News: January 10, 2018

St. Peter’s Winter-Spring-Summer 2018 Calendar of Worship, Programs, and Events is available with returning and new offerings for all ages. Take a look and share it with others. Learn more about our mission and ministry through the Fall 2017 edition of our parish magazine, Life at St. Peter’s. Copies of both are available for pick up in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Worship and Music

Experience Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s: January 14, 21, 28. At 5:00 p.m., on most second and fourth Sundays, we offer the service of Choral Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) with Holy Eucharist led by the Clergy and various choral ensembles (January 14 St. Peter’s Choir; January 28 MasterSingers). On every third Sunday, a contemplative Holy Eucharist is offered, patterned after the Taizé, France community. This service includes music for piano, moments for silence, and candle-lighting as a prayer form. Learn more about Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s here and learn more about our complete worship schedule here.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Service at St. Peter’s, January 15. Our parish will host a Center City Holy Communion with hymns on Monday, January 15 at 1:00 p.m. to commemorate the ministry of Dr. King and all who served through the Civil Rights Movement. The service will follow the Center City Concert at Noon.

Weekday Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist. Monday–Friday, 8:00–8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel is a quiet offering for the start of the day. On Tuesdays at Noon, a 30-minute celebration of the Holy Eucharist is offered. Both are followed by brief fellowship time in the Parlor. Consider adding weekday worship to your journey, especially if you are unable to attend worship on Sundays.

Altar Flowers and Eucharistic Supplies: In Honor or Memory of Loved Ones. To honor or memorialize loved ones or celebrate special occasions in meaningful ways, consider giving Altar flowers and Eucharistic supplies. Altar flowers are $150 per Sunday, and Eucharistic supplies (bread, wine) are $30 for one month or $15 for two Sundays. To make reservations, contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142) or visit www.st-peters.org/donate.

Learning

Thursday, January 11, Pub Theology Formation Offering. On second Thursdays, January through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On January 11, the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, will host “Reflecting on The Civil Rights Movement, Past and Present” at Rock Bottom Brewery across W. Seventh Street from St. Peter’s. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual, drop in holy conversation events. Learn more about Pub Theology.

Sunday Formation Classes for Children, Youth, and Adults, 9:30 a.m. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children, ages 2–12, and Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth, ages 13–18 meet in their classrooms. Adults are invited to gather for the large assembly Parish Hall Forum or the new small group Bible Study. Learn more about St. Peter’s learning offerings for all ages.

Parents Connect, Sunday, January 14, 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Parents of children and youth are invited to meet in the Parlor on Sunday, January 14, 9:30–10:30 a.m. for fellowship and  conversation with Erin Chantry and Father Jacob Pierce. The new “Parents Connect” will serve as a unique opportunity for parents to connect in fellowship, service, and community-building ways, including Sunday morning opportunities. Stay tuned to the eNews and notices about a Parents Connect Social in February.

Adult Parish Hall Forum, Sunday, January 14, 9:30 a.m. On January 14, “A Call to Resilience” will be offered by parishioner/clinical psychologist, Dr. Susan Campbell and the Reverends Jacob E. Pierce and Ollie V. Rencher. This forum will launch a four-week, weeknight series on Wednesdays, January 17, 24, 31, and February 7, facilitated by Dr. Campbell and oriented around The Daring Way™ curriculum developed by Dr. Brené Brown. Learn more about the kickoff forum and register for Wednesday nights by Monday, January 15. “Being Christian in a Pluralistic Society” will be the forum topic on January 21.

Sunday Morning Bible Study begins January 21. Adult Formation Advisory/Vestry Member, Mary Lynn Sepkowitz will begin leadership of a new weekly Bible Study, “Engaging Scripture: Liberating the Gospels” on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room, next to the elevator and Parish Hall. Participants are invited to bring a personal study Bible or may use one available at St. Peter’s.

Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training Day, Saturday, January 20. Liturgical ministers and volunteers will gather Saturday, January 20, 8:30–11:30 a.m. for a retreat and training day. This retreat is for long-time volunteers, those who are new to a ministry, those who wish to be trained, or those who simply want to learn more. Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers and Sub-deacons, Lectors, Welcome Hosts, and Healing Ministers are encouraged to attend. The day will begin with fellowship and coffee at 8:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by a plenary at 9:00 a.m., and breakout trainings for each group. Eucharistic Visitors and Altar Guild volunteers routinely schedule separate trainings. Contact Father Jacob (jpierce@st-peters.org) for more information.

Discover St. Peter’s Class, January 21 and 28. Whether you are very new to St. Peter’s or simply interested in refreshing or deepening your understanding of what it means to be part of the St. Peter’s community, you are invited to attend one or both Discover St. Peter’s sessions hosted by the Congregational Development Team on Sundays, January 21 and 28, at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Each session will be co-facilitated by clergy and lay leadership. Register here or for more information, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh ([klauderbaugh@st-peters.org](mailto: klauderbaugh@st-peters.org), 704-749-6141).

Monday Night Bible Study starts January 22. Parishioners John Frederick and Ruth Woodend will facilitate a weekly Bible study at St. Peter’s on Mondays, January 22 through March 19, 6:30–8:00 p.m. Participants will use Invitation to the Old Testament, a $10.00 resource book of the Disciple Short-term Series (Sinclair & Tabor). For more information and to register, contact Ruth Woodend (704-661-4687, rwoodend@gmail.com or John Frederick (704-293-7800, jgmfrederick@yahoo.com. Learn more and register.

Community Life

St. Peter’s Annual Fund Campaign Update. Parish Treasurer, Dave Lavoie reported on Monday, January 8 that 285 pledges totaling $880,544 had been received toward Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter’s. 100% pledge participation is being sought by the Vestry and Treasurer from all member households to reach the one-million-dollar goal necessary to adequately fund parish worship, in-reach and outreach initiatives, formation programs for adults, youth, and children, music, staff-clergy team compensation and healthcare benefits, operations and administration, and care of buildings and grounds. To offer or increase your 2018 pledge support, visit www.st-peters.org/give18 or contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142).

Vestry Retreat and 2018 Ministry Area Coordinators. The Vestry, Treasurer, and Clergy gathered January 5–6 for an annual retreat (“Fostering and Sustaining Ministry”) that included new Vestry member orientation; a buildings and grounds tour; next steps to develop a parish strategic plan for the benefit of present and future mission; and the organization of Vestry Ministry Area Coordinators: Senior Warden, Bert Miano; Junior Warden, Maria Long; Clerk, Cooper Morrison; Treasurer, Dave Lavoie; Congregational Development, Mike Hoffman and Cooper Morrison; Fellowship, Christa Lineberger; Formation, Marcus Clarke; Outreach, Elsie Erneston; Pastoral Care, Mary Lynn Sepkowitz; Social Justice, John Frederick; Stewardship, Carolyn Carlburg, Ellison Clary; Worship and The Arts, John Hall. Stay tuned for more about joining them and the clergy-staff team in the work of the parish mission, ministry, and vision.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Events at St. Peter’s, January 13 and 15. Saturday, January 13 – St. Peter’s Social Justice Team invites all ages to participate in the Parade, 10:00 a.m.–Noon. Volunteers are needed to march, offer sidewalk and churchyard hospitality, and assist with setup. Sign up online. Monday, January 15 – Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s presents the Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble at Noon followed by a 1:00 p.m. Center City Holy Communion Service commemorating Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.

Valet Parking at St. Peter’s. Services are available for persons with limited mobility circumstances on Sundays, 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Parish House/W. Seventh Street entrance.

Senior Class 55+ Luncheon: Third Tuesdays. The next monthly luncheon for this fellowship group will be on Tuesday, January 16, 11:30 a.m. at Red Rocks Café South Park, 4223 Providence at Fairview roads. For more information, call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), Barbara Partington (704-523-1831), or Dan Woodall (704-351-2279). Learn more about this fellowship opportunity.

Parish Groups and Guilds. If you wish to make new or revive old connections through regular or occasional small group fellowships, visit Groups, Guilds and Events. Watch for notices about events of the Senior Class, Young Adults, and new opportunities to begin in 2018.

Chronic Care Support Group: First Fridays. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be February 2, 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor. The Reverend Keith Lane and others facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and caregivers alike. Contact Father Keith Lane (klane@st-peters.org, 704-332-7746 x355).

Annual Shrove Tuesday Festival, February 13: Tickets and Volunteers. On the eve of Ash Wednesday, all ages are invited to gather for a grand occasion beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Prepare now for a big evening of music and assorted foods, including pancakes, bacon and sausage, the Rector’s Gumbo (four sorts), vegetarian options, salad, fruit, King Cake, assorted desserts, and many child-friendly items. Tickets are $6 for youth and adults, $4 for children, up to a $25 household maximum, and must be purchased by Wednesday, February 7 online or at the Parish House Reception Desk.  Stay tuned for volunteer sign up for setup and cleanup; decorations; cooking assistants; food and refreshment station servers; table hosts/runners; door greeters.

Outreach and Social Justice

Room in the Inn hosted at St. Peter’s. On each Wednesday evening from December 6 through March 28, St. Peter’s participates in Room in the Inn (RITI) by providing a warm, welcoming place where twelve neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall. To learn more and serve in a variety of important ways, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (bmiano@mianolaw.com, 205-222-7527).

Social Justice Film Night, January 31, 6:00 p.m. St. Peter’s Social Justice Team presents a film night screening of The Loving Story, Wednesday, January 31, 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This documentary tells the story of the 1967 landmark civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court that made interracial marriage legal in all states. After the 77-minute film, stay for a conversation with the Reverend Ollie V. and Mrs. Ellie R. Rencher about their own marriage, which would not have been legal 50 years ago.

Looking Ahead

Youth Pilgrimage Chili Fundraiser, Sunday, February 4.

Youth Parents Social, Sunday, February 11, 4:00–8:00 p.m., Home of Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt.

Ash Wednesday, February 14. Imposition of Ashes with Holy Eucharist, 7:00 a.m., Noon, 7:00 p.m.; Ashes-on-the-Go Sidewalk Ministry: 8:00–8:45 a.m., 11:00–11:45 a.m., 1:00–1:45 p.m.

News: January 3, 2017

Welcome to 2018 at St. Peter’s. The Clergy, Staff, Vestry, and a host of lay leaders are pleased to release the 2018 Winter-Spring-Summer Calendar of Worship, Programs, and Events for your engagement, including new weekday and small group events. Take a look, share it with others, and learn more about life at St. Peter’s. Copies are available for pickup in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Worship and Music

Friday, January 5, Eve of The Epiphany Burning of the Greens, 6:00 p.m. All are invited to a Twelfth Night Holy Eucharist with hymns and Burning of the Greens. This liturgy marks the end of Christmastide and begins the season of Epiphany. Bring one or two small sprigs or branches from your Christmas tree, wreath, or garland to add to the “Light of Christ” fire that will be lit after the liturgy in the churchyard. Households with children and youth have especially enjoyed this annual feast.

Sunday, January 7, Feast of the Baptism of our Lord. The 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services will include the Renewal of Baptismal Vows and the commissioning of the 2018–2020 Vestry.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. In addition to our regular Sunday morning schedule, the next evening service will be Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist, led by the Clergy and the St. Peter’s Choir, on January 14 at 5:00 p.m. Learn more about Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s here and learn more about our complete worship schedule here.

Weekday Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist. Monday-Friday, 8:00–8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel is a quiet offering for the start of the day. On Tuesdays at Noon, a 30-minute celebration of the Holy Eucharist is offered. Both are followed by brief fellowship time in the Parlor. Consider adding weekday worship to your journey, especially if you are unable to attend worship on Sundays.

Learning

Register Today: Epiphany Retreat, Saturday, January 6. The Reverend Keith C. Lane and parishioner/spiritual director Elizabeth Richardson will facilitate “Stillness in Center City,” an instructed time of quiet, exploration, and spiritual formation, this coming Saturday at St. Peter’s, 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.

Formation Classes for Children, Youth, and Adults resume Sunday, January 7, 9:30 a.m. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children, ages 2-12, and Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth, ages 13-18 meet in their classrooms, while adults are invited to gather for the clergy-hosted Parish Hall Forum on the second floor of the Parish House. Learn more about St. Peter’s approach to formation.

Adult Parish Hall Forum, Sundays, January 7 and 14, 9:30 a.m. The January 7 Parish Hall Forum presents “New Year Reflections on Who We Are: Baptismal Identity and Mission,” a conversation led by the Clergy. On January 14, “A Call to Resilience” will be offered by parishioner/clinical psychologist, Dr. Susan Campbell and the Reverends Jacob E. Pierce and Ollie V. Rencher. This forum will launch a four-week, weeknight series on Wednesdays, January 17, 24, 31, and February 7, facilitated by Dr. Campbell and oriented around The Daring Way™ curriculum developed by Dr. Brené Brown. Learn more about the Sunday forum and register for Wednesday nights by Monday, January 15.

Pub Theology, Thursday, January 11. On second Thursdays, January through May, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On January 11, the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, will host “Reflecting on The Civil Rights Movement, Past and Present” at Rock Bottom Brewery across W. Seventh Street from St. Peter’s. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual, drop-in events. Learn more about Pub Theology.

Monday Night Bible Study starts January 22. Parishioners John Frederick and Ruth Woodend will facilitate a weekly Bible study at St. Peter’s on Mondays, January 22 through March 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Participants will use Invitation to the Old Testament, a $10.00 resource book of the Disciple Short-term Series (Sinclair & Tabor). For more information and to register, contact Ruth Woodend (704-661-4687, rwoodend@gmail.com or John Frederick (704-293-7800, jgmfrederick@yahoo.com. Learn more and register.

Community Life

2018 Annual Fund Update. On Wednesday, January 3, Parish Treasurer, Dave Lavoie reported that 281 pledges totaling $876,754 had been received toward Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter’s. The 2018 Annual Fund Leadership Team is seeking 100% participation from all member households to make our one-million-dollar pledge goal a reality. To offer or even increase your 2018 pledge, visit www.st-peters.org/give18 or use the information available at St. Peter’s.

Vestry Retreat, January 5–6. The Vestry, Treasurer, and Clergy will gather for its Annual Retreat and New Member Orientation on Saturday, January 6, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Parish House preceded by dinner on Friday, January 5. Stay tuned for a retreat debrief and please hold this leadership gathering in your prayers: Class of 2018 Christa Lineberger, John Hall, Carolyn Carlburg, Bert Miano (Senior Warden), Class of 2019 Elsie Erneston, John Frederick, Maria Long (Junior Warden), Cooper Morrison (Secretary), Class of 2020 Marcus Clarke, Ellison Clary, Mike Hoffman, Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, and Treasurer Dave Lavoie.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Events at St. Peter’s, January 13 and 15. Saturday, January 13 – St. Peter’s Social Justice Team invites all ages to participate in the Parade, 10:00 a.m.–Noon. Volunteers are needed to march, offer sidewalk and churchyard hospitality, and assist with setup. Sign up at the Social Justice table on the Sundays prior to the event or learn more and sign up online. Monday, January 15 – Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s presents the Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble at Noon followed by a 1:00 p.m. Center City Holy Communion Service commemorating Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.

Parents Connect, Sunday, January 14, 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Parents of children and youth are invited to gather in the Parlor on Sunday, January 14 during the 9:30 a.m. formation hour. Join Erin Chantry and Father Jacob Pierce for a time of fellowship and conversation. Parents Connect will serve as a unique opportunity for parents to connect in fellowship, service, and community-building ways, including Sunday morning opportunities. Stay tuned to the eNews and notices about a parish-wide Parents Connect Social in February.

Valet Parking at St. Peter’s. Services are available for persons with limited mobility circumstances on Sundays, 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Parish House/W. Seventh Street entrance.

Chronic Care Support Group: First Fridays. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be January 5, 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor. The Reverend Keith Lane and others facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and caregivers alike. Contact Father Keith Lane (klane@st-peters.org, 704-332-7746 x355).

Senior Class Luncheon: Third Tuesdays. The next monthly luncheon for this 55+ fellowship group will be on Tuesday, January 16, 11:30 a.m. at a location to be announced next week. For more information, call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), Barbara Partington (704-523-1831), or Dan Woodall (704-351-2279). Learn more about this fellowship opportunity.

Parish Groups and Guilds. If you wish to make new or revive old connections through regular or occasional small group fellowships, visit Groups, Guilds and Events. Watch for notices about events of the Senior Class, Young Adults, and new opportunities to begin in 2018.

Outreach and Social Justice

Room in the Inn hosted at St. Peter’s. On each Wednesday evening from December 6 through March 28, St. Peter’s participates in Room in the Inn (RITI) by providing a warm, welcoming place where twelve neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall. To learn more and serve in a variety of important ways, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (bmiano@mianolaw.com, 205-222-7527).

Social Justice Film Night, January 31, 6:00 p.m. St. Peter’s Social Justice Team presents a film night screening of The Loving Story, Wednesday, January 31, 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This documentary tells the story of the 1967 landmark civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court that made interracial marriage legal in all states. After the 77-minute film, stay for a conversation with the Reverend Ollie V. and Mrs. Ellie R. Rencher about their own marriage, which would not have been legal 50 years ago.

Looking Ahead

Youth Pilgrimage Chili Fundraiser, Sunday, February 4.

Youth Parents Social, Sunday, February 11, 4:00–8:00 p.m., Home of Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt.

Shrove Tuesday Festival, February 13, 6:00 p.m.

Ash Wednesday, February 14. Imposition of Ashes with Holy Eucharist, 7:00 a.m., Noon, 7:00 p.m.; Ashes-on-the-Go Sidewalk Ministry: 8:00–8:45 a.m., 11:00–11:45 a.m., 1:00–1:45 p.m.

News: December 19, 2017

Christmas Honoraria and Memorials Benefit Decorations and Special Music. If you would like to honor or memorialize loved ones by offering a donation for Christmas greenery, decorations, or special music, including guest instrumentalists, you may donate online, mail donations with acknowledgements to Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon, 115 West Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28202, or use a “Christmas Contribution” envelope available at St. Peter’s.

2018 Annual Fund Update. On Tuesday, December 19, the Parish Treasurer reported that 267 pledges totaling $862,180 had been received toward Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter’s. The Treasurer’s Report at the Annual Meeting summarized our 2017 financial stewardship and provided a 2018 operating budget draft. 100% participation from all member households will make our 2018 goal a reality. To offer or even increase your 2018 pledge, visit www.st-peters.org/give18 or use the information available at St. Peter’s.

 Year-end Contributions. All pledges and financial contributions for the 2017 fiscal year must be received in the Financial Administration Office by Sunday, December 31, in order to receive credit for 2017. Contributions may be paid online here or delivered to the attention of Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142).

Worship and Music

Service of the Longest Night, December 21. St. Peter’s will offer a Service of the Longest Night, also known as a “Blue Christmas” liturgy, on Thursday, December 21, at 6:00 p.m. All are invited to attend this Holy Eucharist with hymns and music for piano as an intentional time of remembering and celebrating the lives of loved ones no longer present physically in households and communities for holiday gatherings.

Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 24. This year, because the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve fall on the same day, there will be one morning service at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent before the afternoon transition to the Christmas liturgies.

Christmas Pageant Rehearsal, December 24. Our pageant will be offered as the Liturgy of the Word for the 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist on Christmas Eve. All children are invited to join the cast and attend the rehearsal on Sunday, December 24, 2:30 p.m. until the beginning of the service. Learn more and signup for all roles here. Contact Director of Children’s Formation, Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org).

Christmas Services at St. Peter’s, December 24–25. Christmas Eve services: 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Pageant; 7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (6:45 p.m. Choral Prelude); 10:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist (10:00 p.m. Choral Prelude); Christmas Day Holy Eucharist, 10:00 a.m. Nursery available for 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. services, and parking valet available for 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 10:30 p.m.

Morning Prayer Schedule, December 25–29. When the Parish House and Offices are closed December 25–27, our customary weekday service of Morning Prayer will be, 8:00–8:30 a.m. in the Chapel.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. The next liturgy will be Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist, led by the Clergy and the St. Peter’s Choir, on January 14 at 5:00 p.m. Learn more about Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s here and learn more about our complete worship schedule here.

Learning

Sunday Formation for Adults, Youth, and Children: Holiday Break.Classes will be suspended on December 24 and 31 and resume on January 7. The January 7 Parish Hall Forum will feature “New Year Reflections on Who We Are: Baptismal Identity and Mission,” a conversation led by the Clergy. The 2018 Winter-Spring-Summer Calendar of Worship, Programs, and Events will be released soon to consider a host of offerings, including new weekday and small group events.

Epiphany Retreat, Saturday, January 6: Registration Open. The Reverend Keith C. Lane and parishioner/spiritual director Elizabeth Richardson will facilitate “Stillness in Center City,” an instructed time of quiet, exploration, and spiritual formation, on Saturday, January 6 at St. Peter’s, 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.

Community Life

Greening of the Church, December 23–24. The Altar and Flower Guilds look to extra helping hands to decorate parish buildings and grounds for the season. Duties are available for adults, youth, and older children. If you can assist on Saturday, December 23, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and/or Sunday, December 24, 11:15 a.m.–1:30 p.m., for as long as possible, contact Altar Guild Coordinator, Mary Virginia Woodall (mava823@gmail.com, 704-351-1627) or Flower Guild Coordinator, Todd Murphy (todd@toddmurphyevents.com, 704-904-0545). Learn more here and sign up online.

Parish House and Offices Holiday Schedule. Monday–Wednesday, December 25–27, and Monday, January 1, the Parish House and Offices will be closed. For pastoral or hospital emergencies concerning parishioners, contact the Clergy On Call at 704-749-6175.

2017 Annual Meeting of the Parish Report. At the December 10 Annual Meeting of the Parish, Marcus Clarke, Ellison Clary, Mike Hoffman, and Mary Lynn Sepkowitz were elected for a 2018–2020 Vestry term. They will assume their duties and ministry area responsibilities between the January 5–6 Vestry Retreat and January 16 Vestry meeting. Paper copies of the 2017 Annual Meeting Report are available at St. Peter’s or online here.

Chronic Care Support Group: First Fridays. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be January 5, 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor. The Reverend Keith Lane and others facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and caregivers alike. Contact Father Keith Lane (klane@st-peters.org, 704-332-7746 x355).
Parish Groups and Guilds. If you wish to make new or revive old connections through regular or occasional small group fellowships, visit Groups, Guilds and Events. Watch for notices about events of the Senior Class, Young Adults, and new opportunities to begin in 2018.

Outreach and Social Justice

Room in the Inn hosted at St. Peter’s. On each Wednesday evening from December 6 through March, St. Peter’s participates in Room in the Inn (RITI) by providing a warm, welcoming place where twelve neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall. To learn more and serve, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (bmiano@mianolaw.com, 205-222-7527).

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade, January 13. St. Peter’s Social Justice Team invites all parishioners to participate in the parade on Saturday, January 13, 10:00 a.m.–Noon. Volunteers are needed to march, offer sidewalk and churchyard hospitality, and assist with setup. Sign up at the Social Justice table on the Sundays prior to the event or learn more and sign up online.

Looking Ahead

January 5: Eve of The Epiphany Holy Eucharist and Burning of the Greens, 6:00 p.m. and Commencement of January 5–6 Vestry Retreat at St. Peter’s.

January 6: Epiphany Retreat: Stillness in Center City, 8:30 a.m.

January 7: Feast of the Baptism of our Lord; Vestry Commissioning.

January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Events at St. Peter’s: Center City Concerts presents the Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble (Noon); Center City Holy Communion with Music (1:00 p.m.); Holiday Parade Participation and Church Hospitality (Saturday, January 13).

