December 14, 2016

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Sunday Formation for Youth and Children, December 18, 9:30–10:30 a.m. Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth, ages 13–18, meet in the Youth Suite (basement level, Parish House). Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children, ages 2–12, meet on first floor in the Toddler Atrium and Levels 1–3 Atria (classrooms). 9:30–10:30 a.m. in the Parish House. Note: After December 18, Sunday formation offerings will be suspended until January 8

Sunday Formation for Adults, December 18, 9:30–10:30 a.m. In the Parish Hall (second floor, Parish House), a conversation about “The Gift of Prayer: Intercessory Prayer” will explore the importance of this prayer form, and how we are mindful of others through offerings such as St. Peter’s Prayer List. In the Town Choir Room (basement, Parish House), Contemplative Prayer will be facilitated by the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, Formation Partner, from 9:30 until 10:15 a.m. Note: After December 18, Sunday formation offerings will be suspended until January 8.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. Spread the word about the remaining “Advent Evening: Holy Eucharist with Music” at 5:00 p.m. on December 18. This liturgy will include moments of silence, diverse musical offerings, and a homily offered by The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman. On most second and fourth Sundays at 5:00 p.m., we offer Choral Evensong and Holy Eucharist. The next will be on January 8. The complete Fall 2016–January 2017 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s is available by clicking here.

Christmas at St. Peter’s

Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve

  • 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Pageant (nursery provided)
  • 7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (6:45 p.m. Choral Prelude, nursery provided)
  • 10:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist (10:00 p.m. Choral Prelude, no nursery)

Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day

  • 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Sunday, January 1, The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ

  • 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist.

Formation class for adults, youth, and children and “Holy Chow” breakfast resume on Sunday, January 8. On Friday, January 6, after the Twelfth Day of Christmas, all are invited to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany with Holy Eucharist and Burning of the Greens at 6:00 p.m. Families with children, in particular, have enjoyed this special feast.

Weekday Morning Prayer and Noon Eucharist Holiday Schedule. Monday–Friday, 8:00–8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel of the Saints is a beautiful offering for the start of the day. Spread the word that this liturgy of The Book of Common Prayer will not be offered December 26–28 and January 2. Our Tuesday Noon Eucharist, which also draws parishioners and visitors alike, will not be offered on December 27. All are most welcome and encouraged to bring guests to join them for any and all of these weekday offerings.

Waking Up White Book Discussion: St. Peter’s has an ongoing commitment to racial justice, viewing it as essential to God’s work of reconciling all people to Godself through Christ. All are invited to read Waking Up White by Debby Irving over the holiday season. We will be discussing book themes on two Wednesday nights, January 4 and 11, 7:00–8:00 p.m. If you plan to read the book and attend one or both of these clergy-led discussions, or would like to participate in a potential daytime group, contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood (, 704-749-6141).
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Holy Chow Breakfast Suspended for Christmas and New Year’s Days. Our Sunday weekly fellowship, 8:30–9:25 a.m., will not be offered on December 25 and January 1 to give the Holy Chow teams a holiday break. This hearty breakfast and good fellowship served in the Community Room will resume on Sunday, January 8. If you would like to serve on a Holy Chow team in the new year, contact Tate Sterrett( (, 704-365-3438).

Holiday Center City Concert, Monday, December 19. At Noon on third Mondays, St. Peter’s hosts a free concert in the church. December features holiday choral music with The Burli Singers, conducted by parishioner Rob Burlington, Director of Music Arts at Cannon School. The program includes favorite Christmas carols and anthems, and opportunities to sing along. Learn more at

Annual Greening of the Church, Friday, December 23. On Friday, December 23, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending 2:00 p.m. or until finished, all ages are invited to share in an annual fun occasion of cleaning, polishing, decorating, and preparing our sacred space for Christmas with candles, wreaths, garlands, and poinsettias. Come for the entire time or when your schedule permits. Refreshments will be provided. Note: Volunteers also are needed to assist the Altar and Flower Guilds with the removal of the greenery and basic cleanup during the week of December 26. Contact Altar Guild Head, Mary Virginia Woodall ( to sign up or if you have questions.

Senior Class (55+) Third Tuesday Luncheon. The December Senior Class (55+) Luncheon will be Shun Lee Palace (4340 Colwick Road in Cotswold) on Tuesday December 20, at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Hannah Craighill (704-334- 6276) or Jay Partington (704-523-1831).

Young Adults First Sunday Brunch. Stay tuned for news about the January Brunch from coordinator Mary Gotschall. Meanwhile, learn more about Young Adults at St. Peter’s and join “St. Peter’s Charlotte: Young Adults” on Facebook.
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A Personal Message from The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, Associate Rector. On December 5, our Rector shared news that our Associate Rector has accepted the call to serve as the Rector of a parish in the Diocese of Western North Carolina. Her last Sunday at St. Peter’s will be January 8. Read their letter to the parish family or pick up a copy in the Parish House lobby, and stay tuned for more information about ways to celebrate the faithful ministry of the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer among us.

Holiday Provisions Provided by The St. Peter’s Choir. In preparation for their Summer 2017 residency at St. Alban’s Cathedral, England, the fine cooks of our parish choir will offer superb specialties for your home, work, or social celebrations. St. Peter’s Choir Provisions is part of the fund-raising efforts required to offset expenses for this continuing education pilgrimage. The deadline for orders to be delivered Sunday, December 18 after the 10:45 a.m. service is Friday, December 16; the deadline for orders to be delivered Thursday, December 22 is Tuesday, December 20. To learn more and make purchases, visit

Christmas 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 19. To make your donation online, click here. You also may mail donations with acknowledgements to Parish Administrator Leigh Dixon, 115 West Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 or use a “Christmas Contribution” envelope available through the Parish House Receptionist.

Parish House Advent Tree. Our Advent Tree for the “White Beard Project” provides a stuffed stocking to each resident of McCreesh Place on Christmas Eve. McCreesh Place is a Supportive Housing Communities residence for formerly addicted men who are transitioning to improved lives. Visit the tree in the Parish House lobby to take any remaining ornaments, purchase full size items (not hotel or travel size) in the quantity noted on the back of the ornament, and place both your gift and ornament under the tree on or before Sunday, December 18. The stockings will be stuffed on December 18 after worship by the Youth Pilgrim Class and the Advisory Team.

Children’s Christmas Pageant Preparation. Our pageant will be offered as the Liturgy of the Word for the 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist on Christmas Eve. Children take on various roles as active participants in the Gospel of Luke. All children, ages 2 through 12, are encouraged to join the cast of this annual tradition. We will meet on Saturday, December 17, 9:00–11:00 a.m., for costume and script distribution and rehearsal. A final rehearsal will be held on December 24 from 2:30 p.m. until the beginning of the service. If you are unable to attend the first session, alternative arrangements can be made. Snacks will be provided at both rehearsals. In addition to the Holy Family, angels, sheep and shepherds, we would like young readers for the lessons. Teens are needed to help herd the shepherds and fly with the angels. If your child or children would like to participate in the pageant, or if you would like to assist in the production of the pageant, contact Director of Children’s Formation, Anna Hurdle (, 704-749-6156).

Parish House and Offices Holiday Schedule: December 26–28, Monday–Wednesday, closed until Thursday, December 29, and January 2, Monday, closed until Tuesday, January 3

Room in the Inn (RITI) Launch and Supply Needs. St. Peter’s Room in the Inn (RITI) seasonal ministry began December 7 and additional volunteers are needed. Each Wednesday evening through March, we provide a warm, welcoming place where twelve neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall. Volunteers handle every aspect of this ministry, from providing and serving meals, making sack lunches, setting up beds, cooking and serving breakfast, staying overnight, and doing laundry. To learn more, contact Bert Miano (, 205-222-7527). Meanwhile, the following items are needed for our neighbors: travel-size deodorant, travel-size toothpaste/toothbrushes, lip balm, hand lotion, hand towels, washcloths. Place donations in the RITI basket in the Parish House lobby.

Guild of the Christ Child (GOCC) Seeks New Members: GOCC supports families who are welcoming a new child through birth or baptism. This ministry includes prayer for the family and visiting them with a meal, prayer shawl and other signs of the parish’s welcome after the baby is born. Contact the Reverend Joslyn Schaefer (, 704-749-6150) to explore this possibility.

Annual Meeting Briefing. On Sunday, December 4, approximately 200 parishioners gathered for the Annual Meeting of the Parish. New Vestry members (Class of 2019), Elsie Erneston, John Frederick, Maria Long, and Cooper Morrison were elected to follow the Class of 2016: Irma Hoffman, Des Keller, Dave Lavoie, and Nelda Leon. On behalf of the Wardens and Vestry, the Rector extended appreciation for all who serve in a variety of ways, including those whose ministry is to be prayerful, present, engaged, and offer financial resources to support the parish mission, ministry, and vision. To access a copy of the Annual Meeting Report Booklet with insightful ministry area reports and much more, visit or pick up a copy in the Parish House lobby. If you would like a copy of the one-page 2016 budget and 2017 preliminary budget presented by Treasurer Dave Lavoie, contact Ministry Associate (Administrative Assistant) contact Elaine Wood (, 704-749-6141).

