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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | November 5, 2013

From the Associate Rector

All Saint’s Day marks the beginning of the darkest third of the year. As I enjoy the color of leaves burnished by the golden autumn sun, I recognize how God invites us to contemplate the great mystery of death and letting go, as well as the hiddenness of new life that will delight us in the coming spring. The great cycles of death and resurrection are manifest in the falling of leaves that enrich the soil for spring planting, in the flaky bulbs we place six inches deep in the dark earth only to watch them begin to rise in February, and in our remembering those saints who have gone before us and imagining their joy in the nearer presence of God.

This time of year I’m reminded of these words from Colossians 3:3–4: “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you will also appear with him in glory.” Discovering our own death and resurrection in Christ’s is the great Paschal Mystery we celebrate faithfully week after week in the Eucharist. Even when we don’t feel very Christian, or when we doubt God’s graciousness, or when we feel the need to hibernate and hunker down waiting for better times ahead, we know our true life is “hidden with Christ in God.” The place of darkness and hiddenness can be the place of fertility, newness, and growth.

As we approach the holiday season ahead, I invite each of us to watch for cycles of death and resurrection. For some of us the holidays are joyful; for others they magnify feelings of grief and sorrow; and for most of us they are busy. But let’s not miss the Paschal Mystery this year. Let’s find ways to name losses in our lives and allow the gift of time to join our tears to those of God. Let’s find ways to celebrate points of resurrection—new jobs, healed bodies, reconciled relationships—knowing these signify the wholeness God intends for all people.

Wishing you light in the darkness,

The Reverend Deacon Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, Associate Rector

Sunday, 11/10

8:30 a.m. in the Community Room, "Holy Chow" Breakfast until 9:25 a.m. $2 per child under 6, $4 per person, and $15 per household maximum.

9:30 a.m., For adults, two new series begin. In the Parish Hall Forum, “The Call to Outreach and Social Justice” and in the Parlor, “Prayer, Art, and Music.” Engaging the Scriptures meets in the Tower Room, Level 2 of the Parish House.

9:30 a.m. in the Parish House, Formation Classes for Youth and Children. The nursery is on Level 1 of the Parish House. Children ages 3-12 meet on Level 1 of the Parish House. Young people ages 13-18 meet on Level “B.”

After 10:45 a.m. worship, coffee hour hosted by the St. Peter's baristas.

4:30 p.m. organ recital in the church with Evensong following at 5:00 p.m. John Cummins, Organist and Choirmaster at St. Paul’s Church, Winston-Salem, will give an organ recital at 4:30 pm. Choral Evensong led by the Rector and The Girls Choir at St. Peter’s begins at 5:00 pm. After Evensong, a reception of light refreshments is offered in the Parlor.

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
(2nd and 4th Sundays)
Choral Evensong
5:00 p.m.
(3rd Sundays)
"Service of Light & Holy Meal," a Communion service based on the music and rhythms of the Taizé community in France
Tuesdays and Thursdays
"Holy Food, Holy People," Holy Communion (about 30 minutes in the Chapel)


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Looking Ahead

It’s not too late to reserve your seat for tomorrow evening’s screening of “Traces of the Trade” at St. Peter’s. In the documentary “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors, many of whom were Episcopalians, were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. Episcopalians Constance and Dain Perry, both of whom have North Carolina roots (Dain’s mother is also a descendent of the famous family), will spend an evening at St. Peter’s for a screening of the 90-minute film followed by a 60-minute conversation in the Parish Hall. Starting with 5:30 p.m. contemplative worship in the church and ending with a post-film conversation, a memorable experience about reconciliation awaits and will be followed up with future conversations. Heavy appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Complimentary childcare will be available. Make your reservation now at or 704-332-7746 for this free event. Learn more about the film at

Men’s Fellowship: Thursday, November 7. All men are invited to breakfast on the first and third Thursdays of the month, 7:00 a.m. at Toast in Dilworth (2400 Park Rd., Charlotte 28203) for a new men’s fellowship committed to spiritual growth and service. Let us know you’re coming by emailing Jay Partington or call 704-523-1831.

New Adult Formation offerings begin Sunday morning and Monday evenings in November. “The Call to Outreach and Social Justice” series in the Parish Hall Forum, which begins this Sunday, considers questions such as Who is our neighbor? What does it mean to respect the dignity of every human being? What is our role in serving and protecting the human rights of others? And a series titled "Prayer, Art, and Music" also begins this Sunday in the Parlor. Ben Outen, Director of Music and Organist, is the first speaker. In a new offering on Mondays, November 11 through December 2, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Library, we explore what we do together in worship and how it connects with your daily life. Would you like to deepen the spiritual practice of engaging in liturgy? Because we will order books for this course, email Mother Joslyn ( if you plan to attend.

John Cummins, organist and choirmaster at St. Paul’s Winston-Salem, will play a recital of organ music at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 10. Before joining the staff at St. Paul’s, Cummins served at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, Kentucky. At 5:00 p.m. The Girls Tour Choir at St. Peter’s and the clergy will lead a service of Choral Evensong (sung Evening Prayer). A reception of light refreshments will follow the recital and service in the Parlor.

Free Noon Concert at St. Peter’s: Monday, November 11. The next concert in the Music at St. Peter’s noon series takes place on Monday, November 11, and features French café music. David DiGiuseppe and Muisque Accordeon present music from the cabarets of Montmartre through the musettes of Paris to the songs of famed singer Edith Piaf. New this month is the availability of a box lunch of quiche and salad for $10, dine-in or carry-out. Reserve yours today at or 704-332-7746. Invite a friend to join you for this special event.

Holiday Shopping Help from The Choir School throughout November. Contact the Choir School Office at 704-749-6146 to purchase Belk Charity Day $5 tickets, which allow you to attend Belk's Charity Day sale on November 9 and receive spectacular deals not offered to the general public. Your $5 will be refunded at checkout, so it costs you nothing: You get the discount and The Choir School keeps the $5. Proceeds help fund the 2015 MasterSingers’ England trip to Salisbury Cathedral. You now can pre-order your holiday greenery (wreaths, trees, garlands). Tree pickup begins the Thanksgiving weekend. Wreaths and garlands will be available Monday, December 2. In addition, wreaths can be shipped directly from the farm; consider giving one to a friend or relative. Order online at

Advent is just around the corner, and the young people of St. Peter's can help you prepare. The Journey to Adulthood (J2A) Class will sell Advent candles (purple and blue), wreaths, calendars, and an assortment of inexpensive gift items for Christmas on three Sunday mornings before and after worship services beginning November 24. All proceeds benefit the 2015 Pilgrimage and Mission Trip Funds.

New Matching Gift Opportunity for The Choir School at St. Peter’s announced by Power2Give. Right now, the Leon Levine Foundation will donate 50 cents for every dollar donated to The Choir School at St. Peter’s through their Power2Give project, “Send a Chorister ‘Across the Pond’” ( Help make this trip of music and education a reality for all your MasterSinger choristers and enlarge your contribution by donating now before the matching funds run out.

Weekday Morning Prayer Returns to St. Peter’s. A leadership team is organizing the return of weekday Morning Prayer to the Chapel at St. Peter’s. Beginning Monday, December 2, at 7:30 a.m., this daily contemplative service will last no more than 30 minutes. To explore whether or not you might be called to serve as a worship leader, contact Doug Hutto ( or call 704- 674-6868.

St. Peter’s will be a host viewing site of the Episcopal Church’s live forum “Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America” on Friday, November 15, 1:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Parish Hall. Our diocesan bishop, The Right Rev. Michael B. Curry, will serve as a panelist. Click here for more information about the event, and, if you plan to come, email Mother Joslyn Schaefer. This event will be one of several follow-up conversations to our November 6 screening of “Traces of the Trade.”

Give To The Vision 2014. The 2014 Annual Fund Leadership Team gives thanks for those who have offered their estimates of giving to the financial administration office since Commitment Sunday (October 27). As we work daily toward our goal of $1,000,000 and seek 100 percent participation by all households to create an operating budget for 2014, all estimates are invaluable. As of October 30, $563,056.00 has been given. The service leaflet insert for November 10 will include a listing of those who have given to the vision through November 6.

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