News: December 13, 2017

Vestry Class of 2018 Elected at Annual Meeting. At the December 10 Annual Meeting of the Parish, Marcus Clarke, Ellison Clary, Mike Hoffman, and Mary Lynn Sepkowitz were elected for a 2018–2020 Vestry term. Following the December 19 Vestry Meeting and January 5–6 Vestry Retreat, they will assume their responsibilities. Paper copies of the 2017 Annual Meeting Report are available at St. Peter’s or online here.

Christmas Honoraria and Memorials Benefit Church Decorations and Special Music. If you would like to honor or memorialize loved ones by offering a donation for Christmas greenery, decorations, or special music, including guest instrumentalists, the deadline to print acknowledgements is noon on Monday, December 18. You may donate online, mail donations with acknowledgements to Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon, 115 West Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28202, or use a “Christmas Contribution” envelope available at St. Peter’s.

2018 Annual Fund Update. On Tuesday, December 12, the Parish Treasurer reported that 266 pledges totaling $856,180 had been received toward Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter’s. The Treasurer’s Report at the Annual Meeting summarized our 2017 financial stewardship and provided a 2018 operating budget draft. 100% participation from all member households will make our 2018 goal a reality. To offer or even increase your 2018 pledge, visit www.st-peters.org/give18 or use the information available at St. Peter’s.

Yearend Contributions. All pledges and financial contributions for the 2017 fiscal year must be received in the Financial Administration Office by Sunday, December 31, in order to receive credit for 2017. Contributions may be paid online here or delivered to the attention of Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142).

Worship and Music

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s, December 17. On December 17, a Taizé Holy Eucharist will be offered at 5:00 p.m. in addition to weekly morning services offered at 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Learn more about Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s here and learn more about our complete worship schedule here.

Center City Concerts presents The Burli Singers, Monday, December 18. Conducted by parishioner Rob Burlington, this ensemble will offer a free holiday concert at Noon featuring the glorious “Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten. Learn more about Center City Concerts here.

Children’s Christmas Pageant and Preparation. Our pageant will be offered as the Liturgy of the Word for the 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist on Christmas Eve. All children are invited to join the cast of this annual tradition, and parent volunteers are needed. Rehearsals are Saturday, December 16, 9:00–11:00 a.m., for costume and script distribution, and again on Sunday, December 24, 2:30 p.m. until the beginning of the service. One does not have to attend the first rehearsal in order to participate; a variety of costumes will be available or you may choose to provide your own. Learn more and signup for all roles here. Contact Director of Children’s Formation, Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org).

Service of the Longest Night, December 21. St. Peter’s will offer a Service of the Longest Night, also known as a “Blue Christmas” liturgy, on Thursday, December 21, 6:00 p.m. All are invited to attend this Holy Eucharist with hymns and music for piano as an intentional time of remembering and celebrating the lives of loved ones no longer present physically in our households and communities for holiday gatherings.

Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 24. This year, because the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve fall on the same day, there will be one morning service at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent before the afternoon transition to the Christmas liturgies.

Christmas Services at St. Peter’s, December 24–25. Christmas Eve services: 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Pageant; 7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (6:45 p.m. Choral Prelude); 10:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist (10:00 p.m. Choral Prelude); Christmas Day Holy Eucharist, 10:00 a.m. Nursery available for 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. services, and parking valet available for 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 10:30 p.m.

Morning Prayer Schedule, December 25–29. When the Parish House and Offices are closed December 25–27, our customary weekday service of Morning Prayer will be, 8:00–8:30 a.m. in the Chapel.

Learning

Advent Resources for Individuals and Households. In the “waiting” season of Advent, Christians are encouraged to slow down and even be countercultural. Some resources will be available in the Parish Lobby, and the Clergy recommend exploration of an assortment: ECF Advent Devotional Calendar; SSJE #AdventWord; Episcopal Relief & Development Gifts for Life Calendar; and Preparing to Become the Beloved Community Meditation.

Sunday Formation for Adults, December 17, 9:30 a.m. All adults are invited to the Parish Hall Forum, “Praying Through the 12 Days of Christmas,” a time of reflection and conversation with parish lay leaders and the Clergy.

Monday Evenings in Advent, December 18. The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector, will facilitate the last of a three-week study of the “Advent Gospels and the Significance of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” 6:15–7:15 p.m. at St. Peter’s. Learn more and register here.

Community Life

Advent Tree for Supportive Housing Communities. The Advent Tree in the Parish House lobby is designated to collect specific personal items for residents of McCreesh Place. All are invited to take an ornament, purchase items, and place the gifts and ornament under the tree before Friday, December 15. Christmas stockings will be prepared by the Youth Pilgrim Class.

Greening of the Church, December 23–24. In preparation for Christmas at St. Peter’s, the Altar and Flower Guilds look to extra helping hands to decorate parish buildings and grounds for the season. Duties are available for adults, youth, and older children. If you can assist, contact Altar Guild Coordinator, Mary Virginia Woodall (mava823@gmail.com, 704-351-1627) or Flower Guild Coordinator, Todd Murphy (todd@toddmurphyevents.com, 704-904-0545). Learn more here and sign-up here.

Annual Youth Advent Fair: December 17. Prepare for the season by purchasing assorted holiday items at St. Peter’s to benefit our next youth pilgrimage. Advent candles and wreaths, Christmas ornaments, Anglican prayer beads, St. Peter’s recycled glass ornaments, “Chico” reusable grocery bags, St. Peter’s long and short-sleeve t-shirts, and AutoBell tickets will be available.

Senior Class Luncheon: Third Tuesdays. The next monthly luncheon for this 55+ fellowship group will be on Tuesday, December 19, 11:30 a.m. at Carolina Prime Steakhouse located at 225 E. Woodlawn Road. For more information, call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831). Learn more about this fellowship opportunity.

St. Peter’s Welcomes Garrett Law, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster. On October 16, The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, announced the appointment of Garrett Law by Director of Music and Organist, Elizabeth Lenti. Garrett will join the Clergy-Staff team in May, 2018 and will also serve as Assistant Director of The Choir School at St. Peter’s. Learn more here about this exciting news for the Parish and The Choir School.

Parish House and Offices Holiday Schedule. Monday–Wednesday, December 25–27, and Monday, January 1, the Parish House and Offices will be closed. For pastoral or hospital emergencies concerning parishioners, contact the Clergy On Call at 704-749-6175.

Chronic Care Support Group: First Fridays. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be January 5, 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor. The Reverend Keith Lane and others facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and caregivers alike. Contact Father Keith Lane (klane@st-peters.org, 704-332-7746 x355).

Outreach and Social Justice

Room in the Inn hosted at St. Peter’s. On each Wednesday evening from December 6 through March, St. Peter’s participates in Room in the Inn (RITI) by providing a warm, welcoming place where twelve neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall. To learn more and serve, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (bmiano@mianolaw.com, 205-222-7527).

Affordable Housing Crisis Forum, December 21. MeckMin will host its next “Food for Thought” program entitled “No Room at the Inn: A Forum on Charlotte’s Affordable Housing Crisis” on Thursday, December 21, 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Dilworth. All are invited to attend. Learn more here.

Looking Ahead

January 5: Eve of The Epiphany Holy Eucharist and Burning of the Greens, 6:00 p.m. and Commencement of January 5–6 Vestry Retreat at St. Peter’s.

January 6: Epiphany Retreat: Stillness in Center City, 8:30 a.m.

January 7: Feast of the Baptism of our Lord; Vestry Commissioning.

News: December 6, 2017

Annual Meeting and Parish Life Day: Sunday, December 10. All members and newcomers are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. This one-hour occasion will undertake key business matters, including the election of the 2018-2020 Class of Vestry members, review of a 2018 parish budget draft from the Finance Committee and Vestry, and a state-of-the-parish address from the Rector. For information about Vestry nominees (Marcus Clarke, Ellison Clary, Mike Hoffman, John Hurst, Perry Mixter, Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, and Amanda Wommack), voting, and the events of this extraordinary parish life day, learn more online or see information available in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

2018 Annual Fund Update. On Monday, December 4, the Parish Treasurer reported that 250 pledges totaling $823,946 had been received toward the one-million-dollar goal of Giving with Gratitude. In advance of the December 10 Annual Meeting of the Parish, the Annual Fund Leadership Team is seeking 100% participation from all member households. To pledge your member or non-member support of the 2018 parish operating budget, visit www.st-peters.org/give18 or use the information available at St. Peter’s.

