This Week’s News

November 13, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer & Meditation (Chapel)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

November 14, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Pub Theology, “In what way is God manifest in your life?” (Offsite: Sir Edmond Halley’s), 5:30 p.m.
Pet Grief Support Group (Tower Room), 7:00 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room), 7:00 p.m.

November 15, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.

November 17, The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: “Crisis on the Border – An Episcopal Perspective” with the Rev. Deacon Deb Blackwood, Refugee Ministries, and Alba Sanchez, Latin American Coalition (Town Choir Room), 9:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Basement) and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Parents Connect Formation,”Marriage in the Episcopal Church: A Tune Up” with Lisa Cashion, MA, MDiv, LPCA (Parents Connect 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, 10:45 a.m.
Creation Care Meeting (Community Room), 11:45 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.
Nonviolent Direct Action Training (Community Room), 2:00 p.m.
Taizé, 5:00 p.m.

November 18, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Center City Concert, “The Four Horsemen” Trombone Quartet (Church), 12:00 p.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 19, Tuesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group (Parlor), 10:00 a.m.
Centering and Intercessory Prayer (St. Benedict Room), 10:45 a.m.
Senior Class Luncheon (Red Rocks Café), 11:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

November 20, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noonday Prayer & Meditation (Chapel)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Room in the Inn Kickoff Potluck (Community Room), 5:30 p.m.
Youth Advisory Committee Meeting (Basement), 6:00 p.m.

November 21, Thursday
204th Diocesan Annual Convention (Offsite: Winston Salem)
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 p.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room), 7:00 p.m.

”The Four Horsemen” Trombone Quartet, November 18. The next Center City Concert features ”The Four Horsemen,” a trombone quartet led by Tom Burge. The performance is Monday, November 18 at Noon at St. Peter’s. The ensemble will play a varied program of music spanning the 17th through the 21st centuries. Admission is free and free parking is available. For more information, go to www.centercityconcerts.org.

Giving to Sustain an Unconditional Welcome – Annual Fund 2020. The 2020 Annual Fund is underway, with 210 pledging units committing $741,350 towards our $1,000,000 goal. 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.

Annual Meeting of the Parish on Sunday, December 8. 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. The following candidates will stand for election: Chase Branham, Tony Craghead, Chris Cudabac, Patricia Massey Hoke, Deje McGavran, Ashleigh Morgan, and Davis Tapp. Information about voting is in the article below. Visit www.st-peters.org/vestry-nominee-profiles to read candidate profiles.

Voting for Vestry Candidates. Early Vestry Candidate voting will take place on Sunday, December 1, 9:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Final voting begins and concludes prior to the Annual Meeting on December 8. Weekday voting (December 2–6) takes place in the office of Ministry Associate Kristie Lauderbaugh between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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. Most second and fourth Sundays 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. The next Choral Evensong at St. Peter’s will be on January 12; 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.

Sung Compline, December 1. On Sunday, December 1 St. Peter’s will offer Sung Compline at 7:00 p.m. The Office of Compline marks the end of the day, with incense, candlelight, and ancient prayers. Join us for this quiet and meditative worship opportunity sure to feed the senses and soothe the soul.

Advent Quiet Day, December 7. Come spend a little quiet time preparing your heart as a manger to receive Christ. Advent Quiet Day will be held at St. Peter’s on Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Dress casually and comfortably and bring a journal if you like. Mother Sally would appreciate people letting her know if they plan to attend (sjohnston@st-peters.org), but all are welcome even at the last minute.

Learning

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 and now Manager of the 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).

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. 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 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 recently reminded us, about the Episcopal Church’s commitment to becoming Beloved Community. Contact Deje McGavran for more information (dhmcgavran@gmail.com).

MAGI: Uncovering Your Spiritual Gifts, with Diocesan Intern, Matt Williams. This workshop concludes Sunday, November 17, Noon–1:00 p.m., in the Library. Email Matt Williams at (matt@stje.org) for more information.

Community Life

Senior Class Luncheon, November 19. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is November 19, 11:30 a.m. at Red Rocks Café, 4223-8 Providence Road. For more information, to RSVP, or to be added to the email distribution list, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

Parents Connect Cookie Exchange, December 14. Come celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons with St. Peter’s families on Saturday, December 14 at 4:30 p.m. We’ll exchange cookies and have some delicious festive drinks and treats for the whole family. (Thanks to the Teichmans for hosting.) Bring one to two dozen cookies to exchange and an appetizer to share. Extra cookies will be donated to Room in the Inn. To RSVP, contact Ann Luszcz (ann.luszcz@gmail.com by November 30.

