Worship and Formation
Sunday Morning Formation Hour: Summer Schedule. This summer, the Clergy will offer a four-week, inter-generational conversation series that began June 25. Our September–May Christian formation classes will resume on August 27 preceded by a special “Conversation with the Clergy” gathering on August 20 in the Parish Hall.
Conversations with the Clergy Class continues. On June 25, the Rector and the Associate Rector began a four-week, inter-generational conversation class on the second floor of the Parish House, 9:30–10:15 a.m. On July 9, The Holy Eucharist: A Response to Violence; July 16, Music: A Source for Healing of the Heart. Past Topics were Unpacking the Theology, Purpose, and Ministry of Reconciliation and Practicing Reconciliation in a Violent World. Classes are offered in a setting for adults, youth, and children to gather comfortably together. Nursery Center Hours: 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Spread the word. Come one and all. At the end of the series, presentations will be available online and for pickup in the Parish House lobby.
Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. In addition to 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., at 5:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month, an extraordinarily meditative Taizé Holy Eucharist is offered. This liturgy includes music for piano, time for contemplative silence, and candle-lighting as a prayer form. Mark your calendars for July 16 and August 20. Our offering of Choral Evensong resumes in the Fall.
Summer Weekday Morning Prayer and Tuesday Noon Eucharist. Monday–Friday, 8:00–8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel is a quiet and beautiful offering for the start of the day. On Tuesdays at Noon, we offer a 30-minute celebration of the Holy Eucharist without music in the Chapel. All are invited to these weekday offerings, especially when unable to attend our Sunday morning or evening offerings.
Sabbatical Congregational Program Committee planning events. Parishioners Candace Armstrong, Carolyn Carlburg, John Frederick, John Hall, Maria Long, Bert Miano, and the Associate Rector are collaborating with the Rector to offer special formation and fellowship programs in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 associated the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program 2017 Parish-Rector Grant entitled “Reconciliation, Music, and Rest for the Soul.” Stay tuned for more information.
Diocesan Racial Reconciliation Initiative. As we learn more about Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church’s Long-term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice, a new path set by The Episcopal Church (TEC), the Diocese of North Carolina is working to help integrate TEC’s work with our own. You will find information and resources, including links to webinars, on the diocesan website, and it will be updated as resources are shared. For more information, contact Candace Armstrong (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Filled with the Holy Spirit. The Pentecost season calls us to let the Holy Spirit transform our lives even more deeply. The Church celebrates such change in the liturgical feasts for Holy Women and Holy Men. Through the body of Christ, these saints are joined to us in our worship and in our daily lives. Learn about these companions and their history on St. Peter’s website, under the “Learning” tab, at “Inspiration from Saints.”
Chronic Care Support Group. The next gathering of this group, which meets on the first Friday of each month, will be Friday, July 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor. Assisting Priest, the Reverend Keith Lane and Pastoral Care Team Member, Dan Busch facilitate this monthly fellowship of those with chronic illness and caregivers alike. For more information, email Father Keith Lane
Leave-taking Reception for Ben Outen, Sunday, July 9. A reception to honor the nearly 25-year ministry of Ben Outen, Director of Music and Organist and Artistic Director of The Choir School at St. Peter’s will be co-hosted by the Parish and The Choir School on Sunday, July 9 in the Parish Hall after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy. All are invited to this thanksgiving occasion. Read the June 26 announcement from the Rector and Ben or pick up a copy in the Parish House lobby. In addition to appreciation cards and other gifts, individual monetary contributions may be made to the newly-established Ben Outen Music Fund. The Rector has established The Ben Outen Music Fund, a restricted parish fund designated to enrich the worship life of St. Peter’s through the enhancement of music made possible by gifts offered above and beyond pledges to the annual operating budget and from friends, family, and other supporters. (Read more about the fund, below.)
September Parish Retreat at Kanuga: Registration and New Pricing. Our annual retreat to Kanuga Conference & Retreat Center in the mountains of Western North Carolina, will take place from dinnertime on Friday, September 15 through lunchtime on Sunday, September 17. Our Retreat Design Team is excited to announce the theme “Unopened Gifts.” During a balanced weekend of fun, fellowship, rejuvenation, and recreation for infants to our oldest parishioners, those on retreat will have occasions to share and explore the things that bring joy in our lives. What gifts has God given that make our days and weeks brighter? How might God be calling us to use our gifts to serve others? Register online now. For more information, contact Eleanor Shell (email@example.com.)
Parish Community Monthly Potlucks. The next potluck is Sunday, August 13. Please mark your calendar to come and share the food and fellowship. If your name begins with the letter A-M, please bring something savory; if it begins with the letter N-Z, please bring something sweet. The hosts will provide the main dish. What is the Parish Community Potluck, you ask? Initiated in January by the Clergy and Vestry as one way to increase community among newcomers and members throughout the parish, all ages are invited to these monthly no-pressure meals. Each month, on the second Sunday of the month after the 10:45 a.m. service in the Community Room, a different parish ministry group or team serves as event host. Hosts are responsible for simple setup, providing basic potluck entrees, and clean-up; these are a great chance for your group or ministry team to share its story with the wider parish. To host a potluck, contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-749-6141).
Parish and Diocesan News, Beyond our Doors
Ben Outen Music Fund established at St. Peter’s. In thanksgiving for the 25-year ministry of Ben Outen as Director of Music and Organist at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Rector has established the Ben Outen Music Fund. This restricted parish fund exists to enrich the worship life of St. Peter’s through the enhancement of music made possible by gifts offered above and beyond pledges to the annual operating budget and from friends, family, and other supporters. Gifts may be given in honor or memory of loved ones, for seasonal or special occasions, or on an ongoing basis. To make your gift in appreciation for Ben’s ministry and on the occasion of his July 9 leave-taking from St. Peter’s, make checks payable to “St. Peter’s Ben Outen Music Fund” or make a donation online now.
New Director of Music and Organist Appointed. On June 30, the Rector announced the appointment of Ms. Elizabeth Lenti as the new Director of Music and Organist at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Elizabeth joined the staff in November of 2014 to serve as Assistant Organist and Choirmaster together with Director of Music and Organist, Ben Outen, whose last day at St. Peter’s is Sunday, July 9. On July 10, Elizabeth will commence her new role and begin the search for our new Assistant Organist and Choirmaster. Please join in congratulating and welcoming Elizabeth Lenti as our new Director of Music and Organist. We will be blessed by her spirit and ministry among us. She already has expressed appreciation for us and will offer a message to the parish community, soon. Read the full announcement online here or pick up a copy in the Parish House lobby.
Consecration of the XII Bishop Diocesan. The Reverend Samuel Sewall Rodman III will be ordained and consecrated the XII Bishop Diocesan of the Diocese of North Carolina at Duke Chapel in Durham, North Carolina, on Saturday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m. This is a ticketed event. Through a special request and lottery process, a limited number of tickets will be sent to St. Peter’s for a distribution among parish Delegates to Convention, members of the Vestry, and others. For those without a ticket who would like to be onsite for the service, overflow seating will be available in Goodson Hall for livestream viewing and a full Eucharist. No tickets are required to attend; general seating only. For more about the Consecration and individual contributions to the diocesan gift of a crozier (hooked staff, pastoral office symbol carried by a bishop) Learn more.
Help for Homeless Women: July 16-23 Shelter at St. Peter’s. Due to the success of our June 11-18 shelter and the continued need to provide overflow support for the Salvation Army Women’s Shelter, St. Peter’s will once again be hosting a temporary shelter for 12 homeless women the week of July 16-23 in the Parish Hall. As before, we will need folks to drive the van to transport our guests from and to the Center of Hope, stay overnight as hosts, plan, prepare, and serve meals, and cleanup. Please watch this space for details about signing up to help. If you have questions, please contact Bert Miano (email@example.com, 205-222-7527).
St. Peter’s Financial Updates. In an effort to keep parishioners aware of how we are doing versus the operating budget, a financial summary is being posted monthly on the website. We hope this resource will answer most questions about our progress. If you have more detailed inquiries, contact Parish Treasurer, Dave Lavoie at firstname.lastname@example.org. The financial summaries can be found by clicking on this link to our website.
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group. This fellowship and pastoral care ministry circle meets every first and third Tuesday at Charlotte Yarn in the Kenilworth Commons Shopping Center on East Boulevard (near Harris Teeter), 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. All knitters/crocheters are welcome to join regardless of skill level. We will teach you! All you need are your needles (sizes 7–9); plenty of donated yarn is available. The Clergy, Pastoral Care Team, and Guild of the Christ Child shares prayer shawls with parish adults, youth, and children on various occasions. For more information, contact Jim Amburn (email@example.com) or Linda Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Volunteers Needed for the St. Peter’s Community Garden. The St. Peter’s Community Garden, which grows food for Friendship Trays (Charlotte’s “Meals on Wheels” program), is undergoing a change in leadership. Now, more than ever, volunteer support is needed as the garden goes through this transition. Volunteers are needed to join the summer gardening team so that there are enough people to tend the garden two days a week with at least two people working each day. The St. Peter’s Community Garden is located in Uptown on the campus of Trinity Episcopal School. For more information, contact Nancy Duncan (email@example.com).
The Holy Faces Online Directory is Temporarily Offline. The directory temporarily is offline during the switchover to the new “Realm” software system. Members trying to access Holy Faces will not be able to log in successfully. Watch the eNews and Sunday leaflet for more information as we make this change.
“Realm” Online Community Resource coming to St. Peter’s. Our parish is moving to a new church record keeping solution called Realm. While it primarily will serve the administrative needs of the Staff and Clergy, it will offer some exciting opportunities to support the ways you are involved in the parish. Not only will this improve work life for those who work at the Parish House, it will make it easier for our parish community to connect with each other, keep up with what’s going on, and assist our parish vision to become a community of bold followers of Jesus, a crowd that effects good change for the world, a place known for radical love and welcome, and a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte. Stay tuned for dates and details about its launch.
Summer Parish House Hours. From June 12 through August 21, the Parish House and Offices 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 or facilities management emergency matters, contact the Clergy On Call at 704-749-6175 and provide a detailed message for a prompt response. Last summer, the Rector instituted this additional employee benefit primarily for the Staff in appreciation for extraordinary hours often worked and higher demands of parish programs between September and May.
July 15: Consecration of the XII Bishop Diocesan at Duke Chapel in Durham.
July 23: Organ recital (7:00 p.m.) at St. Peter’s by Elizabeth Lenti, Director of Music and Organist, as part of the American Guild of Organists Summer Recital Series.
August 13: Parish Community Monthly Potluck after the 10:45 a.m. service.
August 20: “Becoming Episcopalian” Confirmation/Inquirers’ 8-week class begins and “Conversation with the Clergy” gathering in the Parish hall.
August 27: Launch of September – May formation offerings for all ages.
August 27: Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade in Uptown Charlotte.
September 15-17: Parish Retreat at Kanuga Episcopal Conference Center.
October 15: Bishop’s Visitation for Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation.
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