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Sunday Morning Formation Hour: Looking Ahead. The clergy, staff, and lay leaders are finalizing a variety of formation, worship, programs, and events to begin in late August for adults, youth, and children. Watch for the Fall 2017 issue of Life at St. Peter’s magazine and calendar. From June 25 to July 16, our 9:30 a.m. “Conversations with the Clergy” included Unpacking the Theology, Purpose, and Ministry of Reconciliation; Practicing Reconciliation in a Violent World; The Holy Eucharist: A Response to Violence; and Music: A Source for Healing of the Heart. Each intergenerational offering was well attended.
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 Holy Eucharist is offered, patterned after the Taizé, France community. This year-round liturgy includes music for piano, time for contemplative silence, and candle-lighting as a prayer form. Mark your calendars for August 20, and if you have never attended, please consider this powerful option for worship. Our second and fourth Sunday offering of Choral Evensong resumes on September 24.
Pre-Pilgrimage Summer Evensong on Sunday, July 30. The Clergy and St. Peter’s Choir will lead an extraordinary service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, July 30 at 5:00 p.m. before the August 4–14 Pilgrimage of the St. Peter’s Choir and the Rector to St. Alban’s Cathedral, U.K. All are invited to this special worship occasion, which also will celebrate our parish choir’s invitation to serve as the choir-in-residence at The Cathedral Abbey and Church of Saint Alban. Choral Evensong, sung Evening Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer, includes hymns, psalms, and traditional canticles for evening worship. A reception will follow the liturgy.
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.
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Elizabeth Lenti to Give Organ Recital: Sunday, July 23. As part of the annual American Guild of Organists (AGO) Summer Recital Series, our newly appointed Director of Music and Organist, Elizabeth Lenti will give an organ recital at St. Peter’s on Sunday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. The program will include works by Bach, Buxtehude, Alain, Duruflé, Shearing and Reger. Admission is free of charge. There will be a free-will offering, the proceeds of which will benefit the Stigall Scholarship Fund, established by St. Peter’s members Ann and Robert Stigall. This fund helps support the education of young organists in the Charlotte area.
September Parish Retreat at Kanuga: Register Today. 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. “Unopened Gifts” is this year’s theme. 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 (www.st-peters.org/kanuga-registration) or for more detailed information, contact Eleanor Shell (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Talent Show during the Parish Retreat: In keeping with the “Unopened Gifts” theme and back by popular demand, the Saturday, September 16 evening activity will be a Talent Show! Don’t miss this fun evening of fellow parishioners sharing their variety of talents on stage. To sign up for your performance, contact Logan Smith (email@example.com), 704-488-4436) with the details of your talent, including if you will need a pianist. All performances should last longer than five minutes and you will need to provide all props and music.
Parish Community Monthly Potluck: Sunday, August 13. Please mark your calendar to attend our next monthly time to share 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).
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Additional Help Needed for July 16-23 Homeless Shelter at St. Peter’s. Our Women’s Overflow Shelter partnership with the Salvation Army has begun and could benefit from more volunteers to join breakfast or dinner crews or to drive vans for the transport of our guest from and to the Center of Hope Shelter. Sign up for specific tasks at SPEC Shelter Signups or contact Bert Miano (email@example.com or 205-222-7527).
Bishop Diocesan’s July 15th Consecration. The St. Peter’s parish community was well represented at Duke Chapel in Durham on Saturday, July 15 for the consecration of our XII Bishop Diocesan, The Right Reverend Samuel Sewall Rodman III. The following participated in the occasion either as members of the congregation or through certain chancel party roles: Mark Boyd, Abigail Cudabac, Rosie Cudabac, Josephine Hicks, Harris Holt, Lyn Holt, Amy Dillon King, Susan McConnell, Wendy Merrill, Bert Miano, Jim Padgett, Fr. Jacob Pierce, Kristine Reid, Max Reid, Ellie Rencher, Fr. Ollie Rencher, and Adam Santalla. Ask any of them about their experience. To watch a recording of the liturgy and access a copy of its service leaflet, visit the Diocesan website. “Bishop Sam” looks forward to his official visitation to St. Peter’s on Sunday, October 15.
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 was Sunday, July 9. On July 10, Elizabeth commenced her new role and begins 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. Read the full announcement online or pick up a copy in the Parish House lobby.
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 Ben Outen Music Fund has been established by the Rector. This new 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 throughout the year. 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, you may give online or make checks payable to “St. Peter’s Ben Outen Music Fund” and direct them to Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon.
Give Altar Flowers and Eucharistic Supplies: In Honor or Memory of People and Occasions. Life at St. Peter’s includes the opportunity for parishioners to honor or memorialize loved ones or celebrate special occasions in meaningful ways by giving Altar flowers and Eucharistic supplies. Altar flowers (2 large arrangements) are $150 per Sunday; more than one person or household can share in giving. Eucharistic supplies (bread, wine) are $30 for one month or $15 for two Sundays. To schedule your giving of Altar flowers or Eucharistic supplies, contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-749-6142).
Summer Parish House and Office Hours. Through August 21, the Parish House is closed on Mondays to allow the Clergy and Staff the benefit of working remotely via e-mail and phone. 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.
St. Peter’s Community Garden: Summer Volunteers Needed. The St. Peter’s Community Garden, which grows food for Friendship Trays (Charlotte’s “Meals on Wheels” program), is undergoing a change in leadership. Major volunteer support is needed as the garden goes through this transition. Summer gardening teams require 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 or 704-609-6222).
“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.
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August 20: “Becoming Episcopalian” Inquirers/Confirmation 8-week class begins.
August 27: September – May formation classes for all ages begins.
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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