Formation and Worship Offerings
Celebrate The Twelve Days of Christmas at St. Peter’s:
Christmas Eve (December 24) 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 10:30 p.m.; and Christmas Day (December 25) 10:00 a.m. On Christmas Eve at the 4:00 p.m. service, children from St. Peter’s will proclaim the Gospel in our Christmas Pageant. Preceding the 6:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. services, special music by the St. Peter’s Choir, soloists, and members of the Charlotte Symphony will be offered. On December 28, The First Sunday after Christmas and January 4, The Second Sunday after Christmas, we continue Christmastide with customary worship times (8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 6:15 p.m.). For more about worship at St. Peter’s including weekday opportunities, check out www.st-peters.org
No Formation Offerings or Holy Chow on December 28.
While our customary Sunday worship schedule (8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 6:15 p.m.) will continue, formation offerings and Holy Chow (breakfast) for adults, youth, and children will be suspended on December 28. On January 4 and 11, adults will have two options: a two-session program “Unpacking The Lord’s Prayer” ("Thy Will Be Done" and "As It Is In Heaven") in the Parish Hall and a two-session program “Navigating People” (exploring how to get along and manage conflict) in the basement’s Town Choir Room. January 4 also will mark the opening of the Parlor as a new “Hospitality Room” that provides a place to savor coffee, quiet conversation, or the paper during the 9:30 a.m. formation hour.
Give To The Vision 2015: Connecting with St. Peter's
Every Member Canvass Follow-up to Commitment Sunday
Calling for New Pledges by Sunday, December 28
Since Commitment Sunday, November 2, pledges totaling $792,722 have been received from 310 households and individuals of December 22 toward our $1 million dollar goal. Before or on December 28, all members are asked to pledge financially to support the worship, programs, staff, outreach, and facilities of St. Peter’s in 2015. The 2015 Stewardship Team extends a hearty thanks to all who have participated in this annual fundraising initiative and eagerly awaits responses from those who have not pledged yet. To pledge online today and help us reach our $1 million dollar goal, make your pledge online
or pick up a pledge card at the Parish House.
Why Give to St. Peter’s?
Our Christian vows to support the mission of God’s Church as well as the vision for St. Peter’s include a holy giving that is both priceless and beneficial to all. Despite what we may think, every pledge matters. Every Sunday at St. Peter’s, it costs more than $8,500 to operate the church and provide our necessary offerings: $1,740 to operate our worship space, parish house, and grounds including personnel and utilities; $1,353 to fund worship supplies and music ministry services including personnel; and $2,067 to support the clergy responsible for officiating three services, teaching classes, performing pastoral duties, and more that comes with their ministries. Sundays are followed by the Monday-Saturday cycle when it costs more than $3,500 for basic church operations including administration, supplies, and utilities. To support St. Peter’s today, click here to pledge or make a one-time contribution online
Greening of the Church: Tuesday, December 23, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
All ages are invited to share in this wonderful time of preparing our sacred space with lush greenery, candles, and a good seasonal special cleaning. Contact organizer Mary Virginia Woodall (email@example.com
, 704-749-6151) to serve and enjoy fellowship with others.
Incense for Worship
: Incense has been used in religious traditions for hundreds of years especially at the Holy Eucharist and Evening Prayer in Anglican/Episcopal congregations and religious communities. At St. Peter’s, the custom is for hypoallergenic, monastery-provided incense to be used occasionally on solemn and festival Sundays at the 10:45 a.m. liturgy and certain evening liturgies, including the 10:30 p.m. service on Christmas Eve. Incense is always included at our services of Choral Evensong. Worshippers affected by hypoallergenic incense may wish to attend other liturgies of the week where incense will not be present.
Death in Our Parish Family.
On Saturday, December 20, parishioner James “Jim” Holt McGavran, Jr. died. The liturgy for the Burial of the Dead will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 27 at St. Peter's followed by a reception in the Parish House Parlor. On Friday, December 26, a visitation will be offered from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service on East Boulevard. Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Jim.
Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you,
a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock,
a sinner of your own redeeming.
Receive him into the arms of your mercy,
into the blessed rest of everlasting peace,
and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.
Holiday Office Hours.
The parish offices will be closed and no regular weekday services (Morning Prayer, Noon Eucharist) will be offered from Noon on Wednesday, December 24 until 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 29 and again on Thursday, January 1.
Christmas Memorials support flowers and music for the season.
If you would like to make a monetary contribution in memory of, honor of, or thanksgiving for loved ones during the holiday season, one way would be to offset the parish cost of flowers, greenery, and special music for Christmas at St. Peter’s. Christmas Memorial envelopes are available in the public spaces at St. Peter’s or you may pay online at web.st-peters.org/payonline
. Your gifts are appreciated.
Regarding Year-end Contributions.
All financial contributions for the 2014 fiscal year, including annual fund pledges for the year, must be received in the Financial Administration Office by Noon on Wednesday, December 31, in order to receive credit for 2014. Any contributions received after that date will be applied to 2015. If you would like to make a gift of stock, contact Director of Finance and Human Resources Leigh Dixon (firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-749-6142) to get the information you will need to process the transfer. 2014 year-end statements will be mailed out by January 10, 2015.
Check out the Why Church? Video Series on St. Peter’s Facebook Page:
The Formation Team has created over 30 short videos of parishioners (youth, children, adults) sharing about why they come to St. Peter’s. Celebrate the blessings of our community by enjoying these short videos and invite others to join you for life at St. Peter’s.
The Vestry Class of 2017 was elected
at the Annual Meeting of the Parish on December 7 and officially will begin their service at the January 30-31 Vestry Retreat. Candace Armstrong, Abigail Cudabac, Paul Keller, and Kristine Reid will follow the Vestry service of William Bellamy, Ellison Clary, Harris Holt, and Cindy White. To access a brief report from our various ministry areas and programs as submitted on December 7, click here
Beyond our Doors: Learning and Serving Beyond St. Peter's
Double your donation dollars to Episcopal Relief and Development.
St. Peter's has been honored to host the powerful photo exhibit celebrating 75 years of healing a hurting world through the work of Episcopal Relief & Development. In honor of the 75th anniversary, a group of generous donors have offered to match every gift to Episcopal Relief & Development—up to $750,000—between now and December 31. All donations will double immediately, thanks to the match. Together, each dollar will enable us to reach and transform the lives of three million people in nearly 40 countries around the world. Shop in the Gifts for Life catalogue or make a donation today at https://www.episcopalrelief.org.
January 11 Gathering to Start Plants for St. Peter’s Community Garden.
All are invited to celebrate the hope and renewal of Epiphany by starting new plants for St. Peter’s Community Garden. On Sunday, January 11, we will gather in the Parish Hall after the 10:45 a.m. service to start early spring crops by planting seeds in flats with step-by-step instruction. Younger children are invited to attend and will have assistance. All will be invited to take a couple of flats to grow at home and be provided with necessary equipment including plant lights, complete instructions, and fertilizer. A light lunch will be served and planting will begin at 1:00 p.m. RSVP to Nancy Duncan (email@example.com) by Wednesday, January 7. It will be like Christmas morning all over again when the seeds come up!
Food Pantry Partnership with Loaves and Fishes
. Collection of groceries for neighbors in need continues in December. This month’s focus is fruit. (Note: for safety reasons, glass jars cannot be accepted.) We look forward to filling the big red barrels in the Gallery of the Parish House with your contributions.