January 19, 2017

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Life at St. Peter’s 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 offerings for adults, youth, and children between January and June.

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 22, 9:30–10:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House) will feature “Being Church for The Nation.” The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, will reflect on and engage a conversation about the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America and the holy weight of Episcopal Christians “being Church” for the nation. On January 29, The Rector and Senior Warden, Bert Miano will discuss the Christian spirituality invitation to observe daily, weekly, and seasonal times for rest and renewal.

Discover St. Peter’s, January 22 and 29: 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, at 9:30 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 will be co-facilitated by clergy and lay-leadership. To sign up, email Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood (ewood@st–peters.org).

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s, January 22. 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. On January 22, the Clergy and St. Peter’s Choir will lead Choral Evensong after which a 15-minute service of Holy Eucharist is celebrated. The January-June 2017 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s is available by clicking here.

Consider 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 invited and encouraged to bring guests to 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. Two chances to try on Evensong take place this month: the regularly scheduled January 22 service and an additional opportunity on the fifth Sunday, January 29.
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Super Bowl Chili and Autobell Tickets Sale, January 29 and February 5. To raise funds for their Summer 2017 Pilgrimage to Italy and domestic mission trip, our youth will be selling three types of chili (traditional chili, vegetarian chili and white chicken chili), while they last: $8 for one pound (feeds 4) and $15 for two pounds.  In addition, Autobell tickets are available for $16 each. For more information, email Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt or call 704-749-6148.

Pub Theology Resumes Thursday, February 2. Join parish clergy and friends for a relaxed time of holy conversation beyond the walls of St. Peter’s, our first such fellowship for 2017. On Thursday, February 2, 6:00–8:00 p.m. at Rock Bottom Brewery across from St. Peter’s, the topic will be “Practicing Hope.” If you have fears of any sort, big or small, this casual, drop-in gathering is for you and a guest. Pub snacks and a variety of beverages, including non-alcoholic, are available for purchase.

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 (ahurdle@st-peters.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 (innercitygardens4@gmail.com). We provide complete, easy training and all equipment, and have at least one light set-up that needs a home.

Senior Class Third Tuesday Luncheon. 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).

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, email Father Keith Lane or call him at 704-332-7746 x355.
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Welcome New Associate Rector: The Reverend Jacob Evan Pierce. On January 4, the Rector announced his appointment of Father Jacob Pierce as our Associate Rector. On January 25, Father Jacob will commence his ministry at St. Peter’s. January 29 will mark his first Sunday when occasions will be offered to welcome him during Holy Chow breakfast or Coffee Hour. Our congregational development, fellowship, formation, and pastoral care ministry areas will benefit from his gifts and receive his primary focus. Read a letter from the Rector online  or pick up a copy in the Parish House lobby.

Welcome Parish Intern: Robin Sands. Mrs. Robin Sands, of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte, will be a part of parish life in conjunction with a 10-month internship required for the diocesan ordination process for Vocational Deacons. Robin will collaborate with parish clergy and lay leaders to learn, support, and serve in ministry areas, such as liturgy, pastoral care, outreach, social justice, and congregational development, on a weekly basis. If you have not met Robin yet, please seek her out, as we give thanks for her presence and roles among us.

A Word about the January 13-14 Vestry Retreat. The Vestry, Treasurer, Rector, Assisting Priest, and new Associate Rector gathered locally for a retreat, which included dinner followed by a day of reflection, worship, community-building, and ministry planning based on a theme of “Transforming Leadership” in life at St. Peter’s. Stay tuned for 2017 Vestry Goals and Objectives from these leaders among us: Class of 2017 Candace Armstrong, Abigail Cudabac, Paul Keller, Kristine Reid, 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 Morrison, and Treasurer Dave Lavoie.

Our Witness the World. The Church has always celebrated how the Spirit of Christ has been revealed in the lives of Holy Women and Holy Men. Through the body of Christ, we are joined to them in our worship and in our daily lives. Learn about these companions on St. Peter’s website, www.st-peters.org, under the “Learning” tab, where their history can be found under “Inspiration from Saints.”

New on the Website and eNews. You may notice a few differences on our website, www.st-peters.org, and in the timing of the eNews. At the top of every page of the website is a link for “Calendar.” Click here to see events and activities for the St. Peter’s community. You’ll also see a brief listing of upcoming events on many other pages. If an event includes a request for an RSVP, you’ll be able to click a link on the same page to complete your registration. A few folks have asked if we’re really awake at 6:00 a.m. and sending the eNews. Our goal is to have the news in your inboxes by Wednesday of each week and lately Constant Contact, the hosting service for the mass mailing has suggested that time as “optimal” for our recipients. When the editing is done, we leave the rest to the email robots at Constant Contact and get a few extra winks of sleep.
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February 28: Annual Shrove Tuesday Festival in the Parish Hall, 6:00 p.m.

March 1: Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent

March 18: “Papa Pietro’s” Italian Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction Youth Pilgrimage Fundraiser

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 18, 2017. Getting Closer: As of Wednesday, January 18, 328 pledges totaling $885,390 have been received toward our $975,000 goal. The Annual Fund Leadership and Vestry are grateful for each pledge and prayerfully seek a 100% investment in life at St. Peter’s from all members and newcomers. At the January 17 meeting of the Vestry, a balanced 2017 budget was adopted based on pledges received and limited secondary income sources. Now, they hope for more pledges in order to possibly hire a part-time Communications Administrator and address certain ministry/program and property needs. To pledge online and offer your support, visit www.st-peters.org/annualfund, or you may pledge at the Parish House.

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Submitting Communications Requests: Please send all submissions for the eNews and Sunday leaflets, as well as any questions related to communications, to communications@st-peters.org. The deadline for submitting information for publication during the coming week is Sunday at 8:00 p.m. 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 deadlines, and the name, email address and phone number of the person to contact. If you do not have email access, you may leave a detailed message at 704-749-6142. Spread the word about this process.