Ascensiontide

Ascension Day held significant meaning for the early Church who believed that the physical ascension of our Lord into heaven was a visible reminder of God's authority in Christ. The Ascension means that God has not only raised the crucified Christ from the dead, but that God has also given the crucified Christ authority and power. 

Read this week's blog posting by the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate 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.

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.

5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist  in the style of the Taize, France community. This contemplative service includes time for prayer, singing, and silence all in a warm, candlelit setting.

*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.
News

This week we welcome our guest Clergy: The Reverend Reggie Payne-Wiens, The Reverend Reggie Payne-Wiens is the School Chaplain for Trinity Episcopal School here in Charlotte. He received his B.F.A. at Valdosta State University in Georgia. The Reverend Payne-Wiens attended Virginia Theological Seminary where he received his Masters of Divinity.

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 21, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 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. Looking ahead to May 28, Terry Prince will lead a conversation on the Doctrine of Heaven and Hell as recognized by the Anglican Communion entitled "Approaching Holy Scripture."

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's This Sunday, May 21 , a meditative Taizé Holy Eucharist is offered, which includes music for piano, time for contemplative silence, and candlelight. Choral Evensong resumes in the Fall.
 
Ascension Day Service, Thursday, May 25 . There will be a spoken service of Holy Eucharist with organ and hymns on Thursday, May 25 at Noon. Please join us if you can.
 
Call for Day of Pentecost Readers: Each year on Pentecost Sunday, a part of the reading from Acts 2 is read simultaneously in multiple languages. If you can read or speak a language other than English, we invite you to participate in this tradition on June 4 at the 8:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m liturgies. Sign up by Wednesday, May 31, by contacting Elaine Wood, Ministry Associate ( ewood@st-peters.org or 704-749-6141) and invite others to do the same. Detailed information will be sent to you after sign up.
 
Celebrating the Day of Pentecost, June 4. Sunday, June 4, marks the "birthday of Christianity." Fifty days after the Day of Resurrection, God in Christ imparted the Holy Spirit to all sorts and conditions of people. Mysteriously, they spoke in numerous tongues, yet with one voice, to reveal interconnection to God and one another. On the Day of Pentecost we will welcome the return of our Rector, the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher. Our celebration will include baptisms, magnificent music, and a parish picnic in Independence Park.

Center City Concerts. Monday, May 22, Noon, Free. Center City Concerts presents Gemini Winds. Musicians from the North Carolina and Greensboro Symphonies join forces in Gemini Winds to bring an exciting and engaging program of wind quintet music for oboe, flute, clarinet, bassoon, and horn.

The Holy Faces Online Directory will be Temporarily Offline. The directory will be offline temporarily in the next couple of weeks during the switchover to the new "Realm" software system.  Members trying to access Holy Faces will not be able to log in successfully. Watch eNews and Sunday leaflet news for more information as we make this change.
 
Discovery Night with the Choir School at St. Peter's If you know a child who loves to sing, come discover The Choir School at St. Peter's on Tuesday, May 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Our annual open house gives boys and girls a chance to experience an open rehearsal, talk with our conductors, and meet other kids who love to sing. Come learn more about the region's most rigorous and dynamic community choir, which makes its home right here at St. Peter's! Limited auditions will be available, and later auditions can be scheduled. For more information or to reserve your spot at Discovery Night, contact Kay Johnson (704-749-6146,   kjohnson@thechoirschool.org ). You can also learn more online, where you'll find photos, videos, and more: www.thechoirschool.org .
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Save the Date - September 15-17
Special Kanuga Events at the June 4 Parish Picnic
Kanuga Breakfast at St. Peter's - June 18

Update on the "Pie in the Sky" ContestSeveral staff and lay leaders have agreed to participate by having pies put to their faces (in order of money raised): Lyn Holt, Youth Director, who has pulled out to a strong lead over Bert Miano, Senior Warden, who is just $.30 ahead of Ben Outen, Director of Music and Organist. For the moment Jacob Pierce, Associate Rector, is looking for additional drops in his bucket. 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 highest amount of money will be granted a pardon and excluded from the humiliation.

Mark Your Calendars

June 4: Pentecost, Parish Picnic, and returning from his Sabbatical and celebrating the Holy Eucharist: the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher.

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