This Week’s News

December 26, Wednesday
Parish offices closed in observance of Christmas Holiday
Room in the Inn (Parish Hall and Community Room), 5:30 p.m.

December 30, The First Sunday after Christmas Day
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
NO Holy Chow Breakfast
NO Formation (resumes Sunday, January 6)
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Greening of the Church, 12:30 p.m.

January 1, Tuesday, New Year’s Day
Parish offices closed in observance of New Year’s Day.*

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 279 pledging units have now committed $870,198 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.

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).

Marking your Home with Blessed Epiphany Chalk. “Epiphany” comes from the Greek word Epiphania, which means “to show, make known, or reveal.” Making our faith in the world is a vital aspect of the Christian life. One place we spend much of our life is in our homes. There is an ancient custom practiced during the season of Epiphany of marking our homes with blessed chalk. On Sunday, January 6, chalk of all colors will be blessed and available for use in home blessings. Read more about this ancient custom here and join us on January 6 to receive blessed chalk and a simple liturgy for blessing your home. On this day, the annual Burning of the Christmas Greens will follow the 10:45 a.m. liturgy in the churchyard.

Worship and Music

St. Peter’s Holiday Office Hours. The Parish House will be closed for New Years’ Day on Tuesday, January 1. On 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.

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.

Incense will be burned on Epiphany. In keeping with the long-standing custom of the church, the ceremonial use of incense will be part of the 10:45 a.m. Epiphany liturgy. Those parishioners with allergies or respiratory issues are invited to attend other services offered on the same day.

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: January 6, Celebrating Epiphany in Church and at Home.

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 for formation and discussion on key topics: January 6, The Role of Technology in Our Families, featuring the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce; February 3, How to Speak to Your Children About Grief. Search “St. Peter’s Parents Connect” on Facebook to stay up to date.

Book Study: “Falling Upward,” Sundays in January. Class participants who were in the most recent book study on “Let Your Life Speak” expressed interest in continuing this same theme of ‘Discernment.’ Beginning on the morning of Epiphany Sunday, January 6, we will lead a study on Richard Rohr’s “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.” The book is available on Amazon for about $13.00. Those interested are encouraged to read chapters one through three for discussion on January 6 in the Tower Room. To learn more, contact Mary Lynn Sepkowitz (mlsepkowitz@gmail.com).

Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, January 8. 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).

Mystical Food for Thought, January 9. 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).

Parents Connect Winter Book, January through March. This winter, Parents Connect will be reading “Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home” by Traci Smith. You are invited to read this on your own January through March. During our March formation we will discuss this book. “Faithful Families” helps you add faith moments to your daily routine and share meaningful spiritual experiences with your children. “Faithful Families” is available at Amazon.

Community Life

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 after the New Year. This seasonal magazine will include parish fellowship events, formation opportunities, and Holy Week, and Easter information.

New Vestry Leadership beginning on January 1. On Tuesday, December 18, the Vestry elected new wardens and executive committee leadership to begin their term on January 1: John Frederick, Senior Warden; Cooper Morrison, Junior Warden; Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, Clerk; Dave Lavoie, Treasurer; Maria Long, Ex-officio voting member of Executive Committee/Vestry Liaison for Strategic Planning. Ministry area assignments will take place at the vestry retreat on January 26.

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).

Young Adults Group to Join Burning of the Greens, January 6 . On Sunday, January 6, young adults are encouraged to attend St. Peter’s Annual Burning of the Greens in the church yard after the 10:45am service. This service of Epiphany falls on a Sunday this year, and celebrates the light of Christ being revealed in the wider world. For more information, contact Young Adult Coordinator, Jason Gingras (jason.gingras@gmail.com).

Pet Grief Support Group, January 10. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, January 10 (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, January 10. On second Thursdays through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On January 10, you are invited to join clergy for a discussion at a location to be announced. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual holy conversation events.

Senior Class Luncheon, January 15. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, January 15 at 11:30 a.m. at Tupelo Honey Café, 1820 South Blvd. For more information, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

Parents Connect Family Social Event Blue Blaze Brewing, January 27. 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, January 23.

Holy Chow Breakfast. Please note that Holy Chow is on a holiday and resumes Sunday, January 6. 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 Faces Needed for Parish Photo Directory. Our whole parish community benefits from connecting names with faces through pictures of individuals and households in Realm. Log on to Realm and upload an image (casual or formal) and other key information. If you have questions about this or other Realm matters, contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

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 on Wednesday nights. 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

January 2: Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.
January 4-5: Wisdom School Retreat with Paul Hanneman (Library).
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 8: Congregational Development Team Meeting (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.
January 11-13: Youth Winter Sabbath Retreat.
January 19: Diocesan Youth Civil Rights Museum Tour, Greensboro.
January 21: CCC MLK Day Concert (Church), Noon.
January 22: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.
January 26: Vestry Retreat (Offsite, TBD).
January 30: Social Justice Film Night (Church), 6:00 p.m.
January 31: Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.

