Feeding our Flock

How does St. Peter's try to live up to Christ's example for the flock who are our congregation?  Informally, we all demonstrate our caring for one another by reaching out and checking on how we can help one another. 

Read this week's column by Pastoral Care Vestry liaison, John Hall.
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.

8:30 a.m. "Holy Chow," breakfast in the Community Room. Cost is $4 per person; $15 household maximum.

9:30 a.m. Christian Formation for all ages, locations display on signage throughout the Parish House.

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.

12:15 p.m. Second Sunday Potluck 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.

This week we welcome our guest Clergy: The Reverend Gary D. Jones, rector at St. Peters, 1991-1999. The Reverend Gary D. Jones is rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia, where he has served since 2005. St. Stephen's has grown by more than 1,000 members in that time, and is one of the largest and most vibrant parishes in the Episcopal Church with the fourth highest average Sunday attendance of U.S. Episcopal parishes. Gary has also served churches in Tennessee, North Carolina and Pennsylvania during his 30 years in ordained ministry. Formative experiences with the Society of St. John the Evangelist have helped him delve more deeply into the contemplative dimensions of the Gospel. A serious bout with cancer in 2011 only enriched the journey. Gary and his wife Cherry Jones, a nurse practitioner, have three adult children: Garrison and Graham, who live in Boston, and Caroline, a student at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Parish Community Monthly Potluck, May 14. This Sunday, the potluck will be hosted by Community of Hope. Because they are a small group, they are asking for help with entrees (which the host group normally supplies). If you can bring an entrée to feed 8 -10, please contact Phyllis Ferguson ( keelyboy@icloud.com ). If your name begins with the letter A -H, bring something sweet; if it begins with the letter I-Z, bring something savory. If you forget to bring something or arrive to church unaware, come anyway to enjoy fellowship and food. For more information, contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood ( ewood@st-peters.org , 704-749-6141) or Vestry Member Paige Ghareeb ( paigeghareeb@mac.com , 704-947-8986).
Choir School Spring Concerts. Join the Choir School for spring concerts on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter's. All five choirs will perform, with selections ranging from Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater" to Phillip Moore's "All Wisdom Cometh From the Lord" to Ken Berg's jazzy spiritual "You Got to Hold On." General admission tickets for this popular concert are $25 or $15 for children under 12. Reserved blocks of four tickets are $125. Tickets and more information are available by phone at 704-749-6146 or online at thechoirschool.org.

Sunday Formation for Youth and Children, weekly. 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. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children, ages 2-12, meet on first floor in the Toddler Atrium and Levels 1-3 Atria (classrooms). 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Parish House. For more information,  email Director of Children's Formation, Anna Hurdle.

Sunday Formation for Adults, May 14, 9:30-10:30 a.m. The  St. Peter's Youth Commission will host a video about the issues raised in the Ferguson, Missouri riots. Looking ahead to May 21, Toni Hagerman, Kate Norton, and Mary Lynn Sepkowitz will continue our conversation about reconciliation, focusing on interfaith dialogue and opportunities to engage in interfaith initiatives in our community.

Save the Date for Kanuga - Kanuga, our annual retreat to the mountains of North Carolina, will take place Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17. Please save the date now as family calendars fill up fast. Stay tuned for more information on costs, specifics, and other planned events this spring and summer related to the retreat. Contact Eleanor Shell ( Eleanor.norman@me.com ) for more information.
Kanuga Breakfast - On Sunday, June 18, the Kanuga Planning Committee will be hosting a light breakfast in the Community Room for all ages to attend. Please come have breakfast, learn more about Kanuga, and listen to prior attendees' personal experiences. Contact Eleanor Shell ( Eleanor.Norman@me.com ) with questions.
Kanuga Fundraiser Events at Church Picnic - In an effort to help subsidize costs for some parishioners to attend Kanuga, two fundraising activities will take place at the annual Church Picnic on June 4. The committee is striving to ensure Kanuga reflects the diversity that is our congregation. Please consider contributing to one of the dessert-themed events below...or both!
Cake Walk - We are looking for bakers and non-bakers alike to donate cakes for a Cake Walk. Even store-bought cakes are perfectly acceptable. Contact Logan Smith (logan_msmith@hotmail.com) if you are interested in donating a cake. Tickets for the cake walk will be sold at the picnic.
Pie in the Eye - Several staff and lay leaders have agreed to participate by having pies put to their faces (in order of money raised): Bert Miano, Senior Wardon, with a strong lead of over $10 against a second-place tie between Ben Outen, Director of Music and Organist, and Jacob Pierce, Associate Rector. As for third place, Lyn Holt, Youth Director, is getting her pie clothes ready. Pay $5 and you can join the fun and pie the participant of your choice! Each leader will have a bucket in the Parish House lobby during the month of May to receive donations; the person with the most amount of money will be granted a pardon and excluded from the humiliation.
Thank You from Mother Joslyn +. Easter 2017  - Dear Beloved People of St. Peter's:
I was incredibly surprised, grateful, and humbled to receive such a generous "purse" from you as our family transitioned to a new call here in Western North Carolina. Thank you so much for that symbol of our care for one another. We are settling in well to Grace Church in the Mountains here in Waynesville. Going through Lent, Holy Week, and now Easter has been a beautiful bonding experience for us. Of course, I've missed being with you very much and am so glad to have been "formed" as a priest by your graciousness and faithfulness to the Gospel we share. Wishing you Peace and all Goodness, Joslyn+ and Family
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Mark Your Calendars

May 21 : We welcome the Reverend Reggie Payne-Weins as our guest preacher.
June 4: Pentecost, Parish Picnic, and returning from his Sabbatical and celebrating the Holy Eucharist: the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher.

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