Connections: Parish Retreat at Kanuga

The making and deepening of connections is vital in life at St. Peter's, and I give thanks for what will be offered at Kanuga for those who are able to attend. Before Kanuga, parish life will be loaded with other connection-making opportunities beginning on Sunday, August 27, when Christian formation classes and "Holy Chow" breakfast resume.
Read this week's reflection by the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector.
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.

9:30 a.m. Christian Formation (education) for all ages.

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.

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Sunday Christian Formation for Children, Youth, and Adults begins August 27, 9:30 a.m.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children, ages 2-12, meet on first floor in the Toddler Atrium and Levels 1-3 Atria (classrooms) in the Parish House. For more information, email Director of Children's Formation, Anna Hurdle ( . 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 ( ). Adults meet in the Parish Hall (second floor, Parish House) and other designated areas according to schedule.
Sunday Christian Formation for Adults, August 27, 9:30 a.m. On August 27, the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector, and special guests will lead a Parish Hall Forum discussion about "Respecting the Dignity of Every Human Being" in keeping with our Baptismal Covenant. The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, will facilitate the "Becoming Episcopalian" 8-week Inquirers/Confirmation Class in the Town Choir Room (basement level, Parish House).
Registration Open through August 25 for "Becoming Episcopalian" Inquirers/Confirmation Class. 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 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 Friday, August 25 For more information before or after registration, contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood (, 704-749-6141).

Ministry Area Sign-ups continue on Sunday, August 27. If you missed the St. Peter's Day Ministry Fair on Sunday, August 20 in the Parish Hall, please note that sign-up sheets will be available on Sunday, August 27 before and after the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum. To learn more about intra-parish or outreach ministries, you also can visit or contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood at or 704-749-6141.
"Holy Chow" Breakfast returns on Sunday, August 27, 8:30 a.m. J oin all ages of parishioners in the Community Room on the second floor of the Parish House, 8:30 - 9:25 a.m. before Christian Formation classes begin at 9:30 a.m., for one of the "best breakfasts in Charlotte." The cost for this great connection-making opportunity is $4 per person or a maximum of $15 per household. Recruitment is underway for Holy Chow cooking/hospitality teams. If you can serve or have questions, contact Sam Gardner (, 704-651-0286).

Charlotte Pride Parade is Sunday, August 27. Join fellow parishioners, young and old, in supporting your LGBT friends and neighbors in the parade on North Tryon Street that begins soon after the completion of our 10:45 a.m. service. Volunteers are needed to march, purchase water for participants, provide hospitality at the churchyard and at front sidewalk, and monitor marchers. To help with the parade contact Bob Beardsley (, 704-544-0609). 

Young Adults Fellowship Fall Kickoff on Sunday, September 3. On August 20, the Rector and the Associate Rector met with ten young adults to reflect on the scope of this ministry to parishioners, age 21 and older, who are single, married, partnered, a parent, or a non-parent. This evolving fellowship will foster connections through seasonal social events, promote outreach opportunities, and gather for occasional formation classes. Interested persons are invited to a Young Adults Brunch on Sunday, September 3 after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy at a location within walking distance from St. Peter's. To reserve your spot for brunch or learn more about this fellowship, contact Mary Gotschall ( ) or Julia Hughes ( ) . More events, in addition to the weekly Sunday Parish Hall Forum, will be announced in the coming weeks.
Pub Theology returns on Thurday, September 7, 6:00 p.m. All adults are invited to join the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector, for this fall's first Pub Theology, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on September 7 at a location to be announced soon. "Signs and Symbols: Reflecting on Confederate Imagery in the Wake of Charlottesville" will be the conversation topic. On first Thursdays through December, Pub Theology will be hosted by a member of the Clergy. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual, drop-in, formation events. Watch the parish news and notices for future locations and topics. The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, will host next month's gathering on October 5.
More News

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  • Chronic Care Support Group Meets Friday, September 1, 11:00 a.m.
  • Parish Community Potluck is September 10, sponsored by the St. Peter's Choir
  • Complete your Realm Registration and join St. Peter's new online community
  • Make a donation for altar flowers or Eucharistic supplies in honor or memory of someone you love
  • Regular Parish House Hours, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday resume on Monday, August 28
Mark Your Calendars

September 10: Center City Concert: Organist Nicolas Haigh and Orchestra, 7:00 p.m.
October 14: St. Peter's Habitat for Humanity House Build.
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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