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 30, 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, completes a four-week series on themes in Jesus’ ministry. The final session, October 30, considers the topic, “Messianic Resurrection: Got Hope?” Whether you have attended past sessions or not, this offering will present huge insight about Christian hope. 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). Mark your calendar for November 6, when the Clergy along with members Carl King and Nelda Leon will facilitate a 9:30 a.m. conversation about the parishwide read of “Spirituality and Money” at the Parish Hall Forum.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s: November - December

On most second and fourth Sundays at 5:00 p.m., we offer Choral Evensong and Holy Eucharist. The offering on November 13 will be Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist led by St. Peter’s Clergy and the Burli Singers, directed by parishioner Rob Burlington. On every third Sunday, we offer a Taizé Holy Eucharist, with the next one scheduled for November 20, Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King. Mark your calendar and spread the word about “Advent Evenings: Holy Eucharist with Music” to be offered November 27, December 4, 11, and 18. Each liturgy will include a homily by parish clergy or guest preachers, intentional moments of silence, and diverse musical offerings for the season of Advent. The complete Fall 2016 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s is available by clicking here.

Baptisms on November 6

We 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. The registration deadline is Friday, October 28. To register, visit http://www.st-peters.org/baptism/ (scroll down to find Baptism Registration form) or contact the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer (<jschaefer@st-peters.org>, 704-749-6150). A preparation class and rehearsal will be offered on Saturday, November 5 at 9:00 a.m. beginning in the Parlor of the Parish House. The next time for baptisms at St. Peter’s is Sunday, January 8, First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Music on All Saints’ Sunday, November 6 at 10:45 a.m.

To celebrate All Saints’ Sunday, the 10:45 a.m. liturgy will include an anthem by C. V. Stanford and Grayston Ives’ “Missa Brevis” for the service music. Ives, an original member of The King’s Singers, set the mass in a joyful and contemporary style. Incense (hypoallergenic) also will be included in this worship experience.

Young Adult Study about the Ministry of Giving

Join parishioner Josiah Daniels and others for light refreshments and brilliant 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) for details about where the group will be meeting.

“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.

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 House 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. Note: Share the news of this service opportunity throughout your circles. All are welcome to join in this ministry.

St. Peter’s October 14-16 Outreach Weekend Summary

Well over 200 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, putting siding on two Habitat for Humanity houses, and over $4,000 raised for CROP Hunger Walk. Click here to read a more thorough summary from Des Keller, Vestry Coordinator for Outreach.

Holiday Greenery Sale by The Choir School

Check “Purchase Holiday Greenery” off your to-do list now. You can order wreaths, garland, and Christmas trees at http://www.thechoirschool.org/greenery/ or from a chorister by Sunday, November 6. Wreaths and garland ordered for direct shipment as gifts for clients, friends, or family will be shipped from the mountains for delivery during the week of November 21. Local delivery orders will arrive at St. Peter’s on the evening of Monday, November 28. Trees are available for pre-order in a variety of sizes and will be delivered to the Charlotte Christmas Village at Romare Bearden Park in Uptown Charlotte for pickup beginning Thanksgiving Day. The annual holiday greenery sale at St. Peter’s is a fundraiser that helps The Choir School at St. Peter’s remain open to every talented young person who is accepted to one of the choirs. Questions? Contact Kay Johnson (kjohnson@thechoirschool.org, 704-749-6146). Visit www.thechoirschool.org to learn more.

Women’s Retreat at Valle Crucis Conference Center, April 21–23 2017

Mark your calendar for the Women’s Retreat with St. Martin’s Episcopal at a beautiful Episcopal retreat center in Western N.C. The cost is $165, all inclusive. We all lead busy, complicated lives. Here’s our chance to just “be.” More info, including how to register, is coming! Contact parishioner Paige Ghareeb with questions: paigeghareeb@mac.com; 704-947-8986.

2017 Annual Fund Update – October 26

annual-giving-logo-2017As of the early morning on Wednesday, October 26, 81 pledges totaling $286, 596 have been received toward our $975,000 goal. The Annual Fund Leadership and Vestry are extremely grateful for each individual and household pledge received to-date and eagerly look forward to 100% from all parish members and newcomers before or on November 6, Commitment Sunday. Many are increases of last year’s pledge and include those of newcomers. 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. It will be exciting to watch the following pledgers’ list grow in financial support of life at St. Peter’s.

Payson Adams, III; Mr. Jim Amburn; Ms. Candace Armstrong; The Honorable John Arrowood; The Rev. & Mrs. James Bartos; Mr. & Mrs. Dalon Bass; Sandra Blair; Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Bowles; Mr. Chase Branham; Mr. & Mrs. John Brien; William Bryan; Mr. & Mrs. Steven Burke; Mr. John Burnett; Mr. Rob Carpenter; Ellison Clary & Linda Gallehugh; Mrs. Suzanne Coonen; Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Corcoran; Mrs. James B. Craighill; Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Cudabac; Mr. & Mrs. Geoffrey Curme; Miss Mary Davis; Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Dresser; Mr. Daniel Duggan, Jr; Dr. John Dunn; Mr. and Mrs. Brian Ellsworth; Mr. & Mrs. Tom Ghareeb; Mr. & Mrs. Lee Gilman; Mary Gotschall; Mr. & Mrs. Vernon G. Graves; Lynn Griffin; Ms. Ann Haskell; Mr. Robert Headley; Ms. Josephine Hicks; Mrs. Irma Hoffman; Ms. Louise Im; Mr. Thomas Im & Mr. Michael Loose; Marie Irving; Mrs. Edith Johnson; Mr. & Mrs. Paul Keller, Jr; Mr. & Mrs. Michael Koppenal; Mr. & Mrs. David Lavoie; Mr. & Mrs. Nevan Little; Mr. & Mrs. Zachary Luszcz; Mr. Elwood Manigault; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Markel; Mrs. Susanne Martin; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Mautz, III; Ms. Nelda Leon; Mr. & Mrs. Bert Miano; Jan and Perry Mixter; Mr. & Mrs. John Moore, III; Mr. & Mrs. Paul Morrison, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Nicholson, III; Mr. & Mrs. John Norton, II; Mr. & Mrs. C.J. O’Neill; Mr. John Parker, III; Mr. & Mrs. James Partington, III; Betty Payne; Miss Edith Pearson; Dr. William Pfischner; Mr. Patrick Ratchford; Ms. Kristine Reid; The Rev. & Mrs. Ollie Rencher; Mr. Michael Pawlyk & Ms. Elizabeth Richardson; Callina Satterfield; The Rev. Joslyn & Dr. Brian Schaefer; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Schroeder; Mr. Rob Smith & Ms. Maria Long; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stigall; Wes Thompson & Trey Owen; Mrs. Mary Anna Turner; Mr. Carl Waiters; Hope Westerfield & Marti Henderson; Mrs. Cynthia White; Mr. Eric Wilkins & Ms. Anne Bowles; Mr. & Mrs. William Williamson, III; Mr. & Mrs. Mike Wilson; Mr. & Mrs. Klif Wommack; Mrs. Ruth Woodend; Mr. & Mrs. John Zemaitis

Vestry Nominations Deadline: Monday, October 31

You can nominate yourself or someone else to serve on St. Peter’s Vestry, 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 4:30 p.m. 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 http://www.st-peters.org/vestry-nominee-recommendation or paper copy. If you are considering or nominating, read more about the qualifications and responsibilities online at the same location. Required of Nominees: Nominee Information Form, which can be found at http://www.st-peters.org/vestry-nominee-information-form. Paper forms (Nomination, Nominee Information) are available at the Parish House reception desk. Any questions about serving on Vestry or the election process can be directed to a member of the Vestry Nominating Committee: Irma Hoffman (ichoff77@carolina.rr.com), David Lavoie (lavoiedc@bellsouth.net), Nelda Leon (neldaleon03@gmail.com), or Des Keller (des@dkcommunicationsgroup.com).

Parish Racial Reconciliation Initiatives

Life at St. Peter’s includes a myriad of racial reconciliation-focused initiatives, which have been offered and engaged by a significant number of parishioners. The current state of race matters suggests that while we reflect on what we have been doing to effect good change for the world, there also are things that we individually and collectively can do to further the cause. Take a moment to review Parish Racial Reconciliation Initiatives, October 2016 At-a-glance, Diocesan Racial Justice and Reconciliation Resources, and watch for information about opportunities, such as participation in an upcoming “Dismantling Racism” workshop. Designed by the Greensboro-based Racial Equity Institute (REI), “Dismantling Racism” is a thorough program designed to assist adults and youth in understanding how racial inequities affect our community as well as ways to begin eliminating disproportionality and disparities within our society. Meanwhile, if you have questions, comments, or want to reflect on race matters as part of your faith journey, contact a member of the Clergy.

Advent Devotional Writing Opportunity

We invite all who are interested to participate in writing a brief reflection on one of the daily scripture readings for the Advent season, which begins on November 27 (no prior writing experience required). This resource will be made available in print and online in a variety of ways. To participate, email Ministry Associate Elaine Wood (ewood@st-peters.org) by Monday, November 7, to be assigned a reflection date and given further instructions. The deadline to receive the reflections will be Friday, November 18.

Casseroles from Pastoral Care

By way of prayers, calls, cards, visits, and food, our Pastoral Care Ministry Team serves persons in need throughout our parish family. If you are able to prepare casseroles to assist in their ministry, please contact Casseroles Coordinator Kay Keller (kaykeller1122@gmail.com) for details about how you can serve.

Are you a stay-at-home parent? Join us!

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.

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!

Potluck Dinner & Eucharist at Galilee Center, Saturday, October 30

Come learn more about the amazing ministry at Galilee Center (3601 Central Ave), get to know fellow parishioners better, and enjoy a celebration of the Eucharist as an extension of a casual potluck dinner, hosted by the Rev. Joslyn Schaefer. Children are encouraged to attend! We’ll gather around 5:30 for a tour of Galilee Center and eat around 6:00 PM. RSVP to the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer (jschaefer@st-peters.org, 704-749-6150).

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 Ministries of East Charlotte (GMEC). No need to RSVP. Just show up at 3601 Central Avenue and bring others along.

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.

Fauré Requiem Performance to Benefit Galilee Center

On All Saints’ Sunday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m., the choirs of St. Martin’s, Christ Church, 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 (GMEC).

Centering Prayer Class offered in Mooresville

Centering Prayer is a form of Christian silent meditation where one might let go of distractions and certain 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 Roman 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 (9:30 a.m.); Advent Lessons and Carols with Eucharist (10:45 a.m.); Festive Advent Parish Potluck Luncheon (12:15 p.m.)

December 24: Christmas Eve Liturgies – 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Pageant, 7:00 p.m. (6:45 p.m. Choral Prelude) Holy Eucharist, and 10:30 p.m. (10:00 p.m. Choral Prelude) Holy Eucharist.

December 25: Christmas Day Liturgies – 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist. No formation classes and no Sunday evening liturgy.

January 6: Feast of the Epiphany (Friday), 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist and Burning of the Greens

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