This Week’s News

December 4, 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.
Social Justice Ministry Team Meeting (Library), 6:00 p.m.

December 5, 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.

December 6, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 p.m.
Senior Class Cocktail Party (Offsite), 6:30 p.m.

December 7, Saturday
Advent Quiet Day, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Garden Work Day, 1:00–3:30 p.m.

December 8, The Second Sunday of Advent
2020-2022 Vestry Candidate Voting
Youth Advent Fair (Lobby), 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Forum: “Annual Meeting of the Parish” (Parish Hall), 9:30 a.m.
Journey to Adulthood (Basement) and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atria), 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.
Advent Lessons and Carols with Solemn Procession (Church), 5:00 p.m.

December 9, 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.

December 10, 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)
St. Peter’s Endowment Finance Committee Meeting (Offsite), 1:30 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Greece & Rome Pilgrimage Gathering (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.

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)

Giving to Sustain an Unconditional Welcome – Annual Fund 2020. The 2020 Annual Fund update: 239 pledging units have committed $817,710 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.

Voting for Vestry Candidates. Early Vestry Candidate voting began on Sunday, December 1, 9:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m. 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. Final voting begins and concludes prior to the Annual Meeting on December 8.

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.

Abbreviated 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist on December 8. With the Annual Meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m., the regular 8:00 a.m. celebration of the Holy Eucharist will be shortened, providing additional time for the clergy and others to prepare for the meeting. Refreshments in the Parish House lobby and Holy Chow breakfast in the Community Room will be available.

Candlelit Advent Procession of Lessons & Carols, December 8. Join us on Sunday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m. for a service of Lessons & Carols featuring the St. Peter’s Choir. This year’s observance will include a solemn Advent procession, moving from darkness to light, in a candlelit setting. Incense will be burned at this service.

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.

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.

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. All are welcome for this service of light.

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 Compline will be held on Sunday, February 2, 2020.

“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.

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.

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 and anthems, and opportunities to sing along. Admission is free and free parking is available. Learn more about Center City Concerts here.

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 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

Annual Meeting of the Parish 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.

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 on 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).

Community Life

Annual Youth Advent Fair: December 8. Visit us after each worship service in the parish house lobby where we will offer many items to help prepare your hearts and homes for Advent: Advent candle sets (purple or blue), Advent candle rings and wreaths for your candles, Advent calendars, and Auto Bell gift cards. Other items for sale include St. Peter’s t-shirts (long- and short-sleeved), handmade and gift-boxed Anglican rosaries, beaded jewelry, Chico reusable grocery bags, Episcopal shield stickers and patches, and more. Assist our Pilgrim Class in their efforts to raise funds for their Youth Pilgrimage.

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 be taking cookie orders in the Gallery the next two Sundays, December 8 and 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, and vegan oatmeal banana chocolate chip (the last two are gluten free). 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).

Pilgrimage Gathering, December 10. On December 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., 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 just six months until we leave, it’s time 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).

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. The location will be announced soon, 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, 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.

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).

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).

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.

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.

Intercessory Prayer on Sunday Mornings. At each celebration of the Holy Eucharist, we’re led in intercessory prayer during the Prayers of the People. Clergy and staff members also constantly hold people in prayer. But on a more personal level, the opportunity to pray directly with prayer partners is available each Sunday after Communion in the Intercessory Prayer Room adjacent to the Church Parlor. For those seeking prayers of thanksgiving or for healing in body, mind, or spirit, it’s a time to share prayer requests with full confidentiality in a private setting. If you have questions, contact Pat Markel (markelhouse@aol.com).

December Creation Care Tips. Following the Episcopal Diocese’s environmental leadership, St. Peter’s offers “Creation Care Tips” for Advent. Fact: Americans throw away 25% more trash from Thanksgiving to Christmas than the rest of the year. If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet. Here are tips for personal action:
– Shop for gifts with reusable bags instead of using store plastic bags.
– Give experiences instead of material things: tickets to the movies, theater, zoo or membership to a museum.
– Wrap gifts in magazine pages or newspaper or reuse gift bags.

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).

Charlotte Cares: Shoe Distribution this Saturday, December 7. Up to 500 individuals will receive a foot washing and a new pair of socks and shoes on their feet on Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Stratford Richardson YMCA, 1946 West Blvd. Supported by Publix Super Markets and Samaritans’ Feet, this event will provide a unique opportunity to show our neighbors that we care and for the city to be united. Volunteers should register prior to the event by going to SamaritansFeet.org/CharlotteCares and arrive at 10:00 a.m. for training.

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–“Let’s Talk,” 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 on 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, ten weeks. For more information contact the Reverend Deacon Robin Sands (rsands@st-peters.org) and sign up at this link (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4daaad23a6f94-fall).

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).

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

December 19: Pastoral Care Team Meeting.
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, Christmas Eve Services: 4 p.m.; 7 p.m.; 10:30 p.m.
December 25: Rite I Christmas 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.
March 13–15, 2020: Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga.