Weekly Adult Formation Resumes September 11

All adults at St. Peter’s are invited to engage in our Formation hour 9:30–10:30 a.m. At our Parish Hall Forum, we will launch our parish-wide book read on “Spirituality and Money” beginning with some powerful observations from renowned writer and teacher Henri Nouwen. The Contemplative Prayer Group will resume its weekly meetings in the Healing Prayer Room. Parents of children and teens are invited to visit the atria and classrooms and to see our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Journey to Adulthood programs in action.

New Schedule for “Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s” begins September 11.

The 5:00 p.m. service resumes on September 11 with Choral Evensong and Holy Eucharist. Every third Sunday, we offer our Taizé Holy Eucharist, with the next one scheduled for September 18. The complete Fall 2016 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s is now available at www.st-peters.org/sunday-evenings.

Deadline of September 5 to sign-up for Monday Night Bible Study

Bible study is one of our core spiritual practices as Christians. Join Fr. Murdock Smith, Assisting Priest and others for an in-depth look at the First Letter to the Corinthians this fall, on Monday evenings from 6:00–7:45 p.m. The course begins on September 12 and runs through December 12. Sign-ups are required so that we can purchase materials. To sign up, email jschaefer@st-peters.org. The course requires at least eight people. Spread the word and register today.

“Life at St. Peter’s” Fall 2016 Edition Now Online

Our seasonal publication of parish worship, programs, and events for September 2016 – January 2017 is now available online, www.st-peters.org/life. You can also find a listing of major programs, events, and worship services at www.st-peters.org/program-calendar. Paper copies available for pickup in the parish house lobby.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Atrium Open House and Registration, September 11

On Sunday, September 11, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) resumes for the 2016-2017 formation program year. Serving children ages 2-12, CGS is grounded in Montessori pedagogy with sources in scripture and liturgy. In CGS, we center on the person of Jesus when speaking with children about God’s love. In the parable of the Good Shepherd (John 10), we hear of a shepherd who calls and of sheep who respond – first by listening and then by following. This action and response introduces the child to the foundation of the covenantal relationship. This same covenant is a central theme in the Bible; God’s search for us and our response to God’s initiative. Parents will receive additional information about an Open House and other opportunities for families. Contact Director of Children’s Formation Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org, 704-749-6156), to inquire about working with our children or to register a child.

Want to learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd from the perspective of a catechist, check out the following blog entry from a recent training event in Richmond, Va.

Mystical Food for Thought

The Mystical Food for Thought group studies the works of both classical and contemporary Christian spiritual writers, seeking to open ourselves to the deeper world of the Spirit. Last year we met at noon on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the Tower Room. Our first meeting this fall will be September 14. If you are intrigued by the notion of experientially opening to the presence of God in profound ways, come explore with us! The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman convenes the group; for our first meeting, we’ll be reading an interview with contemporary mystical theologian Sr. Ilia Delio. contact Dr. Hanneman (phanneman@st-peters.org, 704-222-6015) and he’ll provide you with a copy.

Free Holy Chow Kickoff on Sunday, September 11

Start the Fall 2016 program year off right with a hearty breakfast and good friends. If you’ve not yet had a chance to enjoy this seasonal weekly offering, this is your opportunity join in on the fun for free. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 until 9:25 a.m. in the Community Room on the second floor of the Parish House. Because it is free and adequate provisions will need to be purchased, reservations are required by Friday, September 9. RSVP online or call Paige Ghareeb at 704-947-8982 if you do not use the Internet.

Parish Retreat Weekend: “Finding Jesus in our Stories"

Registration is closed for this year’s parish retreat at Kanuga Conference Center, September 16–18, in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Organizers Meg Gibson and Cooper Morrison, the clergy, and others are now finalizing plans. On this day, regular worship, formation, and fellowship offerings at St. Peter’s will be offered as scheduled and listed in news and notices.

Chronic Care Support Group

Those living with chronic illness and/or who are caregivers are invited to attend the next meeting of this group on Friday, September 9, 11:00 a.m. until Noon in the Parlor. Our Assisting Priest, the Reverend Keith C. Lane, will lead this fellowship gathering, which will meet on the first Friday of the month beginning in September. To indicate your plans to attend or if you have questions, contact Father Keith (klane@st-peters.org, 704-332-7745 x355).

Sunday Coffee Hour Hosts Needed

Can you provide hospitality to others at St. Peter’s after the Sunday 10:45 a.m. service? Barista coordinator Sue Martin is recruiting people to assist with our wonderful, boisterous time of fellowship after 10:45 a.m. worship. New Coffee Hour hosts (baristas) are needed on third and fifth Sundays. Email Sue at martinsusanne@att.net to learn more.

