St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Below: This Sunday at St. Peter's 
The Church's One Foundation
Every day we awake into the gift of God's day and are called, in the way of our Parish vision, to be "bold followers of Jesus." We are called as a body of Jesus-following individuals to be the community of the New Covenant and co-create the kingdom of God on earth in heaven. With or without the physical structures often and widely referenced to as the "church," our assured foundation is Jesus Christ.
On Sunday, October 4, the St. Peter's Parish family will welcome The Right Reverend Michael B. Curry, Bishop Diocesan, to visibly remind us that we are one part of the church catholic (universal) and that our Episcopal approach to the Christian faith must thrive alongside other traditions. In thanksgiving for our candidates for baptism, confirmation, reception, reaffirmation, and the Bishop's Visitation, we sing ("pray twice") the nine-teenth century text of Samuel J. Stone that was set to the tune "Aurelia" by Samuel S. Wesley.
The church's one foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord; she is his new creation by water and the Word. From heaven he came and sought her to be his holy bride; with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.
Elect from every nation, yet one o'er all the earth; her charter of salvation: one Lord, one faith, one birth. One holy name she blesses, partakes one holy food, and to one hope she presses, with every grace endued.
Though with a scornful wonder the world see her oppressed, by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed, yet saints their watch are keeping; their cry goes up: "How long?" and soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.
Mid toil and tribulation, and tumult of her war, she waits the consummation of peace forevermore, till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blest, and the great church victorious shall be the church at rest.
Yet she on earth hath union with God the Three in One, and mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won: O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we like them, the meek and lowly, may live eternally. Amen.
Grateful for hope-filled life at St. Peter's and God's Church,
-- The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector

Sunday, October 4
at St. Peter's

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite 1
8:30 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast -
Community Room

9:30 a.m.
Q&A with The Right Reverend Michael B. Curry
- Parish Hall

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd -
Children's Atrium
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Reception - Parish Hall

5:00 p.m.
Blessing of the Animals & Holy Eucharist  

Note: Childcare for infants and toddlers up to age two is now available 7:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. in the Infant and Toddler Center, located on the main floor of the Parish House, closest to the worship space.

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eNews from St. Peter's
September 29, 2015 
The Bishop's Visitation 
On Sunday, October 4, our Parish family will experience a full day with The Right Reverend Michael B. Curry.  The Bishop will preach for both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. liturgies, with all St. Peter's clergy present. Baptisms, confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation ceremonies will be ... Read more about the Bishop's Visitation, including names of candidates.

Give to the Vision: Generous Abundance
Stewardship Campaign Update - September 29: Sunday, September 20, launched our campaign to receive 2016 pledges to support life at St. Peters' in the new year.  As of the afternoon of September 29, fifty-six pledges totaling $190,200 have been received.  All parish individuals and households are asked to offer a pledge by November 1, which is Consecration Sunday. Together in faith, the parish family can meet, if not exceed, its necessary $950,000 goal. Learn more about Give to the Vision 2016: Generous Abundance and pledge online today

New This Week
Blessing of the Animals:
This week's 5:00 p.m. service will include a Blessing of the Animals liturgy in addition to the usual Holy Eucharist to commemorate the feast day of St. Francis.
Animals of all sorts (on leashes) are welcome to join us and will receive a special blessing.
We will also have a time in the service to name animals who have died. 
Chalice Dedication: A chalice will be dedicated during the 8:00 a.m. service in memory of Nancy Roper, a devoted member of St. Peter's for more than 66 years ... Read more

Youth Lock-In: All 7th and 8th graders (our Rite 13 class) are invited to a lock-in ... Read more
Ticket for Bishop Curry's Installation: The Diocese has been given tickets for Bishop Curry's installation, to be distributed by lottery ... Read more
  • Aging as a Spiritual Journey: Mark your calendars for this four-week Adult Formation program beginning Sunday, October 11.
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    Scarowinds & Youth Lock-In: St. Peter's youth (grades 6 through 12) will walk around the Scarowinds Halloween Haunt ... Read more
    40s & 50s Group Wine Tasting: St. Peter's 40s and 50s group will host its first event ... Read more
    St. Peter's Community Garden: This Saturday, October 3, St. Peter's volunteers will harvest peppers and prepare the fall garden ... Read more
    Bridges Out of Poverty: Based on 35 years of research into the differences between poverty, middle class, and wealth cultures, this two-part seminar ... Read more

    A Spiritual Companion: Some use the terminology "spiritual direction," but a spiritual companion helps us cultivate our ability to feel God's presence and purpose ... Read more

    Food Provisions Needed for Bishop's Visitation Reception For the festive reception to follow the 10:45 a.m. liturgy, food donations are needed by the Fellowship Ministry Team. Sandwiches, cheeses, desserts, veggie trays, and more will be a part of the spread to honor Bishop Michael Curry and our candidates for baptism, confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation. Click here to indicate what you might bring or contact Kathie Knip (704-947-5645).
    Habitat for Humanity 2015 Build: Saturday, October 3, is the date St. Peter's parishioners will join 11 other churches to build two Habitat for Humanity homes ... Read more or register to be part of the Habitat build.
    Fighting Hunger: You can help fight hunger locally and globally by participating in the CROP Hunger Walk ... Read more
    Social Justice Committee: The first meeting of St. Peter's new Social Justice Committee will be Wednesday, October 7, 5:30 p.m. ... Read more and RSVP 
    In Case You Missed It
    Personnel News from the Rector: I write to share news
    write to share news that Director of Children's Formation Laurie Burlington has resigned in order to create more space and time in this season of life to be home and with family ... Read More

    Equipping Our Kitchen: As we adjust to using our kitchen without a resident caterer to fall back on, equipment and serving needs ...
    Spiritual Growth Opportunities:
    If you know your Enneagram type and wish to explore type and wish to explore ... Read more 
    St. Peter's Member to be Ordained Transitional Deacon: St. Peter's member Linda Mackie Griggs will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons by the Bishop of Rhode Island on Wednesday, October 7, at St. Martin's Church, Providence, Rhode Island.

    Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars
    • October 19 - Center City Concerts at St. Peter's, the Bechtler Ensemble Piano Trio
    • October 29, 30 and 31 - The Choir School with Opera Carolina perform Noye's Fludde (Noah's Flood)

    St. Peter's Episcopal Church

    115 West Seventh Street

    Charlotte, NC 28202