Sunday Formation for Adults, September 25, 9:30–10:30 a.m.

After Holy Chow breakfast, 8:30–9:25 a.m., the Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House) features a “Youth Presentation on Summer Missions” for our middle and high school age youth to share about their summer mission trips to Ferguson, Mo., Washington, D. C., and Charlotte, 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 by clicking here. 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 (704-542-9261) or email John Frederick (jgmfrederick@yahoo.com). Wine, cheese, and seasonal fruit will be provided. The second discussion group is on Wednesday, October 12 at 12:30 p.m. hosted by Candace Armstrong here at St. Peter’s.

Sunday Evening at St. Peter’s, September 25

The 5:00 p.m. service offering will be Choral Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) and Holy Eucharist with musical leadership by the Clergy and the St. Peter’s Choir. Most second and fourth Sundays at 5:00 p.m., we offer Choral Evensong and Holy Eucharist. The next one will be on October 9. Every third Sunday, we offer a Taizé Holy Eucharist, with the next one scheduled for October 16. The complete Fall 2016 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s is available on the website 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, see the online 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, Noon–1:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. To learn more, contact the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, Formation Partner, at phanneman@st-peters.org or 704-222-6015.

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 it picked up, contact Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org or 704-763-3564).

Faith in Action “Your Voice, Your Vote” Conference, October 1

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 event at St. Peter’s in the Parish Hall. Designed to encourage young people to vote as well as to inform voters and voter advocates about their rights, the event will be 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 be college students and others who will talk about why their vote is the most powerful way to address issues that matter to them and how every vote makes a difference. RSVP by Wednesday, September 28 at www.st-peters.org/rsvp or call the Parish House reception desk at 704-332-7746. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, see this online flyer.

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. Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple, Bishop Pro Tempore, plans to join us for this occasion on the eve of her visitation to St. Peter’s.

Bishop’s Visitation, October 2

The Right Reverend Anne Hodges-Copple, Diocesan Bishop Pro Tempore, will be with us for the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. liturgies and 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum. The 9:30 a.m. Conversation with the Bishop will be a highlight of her visit, which will also include the confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation of adults into The Episcopal Church. Since November 2015, Bishop Anne has served as Bishop Pro Tempore and will do so until the next Bishop Diocesan is elected at a special convention of the Diocese in March 2017.

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.

Weekly Parish Breakfast on Sundays, 8:30–9:25 a.m.

All ages are invited on Sundays to experience fellowship during Holy Chow, a hearty breakfast in the Community Room on the second floor of the Parish House. Spend time with fellow worshippers, other parishioners, and guests, before 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).

Parenting Fellowship Group - New Time and Dates

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, October 18, 11:30 a.m. Stay tuned to future news for the location or contact Jay Partington (jimpart3@hotmail.com, 704-523-1831) for more information.

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).

Prayer Shawl Knitting Group Monthly Meetings

All are invited to join this fellowship on first and third Tuesdays, 10:00- 11:30 a.m. at Charlotte Yarn in the Kenilworth Commons Shopping center on East Blvd. Knitters and crocheters of all skills are invited to join this group that knits/crochets prayer shawls for our parish pastoral care ministry, as well as hats and scarves for homeless Room In the Inn guests who stay at St. Peter’s during the Winter, and other occasions. Contact Linda Smith (LVSmithNC@gmail.com) or Jim Amburn (j_amburn@aol.com) for more information.

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).

Pub Theology for Fall 2016 launches October 6

Back by popular demand, St. Peter’s Pub Theology resumes on Thursday, October 6, 6:00–8:00 p.m. Stay tuned to next week’s news for this month’s location and clergy-facilitated discussion topic. Pub snacks and a variety of beverages, including non-alcoholic, are available for purchase at this casual, drop-in event. Spread the word and bring a guest. Next events will be November 3 and December 1.

Outreach Volunteer 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 online (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. Prior to the walk, a light lunch will be served in the Community Room. This year, our goal is to raise $3,500. A CROP Walk table will be set up on Sundays after worship for donations and registration. Each walker is asked to donate $50-$100. If you are unable to walk, consider sponsoring a walker. Charlotte CROP is a poverty-fighting organization that honors the call to improve the quality of life of people suffering from poverty and hunger. We educate, inspire and empower the Charlotte community to become agents of change through fund-raising events with local and international impact. Click here to register or donate. For more information, please contact Logan Smith (logan_msmith@hotmail.com) or 704-488-4436, or Kathleen Zemaitis (kathleen.zemaitis@gmail.com).

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.

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 resources, 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: 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

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.