20s/30s Brunch, December 15. Anyone at St. Peter’s who is their 20s or 30s is invited to brunch on December 15 immediately following the 10:45 service. The location will be announced at a later date, but it will be somewhere that we can easily walk to from the church. Walk-ups are welcome, but if you know ahead of time that you plan to attend, please contact Mother Amanda (astephenson@st-peters.org, 704-749-6150); it will help if we can give the restaurant a rough count of how many people to expect. We hope to see you there!

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).

Pilgrimage Gathering, December 10. On December 10, there will be a gathering for those who have registered for the Pilgrimage to Greece and Rome. It will be partly informational, partly social. With only about six months until we leave, it is time for us to begin to get to know one another better. If you know that you are planning to go on the pilgrimage but have not yet turned in your registration form, please do so ASAP so that you can attend this gathering. Contact Mother Amanda with any questions (astephenson@st-peters.org, 704-749-6150).

Name Tag Button Requests at the Reception Desk. Congregational Engagement invites all who are present for worship, programs, and events on Sundays to wear a name tag, either a St. Peter’s pre-made button or a hand-written tag to be made in the Parish House lobby. Button sign-up is available in the Parish House lobby at the Reception Desk.

What’s so great about St. Peter’s? We know that you know, so would you be willing to tell others about it? This is the stewardship season and we are requesting a little of your time, once per month on an assigned Sunday, to serve as Host-Greeter for 30 to 45 minutes. The opportunity to greet families, friends and other parishioners, old and new, is very rewarding. If interested in serving St. Peter’s as a Host-Greeter, contact Sabrina Clarke (pllife@att.net).

The St. Francis Fund. The clergy and executive committee of the Vestry have re-established the St. Francis Fund, a restricted benevolence fund to assist St. Peter’s parishioners with housing and medical needs. If you are interested in contributing to this important fund, contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (ldixon@st-peters.org, 704-749-6142).

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 lobby.

Outreach and Social Justice

MeckMin Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, November 26. All are invited to the 44th annual interfaith Thanksgiving gathering hosted by MeckMin at Friendship Baptist Church. Learn more here.

Habitat for Humanity Build 2019. There are only a couple of weeks left on this build and we seem to have plenty of volunteers lined up for the remaining days. The home dedication ceremony is planned for December 7 at 10:00 a.m., which is when the homeowner is presented with the house keys. If you have questions, contact John Knip (jknip@carriff.com) or Alec Yale (alecyale@gmail.com).

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).

Room in the Inn Supplies Needed. On each Wednesday evening, December through March, St. Peter’s participates in Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn (RITI) program. Right now and through March, we need help with stocking our supply closet. We can use travel size toiletries, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant (men and women)‎. We would also accept other donations, such as socks, hand-warmers, small hand towels, and bus passes. We cannot use shampoo or similar items and we have plenty of soap. Leave any donations in the RITI basket in the Parish House lobby. For questions or more information, contact RITI Parish Coordinator, Bert Miano miano204@gmail.com, 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.

“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).

Augustine Literacy Project: Announcing Winter Training Classes. The mission of Augustine Literacy Project is to improve the reading, spelling, and writing skills of children in Title I schools who struggle with literacy. Join us for an Information Session (10:30 a.m. on November 18, November 19, and December 3) to learn more about becoming a volunteer literacy tutor and bring a friend. Winter Training Classes will be held January 13–17 and February 10–14. For more information and to RSVP, contact (jheath@alpcharlotte.org).

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 22–24: St. Peter’s Choir Retreat, Offsite: Valle Crucis.
November 23: Youth Pilgrim Lock-in: Advent Fair Setup & White Beard Project.
November 24: Youth Advent Fair begins.
November 28–29: Parish offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday.
December 6: St. Luke’s Guild, 11:00 a.m.
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 16: Center City Concerts, Burli Singers Christmas Concert, Noon.
December 21: Drop-in Nativity Pageant Costuming and Rehearsal.
December 22: Greening of the Church, Youth Stocking Stuffing.
December 24: Holy Eucharist with Nativity Pageant, Christmas Eve Services.
December 25: Rite I Christmas Eucharist.
December 25–26: Parish offices closed for Christmas holiday.
January 1, 2020: Parish offices closed for New Year’s Day holiday.
March 13–15, 2020: Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga.