Pictured below are members of the Boy and Girls Choirs of the Choir School at St. Peter's. Last Sunday St. Peter's launched its new 5:00 PM service, "Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's," which included Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist and was led by the clergy and these amazing children's choirs.
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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | September 17, 2015

Almighty God, who created us in your image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name.

– Book of Common Prayer, page 260

“But who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked his disciples this question in the Gospel of Mark, upon which Fr. Murdock Smith preached last Sunday. How we answer it should make a difference in how we live as Jesus’s followers today. In particular, I wonder how, in our daily life and work, we might more faithfully reflect Jesus’s repeated refusal to “make peace with oppression” and instead “employ [our freedom] in the maintenance of justice,” as this Collect puts it.

There are many ways St. Peter’s parishioners are at work in the world, putting into practice what they preach about Jesus. Recently, many have asked how you might support refugee relief efforts in Europe and across the globe. I direct those of you interested in doing so to organizations such as the Red Cross, the UN Refugee Agency, and Doctors Without Borders. Others are doing good work too, and I invite you to seek them out. Whether we support this cause or another urgent one, may we all consider how our confession of Jesus as the Christ might catalyze our commitment to pursuing justice for all God’s children “in our communities and among the nations.”

–The Reverend Jonathan E. Soyars, Interim Associate Rector

Sunday, September 20

Worship services at 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 5:00 p.m.

"You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church."

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
Evensong with Holy Eucharist (2nd and 4th Sundays)
5:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
with Music (1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays)
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m.
Morning Prayer in the Chapel
"Holy Food, Holy People," Holy Communion (about 30 minutes in the Chapel)



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In our prayers this week
Online Calendar
The Choir School at St. Peter's
Center City Concerts at St. Peter's
Formation and Worship Offerings

2016 Stewardship Campaign begins Sunday, September 20: Join Chairman Mike Wilson, the Rector, and members of the 2016 Stewardship Ministry Team for a 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum on how our financial gifts support the worship, outreach, programs, staff, administration, and facilities of St. Peter’s Church. “Give to the Vision 2016: Generous Abundance” is the theme. This offering will be in the Parish Hall following the 8:30 a.m. - 9:25 a.m. Holy Chow Community Breakfast in the Community Room.

Children’s Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Youth Journey to Adulthood, Sunday, September 20: Weekly offerings are available for children and youth, infants through high school, from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at various places throughout the Parish House. For more information, visit www.st-peters.org/formation.

Commissioning of Formation Catechists and Acolyte Guild Members, Sunday, September 20: At the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. liturgies for this coming Sunday, adults who serve as teachers and mentors to our children and youth and the youth and adults who serve as Acolytes will be commissioned.

(New) Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s: Consider preparing yourself for the start of a new week with Holy Eucharist, music, and intentional moments for reflection and meditation during a “Sunday Evenings at St. Peter’s” service offered each week at 5:00 p.m. Our inaugural service of Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist on September 13 drew more than 115 worshippers for a glorious evening.

Youth Confirmation Retreat: All 11th and 12th graders are encouraged to participate in a one-day retreat on Saturday, September 19, 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. RSVP for the retreat to Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt at lholt@st-peters.org.

20s & 30s Formation Class: This discussion group for our 20s & 30s will explore how St. Peter’s fits into the global family of faith in the third-largest Christian community in the world. St. Peters, the Diocese, the Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Communion will be in the Tower Room on the second floor of the Parish House, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

St. Peter’s Formation Partner offers Three Opportunities to Grow: Our Formation Partner, Dr. Paul Hanneman, offers immediate opportunities for you to deepen your spiritual life. The first is an 11-week, in-depth introductory course, “Spiritual Growth and the Enneagram,” at Christ Episcopal Church on Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., beginning September 23. In this course, you’ll learn about your personality structure and how it shapes our thinking, emotional reactions and habitual responses to life. Register with Jennie Beaumont (beaumontj@christchurchcharlotte.org). If you already know your Enneagram type and wish to explore this more, once a month sessions begin at St. Peter’s on Tuesday, October 13, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Individual sessions are $10 each, the series is $75. In addition, you can meet with Dr. Hanneman one-on-one or as a couple for individual coaching and spiritual direction. For the advanced Enneagram, coaching or spiritual direction, contact Dr. Hanneman (phanneman@st-peters.org).

