This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, October 31

October 31, Wednesday
Holy Eucharist, All Hallows Eve (Chapel), Noon
Strategic Planning Listening Circle #11 (Community Room), 12:45–2:15 p.m.

November 2, Friday
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.
Requiem Eucharist with music for All Faithful Departed, All Souls’ Day (Church), Noon

November 3, Saturday
Renaissance Concert (Church), 5:00 p.m.

November 4, All Saints Sunday
Baptism at 8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30–9:25 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum: “Parenting Teens” with Director of Youth Ministries, Lyn Holt, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Formation (Community Room), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Classrooms) & Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Stewardship Book Study: “Let Your Life Speak” (Tower Room), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Young Adult Brunch (Dìa de Muertos Festival, Levine Museum of the New South), 12:30 p.m.
Parents Connect Cookie Baking Family Service Project (Kitchen, Community Room), 12:30 p.m.

I Pledge… to the present and to the future – Annual Fund 2019. The 2019 Annual Fund is now well underway, with over 139 pledging units committing $569,060 towards our $1,200,000 goal. You can make your pledge now, in advance of Commitment Sunday, November 4. Each pledge gift will offer support of parish worship, in-reach and outreach initiatives, formation programs for all ages, music, staff and clergy, operations and administration, and the care of our sacred facilities in Center City Charlotte. To learn more about annual giving and to offer your pledge for 2019 visit www.st-peters.org/pledge.

Vestry Nominations for the Annual Meeting of the Parish are due this Friday, November 2. On Sunday, December 2 at 9:30 a.m., the Annual Meeting of the Parish will include the election of four new Vestry members to follow 2018 class members Bert Miano, John Hall, Carolyn Carlburg (filling un-expired term), and Christa Lineberger (filling un-expired term). Please consider potential lay leaders who might serve the parish through this three-year commitment and first ask their permission to nominate. Click here to make an on-line nomination.

Worship and Music

Observing Weekly Worship at St. Peter’s. St. Peter’s takes the holy habit of daily prayer seriously by providing weekday worship opportunities in the morning and evening: Sunday, Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., plus every third Sunday at 5:00 p.m.; Choral Evensong on second and fourth Sundays; Tuesday, Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer Group, 10:45 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Noon; Monday–Friday, Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m. On Sundays, the Infant and Toddler Center hours are 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Spread the word and invite others to worship with us.

If you love Choral Evensong, Charlotte Convocation choirmasters have a treat for you this program year. Area churches, including St. Peter’s, have coordinated a weekly series featuring the choirs and clergy of the host churches. On November 4, at Christ Episcopal Church (4:00 p.m.); on November 11 at St. Peter’s (5:00 p.m.); on November 18 at St. John’s, The Choirs of Holy Comforter, St. John’s and St. Martin’s (5:00 p.m). Learn more online.

Renaissance Choral Ensemble at St. Peter’s, November 3. On Saturday, November 3 at 5:00 p.m., Renaissance, one of Charlotte’s premiere choral ensembles, brings music from Buxtehude to Broadway for their first choral concert of the new season. Come and enjoy beautiful choral music live in the warmth and tranquility of St. Peter’s. Ticket prices for adults are $20 and $15 for students and seniors; season ticket price is $45. Children 12 and under admitted free. Reservations can be made by emailing tickets@singers-renaissance.org or by calling 704-553-3108.

Center City Concerts: Iris Trio, November 19. You are invited to an upcoming Center City Concert featuring the Iris Trio, a Washington, D.C.-based ensemble. Inspired by the three upright petals of the Iris, the Iris Piano Trio, violinist Sara Matayoshi, cellist Lauren Latessa and pianist Jessica McKee, was formed in 2016 with the dual mission of performing chamber music at the highest level and serving the community around them. On Monday, November 19, they will offer works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Fantayze, a new work by Kevin McKee written for the Iris Trio. Parking at St. Peter’s is always free.

Experience Durham Cathedral with the MasterSingers of The Choir School. A very limited number of spots are available to adults interested in traveling to Durham, England when the MasterSingers of The Choir School serve as choir in residence during the summer of 2019. Ten nights in York and Durham includes accommodations in a bed and breakfast, daily excursions, two evening meals, and the opportunity to experience daily the centuries-old tradition of Anglican worship in Durham Cathedral. Reservation and deposit required by November 15, 2018. Departure date is July 18, with return on July 29. For complete information and pricing, contact Kay Johnson (kjohnson@thechoirschool.org).

Incense will be burned on All Saints Sunday. In keeping with the long-standing custom of the church, incense will be burned on November 4 at the 10:45 a.m. liturgy as part of our corporate worship. Those parishioners with allergies or respiratory issues are invited to attend another service where incense will not be offered.

Learning

Sunday Parish Hall Forum, 9:30 a.m. All adults are invited to weekly formation presentations offered by the parish clergy, lay leaders, and guests: November 4, Parenting Teens with Director of Youth Ministries, Lyn Holt; November 11, Introduction and Conversation with 2019–2021 Vestry Candidates; November 18, Debrief from the 203rd Annual Convention of the Diocese of North Carolina.

Archives and More: A Workshop for Local Church “History Keepers,” November 3. Sponsored by the Diocesan History & Archives Committee and hosted by Calvary Church and St. Luke’s Church in Tarboro, the workshop will be Saturday, November 3, 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. The $15 registration fee includes refreshments and lunch. Please use this link to access the program schedule and online registration. If you have questions, contact Lynn Hoke (lynn.hoke@episdionc.org, 919-602-4305).

Sunday Morning Stewardship Book Study: “Let Your Life Speak,” continues on November 4. Our current Sunday Morning Book Study is focused on the call to collective stewardship. We will continue reading and discussing “Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation,” by Parker Palmer. Remaining dates for this study in the Tower Room at 9:30 a.m. are: November 4, November 18, and November 25. Books are available free of charge for book study participants. To learn more, contact Mary Lynn Sepkowitz (mlsepkowitz@gmail.com).

Parents Connect Sunday Gatherings. On Sunday mornings during the 9:30 a.m. formation hour, parents are invited to gather for fellowship in the Parents Connect Room. On first Sundays of the month, parents will gather in the Community Room for formation and discussion. Note: The Parents Connect Group will join the Parish Hall Forum on Sunday, October 28.

Mystical Food for Thought, November 14. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime. This group normally meets on second and fourth Wednesdays at Noon in the St. Peter’s Library to read and discuss the Christian mystics. Bring lunch if you like for this one-hour session. For more information, contact Formation Partner, the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman (phanneman@st-peters.org, 704-749-6143).

Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, November 13. In “Putting on the Mind of Christ,” Jim Marion maps the nine stages of consciousness through which the Christian grows toward full spiritual maturity. Paul Hanneman invites you to join him in reading this powerful book in a deliberate, contemplative manner on second and fourth Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. through February 12 at St. Peter’s. To register, please contact Dr. Hanneman (mailto:phanneman@st-peters.org).

Community Life

Parents Connect Cookie Baking Family Service Project, November 4. All families and children are invited to get together to make cookies and care packages for our parishioners in college. We’ll gather in the Community Room directly following the 10:45 a.m. service on Sunday, November 4 for lunch, fellowship, and cookie making fun!

Young Adult First Sunday Brunch, Día de Muertos Festival. On November 4, all young adults are invited to gather after the 10:45 a.m. service to walk to the Levine Museum of the New South for their Día de Muertos Festival, an Uptown event that celebrates the traditional Mexican holiday and features altars, music and dance performances, traditional foods, sugar skull workshops, arts and crafts, and free admission all day. To learn more, use this link.. Meet in the back of the nave after the service. For more information, contact Young Adult Coordinator, Jason Gingras (jason.gingras@gmail.com).

St. Luke’s Guild, November 2. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, November 2, 11:00 a.m. The Clergy and parishioner Dan Busch, LCSW (retired), facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and those who are caregivers of family and friends. To learn more, contact the Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest (klane@st-peters.org, 917-679-7285).

Pet Grief Support Group, November 8. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, November 8 (and every second Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. For more information, contact Wes Sturgis (pwsturgis@gmail.com, 704-621-8613).

Pub Theology, November 8. On second Thursdays through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On November 8, you are invited to join for discussion at Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant and Freehouse (Park Road Shopping Center). Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual holy conversation events.

Monday Evening Bible Study, November 12 at 6:45 p.m. Starting on November 12 at the new time of 6:45–8:15 p.m., Monday Evening Bible Study will begin exploring the book of Romans in an 8-week Disciple study by Pamela M. Eisenbaum. The study will look at Paul’s letter, giving us insight not only into Paul’s theology, but also into the history of Christianity. Each week we will study the Old Testament as well and how it influenced Paul and his theology. This study is using interpretation of ancient Judaism inspired by post-Holocaust reflection. All are welcome and no previous study is necessary. The cost of the book is $15. Register by contacting Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com,704-661-4687) or John Frederick (jmfrederick@yahoo.com, 704-293-7800).

Senior Class Luncheon, November 20. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, November 20, 11:30 a.m. at Carolina Prime Steakhouse (225 E. Woodlawn Rd). For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

Holy Chow Breakfast. On Sundays, 8:30–9:25 a.m., enjoy fellowship at Holy Chow, a hearty breakfast in the Community Room on the second floor of the Parish House, before Christian Formation classes begin at 9:30 a.m. Join all ages of parishioners for one of the best breakfasts in Charlotte. The cost for this great connection-making opportunity is $4 per person or a maximum of $15 per household.

What’s so great about St. Peter’s? We know that you know, so would you be willing to tell others about it? This is the stewardship season and we are requesting a little of your time, once per month on an assigned Sunday, to serve as Host-Greeter for 30 to 45 minutes. The opportunity to greet families, friends and other parishioners, old and new, is very rewarding! If interested in serving St. Peter’s as a Host-Greeter, please contact Sabrina Clarke (pllife@att.net).

Greenery Sale: The Choir School at St. Peter’s offers wreaths and garlands in a variety of sizes—all fresh from the North Carolina mountains. Orders can be placed on The Choir School website, by contacting a chorister, or at the greenery sales table on Sunday mornings prior to November 5. If you order online and want your greenery delivered by a chorister, put that chorister’s name in the “additional Information” section at checkout. The greenery sale helps keep The Choir School program open to every talented young person accepted to the choirs, as we enrich and strengthen young lives through excellent, rigorous music education and choral performance.

Pastoral Care: Sharing and Responding to Concerns. To alert the clergy regarding a pastoral concern, telephone the Parish House during office hours (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) and after-hours, dial the Clergy On Call Phone at 704-749-6175 for pastoral emergencies such as hospitalizations. This protocol is the best way to communicate pastoral needs and ensure a response from a member of the clergy or pastoral care team.
Join the Hospitality Team. Coffee Hour is in need of several volunteers to serve first Sundays, either monthly or every other month. Our baristas provide refreshments and a warm welcome after our 10:45 service. Please contact Kristine Reid (kmrlady@ymail.com) for more information or to join this ministry.

Outreach and Social Justice

Are you “Handy”? The Galilee Ministry is creating a committee of volunteers from area Episcopal parishes who have experience as some type of “handy person” (i.e. electrical, plumbing, mechanical, general building maintenance, etc.). The hope is that the volunteers would work on a rotating schedule to donate a couple of hours a week to the Center. If you think you would be able to join this committee, please contact Wendy Merrill at (ww.merrill@yahoo.com).

Social Justice – Let’s Get Our Souls to the Polls. The Social Justice Ministry Assuring Democracy Team seeks to engage and inform our parish around issues related to protecting the right to vote and the importance of exercising that right. One Stop Early Voting concludes Saturday, November 3. In the words of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: “We are blessed as a nation to vote. However you vote, go and vote. And do that as followers of Jesus.”

Social Justice November Events Update. For the month of November, the Social Justice Ministry Team had planned to host a Go Speak Racial Reconciliation Potluck on Sunday, November 11. However, since our On The Table CLT, Legacy of Segregation event was such a success, we are rescheduling the November potluck for a later date and details will be available soon. As planned for Wednesday, November 14, we will be presenting a screening of “The Vocabulary of Change: Angela Davis and Tim Wise in Conversation.” Through bold discourse, wit, and an optimism of the will, Angela and Tim call for new vocabularies–a different kind of fluency and a different quality of literacy. With a shared reverence for historical memory and today’s activism, they invoke the power of a new language to restore clarity and to unify global communities. The 78-minute film viewing will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a moderated discussion. Please join us in the Parish Hall on November 14.

Volunteer through Servant Ministry Partners. Our parish has a long custom of partnering with community social service agencies whose programs benefit the welfare of our neighbors. Learn more online and pick up a copy of a Servant Ministry through St. Peter’s resource from the public spaces at St. Peter’s.

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Looking Ahead

November 5: Stewardship Committee Annual Fund Meeting (Library), 5:30 p.m.
November 6: Congregational Development Team Meeting (Tower Room), 6:00 p.m.
November 7: Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.
November 11: Meeting of the Ushers (Parlor), 12:30 p.m.
November 12: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.
November 16-17: 203rd Annual Convention of the Diocese of North Carolina (Offsite: Winston Salem).
November 16-18: St. Peter’s Choir Retreat (Offsite, Valle Crucis).
November 22-23: St. Peter’s offices closed in observance of Thanksgiving Holiday.
November 24: Youth Pilgrim Lock-in, Advent Fair Setup & White Beard Project.
November 28: Room in the Inn Kick-off Potluck (Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
December 2: Advent Lessons and Carols & Annual Meeting of the Parish.