A True Beacon of Hope

From June 4-11, our beautiful Parish Hall became a beacon of hope here in Center City Charlotte for a dozen women without a safe place to sleep due to an overflowing Salvation Army women's shelter. For that full week, a robust team of volunteers numbering more than 40 transformed the Parish Hall each night into a place of radical love and welcome, truly. As the members of this Parish have done so many times before, St. Peter's opened its doors, welcomed strangers into our midst, shared our bounty, and yielded to the call of the Spirit.

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.

Parish Office Closed for Independence Day . The Parish office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day and reopen on Wednesday, July 5.
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 Four-Week Class began June 25. The Rector and the Associate Rector will host a four-week, inter-generational conversation class on the second floor of the Parish House, 9:30-10:15 a.m. On July 2, Practicing Reconciliation in a Violent World; July 9, The Holy Eucharist: A Response to Violence; July 16, Music: A Source for Healing of the Heart. Classes will be offered in a unique setting for adults, youth, and children beyond nursery age to gather comfortably together. Nursery Center Hours: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Spread the word. Come one and all.

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 hosted on Sunday, July 9 in the Parish Hall after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy. All are invited to this thanksgiving occasion. On June 26, news was shared that Ben has accepted a call to serve as Music Director at Christ Church (Episcopal) in Charlotte. Read a letter from the Rector and Ben  or pick up a copy in the Parish House lobby. Please note: Information regarding gifts and ways that we might express our appreciation for the ministry of Ben Outen will be announced soon.
Parish Community Monthly Potlucks. Due to the leave-taking reception for Director of Music and Organist, Ben Outen on July 9, the next potluck is Sunday, August 13. Please mark your calendar to come and share the 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 ( ewood@st-peters.org , 704-749-6141).
Save the Date: September Parish Retreat at Kanuga . Kanuga, our annual retreat to the mountains of Western North Carolina, will take place Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17. Save the date now as individual and household calendars tend to fill up fast. Contact Eleanor Shell eleanor.norman@me.com ) for more information. Learn more and register online now.
A Message from The Rector and Ben Outen, Director of Music and Organist. On June 26, the Rector shared news that our Director of Music and Organist has accepted the call to serve in new ministry. Read their letter to the parish community  or pick up a copy in the Parish House lobby.
St. Peter's Financial Updates. In an effort to keep parishioners aware of how we are doing versus the operating budget, a financial summary is being posted monthly on the website. We hope this resource will answer most questions about our progress. If you have more detailed inquiries, contact Parish Treasurer, Dave Lavoie at lavoiedc@bellsouth.net . The financial summaries can be found by clicking on the following link to our website .

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
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
St. Martin's Sponsors EfM and Invites St. Peter's Community to Join
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group Meetings First and Third Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Volunteers Sought for Community Garden
Order a Name Tag Button
Holy Faces Directory Temporarily Offline while Realm Community Setup Takes Place
Summer Parish House Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Learn More about Diocesan Reconciliation Initiative

Mark Your Calendars

July 2 - July 16: Continued "Conversation with the Clergy" 4-week formation offering for all ages.
July 9: Leave-taking Reception for Ben Outen after the 10:45 a.m. service.
July 23: Organ recital (7:00 p.m.) at St. Peter's by Elizabeth Lenti, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster 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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