News: December 6, 2017

Annual Meeting and Parish Life Day: Sunday, December 10. All members and newcomers are 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.

2018 Annual Fund Update. On Monday, December 4, the Parish Treasurer reported that 250 pledges totaling $823,946 had been received toward the one-million-dollar goal of Giving with Gratitude. In advance of the December 10 Annual Meeting of the Parish, the Annual Fund Leadership Team is seeking 100% participation from all member households. To pledge your member or non-member support of the 2018 parish operating budget, visit or use the information available at St. Peter’s.

Worship and Music

Children’s Christmas Pageant and Preparation. Our pageant will be offered as the Liturgy of the Word for the 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist on Christmas Eve. All children are invited to join the cast of this annual tradition, and parent volunteers are needed. Rehearsals are Saturday, December 16, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., for costume and script distribution, and again on Sunday, December 24, 2:30 p.m. until the beginning of the service. One does not have to attend the first rehearsal in order to participate; a variety of costumes will be available or you may choose to provide your own. Learn more and sign up for all roles here. Contact Director of Children’s Formation, Anna Hurdle (

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.


Advent Resources for Individuals and Households. In the “waiting” season of Advent, 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 10 and 17, 9:30 a.m. All adults invited to the December 10 Annual Meeting of the Parish. 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 11 and 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

St. Peter’s Welcomes Garrett Law, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster. On October 16, The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, announced the appointment of Garrett Law by Director of Music and Organist, Elizabeth Lenti. Garrett will join the Clergy-Staff team in May, 2018 and also will serve as Assistant Director of The Choir School at St. Peter’s. Learn more here about this exciting news for the Parish and The Choir School.

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. Sign up to bring a dish or to volunteer. For more information, contact Logan Smith (, 704-488-4436).

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.

Annual Youth Advent Fair: December 10. Prepare for the season by purchasing assorted holiday 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.

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.

Chronic Care Support Group: First Fridays. The next gathering of this first-Friday’s group will be January 5, 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).

Outreach and Social Justice

Room in the Inn begins tonight. 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 learn more and serve, 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.