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 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 23

The 5:00 p.m. service offering will be our Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist led by the MasterSingers of the Choir School at St. Peter’s and the St. Peter’s Clergy. Note: The next 5:00 p.m. service is the second Sunday of November, November 13, with Choral Evensong led by the Clergy and the Burli Singers.

Baptism Offered November 6

St. Peter’s will offer the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. liturgies on All Saints’ Sunday, November 6. Visit www.st-peters.org/baptism/ (scroll down to find Baptism Registration form) or contact the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer to register (jschaefer@st-peters.org). A rehearsal and preparation class will be offered on Saturday, November 5 at 9:00 a.m.

“Spirituality and Money” Fall 2016 Parish-wide Read

What is Jesus getting at when he says “You can’t serve God and Wealth?” How do Christians learn to think about money in ways that align with our faith? What is “enough” in today’s world? To explore these questions, consider reading or skimming one or three of the essays in our Parish-wide read. Essays are available here online and in the Parish House lobby as hard copies. We’ll conclude this read at our Parish Hall Forum on Commitment and All Saints’ Sunday on November 6 at 9:30 a.m.

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 p.m. in members’ homes beginning Sunday, October 23. Readings are available here. RSVP to Riley Beetner (rbeetner@gmail.com, 980-240-1254) to get details about where the group will be meeting.

Welcome Sunday, October 23

This Sunday we are celebrating all those who have become members of our parish since the beginning of 2016. One way to welcome folks is to know one another’s names. Please stop by a nametag station before the 10:45 a.m. service near both the Tryon and 7th street entrances. St. Peter’s has become the spiritual home for over 40 new members so far this year. In addition to listing our new members’ names in our leaflet and asking them to stand up prior the Passing of the Peace, they will also be wearing special printed nametags (available for pick-up at the Receptionist’s Desk). Take a moment to start getting to know these folks and the many gifts they bring.

St. Peter’s Outreach Volunteer Weekend Update

Well over 200 St. Peter’s parishioners supported or participated in various outreach events the weekend of October 14 – 16 – including a packed house for the Cabaret Night performance by the Choir School, siding put up on a local Habitat House, and over $4,000 raised for the CROP Hunger Walk. Click here to read a more thorough update from Des Keller, Vestry Liaison for Outreach.

Help Eastern N.C. Flood Victims

St. Peter’s is collecting items to be taken to the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry in the Eastern part of the state. Donations are being stored near the Parish Hall Lobby (just ask a receptionist to point you to the room). Items needed include: Staple foods–bottled water, bagged dry (or canned) pinto beans, dry rice, oil, salt and sugar, canned fruit and tuna; clothing and supplies–sweaters / sweatshirts (sizes: children to adults for men and women), underwear, socks, shoes, toiletries (toothbrushes, razors, soap, shampoo), sleeping mats, and blankets.

2017 Annual Fund Campaign Underway – Commitment Sunday, November 6

Every member and newcomer household is invited to participate in “Support Life at St. Peter’s: Pledge 2017.” The ministry of giving support to the dedicated worship, outreach, year-round programs and events, staff, clergy, administration, and facilities and buildings maintenance of St. Peter’s Church is a substantial component of parish life. For more information and to pledge online, visit www.st-peters.org/annualfund or pick up an annual fund packet in the public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Extraordinary News! St. Peter’s Capital Campaign Outreach Funds Advisory Committee Report (October 2016)

This 15-person committee has completed its work to distribute $178,856.71 in remaining capital campaign 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. For more about the power of what our parish community can do, click here for a report from the committee.

Vestry Nominations Now Open

You can nominate yourself or someone else to serve on the Vestry of St. Peter’s. 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 on 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 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 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 (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 – Upcoming 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 November 3 and November 16. 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.

Learn about the Syrian Crisis

On Thursday, October 20, 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.

Community Dinners at Galilee Center

Every Thursday night, the Galilee Center offers a free dinner at 5:30 p.m. These meals are a wonderful way to get to know some new neighbors (some of whom are refugees) and learn more about the amazing ministries of Galilee Center. No need to RSVP. Just show up at 3601 Central Avenue.

Fauré Requiem Performance to Benefit Galilee Center

On All Saints’ Sunday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m., the choirs of St. Martin’s and Holy Comforter Episcopal Churches as well as members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will offer this public concert at Holy Comforter, 2701 Park Road. An offering will be taken up to support Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte.

Centering Prayer Class

Centering Prayer is a form of Christian silent meditation where one lets go of thoughts during periods of prayer typically lasting 20 minutes. It is rooted in the self-emptying love that forms the heart of Jesus’ teaching and life. The effect on those who practice it is an ever-increasing awareness of God’s action and presence in the course of ordinary life. The cost to register is $30 and includes lunch. The class will be held on Saturday, November 12 from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church in Mooresville. To register contact jotps46@carolina.rr.com.

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

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