Bishop’s Visitation, October 2

The Right Reverend Anne Hodges-Copple, Diocesan Bishop Pro Tempore, will be with us for the 10:45 a.m. liturgy as well as for 8:30 a.m. Holy Chow breakfast and the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum. A reception for the Bishop and candidates for confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation will follow the 10:45 a.m. liturgy in the Parish Hall.  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. All adults, youth, and children are encouraged to attend any or all of this offerings for this occasion.

Sunday Formation for Adults, October 2, 9:30–10:30 a.m.

The Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House) features a “Conversation with the Bishop.” The Right Reverend Anne Hodges-Copple, Bishop Pro Tempore, will engage questions on how to be faithful disciples within and beyond the church’s doors. During this offering, weekly “Contemplative Prayer” will be 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.

Sunday Evening at St. Peter’s, October 2

The 5:00 p.m. service offering will take place in the churchyard for the Blessing of the Animals and Holy Eucharist in observance of the Feast of St. Francis (October 4, transferred). Animals of all sorts (on leashes) are welcome to join us and will receive a special blessing; a time also will be provided to name animals who have died. The next Sunday 5:00 p.m. offering on October 9 will be Choral Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) and Holy Eucharist with musical leadership by the Clergy and the Women of the St. Peter’s Choir. Most second and fourth Sundays at 5:00 p.m., we offer Choral Evensong and Holy Eucharist. 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 by clicking here.

Tuesday Noon Eucharist Commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, October 4

All are invited to the weekly Tuesday Holy Eucharist in the Chapel of the Saints at St Peter’s. On this particular day, the prayers and readings at this 30-minute liturgy will highlight the life and ministry of St. Francis (1182–1226, Italy).

Consider Weekday Morning Prayer, Monday–Friday

All are invited to begin weekdays at 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel of the Saints at St. Peter’s with the meditative 30-minute service of Morning Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer. Officiated by parish lay ministers, consider this offering for your journey, bring others, and spread the word. Refreshments and conversation are available afterwards in the Parlor.

Adult Formation Course for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Registration Still Open

Adult parishioners 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 attached 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.

Beacon of Hope in Center City Charlotte: Conversations with Parish Clergy, October 9 and 16

Join the clergy on Sundays, October 9 and 16, 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Parlor for a conversation about how St. Peter’s has been responding and can respond to the most recent unrest, cries for justice, and need for healing and reconciliation in our city. How might we become a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte as our Parish Vision suggests? For related reflections and more, visit our website’s God’s Tapestry blog. All are welcome to each conversation.

“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 how our relationship with money can either enhance or obstruct our faithfulness to God. Small group discussions about the read are being hosted by parishioners. The next small group gathers on Wednesday, October 12 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s and hosted by the Vestry Coordinator for Stewardship, Candace Armstrong. On October 15 at 7:00 p.m., Ginny and John Brien will host a potluck in their home at 3028 Airlie Street near the Plaza Midwood area. To attend RSVP to Ginny (vabrien@mindspring.com, 704-535-8096).

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 (phanneman@st-peters.org, 704-222-6015).

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 the attached 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.

Choir School Benefit Luncheon, Thursday, October 6

Join supporters of the Choir School at St. Peter’s and special guest speaker Christopher Warren-Green, Music Director of the Charlotte Symphony, at the Charlotte City Club at 11:30 a.m. Warren-Green will speak on the importance of accessible arts education for youth. Tickets are still available: $40 for individuals; $600 table sponsorship of 12 tickets. More information and tickets: www.thechoirschool.org.

Choir School Cabaret Night 2016, October 14

On Friday, October 14, 7:30 p.m., The Choir School at St. Peter’s will present “An Evening Celebrating Cultural Diversity Through Music” at St. Peter’s in the church. The evening will feature the five choirs of The Choir School with special guests The Burli Singers and Choir School alumnus Derrick Goff accompanied by Rachelle Jonck. Tickets are available online at www.thechoirschool.org or at the door: general admission: $25, children under 12: $15, and reserved blocks of 4: $125. Visit www.thechoirschool.org to learn more about the existence of this exceptional non-profit organization that will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017 in the life of St. Peter’s Church.

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

On Sundays, experience fellowship during Holy Chow, a hearty breakfast in the Community Room on the second floor of the Parish House. Spend time with others of all ages before 9:30–10:30 a.m. formation offerings begin. The cost is $2 for children under age 6, $4 for ages 7 and older, and $15 household maximum. If you would like to get involved by serving on a Holy Chow team, contact Tate Sterrett (tsterrett@horacktalley.com).

Acolyte Training/Continuing Education Session on October 1

All current and prospective Acolytes, fifth grade and older, are invited to an important 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 other liturgical ministers, and engage in practice to enhance this ministry. Registration is required by Thursday, September 29, through completion of this Acolyte Information Form: http://www.st-peters.org/acolyteinformation/. To make other training arrangements or learn more about this ministry, contact the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher (orencher@st-peters.org, 704-749-6140). The new St. Peter’s Acolyte Guild will be commissioned this fall.

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. at The Liberty, 1812 South Boulevard. The Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest, will facilitate this month’s topic, “Reflecting on Riots and Protests.” 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.

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 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 (klane@st-peters.org, 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. at Leroy Fox restaurant, 705 S. Sharon Amity Road. Contact Jay Partington (jimpart3@hotmail.com, 704-523-1831) for more information.

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.

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.

Outreach Volunteer Challenge Weekend, October 14–16

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. To register or donate, visit the website. For more information, please contact Logan Smith (logan_msmith@hotmail.com, 704-488-4436), or Kathleen Zemaitis (kathleen.zemaitis@gmail.com). A third way to “meet the challenge” is to support The Choir School at St. Peter’s by attending their Cabaret Night performance, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s.

Galilee Ministries Information Sessions

Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte offers hospitality to refugees and immigrants in Charlotte through community meals, a food pantry, refugee-led community gardens, ESL and citizenship classes and cross-cultural counseling at Galilee Center on Central Avenue. This is a joint ministry of Charlotte-area Episcopal Churches and one of the most cutting-edge and exciting mission efforts of the whole diocese. Come learn more by attending an information session. They are offered Wednesdays, October 5 and 12 from 10:00–11:00 a.m. and Thursdays, October 6 and 13 from 7:00–8:00 p.m. To RSVP or for questions, contact galileeeast@gmail.com or 704-900-5210.

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.

Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars

Week of October 2: Introduction of 2017 Annual Fund Campaign “Support Life at St. Peter’s”

November 6: All Saints’ Sunday and Commitment Sunday for 2017 Annual Fund Campaign

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

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

November 20: Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King Sunday

November 27–December 18: Advent Evenings: Holy Eucharist with Music at 5:00 p.m.

December 4: Annual Meeting of the Parish and Vestry Elections; Advent Lessons and Carols with Eucharist; Festive Advent Parish Potluck Luncheon

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.