This Week’s News

December 19, Wednesday
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 22, Saturday
Nativity Pageant Rehearsal (Library and Nave), 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Youth Christmas Outreach: White Beard Project & Lunch, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

December 23, The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
NO Holy Chow Breakfast
Fellowship with Clergy in the Parish House Lobby, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 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.
Greening of the Church, 12:30 p.m.

December 24, Monday, Christmas Eve
Nativity Pageant Rehearsal (Church), 2:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist and Children’s Pageant, 4:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist, 7:00 p.m. (6:45 p.m. Choral Prelude by the St. Peter’s Choir and chamber orchestra)
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, Tuesday, Christmas Day
Christmas Day Holiday Eucharist (Church), 10:00 a.m.*

December 25-26, Tuesday and Wednesday
Parish offices closed in observance of Christmas Holiday

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 279 pledging units have now committed $870,198 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.
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).
Marking your Home with Blessed Epiphany Chalk. “Epiphany” comes from the Greek word Epiphania, which means “to show, make known, or reveal.” Indeed, making known our faith in the world is a vital aspect of the Christian life. One place we spend much of our life is in our homes. There is an ancient custom practiced during the season of Epiphany of marking our homes with blessed chalk. On Sunday, January 6, chalk of all colors will be blessed and available for use in home blessings. Read more about this ancient custom here and join us on January 6 to receive blessed chalk and a simple liturgy for blessing your home. On this day, the annual Burning of the Christmas Greens will follow the 10:45 a.m. liturgy in the churchyard.

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.
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).
Incense will be burned on Christmas Eve and Epiphany. In keeping with the long-standing custom of the church, the ceremonial use of incense will be part of the 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve and the 10:45 a.m. Epiphany liturgies. Those parishioners with allergies or respiratory issues are invited to attend other services offered on the same day.

Learning

Wednesdays in Advent Continue, December 19 . 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.
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: 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.
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.
Book Study: “Falling Upward,” Sundays in January. Class participants who were in the most recent book study on “Let Your Life Speak” expressed interest in continuing this same theme of ‘Discernment.’ Beginning on the morning of Epiphany Sunday, January 6, we will lead a study on Richard Rohr’s “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.” The book is available on Amazon for about $13.00. Those interested are encouraged to read chapters one through three for discussion on January 6 in the Tower Room. To learn more, contact Mary Lynn Sepkowitz (mlsepkowitz@gmail.com).
Book Study with the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, January 8. 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).
Mystical Food for Thought, January 9. 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

Help Needed on December 23 to Green the Church. All parishioners are invited to help Green the Church on Sunday, December 23 after the 10:45 a.m. service. Work begins around 12:30 p.m. and continues until we’re done, so if you have plans for early in the afternoon but can help us around 3:00 p.m., that would be great. There is lots of work to do to get the church cleaned and polished for the spectacular Christmas services. Please let Mary Virginia Woodall (mava823@gmail.com know if you can help, 704-351-1627). Come for an hour or two or whatever your schedule permits.
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. 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 after the New Year. This seasonal magazine will include parish fellowship events, formation opportunities, and Holy Week, and Easter information.
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.
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).
Young Adults Group to Join Burning of the Greens, January 6 . On Sunday, January 6, young adults are encouraged to attend St. Peter’s Annual Burning of the Greens in the church yard after the 10:45am service. This service of Epiphany falls on a Sunday this year, and celebrates the light of Christ being revealed in the wider world. For more information, contact Young Adult Coordinator, Jason Gingras (jason.gingras@gmail.com).
Pet Grief Support Group, January 10. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on Thursday, January 10 (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, January 10. On second Thursdays through May, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Pub Theology is hosted by a member of the parish clergy. On January 10, you are invited to join clergy for a discussion at a location to be announced. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual holy conversation events.
Senior Class Luncheon, January 15. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, January 15 at 11:30 a.m. at a location to be announced. 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. Please note that Holy Chow is on a holiday and resumes Sunday, January 6. 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 on Wednesday nights. 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

January 1: Parish offices closed in observance of New Years Day.
January 2: Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.
January 4-5: Wisdom School Retreat with Paul Hanneman (Library).
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 8: Congregational Development Team Meeting (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.
January 11-13: Youth Winter Sabbath Retreat.
January 19: Diocesan Youth Civil Rights Museum Tour, Greensboro.
January 21: CCC MLK Day Concert (Church), Noon.
January 22: Strategic Planning Committee Meeting (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.
January 26: Vestry Retreat (Offsite, TBD).
January 27: Parents Connect Family Social Event (Rescheduled), Blue Blaze Brewing.
January 30: Social Justice Film Night (Church), 6:00 p.m.
January 31: Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.

Christmastide at St. Peter’s

During the season of Christmas, St. Peter’s will offer a broad array of liturgies and music in celebration of two of the major feasts of the church year, Christmas and Epiphany. The story of Jesus’ incarnation, told through the familiar Gospel accounts of Luke, John, and Matthew, brings to life once again the sacred mysteries of our common faith. Alongside beautiful and inspiring liturgies, the St. Peter’s Choir and chamber orchestra will perform Christmas Eve prelude music and support the singing at many of the services.

Christmas Eve Preludes, 6:45 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

The St. Peter’s Choir and chamber orchestra present an extended prelude prior to the 7:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. services. Music includes the traditional carol for double choir, In dulci jubilo, by Robert Pearsall (1795-1856); a lively setting of the Magnificat (“The Song of Mary”) by Giacomo Antonio Perti (1661-1756); Ralph Vaughan Williams’ (1872-1958) Fantasia on Christmas Carols, for choir and chamber orchestra (10:00 p.m. only); and other Christmas favorites.

Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24

4:00 p.m. – Christmas Pageant with Holy Eucharist. Beloved by all ages, this early service is intended especially for little ones and their families and includes Christmas carols and the annual Christmas Pageant. Our parish’s children, assisted by some of our youth, present the Christmas story through carols and costumes. By the end of the pageant, nearly the whole congregation is taking part. Childcare is provided beginning at 3:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist, Rite II. This sung service of Holy Eucharist includes congregational carols and hymns, music sung by the St. Peter’s Choir, and a sermon by the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Priest-in-Charge. The musical setting of the Eucharist, for choir and congregation, is from the Hymnal 1982 by English composer William Mathias (1934-1992) and American composer Mason Martens (1933-1991). Childcare is available for the 6:45 p.m. prelude and this service.

10:30 p.m. – Holy Eucharist, Rite II. This sung service of Holy Eucharist, which includes the ceremonial use of incense, is St. Peter’s traditional “Midnight Mass.” Timed so that worshippers leave the church just after midnight on Christmas morning, congregational carols and hymns, music sung by the St. Peter’s Choir, and a sermon by the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Priest-in-Charge, make this service a favorite of parishioners, families, and visitors every year. The musical setting of the Eucharist, sung by the choir, is Missa Brevis in D Major (K. 194) by W. A. Mozart (1756-1791).

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25

10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist, Rite II. This quiet service of Holy Eucharist includes congregational carols and hymns and a brief homily.

The First Sunday after Christmas Day, Sunday, December 30

8:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist, Rite I and 10:45 a.m. – Holy Eucharist, Rite II. St. Peter’s will hold its regular services on Sunday, December 30, including nursery care beginning at 7:30 a.m. Holy Chow and formation offerings resume Sunday, January 6.

The Epiphany, or the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, Sunday, January 6

The Feast of the Epiphany, one of the major feasts of the Church Year, takes precedence over all regular Sunday observances. Celebrated the day after the Twelfth Day of Christmas, the lectionary readings appointed include Matthew’s Gospel account in which the wise men from the East come to Bethlehem to pay homage to the newborn Jesus, offering him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The 10:45 a.m. service includes the ceremonial use of incense and the celebration of Holy Baptism. After the service the congregation is invited to the churchyard for the annual burning of the Christmas greens.

8:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist, Rite I.
8:30 a.m. – Holy Chow, breakfast in the Community Room. $4 per person, $15 household maximum.
9:30 a.m. – Christian Formation for all ages.
10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Holy Baptism, including music sung by the St. Peter’s Choir, congregational hymns, and a sermon.

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.

This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, December 5

December 5, Wednesday
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.
Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Tower Room), 6:00 p.m.

December 7, Friday
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.

December 9, The Second Sunday of Advent
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30–9:25 a.m.
Parish Hall Forum, “People Look East: Preparing for Advent and Christmas,” 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 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.
Advent Fair

December 10, Monday
Strategic Planning Committee Meeting (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45p.m.

December 11, 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 265 pledging units have now committed $833,798 toward our $1,200,000 goal. We are eager to reach 100% participation from an approximate 480 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.

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.

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.

Annual Youth Advent Fair: December 9. The Annual Youth Advent Fair continues on December 9. 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. 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.

Wednesdays in Advent Begin December 5. 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

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.

Choir School Greenery. If you ordered Christmas greenery from the Choir School, it arrived on November 26 and is ready for pickup. 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.

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.

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 9, People Look East: Preparing for Advent and Christmas; 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. 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

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, 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.

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).

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.

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. 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 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.

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

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 begins Wednesday tonight. 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 17: Center City Concert, The Burli Singers (Church), 12:00 p.m.
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.

This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, November 28

November 28, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon
Room in the Inn Kickoff Potluck (Community Room), 5:30 p.m.

November 29, Thursday
Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

December 2, The First Sunday of Advent
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m. (abbreviated)
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30–9:25 a.m.
2018 Annual Meeting of the Parish and Vestry Elections (Parish Hall), 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Classrooms) & Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Advent Lessons & Carols, 10:45 a.m.
Advent Fair

December 3, Monday

Stewardship Committee Annual Fund Meeting (Tower Room), 5:30 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45p.m.

December 4, Tuesday
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group (Parlor), 10:00 a.m.
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Chapel), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)
Congregational Development Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 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 249 pledging units have now committed $817,198 toward our $1,200,000 goal. We are eager to reach 100% participation from an approximate 480 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.

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.

Voting for Vestry Candidates. On Sunday, December 2 after the 8:00 a.m. service, you will have the opportunity to cast last-minute ballots for the eight-member candidate slate. Voting 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.

Annual Youth Advent Fair: December 2 and 9. The Annual Youth Advent Fair will be held on December 2 and December 9. 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. 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.

Wednesdays in Advent Begin December 5. 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.

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 include 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, 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.

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.

Choir School Greenery Available on Tuesday, November 27. If you ordered Christmas greenery from the Choir School, it arrived on November 26 and is ready for pickup. 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.

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.

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: 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.

Resources and Ideas of 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. 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, 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).

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).

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).

Breakfast on the day of the Annual Meeting, December 2. 8:30–9:30 a.m., coffee will be available in the Parish House lobby and Holy Chow breakfast will be offered in the Community Room with an expanded menu.

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 (ann.luszcz@gmail.com) by Wednesday, December 5.

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).

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.

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 Parlor 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).

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).

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.

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, call 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 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).

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. 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 5: Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Tower Room), 6:00 p.m.
December 17: Center City Concert, The Burli Singers (Church), 12:00 p.m.
December 22: White Beard Project.
December 22: Children’s Nativity Pageant Rehearsal (Library & Church), 9:30 a.m.
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 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.

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).

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 12:00 p.m. Items may be edited for content, length, and style. Information should be sent to communications@st-peters.org.

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.

This Week’s News

This Week at St. Peter’s – Wednesday, November 14

November 14, Wednesday
Mystical Food for Thought with Paul Hanneman (Tower Room), Noon
Social Justice Film Night, “Vocabulary of Change: Angela Davis and Tim Wise in Conversation,” (Parish Hall), 6:00 p.m.

November 16-17, Friday and Saturday
203rd Annual Convention of the Diocese of North Carolina (Offsite: Winston Salem)

November 16-18, Friday to Sunday
St. Peter’s Choir Retreat (Offsite: Valle Crucis)

November 18, 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: “Debrief from the 203rd Annual Convention of the Diocese of North Carolina,” 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.
Taizé, 5:00 p.m.

November 19, Monday
Center City Concert: Iris Piano Trio (Church), Noon
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45p.m.

November 20, Tuesday
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group (Parlor), 10:00 a.m.
Intercessory and Contemplative Prayer (Chapel), 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) & Conversation with the Clergy (Parlor)
Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite: Carolina Prime Steakhouse), 11:30 a.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 226 pledging units have now committed $765,756 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. Information about voting is in the blurb below. Visit www.st-peters.org/vestry-nominee-profiles to read candidate profiles.

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 began on Sunday, November 11 after the candidate forum and will 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. Visit www.st-peters.org/vestry-nominee-profiles to read candidate profiles.

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 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 Eva Cappelletti Chao, 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).

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.

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 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; 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,” 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 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).

Community Life

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.

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. (Hearty breakfast is only $4.00.) Afterwards, we will attend the Annual Meeting in the Parish Hall at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the election of 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, November 20. The next third-Tuesday luncheon will be on Tuesday, November 20, 11:30 a.m. at Carolina Prime Steakhouse (225 E. Woodlawn Road). 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.

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.

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 Film Night on November 14. On Wednesday, November 14, the Social Justice Ministry Team 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.

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 12:00 p.m. Items may be edited for content, length, and style. Information should be sent to communications@st-peters.org.

Looking Ahead

November 21: Youth Advisory Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.
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.
November 29: Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.
December 2: Advent Lessons and Carols & Annual Meeting of the Parish.
December 2, 9, 16: Advent Fair.
December 5: Room in the Inn season begins.
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 22: White Beard Project.
December 23: Greening of the Church.

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.

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 12:00 p.m. Items may be edited for content, length, and style. Information should be sent to communications@st-peters.org.

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.

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.

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 12:00 p.m. Items may be edited for content, length, and style. Information should be sent to communications@st-peters.org.

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.