St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Pentecost: Celebrating the Gift of God's Abundance

On Pentecost, each follower of Jesus is invited to celebrate the gift of God's abundance, and ponder anew how individual time, talent, and treasures can be used to make a difference and empower God's Church to fulfill its mission.

Sunday, May 15
at St. Peter's

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Holy Chow Breakfast - Community Room

9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Parish Hall Forum - Second Floor, Parish House

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - Atrium

Journey to Adulthood - Youth Suite

Contemplative Prayer
- Town Choir Room

10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II

5:00 p.m.
Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's
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, on the main floor of the Parish House.

Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars  

June 4: Youth Swim Party

June 5: MasterSingers and Boys & Girls Choirs sing at Holy Eucharist 10:45 a.m.

June 5: Parish Picnic - Independence Park

June 7: "Between The World And Me" Book Discussion with Community Panel

June 10-13: J2A Class Urban Adventure to Washington DC

June 12-August 28: Saints in the Summer - 5:00 p.m. worship, formation, fellowship for all ages

June 18: Lobster Dinner & Silent Auction Fundraiser for Youth Pilgrimage 2017

September 16-18: Kanuga Parish Retreat Weekend
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eNews from St. Peter's
May 11, 2016 
New This Week

Celebrating the Day of Pentecost, May 15. This Sunday 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. Our celebration on this festival day will include baptisms, magnificent music, and children of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd lighting candles to remind us of the seven gifts of the Spirit of God (Isaiah 11:1-3a): Wisdom, Understanding, Fear of God, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, and Piety.  

Third Sunday's Taizé Service: On Sunday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m., the Holy Eucharist is celebrated in the manner of Taizé, a monastic community in France founded in 1949, devoted to prayer and reconciliation within the church and the human family. This unique, fast-growing monthly service at St. Peter's includes contemplative song, piano music, prayer, candle-lighting, touching blessed water, and times of silence.

New Parenting Fellowship Group: Parents and children are invited to join Mother Joslyn and one another in the Nursery the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 11:00 a.m. - noon for a time of play, prayer, and fellowship.  May 18 is our next meet-up.  Often a short reading is sent out beforehand for a group discussion.  Contact Mother Joslyn ( for more information or just come!

Former Assistant Organist Aaron Goen to premier new commission on May 22. To honor Aaron Goen's time at St. Peter's prior to his move to the Washington, D.C. area, the St. Peter's Choir commissioned a new work by Canadian composer Rachel Laurin (b. 1961), "Fantasy and Fugue in A."  Aaron will give a recital at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, May 22, that includes works by Bach, Langalais, Alain, and Bovet and culminates with the piece composed in his honor. All are welcome to this free recital.

The St. Peter's Social Justice Committee invites interested parishioners to attend a gathering/fundraiser in support of Democracy N.C. on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the home of Sandy Welton (1512 East 8th Street). Executive Director Bob Hall will discuss ongoing efforts to protect voting rights in N.C. and offer opportunities to get involved. Contributions are not required, but are welcomed from those who are able. RSVP to or 919-286-6000.

HousingFest 2016 Supported by St. Peter's, May 28. Back by popular demand since its first event in 2014, HousingFest unites music lovers while supporting the Urban Ministry Center's efforts to end chronic homelessness in Charlotte. Mark your calendar, check out the lineup, and purchase tickets online. Thanks to a generous gift from our clergy, St. Peter's is a new "Pay It Forward" sponsor of this event.

St. Peter's sermons are now available as a podcast on Apple devices. If you use an Apple device, you may download past sermons using the Podcasts app. To locate St. Peter's sermons using the Podcasts app, open the app, go to "Search," and type in "St. Peter's Charlotte." The search results will take you to the page to download past sermons, and to subscribe to future sermons as they are uploaded. Read more detailed instructions online.

Ever wonder who does what among the clergy and vestry at St. Peter's? Click here to see a list of all the ministry areas and assignments.
In Case You Missed It

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 May 15 at the 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., or 5:00 p.m. liturgies. Sign up today by contacting the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher via email (

Choir School Spring Concerts, May 13-14: Join the Choir School at St. Peter's for its spring 2016 concert, "Classically American," on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14. Visit the Choir School website for additional details and to purchase tickets

Last Center City Concert for 2015-2016 Season on May 16: On Monday, May 16 at noon, the North Carolina Brass Band Quintet will be at St. Peter's. Visit the series website.

Formation Celebration on May 22
. All ages are invited to attend 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. formation offerings on Trinity Sunday in thanksgiving for our Fall-Winter-Spring offerings and to learn about the variety of offerings on the horizon for Summer 2016. Whether you have attended one or none of our offerings, this day of celebration is for you.

Eastertide Parish-wide Book Discussion Continues on Sunday, May 22: The next conversation about Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates) will be during the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum. Read more.

Incense during Worship. Incense (hypoallergenic) will be used during the Pentecost liturgy, Sunday, May 15, 10:45 a.m.

Holy Chow Breakfast Takes Summer Vacation: The last Holy Chow for Spring 2016 will be Sunday, May 22. Read more.

Youth Parent Social: A time for fellowship, sharing parenting ideas and learning more about the Journey to Adulthood (J2A) curriculum takes place on Sunday, May 15, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the home of Elsie Erneston (704-591-1754).  Read more.

Choir School Discovery Night: Boys and girls ages 7 to 11 are invited to Discovery Night 2016 on Tuesday, May 24, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Visitors can experience an open rehearsal, hear from the artistic staff, and meet other kids who love to sing.  Read more.

Parish Picnic set for June 5. Read more.

Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte Anniversary, Saturday, May 14.  Read more.

Parish Retreat Weekend:  Join us at the Kanuga Conference Center September 16 - 18 for a weekend retreat.  Planning for the retreat is already underway and is being led by parishioners Meg Gibson and Cooper Morrison.  Watch for more information and how to reserve a spot soon!

N.C. Bishop Search: The timeline for next steps in North Carolina's search is set.  Read more.

Cursillo Weekend, June 23 - 26: If you are looking for something more in your spiritual life, or if you need a "kick-start," consider attending the next Diocese of N.C. Cursillo weekend to be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, Concord.  Read more.

Communications Skills Training Classes at Christ Church Charlotte. A unique communications skills training class is being offered at Christ Episcopal Church on several different dates this coming summer and fall: June 7-9; July 12-14; July 26-28; and October 18-20.   Read more.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church

115 West Seventh Street

Charlotte, NC 28202