Pilgrims Give Thanks

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. — Psalm 84:5  

Life is a pilgrimage.

As we navigate the many ordinary paths we take daily on our journey through life, we look with anticipation to the special travels or pilgrimages we are blessed to have among the ordinary paths we navigate daily. The Journey to Adulthood Pilgrimage is just such a blessing for our youth.

The Youth and their adult leaders are most grateful to St. Peter’s for its many ways of supporting us, especially your support of the J2A Pilgrimage, taken at the end of tenth/eleventh grade. These youthful pilgrims do not take this gift lightly. They study for a year to determine their pilgrimage destination. Once they’ve decided upon their destination, they dedicate the following year to learning about the saints who lived there, the places and special sites they will visit, and about the culture and customs where they will journey. They also learn much about themselves, their own spirituality, and how to maintain these experiences, knowledge and soul-changes in their hearts afterward.

While on pilgrimage, our youth truly experience and make every attempt to live into the old adage, “tourists make demands, pilgrims give thanks.”

In hopes of thanking you, our Pilgrim Class of 2015, who journeyed together through Spain in June, will present a program to share with you some of what they learned and lived while on pilgrimage and during their year of preparation. Please join us in the Parish Hall on Sunday, November 22, at 9:30 am, and hear about how you have changed the lives of these 14 youth and 4 adult pilgrims through your generous support.

Also, as the Pilgrim Class of 2017 begins preparation for their pilgrimage, we invite you to do your Advent and Christmas shopping at our Pilgrimage fund-raiser on Sundays from 8am-1pm Nov 22, Nov 29, and Dec 6, in the Parish House Lobby.

– Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Formation

Give to the Vision: Generous Abundance

Stewardship Campaign News – November 10: As of Tuesday, November 10, 245 units totaling $740,136 have been pledged toward the $950,000 goal.  The Stewardship Team seeks 100% participation as the 2016 operating budget draft is under review by the Finance Committee. Those who have pledged include Mrs. Jeanne Agan, Mr. Jim Amburn, Ms. J. Candace Armstrong, The Honorable John Arrowood, Mr. Robert Atkins, Mr. Michael Baker, Mrs. Susan Baldwin, Mrs. Robert Bandy, Ms. Adelaide Barringer, The Reverend and Mrs. James Bartos, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bass, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Beaird, Mr. Bob Beardsley and Mr. Frank Steele, Mr. Steven Bentley and Mr. David Deal, Mr. Timothy Bice, Ms. Donna Black, Ms. Sandra Blair, Mrs. Warren Leslie Bobbitt, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Ovidio Bocanegra, Ms. Jen Bourne, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Bossemeyer, Mr. and Mrs. Erskine Bowles, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Boykin, Isabelle Bradberry, Mr. and Mrs. John Bradberry, Mr. Chase Branham, Mr. and Mrs. John Brien, Ms. Elizabeth Brodie and Dr. Damian Bracy, Mr. Neil Broncaccio, Ms. Debra Brooks, Dr. Barbara Brown, Mr. William Bryan and Ms. Mary Margaret Myers, Mr. and Mrs. John Budall, Mr. and Mrs. Steven Burke, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Busch, Dr. Susan Campbell and Mr. Sean Casey, Ms. Carolyn Carlburg, Dr. and Mrs. Kent Carpenter, Kyle Cathey, Lelyand Cathey, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Chapin, The Reverend Julie Clarkson, Ellison Clary and Linda Gallehugh, Ms. Tina Coelho, Ms. Jo Cooley, Mrs. Suzanne Coonen, Ms. Gloria Cooper, Mrs. Peggy Copeland, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Corcoran, Mrs. Elizabeth Corzine, Ms. Chantalle Couba, Mr. Jack Cozean, Mrs. James B. Craighill, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Crayton, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Cudabac, Mr. Rodney Currin, Mr. John Denti, Vince DiFrancesco and Nikki Scandalios, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Dresser, Mr. Jeffrey Drum, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Dudley, Mrs. Nancy Dumbell, Ms. Nancy Duncan, Dr. John Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. Brian Ellsworth, Ms. Elsie Erneston, Ms. Roberta Farman Stein, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Ferguson, Ms. Joy Floyd, Mr. and Mrs. Quentin Fogan, Mrs. Kusawn Foster, Mr. Theodore Foster, Jr., Dr. John Frederick and Mr. Anthony Craghead, Mr. Brian Gallagher and Mr. Terry Prince, Mr. Samuel Gardner III and and Mr. Jim DiMartino, Mr. Pendley Garrett, Callan Ghareeb, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ghareeb, Diana Gibbs, Dr. Margaret Gibson, Ms. Lydia Gittens, The Right Reverend and Mrs. Gary Gloster, Ms. Mary Gotschall, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon G. Graves, Mr. and Mrs. James Green, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Greene, Ms. Lynn Griffin, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gross, Evette Guine-Paige and Terry Paige, Mr. and Mrs. Brian Hacker, Mr. Randy Haith, The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, Dr. John Hall and Mr. Robbie Howell, Mr. and Mrs. James Hardy, Ms. Ann Haskell, Ms. Josephine H. Hicks, Dr. Gwendolyn High, Mr. and Mrs. William Hinson, III, The Reverend and Mrs. William Hinson, Jr., Mr. Michael Hoffman, Mr. and Mrs. John Hoke, Lyn and Harris Holt, Eugenia Holtz, Katherine Hughes, Mr. and Mrs. Dandridge Hurdle, Mr. and Mrs. John Hurst, Jr., Ms. Kimberly Hurst, Douglas Hutto and Steve Thomas, Ms. Louise Im, Mr. Thomas Im and Mr. Michael Loose, Ms. Marie Irving, Dr. and Mrs. David Jacobs, Mrs. Nancy Jewell, Mrs. Edith Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. J. Michael Johnson, Ms. Elaine Jones, Mr. John Joslin, Mr. and Mrs. William Kalbas, Mr. Walter Kearns, Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Keller, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Keller, Jr., Dr. John Ketron and Mr. Michael Wright, Ms. Maureen Kivney, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Knox, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Koppenal, Mr. and Mrs. William Krewson, Mr. and Mrs. Jan Kyle, Dr. and Mrs. Christopher Lakin, Ms. Lynn Lau, Mr. and Mrs. David Lavoie, Ms. Lynnette Lewis, Ms. Carol Lillard, Mr. and Mrs. Kent Lineberger, Mrs. Betty Little, Mr. and Mrs. Nevan Little, Mrs. Trissy Lomax, Dr. V. Alan Lombardi and Ms. Linda Trent, Mrs. Kathleen (Cash) Long, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Lopes, Abe Loven, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Loven, Mr. and Mrs. Zach Luszcz, Mrs. Claudia Macauley, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mandon, Mr. Elwood Manigault, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Markel, Mrs. Susanne Martin, Mr. Richard Mautz III and Ms. Emily Stolz, Ms. Janie Maybeck, Ms. Susan McConnell, Mr. James McEwen, Ms. Nelda Leon, Mrs. Dorothy McGavran, Ms. Patricia McGrath, Ms. Hulene McLean, Ms. Judy McLeod, Alfonso McMillian, Jr. and Sydney Burgess, Mr. Matthew Messer, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Miano, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Mixter, Mr. Thayer Moeller, Mrs. Antonia Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Moore, Mr. and Mrs. North Moore, III, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. Micah Morrison, Mr. and Mrs. Cooper Morrison, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. George Mundle, Mr. Todd Murphy, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Nelson, Ms. Kimberly Newman, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Nicholson, III, Mr. Charles Noe and Mr. Randy Peacock, Mr. and Mrs. John Norton II, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. O’Neill, Mr. Ben Outen, Mr. Trey Owen and Mr. Wes Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. James Owens, Dr. Leland Park, Mr. John Parker, III, Mr. and Mrs. James Partington, III, Michael Pawlyk and Elizabeth Richardson, Ms. Betty Payne, Miss Edith Pearson, Mr. and Mrs. Tim Pechar, Dr. Willian Pfischner, Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Raiford, Mr. Patrick Ratchford, Ms. Kristine Reid, The Reverend and Mrs. Ollie V. Rencher, Mr. and Ms. Michael Restaino, Ms. Rosalie Reynolds, Mr. Greg Robbins, Ms. Marie Robertson, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Roosa, Ms. Linda Sarazen, Ms. Callina Satterfield, The Reverend Joslyn and Dr. Brian Schaefer, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Schroeder, Mrs. Yvette Seaton, Mr. and Mrs. James Shannonhouse, Jr., Mr. Matthew Sharp, Mr. Harry Shaw, Mr. and Mrs. John Shumate, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Singletary, The Reverend and Mrs. L. Murdock Smith, Miles Smith, Mr. Rob Smith and Ms. Maria Long, The Reverend and Mrs. Jonathan Soyars, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Spinazzolla, Mr. Michael Spivey, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stigall, The Reverend Carl Synan, Avery and Will Teichman, Mrs. Norveline Thomas, Dr. John Thompson, Jr., Mr. Rob Thompson and Mrs. Ellen Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tindle, Mr. and Mrs. James Tringas, Mrs. Mary Anna Turner, Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Vanderpool, Ms. Amanda Vann and Ms. Sharon Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. Ruard Veltman, Dr. George Waterhouse, Mrs. Eulada Watt, Nathan Webb, Mrs. J. McDonald Welch, Hope Westerfield and Marti Henderson, Mrs. Teresa Whelan, Mrs. Cynthia White, Ms. Lisa Wielunski, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Williamson, Mr. and Mrs. William Williamson, III, Ms. Mary (Lindie) Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Wilson, Mary Virginia and Dan Woodall, Mrs. Ruth Woodend, Mr. and Mrs. John Zemaitis, and Mr. and Mrs. Philip Zulick. Together in faith, the parish family can meet, if not exceed, its necessary $950,000 goal. To learn more about Give to the Vision 2016: Generous Abundance and pledge online today, click here.

