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Winter-Spring 2017 Worship, Programs, and Events Calendar. Watch for a special eNews, service leaflet notices, website updates, and bulletin boards in the Parish House lobby to discover a host of parish life offerings for adults, youth, and children between January and June.
This Wednesday, January 11, at 7:00 p.m: Waking Up White Book Discussion. Even if you missed the first conversation on January 4, you are welcome to join clergy and lay leaders in the Parlor to discuss this accessible and provocative book about one white woman’s journey to discover how being white has affected every part of her life. This two-week discussion is part of St. Peter’s ongoing commitment to racial justice, which the parish views as essential to God’s work of reconciling all people to Godself through Christ. For more information, email Father Keith Lane (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sunday Formation for Youth and Children, weekly. Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth, ages 13–18, meet in the Youth Suite (basement level, Parish House). For more information, email Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt 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. For more information, email Director of Children’s Formation, Anna Hurdle.
Sunday Formation for Adults, January 15, 9:30–10:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House) will feature an “instructed Baptism,” in which we’ll talk through the Baptism liturgy and unpack the deeper meaning of this foundational sacrament of Christianity.
Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s, January 15. Spread the word about a great contemplative way to begin the week: worship on most Sundays at 5:00 p.m. On most second and fourth Sundays, Choral Evensong and Holy Eucharist is offered. On every third Sunday, a piano-enhanced, meditative Taizé Holy Eucharist is offered. Consider attending the Taizé liturgy on January 15, bring a guest, and provide feedback to the Rector about your experience. On January 22, the Clergy and St. Peter’s Choir will lead Choral Evensong. The January 2017 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s is available by clicking here.
Weekday Morning Prayer and Noon Eucharist. 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. On Tuesdays at Noon, we offer a 30-minute celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the Chapel. All are most welcome and encouraged to bring guests to join them for any and all of these weekday offerings.
“Try On” Evensong at St. Peter’s. One of many things that makes life at St. Peter’s both unique and meaningful is our commitment to offering the rich historical liturgies of the Episcopal/Anglican tradition. In 2017, the Clergy and the Director of Music and Organist invite all members to “try on” Evensong, which is offered most second and fourth Sundays at 5:00 p.m., including next Sunday, January 22. Evensong is sung Evening Prayer and draws on the vast Anglican musical tradition. If you’ve missed the morning liturgy, or simply want to try something new, join us! What are people saying about Evensong? Read “More Evensong, Please” from The Living Church.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Holy Eucharist and Concert, January 16. In observance of the holiday, on Monday, January 16, an 11:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist will be offered at St. Peter’s after which Center City Concerts will present the Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble Gospel Choir at Noon. Last year, this joint way to commemorate the holiday at St. Peter’s was well attended and greatly appreciated. Spread the word and learn more about upcoming concerts at www.centercityconcerts.org.
Senior Class Third Tuesday Luncheon. The January luncheon will be at Open Kitchen (1318 W. Morehead St.) at 11: 30 a.m. on January 17, and the February luncheon will be at Carolina Prime Steakhouse (225 E. Woodlawn Ave) at 11:30 a.m. on February 21. The Saint Peter’s Senior Class is a group of members and friends of St. Peter’s (55+) who meet monthly for an informal lunch and twice a year for a party. For further information, please call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) or Barbara and Jay Partington (704-523-1831).
Discover St. Peter’s: Whether you are very new to St. Peter’s or simply interested in refreshing or deepening your understanding of what it means to be part of the St. Peter’s community, you are welcome to participate in this two-session overview of life at St. Peter’s on Sundays, January 22 and 29, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Parlor. The January 22 session will explore the distinctly Anglican emphases found in the Christian faith. On January 29, our focus will be on how this faith is expressed at St. Peter’s through our various ministries, leadership structure, and liturgies. Both sessions are in the Parlor and will be co-facilitated by clergy and lay-leadership. To sign up, please email Elaine Wood (ewood@st–peters.org).
Young Adults First Sunday Brunch. Mark your calendars for February 5 at 12:30 p.m. when young adults will gather after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy for brunch at a restaurant within walking distance of St. Peter’s. Email Mary Gotschall with questions.
Chronic Care Support Group. The next gathering of this group, which meets on the first Friday of each month, will be Friday, February 3 at 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor. Assisting Priest, the Reverend Keith Lane, and others facilitate this monthly meeting of those with chronic illness and caregivers alike. For more information, contact Father Keith Lane (email@example.com, 704-332-7746 x355).
