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, November 20, 9:30–10:30 a.m.

In the Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House), Congregational Development leaders will conclude a two-week series on providing parishioners with an opportunity to explore the spiritual gifts they were given in their baptism, and how they might use the gifts to build up God’s Kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven.” The series features teaching about spiritual gifts, a personal inventory to help you identify your gifts (available at www.mfcct.com/survey.html), and conversation about how those gifts might be used in our community. Whether or not you attended the first session on November 13, this offering is for you. On November 27, the first Sunday of Advent, the Parish Hall Forum will feature a clergy-led presentation, “Entering The Liturgical Year,” to explore theological themes, scripture, and customs associated with the “Church New Year” and subsequent cycle of seasons. Note: Weekly “Contemplative Prayer” is facilitated by the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, Formation Partner, in the Town Choir Room (basement, Parish House).

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 last one for Fall 2016 was on November 13. The next will be on January 8. On every third Sunday, such as November 20, a piano-enhanced, meditative Taizé Holy Eucharist is offered. Spread the word about the new offering of “Advent Evenings: Holy Eucharist with Music” on November 27, December 4, 11, and 18. Each liturgy will include a homily, moments of silence, and diverse musical offerings for the season of Advent. The complete Fall 2016-Janury 2017 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s is available by clicking here.

Advent Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 4

During the 10:45 a.m. service, the St. Peter’s Choir, clergy, and readers present our annual festival of Advent Lessons and Carols. This Episcopal/Anglican liturgy dates back to 1880 in England when Christians gathered to reflect on the gift of creation and humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus. Lessons are interspersed with congregational carols, choral anthems, and music for organ. This service sets the tone for a deeply meaningful holiday season and will include the Holy Eucharist. Afterwards, all are invited to the Parish Festive Advent Potluck Luncheon in the Parish Hall. Click here for sign-up to bring a dish and/or help out with this annual parish life event.

Next Center City Concert, Monday, November 21

At Noon on third Mondays, St. Peter’s hosts a free concert in the church. This month the Saxton-Olsen Duo, organ and trumpet, features a program of classical and jazz favorites —the wide range possible between the organ’s vast registration and a variety of different trumpets creates a sonically supercharged performance. Learn more at www.centercityconcerts.org.

Service Opportunity for Parents with Young Children

On Sunday, December 11, parents and their young children are invited to lunch in the Parish Hall followed by making Advent and Christmas cards for parishioners who have difficulty getting to Church. Don’t miss out on this time of fellowship and service. Please let Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org), Director of Children’s Formation, know if you plan to attend.

Annual Youth Advent Fair begins Sunday, November 20

Prepare your hearts and homes for Advent with an assortment of items. Advent candle sets (purple or blue) with necessary rings and wreaths, as well as calendars, will be available. On the first three Sundays of Advent (November 27, December 4 and 11), more items will be added, including handmade Anglican rosaries with prayers and velvet pouch, gift-boxed beaded earrings and bracelets, hand-crocheted towels, Chico reusable grocery bags, Episcopal shield stickers, Episcopal shield car tags, baked goods, St. Peter’s t-shirts (long and short sleeved), and more. AutoBell tickets will be available each week. Christmas shopping at St. Peter’s will benefit our Youth Pilgrimage Fund.

Christmas Trees Available through The Choir School at St. Peter’s

You can order Christmas trees at http://www.thechoirschool.org/greenery. 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. Visit www.thechoirschool.org to learn more.

RSVP for Advent Women’s Retreat, Saturday, December 3

During the season of Advent, we wait for God to be born as a human being, “God with us.” We also anticipate God being more fully revealed in each of us. You are invited to enjoy a morning of quiet reflection, resting in amazement at God’s presence in your own life. The retreat is offered without cost at Galilee Center (3610 Central Avenue) and will be led by Toni Hagerman, who is program coordinator at Galilee Center as well as a spiritual director, retreat leader and faith formation consultant. RSVP by emailing fallingleafcharlotte@gmail.com or call 704-900-5210.