Bishop Search Process Update. On November 21, the XII Bishop Search Nominating Committee announced the Reverends Charles Dupree (Indiana), Samuel Rodman (Massachusetts), and Milind Sojwal (New York) as candidates. They will be joined by other potential candidates (as permitted by petition) as nominees for election at a Special Convention on March 4, 2017. Read more here.
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Episcopal Church Missioner for Social Justice and Advocacy Engagement Ordained Priest. Our parish friend and colleague in servant ministry, The Reverend Chuck Wynder, Jr. was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests on Sunday, December 11, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Chuck, Bethany, and their son Chase now live in Washington, where Chuck continues his service on the staff of The Episcopal Church and recently assumed clergy duties at Holy Comforter Episcopal Parish. Let us give thanks for Chuck’s talented ministry among us as he has expressed his gratitude for time in Charlotte, especially to support life at St. Peter’s.

Episcopal Summer Camps for Children and Youth: North Carolina is blessed to have three overnight summer camp programs for children and youth: Camp Henry at Lake Logan, Camp Kanuga in Hendersonville, and Camp Trinity near Pine Knoll Shores. Anna Hurdle and Lyn Holt (Directors of Children and Youth Formation, respectively) can answer initial questions you might have about these camp experiences. Our own diocese sponsors a week-long HUGS camp for campers living with disability and teens who assist them. These camps enhance the faith formation programs St. Peter’s offers. Check them out!
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January 6-7: Vestry Retreat and New Vestry Member Orientation

April 21–23, 2017: Women’s Retreat at Valle Crucis Conference Center with St. Martin’s Charlotte
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2017 Annual Fund Update – December 13: As of Monday, December 12, 294 pledges totaling $817,040 have been received toward our $975,000 goal. The Annual Fund Leadership and Vestry are grateful for each pledge received and seeks 100% participation from all member households by Sunday, December 18 before the Meeting of the Vestry on Tuesday, December 20. For campaign information and to pledge online, visit, or you may pledge at the Parish House. Our total amount pledged and the 2017 pledgers’ list (below) continue to grow for the completion of a 2017 operating budget to be drafted by the Finance Committee and approved by the Vestry.

Mr. Payson Adams, III; Mrs. Jeanne Agan; Mr. Jim Amburn; Mr. Horace Andrews; Ms. Candace Armstrong; The Honorable John Arrowood; Mr. Robert Atkins; Mr. Michael Baker & Mr. Matt Knox; Mrs. Susan Baldwin; The Rev. & Mrs. James Bartos; Mr. & Mrs. Dalon Bass; Mr. & Mrs. C. Robert Beaird; Mr. Bob Beardsley & Mr. Frank Steele; Mr. Steve Bentley & Mr. David Deal; Mr. Earl Bernard; Mr. Michael Berry; Mr. Timothy Bice; Dr. Michele Birch; Ms. Donna Black; Ms. Elizabeth Blackwood; Ms. Sandra Blair; Mr. & Mrs. Ovidio Bocanegra; Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Bossemeyer; Mr. & Mrs. Erskine Bowles; Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Bowles; Mr. Mark Boyd & Mr. Andre Fleuriel; Mr. & Mrs. John Bradberry; Mr. Chase Branham; Mr. & Mrs. Keith Brent; Mr. & Mrs. John Brien; Mr. & Mrs. William Britton, Jr.; Ms. Elizabeth Brodie & Dr. Damian Bracy; Mr. Neil Broncaccio; Ms. Debra Brooks; Dr. Barbara Brown; Mr. William Bryan; Mr. & Mrs. John Budall; Mr. & Mrs. Steven Burke; Mr. Louis Burkhead & Ms. Joan Graham; Laurie and Rob Burlington; Mr. David Burn; Mr. John Burnett; Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Busch; Mr. Robert Bush; Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Caldwell; Ms. Carolyn Carlburg; Dr. & Mrs. Kent Carpenter; Mr. Rob Carpenter; Mrs. Elise Cathey; Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Chapin; Mr. Dumont Clarke & Ms. Shirley Linn; Mr. & Mrs. Marcus Clarke; Mr. Maurice Clarke; The Rev. Julie C. Clarkson; Mr. Ellison Clary & Ms. Linda Gallehugh; Mrs. Robin Cochran; Ms. Tina Coelho; Mrs. Gina Columna; Ms. Jo Cooley; Mrs. Suzanne Coonen; Mrs. Gloria Cooper; Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Corcoran; Mrs. Elizabeth Corzine; Ms. Chantalle Couba; Mrs. James B. Craighill; Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Cudabac; Mr. & Mrs. Geoffrey Curme; Mr. Josiah Daniels; Ms. Mary Katherine Davis; Mr. John Denti; Daphne DiFrancesco; Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Dresser; Mr. & Mrs. Jim Dudley; Mr. Daniel Duggan, Jr; Mrs.James M. Dumbell; Ms. Nancy Duncan; Mr. And Mrs. & Mrs. Anthony Dunn; Ms. Isabella Dunn; Dr. John Dunn; Ms. Carmencita Elijah; Mr. and Mrs. Brian Ellsworth; Ms. Elsie Erneston; Ms. Katherine Everett; Ms. Roberta Farman Stein; Mrs. Minta Jane Ferguson; Dr. & Mrs. Robert Ferguson; Mr. & Mrs. Quentin Fogan; Dr. & Mrs. Ronald Follmer; Mr. Thomas Forte; Dr. John Frederick & Mr. Anthony Craghead; Ms. Alexandria Freeman; Mr. Brian Gallagher & Mr. Terry Prince; Mr. Samuel Gardner, III & Mr. Jim DiMartino; Mr. Pendley Garrett; Mr. & Mrs. Tom Ghareeb; Ms. Diana Gibbs; Dr. Margaret Gibson; Mr. & Mrs. Lee Gilman; Ms. Lydia Gittens; The Rt. Rev. & Mrs. Gary Gloster; Mr. Carlos Gonzalez; Mr. Kenneth Goodwin & Mr. Peter Richard; Ms. Mary Gotschall; Mr. & Mrs. Vernon G. Graves; Mr. and Mrs. James Green; Mr. & Mrs. Donald Greene; Ms. Lynn Griffin; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Gross; Mr. & Mrs. Brian Hacker; Mr. Wilbert Haith; Dr. John Hall & Mr. Robbie Howell; The Rev. Dr. Paul Hanneman; Ms. Ann Haskell; Mr. Robert Headley; Ms. Josephine Hicks; The Rev. & Mrs. William Hinson, Jr.; Ms. Catherine Hoffman; Mrs. Irma Hoffman; Mr. Michael Hoffman; Mr. & Mrs. John Hoke; Mr. Harris Holt, III & Mrs. Lyn W. Holt; Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Holtz; Mr. Andrew Horgan & Mr. Alex Choong; Ms. Katherine Hughes; Mr. & Mrs. Andy Hung; Mr. & Mrs. Dandridge Hurdle; Mr. & Mrs. John Hurst, Jr.; Ms. Kimberly Hurst; Mr. Walt Hutchinson; Mr. Douglas Hutto & Mr. Steve Thomas; Ms. Louise Im; Mr. Thomas Im & Mr. Michael Loose; Ms. Marie Irving; Dr. & Mrs. David Jacobs; Mrs. Nancy Jewell; Mrs. Edith Johnson; Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Johnson; Ms. Elaine Jones; Mr. & Mrs. Greg Jones; Mr. John Joslin; Mr. & Mrs. William Kalbas; Mr. Walter Kearns; Mr. & Mrs. Desmond Keller; Mr. & Mrs. Paul Keller, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. William Kelly; Dr. John Ketron & Mr. Michael Wright; Carl and Amy Dillon King; Mr. Thomas Kiser; Ms. Maureen Kivney; Mary, Ben, Helen, Amelia, & Sam