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News from St. Peter's Episcopal Church | November 5, 2014
As today’s parents know, there are hundreds of organizations vying for the time, talent, and energy of their children and youth. All of these organizations provide value for the participants from exercise, team experiences, and service opportunities to fund-raising responsibilities, exposure to the arts, and so on.

As St. Peter’s parents help their youth decide what organizations and activities they will join, we want to encourage you to consider the unique benefits that church and formation add to the whole and holy development of children. It starts in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and then continues and grows throughout the six years (6th through 12th grades) of the Journey to Adulthood (J2A) program. The J2A leaders and I believe that our program at St. Peter’s provides all of those benefits and more.

For the church youth program to work at its best, consistency of attendance and participation is paramount, as is true for any organized activity—whether it’s a marching band or a sports team. When a single member is missing, the youth group is greatly diminished. Likewise, when our young people are not here, they don’t benefit from the wisdom, love, and nurturing of our 12 amazing leaders and our incredible curriculum. It’s also harder to build the friendships that grow among the remarkable young people that worship at St. Peter’s. The spiritual development of our children is as important as the development of their educational skills: these skills help them navigate the issues of adult life that are not covered in textbooks.

So, we challenge St. Peter’s parents to insist on attendance at formation classes and worship on Sundays, and encourage you to fit in as many lock-ins, fund-raisers, outreach events, retreats, and mission trips as possible. These activities provide the time to delve deeply into subjects and to connect with God, St. Peter’s community, and each other. Being a vital part of this faith community in a deep and meaningful way is the best way to improve our young peoples’ ability to become the kind of adults that parents want them to be.

Lyn Holt
Director of Youth Formation

Sunday, November 9

Christian Formation classes for all ages in the Parish House,
9:30 a.m.

Coffee Hour in the Community Room, second floor of the Parish House immediately following the
10:45 a.m. service.

Worship services at 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 5:00 p.m., and 6:15 p.m.

Worship Schedule

SUNDAYS
8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m.
Evensong
6:15 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
with Music
WEEKDAYS
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m.
Morning Prayer in the Chapel
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Noon
"Holy Food, Holy People," Holy Communion (about 30 minutes in the Chapel)

 

Links

Sunday's Worship & Music Leaflets
The Rector's Blog
In our prayers this week
The Choir School at St. Peter's
Center City Concerts at St. Peter's
 
The Seal of St. Peter's Episcopal Church
"You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church."
Formation and Worship Offerings

Three-week series concludes in the Parish Hall Forum, Sunday, November 9: Praying Shapes Believing or Why Liturgy is the Most Important Thing We Do. Join the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher and friends for a slow walk through our Eucharistic liturgy, as we look at the underlying spirituality and theology of Sunday morning worship. At St. Peter’s, we “do” a lot in worship; this series will be the perfect venue within which to ask questions and go deeper with the Rector about our worship life.

Music and Poetry in the Anglican Tradition — From the King James Version of the Bible to the Anglican Choral tradition, a new weeknight formation offering, meets in the Parlor from 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays through November 20. Christian imagination and fidelity have been enriched by the poets and musicians formed by Anglican spirituality. Join parishioner Rob Smith and the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer as they lead an exploration of musicians and poets including George Herbert, Charles Wesley, and Henry Purcell. Contact Mother Joslyn if you wish to participate (jschaefer@st-peters.org or 704-749-6150).

Evensong Sunday, November 9 at 5:00 p.m. Every second and fourth Sunday, St. Peter’s offers the beautiful service of Evensong, sung Evening Prayers. Lasting just under an hour before the 6:15 p.m. service of Holy Eucharist, this liturgical offering is considered by many to be the essence of the Anglican tradition. The service will be led by the Rector and the Evensong Choir at St. Peter’s. A reception of light refreshments takes place immediately following the service.

To stay tuned and get involved, Life at St. Peter's fall program and events guide is a comprehensive resource providing many ways to connect with the vibrant life of our faith community. Pick one up at St. Peter’s in the Parish House Lobby or Narthex. It's also online at web.st-peters.org/life.