Annual Meeting of the Parish: Sunday, December 4

The Rector, Wardens, and Vestry invite all members and newcomers to attend the Annual Meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall, an important one-hour occasion to undertake key business matters. The meeting will include the election of new Vestry members, ministry area reports, a 2017 operating budget draft, and brief remarks from the Wardens and Rector. The Vestry Nominees for 2017-2019 are Carolyn Carlburg, Elsie Erneston, John Frederick, John Hurst, Maria Long, Thayer Moeller, and Cooper Morrison, presented by the Vestry Nominating Committee (Irma Hoffman, Des Keller, Dave Lavoie, Nelda Leon). All communicants in good standing may vote for Vestry Nominees and on other business concerns. Communicants in good standing are baptized members, at least sixteen years of age, who for the previous year have been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and have been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God. You may read profiles of each candidate at www.st-peters.org/vestry-nominees and voting will be available on Sundays, November 20 and 27, during parish office hours, Monday–Friday, November 21–December 2, and on Sunday, December 4. Spread the word about this important parish gathering.

Parish Festive Advent Potluck Luncheon, Sunday, December 4

Join the parish family to celebrate the Advent Season with food and fellowship in the Parish Hall following the 10:45 a.m. Advent Lessons and Carols. Click here for sign-up to bring a dish and/or help out with this annual parish life event. Questions? ContactVestry Coordinator for Fellowship, Paige Ghareeb (paigeghareeb@mac.com, 704-947-8986). Hope to see you there!

Parish House Advent-Christmas Tree Supports Supportive Housing Communities

Again this year, our youth will collect and prepare donated items for the “White Beard Project,” started several years ago by Christa Lineberger, to provide a filled stocking of toiletries for the residents of McCreesh Place. McCreesh Place is a Supportive Housing Communities residence for formerly addicted men who are transitioning to improved lives. Watch the Parish House lobby for the tree with “ornaments” to take away and bring back with donated gifts for stockings to be delivered by the youth in mid-December.

First Sunday Young Adult Brunch

The December Brunch will be to join the whole parish at the Festive Advent Parish Potluck Luncheon on December 4 in the Parish Hall after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy.

Third Tuesday Senior Class Luncheon

The December Senior Class (55+) Luncheon location will be announced soon. The group gathers at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Hannah Craighill (704-334- 6276) or Jay Partington (704-523-1831). The Senior Class also is encouraged to attend the Festive Advent Parish Potluck Luncheon on Sunday, December 4 after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy

2017 Annual Fund Update – November 16

As of Monday, November 14, 260 pledges totaling $735,095 have been received toward our $975,000 goal. The Annual Fund Leadership and Vestry are grateful for each pledge received to-date and will make extra efforts to seek 100% participation from all member households as follow-up to Commitment Sunday, November 6. For campaign information and to pledge online today, visit www.st-peters.org/annualfund, or please pledge at the Parish House this week. It will be exciting to watch the list below grow for the Treasurer and Finance Committee to begin their work for the budget draft presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Parish.

