Entries by Ollie Rencher

How awesome is this place!

Every year at Advent, the start of the Church New Year, the Annual Meeting of the Parish is held to gather as many adults and youth who are able to attend. While this year’s December 10 gathering will undertake business matters, including the election of new Vestry members and sharing of key reports, it equally will be a vital time simply to celebrate the awesomeness of St. Peter’s.

Thanksgiving for Our Vestry Past, Present, and Future

Daily, as I give thanks for our common life, I am mindful of all who have served, are serving, and will serve through this particular ministry. On Sunday, November 12 at 9:30 a.m., please join the Wardens (Bert Miano and Maria Long) and me at the Parish Hall Forum for an “Introduction and Conversation with 2018-2020 Vestry Candidates.” Vestry Nominees, Marcus Clarke, Ellison Clary, Mike Hoffman, John Hurst, Perry Mixter, Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, and Amanda Wommack will be present to engage a relaxed conversation with us about the past, present, and future of life at St. Peter’s, as well as the several expectations associated with their call.

All Saints: Remembering and Being Servants

The richness of the discipleship words, ebb and flow of the tune, and the shivering, lush chords remind and connect me with the saints of God, known and unknown, who have gone before me and you. They remind us of the saints of God who live among us and the lives to which each of us is called as a servant of God through baptism.

Connections: Parish Retreat at Kanuga

This year, it has been impressive and humbling to observe the leadership, creativity, diligence, and energy of the Parish Retreat Design Team, a committee of Congregational Development, in preparation for September 15-17. Significant among their duties has been the offering of two-tier pricing and generous scholarships to ensure that even more parishioners might attend this connection-making opportunity.

Commemorating Saint Peter the Apostle

The worship, programs, and events of our thriving common life are on my mind as we commemorate the Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle on Sunday, August 20. Indeed, we have been blessed with a strong rock on which this parish community has been built and on which even more building awaits us all. There will be opportunities to learn more about how to engage music, formation, outreach, and fellowship at even deeper levels during the 9:30 a.m. Ministry Fair to which all ages are invited.

Because We Believe In Freedom

For a whole host of reasons, most people do not see others as their equal, and perhaps not made in the image of God, the Creator of all things holy, good, and perfect. Yet, the mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. Because of this reality, we must change.

Summer Sunday “Conversations with the Clergy”

We are better, stronger, and more equipped to navigate this sinful, broken, and violent world when each week of our lives includes the practice of engaging God’s Word and Sacrament with others from our parish community or wherever summer travels might take us. The Holy Scriptures (1 Thessalonians 5:11) recalls the importance of “encouraging one and another and building each other up,” which is done primarily by being together and sharing faith journeys.

Music in the Air

Let us give thanks for music, which can help us to connect to the God within–and even fill our hearts with joy. This week’s posting is by the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector.