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.

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.

9:30 a.m. Conversations with the Clergy , a summer formation opportunity for all ages. Meet in the Parish Hall.

*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.

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, t he 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.

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. 

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 ( . )

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 give 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 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)  click here.
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 ( ,  205-222-7527).

More News
Next  TaizĂ©  Holy Eucharist is Sunday, July 16 at 5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. Weekday Morning Prayer and Tuesday Noon Eucharist
Learn More about the Diocesan Racial Reconciliation Initiative
Inspiration from the Saints, Daily Meditations Online
Chronic Care Support Group Meetings Friday, July 7 at 11:00 a.m.
Consecration of the XII Bishop Diocesan, Saturday, July 15
Next Sunday Potluck is August 13 (not July 9 as previously published)
Financial Updates Available Monthly from Website
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group Meets First and Third Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Volunteers Needed for Community Garden
"Holy Faces" Directory to be replaced by new Realm Community Portal
Summer Parish House Hours, Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Mark Your Calendars

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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