A Perfect Occasion for a Celebration

After witnessing the Ascension of Christ, the disciples travel to Jerusalem for the Jewish feast of Shavuot. Shavuot is a Jewish agricultural holiday, translated in ancient Greek as "Pentecost." Gathered together for on the fiftieth day since the Lord's resurrection, the disciples were amazed as God poured out the Holy Spirit upon them, in an episode of violent wind and fiery tongues. Saint Peter interpreted this event for those gathered and the church was born.

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.

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.
Incense (hypoallergenic) will be burned on June 4 at the 10:45 a.m. service as part of our corporate worship. While the incense burned is hypoallergenic and mild, parishioners with allergies or respiratory issues are invited to attend the 8:00 a.m. service where incense will not be used.

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 today 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.

Parish Picnic is Sunday. The annual Parish Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 4 just after the 10:45 a.m. service at Independence Park in the Elizabeth neighborhood, 300 Hawthorne Lane at Park Drive. We have reserved Shelter #1 (same as last year). The closest parking to the shelter is on Park Drive. Carpooling is encouraged. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. St. Peter's will provide barbeque and drinks. Seating will be limited, please bring a lawn chair or blanket.

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, June 4, 9:30-10:30 a.m. We welcome back the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, who will lead the Parish Hall Forum with a presentation discussing his sabbatical. Please note this is the last Adult Formation until the fall. Watch eNews and/or visit our website  www.stpeters.org for the fall offerings.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter'sAt 5:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month, a meditative TaizĂ© Holy Eucharist is offered, which includes music for piano, time for contemplative silence, and candlelight. The next TaizĂ© is Sunday, June 18.

Volunteers Needed for the St. Peter's Community Garden. The St. Peter's Community Garden, which grows food for Friendship Trays (Charlotte's "Meals on Wheels" program) is undergoing a change in leadership. Now, more than ever, volunteer support is needed as the garden goes through this transition. Without additional volunteers the garden will grow no food this summer. V olunteers are needed for the following tasks: preparing soil and seed flats Friday, May 26 starting at 9:00 a.m. and Saturday, May 27 starting at 10:00 a.m.; growing flats of seedlings at home from May 31 to June 7; planting on Thursday, June 8 starting at 9:00 a.m.; joining the summer gardening team so that there are enough people to tend the garden two days a week with at least two people working each day. The St. Peter's Community Garden is located in Uptown on the campus of Trinity Episcopal School. Please contact Nancy Duncan ( innercitygardens4@gmail.com ) by noon on Friday, May 26 if you will join the team. To learn more about this outreach ministry, please click the link here.

Help for Homeless Women. In an effort to help ease overcrowding at the Salvation Army's homeless shelter for women, St. Peter's will be hosting a temporary overflow shelter for 12 homeless women the week of June 11-18. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks. This ministry, much like our Room in the Inn ministry, will involve transporting our guests to and from the Center of Hope shelter each day to their temporary home in our Parish Hall, preparing and sharing dinner and breakfast, and staying overnight as hosts. If you can help in any way, please click this link to learn more and sign up for a task that suits your talents and schedule If you have questions or need more information before you sign up, please contact Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com or 205-222-7527).
Pub Theology, Thursday, June 1.  Join parish clergy and friends for a relaxed time of holy conversation beyond the walls of St. Peter's. On Thursday, June 1, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, the topic is "Exploring the Holy Spirit: A Closer Look at Pentecost" with the Reverend Jacob Pierce, Associate Rector. This casual, drop-in gathering is for you and a guest.

Social Justice Committee Film Night Tonight at 6:30 p.m. At the last Social Justice Leadership Team meeting, we heard a presentation on the "A Tu Lado" ("At your Side") program, which provides support for people in the Charlotte area who are seeking asylum in the United States. At the meeting, we discussed ways to get more people in our parish community involved in this effort. One way that was suggested was to use our movie night to show a film that would explore the plight of this population and spark a discussion in our community. We decided to show the film "The Visitor," which takes place in post 9/11 New York. You can view a trailer for the film here.  We will be starting the movie at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 in the youth lounge area in the basement of St Peter's. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a brown bag dinner. For more information, contact Paula Savich ( paula.savich@gmail.com ).
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Save the Date for 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. 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. To raise scholarship funds for parishioners attending the Kanuga Parish Weekend, two fundraising activities will take place at the annual Church Picnic on June 4. By means of these events, the committee plans to make financial assistance available to those who request it. Please consider contributing to one or both of the dessert-themed events below:
Cake Walk - We are looking for bakers and non-bakers alike to donate cakes for a Cake Walk. (Bakery cakes are also 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 - Results are in for donations toward the Pie in the Eye fundraiser, and Lyn Holt, Youth Director, has been saved from the "pie in the eye." Jacob Pierce, Associate Rector; Bert Miano, Senior Warden: and Ben Outen, Director of Music and Organist will be eligible for pies in the face at Sunday's picnic. Bring your $5 bills to the parish picnic to join the fun and pie the participant of your choice. Contributions have raised $396 toward Kanuga scholarships so far.

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

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