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 6, 9:30–10:30 a.m.

In the Parish Hall Forum, the Clergy and members Carl King and Nelda Leon will facilitate a 9:30 a.m. conversation about the parish-wide read of “Spirituality and Money” at the Parish Hall Forum. To explore questions like, 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?, it’s not too late to read or skim one or three brief essays: available here online and in the Parish House lobby. Looking ahead: On November 13 and 20, in the Parish Hall Forum, Congregational Development leaders will provide 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, and conversation about how those gifts might be used in our community.

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. 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, 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.

All Saints’ and Commitment Sunday, November 6

Two infants will be administered the sacrament of Holy Baptism at the 10:45 a.m. liturgy, which will include Grayston Ives’ “Missa Brevis” service music, and incense (hypoallergenic). Commitment Sunday will be observed at both morning liturgies in response to our “Support Life at St. Peter’s: Pledge 2017” annual fund campaign. Pledges made online, by paper form, or intended to be made will be consecrated with the bread and wine at the Holy Eucharist.

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.

Newcomer Coffee this Sunday, November 6, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

The Congregational Development Team invites all who are new to the Parish or want to get to know newcomers better to a time of fellowship and community building in the Parlor.

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).

St. Peter’s Hosts Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force Listening Session Luncheon: Sunday, November 13

Mark your calendar and reserve a spot by Thursday, November 10 to attend a conversation with community leaders from Opportunity Task Force whose call to action follows results of a Harvard University and University of California-Berkeley study that looked at the upward mobility for children living in large metropolitan areas. The report revealed that the Charlotte area ranked 50th out of the 50 largest US cities (and 97th in the 100 largest US cities). Sponsored by our Social Justice Ministry Team, 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall, all are invited to participate and learn more about what can be done individually and collectively to effect good change for the world beginning in Charlotte.

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 Ave.) and led by Toni Hagerman, 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 Nominating Committee (Irma Hoffman, Des Keller, Dave Lavoie, Nelda Leon) will announce the Vestry nominees in coming days and appreciate all nominations received by Monday, October 31. 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. 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.

Advent Lessons and Carols and Parish Potluck Luncheon, 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 and asked to bring a dish to the festive Advent Potluck Luncheon in the Parish Hall. To assist with hosting this event and/or to learn more about provisions you can bring, sign up by clicking here now or contact Vestry Coordinator for Fellowship, Paige Ghareeb (paigeghareeb@mac.com, 704-947-8986). Stay tuned for more about the luncheon.

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 – November 4

annual-giving-logo-2017As of Friday, November 4, 155 pledges totaling $525,085 have been received toward our $975,000 goal. The Annual Fund Leadership and Vestry are grateful for each pledge received to-date and invite 100% participation from all member households before or on November 6, Commitment Sunday. Many pledges are increases of last year’s and include those of some newcomers. For campaign 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 2017 pledgers’ list (below) grow for the Treasurer and Finance Committee to begin their work after Commitment Sunday in preparation for 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. Steve Bentley & Mr. David Deal; 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. John Brien; Ms. Elizabeth Brodie & Dr. Damian Bracy; Mr. William Bryan; Mr. & Mrs. Steven Burke; Laurie and Rob Burlington; Mr. John Burnett; Ms. Carolyn Carlburg; Dr. & Mrs. Kent Carpenter; Mr. Rob Carpenter; Mr. Dumont Clarke & Ms. Shirley Linn; Mr. & Mrs. Marcus Clarke; The Rev. Julie Clarkson; Mr. Ellison Clary & Ms. Linda Gallehugh; Ms. Tina Coelho; 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; Ms. Mary Katherine Davis; Mr. Jim DiMartino & Mr. Sam Gardner, III; Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Dresser; Mr. Daniel Duggan, Jr; Mrs. Nancy Dumbell; Ms. Nancy Duncan; Dr. John Dunn; Ms. Carmencita Elijah; Mr. and Mrs. Brian Ellsworth; Dr. & Mrs. Robert Ferguson; Dr. & Mrs. Ronald Follmer; Dr. John Frederick & Mr. Anthony Craghead; Mr. Brian Gallagher & Mr. Terry Prince; Mr. & Mrs. Tom Ghareeb; Ms. Diana Gibbs; Mr. & Mrs. Lee Gilman; Ms. Lydia Gittens; The Rt. Rev. & Mrs. Gary Gloster; Mr. Carlos Gonzalez; Ms. Mary Gotschall; Mr. & Mrs. Vernon G. Graves; Ms. Lynn Griffin; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Gross; Mr. & Mrs. Brian Hacker; Mr. Wilbert Haith; Mr. Paul Hanneman; Ms. Ann Haskell; Mr. Robert Headley; Ms. Josephine Hicks; Mrs. Irma Hoffman; Mr. & Mrs. John Hoke; Ms. Kimberly Hurst; Mr. Walt Hutchinson; Ms. Louise Im; Mr. Thomas Im & Mr. Michael Loose; Ms. Marie Irving; Dr. & Mrs. David Jacobs; Mrs. Nancy Jewell; Mrs. Edith Johnson; Mr. John Joslin; Mr. Walter Kearns; Mr. & Mrs. Paul Keller, Jr; Dr. John Ketron & Mr. Michael Wright; Mr. & Mrs. Michael Koppenal; Ms. Lynn Lau; Mr. & Mrs. David Lavoie; Mr. & Mrs. Nevan Little; Mr. & Mrs. Dean Loven; Mr. & Mrs. Zachary Luszcz; Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Mandon; Mr. Elwood Manigault; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Markel; Mrs. Susanne Martin; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Mautz, III; Ms. Janie Maybeck; Ms. Nelda Leon; Mrs. Dorothy McGavran; Ms. Patricia McGrath; Ms. Hulene McLean; Mr. Alfonso McMillian, Jr. & Ms. Sydney Burgess; Mr. & Mrs. Bert Miano; Mr. & Mrs. Howard Mixter; Mr. & Mrs. John Moore, III; Mr. & Mrs. Cooper Morrison, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Nelson; Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Nicholson, III; Ms. Eleanor Norman; Mr. & Mrs. John Norton, II; Mr. & Mrs. C.J. O’Neill; 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; The Rev. & Mrs. Ollie V. Rencher; Mr. Greg Robbins & Mr. Brian Burden; The Hon. Jennifer & Mr. Manley Roberts; Ms. Nancy Sarazen; Ms. Callina Satterfield; Ms. Paula Savich; The Rev. Joslyn Ogden & Dr. Brian Schaefer; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Schroeder; Mrs. Yvette Seaton; Mr. & Mrs. James Shannonhouse, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. John Shumate; Mr. Rob Smith & Ms. Maria Long; Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Spinazzolla; Mr. Michael Spivey; Mr. & Mrs. Tate Sterrett; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stigall; Mrs. Norveline Thomas; Mr. Joel Thompson & Mr. Mark Owen; Dr. John Thompson, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Tindle; Mrs. Mary Anna Turner; Mr. Carl Waiters; Mrs. Helena Welch; Ms. Hope Westerfield & Ms. Marti Henderson; Mrs. Cynthia White; Mr. Eric Wilkins & Dr. Annie Bowles; Mr. & Mrs. William Williamson, III; Mr. & Mrs. Mike Wilson; Ms. Mary Wilson; Mr. & Mrs. Klif Wommack; Mrs. Ruth Woodend; Mr. Alec Yale; Mr. & Mrs. Peter Young; Mr. & Mrs. John Zemaitis

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: Friday, November 4

Those living with chronic illness and/or who are caregivers are invited to attend this fellowship gathering on the first Friday of the month, 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 group meeting will be on December 2.

Holiday Greenery Sale by The Choir School: November 6 Deadline

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.

Advent Devotional Writing Opportunity: November 7 Deadline

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 submit the reflections will be Friday, November 18.

Help Eastern N.C. Flood Victims

Until Sunday, November 13, 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. 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. All are welcome to help.

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.

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.

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. If you have questions, comments, or want to reflect on race matters as part of your faith journey, contact a member of the Clergy.

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.

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.

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.

Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars

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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