Give To The Vision 2015: Connecting with St. Peter's
Weekly Update and Follow-up to November 2 Commitment Sunday


Give To The Vision 2015: Connecting with St. Peter’s, launched on October 5 as the annual fundraising campaign to receive pledges of financial support for the worship, programs, staff, outreach, and facilities of St. Peter’s in the coming year. All members as well as any interested newcomers and friends are asked to pledge between today as follow-up to Commitment Sunday, which was November 2. The 2015 Stewardship Team, Vestry, and Rector give thanks to all whose names are listed below and other unlisted pledges. As of November 4, 257 pledges totaling $651,672 have been received toward our $1 million dollar goal. Pledges, including ones from youth and children, range from $50 to $21,000 and the current mean amount is $3,000. We hope to receive approximately 150 remaining potential pledges this week in order for our 2015 operating budget process to be completed next week by the Finance Committee on behalf of the Vestry. To pledge online today and help us reach our goal, click here. Thanks in advance for your gifts to God’s Church and the financial welfare of St. Peter’s.

Special Events
 
St. Peter’s presents “Seeing the Face of God in Each Other” Anti-Racism Seminar on Saturday, November 8. For our parish family, all Charlotte Episcopal communities, and friends, St. Peter’s will host an event facilitated by our Bishop’s Racial Justice and Reconciliation Committee to focus on how to serve as models for justice making and commit ourselves to being multi-culturally competent persons about matters of race and eradicating racism. Attending this seminar will be a significant step in learning skills and acquiring tools to dismantle systemic and institutional racism of which each of us plays a part by virtue of citizenship. Honest and open conversation in a safe space, understanding, personal growth, and healing are of some of what participants should expect. Register online here by Thursday, November 6 for this 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. event and feel free to invite others to register.
 
Annual Meeting of the Parish: Sunday, December 7. Mark your calendar for the Annual Meeting of the Parish on Sunday, December 7, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in the Martha Bowles Parish Hall. All able-bodied adults and youth are asked to gather for this significant annual occasion to elect four new Vestry members, receive ministry area reports, review the proposed 2015 operating budget, and hear the Rector’s “State of St. Peter’s” address, all within one hour. “Holy Chow” breakfast will be available from 8:30 a.m. until 9:15 a.m. Stay tuned for next week’s release of a “2015-2017 Vestry Nominees Profile” on our nine candidates Candace Armstrong, Abigail Cudabac, Paige Ghareeb, Merrill Boykin Hacker, Magen Atkinson Hung, Paul Keller, Bert Miano, Daniel Oller, and Kristine Reid.
 
The Reverend Deacon Jonathan E. Soyars to be Ordained Priest on November 16. God willing, with the consent of the people, and on behalf of the Bishop of Chicago (Jeffrey D. Lee), the Bishop Suffragan of North Carolina, Anne Hodges-Copple, will ordain St. Peter’s Transitional Deacon, Jonathan Soyars, as a Priest in Christ’s Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church during the 10:45 a.m. liturgy on Sunday, November 16. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details about what you might bring to the festive reception after the liturgy. That extraordinary morning in our parish life will include the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Confirmation, and others will be received or reaffirmed in the Episcopal Church.
 
Episcopal Relief & Development's 75th Anniversary Photo Exhibition Opening and Reception at St. Peter’s. Wednesday, November 19, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Martha Bowles Parish Hall, the reception will kickoff the once-in-a-lifetime honor for Charlotte and St. Peter’s to host this traveling exhibit from Wednesday, November 19 until Monday, December 15. The exhibit will be open to the public whenever the Parish House reception desk is staffed. Click here to RSVP for November 19.  To learn more about God’s worldwide work through Episcopal Relief & Development, click here.

Parish News

Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Speaker Series: Tuesday, November 11. Should a catastrophic event happen to you, would the significant others in your life know what to do on your behalf? Come and learn about the important documents you need so that your desires could be fulfilled. On Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. the ECW Speaker Series will offer a program, “Preparing for Individual and Family Issues,” to help you begin your own planning. Contact Kristine Reid (kmrlady@ymail.com) with any questions.

