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 9, 9:30–10:30 a.m.

The Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House) features Dr. Suzanne Henderson, a New Testament Scholar from Queens University, offering a four-week series on themes in Jesus’ ministry. October 9 we will explore “Messianic Message: What is the Kingdom of God and why does it matter?” October 16 is about “Messianic Power: Can we talk about ‘miracles’”? October 23 is “Messianic Suffering: How do we take up the cross every day? And October 30 is ”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 9

The 5:00 p.m. service offering 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 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. 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 is 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 Brien (vabrien@mindspring.com, 704-535-8096).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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 online and us 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 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 Thursdays, October 6 and 13 from 7:00–8:00 p.m. To RSVP or with 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, 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

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