Youth Updates

The annual Journey to Adulthood Beach Retreat, for rising 6th through 12th graders, will be offered from Friday, September 2 until Monday, September 5 at Myrtle Beach Christian Retreat Center. The annual Youth Yard Sale is Saturday, September 24, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., at 3412 Cambria Road. Please clean out your closets, attics, garages, and basements and save your no longer needed treasures for our fund-raiser. For more information, contact Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org, 704-763-3564).

Young Adults First Sunday Brunch on September 4

Join the parish Young Adults fellowship on Sunday, September 4 for their First Sunday Brunch. The group will gather after the 10:45 a.m. service (around 12:30 p.m.) at Dandelion Market in Uptown (118 W. 5th Street). RSVP to Mary Gotschall (marygotschall@gmail.com) or via the “St. Peter’s Charlotte: Young Adults” Facebook invitation. Spread the word.

Lector Training Session on September 11

All current and prospective lectors are invited to a training session on Sunday, September 11 at 12:30 p.m. in the church. We will review changes to the customary and engage in a practice session designed to help us support each other in our ministry. Those lectors who are unable to attend on September 11, please contact Abigail Cudabac (acudabac@earthlink.net) to receive a copy of the updated customary when it is available and to make sure your contact information is on file correctly for scheduling purposes.

Parenting Fellowship Group

Parents and children are invited to join Mother Joslyn and one another in the Nursery on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, 11:00 a.m.–noon, for a time of play, prayer, and fellowship. Our next meet-ups will be September 7 and 21. Often a short reading is sent out beforehand for a group discussion. Contact the Reverend Joslyn Schaefer (jschaefer@st-peters.org) for more information or just come!

Senior Class (55+) Monthly Luncheon, Third Tuesdays

On the third Tuesday of each month, parishioners age 55+ are invited to fellowship over lunch at different locations throughout Charlotte. The next gathering will be on Tuesday, September 20, 11:30 a.m. at Carolina Prime Steakhouse on East Woodlawn Road. Contact Jay Partington (jimpart3@hotmail.com, 704-523-1831) or Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) with inquiries about luncheons and other Senior Class events.

2016 Annual Fund Update for Members and Newcomers

2016 Annual Fund Update for Members and Newcomers

Click here to read recent updates on the current operating budget’s annual fund campaign and fiscal year from Chairman Mike Wilson and Treasurer Dave Lavoie. Copies also are available for pickup in the parish house lobby. More information about giving and financial stewardship matters are available here.

Conversations about Democracy

In this time of political polarization, you are invited to be part of the solution. Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte, a program of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, is sponsoring a series of discussions entitled “Healing the Heart of Democracy” on the first Tuesday of each month, 7:00-8:30 p.m. All are invited to participate in learning how we can develop new habits that can help restore our community. The group’s next meeting will be Tuesday, September 6, at Galilee Center, located at 3601 Central Avenue. The series is free of charge and pre-registration is not required.

Enneagram Course Offered

The Enneagram offers an accurate description of the inner geography of our minds, revealing motivations and patterns characteristic for each of nine different personality styles. St. Peter’s formation partner the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman is teaching an in-depth introductory Enneagram course uptown at First Presbyterian Church on Monday evenings, 7:00-9:00 p.m., beginning September 19; members from a number of uptown congregations will be participating. Click here for more information and to register.

Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars

September 11: Fall 2016 Formation and New Worship Schedule begins

October 1: Shrimp and Suds Fall Rooftop Benefit for Youth Pilgrimage 2017, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

October 2: Bishop’s Visitation for Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation

October 2: Blessing of the Animals with Holy Eucharist, 5:00 p.m.

October 4: Feast of St. Francis: Holy Eucharist, Noon

October 15: Habitat for Humanity Build by Parish Team

October 16: CROP Hunger Walk

November 13: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force Listening Session/Luncheon

November 18–19: 201st Annual Diocesan Convention at the Raleigh Convention Center

Submitting Communications Requests: Please send all submissions for the eNews and Sunday leaflets, as well as any questions related to communications, to communications@st-peters.org. The deadline for submitting information for publication during the coming week is Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Provide all pertinent details, including date, time, location, any fees or other costs, a brief description of the event, links to any additional information available online, any deadlines, and the name, email address and phone number of the person to contact. If you do not have email access, you may leave a detailed message at 704-749-6142. Spread the word about this process.