Formation and Worship Offerings
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 27, 9:30–10:30 a.m. In the Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House), “Entering The Liturgical Year” will be presented by the clergy to explore theological themes, scripture, and customs associated with the “Church New Year” and subsequent cycle of seasons. Weekly “Contemplative Prayer” is facilitated by the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, Formation Partner, in the Town Choir Room (basement, Parish House). On December 4, the Annual Meeting of the Parish will be conducted in the Parish Hall. All adult offerings are suspended on this day.
Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s: “Advent Evenings” Spread the word about the new offering of “Advent Evenings: Holy Eucharist with Music” at 5:00 p.m. 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. 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. The complete Fall 2016-January 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. Afterward, 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.
Early Voting for 2017-2019 Vestry Nominees. In preparation for the Annual Meeting of the Parish on December 4, early voting will be available on Sunday, November 27, and during Monday–Friday parish office hours through December 2. On Sunday, December 4, you may vote at the voting table located at the entrance to the Parish Hall before the start of the 9:30 a.m. meeting.
Pub Theology, Thursday, December 1: Holiday Traditions, Trials, and Triumphs. This month’s Pub Theology will be hosted on Thursday, December 1, 6:00–8:00 p.m. at Chez Ferguson (3131 Fairfax Drive, 28209, 704-442-5529, home of Phyllis Ferguson). The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, Associate Rector, will facilitate a conversation about “Holiday Traditions, Trials, and Triumphs.” Bring your own beverage. Soup and light snacks will be provided at this casual, always lively, drop-in event. Spread the word and bring a guest.
Registration Open for Advent Women’s Retreat, Saturday, December 3. During 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. All women are invited to a morning of quiet reflection, to rest in amazement at God’s presence in their lives. The retreat is offered without cost at Galilee Center (3610 Central Avenue) and will be led by Toni Hagerman. Hagerman is program coordinator at Galilee Center, a spiritual director, retreat leader, and faith formation consultant. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 by responding on our parish website. Questions? Contact Vestry Coordinator for Fellowship, Paige Ghareeb (email@example.com, 704-947-8986).
Choir School Present its Annual Christmas Concerts. December 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m., all of the choirs from the Choir School at St. Peter’s come together for this beloved holiday tradition. The concerts, presented on two consecutive nights, will feature traditional and contemporary Christmas selections. Advance general admission tickets are $15 or $5 for children under 12. Reserved blocks of four tickets are available for $100. More information is available online: www.thechoirschool.org.
Parents with Young Children Service Opportunity, Sunday, December 11: Parents and their young children are invited to lunch in the Parish Hall after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy to make Advent and Christmas cards for parishioners who have difficulty attending worship. Don’t miss out on this holiday time of fellowship and service with fellow parish family members. Please contact Director of Children’s Formation, Anna Hurdle (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let her know if you plan to attend.
Annual Youth Advent Fair through Sunday, December 11. Prepare your hearts and homes for Advent with an assortment of items. Advent candle sets (purple or blue) with necessary rings and wreaths, calendars, handmade Anglican rosaries with prayers and velvet pouch, ornaments, 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 also will be available. Shopping at St. Peter’s will benefit our Youth Pilgrimage Fund.
Panthers Tailgate Roof Party to Benefit Youth, 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 a donation. 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. Parents with young children are encouraged to participate in the Service Opportunity (mentioned above) and may consider leaving their children in a play area in the Parish Hall while they watch the game.
Next Center City Concert, Monday, December 19. At Noon on third Mondays, St. Peter’s hosts a free concert in the church. December features holiday choral music with The Burli Singers, conducted by Rob Burlington, Director of Music Arts at Cannon School. The program includes favorite Christmas carols and anthems, and opportunities to sing along. Learn more at www.centercityconcerts.org.
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 (email@example.com, 205-222-7527).
