This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, December 12

December 12, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon
Advent Evening Prayer (Chapel) & Simple Dinner and Formation for all ages (Chapel & Library), 5:30 p.m.
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.

December 13, Thursday
Pub Theology (Offsite: Sir Edmond Halley’s, Park Road Shopping Center), 5:30 p.m.
Pet Grief Support Group (Tower Room), 7:00 p.m.

December 14-15, Friday and Saturday
Christmas Concerts for The Choir School at St. Peter’s, 7:30 p.m.

December 16, The Third Sunday of Advent
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30–9:25 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum, “Reclaiming Jesus in a Bullhorn World,” 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 a.m.
Stewardship Book Study: “Let Your Life Speak” (Tower 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.
Newcomers’ Coffee (Parlor), 12:30 p.m.
Advent Fair
Taizé, 5:00 p.m.

December 17, Monday
Center City Concert: The Burli Singers Christmas, Noon
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45p.m.

December 18, Tuesday
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group (Parlor), 10:00 a.m.
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Chapel), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite: Zen Fusion in the Kenilworth Commons Shopping Center), 11:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)

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 265 pledging units have now committed $843,798 toward our $1,200,000 goal. We are eager to reach 100% participation from an approximate 500 households. 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.

Artistic Director Elizabeth Lenti conducts during the 2017 Christmas Concert.

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. Tickets are available at the door or online at www.TheChoirSchool.org/tickets.

St. Peter’s Winter/Spring 2019. Stay tuned to parish announcements in the Sunday leaflet and weekly eNews for the upcoming St. Peter’s Winter and Spring 2019 magazine to be released before Christmas. This seasonal magazine will include parish fellowship events, formation opportunities, and Holy Week and Easter information.

Year-end Contributions. All pledges and financial contributions for the 2018 fiscal year must be received in the Financial Administration Office by Monday, December 31, in order to receive credit for 2018. Contributions may be paid online here or delivered to the attention of Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142).

Annual Youth Advent Fair: December 16. The Annual Youth Advent Fair continues on December 16. Please visit us after each worship service in the parish house lobby where we will offer many items you might need to prepare your hearts and homes for Advent, including Advent candle sets (purple or blue), Advent candle rings and wreaths for your candles, Advent calendars and Auto Bell 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. 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.

Wednesdays in Advent Continue, December 12 . On Wednesdays, 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.

Worship and Music

St. Peter’s Holiday Office Hours. The Parish House will be closed for the holidays on Tuesday, December 25, Wednesday, December 26, and Tuesday, January 1. On Thursday, December 27, Friday, December 28, and Monday, December 31, the offices will be open for staff, but closed to the public. Normal office hours and coverage resume on Wednesday, January 2, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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.

Children’s Christmas Pageant and Preparation. St. Peter’s annual children’s Nativity Pageant will be offered as the Liturgy of the Word for the 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist on Christmas Eve. All friendly beasts, rejoicing angels, vigilant shepherds and other participants in that holy night are invited to take part; parent volunteers are also needed. Rehearsal will take place on Saturday, December 22 at 9:30 a.m. A variety of costumes will be available or you may choose to provide your own. Please click here to join the cast!. For more information, contact Director of Children’s Formation, Anna Hurdle (ahurdle@st-peters.org).

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. Evensong services will resume on January 13, 2019 at St. Peter’s with The Burli Singers. Learn more online.

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.

Center City Concerts presents The Burli Singers Christmas, Monday, December 17. ‘Tis the season to be jolly! On Monday, December 17 at Noon, Center City Concerts will offer a free concert of choral music with The Burli Singers, conducted by Rob Burlington, parishioner and Director of Music Arts at Cannon School. The concert will feature favorite Christmas carols and anthems, and opportunities to sing along. Learn more about Center City Concerts here.

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: December 16, Reclaiming Jesus in a Bullhorn World; January 6, Celebrating Epiphany in Church and at Home.

Resources and Ideas for Advent. The stories and images of Advent are about waiting. Waiting faithfully. Watching and waiting for God to appear. Mary waited faithfully when she should have been panicked. Joseph waited faithfully when he should have taken off. Shepherds waited and watched and noticed God doing something new. It’s completely counter-cultural to our multi-tasking, find a short-cut, busy-ness-centered lives. And yet, the quality of our Advent time prepares us for the depth and joy of Christmas. I invite you to set aside a little time, just a little, to wait and watch for God this Advent season. These resources were chosen specifically for those of us who think we only have a little time to spare but who share a longing for meaning deeper than what busy-ness brings. As Walter Brueggemann prays, “Outrageous God, outflank our weary Christmas with the Advent miracle of a power that lies beyond us….” Download a PDF of all the resources.

