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 Formation for Adults, October 16, 9:30–10:30 a.m.

In the Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House) Dr. Suzanne Henderson, a New Testament Scholar from Queens University, continues a four-week series on themes in Jesus’ ministry. October 16’s topic is “Messianic Power: Can we talk about ‘miracles’”? October 23’s is “Messianic Suffering: How do we take up the cross every day? The final session, October 30, considers the topic, ”Messianic Resurrection: Got Hope?” You won’t want to miss these stimulating sessions. 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 Evening at St. Peter’s, October 16

The 5:00 p.m. service offering will be our Holy Eucharist in the style of the Taizé, France community. The service includes time for contemplative silence, song, and prayer. On October 23, the MasterSingers of the Choir School at St. Peter’s and the St. Peter’s clergy lead Choral Evensong. Note: Because there are five Sundays in October, there will not be a 5:00 p.m. service on October 30. The complete Fall 2016 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s is available online at www.st-peters.org/sunday-evenings.

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.

Wednesday 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, 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).

“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. 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 Brien (vabrien@mindspring.com, 704-535-8096).

Young Adult Study

Join Parishioner Josiah Daniels and others for light refreshments and scintillating discussion on “Spirituality and Money.”  The group will meet for four consecutive weeks on Sunday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 pm in members’ homes beginning Sunday, October 23. Readings are available here. RSVP to Riley Beetner (rbeetner@gmail.com) to get details about where the group will be meeting.

Lunch & Serve for Families with Young Children this Sunday

Families are invited to join the St. Peter’s CROP Hunger Walk team for lunch following the 10:45 am service this Sunday, October 16 in the Parish Hall. In addition to fellowship, there will be activities to help children understand the reality of hunger in our community. Sign-up here to bring a dish to share. Consider walking in or donating to the CROP Hunger Walk as a family, and/or bring some food for the Loaves & Fishes pantries to Catechesis.

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

Join the clergy on Sunday, October 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.

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.

Next Noon Concert is Monday, October 17

Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s presents its second concert of the season on Monday, October 17 at Noon. String Quartet in residence at Duke University, the acclaimed Ciompi Quartet brings a program of traditional string quartets by Mozart and Haydn, as well as some of Bach’s great organ works transcribed for quartet. Learn more at www.centercityconcerts.org. The concert is free and all are welcome.

2017 Annual Fund Campaign Launch: Friday, October 14

Every member and newcomer household will have the holy opportunity to participate in “Support Life at St. Peter’s: Pledge 2017.” The ministry of giving financial support to the dedicated worship, outreach, year-round programs and events, staff, clergy, administration, and facilities maintenance of St. Peter’s Church is a substantial component of life at St. Peter’s. Watch for a “Support Life at St. Peter’s: Pledge 2017” letter and related information at www.st-peters.org, in the Parish House lobby, and in the mail. 2017 Annual Fund Team Co-Chairmen, Mike Wilson and Jay Norton, collaborating with the Vestry, Treasurer, Staff, and Clergy extend their advanced appreciation for each parishioner’s engagement in the faithful ministry of giving to the sacred presence, purpose, and vision of St. Peter’s Church in Center City Charlotte. Pledge Commitment Sunday is November 6, All Saints’ Sunday, in order for the Treasurer, Finance Committee, and Vestry to prepare a 2017 operating budget draft for the Annual Meeting of the Parish on Sunday, December 4.

Extraordinary News! St. Peter’s Capital Campaign Outreach Funds Advisory Committee Report

Extraordinary News! St. Peter’s Capital Campaign Outreach Funds Advisory Committee Report (October 2016). This Vestry-established committee completed its work in late September to distribute $178,856.71 in capital campaign remaining funds to five local organizations: St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen at Urban Ministry Center, Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte, YWCA, Housing First Charlotte-Mecklenburg, and SABER at Urban Ministry Center. Established in April and co-convened by the Rector and Senior Warden, this 15-person committee was charged with discerning how surplus funds from the recent parish capital campaign, for restoration and renovation of the church, might be both managed and employed for the sole purposes of outreach and social justice ministries. For more information about this news and the power of what our parish community can do with financial resources, <<click here>> http://www.st-peters.org/2016/10/capital-campaign-grants/ for an extensive report from the committee.

Vestry Nominations Now Open

You can now nominate yourself or someone else to serve on the Vestry of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The Vestry is the lay leadership team of 12 people elected to work with the clergy and staff to lead the parish in matters spiritual and financial, helping to discern, articulate, and work to realize the vision toward which God is drawing the parish. Vestry members are elected to three-year terms with four positions up for election each year. Nomination process: Nominations are open until the end of business Monday, October 31 and the election will take place on Sunday, December 4 at the Annual Meeting of the Parish at 9:30 a.m. Eligible members will also have the option to vote early on Sundays, November 20 and 27 and during parish office hours Monday – Friday from November 21 – December 2. Consider prayerfully whom to nominate, and speak to that person before completing a nomination form: online at http://www.st-peters.org/vestry-nominee-recommendation or in hard copy. Paper forms are available at the reception desk of the church office and can be submitted there (via receptionist) to Senior Warden Irma Hoffman. If you are considering running for vestry or nominating someone, be sure to read more about the qualifications and responsibilities online at the same location. Required of Nominees: All nominees must fill out a Nominee Information Form, which can be found at http://www.st-peters.org/vestry-nominee-information-form. Any additional questions about serving on vestry or the election process can be directed to the vestry members serving on the nominating committee: Irma Hoffman (ichoff77@carolina.rr.com), David LaVoie (lavoiedc@bellsouth.net), Nelda Leon (neldaleon03@gmail.com) or Des Keller (des@dkcommunicationsgroup.com).

Personnel News: Elaine Wood, Ministry Associate

Personnel News: Elaine Wood, Ministry Associate (Administrative Assistant): On Friday, October 7, the Clergy and Staff welcomed Elaine Wood to serve in the new administrative assistant role of Ministry Associate. Elaine is a devout member of Church of the Holy Comforter (Charlotte) with experience as librarian at local universities, administrative assistant at a landscape architecture firm and non-profit organization, and executive director of a local historical home. Elaine will collaborate with the Rector, Associate Rector, and Staff, on the various administrative matters associated with our parish ministry areas: Congregational Development including membership, Fellowship, Formation, Outreach, Pastoral Care, Social Justice, Stewardship, and Worship and The Arts, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Elaine can be reached at 704-749-6141 or ewood@st-peters.org). Welcome aboard, Elaine!

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 19 and November 3. 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, November 4.

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.

Outreach Volunteer Challenge Weekend, October 14–16

St. Peter’s Outreach Ministry Team invites all who are able to participate in a weekend of servant ministry: 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 here with Group ID 2717or 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. 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 CROP Walk 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 on 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 Wednesday, October 12 from 10:00–11:00 a.m. and Thursday, October 13 from 7:00–8:00 p.m. To RSVP or with questions, contact galileeeast@gmail.com or 704-900-5210.

Learn about the Syrian Crisis

Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte is hosting Dr. Mary Mikhael, past president of the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Mikhael will speak on “The Syrian Crisis in Context.” A community dinner at 5:30 p.m. will precede the program, which starts at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to galileeeast@gmail.com or 704-900-5210.

Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars

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. (Sundays)

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.