No Greater Gift

Even with the hard work and dedication that went into this mission trip, the most prominent idea to surface was the love and positivity which brightened the lives of those around us throughout our time there. With each house, we put a smile on the face of someone who had been saddened by the loss of their home and possessions.

This Sunday

8:00 a.m. Holy Communion* in the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer (Rite I), including sermon, organ music, and hymns.

10:45 a.m. Holy Communion* in the contemporary language of the Book of Common Prayer (Rite II), including sermon, choral and organ music, and hymns.

*Nursery Care - 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Infants and toddlers, ages 0-3 are welcome in St. Peter's professionally staffed nursery. The nursery area is accessible from the Church by walking through the Chapel, and proceeding up the steps to the left.

Life at St. Peter's Fall 2017 coming soon . Our parish magazine and calendar of formation, worship, programs, and events is being finalized for release in early August and in preparation for August 20, St. Peter's Parish Celebration: Rally Day, Ministry Fair, and Festive Eucharist for the Confession of St. Peter . Watch closely for this comprehensive resource for members, non-members, and visitors to engage life at St. Peter's. 

Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day, August 19. Liturgical ministers and volunteers will gather on Saturday, August 19, 9:00-11:00 a.m. for a retreat and training day. This retreat is for long-time volunteers, those who are new to a ministry, those who wish to be trained, or those who simply want to learn more. Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers and Sub-deacons, Lectors, Altar Guild Volunteers, Eucharistic Visitors, Welcome Hosts, and Healing Ministers are encouraged to attend. The day will begin with fellowship and coffee at 8:45 a.m. in the Community Room, followed by a plenary, and breakout training for each group.

St. Peter's Parish Celebration: Rally Day, Ministry Fair, and Festive Eucharist for the Confession of St. Peter, August 20. Mark your calendars for what will be an extraordinary day in the life of St. Peter's, leading us well in the remainder of the calendar year. We have transferred the January 18 feast of the Confession of St. Peter the Apostle to Sunday, August 20 to rally all ages of the parish community between 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall and Community Room about ministry areas and how to get involved; register for children, youth, and adult formation classes which begin August 27; and experience richer worship experiences at 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. Watch for much more information and spread the word about St. Peter's Day 2017.

Registration Open for "Becoming Episcopalian" Inquirers/Confirmation Class, August 20 - October 8. In preparation for the official Visitation of our Bishop Diocesan, The Right Reverend Samuel Sewall Rodman III, on Sunday, October 15, an 8-week "Becoming Episcopalian" class will be led by a team of clergy and lay leaders. Classes will be offered weekly on Sundays, August 20 through October 8, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. All adult non-members and members who wish to learn more about, have a refresher, or reaffirm their faith as Episcopalians; who are not confirmed Episcopalians; or who wish to be received into the Episcopal Church from another Christian tradition are eligible to attend this class series. Bishop Rodman will administer confirmations, receptions, and reaffirmations.  Register online by Thursday, August 17 For more information before or after registration, contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood (, 704-749-6141).

Register now for Parish Retreat at Kanuga

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  or for more detailed information, contact Eleanor Shell (

Talent Show at Kanuga I n 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 (, 704-488-4436) with the details of your talent, including if you will need a pianist. All performances should last no longer than five minutes and you will need to provide all props and music.
Scholarships Available for Kaunga. St. Peter's Vestry, Clergy, and Kanuga Planning Team are committed to making the September 15 - 17 getaway to Kanuga feasible for all members of the St. Peter's parish community. Scholarships are available for individuals and households who may need assistance in order to attend this community-building weekend. For more information, contact Fr. Jacob Pierce, Associate Rector ( . Requests are confidential.
Kanuga Committee Needs Your Wrapping Supplies. The Kanuga Planning Team needs leftover wrapping supplies for an activity during the weekend: wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbon, gift tags, etc. No scraps are too small or too big. No paper is too nice or too tacky. Any occasion, any season. You can drop supplies off at the parish house on Sundays or during regular hours.
What to Expect at Kanuga? The Kanuga Planning Team is working hard to make this year's retreat filled with old traditions and new adventures. Our schedule will be much like it has been in the past with social time Friday night, program on Saturday morning, free time Saturday afternoon, Talent Show Saturday evening, and worship on Sunday. Some new things planned include a bonfire with s'mores; free-time actives on-site; and a progressive social through some of the cabins. If you haven't been to Kanuga, this is a great year to try it out. If you've been before, this is a year you will not want to miss! 