New St. Peter’s T-shirts at Parish Advent Bazaar

New St. Peter’s T-shirts at the Parish Advent Bazaar: Long-sleeved and short-sleeved t-shirts will debut at the Parish Advent Bazaar, which begins on Sunday, November 22 and continues on November 29 and December 6. The short-sleeved t-shirts are $15, long-sleeved $24. The Advent Bazaar raises funds for the 2017 Youth Pilgrimage before and after worship services. Audrey Webb, who made many of our new items last year, has been busy in her studio making all kinds of great things for us to sell. Among the items to be sold are Anglican prayer beads handmade by St. Peter’s youth of tumbled polished stones or olive wood beads. Prayer beads help focus our prayers and center us as we come closer to God. Priced at $15 (stone) or $10 (wood), these excellent prayer tools come with a small booklet of prayers and instructions.

The Christmas Pageant

The Christmas Pageant: All children ages two through 12 are encouraged to join the cast of this annual tradition, which will be offered within the context of the 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist on Christmas Eve. Children take on various roles as active participants in the Gospel of Luke. In addition to the Holy Family, shepherds, angels, sheep and shepherds, young readers for the lessons are needed. And teens are needed to help herd the shepherds and fly with the angels. Please contact Director of Children’s Formation Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org) if your child or children would like to participate in the pageant, and or if you would like to assist in the production of the pageant. Costume and script distribution will be Saturday, December 5, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Alternative arrangements can be made for children who are unable to attend the first session. A final rehearsal will be held on December 24 from 2:30 p.m. until the beginning of the service. Snacks will be provided at both rehearsals.

Senior Class Luncheon

Senior Class Luncheon: The November Senior Class Luncheon for members and friends of St. Peter’s who are 55-plus, will be at Shun Lee Palace, 4340 Colwick Road, on Tuesday, November 17, at 11:30 a.m. For more information please call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) or Barbara or Jay Partington (704-523-1831).

Room In The Inn 2015-16

Room In The Inn 2015-16: St. Peter’s, along with dozens of other area churches and other organizations, will help house and feed our homeless neighbors during the coldest months of the year as part of the Room In The Inn program. Room in The Inn begins in December and runs through the end of March. Each Wednesday night for those four months, St. Peter’s hosts a dozen neighbors. Our Parish Hall is temporarily transformed into a safe, warm place to sleep. The neighbors will be fed dinner and breakfast while they are here and leave early Thursday morning with a sack lunch. As many as 80 of our parishioners, young and old, participate in this program every year—most of whom serve on one of four teams that cook, serve and eat dinner along with the neighbors. Additional volunteers cook the breakfasts, make lunches, set up beds, check supplies, do laundry and stay at the church overnight as chaperones. Please consider volunteering for Room In The Inn during sign-up after church services Nov. 15 and Nov. 22. You can also contact St. Peter’s RITI co-coordinators Des Keller (des@dkcommunicationsgroup.com, Mob. 205-243-6989) or Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com) or contact the church office at 704-332-7746. Room In The Inn is administered by Urban Ministry Center (http://www.urbanministrycenter.org/helping-the-homeless/room-in-the-inn/).

