January 20, 2016

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Legacy Sunday: Celebrating a Future Made Strong by Planned Stewardship

Sunday, January 24, is Legacy Sunday, a day when we honor parishioners who have contributed to the future well-being of our faith community through planned giving.

Planned giving describes a gift that will be made at some time in the future. Unlike contributions made through our annual stewardship campaign, planned gifts provide resources beyond what is needed to support our daily needs. Planned gifts to St. Peter’s become part of the St. Peter’s Endowment, which was established in 1955 to provide funding for areas of ministry that define our values—ministries like outreach, music, and youth—as well as funds needed to maintain our historic building and grounds.

The St. Peter’s 1834 Legacy Society recognizes parishioners who make St. Peter’s a beneficiary of their wills. The Society is named for the year Episcopalians first organized for worship in Charlotte. You can find a list of the members of the St. Peter’s Legacy Society, as well as more information about planned giving, the St. Peter’s Endowment, and how planned gifts have impacted our ministries on our website: st-peters.org/planned giving.

Planned giving at St. Peter’s will be topic of the Parish Hall Forum this Sunday, January 24. The discussion will provide more information about the Endowment, its impact on our life at St. Peter’s and Greater Charlotte, and the importance of planned gifts as we prepare for the future of our faith community.

As you consider your commitment to stewardship and all the ways you contribute your talents, your time, and your resources, we invite you to become a member of our 1834 Legacy Society by making a planned gift to the St. Peter’s Endowment. You don’t have to make a large gift to have a large impact on the future of our faith community.

To find out more, please contact a member of the Planned Giving Committee or the St. Peter’s Endowment Board.

Maria Long, Chairman of the Planned Giving Committee: 704-604-7855 and

Bill Williamson, Chairman of the St. Peter’s Endowment Board: 704-333-3001
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Newcomer Coffee: If you are new to St. Peter’s or would like to meet people who are, we invite you to join us for a Newcomers Coffee on February 7 during Formation Hour, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.,  in the Parlor.  Join us for informal conversation, as well as a brief question and answer time to learn more about St. Peter’s ministries in and beyond our building.
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Seed Starting: In this season of Epiphany as more and more light comes into the world each day, we welcome in a time of new growth both in our lives and in the garden. Let us gather in the Parish Hall on Sunday, January 31, immediately after the 10:45 a.m. service to start the seeds for early spring. All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary! We need plenty of help since we start seeds for other gardens in the Friendship Garden Network as well as our own. We especially like to give healthy baby plants to the gardens at poorer schools where they can’t start plants on their own. We will serve a light lunch suitable for adults and children at 12:30 p.m. and start gardening promptly at 1:00 p.m. If you can help, please RSVP to Nancy Duncan at innercitygardens4@gmail.com so we can plan for the lunch. If you can help provide items for the lunch, contact Anna Hurdle at ahurdle@st-peters.org.  For information about the Friendship Garden network online.
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Eucharistic Supplies: Have you considered a memorial donation to honor a loved one by providing Eucharistic Supplies and Altar Flowers? Make your donations online or send them via mail to Leigh Dixon at the Parish Offices.
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Formation This Sunday: The topic for this week’s Parish Hall Forum is Building on St. Peter’s Presence and the 1834 Legacy Society. Led by the Reverend Ollie Rencher, the conversation explores the legacy of those who have impacted St. Peter’s ministries and our stewardship of our historic building. In the Tower Room, 20s and 30s will discuss Mindset Psychology and Our Faith, a discussion led by Alex Merritt to explore how a fixed mindset vs. growth mindset shapes our faith.
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Next Week’s Formation Hour: The topic for the Parish Hall Forum on Sunday, January 31, will be Beginning to Understand Poverty, led by the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman.
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Shrove Tuesday: On the eve of Ash Wednesday, St. Peter’s will gather again for a Shrove Tuesday Festival with music on Tuesday, February 9, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Old-fashioned pancakes with the Rector’s gumbo and other Louisiana fare will be offered, including child-friendly options with traditional King Cake, fresh fruit and other desserts. Tickets are $6.00 for youth and adults, $4.00 for children, up to a $25.00 household maximum. RSVP online.
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Bridges out of Poverty: Understanding and addressing the dynamics that make it difficult for people to break out of poverty will be the focus for an Epiphany retreat, Bridges out of Poverty, January 29 and 30. The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, St. Peter’s Formation Partner, will lead this seminar, which begins on Friday, January 29, from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and concludes on Saturday, January 30. The $30.00 retreat fee includes dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Copies of the book Bridges out of Poverty will be available at the retreat for a discounted price of $20.00. The program is based on 35 years of research into the differences between poverty, middle class and wealth cultures. Contact the Reverend Dr. Hanneman (phanneman@st-peters.org) or register online.
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Vestry Organization and Roles: For details about the roles of Vestry members in 2016, visit the St. Peter’s website.
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The Choir School Evening of Big Band: The Choir School’s 2016 Serenade gala will take place Saturday, February 13, at Charlotte Country Club. Come enjoy a seated dinner, outstanding choral performance, and silent and live auctions. Tickets and more information available on the Choir School website or contact Allison Elrod (704-749-6157, aelrod@thechoirschool.org).
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Kerygma: Story Time! There is not a better part of the Bible to learn about our roots, our foundations, who our people are than the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. This is a time to study and to discuss and not to be told – adult learning, folks. Starting on Monday, February 1st at 6pm, we will continue our journey into the New Testament with the learning and discussion of Acts of the Apostles. This is a time for learning, talking, listening, being challenged, and experiencing a unique expression of community. Register online.
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Legacy Sunday Noon Luncheon Rescheduled: Update your calendars that the Celebrating Hope luncheon posted in Life at St. Peter’s and elsewhere for Sunday, January 24, is being rescheduled by the Outreach and Social Justice Ministry Team. On that day, please attend the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum: Building on St. Peter’s Presence and The 1834 Legacy Society, led by clergy and lay leaders.
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20s and 30s Bowling: St. Peter’s 20s and 30s are invited to gather on Thursday, January 28, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Bowling at Ten Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Drive. The price of $16.00 includes bowling shoes and gratuity; food and drinks are purchased separately. RSVP to Marion Morrison (m.lyle.morrison@gmail.com).
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RAIN Benefit: Make a difference for RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network), one of St. Peter’s Ministry Partners, when the Broadway National tour of Wicked teams up with some of Charlotte’s best musicians for this one-night only benefit performance. The cabaret benefit will be Monday, January 25, 7:30 p.m. at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theater. Call 704-732-1000 or visit the website.