This Week’s News

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

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

November 10, The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: “Opening the Sacraments Part II” with Mother Amanda and Father Jacob (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 Fellowship (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.
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.
Choral Evensong (St. Peter’s Choir), 5:00 p.m.

November 11, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
CCC Board Meeting (Library), 5:00 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 12, 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.
Fall Book Study, “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene” (Parlor), 6:30 p.m.
Parents Connect Moms’ Dinner Out (Offsite), 7:30 p.m.*

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 (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.

Giving to Sustain an Unconditional Welcome – Annual Fund 2020. The 2020 Annual Fund is underway, with 191 pledging units committing $676,884 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.

Greenery Sale: The Choir School at St. Peter’s offers wreaths 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, November 10, the final day orders can be placed. 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.

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).

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. Stay tuned to the eNews and website for vestry candidate profiles.

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. 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.

“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 on 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, please go to www.centercityconcerts.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.

Learning

The Sunday Forum: Opening the Sacraments to All of God’s People (continued). On Sunday, November 10, join Mother Amanda and Father Jacob as they explore the history of ordination in the life of the Church, and including all of God’s people in the sacraments. The presentation will be from 9:30–10:30 a.m. in the Town Choir Room.

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 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 continue Sunday, November 10 and 17, Noon–1:00 p.m., 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.

Community Life

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 Road). Father Keith will lead a discussion on “In what way is God manifest in your life?” 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).

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 from 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).

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).

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.

Join the Hospitality Team. Coffee Hour is in need of several volunteers to serve first Sundays, either monthly or every other month. Our baristas provide refreshments and a warm welcome after our 10:45 service. Contact Kristine Reid (kmrlady@ymail.com) for more information or to join this ministry.

Planning an Event at St. Peter’s? Here’s what we need from you. St. Peter’s holds a number of events each year that enrich the lives of our community. We want to continue doing so, but can only help if setup details are submitted five days prior to the event date. (If we are able to accommodate late requests, the event organizer must be responsible for event setup and cleanup.) If you are considering the use of space at St. Peter’s, contact Kristie Lauderbaugh, Ministry Associate, (klauderbaugh@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

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.
Televisions are shipped with their brightness setting on maximum (to increase their showroom visibility). Turn the brightness of your set down and you may reduce the power consumption of your TV by 10–15% and enjoy more comfortable viewing.

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).

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).

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 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.
November 24: 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.