10:30 a.m. in the Parish House. For more information, email Director of Children’s Formation, Anna Hurdle.

Sunday Formation for Adults, May 14, 9:30–10:30 a.m. The St. Peter’s Youth Commission will host a video about the issues raised in the Ferguson, Missouri riots. Looking ahead to May 21, Toni Hagerman, Kate Norton, and Mary Lynn Sepkowitz will continue our conversation about reconciliation, focusing on interfaith dialogue and opportunities to engage in interfaith initiatives in our community.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. On every third Sunday, a meditative Taizé Holy Eucharist is offered, which includes music for piano, time for contemplative silence, and candlelight. Choral Evensong resumes in the Fall.

Events

Parish Community Monthly Potlucks. All are invited to share in these “no pressure” meals. Each month, on the second Sunday of the month, a different parish ministry group or team will sponsor and organize the event. Future dates for which we are seeking a host now are July 9, October 8, and November 12. These potlucks are a great opportunity for your group or ministry team to share its story with the wider parish. Hosts are responsible for setup/cleanup and providing basic potluck entrees. To volunteer to host, contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood (ewood@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141) or Vestry Member Paige Ghareeb (paigeghareeb@mac.com, 704-947-8986).

How the potlucks work: If your name begins with the letter A–H, bring something sweet; if it begins with the letter I–Z, bring something savory. If you forget to bring something or arrive to church unaware, come anyway to enjoy fellowship and food. Watch the eNews, Website, and Bulletin Boards for details.

Senior Class Third Tuesday Luncheon. The May luncheon will be at Cantina 1511 in the Park Road Shopping Center at 11:30 a.m. on May 16. The St. Peter’s Senior Class is a group of members and friends of St. Peter’s (55+) who meet monthly for an informal lunch and twice a year for a party. For further information, please call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) or Barbara and Jay Partington (704-523-1831).

Parish and Diocesan News, Beyond our Doors

Save the Date for Kanuga – Kanuga, our annual retreat to the mountains of North Carolina, will take place Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17. Please save the date now as family calendars fill up fast. Stay tuned for more information on costs, specifics, and other planned events this spring and summer related to the retreat. Contact Eleanor Shell (eleanor.norman@me.com) for more information.

Kanuga Breakfast – On Sunday, June 18, the Kanuga Planning Committee will be hosting a light breakfast in the Community Room for all ages to attend. Please come have breakfast, learn more about Kanuga, and listen to prior attendees’ personal experiences. Contact Eleanor Shell (eleanor.Norman@me.com) with questions.

Kanuga Fundraiser Events at Church Picnic – In an effort to help subsidize costs for some parishioners to attend Kanuga, two fundraising activities will take place at the annual Church Picnic on June 4. The committee is striving to ensure Kanuga reflects the diversity that is our congregation. Please consider contributing to one of the dessert-themed events below…or both! Cake Walk – We are looking for bakers and non-bakers alike to donate cakes for a Cake Walk. Even store-bought cakes are perfectly acceptable. Contact Logan Smith (logan_msmith@hotmail.com) if you are interested in donating a cake. Tickets for the cake walk will be sold at the picnic. Pie in the Eye – Several staff and lay leaders have agreed to participate by having pies put to their faces (in order of money raised): Bert Miano, Senior Wardon, with a strong lead of over $10 against a second-place tie between Ben Outen, Director of Music and Organist, and Jacob Pierce, Associate Rector. As for third-place, Lyn Holt, Youth Director, is getting her pie clothes ready. Pay $5 and you can join the fun and pie the participant of your choice! Each leader will have a bucket in the Parish House lobby during the month of May to receive donations; the person with the most amount of money will be granted a pardon and excluded from the humiliation.

Ushers Needed: Thank you to those who have signed up: we are still seeking more ushers. Have you ever considered being an usher at one of the Sunday services? We are in need of new Ushers to join our Teams. We will train you and you will serve only once a month. If interested, please contact Betty Little (blittle300@gmail.com, 704-614-5549).

Name Tags at St. Peter’s: An Invitation from Congregational Development. To request a free button, sign up at the reception desk in the Parish House on the main floor and pick it up the following Sunday. To learn how to make buttons for your ministry for fellowship or fundraising, or to join the Button Ministry, contact Payson Adams (payson3@yahoo.com, 857-719-7152) or a member of the Congregational Development team.

Looking Ahead

May 21: We welcome the Reverend Reggie Payne-Weins as our guest preacher.

June 4: Pentecost, Parish Picnic, and returning from his Sabbatical and celebrating the Eucharist: the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher.

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.