News: November 29, 2017

Tune into Life at St. Peter’s Fall 2017 and Prepare for 2018: Read our parish magazine online and explore the calendar of formation, worship, programs, and events. Watch for St. Peter’s 2018 Winter-Spring-Summer Calendar of Events being finalized by the Clergy, Staff, and Vestry. Copies are and will be available in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Giving with Gratitude, 2018 Annual Fund Update. As of the morning of November 27, 230 pledges totaling $782,747 have been received toward the one-million-dollar goal of Giving with Gratitude. The Annual Fund Leadership is seeking 100% participation from all households before the December 4 Finance Committee meeting. To pledge your support of the 2018 parish operating budget to be presented at the December 10 Annual Meeting of the Parish, visit or use the information available at St. Peter’s.

Worship and Music

Today: Requiem Eucharist for Jay Partington. All are invited to attend the 11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in thanksgiving for the life of James “Jay” Partington III (September 8, 1943–November 22, 2017) followed by a reception in the Community Room. Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Endowment either online here or by contacting the Parish Administrator (

Advent Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 3. The 10:45 a.m. liturgy will be a service of Advent Lessons and Carols with The Holy Eucharist to commence the Church New Year. This ancient liturgy provides a time to reflect on the gift of creation and humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus. Spread the word about this occasion especially for the season of Advent.

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 presented by some of the most “talented young singers from every corner of Charlotte” among us. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Abbreviated 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist on December 10. On the day of the Annual Meeting of the Parish, the first liturgy will include a homily and other amendments that will increase post-liturgy time for the Clergy, Wardens, and Vestry to prepare for the meeting. 8:00–9:30 a.m., refreshments in the Parish House lobby and Holy Chow breakfast in the Community Room will be available.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s, December 10 and 17. On December 10, the clergy will officiate a service of Evening Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer in the Chapel, and on December 17, a Taizé Holy Eucharist will be offered. Learn more about Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s here.

Center City Concerts presents The Burli Singers, Monday, December 18. Conducted by parishioner Rob Burlington, this ensemble will offer a free holiday concert at Noon featuring the glorious “Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten. Learn more about Center City Concerts here.


Tonight: Study of “My Accidental Jihad” continues. The Reverend Keith C. Lane will facilitate the last session of a three-week study of My Accidental Jihad tonight, 6:30–7:30 p.m. in the Tower Room. Learn more and register.

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

Advent Resources for Individuals and Households. In the “waiting” season of Advent, which begins on December 3, Christians are encouraged to slow down and even be countercultural. Some resources will be available in the Parish Lobby, and the Clergy recommend exploration of an assortment: ECF Advent Devotional Calendar; SSJE #AdventWord; Episcopal Relief & Development Gifts for Life Calendar; and Preparing to Become the Beloved Community Meditation.

Sunday Formation for Adults, December 3, 9:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum features parishioner Terry Prince and the Clergy presenting “Advent: A Time to Stop, Look, and Listen – Fostering Individual Prayer Practices.” On December 17, “Praying Through the 12 Days of Christmas” will be a reflection and conversation with parish lay leaders and the Clergy.

Monday Evenings in Advent: December 4, 11, 18. The Clergy 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

Music Fund Gifts for December. A restricted music fund is available to enrich our worship of God through the enhancement of music and additional instrumentalists. All may offer gifts of any amount in honor or memory of loved ones to support the special 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.

Advent Tree for Supportive Housing Communities. The Advent Tree in the Parish House lobby is designated to collect specific personal items for residents of McCreesh Place. All are invited to take an ornament, purchase items, and place the gifts and ornament under the tree before Friday, December 15. Christmas stockings will be prepared by the Youth Pilgrim Class.

Chronic Care Support Group, December 1. The next gathering of this first-Friday’s group will be December 1, 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor. The Reverend Keith Lane and others facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and caregivers alike. Contact Father Keith Lane (, 704-332-7746 x355).

Annual Youth Advent Fair: 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.

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 Big Ben British Pub in Southend, 2000 South Blvd #150, Charlotte, NC 28203, Atherton Mill. Watch the eNews and notices about 2018 plans for Pub Theology. Learn more about Pub Theology.

Fellowship Events on December 10. 8:00–9:30 a.m., refreshments will be available in the Parish House lobby and Holy Chow breakfast will be offered free of charge in the Community Room. After the 10:45 a.m. service, a Festive Advent Potluck will be hosted by the Vestry; each household is asked to offer a provision; details about what to bring and how to sign up will be announced soon.

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 or see information available in all public spaces at St. Peter’s.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church: A Comprehensive History, 1834-2017. Co-authored by parishioners, Sue Coonen and Ellison Clary, this impressive resource is available for purchase at the Parish House Reception Desk and could be a Christmas gift for family and friends. Members of the Vestry, Clergy, Staff, Parish House Volunteer Team, and 1834 Legacy Society will receive a complimentary copy from The Rector.

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed. Are you a natural host or do you enjoy preparing goodies for a group of family or friends? The Sunday Coffee Hour Hosts are looking for new people to join the fun of hosting on the first Sunday of each month. Teams prepare coffee, lemonade, and platters of snacks for fellowship after the 10:45 a.m. service. For details or to begin serving, contact Kristine Reid (

Senior Class Luncheon: Third Tuesdays. The next monthly luncheon for this 55+ fellowship group will be on Tuesday, December 19, 11:30 a.m. at Carolina Prime Steakhouse located at 225 E. Woodlawn Road. For more information, call Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276) or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831). Learn more about this fellowship opportunity.

Recap of Annual Diocesan Convention. St. Peter’s delegation attended Convention, November 16-18 in Winston-Salem, and parishioner Tony Craghead served on a brilliant panel, “Toward Becoming Beloved Community.” Explore RECAP: The 202nd Annual Convention here. Beginning with resources for Advent, the Diocese and St. Peter’s will engage The Episcopal Church’s “Becoming Beloved Community” initiative.

Outreach and Social Justice

Tonight: Room in the Inn Pre-Season Kickoff Dinner. 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 attend tonight’s pre-season potluck at 6:00 p.m., click here. To get involved, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano (, 205-222-7527).

Looking Ahead

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

December 24-25: 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); Christmas Day Holy Eucharist, 10:00 a.m.

January 5: Eve of The Epiphany Holy Eucharist and Burning of the Greens, 6:00 p.m. and Commencement of January 5–6 Vestry Retreat at St. Peter’s.

January 6: Epiphany Retreat: Stillness in Center City, 8:30 a.m.

January 7: Feast of the Baptism of our Lord and Baptisms; Vestry Commissioning.