Sunday Morning Stewardship Book Study: “Let Your Life Speak,” next and last study on December 16. 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 next and final date of December 16. 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, January 23. Consider adding spiritual food for thought to your lunchtime. Resuming in January 2019, 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).

Community Life

New Vestry Class Elected at Annual Meeting. On Sunday, December 2 at 9:30 a.m., the Annual Meeting of the Parish included the election of four new Vestry members: John Buric, Erin Chantry, Vera Greene, and Harris Holt. Visit this link to read the 2018 Annual Meeting booklet.

Advent Tree/White Beard Project. The Advent Tree has arrived in the Parish Lobby for our annual White Beard Project. This ministry supports the formerly homeless men and women who are now residents with Supportive Housing Communities (formerly St. Peter’s Homes) which was initially founded here at St. Peter’s Episcopal in conjunction with St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Each “ornament” represents six full size toiletry items and may be returned back to the tree by December 16. Our youth will be filling stockings in several sessions as a service project and the stockings will be delivered to residents on Christmas Eve. Due to exceptional growth, our St Peter’s goal this year is to fill 85 stockings of the 150 total needed. That is a lot of shampoo and toothpaste! Thank you for your generous support of this annual tradition. For questions and to volunteer to help coordinate, please contact Christa Lineberger (christa.lineberger@gmail.com).

St. Luke’s Guild, January 4. The next gathering of this first-Friday group will be Friday, January 4, 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, December 13. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, December 13 (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, 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 the Reverend Keith C. Lane for a discussion on “What does ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ Mean?” 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.

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 Laud¬erbaugh at (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

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).

Christmas Shopping with ERD Gifts for Life. Do your Christmas shopping online while helping people in need by making a purchase on Episcopal Relief and Development’s Gifts for Life catalog! If you would like a hard copy, please pick one up at the ERD table in the parish house lobby.

Holy Chow Breakfast. Holy Chow will take a break after this Sunday, December 16. After being off on December 23 and 30, Holy Chow returns on January 6.

Name Tag Button Requests at the Reception Desk. Congregational Development invites all who are present for worship, programs, and events on Sundays to wear a name tag, either a St. Peter’s pre-made button or a hand-written tag to be made in the Parish House lobby. Button sign-up is available in the Parish House lobby at the Reception Desk.

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).

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.

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 on Wednesday tonights. 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 learn more and serve, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (bmiano@mianolaw.com, 205-222-7527).

Room in the Inn Supplies Needed. On each Wednesday evening, December through March, St. Peter’s participates in Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn (RITI) program. 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 small bars of soap, hand towels, and deodorant (men and women)‎. We would also accept other donations, such as socks, hand-warmers, and bus passes. We cannot use haircare products. Please leave any donations in the RITI basket in the Parish House lobby. For questions or more information, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (bmiano@mianolaw.com, 205-222-7527).

About the eNews

The weekly news for the St. Peter’s community is published on our website, on Facebook, and via email each Wednesday morning. The same information is also printed in the Sunday leaflets and mailed to those who request it. The deadline for submissions is the preceding Friday by Noon. Items may be edited for content, length, and style. Information should be sent to communications@st-peters.org.

Looking Ahead

December 22: Children’s Nativity Pageant Rehearsal (Library & Church), 9:30 a.m.
December 23: Fellowship with the Clergy in the Parish House Lobby, 9:30 a.m.
December 23: Greening of the Church, 12:30 p.m.
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 by the St. Peter’s Choir and chamber orchestra)
December 24: Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist, 10:30 p.m. (10:00 p.m. Choral Prelude by the St. Peter’s Choir and chamber orchestra)
December 25: Christmas Day Holiday Eucharist (Church), 10:00 a.m.
December 25-26: Parish offices closed in observance of Christmas Holiday.
January 1: Parish offices closed in observance of New Years Day.
January 5: Ordination of Robin Sands to Sacred Order of Deacons, 11:00 a.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church
January 6: Formation resumes, Vestry Commissioning, Blessing of the Epiphany Chalk for Home Blessings.
January 6: Burning of the Greens (Church yard), 12:30 p.m.
January 11-13: Youth Winter Retreat.
January 19: Diocesan Youth Civil Rights Museum Tour, Greensboro.