Save the Date: St. Peter’s Annual Advent Fair begins on Sunday, November 23 and will continue on November 30 and December 7. To help you prepare your home for Advent, our youth will be selling candles, wreaths, calendars, and a wide variety of gift items for Christmas. Proceeds will benefit the youth pilgrimage fund and youth outreach fund.

Beyond our Doors: Learning and Serving Beyond St. Peter's

Next Noon Concert: Monday, November 17. Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s next free Noon concert features the Bechtler-Teixeira Duo, with an exciting array of pieces including Spanish dances, a Yiddish suite, Argentinian tangos, a few jazzy tunes, and more. Come hear a beautiful combination of the guitar and cello voices. Learn more about Center City Concerts’ mission to provide monthly free concerts at www.centercityconcerts.org and contribute online to this new outreach program.

Aging with grace and dignity, November 12, 6:15 p.m. –7:15 p.m. Join memory specialist Dr. Chuck Edwards for advice, encouragement, and practical tips about the aging process. Dr. Edwards left a longtime cardiology practice to start the Novant Memory Center of Charlotte in 2013. Established to care for patients in the early stages of memory loss and support for their caregivers, the clinic has access to new information for patients related to their care. This Wednesday evening program is open to all ages and is suitable for those caring for aging parents. The program will be at First Presbyterian Church (200 West Trade Street).

Habitat House Dedication: Saturday, November 22. Many thanks to the volunteers who came out to help with siding two Habitat for Humanity houses on Hey Rock Court. St. Peters had the largest team seen in several years. Dedication of the finished homes is November 22 at 2:00 p.m. and all are welcome to attend. Canned and boxed food stuffs in modest sizes are being collected to “stock the pantry” for each family as a traditional welcome. A barrel is labeled for this purpose outside of the parlor.

Concert of organ and violin at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. Musical duo Christopher Young, organ, and Brenda Brenner, violin, team up to present an engaging concert of music for violin and organ on Friday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. Highlighting the concert will be Naji Hakim's "Capriccio" for violin and organ. The concert is free and open to the public. Then on Saturday, November 8, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Dr. Young will offer an Organ masterclass on the C. B. Fisk, Op. 136 instrument here at St. Peter’s. For more information, contact Holy Comforter's director of music, Patrick Pope (704-332-4171, ext. 212).

Holiday Greenery Sale by The Choir School has begun. Take something off your “Christmas to do” list by ordering your Holiday tree, wreaths, and garland from The Choir School. Stop by the table after the service or go online to The Choir School website to order yours now. Pick up your wreath at St. Peter’s and pick out your own tree at the lot after Thanksgiving. Thanks for supporting The Choir School.

Food Pantry Partnership with Loaves and Fishes. Collection of groceries for neighbors in need continues in November. This month’s focus is cereal. (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. Learn more about this agency.
As of November 4, the following and other unlisted pledges have been offered online or by paper pledge card to support the vision of and life at St. Peter’s in 2015.  Click here to give today.