201st Annual Convention Highlights. “Equipping the Saints” was the theme for the November 18–19 Convention of the Diocese of North Carolina in Raleigh. Our parish delegation was composed of the Rector, the Associate Rector, and five lay delegates: Mark Boyd, John Budall, Josephine Hicks, Des Keller, and Amy Dillon King. Each will gather again on March 4, 2017 for a special convention at Canterbury School in Greensboro to elect our twelfth Bishop Diocesan. Also representing St. Peter’s were Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt, a member of the Bishop Search Transition Committee; and Congregational Development Ministry Team Leader, Cooper Morrison, a participant on a panel of young adults and youth dedicated to reconciliation and addressing injustice. Read a recap of convention highlights or learn more about the search for the XII Bishop of North Carolina. Paper copies of each are available in the Parish House lobby.
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 will be Shun Lee Palace (4340 Colwick Road in Cotswold) on Tuesday December 20, 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.
Beyond our Doors
Grief and 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: firstname.lastname@example.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 11: Service Opportunity & Lunch for Families with Young Children (Parish Hall 12:30 p.m.) Panther Tailgate Roof Party to benefit youth (Third Floor Roof 1230 p.m.)
December 24: Christmas Eve Liturgies – 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Pageant, 7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (6:45 p.m. Choral Prelude), and 10:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist (10:00 p.m. Choral Prelude).
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
January 6-7: Vestry Retreat and New Vestry Member Orientation at St. Peter’s.
April 21–23, 2017: Women’s Retreat at Valle Crucis Conference Center with St. Martin’s Charlotte
2017 Annual Fund Update
As of Wednesday, November 23, 273 pledges totaling $762,215 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 pledge at the Parish House. It is exciting to watch the 2017 pledgers’ list as November 23 (below) grow for the Treasurer and Finance Committee to complete a 2017 operating budget draft for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Parish on December 4.
Mr. Payson Adams, III; Mrs. Jeanne Agan; Mr. Jim Amburn; Mr. Horace Andrews; Ms. Candace Armstrong; The Hon. John Arrowood; Mr. Robert Atkins; Mr. Michael Baker & Mr. Matt 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. Steve Bentley & Mr. David Deal; Mr. Earl Bernard; Mr. Timothy Bice; Dr. Michele Birch; Ms. Elizabeth Blackwood; Ms. Sandra Blair; Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Bossemeyer; Mr. & Mrs. Erskine Bowles; Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Bowles; Mr. Mark Boyd & Mr. Andre Fleuriel; 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. & Mrs. Timothy Chapin; 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 Fogan; Dr. & Mrs. Ronald Follmer; Mr. Tommy Forte; 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; Dr. Margaret Gibson; Mr. & Mrs. Lee Gilman; Ms. Lydia Gittens; The Rt. Rev. & Mrs. Gary Gloster; Mr. Carlos Gonzalez; Mr. Kenneth Goodwin & Mr. Peter Richard; 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.; Ms. Catherine Hoffman; Mrs. Irma Hoffman; Mr. Michael Hoffman; Mr. & Mrs. John Hoke; Mrs. & Mr. Lyn Holt; Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Holtz; Mr. Andrew Horgan & Mr. Alex Choong; Ms. Katherine Hughes; Mr. & Mrs. Andy Hung; Mr. & Mrs. Dandridge 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. & Mrs. Greg Jones; Mr. John Joslin; Mr. & Mrs. William Kalbas; Mr. Walter Kearns; Mr. & Mrs. Desmond Keller; Mr. & Mrs. Paul Keller, Jr; Mr. & Mrs. William Kelly; Ms. Janet Keny; Dr. John Ketron & Mr. Michael Wright; Carl and Amy Dillon King; Mr. Thomas Kiser; Ms. Maureen Kivney; Mary, Ben, Helen, Amelia & Sam Klauder; 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; Ms. Lisa Lynn & Ms. Caren Akin; 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; Mr. & Ms. Daniel 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. Wil 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 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; Mrs. Mary Williams and family; Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Williamson; Mr. & Mrs. William Williamson, III; Mr. & Mrs. Mike Wilson; Ms. Lindie 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
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