Klauder; Mr. & Mrs. John Knip; Mr. & Mrs. Michael Koppenal; Mr. & Mrs. William Krewson; Dr. & Mrs. Christopher Lakin; Mr. & Mrs. John Lamb; The Rev. & Mrs. Keith C. Lane; Ms. Amanda Lapp; Ms. Lynn Lau; Mr. & Mrs. David Lavoie; Ms. Lynnette Lewis; Mrs. Betty Little; Mr. & Mrs. Nevan Little; Mrs. Trissy Lomax; Mr. & Mrs. Dean Loven; Mr. & Mrs. Brooks Luquire; Mr. & Mrs. Zachary Luszcz; Ms. Lisa Lynn & Ms. Caren Akin; Mrs. Claudia Macauley; Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Mandon; Mr. Elwood Manigault; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Markel; Mrs. Susanne Martin; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Mautz, III; Ms. Janie Maybeck; Ms. Susan McConnell; Mr. James McEwen & Ms. Nelda Leon; Mrs. Dorothy McGavran; Ms. Patricia McGrath; Mr. & Mrs. Brian McKeon; Ms. Hulene McLean; Ms. Judith McLeod; Mr. Al McMillian & Ms. Sydney Burgess; Mr. Eugene McNeely; Mr. Joshua Meloy; Ms. Wendy Merrill; Mr. Alexander Merritt; Mr. & Mrs. Bert Miano; Ms. Lena Miano; Mr. & Mrs. Howard Mixter; Mr. & Mrs. Thayer Moeller; Ms. Kathryn Moland; Mrs. Jean Mooney; Mrs. Antonia Moore; Mr. & Ms. Daniel Moore; Mr. & Mrs. John Moore, III; Mr. & Mrs. Peter Morgan; Mr. Samuel Morgan; Mr. Austin Morphies; Mr. & Mrs. Micah Morrison; Mr. & Mrs. Cooper Morrison, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. George Mundle; Mr. Todd Murphy; Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Nelson; Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Nicholson, III; Mr. Charles Noe & Randy Peacock; The Rev. Eleanor Norman & Mr. Blake Shell; Mr. & Mrs. John Norton, II; Mr. William Norton; Ms. Anna Norton; Mr. & Mrs. C.J. O’Neill; Ms. Jennifer O’Neill; Mr. & Mrs. James Owens; Mr. James Padgett; Dr. Leland Park; Mr. John Parker, III; Mr. & Mrs. James Partington, III; Mr. Michael Pawlyk & Ms. Elizabeth Richardson; Ms. Betty Payne; Miss Edith Pearson; Mr. & Mrs. Tim Pechar; Dr. William Pfischner; Dr. & Mrs. Daniel Raiford; Mr. Patrick Ratchford; Ms. Kristine Reid; Mr. Maximillian Reid; The Rev. & Mrs. Ollie V. Rencher; Mr. & Mrs. Michael Restaino; Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Ringley; Mr. Greg Robbins & Mr. Brian Burden; The Honorable Jennifer & Mr. Manley Roberts; Mr. Manley Roberts; Ms. Marie Robertson; Ms. Onesha Sanders; Ms. Nancy Sarazen; Ms. Callina Satterfield; Ms. Paula Savich; The Rev. Joslyn Ogden & Dr. Brian Schaefer; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Schroeder; Mrs. Yvette Seaton; Ms. Mary Lynn Sepkowitz; Mr. & Mrs. James Shannonhouse, Jr.; Mr. Harry Shaw; Mr. & Mrs. John Shumate; Mr. & Mrs. Edward Smith, II; Mr. Mason Smith; Mr. Miles Smith; Mr. Rob Smith & Ms. Maria Long; Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Spinazzolla; Mr. Michael Spivey; Mr. & Mrs. Tate Sterrett; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stigall; Mr. Wesley Sturgis, Jr. & Ms. Janet Keny; The Rev. Carl Synan; Mr. Michael Talbert; Mrs. & Mr. Wil Teichman; Mrs. Norveline Thomas; Mr. & Mrs. Willie Thomas; Mr. Wes Thompson & Mr. Trey Owen; Dr. John Thompson, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Thompson; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Tindle; Mr. & Mrs. James Tringas; Mrs. Mary Anna Turner; Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Uglehus; Dr. & Mrs. Gerald Vanderpool; Mr. & Mrs. Ruard Veltman; Mr. Carl Waiters; Mr. & Mrs. Gary Wald; Dr. George Waterhouse; Mrs. Eulada Watt; Ms. Charmaine Welch; Mrs. Helena Welch; Ms. Hope Westerfield & Ms. Marti Henderson; Dr. Joseph Whelan, III; Mrs. Cynthia White; Ms. Carole Whittington; Ms. Lisa Wielunski; Mr. Eric Wilkins & Dr. Annie Bowles; Mrs. Mary Williams; Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Williamson; Mr. & Mrs. William Williamson, III; Mr. & Mrs. Mike Wilson; Ms. Lindie Wilson; Mr. Clint Wimbish & Dr. Michele Liu; Mr. & Mrs. Johnnie Wimbish; Mr. & Mrs. Klif Wommack; Mary Virginia and Dan Woodall; Mrs. Ruth Woodend; Mr. Alec Yale; Mr. & Mrs. Peter Young; Mr. & Mrs. John Zemaitis; Mr. & Mrs. Philip Zulick

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