This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Tuesday, November 6

November 7, Wednesday
Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

November 8, Thursday
Pub Theology (Offsite: Sir Edmond Halley’s), 5:30 p.m.
Pet Grief Support Group (Tower Room), 7:00 p.m.

November 11, Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30–9:25 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum: “Introduction and Conversation with 2019-2021 Vestry Candidates”, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Classrooms) & Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Strategic Planning Listening Circle (Youth only – Library), 12:30 p.m.
Meeting of the Ushers (Parlor), 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Evensong (Mastersingers & St. Peter’s Choir), 5:00 p.m.

November 12, Monday
Strategic Planning Committee Meeting (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45p.m.

November 13, Tuesday
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Chapel), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)
Book Study with Paul Hanneman, Jim Marion’s “Putting on the Mind of Christ” (Library), 6:30 p.m.

St. Peter’s Choir to participate in Kristallnacht Observance. On Wednesday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m., Temple Israel is hosting a special commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht. Kristallnacht, or “Night of Broken Glass,” was the event that marked the beginning of the Holocaust. St. Peter’s Choir has been invited to sing as part of this commemoration. Other performances will include Eugene Kavadlo (Principal Clarinet, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra) Susan Blumberg (First Violin, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra) and the Jewish Community Youth Choir. The event is free and open to the public. More information can be found online.

I Pledge… to the present and to the future – Annual Fund 2019. Following Commitment Sunday, when many members of St. Peter’s formalized their commitment to the 2019 Annual Fund, over 206 pledging units have now committed $729,436 toward our $1,200,000 goal. Each member’s pledge of support to this parish is still needed in 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.

Annual Meeting of the Parish on Sunday, December 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). The following candidates will stand for election: Bob Atkins, Chase Branham, Sydney Burgess, John Buric, Erin Chantry, Geoffrey Curme, Jason Gingras, Vera Greene, Gwen High, Harris Holt. Please plan to attend the Parish Hall Forum on Sunday, November 11 to meet the nominees. Stay tuned for candidate profiles and more information to be published later this week.

Voting for Vestry Candidates. With ten nominees for vestry and four vacancies, parish and diocesan rules require a preferential primary to reduce the slate to no more than twice the number of vacancies, or eight nominees. Primary voting will begin on Sunday, November 11 after the candidate forum and continue through the conclusion of the 10:45 a.m. service on Sunday, November 18. Then, on Sunday, November 25, after the 8:00 a.m. service, final voting begins for the eight-member candidate slate and concludes just prior to the beginning of the Annual Meeting on December 2. Weekday voting for the primary (November 12-16) and for the final slate (November 26-30) takes place in the office of Ministry Associate Kristie Lauderbaugh between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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. This Sunday, 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.

Center City Concerts: Iris Piano Trio, November 19. You are invited to an upcoming Center City Concert featuring the Iris Piano 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. Center City Concerts are free of charge, so please come out for an amazing noontime respite of music that feeds the soul and mind. Transamerica deck parking can be validated at St. Peter’s front desk upon arrival.

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).

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 11, Introduction and Conversation with 2019–2021 Vestry Candidates; November 18, Debrief from the 203rd Annual Convention of the Diocese of North Carolina; November 25, Supporting Episcopal Relief and Development featuring Josephine Hicks, parishioner and ERD Vice President for Episcopal Church Programs.

Sunday Morning Stewardship Book Study: “Let Your Life Speak,” continues on November 18. 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 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.

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

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 12. 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.

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 The Reverend Keith C. Lane for discussion on “What does it mean to be a Christian in a divided time such as this?” 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).

St. Luke’s Guild, December 7. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, December 7, 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).

Parents Connect Family Social Event Blue Blaze Brewing, December 9. Join us at Blue Blaze Brewery (528 S. Turner Ave., Charlotte, NC 28208) directly after the 10:45 a.m. service for a fun afternoon of food, fellowship, family, and football. Sandwich and snack trays will be provided. Please RSVP to (ann.luszcz@gmail.com) by Wednesday, December 5.

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.

Join the Ushers. The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is looking for more volunteers to serve on a once-monthly basis at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharists. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Planning an Event at St. Peter’s? Here’s what we need from you. St. Peter’s holds a number of events each year that enrich the lives of our community. We want to continue doing so, but can only help if setup details are submitted five days prior to the event date. (If we are able to accommodate late requests, the event organizer must be responsible for event setup and cleanup.) If you are considering the use of space at St. Peter’s, please contact Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate, (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

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 Events: Potluck Postponed and Film Night on November 14. 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.” They challenge us to connect the dots so that we understand and accept that it’s OK to be concerned about more than just one area of social justice if we are to unify global communities. The 78-minute film viewing will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a moderated discussion led by Dr. John Frederick, Director of Faculty Learning and Engagement, CPCC and Dr. Tamara Johnson, Director of Engaged Scholarship, UNC Charlotte. Arrive early for movie refreshments of hot dogs, popcorn and beverages before the film begins.

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 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.