Sunday Formation for Adults, September 18, 9:30–10:30 a.m.

After Holy Chow breakfast, 8:30–9:25 a.m., the Parish Hall Forum features “Storytelling as Evangelism” by the Reverend Keith C. Lane (second floor, Parish House), while weekly “Contemplative Prayer” is facilitated by the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, Formation Partner, in the Town Choir Room (basement, Parish House).

Sunday Formation for Youth and Children, weekly

Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth, ages 13–18, meet in the Youth Suite (basement level, Parish House). 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.

“Spirituality and Money” Fall 2016 Parish-wide Read

Paper copies of our Fall 2016 parish-wide read on “Spirituality and Money” are available in the Parish House lobby and online at www.st-peters.org/spirituality-and-money. All households are invited to engage in this parish family journey of learning more about our relationships with money, the ministry of giving, and what money can do to further the mission and ministry of God’s Church. All are invited to attend one of the small group discussions hosted by parishioners. The first is Sunday evening, September 25 from 5:00–6:00 pm at Sue Coonen’s home. To RSVP call Sue at 704-542-9261 or email John Frederick (jgmfrederick@yahoo.com). Wine, cheese, and seasonal fruit will be provided.

Sunday Evening at St. Peter’s, September 18

Every third Sunday at 5:00 p.m., we offer a Taizé Holy Eucharist, patterned after a contemplative religious community in Taizé, France, with distinctive ways to meditate on the Holy Scriptures, intentional periods of silence, stirring musical offerings, and candlelight. On September 25, Choral Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) and Holy Eucharist will include musical leadership by the Clergy and The St. Peter’s Choir. The complete Fall 2016 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s is available by clicking here.

Adult Formation Course for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Adults are invited to participate in a rich, retreat-like course in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, facilitated by Director of Children’s Formation Anna Hurdle. This offering will seek to deepen one’s understanding and enjoyment of scripture, liturgy, and human development. Although one is not obligated, the course will prepare participants to work with children in the atrium (classroom). The course will meet on selected Saturdays over the coming year. For more information, click here for a flyer and/or contact Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org, 704-749-6156). To read more about the spiritual impact of this training, check out this blog post.

Mystical Food for Thought Group on Wednesdays

This formation group studies works of classical and contemporary Christian spiritual writers, seeking to open participants to the deeper world of the Spirit, and meets on second and fourth Wednesdays in the Tower Room. To learn more, contact the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, Formation Partner, at phanneman@st-peters.org or 704-222-6015.

Parishioners attend Annual Retreat, September 16–18

Approximately 80 parishioners including some clergy and staff will gather from the evening of Friday, September 16 until lunchtime on Sunday, September 18, at Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville for the annual parish retreat. Parish worship, formation, and fellowship offerings continue as scheduled, while we pray for one another between Charlotte and Hendersonville.

Holy Chow Breakfast offered weekly, 8:30–9:25 a.m.

All ages are invited on Sundays to experience fellowship during a hearty breakfast in the Community Room on the second floor of the Parish House. Spend time with worshippers from the 8:00 a.m. liturgy, other parishioners, and guests, before the 9:30–10:30 a.m. formation (education) offerings begin. The cost is $4 per person and $15 household maximum. If you would like to get involved with this hospitality and make new friends, consider joining a monthly Holy Chow team, and contact coordinator Tate Sterrett (tsterrett@horacktalley.com, 704-293-8551).

Elizabeth Lenti launches Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s 2016–2017 Season on September 19

At Noon and 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 19, St. Peter’s Assistant Organist and Choirmaster Elizabeth Lenti will play a diverse program of music including works by C. P. E. Bach, Handel, Harold Friedell, Walter Piston, and culminating with Howard Hanson’s magnificent Concerto for Organ, Strings, and Harp. William Osborne will conduct members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO). This program will also feature Andrea Mumm, principal harpist for the CSO, in Handel’s concerto in B-flat for Harp and Strings. In partnership with Music at St. Alban’s in Davidson, Center City Concerts is a separate nonprofit funded by donations and other support. Visit www.centercityconcerts.org for information about the 2016–2017 season and how you might support third Monday concerts, which are free and open to the public.

Annual Youth Yard Sale on Saturday, September 24

Consider “Fall Cleaning” and bring unwanted but still usable treasures (clothes, dishes, furniture, knick-knacks, books, computers, printers, anything still usable!) beginning Wednesday, September 21 through Friday, September 23 between 5:00–8:00 p.m., or come to shop on Saturday, September 24, from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at 3412 Cambria Road near SouthPark (home of Karen and Andy Nicholson). If you have a large donation and need a pick-up, contact Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org or 704-763-3564).

Shrimp and Suds Fall Rooftop Benefit, October 1

Join fellow adult parishioners on Saturday, October 1, 6:30–9:00 p.m., on the rooftop of the Parish House for a party, featuring low country shrimp boil, sides of grits and bread, dessert, and assorted refreshments including craft beers from Charlotte, all for $35 per person. Prepaid reservations required by Wednesday, September 28: Online at www.st-peters.org/rsvp or sign-up and pay at the Parish House reception desk. All funds raised will benefit the 2017 youth pilgrimage to Italy. We’re hopeful that Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple, Bishop Pro Tempore, might join in the fun on the eve of her visitation to St. Peter’s.

New time and dates for Parenting Fellowship Group

Parents and children are invited to join Mother Joslyn and one another in the Nursery on the first Thursday and/or the third Wednesdays of each month, 10:00–11:00 a.m., for a time of play, prayer, and fellowship. Our next meet-ups will be September 21, October 6 and 19. 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!

Chronic Care Support Group meets monthly

Those living with chronic illness and/or who are caregivers are invited to attend this first Friday’s fellowship gathering, 11:00 a.m. until Noon in the Parlor. To learn more and indicate plans to attend, contact the Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest, at klane@st-peters.org or 704-332-7745 x355. Both Fr. Lane and parishioner and mental health counselor Dan Busch will facilitate the meetings. The next meeting will be Friday, October 7.

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.

Eucharistic Minister Training Session on September 24

All current and prospective Eucharistic Ministers are invited to a training session on Saturday, September 24, 9:45–10:45 a.m., in the church. Participants will review the Liturgical Customary, reflect on certain logistical changes, and engage in practice to improve the offering of this ministry. To confirm plans to attend, make other arrangements or learn more about this ministry, contact the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher (orencher@st-peters.org, 704-749-6140).

Acolyte Training Session on October 1

All current and prospective Acolytes, fifth grade and older, are invited to a training session with breakfast on Saturday, October 1, 8:45–10:00 a.m. in the church. Participants will review a new Acolyte customary as well as the customary used by Eucharistic Ministers, and engage in practice to enhance this ministry. To confirm plans to attend, make other training arrangements, or learn more about this ministry, contact the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher (orencher@st-peters.org, 704-749-6140) or Acolyte Master Brian Hacker (acolytemasterspe@gmail.com, 626-824-9462).

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 at the same giving portal.

Outreach Challenge Weekend, October 15-16

St. Peter’s Outreach Ministry Team invites all who are able to participate in an extraordinary weekend of servant ministry through participation in one or two offerings: Habitat for Humanity Build, Saturday, October 15 – Join “St. Peter’s Day” to finish siding two homes, which were begun on September 17 by our fellow Habitat Charlotte Church Partners. Sign up by clicking here (Group ID 2717) or contact parish coordinators Rich Mautz (richmautz@gmail.com, 336-757-6909) or John Knip (jknip@carriff.com, 980-721-4850). CROP Hunger Walk, Sunday, October 16, 2:30 p.m., Independence Park – Walk 3.6 miles or donate money to combat hunger locally and around the world. To register or donate, visit the CROP Walk website. For more information, contact Kathleen Zemaitis (kathleen.zemaitis@gmail.com, 704-968-5843).

Enneagram Course in Uptown

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. The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, St. Peter’s formation partner, is teaching an introductory 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. For more information and to register, click here.

Faith in Action “Your Voice, Your Vote” Conference

On Saturday, October 1, 9:45 a.m.–Noon, St. Peter’s Social Justice Ministry in partnership with First United Presbyterian Church and Democracy N.C. is hosting this educational program for people who have not yet registered to vote. Moderated by Garry McFadden, retired detective, participant in Charlotte’s “Cops and Barbers” community initiative, and host of the TV show I Am Homicide, panelists will talk about voting rights and how every vote makes a difference. Come on your own or with friends and family members. RSVP: www.st-peters.org/rsvp or call the Parish House reception desk at 704-332-7746.

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 learn how we can develop new habits that can help restore our community. The group’s next meetings will be Tuesday, October 4 and November 1, at Galilee Center, located at 3601 Central Avenue. The series is free of charge and pre-registration is not required.

Young Adults Potluck at Galilee Center

On Saturday, September 17, the Galilee Center (Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte) is hosting a pot-luck dinner and Eucharist for young adults. Bring a favorite dish and learn more about this incredible ministry, which serves refugees who have settled recently in Charlotte and offers a host of other transformational programs. Attendees also will meet young adult Episcopalians from other Charlotte parishes. No RSVP required.

Galilee Center Seeking Volunteers

If you are interested in being part of an exciting ministry, one that involves greeting people, seeing that they are directed to the appropriate resource, and learning more about other cultures, then you are an ideal candidate for the Hospitality Ministry at Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte. This is sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and it all takes place at The Galilee Center, 3601 Central Avenue. For more information, please contact Chip Carter (Hospitality Coordinator) at hcarter10@carolina.rr.com, or Toni Hagerman (Program Coordinator) at galileeeast@gmail.com.

Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars

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

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

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

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