This Week’s News

October 30, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer & Meditation (Chapel)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

October 31, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room) 9:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist, All Hallows’ Eve (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room), 7:00 p.m.

November 1, Friday
Vestry Nomination Deadline.
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m
All Saints’ Day Holy Eucharist, 12:00 p.m.
Episcopal Church Women Charlotte Convocation Workshop (Offsite: St. Martin’s Episcopal Church)

November 2, Saturday
Requiem Eucharist for Terry Prince (Church), 2:00 p.m. followed by Parish Hall Reception
Episcopal Church Women Charlotte Convocation Workshop (Offsite: St. Martin’s Episcopal Church)
“Silence: God’s First Language,” with Father Carl Arico (Offsite: Myers Park Presbyterian Church), 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Charlotte Pride Band Concert, “Contemporary Classics” (Offsite: Myers Park Baptist Church), 7:30 p.m.

November 3, All Saints’ Sunday
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: “Opening the Sacraments” with Father Jacob and Irma Hoffman (Parish Hall), 9:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Basement) and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Fellowship (Parents Connect Room), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
“The Art and Practice of Discernment,” with Sally Johnston (Tower Room), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Fall Book Study of Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” (Parlor), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Baptisms and Necrology, 10:45 a.m.
Coffee Hour (Lobby), 12:00 p.m.
Sermon Talk-back (Parlor), 12:15 p.m.
“MAGI: Uncovering Your Spiritual Gifts” with Matt Williams, Diocesan Intern (Library), 12:00 p.m.
“Discovering the Diaconate” (Offsite: Christ Episcopal Church), 3:00 p.m.
Sung Compline (Church), 7:00 p.m.

November 4, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
EfM – Education for Ministry (Community Room), 6:15 p.m.
Monday Evening Bible Study (Library), 6:45 p.m.

November 5, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Centering and Intercessory Prayer (St. Benedict Room), 10:45 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Congregational Engagement Team Meeting (Tower Room), 6:00 p.m.

November 6, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer & Meditation (Chapel)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

November 7, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room), 7:00 p.m.

Vestry Nominations for the Annual Meeting of the Parish are due Friday, November 1. On Sunday, December 8 at 9:30 a.m., the Annual Meeting of the Parish will include the election of four new Vestry members to follow 2019 class members: Elsie Erneston, John Frederick, Maria Long, and Cooper Morrison. Please consider potential lay leaders who might serve the parish through this three-year commitment and first ask their permission to nominate. Nominations may be online by clicking here.

Discovering the Diaconate, November 3. Come and meet the Bishop(s), deacons, and persons in the ordination process for informal conversation, hear a panel discussion, and see and learn more about diaconal ministry and the ordination process. This is an interactive, informative event for priests, seminarians, and those in the process for priesthood, members (or potential members) of Parish Discernment Committees, and anyone feeling a tug toward serving others who wants to learn more about this order of ministry. It will be held at Christ Church Charlotte (1412 Providence Road) on Sunday, November 3 at 3:00 p.m. For more information or to register, contact the Reverend Rebecca Yarbrough (ryarb1@outlook.com) or the Reverend Harrel Johnson (hbacjohnson@embarqmail.com).

Giving to Sustain an Unconditional Welcome – Annual Fund 2020. The 2020 Annual Fund is underway, with 127 pledging units committing $505,538 towards our $1,000,000 goal. Please make your pledge in time for Commitment Sunday, November 3. Each pledge gift supports our worship, in-reach and outreach initiatives, formation programs for all ages, music, staff and clergy, operations and administration, and the care of our sacred facilities. To learn more about annual giving and to offer your pledge for 2020 visit www.st-peters.org/pledge. Your gift supports St. Peter’s vision to be a place of unconditional welcome and a beacon of God’s love in the heart of Charlotte.

Worship and Music

Daily Worship. Morning and Evening Prayer are offered daily in the Chapel. Morning Prayer begins at 8:00 a.m., Monday–Friday, and Evening Prayer is offered at 5:30 p.m., Monday–Thursday. This 30-minute liturgy is a wonderful way to mark the beginning or end of your day. A mid-week Holy Eucharist is offered at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Noonday Prayer with a guided meditation will be offered each Wednesday in the Chapel.

Choral Evensong at St. Peter’s. Every second and fourth Sunday at 5:00 p.m., St. Peter’s offers a service of Choral Evensong, a contemplative and uniquely Anglican worship service for the evening including readings from scripture, psalm singing, hymns, and time for prayer. On November 10, the St. Peter’s Choir will serve as the choir in residence. Other Charlotte Convocation parishes offer Choral Evensong on first and third Sundays. Learn more online at www.choralevensongclt.org.

Charlotte Pride Band Concert, November 2. Under the direction of Dr. John Stanley Ross, Charlotte Pride Band kicks off its 10th season with a concert dedicated to Contemporary Classics. Join us at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, to immerse yourself in music from contemporary composers such as Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” Fillmore’s “Americans We,” and Ticheli’s “Vesuvius.” It will take place in Heaton Hall at Myers Park Baptist Church (1900 Queens Road). Visit www.charlotteprideband.org/tickets to purchase tickets.

Sung Compline, November 3. On Sunday, November 3 St. Peter’s will offer Sung Compline at 7:00 p.m., a service to mark the end of the day, with incense, candlelight, and ancient prayers. Join us for this quiet and meditative worship opportunity sure to feed to senses and soothe the soul.

Learning

The Sunday Forum: Opening the Sacraments to All of God’s People. On Sunday, November 3, join Irma Hoffman and Father Jacob as they explore the history of the ordination of women and LGBTQ people in the life of the Church. The presentation will be from 9:30–10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall.

Sermon Talk-back. On Sunday mornings at 12:15 p.m., parishioners are invited to the Parlor to discuss the sermon with the preacher. This informal formation is a great time of gathering to ask questions, reflect on the readings of the day, and engage in a dialogue with the preacher.

Parents Connect Formation. This year we are invited to join the Parish Forum on the first Sunday of every month. Parents Connect formation will take place on the third Sunday of every month in the Parents Connect Room (except October). Every other Sunday you are invited to the Parents Connect Room for coffee, fellowship, and great conversation. Our next formation, entitled “Marriage in the Episcopal Church: A Tune Up” is on November 17 with Lisa Cashion, MA, MDiv, LPCA.

Fall Book Study of Toni Morrison’s Beloved. It is not too late to join discussions of Toni Morrison’s Beloved on the following Sundays: November 10, November 17, and December 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Find out what Morrison’s masterpiece has to teach us about racial justice and healing and, as our Bishop reminded us this past Sunday, about the Episcopal Church’s commitment to becoming Beloved Community. Contact Deje McGavran for more information (dhmcgavran@gmail.com).

Fall Book Study, “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene.” St. Peter’s fall book study will continue on Tuesday, November 12 with a discussion on The Meaning of Mary Magdalene chapters 13-15: The First Apostle, The Alchemical Feminine, and Anointing and Anointed. Join us in the Parlor at 6:30 p.m. for a lively discussion. Contact Vera Greene at (veraevergreene@gmail.com) with any questions.

MAGI: Uncovering Your Spiritual Gifts, with Diocesan Intern, Matt Williams. Scripture teaches us that we are all part of the Body of Christ, and that the Holy Spirit provides us with gifts necessary for our ministry to the Church and the world. What scripture does not offer is a guide for determining what those spiritual gifts actually are. The MAGI (Members Applying Gifts Intentionally) Workshop can help. In this three-week class, participants work through a variety of tools to discern their spiritual gift profile and to discover their ministry area. The class will be offered from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, 10, and 17 in the Library. Because space is limited, and because there is some homework for this class, signing up in advance is appreciated. Email Matt Williams at (matt@stje.org) to get registered for this workshop.

“Silence: God’s First Language,” November 2. Father Carl Arico is the author of A Taste of Silence and has been an integral part of the growth of Contemplative Outreach since its beginnings in 1984. This retreat will explore “Silence: God’s First Language” on Saturday, November 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. Come, set aside a day for silence and reflection. To register for the retreat day with Father Carl, visit https://copnc.org/event/silence-gods-first-language.

