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 13 and 20, 9:30–10:30 a.m.

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. “Advent Evenings: Holy Eucharist with Music” will 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.

Young Adult Study about the Ministry of Giving

Join parishioner Josiah Daniels and others for light refreshments and brilliant discussion on “Spirituality and Money.” Beginning October 23, the group will meet for four consecutive weeks, on Sunday evenings, from 6:00–7:30 p.m. in members’ homes. Readings are available here. RSVP to Riley Beetner (rbeetner@gmail.com, 980-240-1254) for details about where the group will be meeting.

Senior Class Luncheon: November 15

The next Senior Class (55+) luncheon gathering will be at the Dilworth Famous Toastery, 2400 Park Road. The group gathers at 11:30 am.

St. Peter’s Hosts Opportunity Char-Meck Listening Session Luncheon: Sunday, November 13

Reserve a spot by Thursday, November 10 to attend a timely session with community leaders from Opportunity Char-Meck. Opportunity Char-Meck’s 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 (97th in the 100 largest US cities). Sponsored by St. Peter’s Social Justice Ministry Team, from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m., in Martha Bowles Parish Hall (second floor of Parish House), all are invited to participate and learn more about what can be done to effect good change for the world beginning in Charlotte. Share this event with others and be sure to RSVP.

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, and calendars will be available. On the first three Sundays of Advent, additional items will be for sale, 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.

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.

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 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, 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.

Parish Festive Advent Potluck, 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. <help out with this annual parish life event. Questions? Contact Vestry Coordinator for Fellowship, Paige Ghareeb (paigeghareeb@mac.com, 704-947-8986). Hope to see you there!

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.

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 9

As of Monday, November 7, 215 pledges totaling $653,378 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 2017 pledgers’ list grow for the Treasurer and Finance Committee to begin their work for the budget draft presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Parish.

Social Justice Ministry Meeting: Tonight 5:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, November 9, our parish Social Justice Ministry Team will meet to reflect on the past year and discuss direction and focus areas for the coming year. Anyone who desires to become more involved in the programming and projects of St. Peter’s social justice ministry is invited to attend this 5:30 p.m. meeting in the Parish House Library. Questions? Contact Team Leader Lisa Wielunski (lisajan81@gmail.com, 704-802-2332).

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.

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-up will be 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!

Advent 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 Advent-Christmas tree with “ornaments” to take and bring back with donated gifts for the stockings after which the youth will stuff the stockings for delivery in mid-December.

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 a timeline, 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.

Save the Date: Youth Advisory Committee to Host Panthers Party

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.

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.

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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