This Week’s News

December 11, 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 (Community Room, Parish Hall, Kitchen), 5:30 p.m.

December 12, 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.
Pet Grief Support Group (Tower Room) 7:00 p.m.
NO Pub Theology (resumes in January 2020)

December 13, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Choir School Christmas Concert, “Joy to the World”, 7:30 p.m.
Choir School Christmas Concert Reception (Parish Hall), 9:00 p.m.

December 14, Saturday
Parents Connect Cookie Exchange (Offsite), 4:30 p.m.
Choir School Christmas Concert, “Joy to the World”, 7:30 p.m.

December 15, The Third Sunday of Advent
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: “The Christmas Birth Narratives” (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, “Jesus and Santa: Balancing Traditions and Faith During the Holidays” with Mother Sally (Parents Connect Room), 9:30 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.
20’s/30’s Brunch (Offsite), 12:30 p.m.
Taizé (Church), 5:00 p.m.

December 16, Monday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Center City Concert, Burli Singers Christmas “See, See the Word is Incarnate”, Noon
Requiem Eucharist & Reception for Robert “Bob” Beardsley (Church), 2:00 p.m. (Church, Parish Hall)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
EfM – Education for Ministry (Community Room), 6:15 p.m.

December 17, 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 (Offsite: Carolina Prime Steakhouse), 11:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Greece & Rome Pilgrimage Gathering (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.

December 18, 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 (Community Room, Parish Hall, Kitchen), 5:30 p.m.

December 19, Thursday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Tower Room), 9:30 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room), 7:00 p.m.

Giving to Sustain an Unconditional Welcome – Annual Fund 2020. The 2020 Annual Fund update: 242 pledging units have committed $823,894 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.

Christmas Honoraria and Memorials Benefit Church Decorations and Special Music. If you would like to honor or memorialize loved ones by offering a donation for Christmas greenery, decorations, or special music, including guest instrumentalists, the deadline to print acknowledgements is noon on Monday, December 16. You may donate online or mail donations with acknowledgements to Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon.

“Joy to the World,” December 13 and 14. The Choir School at St. Peter’s will present “Joy to the World,” their 2019 Christmas Concerts, on Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Led by Artistic Director Elizabeth Lenti, the program’s 77-member choir will sing more than a dozen holiday favorites, including I Saw Three Ships, Pat-a-Pan, Hark the Herald, and Silver Bells; sacred and secular pieces by Mack Wilberg, John Rutter, Dan Forrest, and Kim André Arnesen; and a tribute to the great Jessye Norman with Donald Fraser’s This Christmastide (Jessye’s Carol). A reception will take place in the Parish Hall after the Friday concert. Free parking is available in the TransAmerica Parking Garage, and a nursery space for small children is available during the concerts. The season media sponsor is WDAV 89.9. Tickets prices start at $10 per person and are now on sale at www.thechoirschool.org.

Center City Concerts presents The Burli Singers Christmas, Monday, December 16. On Monday, December 16 at Noon, Center City Concerts will offer “See, See the Word is Incarnate,” a concert of choral music with The Burli Singers, conducted by Rob Burlington, Assistant Choirmaster at St. Peter’s and Director of Music Arts at Cannon School. The concert will feature favorite Christmas carols, anthems, and opportunities to sing along. Admission is free and free parking is available. Learn more about Center City Concerts here.

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 is offered each Wednesday in the Chapel.

Taizé at St. Peter’s: An Opportunity for Contemplative Prayer and Holy Eucharist. On each third Sunday of the month at 5:00 p.m., you are invited to join us in the Taizé experience of quiet kneeling, musical chants, and meditative reflection. This unique Eucharistic liturgy of presence, community, and calm is a wonderful way to conclude the week. Try out this engaging liturgy this Sunday, December 15, at 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday Centering and Intercessory Prayer, Holiday Schedule. On most Tuesday mornings from 10:45–11:45 a.m., a quiet time of intercession and centering prayer is offered on the 2nd floor in the St. Benedict Room (between the elevator and Tower Room). The last offering of 2019 will be on Tuesday, December 17 and sessions will resume on Tuesday, January 7. For more information, contact Judith Johnson (judithrayjohnson@hotmail.com, 704-596-6167) or Ruth Woodend (rbwoodend@gmail.com, 704-661-4687).

Sung Compline. On most first Sundays, St. Peter’s offers 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. The next service of Compline will be held on Sunday, February 2, 2020.

Charlotte Pride Band Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 15, 4:00 p.m. Jingle all the way to Charlotte Pride Band’s December performance, “Songs for the Holidays,” to be held at Park Road Church (3900 Park Road). Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door or online at www.charlotteprideband.org/tickets.

Choral Evensong at St. Peter’s Resumes January 12. 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. For the next service of Choral Evensong, the St. Peter’s Choir serves as the choir in residence. Other Charlotte Convocation parishes offer Choral Evensong on first and third Sundays. Learn more online at www.choralevensongclt.org.

Learning

The Sunday Forum: The Christmas Birth Narratives, with Mother Amanda. On Sunday, December 15, the presentation will be from 9:30–10:30 a.m. in the Town Choir Room on the basement level of the Parish House.