Worship and Music

Children’s Christmas Pageant and Preparation. Our pageant will be offered as the Liturgy of the Word for the 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist on Christmas Eve. All children are invited to join the cast of this annual tradition, and parent volunteers are needed. Rehearsals are Saturday, December 16, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., for costume and script distribution, and again on Sunday, December 24, 2:30 p.m. until the beginning of the service. One does not have to attend the first rehearsal in order to participate; a variety of costumes will be available or you may choose to provide your own. Learn more and sign up for all roles here. Contact Director of Children’s Formation, Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org.

Holiday Concerts of The Choir School at St. Peter’s, December 8 and 9. Tickets are now available for the 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday performances presented by some of the most “talented young singers from every corner of Charlotte” among us. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Abbreviated 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist on December 10. On the day of the Annual Meeting of the Parish, the first liturgy will include a homily and other amendments that will increase post-liturgy time for the Clergy, Wardens, and Vestry to prepare for the meeting. 8:00–9:30 a.m., refreshments in the Parish House lobby and Holy Chow breakfast in the Community Room will be available.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s, December 10 and 17. On December 10, the clergy will officiate a service of Evening Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer in the Chapel, and on December 17, a Taizé Holy Eucharist will be offered. Learn more about Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s here.

Center City Concerts presents The Burli Singers, Monday, December 18. Conducted by parishioner Rob Burlington, this ensemble will offer a free holiday concert at Noon featuring the glorious “Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten. Learn more about Center City Concerts here.

Learning

Advent Resources for Individuals and Households. In the “waiting” season of Advent, Christians are encouraged to slow down and even be countercultural. Some resources will be available in the Parish Lobby, and the Clergy recommend exploration of an assortment: ECF Advent Devotional Calendar; SSJE #AdventWord; Episcopal Relief & Development Gifts for Life Calendar; and Preparing to Become the Beloved Community Meditation.

Sunday Formation for Adults, December 10 and 17, 9:30 a.m. All adults invited to the December 10 Annual Meeting of the Parish. On December 17, “Praying Through the 12 Days of Christmas” will be a reflection and conversation with parish lay leaders and the Clergy.

Monday Evenings in Advent: December 11 and 18. The Clergy will facilitate a study of the “Advent Gospels and the Significance of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” 6:15–7:15 p.m. at St. Peter’s. Learn more and register here.

Community Life

St. Peter’s Welcomes Garrett Law, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster. On October 16, The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, announced the appointment of Garrett Law by Director of Music and Organist, Elizabeth Lenti. Garrett will join the Clergy-Staff team in May, 2018 and also will serve as Assistant Director of The Choir School at St. Peter’s. Learn more here about this exciting news for the Parish and The Choir School.

Pub Theology, Thursday, December 7. The Reverend Keith C. Lane will host a discussion about “Practicing Advent in a Christmas World” on December 7 at Big Ben British Pub in Southend, 2000 South Blvd #150, Charlotte, NC 28203, Atherton Mill. Watch the eNews and notices about 2018 plans for Pub Theology. Learn more about Pub Theology.

Fellowship Events on December 10. 8:00–9:30 a.m., refreshments will be available in the Parish House lobby and Holy Chow breakfast will be offered free of charge in the Community Room. After the 10:45 a.m. service, a Festive Advent Potluck will be hosted by the Vestry; each household is asked to offer a provision. Sign up to bring a dish or to volunteer. For more information, contact Logan Smith (logan_msmith@hotmail.com, 704-488-4436).

Music Fund Gifts for December. A restricted music fund is available to enrich our worship of God through the enhancement of music and additional instrumentalists. All may offer gifts of any amount in honor or memory of loved ones to support the special music to be offered during Advent and Christmas. You may give online or make checks payable to “St. Peter’s Ben Outen Music Fund” for delivery to the parish office.

Advent Tree for Supportive Housing Communities. The Advent Tree in the Parish House lobby is designated to collect specific personal items for residents of McCreesh Place. All are invited to take an ornament, purchase items, and place the gifts and ornament under the tree before Friday, December 15. Christmas stockings will be prepared by the Youth Pilgrim Class.

Annual Youth Advent Fair: December 10. Prepare for the season by purchasing assorted holiday items at St. Peter’s to benefit our next youth pilgrimage. Advent candles and wreaths, Christmas ornaments, Anglican prayer beads, St. Peter’s recycled glass ornaments, “Chico” reusable grocery bags, St. Peter’s long and short-sleeve t-shirts, and AutoBell tickets will be available.

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed. Are you a natural host or do you enjoy preparing goodies for a group of family or friends? The Sunday Coffee Hour Hosts are looking for new people to join the fun of hosting on the first Sunday of each month. Teams prepare coffee, lemonade, and platters of snacks for fellowship after the 10:45 a.m. service. For details or to begin serving, contact Kristine Reid (kmrlady@ymail.com).

Senior Class Luncheon: Third Tuesdays. The next monthly luncheon for this 55+ fellowship group will be on Tuesday, December 19, 11:30 a.m. at Carolina Prime Steakhouse located at 225 E. Woodlawn Road. For more information, call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831). Learn more about this fellowship opportunity.

Chronic Care Support Group: First Fridays. The next gathering of this first-Friday’s group will be January 5, 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor. The Reverend Keith Lane and others facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and caregivers alike. Contact Father Keith Lane (klane@st-peters.org, 704-332-7746 x355).

Outreach and Social Justice

Room in the Inn begins tonight. On each Wednesday evening from December 6 through March 28, St. Peter’s will participate in Room in the Inn (RITI) by providing a warm, welcoming place where twelve neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall. To learn more and serve, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (bmiano@mianolaw.com, 205-222-7527).

Looking Ahead

December 23: Greening of the Church, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

December 24-25: Fourth Sunday of Advent, one service at 10:00 a.m.; Christmas Eve services: 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Pageant; 7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (6:45 p.m. Choral Prelude); 10:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist (10:00 p.m. Choral Prelude); Christmas Day Holy Eucharist, 10:00 a.m.

January 5: Eve of The Epiphany Holy Eucharist and Burning of the Greens, 6:00 p.m. and Commencement of January 5–6 Vestry Retreat at St. Peter’s.

January 6: Epiphany Retreat: Stillness in Center City, 8:30 a.m.

January 7: Feast of the Baptism of our Lord and Baptisms; Vestry Commissioning.

Assistant Organist & Choirmaster Appointed

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 – A Message from The Rector

Assistant Organist and Choirmaster Appointment

Dear St. Peter’s Parish Community:

I am glad to follow the October 16th message to the Parish about the appointment of Garrett Law as Assistant Organist and Choirmaster with more information, as we prepare to welcome him to the Clergy-Staff team in May, 2018. Garrett will succeed Elizabeth Lenti who was appointed by me on June 30th as the Director of Music and Organist, a staff position that includes the role of Artistic Director of The Choir School at St. Peter’s.

Garrett is a native of Toledo, Ohio, and holds degrees in Music Theory and Organ Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He earned the graduate diploma in Historical Performance Practice from Case Western Reserve University, and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. Currently, he serves as Organist-Choirmaster at St. James’ Anglican Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio and previously served as Assistant Organist-Choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron, Ohio.

Director of Music and Organist, Elizabeth Lenti has known Garrett throughout his distinguished academic career, and is excited to have the opportunity to serve with him through his dual role in the St. Peter’s parish community. As Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, together with the Director of Music and Organist, Garrett will be responsible for all music programs associated with St. Peter’s Parish, as well as The Choir School at St. Peter’s, where he will serve as Assistant Director. As Assistant Director of The Choir School, his responsibilities will include music theory instruction, vocal training, conducting, and accompaniment. Both Elizabeth and I are confident that his warmth, talent, impeccable background, and pastoral disposition will add greatly to the support that choristers involved in music at St. Peter’s are to receive through involvement in their respective ensembles.

Please join me, Elizabeth Lenti, and The Choir School Board of Directors and Staff in welcoming Garrett Law, who will begin his ministry tenure in May, 2018 as the Parish Assistant Organist and Choirmaster and Assistant Director of The Choir School at St Peter’s.

God’s peace, blessings, and in thanksgiving for the faith that binds us.

 

The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector
orencher@st-peters.org | 704-749-6140

News: November 29, 2017

Tune into Life at St. Peter’s Fall 2017 and Prepare for 2018: Read our parish magazine online and explore the calendar of formation, worship, programs, and events. Watch for St. Peter’s 2018 Winter-Spring-Summer Calendar of Events being finalized by the Clergy, Staff, and Vestry. Copies are and will be available in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Giving with Gratitude, 2018 Annual Fund Update. As of the morning of November 27, 230 pledges totaling $782,747 have been received toward the one-million-dollar goal of Giving with Gratitude. The Annual Fund Leadership is seeking 100% participation from all households before the December 4 Finance Committee meeting. To pledge your support of the 2018 parish operating budget to be presented at the December 10 Annual Meeting of the Parish, visit www.st-peters.org/give18 or use the information available at St. Peter’s.

Worship and Music

Today: Requiem Eucharist for Jay Partington. All are invited to attend the 11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in thanksgiving for the life of James “Jay” Partington III (September 8, 1943–November 22, 2017) followed by a reception in the Community Room. Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Endowment either online here or by contacting the Parish Administrator (ldixon@st-peters.org.)

Advent Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 3. The 10:45 a.m. liturgy will be a service of Advent Lessons and Carols with The Holy Eucharist to commence the Church New Year. This ancient liturgy provides a time to reflect on the gift of creation and humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus. Spread the word about this occasion especially for the season of Advent.

Holiday Concerts of The Choir School at St. Peter’s, December 8 and 9. Tickets are now available for the 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday performances presented by some of the most “talented young singers from every corner of Charlotte” among us. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Abbreviated 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist on December 10. On the day of the Annual Meeting of the Parish, the first liturgy will include a homily and other amendments that will increase post-liturgy time for the Clergy, Wardens, and Vestry to prepare for the meeting. 8:00–9:30 a.m., refreshments in the Parish House lobby and Holy Chow breakfast in the Community Room will be available.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s, December 10 and 17. On December 10, the clergy will officiate a service of Evening Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer in the Chapel, and on December 17, a Taizé Holy Eucharist will be offered. Learn more about Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s here.

Center City Concerts presents The Burli Singers, Monday, December 18. Conducted by parishioner Rob Burlington, this ensemble will offer a free holiday concert at Noon featuring the glorious “Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten. Learn more about Center City Concerts here.

Learning

Tonight: Study of “My Accidental Jihad” continues. The Reverend Keith C. Lane will facilitate the last session of a three-week study of My Accidental Jihad tonight, 6:30–7:30 p.m. in the Tower Room. Learn more and register.

Register Today: Advent Retreat, Saturday, December 2. The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce and parishioner/spiritual director Ruth Woodend will facilitate “Stillness in Center City,” an instructed time of quiet, exploration, and spiritual formation, this coming Saturday at St. Peter’s, 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.

Advent Resources for Individuals and Households. In the “waiting” season of Advent, which begins on December 3, Christians are encouraged to slow down and even be countercultural. Some resources will be available in the Parish Lobby, and the Clergy recommend exploration of an assortment: ECF Advent Devotional Calendar; SSJE #AdventWord; Episcopal Relief & Development Gifts for Life Calendar; and Preparing to Become the Beloved Community Meditation.

Sunday Formation for Adults, December 3, 9:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum features parishioner Terry Prince and the Clergy presenting “Advent: A Time to Stop, Look, and Listen – Fostering Individual Prayer Practices.” On December 17, “Praying Through the 12 Days of Christmas” will be a reflection and conversation with parish lay leaders and the Clergy.

Monday Evenings in Advent: December 4, 11, 18. The Clergy will facilitate a study of the “Advent Gospels and the Significance of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” 6:15–7:15 p.m. at St. Peter’s. Learn more and register here.

Community Life

Music Fund Gifts for December. A restricted music fund is available to enrich our worship of God through the enhancement of music and additional instrumentalists. All may offer gifts of any amount in honor or memory of loved ones to support the special music to be offered during Advent and Christmas. You may give online or make checks payable to “St. Peter’s Ben Outen Music Fund” for delivery to the parish office.

Advent Tree for Supportive Housing Communities. The Advent Tree in the Parish House lobby is designated to collect specific personal items for residents of McCreesh Place. All are invited to take an ornament, purchase items, and place the gifts and ornament under the tree before Friday, December 15. Christmas stockings will be prepared by the Youth Pilgrim Class.

Chronic Care Support Group, December 1. The next gathering of this first-Friday’s group will be December 1, 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor. The Reverend Keith Lane and others facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and caregivers alike. Contact Father Keith Lane (klane@st-peters.org, 704-332-7746 x355).

Annual Youth Advent Fair: December 3 and 10. Prepare for the season by purchasing items at St. Peter’s to benefit our next youth pilgrimage. Advent candles and wreaths, Christmas ornaments, Anglican prayer beads, St. Peter’s recycled glass ornaments, “Chico” reusable grocery bags, St. Peter’s long and short-sleeve t-shirts, and AutoBell tickets will be available.

Pub Theology, Thursday, December 7. The Reverend Keith C. Lane will host a discussion about “Practicing Advent in a Christmas World” on December 7 at Big Ben British Pub in Southend, 2000 South Blvd #150, Charlotte, NC 28203, Atherton Mill. Watch the eNews and notices about 2018 plans for Pub Theology. Learn more about Pub Theology.

Fellowship Events on December 10. 8:00–9:30 a.m., refreshments will be available in the Parish House lobby and Holy Chow breakfast will be offered free of charge in the Community Room. After the 10:45 a.m. service, a Festive Advent Potluck will be hosted by the Vestry; each household is asked to offer a provision; details about what to bring and how to sign up will be announced soon.

Annual Meeting and Parish Life Day: Sunday, December 10. All members and newcomers are invited and encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. This one-hour occasion will undertake key business matters, including the election of the 2018-2020 Class of Vestry members, review of a 2018 parish budget draft from the Finance Committee and Vestry, and a state-of-the-parish address from the Rector. For information about Vestry nominees (Marcus Clarke, Ellison Clary, Mike Hoffman, John Hurst, Perry Mixter, Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, and Amanda Wommack), voting, and the events of this extraordinary parish life day, Learn more online or see information available in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church: A Comprehensive History, 1834-2017. Co-authored by parishioners, Sue Coonen and Ellison Clary, this impressive resource is available for purchase at the Parish House Reception Desk and could be a Christmas gift for family and friends. Members of the Vestry, Clergy, Staff, Parish House Volunteer Team, and 1834 Legacy Society will receive a complimentary copy from The Rector.

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed. Are you a natural host or do you enjoy preparing goodies for a group of family or friends? The Sunday Coffee Hour Hosts are looking for new people to join the fun of hosting on the first Sunday of each month. Teams prepare coffee, lemonade, and platters of snacks for fellowship after the 10:45 a.m. service. For details or to begin serving, contact Kristine Reid (kmrlady@ymail.com).

Senior Class Luncheon: Third Tuesdays. The next monthly luncheon for this 55+ fellowship group will be on Tuesday, December 19, 11:30 a.m. at Carolina Prime Steakhouse located at 225 E. Woodlawn Road. For more information, call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831). Learn more about this fellowship opportunity.

Recap of Annual Diocesan Convention. St. Peter’s delegation attended Convention, November 16-18 in Winston-Salem, and parishioner Tony Craghead served on a brilliant panel, “Toward Becoming Beloved Community.” Explore RECAP: The 202nd Annual Convention here. Beginning with resources for Advent, the Diocese and St. Peter’s will engage The Episcopal Church’s “Becoming Beloved Community” initiative.

Outreach and Social Justice

Tonight: Room in the Inn Pre-Season Kickoff Dinner. On each Wednesday evening from December 6 through March 28, St. Peter’s will participate in Room in the Inn (RITI) by providing a warm, welcoming place where twelve neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall. To attend tonight’s pre-season potluck at 6:00 p.m., click here. To get involved, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (bmiano@mianolaw.com, 205-222-7527).

Looking Ahead

December 23: Greening of the Church, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

December 24-25: Fourth Sunday of Advent, one service at 10:00 a.m.; Christmas Eve services: 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Pageant; 7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (6:45 p.m. Choral Prelude; 10:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist (10:00 p.m. Choral Prelude); Christmas Day Holy Eucharist, 10:00 a.m.

January 5: Eve of The Epiphany Holy Eucharist and Burning of the Greens, 6:00 p.m. and Commencement of January 5–6 Vestry Retreat at St. Peter’s.

January 6: Epiphany Retreat: Stillness in Center City, 8:30 a.m.

January 7: Feast of the Baptism of our Lord and Baptisms; Vestry Commissioning.

News: November 22, 2017

For the occasion of Thanksgiving Day, let us pray according to The Book of Common Prayer, A Litany for Thanksgiving:
Let us give thanks to God for all gifts so freely bestowed upon us.
For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea. We thank you, Lord.
For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ, We thank you, Lord.
For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends, We thank you, Lord.
For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve, We thank you, Lord.
For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play, We thank you, Lord.
For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity, We thank you, Lord.
For all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice, We thank you, Lord.
For the communion of saints, in all times and places, We thank you, Lord.
Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord;
To him be praise and glory, with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Giving with Gratitude, 2018 Annual Fund Update. As of November 20, 228 pledges totaling $770,047 have been received toward the one-million-dollar goal of Giving with Gratitude. The Annual Fund Leadership is seeking 100% participation from all households between Thanksgiving Day and Christ the King Sunday, November 26. To pledge your support of the 2018 parish operating budget to be presented at the December 10 Annual Meeting of the Parish, visit www.st-peters.org/give18 or use the information available at St. Peter’s.

Worship and Music

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s, November 26 and December 10. On Christ the King Sunday and the Second Sunday of Advent, the clergy will officiate a seasonal service of Solemn Evening Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer in the Chapel. Learn more about Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s here.

Holiday Concerts of The Choir School at St. Peter’s, December 8 and 9. Tickets are now available for the 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday performances by some of the most “talented young singers from every corner of Charlotte” among us. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Center City Concerts presents The Burli Singers, Monday, December 18. Conducted by parishioner Rob Burlington, this ensemble will offer a free holiday concert at Noon featuring the glorious “Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten. Learn more about Center City Concerts here.

Learning

Sunday Formation for Adults, November 26, 9:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum presents a “Conversation with the Clergy – People Look East: Preparing for Advent and Christmas” hosted by the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector. On December 3, parishioner Terry Prince and the Clergy will present “Advent: A Time to Stop, Look, and Listen – Fostering Individual Prayer Practices” before the Advent Lessons and Carols and Holy Eucharist liturgy at 10:45 a.m.

Study of “My Accidental Jihad” continues. The Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest, will facilitate the last session of a three-week study of My Accidental Jihad on Wednesday, November 29, 6:30–7:30 p.m. in the Tower Room. Learn more and register to attend.

Advent Retreat: Stillness in Center City, Saturday, December 2. The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce and parishioner/spiritual director Ruth Woodend will facilitate an instructed time of quiet, exploration, and spiritual formation at St. Peter’s, 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.

Advent Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 3. The 10:45 a.m. liturgy will be a service of Advent Lessons and Carols with The Holy Eucharist to commence the Church New Year. This ancient liturgy provides a time to reflect on the gift of creation and humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus. Spread the word about this extraordinary occasion.

Monday Evenings in Advent: December 4, 11, 18. The Clergy will facilitate a study of the “Advent Gospels and the Significance of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” 6:15–7:15 p.m. at St. Peter’s. Learn more and register here.

Sunday Formation Offerings Break, December 24 and 31. Our customary formation offerings for all ages will be suspended on December 24 and 31, and resume on January 7. The Catechists look forward to worship and fellowship time with their classes, class households, and the wider parish community on these Sundays.

Community Life

Senior Class Luncheon, Today. This 55+ fellowship group will gather today, 11:30 a.m. at Zen Asian Fusion in Kenilworth Commons on East Boulevard for lunch. The next monthly luncheon will be on December 19 at a location to be announced soon. For more information, call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) or Barbara and Jay Partington (704-523-1831). Learn more about this fellowship opportunity.

Annual Meeting and Parish Life Day: Sunday, December 10. All members and newcomers are invited and encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. This one-hour occasion will undertake key business matters, including the election of the 2018-2020 Class of Vestry members, review of a 2018 parish budget draft from the Finance Committee and Vestry, and a state-of-the-parish address from the Rector. For information about Vestry nominees (Marcus Clarke, Ellison Clary, Mike Hoffman, John Hurst, Perry Mixter, Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, and Amanda Wommack), voting, and the events of this extraordinary parish life day, Learn more online or see information available in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Special Music Fund Gifts for December. A restricted music fund is available to enrich our worship of God through the enhancement of music and additional instrumentalists made. All may offer gifts of any amount in honor or memory of loved ones to support the special music to be offered during Advent and Christmas. You may give online or make checks payable to “St. Peter’s Ben Outen Music Fund” for delivery to the parish office.

Recap of Annual Diocesan Convention, November 16-18. St. Peter’s delegation attended Convention in Winston-Salem, and parishioner Tony Craghead served on a brilliant panel, “Toward Becoming Beloved Community”. Explore RECAP: The 202nd Annual Convention here. Beginning with resources for Advent, the Diocese and St. Peter’s will engage The Episcopal Church’s “Becoming Beloved Community” initiative.

Annual Youth Advent Fair: November 26, December 3 and 10. Prepare for the season by purchasing items at St. Peter’s to benefit our next youth pilgrimage. Advent candles and wreaths, Christmas ornaments, Anglican prayer beads, St. Peter’s recycled glass ornaments, “Chico” reusable grocery bags, St. Peter’s long and short-sleeve t-shirts, and AutoBell tickets will be available.

A Charlotte Conversation with Culinary Historian and Cultural Lightning Rod, Michael Twitty: Monday, November 27. Parishioners Susan and Des Keller and The Dunhill Hotel + Asbury Restaurant will host a Charlotte community conversation with Michael W. Twitty at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Park Road Books will be onsite with copies of Twitty’s book, The Cooking Gene. Learn more about this unique event and RSVP here.

Pub Theology, Thursday, December 7. The Reverend Keith C. Lane will host a discussion about “Practicing Advent in a Christmas World” on December 7 at a location to be announced soon. Watch the eNews and notices about 2018 plans for Pub Theology. Learn more about Pub Theology.

Prepare: Festive Advent Parish Community Potluck, December 10. As part of Parish Life Day, prepare for an all-ages celebration of the season after the Second Sunday of Advent 10:45 a.m. liturgy. Each household is asked to offer a provision for the spread and details about what to bring and how to sign-up will be announced soon by the Vestry and Fellowship leadership.

“Holy Chow” Break, December 24 and 31. Our Sunday fellowship breakfast will not be offered on December 24 and 31 to provide a holiday break for the dedicated cooking and hospitality teams. Breakfast will resume on January 7. If you would like to serve on a Holy Chow team in the new year, contact Tate Sterrett (TSterrett@horacktalley.com, 704-365-3438).

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church: A Comprehensive History, 1834-2017. Co-authored by parishioners, Sue Coonen and Ellison Clary, this impressive resource for is available for purchase at the Parish House Reception Desk. Members of the Vestry, Clergy, Staff, Parish House Volunteer Team, and 1834 Legacy Society will receive a complimentary copy from The Rector.

Outreach and Social Justice

MeckMin Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, Tonight. All are invited to the 42nd Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving gathering hosted by MeckMin tonight, 7:30 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church located at 3400 Beatties Ford Road. Learn more here.

Room in the Inn: Volunteer Call and Pre-Season Event, November 29. On each Wednesday evening from December 6 through March 28, St. Peter’s will participate in Room in the Inn (RITI) by providing a warm, welcoming place where twelve neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall. To get involved, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (bmiano@mianolaw.com, 205-222-7527). Learn more and sign-up for the kickoff dinner here.

Looking Ahead

December 23: Greening of the Church, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

December 24 and 25: Fourth Sunday of Advent, one service at 10:00 a.m.; Christmas Eve services: 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Pageant; 7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (6:45 p.m. Choral Prelude; 10:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist (10:00 p.m. Choral Prelude).

December 25: Christmas Day Holy Eucharist, 10:00 a.m.

January 5: Eve of The Epiphany Holy Eucharist and Burning of the Greens, 6:00 p.m. and Commencement of January 5-6 Vestry Retreat at St. Peter’s.

January 6: Epiphany Retreat: Stillness in Center City, 8:30 a.m.

January 7: Feast of the Baptism of our Lord and Baptisms; Vestry Commissioning.

Tune into Life at St. Peter’s Fall 2017 and Prepare for 2018: Read our parish magazine online and explore the calendar of formation, worship, programs, and events. Watch for St. Peter’s 2018 Winter-Spring-Summer Calendar of Events being finalized by the Clergy, Staff, and Vestry. Copies are and will be available in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

News: November 15, 2017

Tune into Life at St. Peter’s Fall 2017: Read the parish magazine online and explore the calendar of formation, worship, programs, and events for adults, youth, and children. Copies of each are available in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Worship and Music

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. The next Taizé liturgy will be offered on November 19. On November 26 and December 10, the clergy will lead Evening Prayer in the Chapel. Learn more about Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s here.

Learning

Study of “My Accidental Jihad” continues. The Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest, will facilitate a study of My Accidental
Jihad
on Wednesdays, November 15 and 29, 6:30–7:30 p.m. in the Tower Room. Learn more and register to attend.

Sunday Formation for Adults, November 19, 9:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum presents “All Things Come of Thee, O Lord: Practicing Gratitude in a Thankless World,” a discussion with lay leaders and the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher. It will also include highlights from the November 17–18 Annual Convention of the Diocese of North Carolina.

Advent Retreat: Stillness in Center City, Saturday, December 2.The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce will facilitate an instructed time of quiet, exploration, and spiritual formation at St. Peter’s, 8:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.

Monday Evenings in Advent: December 4, 11, 18. The Reverends Ollie V. Rencher and Jacob E. Pierce will facilitate a study of the “Advent Gospels and the Significance of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” 6:15–7:15 p.m. at St. Peter’s. Learn more and register here.

Community Life

2018 Annual Fund Campaign Update. 218 pledges totaling $756,327 have been received toward the one-million-dollar goal of Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter’s as of November 13. To offer your pledge support toward the 2018 parish budget being drafted by the Finance Committee for the December 10 Annual Meeting of the Parish, visit www.st-peters.org/give18.

Delegation to Annual Diocesan Convention, November 17–18. Parish delegates John Hall, Josephine Hicks, Doug Hutto, Amy Dillon King, and Dave Lavoie will join the Reverends Ollie V. Rencher and Jacob E. Pierce in Winston-Salem. On November 19, our delegates will offer convention highlights at the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum, including reflections about the Friday “Becoming Beloved Community” panel on which parishioner Tony Craghead will serve. Learn more here.

Rides Ministry to Fellow Parishioners. If you are interested in serving through offering parishioners occasional or regular rides to and from Sunday worship and special events, and weekday medical appointments, contact Pastoral Care Team member, Irma Hoffman (ichoff77@gmail.com, 704-620-0081).

Senior Class Luncheon, Tuesday, November 21. The next monthly luncheon will be on November 21, 11:30 a.m. at Zen Asian Fusion in Kenilworth Commons on East Boulevard. For more information, call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) or Barbara and Jay Partington (704-523-1831). Learn more about this fellowship opportunity.

Annual Youth Advent Fair: November 26, December 3 and 10. Prepare for the season by purchasing items at St. Peter’s to benefit our next youth pilgrimage. Advent candles and wreaths, Christmas ornaments, Anglican prayer beads, St. Peter’s recycled glass ornaments, “Chico” reusable grocery bags, St. Peter’s long and short-sleeve t-shirts, and AutoBell tickets will be available. Spread the word.

A Charlotte Conversation with Culinary Historian and Cultural Lightning Rod, Michael Twitty: Monday, November 27. Parishioners Susan and Des Keller and The Dunhill Hotel + Asbury Restaurant will host a Charlotte community conversation with Michael W. Twitty at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Learn more about this unique event and RSVP here.

Annual Meeting and Parish Life Day: Sunday, December 10. All members and newcomers are invited and encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. This one-hour occasion will undertake key business matters, including the election of the 2018-2020 Class of Vestry members, review of a 2018 parish budget draft from the Finance Committee and Vestry, and a state-of-the-parish address from the Rector. For information about Vestry nominees (Marcus Clarke, Ellison Clary, Mike Hoffman, John Hurst, Perry Mixter, Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, and Amanda Wommack), voting, and the events of this extraordinary parish life day, Learn more online.

Altar Flowers and Eucharistic Supplies: In Honor or Memory. To honor or memorialize loved ones or celebrate special occasions in meaningful ways, consider giving Altar flowers and Eucharistic supplies. Altar flowers are $150 per Sunday, and Eucharistic supplies (bread, wine) are $30 for one month or $15 for two Sundays. Contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142).

Special Music Fund Gifts for December. A special music fund was established as a restricted fund to enrich our worship through the enhancement of music and additional instrumentalists made possible by gifts above and beyond pledges to the annual fund. All may offer gifts in honor or memory of loved ones to support music to be offered during Advent and Christmas. You may give online or make checks payable to “St. Peter’s Ben Outen Music Fund” for delivery to the parish office.

Pub Theology, Thursday, December 7. The Reverend Keith C. Lane will host a discussion about “Practicing Advent in a Christmas World” on December 7 at a location to be announced soon. Watch the eNews and notices about 2018 plans for Pub Theology. Learn more about Pub Theology.

Holiday Concerts of The Choir School at St. Peter’s, December 8 and 9. Tickets are now available for the 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday performances by some of the most “talented young singers from every corner of Charlotte” among us. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Outreach and Social Justice

Room in the Inn: Volunteer Call and Pre-Season Event, November 29. On each Wednesday evening from December 6 through March 28, St. Peter’s will participate in Room in the Inn (RITI) by providing a warm, welcoming place where twelve neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall. To get involved, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (bmiano@mianolaw.com, 205-222-7527). Learn more and sign-up for the kickoff dinner here.

MeckMin Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, November 21. All are invited to the 42nd annual interfaith Thanksgiving gathering hosted by MeckMin at Friendship Baptist Church. Learn more here.

Looking Ahead

December 3: Advent Lessons and Carols, 10:45 a.m.

December 10: Annual Meeting and Parish Life Day. See modified morning and evening schedule.

December 23: Greening of the Church, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

December 24 and 25: Fourth Sunday of Advent, one service at 10:00 a.m.; Christmas Eve services: 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Pageant; 7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (6:45 p.m. Choral Prelude; 10:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist (10:00 p.m. Choral Prelude)

December 25: Christmas Day Holy Eucharist, 10:00 a.m.

Room in the Inn: Call for Volunteers

RITI Volunteer Teams provide and serve meals, make sack lunches, set up beds, cook and serve breakfast, stay overnight, and do laundry. To learn more, gather with parishioners who have served before, and celebrate the privilege of offering this ministry, RSVP online or contact Bert Miano and come to the RITI Pre-Season Kickoff Dinner on Wednesday, November 29 at 6:00 p.m. RITI is a program of Urban Ministry Center, located at 945 North College Street.