Community Life

Greenery Sale: The Choir School at St. Peter’s offers wreaths and garlands in a variety of sizes—all fresh from the North Carolina mountains. Orders can be placed on The Choir School website, by contacting a chorister, or at the greenery sales table on Sunday mornings prior to November 11. If you order online and want your greenery delivered by a chorister, put that chorister’s name in the “additional Information” section at checkout. The greenery sale helps keep The Choir School program open to every talented young person accepted to the choirs, as we enrich and strengthen young lives through excellent, rigorous music education and choral performance.

St. Luke’s Guild, November 1. The next gathering of this first-Friday group is Novembe, 11:00 a.m. The clergy and parishioner Dan Busch, LCSW (retired), facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and those who are caregivers of family and friends. To learn more, contact the Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest (klane@st-peters.org, 917-679-7285).

Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Fall Gathering – Charlotte Convocation, November 1 and 2. All women of faith and varied ministries are welcome to join the fall gathering of Episcopal Church Women (ECW), Charlotte Convocation on November 1 and 2 at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church (1510 E. 7th Street). The workshop cost is $35 and the guest speaker will be Catherine Meeks, PhD, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing. To register, contact Lois Johnson (charlotte@ecw-nc.org, 716-579-3548).

Prayer Shawl Knitting Group Meets Monthly. This fellowship and pastoral care ministry circle will meet every first and third Tuesday at St. Peter’s in the Parlor, 10:00–11:30 a.m. The Clergy, Pastoral Care Team, and Guild of the Christ Child share prayer shawls with parish adults, youth, and children on various occasions as well as baby blankets for newborns in the parish. In addition, hats and scarves are distributed during the month of December through the Room in the Inn program. We recently joined a nationwide effort to provide blankets for refugees at our southern border. For more information or to attend, contact Linda Smith (lvsmithnc@gmail.com).

Pub Theology, November 14. Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m. during the program year, the next Pub Theology will be on Thursday, November 14 at Sir Edmond Halley’s (4151 Park Rd). Clergy will lead a discussion on a topic to be announced. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual holy conversation events.

Pet Grief Support Group, November 14. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on November 14 (and every second Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. For more information, contact Wes Sturgis (pwsturgis@gmail.com, 704-621-8613).

Adult Pilgrimage to Greece and Rome, May 2020. Mother Amanda, Associate Rector, and Lyn Holt, Youth Program Director, invite active adults to consider joining them for an adult pilgrimage scheduled for May of 2020, when they plan to walk in the footsteps of St. Paul in Greece and Rome. They will visit Athens and Corinth, cruise the Greek Isles, and eventually make their way to Rome, where tradition says that Paul was martyred. Pick up a brochure or go to: https://www.st-peters.org/2020-pilgrimage for a full itinerary and registration information. Contact the Reverend Amanda C. Stephenson (astephenson@st-peters.org, 704-749-6150).

Prayer Requests. As a community, we offer support to one another through prayer. Requests may be made in several ways: complete a “Prayer Request” card located in the pew rack, submit your request online at www.st-peters.org/make-a-prayer-request, or contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141). Names of persons who have given consent for their names to be printed will be read aloud and listed for two Sundays, unless a longer period is requested. Intercessions are offered during Sunday and weekday worship, and daily by the Clergy and Pastoral Care Team.

Pastoral Care: Sharing and Responding to Concerns. To alert the clergy regarding a pastoral concern, telephone the Parish House during office hours (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) and after-hours, dial the Clergy On Call Phone at 704-749-6175 for pastoral emergencies such as hospitalizations. This protocol is the best way to communicate pastoral needs and ensure a response from a member of the clergy or pastoral care team.

November Creation Care Tips. Following the Episcopal Diocese’s environmental leadership, St. Peter’s offers “Creation Care Tips” as a good place to continue our thinking and efforts to better care for God’s creation. Ultimately the hope is to offer an approach focused on education and service including sustainable practices. Tips will be refreshed every two weeks and you can submit your own creation care tips using the bulletin board space in the in the lobby.
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Outreach and Social Justice

Crisis on the Border: An Episcopal Perspective. On Sunday, November 17 during formation hour (9:30–10:30 a.m. in the Town Choir Room), the Reverend Deacon Deb Blackwood, Missioner for Refugee Ministries, and Alba Sanchez, former immigrant now Manager, Latin American Coalition address issues and national policies around refugees and asylum seekers and how we as Christians are called to respond. To learn more or get involved, contact Nelda Leon (neldaleon03@gmail.com).