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 event “Jesus and Santa: Balancing Traditions and Faith During the Holidays,” is this Sunday, December 15, with Mother Sally.

Fall Book Study of Toni Morrison’s Beloved. All are welcome to join the final discussion of Toni Morrison’s Beloved on Sunday, 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).

Intentional Discernment Group with Mother Sally, Beginning January 5. An Intentional Discernment Group is starting in January, appropriate for people who are facing significant life decisions (career change, retirement, relocation, etc.) and want to approach those decisions prayerfully, supported by others equally committed to spiritual discernment. The program begins Sunday, January 5 at 1:30 p.m. and will continue twice a month on Sunday afternoons through May. You will learn a variety of discernment practices to use on your own and enter into a holy listening process with others. Contact Mother Sally directly (sjohnston@st-peters.org) to learn more. Space is limited to 12 participants.

Community Life

Annual Meeting Update. At last Sunday’s 175th Annual Meeting of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, attendees elected four new vestry members, heard reports from the Priest-in-Charge and parish officers and staff members, and received the annual report of the parish. Newly elected vestry members are: Chase Branham, Tony Craghead, Chris Cudabac, and Patricia Massey Hoke. You view or download a copy of the 2019 Annual Report online.

Kanuga Scholarships Cookie Sale. Need something to give the relative/friend/colleague who has everything? Want something yummy to munch on while presents are being opened? The Kanuga Parish Retreat Committee will continue taking cookie orders in the Gallery this Sunday, December 15. In addition to classic favorites like sugar cookies, cheese straws, and shortbread, we’ll also have delicious new ideas like chai spice eggnog, chocolate peppermint crackle, peanut butter chocolate (gluten free), and vegan oatmeal banana chocolate chip. All of the proceeds will benefit the parish retreat scholarship fund, so that we can have the broadest possible participation in the parish retreat at Kanuga this March. So enjoy some great cookies for a great cause!

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).

Pet Grief Support Group, December 12. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on December 12 (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).

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. RSVP to 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. 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, 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.

Senior Class Luncheon, December 17. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is December 17, 11:30 a.m. at Carolina Prime Steakhouse, 225 E. Woodlawn Rd. 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).

Pub Theology resuming in 2020. Typically offered on second Thursdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m. during the program year, the next Pub Theology will be on Thursday, January 9, 2020. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual holy conversation events.

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).

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.

December Creation Care Tips. Following the Episcopal Diocese’s environmental leadership, St. Following the Episcopal Diocese’s environmental leadership, St. Peter’s offers “Creation Care
Tips” for December. Food Waste Fact: 1/3 of all food produced ends up in the trash. Nearly 95% of discarded food ends up in landfills where it produces methane, a significant contributor to climate change. Here are tips for personal action:
– Plan your meals; buy just what you need.
– Eat leftovers. For example, make soup or stew out of the week’s leftovers.
– Leave skins on potatoes, carrots, and cucumbers (more nutrients, less waste).

Outreach and Social Justice

Advent Tree/White Beard Project. The Advent Tree has arrived in the Parish Lobby for our annual White Beard Project. This ministry supports the formerly homeless men and women who are now residents with Supportive Housing Communities (formerly St. Peter’s Homes) which was initially founded here at St. Peter’s Episcopal in conjunction with St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church. Each “ornament” represents six full-size toiletry items and may be returned back to the tree by December 15. Our youth will be filling stockings as a service project and the stockings will be delivered to residents on Christmas Eve. Our St Peter’s goal this year is to fill 75 stockings of the 150 total needed–a lot of shampoo and toothpaste! For questions and to volunteer to help coordinate, please contact Christa Lineberger (christa.lineberger@gmail.com).

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.

Augustine Literacy Project: Information Sessions and 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 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).

Advocates for Immigration Rights, Opportunity to Serve.“Advocates for Immigration Rights” is a new organization in Charlotte which, among other things, sponsors court observations to ensure that the judges and attorneys provide due process during removal (deportation) hearings. This is an excellent opportunity to serve members of our immigrant community who are seeking asylum. The training is minimal and reporting consists only of inappropriate or unusual conduct. The presence of the observer alone in the courtroom seems to be what has created the most impact. If anyone is interested, the contact information is (air.4charlotte@gmail.com), or email Win Murray (winifredmurray@yahoo.com) for further details .

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Looking Ahead

December 21: Drop-in Nativity Pageant Costuming and Rehearsal.
December 21: Outreach Project: Youth Stocking Stuffing.
December 22: Greening of the Church.
December 24: Holy Eucharist with Nativity Pageant (4:00 p.m.), Christmas Eve Services: 7 p.m. (6:30 p.m. Choral Prelude); 10:30 p.m. (10:00 p.m. Choral Prelude)
December 25: Christmas Day Eucharist, 10:00 a.m.
December 25–26: Parish offices closed for Christmas holiday.
January 1, 2020: Parish offices closed for New Year’s Day.
January 4, 2020: Ordination of Wendy Merrill to the Diaconate, Holy Comforter, 11:00 a.m.
March 13–15, 2020: Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga.