Location Change for Pub Theology this Thursday, May 4. 
Join parish clergy and friends for a relaxed time of holy conversation beyond the walls of St. Peter's. On Thursday, May 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille in the Morehead Room, the topic is "Being an Easter People" with the Reverend Keith Lane, Assisting Priest. This casual, drop-in gathering is for you and a guest
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.

*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 Luis León. The Reverend Luis León, has been the rector of St. John's Church, Lafayette Square, in Washington, D.C., since 1994. Before coming to St. John's, León served as rector of Trinity Church in Wilmington, Delaware, where he co-founded Delaware Futures, a program that helps at-risk economically disadvantaged youth develop the social, academic and problem-solving skills they need to qualify for college and expand their opportunities. The Reverend Mr. León also served as rector of St. Paul's Church in Paterson, New Jersey. Prior to his time in Paterson, he was Director of Refugee Resettlement for the Diocese of Maryland. Born in Guantánamo, Cuba, León came to the United States in 1961 as part of the "Peter Pan" flights out of Cuba, joining thousands of children whose parents, at that time in history, feared for their future in Cuba. He was 11 years old when he arrived in the U.S. and was supported by the Episcopal Church in Miami. He attended the University of the South, graduating in 1971. He received a Master in Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1977 and in 1999 was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the University of the South. He is married to Lu Stanton León and is the father of Sofia and Emilia. After the 10:45 a.m. service the congregation will honor him at a special reception in the Parish Hall.

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 7, 9:30-10:30 a.m. The Reverend Dr. Luis Léon, visiting clergy, will present a discussion on Reconciliation: Reflecting on Human and Civil Rights. The Reverend Dr. Léon was an associate rector at St. Peter's (1977-1980) during the period of time when the St. Peter's Soup Kitchen was founded (now the Urban Ministry Center) and is now rector of St. John's Church, Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C. Take a moment and read a brief note from the Reverend Dr. Léon about his presentation on Sunday.
Looking ahead to May 14, the St. Peter's Youth Commission will host a video about the issues raised in the Ferguson Missouri riots and there will also be a presentation from the Social Justice Committee.

AIDS Walk Saturday, May 6, 2017, benefiting the non-profit organization RAIN. RAIN was formed in 1992 as a way to engage the faith community in addressing the challenges presented by HIV/AIDS. Many people were dying alone back then, amidst stigma, shame, and misunderstanding. Thanks to remarkable advances in awareness and medicine, RAIN has shifted its focus from caring for the dying to compassionately caring for our neighbors living with HIV. They provide education, counseling, support groups, medical case management, and many other services to clients and caregivers. Please take a look at the statistics on their website-there is a critical need for the work they do in our community. St. Peter's has a team walking on Saturday morning. You can sign up on the AIDS Walk Charlotte website to walk with us and raise money yourself or you can choose not to walk, but to make a donation on our team's page. You can also show up Saturday and stand in community with us, part of a crowd that effects good change in the world, expressing radical love. To join the St. Peter's team, click "Join a Team" on the AIDS Walk Charlotte 2017 main page , and then put "St. Peter's" (just those two words) in the search line. T o learn more contact Susan Campbell ( susan.k.campbell0463@gmail.com ).

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. Pay $5 and you can join the fun and pie the participant of your choice! Each leader will have a bucket in 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 14: We welcome the Reverend Gary D. Jones as our guest preacher.
May 14: Monthly Parish Potluck after the 10:45 a.m. service.
May 21 : We welcome the Reverend Reggie Payne-Weins as our guest preacher.
June 4: Pentecost, Parish Picnic, and returning from his Sabbatical to celebrate the Eucharist: The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher.

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