Young Adults Fellowship Brainstorming Lunch, August 20. All young adults are invited to join Young Adults Coordinator, Mary Gotschall and the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, for lunch and brainstorming about current and future offerings of this ministry on Sunday, August 20 after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy in the Parish House Community Room. This will be a time to reflect on the past and share ideas about how all sorts of young adults might build community through social, formation, and service opportunities. Even if you have not been involved before or if past offerings have not been of interest, this will be a time for all voices to be heard. To reserve your spot for this lunch, contact Mary Gotschall (

Carolyn Carlburg elected to fill Unexpired Vestry Term. At the July meeting of the Vestry, Carolyn Carlburg was elected to fill the 2016-2018 unexpired term of Michael Koppenal. On August 1, the Koppenal family will relocate to Florida for a work-related opportunity. The Rector, Wardens, and Vestry are grateful for Michael's service on the Vestry and Carolyn's willingness to serve beginning with her first Vestry meeting on August 15.
Community of Hope Information Dinner, August 16. Community of Hope (CoH) is a servant ministry initiative that offers spiritual development and training, drawn from Benedictine principles, for adults who want to be part of an intentional community, which meets monthly, to support each person's respective pastoral care ministries offered either within or beyond the parish. St. Peter's CoH Chapter Coordinator, Michael Spivey and fellow chapter ministers invite interested persons to learn more about CoH during a dinner on Wednesday, August 16, 6:00 p.m. at the home of Phyllis Ferguson (3131 Fairfax Drive Charlotte 28209). To reserve your spot at this dinner, contact Michael Spivey (
More News

  • Next Sunday 5:00 p.m. Service is August 20: Holy Eucharist patterned after the TaizĂ©, France community.
  • Weekday Services: Morning Prayer, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.; Holy Eucharist, Tuesday, Noon.
  • Chronic Care Support Group Meets Friday, August 4, 11:00 a.m.
  • Next Parish Potluck is Sunday, August 13.
  • Senior Class Luncheon: Tuesday, August 15, 11:30 a.m. at Shun Lee Palace.
  • Offer Altar Flowers and Eucharistic Supplies.
  • Sign up to receive Diocesan publications.
  • Learn More about Augustine Literacy Program Information and Training.
  • Summer Parish House Hours continue through August 21.
  • Prayer Shawl Knitting Group Meets First and Third Tuesdays at St. Peter's.
  • Ben Outen Music Fund Established.
  • Realm Online Community Coming Soon.
  • Financial Updates Posted Monthly.

Mark Your Calendars

August 20: St. Peter's Parish Celebration: Rally Day, Ministry Fair and Festive Eucharist for the Confession of St. Peter.
August 27: Fall 2017 Formation Classes begin for Adults, Youth & Children, 9:30 a.m.
August 27: St. Peter's Participation in Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade in Uptown.
September 10: Center City Concert: Organist Nicolas Haigh and Orchestra, 7:00 p.m.
September 15- 17: Parish Retreat at Kanuga Episcopal Conference Center.
September 24: Second and Fourth Sunday Choral Evensong resumes, 5:00 p.m.
October 14: Shrimp and Suds Youth Fundraiser on the Parish House Rooftop, 6:30 p.m.
October 15: Bishop's Visitation for Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation.
November 17-18: 202nd Annual Convention of the Diocese, Winston-Salem.
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