Advent Retreat for Women

Advent Retreat for Women: Ministry Partner the Galilee Center is hosting a women’s retreat to welcome the Advent Season on Saturday, December 5. Come spend a quiet and reflective day with women of all ages. The $10 fee includes lunch. The Galilee Center is at 3601 Central Avenue. To register, contact Toni Hagerman (tonih@adventlu.org).

Pub Theology Resumes in January

Pub Theology Resumes in January: This informal, clergy-led gathering to discuss theology, church history or other themes resumes in January and will continue through June. Pub Theology will meet monthly on the first Thursday, except in April, at a location to be determined.

Seeing the Face of God in Each Other

Seeing the Face of God in Each Other: This short course on Saturday, November 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. is provided by the Diocese to help us serve as models for inclusion and justice-making by providing tools needed to help end systemic and institutional racism. It is open to anyone. Cost is $15 per person. Register online.

Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s

Center City Concerts at St. Peters: This free concert at Noon on Monday, November 16, will feature the Toni Tupponce Jazz Trio, which includes jazz and R&B vocalist Toni Tupponce, Carl Ratliff on saxophone, Ron Brendel on bass and Keith Davis on piano. The performance will include standards such as Birth of the Blues, Caravan, God Bless the Child, Skylark and What a Difference a Day Makes.

Greenery Sale

Greenery Sale: The Choir School at St. Peter’s offers wreaths, garlands and Christmas trees in a variety of sizes—all fresh from the North Carolina mountains. The sale ends this week for frasier fir wreaths (20-inch, 24-inch or 36-inch), which may be purchased plain or decorated with pine cones and a large red bow and can be direct shipped to clients, friends, or family. They are guaranteed to arrive fresh and beautiful. Garlands can be ordered in two sizes—15-foot Frasier fir or 10-yard white pine. Trees, from 4 to 10 feet, may be picked up at the lot at 1312 East Boulevard beginning the day after Thanksgiving between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Orders can be placed on The Choir School website or by contacting a chorister. The greenery sale helps keep The Choir School program open to every talented young person accepted to the choirs.

Vestry Nominations for the Annual Meeting Due November 16

Vestry Nominations for the Annual Meeting of the Parish are due Monday, November 16. On Sunday, December 6 at 9:30 a.m., the Annual Meeting of the Parish will include the election of four (4) new Vestry members to follow 2015 class members Mark Boyd, Sam Bowles, Sam Gardner and Amy Dillon King. Please consider potential lay leaders who might serve the parish through this three-year commitment and first ask their permission to nominate them. The Vestry Nominee Recommendation Form is available online here and due no later than Monday, November 16.

Chronic Illness Support Group

Chronic Illness Support Group: Anyone who lives with a chronic illness is invited to attend this group, which is a time for prayer and meditation followed by a discussion on a spiritual topic. Meets on Thursday, November 12, 3:00-4:00 p.m., in the Parlor. Contact the Reverend Jonathan Soyars (jsoyars@st-peters.org, 704-749-6150).

Formation (Education) Offerings

Formation (Education) Offerings: This Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., you can participate in the following Formation programs:
  • Parish Hall Forum: Faith in the News. In today’s media-saturated world, the 24-hour news cycle never ends. As a community of faith, how can we respond faithfully to what we read, hear, or see on the news? How is our faith informed by the headlines, and how by God’s grace might that faith make the headlines different? Join our rector, the Rev. Ollie Rencher, and interim associate rector, the Rev. Jonathan Soyars, for a spirited conversation about faith and the news—and faith in the news.
  • 20s & 30s Formation: Week two of a four-week discussion on the video series Ed’s Story, in the Tower Room.
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – Children’s Atrium 
  • Youth Journey to Adulthood – Youth Suite