April 24, 2016

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Nurturing the Spiritual Part of Our Youth

Proverbs 22:6 Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.

Do you ever ponder what life is like in middle or high school today? Maybe you remember what it was like to be 13 or 16 or 18, but maybe not. And, it most certainly has changed, even if you are in your twenties! Because my position as Director of Youth Formation affords me the blessings of spending time with teenagers, I regularly think about what life is like for teens in the 21st century, which is certainly different in so many ways from the world of my youth.

I often wonder if young people, in this technology-driven, fast-paced world where so much information and distraction is constantly and literally at their fingertips, have the time, ability and desire to develop and grow the spiritual part of themselves. They are pushed hard in school, sports and other extracurriculars to develop their intellects, abs and eye-hand coordination, but there is often little confirmation that they are spiritual beings and that part of them is very important, too.

Thankfully, St. Peter’s consistently offers its teens and their families many tools to do just that – to develop and nurture the spiritual center that each of them has. St. Peter’s has demonstrated over the years that this welcoming, wonderful community is committed to providing excellent tools for them: the Journey to Adulthood program, many dedicated adult leaders, a loving community, and opportunities to help others, and to learn to be healthy well-adjusted, loving people who share God’s love in the world and are becoming disciples of Christ. Most of our teens (and their parents) have made a commitment to participate regularly and consistently in Journey 2 Adulthood, worship, outreach, and more, knowing that continually nurturing the spiritual part of oneself and being part of a worship community is as important as anything else.

Our youth would like to share with you some of their observations, thoughts and opinions about youth formation, what they do in our youth program and how this impacts their lives. They are also willing to answer your questions! Please join our Rite 13, J2A and YAC classes in the parish hall this Sunday during the Adult Forum, for a unique opportunity to learn from them! Then join us in worship at 10:45, when the youth will share their talents in leading us in worship, lessons, prayers, and a sermon from Callan Ghareeb.

—Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Formation
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Choir School Concert: Join the Choir School at St. Peter’s for its spring 2016 concert, Classically American. The five choirs will perform favorite sacred and secular pieces from their upcoming tour program, including classical choral music, folksongs, and popular tunes. The concert on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the church. Tickets are $15.00 General Admission for adults, $5.00 for children. A reserved block of four tickets with priority seating is $100.00. Free parking and a nursery are provided. For additional details and to purchase tickets, visit the website.
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Parking at St. Peter’s: Our neighbor, Discovery Place, has alerted us that visitors to St. Peter’s Parish House and Church at various times have parked in the small lot beside our Parish House on Seventh Street. This lot belongs to Discovery Place whose policy is to tow any unauthorized vehicles without warning. Whenever you are at St. Peter’s, please help us be good neighbors (and save yourself a towing fee) by parking on the street or in the 401 North Tryon Street garage across Seventh Street. Valet parking is available on Sunday mornings for persons with mobility limitations.
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Submitting Communications Requests: Please send all submissions for the eNews and Sunday leaflets, as well as any communications requests related to bulletin boards, use of the information table in the Parish House Lobby, press releases and more, to communications@st-peters.org. The deadline for submitting information for eNews and the Sunday leaflets is by end of day each Monday. Please provide all pertinent details, including date, time, location, any fees or other costs, a brief description of the event, links to any additional information available online, any pertinent deadlines, and the name, email address and phone number of the person to contact.
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Holy Chow: The last date for Holy Chow this season will be May 22. After that, this Sunday morning tradition will take a break for the summer, returning in the fall.
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Mystical Food for Thought: This lunchtime group will meet on Wednesday, April 20, to discuss the book The Awakening Call by former monk James Finley, who specializes in working with people suffering from acute trauma. Formation partner the Reverend Paul Hanneman leads the discussion from Noon until 1:00 p.m. in the Tower Room related to the writings of Christian mystics. This week’s discussion will include chapter one in Finley’s book.
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Hope and Grief: This program is open to all who have experienced a loss of any kind and are seeking solace and sustenance for the journey of healing. Hope and Grief will be held on Thursdays, April 21 and 28, with both morning and evening hours. At Holy Comforter Episcopal Church on Park Road, sessions will be 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. At St. Peter’s, sessions will be 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. This offering is an effort of Holy Comforter, Avondale Presbyterian, First Presbyterian, and Saint Peter’s. Members of all congregations as well as the wider community are invited to attend. Contact the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer (jschaefer@st-peters.org) with questions or to sign up.
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Parish Hall Forum: On Sunday, April 24, parishioners will hear from St. Peter’s Youth during the Parish Hall Forum, Learning from our Young People. St. Peter’s youth will talk about their experiences as part of Journey to Adulthood, including the value of participating in worship and this summer’s mission trip to Ferguson, Missouri. Then the discussion will be opened up for questions. Don’t miss this chance to learn from the wisdom of our Youth.
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20s and 30s Discussion: On Sunday, April 24, the 20s and 30s group will host St. Peter’s parishioner Jim Dudley, who will speak about his new book, Spirituality Matters in Social Work.
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Discover St. Peter’s: The second session in this overview of life at St. Peter’s will focus on how our faith is expressed at St. Peter’s through our various ministries, leadership structure, and liturgies. The session this Sunday, April 24, will be in the Parlor from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The discussion will be co-facilitated by clergy and lay-leadership. To sign up, please email the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer (jschaefer@st–peters.org) or RSVP online.
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Invitation to Contemplative Prayer: Participate in Contemplative Prayer in the Town Choir Room in the church basement each Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. Contact the Reverend Paul Hanneman (phanneman@st-peters.org).
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Children’s Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Youth Journey to Adulthood: Weekly offerings are available for children and youth, infants through high school, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at various places throughout the Parish House.
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Final Evensong of the Season: Join us at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, for Evensong, traditional sung prayers by the St. Peter’s Choir. A brief service of Holy Eucharist takes place after Evensong. This will be the final Evensong of the season.
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Book Discussion: The next conversation about the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates will be offered in the Parlor on Tuesday, May 3, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The time was extended by one hour in response to feedback from the dozen people who participated in the April 12 conversation and asked for more time to engage in the rich discussion that resulted. Future discussions will be during a Parish Hall Forum on Sunday, May 22, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and a community panel on Tuesday, June 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Each discussion will explore a different topic. All will be at St. Peter’s. Join us for as many as you can.
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Youth Lock-In: A Rite 13 Class lock-in on Saturday, April 23, starts at 6:00 p.m. The cost depends on the group’s chosen activity, but approx. $7 to $10. Please RSVP by April 21 to Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters).
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Register for the AIDS Walk Sunday in the Lobby: Sign up in the Parish House Lobby on Sundays, April 24 and May 1, to walk with others from St. Peter’s as we participate in the 20th Anniversary AIDS Walk Charlotte. The walk benefits our Servant Ministry Partner, RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network). The walk begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. You can register online   or drop by the Information Table in the Lobby the next two Sundays to learn more. Money raised will be used to provide a comprehensive range of services to people who are HIV-positive. Contact Frank Steele (704-544-0609).
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An Introduction to the Enneagram: On Thursday, May 5, 6:00-7:30 pm., in the Library, the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman will lead a discussion on the Enneagram, a tool for recognizing–and working with—ego patterns. The Reverend Hanneman has studied and taught the Enneagram for more than twenty years and invites you to hear more in this introductory meeting.
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Spain Pilgrimage Reunion Luncheon: The Pilgrim Class of 2015 will meet on Sunday, April 24, at the home of Jim DiMartino and Sam Gardner following the 10:45 a.m. service.
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Youth Parent Social: A time for fellowship, sharing parenting ideas and learning more about the Journey 2 Adulthood curriculum takes place on Sunday, May 15, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the home of Elsie Erneston 704-591-1754). Bring an appetizer to share; beverages will be provided. The 15-minute presentation on J2A will be at 5:30 p.m.; there will be time for Q & A.
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Racial Reconciliation & Service Mission Trip to Ferguson, MO: A donation from a parishioner has made it possible to reduce the cost of the mission trip for for rising ninth graders through rising college youth to $425 per person. Scholarships are available for additional needs. There are 31 spaces for youth, so register as soon as possible for this trip, which will be June 25 through July 1. Contact Director of Youth Formation Lyn Holt (lholt@st-peters.org).
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N.C. Bishop Search: The timeline for next steps in North Carolina’s search for a new Bishop includes these key milestones:

  • In November, the Nominating Committee will announce nominees, followed by a two-week open period for identifying additional candidates.
  • In February, 2017, Walkabouts will be held around the Diocese to meet the nominees
  • On March 4, 2017, a special one-day convention will be held to elect our next Bishop Diocesan (with March 11 as the alternate date if there is bad weather on March 4)
  • The Consecration Service is planned for July 15, 2017, at Duke Chapel in Durham.

The website remains a source for the most current information related to the search.
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Looking Ahead – Mark Your Calendars

  • May 14: Galilee Center Anniversary with baked goods and coffee provided by St. Peter’s Youth
  • May 15: Youth Parent Social 8:00 p.m.
  • May 22: Formation Celebration
  • June 4: Youth Swim Party
  • June 5: Parish Picnic – Independence Park
  • June 7: Parish-wide Book Discussion Community Panel
  • June 10-13: J2A Class Urban Adventure to Washington DC
  • June 18: Lobster Dinner & Silent Auction Fundraiser for Youth Pilgrimage 2017
  • September 16-18: Kanuga Parish Retreat Weekend

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Multifaith Gathering to Repeal HB2: St. Peter’s hopes for a strong presence at this gathering, sponsored by the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice, the ACLU of North Carolina, and the Freedom Center for Social Justice on Sunday, April 24, at 4:00 p.m. The gathering will be at Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, with parking available in the Myers Park Baptist lot on Selwyn Avenue, as well as the Queens University parking lots on Wellesley Avenue and on Radcliffe Avenue. Look for the St. Peter’s banner and the purple St. Peter’s t-shirts.