The Life at St. Peter's Fall 2015 program and events guide was mailed to households in August. It's also online at www.st-peters.org/life. This comprehensive resource provides many ways to connect with the life of our faith community. If you did not receive a copy, pick up one up at St. Peter’s from any of the public spaces.

Special Events

Organist Elizabeth Lenti Kicks Off Center City Concerts, September 21: Come out at lunch time or at 7:00 p.m. for this free concert when our own Elizabeth Lenti is the featured organist on Monday, September 21, in the church. This concert for organ and brass, conducted by William Osborne, launches the 2015-2016 Center City Concert season. Music for this concert will range from French bombastic music to atmospheric portrayals of Easter morning. Bring a friend to this lunchtime or early evening outing in Center City. Visit www.centercityconcerts.org for additional information on the series, or pick up a brochure from the Parish House Lobby bulletin boards.

Holy Chow Breakfast is Back: Start your Sunday mornings with Holy Chow—a full breakfast with fellowship from 8:30 a.m. to 9:25 a.m. in the Community Room (second floor of the Parish House). Cost is $4 per person with a $15 household maximum—one of Charlotte’s best-kept secrets. Then head out to Formation (education) at 9:30 a.m.

Newcomers’ Luncheon: Are you new to St. Peter’s in 2015? We hope you’ll join us on Sunday, September 20, for a simple lunch and time to get to know others, including parish leaders and staff. The Newcomers’ Luncheon immediately follows the 10:45 a.m. service. RSVP online.

20s & 30s Whitewater Rafting: St. Peter’s 20s & 30s group will meet at the National Whitewater Center at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 20, with rafting to begin at 3:30 p.m. Parking is $5. For details about the cost of admission, as well as carpooling or parking, contact Katie Nelson (kasemmler@gmail.com, 704-737-4753).

Last Chance to RSVP for the Shrimp Boil Fundraiser: This all-you-can-eat Low Country Boil of shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, and Andouille sausage takes place on Saturday, September 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in one of St. Peter’s best spots—the Parish House rooftop. The adults-only event includes cheese grits, peach cobbler and your choice of local brews, wine, or iced tea and raises funds for the 2017 youth pilgrimage. Cost is $35. RSVP online at www.st-peters.org/rsvp by Sunday, September 20.
Food Provisions Needed for Sunday, October 4 Bishop’s Visitation Reception. On Sunday, October 4, Bishop Curry will make his Visitation to St. Peter’s where he will preside and preach at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. liturgies and facilitate a time of Q&A during the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum. For the festive reception to follow the 10:45 a.m. liturgy, food donations are needed by the Fellowship Ministry Team. Sandwiches, cheeses, desserts, veggie trays, and more will be a part of the spread to honor Bishop Michael Curry and our candidates for baptism, confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation. Click here to indicate what you might bring or contact Kathie Knip (kathie@datasuppliessource.com, 704-947-5645).
Parish News