Mr. Payson Adams, III; Mrs. Jeanne Agan; Mr. Jim Amburn; Mr. Horace Andrews; Ms. Candace Armstrong; The Hon. John Arrowood; Mr. Robert Atkins; Mr. Donald Baker & Mr. Madison Knox; Mrs. Susan Baldwin; The Rev. & Mrs. James Bartos; Mr. & Mrs. Dalon Bass; Mr. & Mrs. C. Robert Beaird; Mr. Bob Beardsley & Mr. Frank Steele; Mr. Stephen Bentley & Mr. David Deal; Mr. Earl Bernard; Mr. Timothy Bice; Dr. Michele Birch; Ms. Elizabeth Blackwood; Ms. Sandra Blair; Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Bowles; Mr. & Mrs. John Bradberry; Mr. Chase Branham; Mr. & Mrs. Keith Brent; Mr. & Mrs. John Brien; Ms. Elizabeth Brodie & Dr. Damian Bracy; Mr. Neil Broncaccio; Ms. Debra Brooks; Dr. Barbara Brown; Mr. Bill Bryan & Ms. Mary Margaret Myers; Mr. & Mrs. John Budall; Mr. & Mrs. Steven Burke; Mr. Louis Burkhead & Ms. Joan Graham; Laurie and Rob Burlington; Mr. David Burn; Mr. Nick Burnett; Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Busch; Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Caldwell; Ms. Carolyn Carlburg; Dr. & Mrs. Kent Carpenter; Mr. Rob Carpenter; Mr. Dumont Clarke & Ms. Shirley Linn; Mr. & Mrs. Marcus Clarke; Mr. Maurice Clarke; The Rev. Julie C. Clarkson; Mr. Ellison Clary & Ms. Linda Gallehugh; Mrs. Robin Cochran; Ms. Tina Coelho; Mrs. Gina Columna; Ms. Jo Cooley; Mrs. Suzanne Coonen; Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Corcoran; Mrs. Elizabeth Corzine; Ms. Chantalle Couba; Mrs. James B. Craighill; Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Cudabac; Mr. & Mrs. Geoffrey Curme; Mr. Josiah Daniels; Ms. Mary Katherine Davis; Mr. John Denti; Mr. Jim DiMartino & Mr. Sam Gardner, III; Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Dresser; Mr. & Mrs. Jim Dudley; Mr. Daniel Duggan, Jr; Mrs. Nancy Dumbell; Ms. Nancy Duncan; Mr. And Mrs. & Mrs. Anthony Dunn; Ms. Isabella Dunn; Dr. John Dunn; Ms. Carmencita Elijah; Mr. and Mrs. Brian Ellsworth; Ms. Elsie Erneston; Ms. Katherine Everett; Ms. Roberta Farman Stein; Mrs. Minta Jane Ferguson; Dr. & Mrs. Robert Ferguson; Mr. & Mrs. Quentin M. Fogan; Dr. & Mrs. Ronald Follmer; Dr. John Frederick & Mr. Anthony Craghead; Ms. Alexandria Freeman & Mr. Neil Delap; Mr. Brian Gallagher & Mr. Terry Prince; Mr. Pendley Garrett; Mr. & Mrs. Tom Ghareeb; Ms. Diana Gibbs; Mr. & Mrs. Lee Gilman; Ms. Lydia Gittens; The Rt. Rev. & Mrs. Gary Gloster; Mr. Carlos Gonzalez; Mr. Kenneth Goodwin; Ms. Mary Gotschall; Mr. & Mrs. Vernon G. Graves; Mr. and Mrs. James Green; Mr. & Mrs. Donald Greene; Ms. Lynn Griffin; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Gross; Mr. & Mrs. Brian Hacker; Mr. Wilbert Haith; Dr. John Hall & Mr. Robbie Howell; The Rev. Dr. Paul Hanneman; Ms. Ann Haskell; Mr. Robert Headley; Ms. Josephine Hicks; The Rev. & Mrs. William Hinson, Jr.; Mrs. Irma Hoffman; Mr. Michael Hoffman; Mr. & Mrs. John Hoke; Mrs. & Mr. Harris Holt, III; Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Holtz; Mr. Andrew Horgan & Mr. Alex Choong; Ms. Katherine Hughes; Mr. & Mrs. Andy Hung; Anna and Dan Hurdle; Mr. & Mrs. John Hurst, Jr.; Ms. Kimberly Hurst; Mr. Walt Hutchinson; Mr. Douglas Hutto & Mr. Steve Thomas; Ms. Louise Im; Mr. Thomas Im & Mr. Michael Loose; Ms. Marie Irving; Dr. & Mrs. David Jacobs; Mrs. Nancy Jewell; Mrs. Edith Johnson; Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Johnson; Ms. Elaine Jones; Mr. John Joslin; Mr. & Mrs. William Kalbas; Mr. Walter Kearns; Mr. & Mrs. Desmond Keller; Mr. & Mrs. Paul Keller, Jr; Dr. John Ketron & Mr. Michael Wright; Carl and Amy Dillon King; Mr. Thomas Kiser; Mr. & Mrs. Michael Koppenal; Mr. & Mrs. William Krewson; Dr. & Mrs. Christopher Lakin; The Rev. & Mrs. Keith C. Lane; Ms. Amanda Lapp & Mr. Nathaniel Heyward; Ms. Lynn Lau; Mr. & Mrs. David Lavoie; Ms. Lynnette Lewis; Mrs. Betty Little; Mr. & Mrs. Nevan Little; Mr. & Mrs. Dean Loven; Mr. & Mrs. Zachary Luszcz; Mrs. Claudia Macauley; Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Mandon; Mr. Elwood Manigault; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Markel; Mrs. Susanne Martin; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Mautz, III; Ms. Janie Maybeck; Ms. Susan McConnell; Mr. Jim McEwen & Ms. Nelda Leon; Mrs. Dorothy McGavran; Ms. Patricia McGrath; Mr. & Mrs. Brian McKeon; Ms. Hulene McLean; Ms. Judy McLeod; Mr. Al McMillian & Ms. Sydney Burgess; Mr. Ray McNeely; Mr. Joshua Meloy; Ms. Wendy Merrill; Mr. & Mrs. Bert Miano; Ms. Lena Miano; Mr. & Mrs. Howard Mixter; Mr. & Mrs. Thayer Moeller; Ms. Kathryn J. Moland; Ms. Jean Mooney; Mrs. Antonia Moore; Jennifer and Dan Moore; Mr. & Mrs. John Moore, III; Mr. Samuel Morgan; Mr. Austin Morphies; Mr. & Mrs. Micah Morrison; Mr. & Mrs. Cooper Morrison, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. George Mundle; Mr. Todd Murphy; Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Nelson; Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Nicholson, III; Mr. Charles Noe & Randy Peacock; The Rev. Eleanor Norman & Mr. Blake Shell; Mr. & Mrs. John Norton, II; Mr. William Norton; Ms. Anna Norton; Mr. & Mrs. C.J. O’Neill; Ms. Jennifer O’Neill; Mr. & Mrs. James Owens; Mr. James Padgett; Dr. Leland Park; Mr. John Parker, III; Mr. & Mrs. James Partington, III; Mr. Michael Pawlyk & Ms. Elizabeth Richardson; Ms. Betty Payne; Miss Edith Pearson; Mr. & Mrs. Tim Pechar; Dr. William Pfischner; Dr. & Mrs. Daniel Raiford; Mr. Patrick Ratchford; Ms. Kristine Reid; Mr. Maximillian Reid; The Rev. & Mrs. Ollie V. Rencher; Mr. & Mrs. Michael Restaino; Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Ringley; Mr. Greg Robbins & Mr. Brian Burden; The Hon. Jennifer & Mr. Manley Roberts; Mr. Manley Roberts; Ms. Marie Robertson; Ms. Onesha Sanders; Ms. Nancy Sarazen; Ms. Callina Satterfield; Ms. Paula Savich; The Rev. Joslyn Ogden & Dr. Brian Schaefer; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Schroeder; Mrs. Yvette Seaton; Ms. Mary Lynn Sepkowitz; Mr. & Mrs. James Shannonhouse, Jr.; Mr. Harry Shaw; Mr. & Mrs. John Shumate; Mr. & Mrs. Edward Smith, II; Mr. Mason Smith; Mr. Miles Smith; Mr. Rob Smith & Ms. Maria Long; Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Spinazzolla; Mr. Michael Spivey; Mr. & Mrs. Tate Sterrett; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stigall; The Rev. Carl Synan; Mrs. & Mr. Will Teichman; Mrs. Norveline Thomas; Mr. & Mrs. Willie Thomas; Mr. Wes Thompson & Mr. Trey Owen; Dr. John Thompson, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Thompson; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Tindle; Mr. & Mrs. James Tringas; Mrs. Mary Anna Turner; Dr. & Mrs. Gerald Vanderpool; Mr. Carl Waiters; Mr. & Mrs. Gary Wald; Dr. George Waterhouse; Mrs. Eulada P. Watt; Ms. Charmaine Welch; Mrs. Helena Welch; Ms. Hope Westerfield & Ms. Marti Henderson; Mrs. Cynthia White; Ms. Carole Whittington; Ms. Lisa Wielunski; Mr. Eric Wilkins & Dr. Annie Bowles; The family of the Rt. Rev. Huntington Williams, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Williamson; Mr. & Mrs. William Williamson, III; Mr. & Mrs. Mike Wilson; Ms. Mary Wilson; Mr. & Mrs. Klif Wommack; Mary Virginia and Dan Woodall; Mrs. Ruth Woodend; Mr. Alec Yale; Mr. & Mrs. Peter Young; Mr. & Mrs. John Zemaitis; Mr. & Mrs. Philip Zulick

201st Annual Diocesan Convention: November 18–19

“Equipping the Saints” is the theme for this year’s convention of the Diocese of North Carolina at the Raleigh Convention Center. Parish Clergy, Lay Delegates and Alternates will attend and prepare post-convention highlights via the eNews and paper copy for the parish family to be informed about diocesan life. To learn more about Annual Convention, click here.

Mid-Week Fellowship for Parents & Young Children

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-up will be December 1. 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!

Annual St. Peter’s Choir Retreat: November 18–20

For a time of fellowship, rest, refreshment, and preparation for the upcoming seasons of the Church Year, the St. Peter’s Choir will gather for its annual choir retreat at Valle Crucis Episcopal Conference Center, November 18-20. On November 20, they will serve as guest choir at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock, while our parishioner and organist Michael Grant will serve as guest organist at our morning liturgies. Let us keep the choir in our prayers and give thanks for their extraordinary commitment to worship, the central aspect of life at St. Peter’s from which we are dismissed from God’s Table to love and serve the Lord.

Early Voting for Vestry Nominees begins November 20

In preparation for the Annual Meeting of the Parish, the Parish Bylaws allow for early voting. Voting will be available on Sundays, November 20 and 27, during parish office hours, Monday–Friday, November 21–December 2, and on Sunday, December 4.

Room in the Inn starts December 7

Our parish coordinators of Room in the Inn (RITI) of Urban Ministry Center are actively seeking to connect with new volunteers for this seasonal in-house ministry. Each Wednesday evening through March, St. Peter’s Church provides a warm, welcoming place where twelve neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall. Volunteers handle every aspect of this ministry, from providing and serving meals, making sack lunches, setting up beds, cooking and serving breakfast, staying overnight, and doing laundry. To learn more, come to the Room in the Inn Potluck Kickoff Dinner on Wednesday, November 30 at 5:30 p.m. and let one of our team members show you the ropes. If you would like to get involved RSVP for the RITI Potluck, contact Bert Miano (bmiano@mianolaw.com, 205-222-7527).

Youth Advisory Committee Hosts Panthers Party, Sunday, December 11

Make arrangements for a “tailgate” and game viewing party on St. Peter’s Parish House Rooftop on Sunday, December 11 after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy. Three kinds of chili, bratwurst and slaw, and chips will be served; assorted beverages including beer and wine will be available for donations. Tickets will be available at the Advent Fair on November 20 and 27 and December 4 and 11. Adults, $10; teens 12–18, $6; children 6–11, $4; and 5 and under, no charge. A play area for young children will be set up in the Parish Hall.

Grief & Hope Class

Coping with grief can be especially challenging during the holiday season. The Reverend Amanda Robertson offers a four-week class to help you express grief and stay in touch with hope. Classes are held at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 2701 Park Rd. Contact the Reverend Amanda Robertson to sign up: amandar@holycomfortercharlotte.org. The classes are held Wednesday night from 6:00–7:15 p.m. on November 30, December 7, 14, and 21.

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.

Debrief from Opportunity Char-Meck Listening Session at St. Peter’s

Approximately 45 parishioners attended the November 13 listening session luncheon in the Parish Hall offered by representatives from Opportunity Char-Meck. As this organization continues its call to action in response to the Charlotte area being ranked 50th out of the 50 largest US cities with a likelihood of upward mobility for children living in large metropolitan areas, St. Peter’s parishioners are encouraged to explore the research and readings available at www.opportunitycharmeck.org. Longer term, Opportunity Char-Meck sees a need for greater coordination of resources in the community, and the support of faith communities, like St. Peter’s, will be key to that work. Stay tuned for updates from the parish Clergy and Social Justice Ministry Team about how to get involved.

Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars

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

April 21-23, 2017: Women’s Retreat at Valle Crucis Conference Center with St. Martin’s Charlotte

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.