This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, November 21

November 22-23, Thursday and Friday
St. Peter’s offices closed in observance of Thanksgiving Holiday.

November 24, Saturday
Pilgrim Class Lock-in: Preparation for White Beard Project and Advent Fair

November 25, Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30–9:25 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum: “Supporting Episcopal Relief and Development,” featuring Josephine Hicks, parishioner and ERD Vice President for Episcopal Church Programs, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Stewardship Book Study: “Let Your Life Speak” (Tower Room), 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.

November 26, Monday
Requiem Eucharist and Parish Hall Reception for Christa A. Frazier (Church), 11:00 a.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45p.m.

November 20, 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” (Tower Room), 6:30 p.m.

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 243 pledging units have now committed $791,698 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: Chase Branham, Sydney Burgess, John Buric, Erin Chantry, Jason Gingras, Vera Greene, Gwen High, Harris Holt. Information about voting is in the blurb below. Visit www.st-peters.org/vestry-nominee-profiles to read candidate profiles.

Voting for Vestry Candidates. 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 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. Visit www.st-peters.org/vestry-nominee-profiles to read candidate profiles.

The Annual Youth Advent Fair, to be held November 25, December 2, and December 7 after each worship service in the parish house lobby, will offer many items for preparing your hearts and homes for Advent.  Our store will include Advent candle sets (purple or blue), Advent candle rings and wreaths for your candles, Advent calendars, and AutoBell gift cards. Other items for sale include St. Peter’s T-Shirts (long- and short-sleeved), handmade and gift-boxed Anglican rosaries, beaded jewelry, Chico reusable grocery bags, Episcopal shield stickers and patches, and more. Please shop our Advent Fair and assist our Pilgrim Class in their efforts to raise funds for their Holy Pilgrimage to Canterbury and northern France in June 2019.

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.

A Service of Advent Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 2. 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 distinctly Anglican liturgy provides a time to reflect on the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus, and the promise of his return. Spread the word about this special seasonal liturgy.

Abbreviated 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist on December 2. On the day of the Annual Meeting of the Parish, the first liturgy will include a homily and other amendments to allow 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.

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. However, there will be no Evensong on Sunday, November 25 through the remainder of the calendar year; Evensong services will resume on January 13, 2019 at St. Peter’s with The Burli Singers. Learn more online.

Choir School Greenery Available on Tuesday, November 27. If you ordered Christmas greenery from the Choir School, your order will be ready for pickup beginning Tuesday morning, November 27. Unless your order is being delivered by a chorister, please email The Choir School (kjohnson@thechoirschool.org) with your preferred pick up date and time, so we can have it marked and ready for you to pick easily. Thank you for your support!

The Choir School at St. Peter’s, Christmas Concerts on December 14 and 15. Talented young singers from every corner of Charlotte will come together to share the spirit of the season on Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15, when The Choir School at St. Peter’s presents its 2018 Christmas concert series. This year’s concerts will once again take place in the sanctuary of St. Peter’s beginning at 7:30 p.m. each evening and will feature traditional and contemporary Christmas selections by John Rutter, Benjamin Britten, and Eric Whitacre. Audience members will be invited to join the choirs in singing traditional favorites including O Come, All Ye Faithful and Hark, The Herald Angels Sing. Advance general admission concert tickets are $20.00 or $8.00 for children under the age of 12. Reserved blocks of four tickets can be purchased for $125.00. Tickets are available at the door or online at www.TheChoirSchool.org.

Donating Altar Flowers and Eucharistic Supplies. To honor or remember the life of loved ones or celebrate special occasions, you may donate to the Altar flowers and Eucharistic supplies fund. Altar flowers (two arrangements) are $150 per Sunday and Eucharistic supplies (bread, wine) are $35 for one month or $20 for two Sundays. Donate Altar flowers or Eucharistic supplies online or contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142).

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 17. You may donate online or mail donations with acknowledgements to Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon.

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 25, Supporting Episcopal Relief and Development featuring Josephine Hicks, parishioner and ERD Vice President for Episcopal Church Programs; December 2, 2018 Annual Meeting of the Parish and Vestry Elections; December 9, People Look East: Preparing for Advent and Christmas; December 16, Reclaiming Jesus in a Bullhorn World.

Sunday Morning Stewardship Book Study: “Let Your Life Speak,” concluding study on November 25. Our current Sunday Morning Book Study is focused on the call to collective stewardship. We will finish up our discussion of “Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation,” by Parker Palmer. This study takes place in the Tower Room at 9:30 a.m. on its final date of November 25. 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 28. 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 27. 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).

Wednesdays in Advent. On Wednesday December 5, 12, and 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m., join the parish clergy and staff for Evening Prayer in the Chapel followed by a simple dinner and discussion in the Library. This seasonal Advent offering is for all ages and is a wonderful way to deepen personal Advent devotions.

Community Life

Young Adult Breakfast on December 2. On Sunday, December 2 young adults are encouraged to attend St. Peter’s Annual Meeting and take part in the future of our parish. We will be meeting for Holy Chow breakfast in the Community Room upstairs at 8:30 a.m. Afterwards, we will attend the Annual Meeting in the Parish Hall at 9:30 a.m. to elect new Vestry members, hear reports, go over the draft budget and hear from the Wardens and Father Jacob. Don’t miss this opportunity to be involved. For more information, contact Young Adult Coordinator, Jason Gingras (jason.gingras@gmail.com).

Pet Grief Support Group, December 13. 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).
Senior Class Luncheon, December 18. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, December 18, 11:30 a.m. at Zen Fusion in the Kenilworth Commons Shopping Center, 1716 Kenilworth Avenue. For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

Pub Theology, December 13. On second Thursdays through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On December 13, you are invited to join clergy for a 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.

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 South Turner Avenue) 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.

Newcomers’ Coffee, Sunday, December 16. All who are new (or new-ish) to the parish and want to get acquainted with other newcomers, members, and the clergy are invited to a time of refreshment, fellowship and community-building in the Par¬lor immediately following the 10:45 a.m. Eucharist. This is an opportunity for those who are new to meet and connect with one another. If interested in attending, please RSVP to Congregational Development Team Leader, Tony Craghead (tonycraghead@hotmail.com or with any questions, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh at (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

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.

Holy Chow Ministry Needs. Calling all Foodies! Holy Chow is looking for team members to serve breakfast on the second and fourth Sundays, as well as someone to assist with coordinating the teams. For more details, please contact Tate Sterrett (tsterrett@horacktalley.com) or Christa Lineberger (christa.lineberger@gmail.com).

Outreach and Social Justice

Outreach & Social Justice Grants 2018. Each year the Outreach and Social Justice Grant Committee meets to review and approve applications for outreach grant monies provided by the St. Peter’s Endowment. This year the committee approved a total of $45,000 dispersed among the following 14 local organizations: Urban Ministry Center, Crisis Assistance Ministries, Samaritan House, Augustine Literacy Project, Charlotte Family Housing, Loaves and Fishes, Supportive Housing Communities, Galilee Center of East Charlotte Community Kitchen, Time Out Youth, RAIN, Thompson Child & Family Focus, Florence Crittenton Ministries, Latin American Coalition, Habitat for Humanity.

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).

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.

Room in the Inn Pre-Season Kickoff Dinner, November 28 On each Wednesday evening from December 5 through March 27, 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 the pre-season potluck at 5:30 p.m. or to get involved, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (bmiano@mianolaw.com, 205-222-7527).

Room in the Inn Supplies Needed. Right now and on an ongoing basis through March, we need help with stocking our dwindling supply closet. We are running short on some necessities, such as small bars of soap, hand towels, and deodorant (men’s and women’s). We would also accept other donations, such as socks, hand-warmers, and bus passes. Haircare products are not needed. Leave donations in the RITI basket in the Parish House Lobby. For Contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (bmiano@mianolaw.com, 205-222-7527).

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Looking Ahead

November 29: Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.
December 2: Advent Lessons and Carols & Annual Meeting of the Parish.
December 4: Congregational Development Team Meeting (Tower Room), 6:00 p.m.
December 5: Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Tower Room), 6:00 p.m.
December 5, 12, 19: Advent Evening Prayer (Chapel) followed by Simple Soup and Formation (Library), 5:30 p.m.
December 9: Advent Festive Potluck (Parish Hall), 12:30 p.m.
December 17: Center City Concert, The Burli Singers (Church), 12:00pm.
December 22: White Beard Project.
December 23: Greening of the Church.
December 24: Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist and Children’s Pageant, 4:00 p.m.
December 24: Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist, 7:00 p.m. (6:45 p.m. Choral Prelude)
December 24: Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist, 10:30 p.m. (10:00 p.m. Choral Prelude)
December 25: Christmas Day Holiday Eucharist (Church), 10:00 a.m.
December 25-26: Parish offices closed in observance of Christmas Holiday.