Give to the Vision 2016: Throughout the year, God blesses us abundantly in more ways than we can count, both individually and within the St. Peter’s parish family. This Sunday, we will begin to reflect on God’s generous abundance to us and discerning how we can respond with our own Generous Abundance. You may receive information in the mail regarding our Give to the Vision 2016 campaign, you may wish to attend the Parish Hall Forum at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, and you may want to look around you at how your generosity makes possible our abundant life at St. Peter’s.
Habitat for Humanity 2015 Build: Saturday, October 3, is the date St. Peter's parishioners will join 11 other churches to build two Habitat for Humanity homes in the Lakewood Community. We need 24 volunteers to get started installing siding on both homes. Sign up online. If you cannot join us on October 3 but wish to help on any other day of the build, sign up here. Contact John Knip (jknip@carriff.com, 980-721-4850).
Fighting Hunger: You can help fight hunger locally and globally by participating one of two ways in this year’s CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 18. You can walk or you can donate money to support a walker. This year, you can also learn more by attending an Adult Forum on September 27 with the Reverend Barbara Thomas with Church World Service, which receives 75% of CROP Walk funds. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details in the weeks ahead. Contact John Brien (jfbrien@uncc.edu, 704-535-8096).

Holy Faces Member Directory: The most up-to-date photo directory of St. Peter’s members is now available online, so you can access it any time online or download it. If you haven’t already set up your personal St. Peter’s online account to access the directory and more, please do so at www.st-peters.org/holyfaces. If you do not have Internet access or prefer a paper copy of the directory, a limited number of directories will be available for $5.00 purchase (check or cash) at the Parish House reception desk on Sunday.

Final Day for Small Dinner Group Sign-up: Sign-up for new Small Dinner Groups concludes in the Parish House Lobby Sunday, September 20, following the 10:45 a.m. service. The groups will launch with a covered dish luncheon on Sunday, September 27. Contact coordinators Julie Lavoie (juthala@bellsouth.net, 704-341-0240) or Candace Armstrong (armstrong4300@bellsouth.net, 704-523-3868) for more information.

Social Justice Committee: The first meeting of St. Peter’s new Social Justice Committee will be Wednesday, October 7, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the St. Peter’s Library. Father Murdock Smith will facilitate and the goal is to choose two to three priority issues to focus on in 2016. Finger foods will be provided. Please RSVP to Linda Gallehugh (lkgallehugh225@att.net or 704-620-4304) if you plan to attend in case a larger room is needed and to assure sufficient food.
Beyond our Doors

Activist Dr. Cornel West to Speak: Prominent and provocative activist Dr. Cornel West will speak on Thursday, September 24, at 7:15 p.m., on the topic of Justice: What Love Looks Like in Public at First Presbyterian Church, 200 West Trade Street. If you plan to attend, click here to notify our Clergy and Social Justice Committee.

Charlotte Convocation Celebration Honoring Bishop Michael Curry and Mrs. Sharon Curry, October 3: The Diocese of North Carolina will hold one of three celebrations in honor Bishop and Mrs. Curry in Charlotte as they prepare to move into the next stage of their journey with The Episcopal Church. On Saturday, October 3, Christ Church (1412 Providence Road) will host a 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. event that will begin with a short liturgy and include time to say good-bye to the Currys, thank them for their dedication, and wish them well. If you plan to attend, the Diocese asks that you register online by Friday, September 18. A "Celebration Fund" has also been established in order to purchase vestments for Bishop Curry, make a contribution to the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry in his and Mrs. Curry's honor, and give them a farewell gift. Click here for more details or offer your gift by check. Checks should be made out to the Diocese of North Carolina, memo line: "Celebration Fund," and mailed to: Diocesan House, 200 W. Morgan St., Ste. 300, Raleigh, NC 27601.

St. Peter’s Member to be Ordained Transitional Deacon: St. Peter’s member Linda Mackie Griggs will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons by the Bishop of Rhode Island on Wednesday, October 7, at St. Martin’s Church, Providence, Road Island. Learn more by clicking here.

Looking Ahead: Mark Your Calendars

Sunday, October 4 – Bishop’s Visitation. Bishop’s Visitation followed by Festive Reception
October 16, 17, and 18 – Bridges Out of Poverty seminar and Parish Hall Forum
Sunday, October 18 – CROP Hunger Walk to fight hunger locally and internationally

Visit www.st-peters.org for more details and news.
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