** Seed-starting for St. Peter’s Community Garden, February 5. In this season of Epiphany, when new light, hope, and joy are upon us, one way we can celebrate is to renew our Uptown community garden and many others in the Friendship Garden network by starting seedlings for our spring crops. Many hands make this happy work speedy. Please help on Sunday, February 5 after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy in the Parish Hall (second floor, Parish House). A light lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and we will start seeds from 1:00–3:00 p.m. Adults and children of all ages are welcome, as we have big seeds for the littlest kids to plant. RSVP with number of children through Director of Children’s Formation, Anna Hurdle (firstname.lastname@example.org) to ensure we have enough lunch and proper setup.
About St. Peter’s Community Garden. Also known as the Eighth Street Garden, St. Peter’s Community Garden is part of the Friendship Garden network, a network of 100 gardens throughout Charlotte that raise fresh produce for Friendship Trays, Charlotte’s meals-on-wheels program. We partner with Trinity Episcopal School in running the garden on the school campus a few blocks away from St. Peter’s. One of our strongest programs is raising seedlings for other gardens in the network who do not have the resources to do it themselves or pay for flats of seedlings. We have a team of growers, mostly comprised of parishioners, who raise seedlings in their homes once they are started. Trinity students also raise seedlings in classrooms as part of their science program. If interested in being an indoor grower, contact Nancy Duncan (email@example.com). We provide complete, easy training and all equipment, and have at least one light set-up that needs a home.
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Vestry Retreat, January 13–14. The Vestry, Treasurer, and Clergy will gather for its Annual Retreat and New Member Orientation on Saturday, January 14, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at the Parish House, preceded by dinner on Friday, January 13. “Transforming Leadership” is this year’s theme. Stay tuned for a retreat debrief from these leaders among us: Class of 2017 Candace Armstrong, Abigail Cudabac, Paul Keller, Class of 2018 Paige Ghareeb, John Hall (Clerk), Michael Koppenal, Bert Miano (Senior Warden), Class of 2019 Elsie Erneston, John Frederick, Maria Long (Junior Warden), Cooper Moorison, and Treasurer Dave Lavoie.
Holy Chow Breakfast on January 15. This Sunday weekly fellowship, 8:30–9:25 a.m., resumes after a holiday break to offer a hearty breakfast in the Community Room (second floor, Parish House). This is a relaxed way to meet others of the parish family and visitors, after or before worship, but before formation offerings at 9:30 a.m.
Leave-taking Reception for The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, Sunday, January 15. A reception to honor the ministry of The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer will take place Sunday, January 15 in the Parish Hall after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy. All are invited to this festive occasion before she transitions to new ministry in the Diocese of Western North Carolina.
Thanksgiving Purse in Honor of the Associate Rector. If you would like to offer a financial gift in thanksgiving for the ministry of The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, you may join others in filling a “purse” for her journey. Checks should be made payable to “St. Peter’s Church” (Memo: Associate Rector’s Ministry) and directed to Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon.
Appointment of New Associate Rector: The Reverend Jacob Evan Pierce. On January 4, The Rector announced his appointment of our new Associate Rector, Father Jacob Pierce, who will commence his ministry at St. Peter’s on Wednesday, January 25. Read his letter to the parish family at http://conta.cc/2iEYmCT or pick up a copy in the Parish House lobby.
Parish Intern to Serve at St. Peter’s in 2017. Beginning January 3, Mrs. Robin Sands is a part of life at St. Peter’s as part of the 10-month internship required for the diocesan ordination process for Vocational Deacons. As Parish Intern, Robin will collaborate with the Parish Clergy to learn, support, and serve in ministry areas, such as liturgy, pastoral care, outreach, social justice, and congregational development, and be among us on a weekly basis. Stay tuned for more about Robin, who is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte, and join the Rector in welcoming her to St. Peter’s.
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January 29: First Sunday and Welcome Reception for The Reverend Jacob Evan Pierce, Associate Rector.
February 28: Annual Shrove Tuesday Festival in the Parish Hall, 6:00 p.m.
March 1: Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent
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 – January 9, 2017: As of Monday, January 9, 328 pledges totaling $883,550 have been received toward our $975,000 goal. The Annual Fund Leadership and Vestry Classes of 2016-2019 are grateful for each pledge received and continue to seek 100% participation from all parishioners. To pledge online today and offer your support, visit www.st-peters.org/annualfund, or you may pledge at the Parish House. Our total amount pledged continues to grow for the completion of a 2017 budget to be presented by the Treasurer on behalf of the Finance Committee to the Vestry on January 17.
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