News: November 15, 2017

Tune into Life at St. Peter’s Fall 2017: Read the parish magazine online and explore the calendar of formation, worship, programs, and events for adults, youth, and children. Copies of each are available in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Worship and Music

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s. The next Taizé liturgy will be offered on November 19. On November 26 and December 10, the clergy will lead Evening Prayer in the Chapel. Learn more about Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s here.


Study of “My Accidental Jihad” continues. The Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest, will facilitate a study of My Accidental
on Wednesdays, November 15 and 29, 6:30–7:30 p.m. in the Tower Room. Learn more and register to attend.

Sunday Formation for Adults, November 19, 9:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum presents “All Things Come of Thee, O Lord: Practicing Gratitude in a Thankless World,” a discussion with lay leaders and the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher. It will also include highlights from the November 17–18 Annual Convention of the Diocese of North Carolina.

Advent Retreat: Stillness in Center City, Saturday, December 2.The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce will facilitate an instructed time of quiet, exploration, and spiritual formation at St. Peter’s, 8:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.

Monday Evenings in Advent: December 4, 11, 18. The Reverends Ollie V. Rencher and Jacob E. Pierce will facilitate a study of the “Advent Gospels and the Significance of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” 6:15–7:15 p.m. at St. Peter’s. Learn more and register here.

Community Life

2018 Annual Fund Campaign Update. 218 pledges totaling $756,327 have been received toward the one-million-dollar goal of Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter’s as of November 13. To offer your pledge support toward the 2018 parish budget being drafted by the Finance Committee for the December 10 Annual Meeting of the Parish, visit

Delegation to Annual Diocesan Convention, November 17–18. Parish delegates John Hall, Josephine Hicks, Doug Hutto, Amy Dillon King, and Dave Lavoie will join the Reverends Ollie V. Rencher and Jacob E. Pierce in Winston-Salem. On November 19, our delegates will offer convention highlights at the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum, including reflections about the Friday “Becoming Beloved Community” panel on which parishioner Tony Craghead will serve. Learn more here.

Rides Ministry to Fellow Parishioners. If you are interested in serving through offering parishioners occasional or regular rides to and from Sunday worship and special events, and weekday medical appointments, contact Pastoral Care Team member, Irma Hoffman (, 704-620-0081).

Senior Class Luncheon, Tuesday, November 21. The next monthly luncheon will be on November 21, 11:30 a.m. at Zen Asian Fusion in Kenilworth Commons on East Boulevard. For more information, call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) or Barbara and Jay Partington (704-523-1831). Learn more about this fellowship opportunity.

Annual Youth Advent Fair: November 26, December 3 and 10. Prepare for the season by purchasing items at St. Peter’s to benefit our next youth pilgrimage. Advent candles and wreaths, Christmas ornaments, Anglican prayer beads, St. Peter’s recycled glass ornaments, “Chico” reusable grocery bags, St. Peter’s long and short-sleeve t-shirts, and AutoBell tickets will be available. Spread the word.

A Charlotte Conversation with Culinary Historian and Cultural Lightning Rod, Michael Twitty: Monday, November 27. Parishioners Susan and Des Keller and The Dunhill Hotel + Asbury Restaurant will host a Charlotte community conversation with Michael W. Twitty at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Learn more about this unique event and RSVP here.

Annual Meeting and Parish Life Day: Sunday, December 10. All members and newcomers are invited and encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. This one-hour occasion will undertake key business matters, including the election of the 2018-2020 Class of Vestry members, review of a 2018 parish budget draft from the Finance Committee and Vestry, and a state-of-the-parish address from the Rector. For information about Vestry nominees (Marcus Clarke, Ellison Clary, Mike Hoffman, John Hurst, Perry Mixter, Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, and Amanda Wommack), voting, and the events of this extraordinary parish life day, Learn more online.

Altar Flowers and Eucharistic Supplies: In Honor or Memory. To honor or memorialize loved ones or celebrate special occasions in meaningful ways, consider giving Altar flowers and Eucharistic supplies. Altar flowers are $150 per Sunday, and Eucharistic supplies (bread, wine) are $30 for one month or $15 for two Sundays. Contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).

Special Music Fund Gifts for December. A special music fund was established as a restricted fund to enrich our worship through the enhancement of music and additional instrumentalists made possible by gifts above and beyond pledges to the annual fund. All may offer gifts in honor or memory of loved ones to support music to be offered during Advent and Christmas. You may give online or make checks payable to “St. Peter’s Ben Outen Music Fund” for delivery to the parish office.

Pub Theology, Thursday, December 7. The Reverend Keith C. Lane will host a discussion about “Practicing Advent in a Christmas World” on December 7 at a location to be announced soon. Watch the eNews and notices about 2018 plans for Pub Theology. Learn more about Pub Theology.

Holiday Concerts of The Choir School at St. Peter’s, December 8 and 9. Tickets are now available for the 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday performances by some of the most “talented young singers from every corner of Charlotte” among us. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Outreach and Social Justice

Room in the Inn: Volunteer Call and Pre-Season Event, November 29. On each Wednesday evening from December 6 through March 28, St. Peter’s will participate in Room in the Inn (RITI) by providing a warm, welcoming place where twelve neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall. To get involved, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (, 205-222-7527). Learn more and sign-up for the kickoff dinner here.

MeckMin Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, November 21. All are invited to the 42nd annual interfaith Thanksgiving gathering hosted by MeckMin at Friendship Baptist Church. Learn more here.

Looking Ahead

December 3: Advent Lessons and Carols, 10:45 a.m.

December 10: Annual Meeting and Parish Life Day. See modified morning and evening schedule.

December 23: Greening of the Church, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

December 24 and 25: Fourth Sunday of Advent, one service at 10:00 a.m.; Christmas Eve services: 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Pageant; 7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (6:45 p.m. Choral Prelude; 10:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist (10:00 p.m. Choral Prelude)

December 25: Christmas Day Holy Eucharist, 10:00 a.m.