Let’s Talk at Galilee Center. Through an Outreach and Social Justice Grant, St. Peter’s recently funded a new educational program at Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte called “Let’s Talk.” “Let’s Talk” is a conversational Spanish/English Program for Merry Oaks Elementary students, families, and friends of Galilee Ministries. The St. Peter’s Community is being offered the first opportunity to volunteer with this exciting program! No need to know a second language. The focus will be in building community among various groups (parents, students, parishioners), breaking bread together, and having fun! Childcare is provided. Individuals may volunteer for one week or for the entirety of the program, 10 weeks. For more information contact Deacon Robin Sands (rsands@st-peters.org) and sign up at this link (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4daaad23a6f94-fall).

2019 CROP Walk. Thank you to all who participated and/or donated to the 41st annual Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 20th, and especially to coordinator Logan Smith. It’s not too late to make a donation after church. Donations will be collected until Sunday, November 3. Make checks payable to CWS/CROP.

Habitat for Humanity Build 2019. The first day of drywall was a huge success, thanks to all the volunteers who came out and made that possible. There appears to be a shortage of volunteers for Saturday, November 2, which will entail painting. Please consider volunteering for that day or any of the remaining days. To sign up, visit, create or sign in to an account, and search by group number: #1686 is associated with Charlotte Church Partners. You’ll see the whole build schedule, and you can volunteer for whichever day fits your schedule. If you have questions, contact John Knip (jknip@carriff.com) or Alec Yale (alecyale@gmail.com).

Augustine Literacy Project: November Tutor Training Spots Available. The mission of Augustine Literacy Project is to improve the reading, spelling, and writing skills of low income children who struggle with literacy. To learn more about becoming a volunteer literacy tutor with Augustine Literacy Project-Charlotte, our commitment in training and supporting volunteer tutors, and our impact in helping students learn to read, visit [www.alpcharlotte.org[(https://alpcharlotte.org). We have a few spaces that have opened up in our November Tutor Training Class on November 4 – 8. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an ALP tutor and would be a good fit for our program, contact Helen Kimbrough (hkimbrough@alpcharlotte.org).

Room in the Inn Pre-Season Kickoff Dinner, November 20. On each Wednesday evening from December 4 through March 25, St. Peter’s will participate in Room in the Inn (RITI) by providing a warm, welcoming place where twelve (or more) of our neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall for one night. We will have a Pre-Season Potluck Dinner to kickoff this ministry on Wednesday, November 20, at 5:30 p.m. Sign up details will be available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you want to get involved with RITI or have questions, contact RITI Coordinator, Bert Miano (miano204@gmail.com or 205-222-7527).

Volunteer through Servant Ministry Partners. Our parish has a long custom of partnering with community social service agencies whose programs benefit the welfare of our neighbors. Learn more online and pick up a copy of a Servant Ministry through St. Peter’s resource from the public spaces at St. Peter’s.

Subscribe to Take Action. The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations identifies important current legislation and policy issues impacting Social Justice. You can sign up to receive alerts about these issues so you can take action by going to this link: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/OGR/action-alerts.

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Looking Ahead

November 12: Parents Connect Moms’ Dinner Out, 7:30 p.m.
November 18: Center City Concert, “The Four Horsemen” Trombone Quartet, Noon.
November 19: Senior Class Luncheon (Offsite: Red Rocks Café, 4223-8 Providence Road), 11:30 a.m.
December 1: Youth Advent Fair begins.
December 8: Annual Meeting of the Parish and Vestry Elections, 9:00 a.m.
December 8: Advent Lessons and Carols with Solemn Procession, 5:00 p.m.
December 13 and 14: The Choir School at St. Peter’s Christmas Concerts.
December 14: Parents Connect Christmas Cookie Exchange.
March 13-15, 2020: Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga.