Weekly Sunday Formation (Education) for All Ages resumes September 11

All are invited to engage in our formation hour 9:30-10:30 a.m. after Holy Chow breakfast, 8:30-9:25 a.m. For adults, the Parish Hall Forum will launch our parish-wide book read on “Spirituality and Money” beginning with powerful observations from renowned writer and teacher Henri Nouwen. The Contemplative Prayer Group will reconvene in the Healing Ministries Room. For youth, ages 13-18, Journey to Adulthood (J2A) classes will meet. For children, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will offer Open House and Registration for the Toddler Atrium and Levels 1-3 for children, ages 2-12. Parents of children and teens are invited to visit the atria and classrooms as way to see these programs in action. To learn more about Formation at St. Peter’s, click here and for our Fall 2016 Program Calendar click here.

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 with musical leadership by the Clergy and Boys and Girls of The Choir School. 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 by clicking here.

You Present on Ferguson Mission Trip

Youth present on Ferguson, Mo. Mission Trip at the Parish Hall Forum on September 25 at 9:30 a.m. You won’t want to miss their reflections and witness their spiritual growth.

“Life at St. Peter’s” Fall 2016 Edition and Calendar Release

Our seasonal publication of worship, programs, and events for September 2016 – January 2017 is now available online and our Fall 2016 Program Calendar is available here. Paper copies of the publication with a calendar are available for pickup in the parish house lobby.

Parents of Young Children: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium Open House

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. CGS centers 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 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.

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 more detailed information here 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

This formation group studies works of classical and contemporary Christian spiritual writers, seeking to open participants to the deeper world of the Spirit. The first fall meeting will be Wednesday, September 14 at noon. Last year, this group met on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the Tower Room. Facilitated by the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, the first meeting will include reading an interview with contemporary mystical theologian Sr. Ilia Delio. Contact Dr. Hanneman (phanneman@st-peters.org, 704-222-6015) with questions and for the reading material.

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.

Center City Concerts Launches Fourth Season September 19

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 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

As part of fundraising efforts for the youth’s 2017 pilgrimage, a yard sale will be take place, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., at 3412 Cambria Road. Drop off donations beginning Wednesday 9/21 through Friday 9/23 between 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the above address. For more information, contact Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org, 704-763-3564).

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!

Chronic Care Support Group

Those living with chronic illness and/or who are caregivers are invited to attend the first fall 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. To indicate your plans to attend or if you have questions, contact Father Keith (klane@st-peters.org, 704-332-7745 x355).

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.

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).

It’s Not Too Late to Participate in the 2016 Annual Fund

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.

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. – 2:00 p.m., 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), Cops & Barbers 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 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.

Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendar

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

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