Mrs. Jeanne Agan; Mr. Jim Amburn; Ms. Candace Armstrong; The Honorable John Arrowood; Mr. Robert Atkins; Mrs. Veronica Bandy; Ms. Adelaide Barringer; The Rev. & Mrs. James Bartos; Mr. & Mrs. Dale Bass; Mr. & Mrs. C. Robert Beaird; Bob Beardsley and Frank Steele; Mr. & Mrs. William Bellamy; Steve Bentley & David Deal; Mr. Timothy Bice; Mrs. Donna Black; Stephen Blythe & Kimberly Johnson; Mark Boyd & Andre Fleuriel; Mr. & Mrs. John Bradberry; Isabelle Bradberry; Mr. & Mrs. John Brien; Dr. Barbara Brown; Mr. William Bryan; Mr. & Mrs. John Budall; Anneliese Budall; Mr. & Mrs. Steven Burke; Mr. Neil Burkhead & Ms. Joan Graham; Laurie and Rob Burlington; Robert Burlington, III; Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Busch; Mr. & Mrs. Michael Campbell; Ms. Carolyn Carlburg; Dr. & Mrs. Kent Carpenter; Mrs. Elise Cathey; Kyle Cathey; Lelyand Cathey; Josh Caudle; Mr. & Mrs. Tom Cheshire; The Rev. Julie Clarkson; Ellison Clary & Linda Gallehugh; Ms. Tina Coelho; Mrs. Gina Columna; Mrs. Suzanne Coonen; Mrs. Margaret Copeland; Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Corcoran; Mrs. Elizabeth Corzine; Ms. Chantalle Couba; Mrs. James B. Craighill; Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Crayton; Mrs. Kathleen Cress; Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Cudabac; Mr. & Mrs. Geoffrey Curme; Lillian Curme; Mr. Rodney Currin; Mr. John Denti; Mr. James DiMartino; Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Dresser; Mr. David Duggan, Jr; Mrs. Nancy Dumbell; Ms. Nancy Duncan; Dr. John Dunn; Ms. Carmencita Elijah; Mr. and Mrs. Brian Ellsworth; Ms. Elsie Erneston; Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Ezzo; Ms. Roberta Farman Stein; Mrs. Minta Jane Ferguson; Dr. & Mrs. Robert Ferguson; Ms. Carolyn Fitzgerald; Mr. & Mrs. Charles Ford, Jr.; Mr. Tommy Forte; Brian Gallagher &  Terry Prince; Mr. Samuel Gardner, III; Mr. Pendley Garrett; Mr. & Mrs. Tom Ghareeb; Roland Ghareeb; Callan Ghareeb; Ms. Diana Gibbs; Mr. & Mrs. Lee Gilman; Ms. Lydia Gittens; Mr. Kenneth Goodwin; Ms. Mary Gotschall; Mr. and Mrs. James Green; Mr. & Mrs. Donald Greene; Ms. Lynn Griffin; Ms. Mary Griffin; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Gross; Evette Guine-Paige & Terry Paige; Mr. & Mrs. Brian Hacker; Mr. and Mrs. John Hackler; Mr. Randy Haith; James & Marguerite Hardy; Ms. Ann Haskell; Ms. Josephine Hicks; The Rev. & Mrs. William Hinson, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. William Hinson, III; Mrs. Irma Hoffman; Mr. Michael Hoffman; Patricia and John Hoke; Mr. & Mrs. Harris Holt, III; Eugenia Holtz; Katherine Hughes; Mr. Dan Hurley; Mr. & Mrs. John Hurst, Jr.; Douglas Hutto & Steve Thomas; Thomas Im & Michael Loose; Ms. Marie Irving; Mrs. Lucy Jarrett; Mrs. Nancy Jewell; Mrs. Edith Johnson; Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Johnson; Mr. John Joslin; Mr. & Mrs. William Kalbas; Mr. Walter Kearns; Mr. & Mrs. Paul Keller, Jr; Mr. & Mrs. William Kelly; Dr. John Ketron & Mr. Michael Wright; Carl and Amy Dillon King; Ms. Maureen Kivney; Mr. & Mrs. John Knip; Mr. Michael Koppenal; Mr. & Mrs. William Krewson; Mr. Gregory Kudasz; Mrs. Judith Kyle; Dr. & Mrs. Christopher Lakin; Ms. Lynn Lau; Mr. & Mrs. David Lavoie; Ms. Lynnette Lewis; Ms. Carol Lillard; Mr. David Little; Mr. & Mrs. Nevan Little; Mrs. Trissy Lomax; Alan Lombardi & Linda Trent; Mr. Henry London, II; Mrs. Kathleen Long; Abraham Loven; Mr. & Mrs. Brooks Luquire; Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Lyons; Mrs. Claudia Macauley; Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Mandon; Mr. Elwood Manigault; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Markel; Mrs. Susanne Martin; Ms. Janie Maybeck; Ms. Susan McConnell; James McEwen and Nelda Leon; Ms. Nelda Leon; Mr. & Mrs. James McGavran, Jr.; Ms. Hulene McLean; Judy McLeod and Richard Pierce; Richard Pierce; Al McMillian & Sydney Burgess; Rebekah McMillian; Tait McMillian; Josh Meloy; Mr. Steve Mercer; Mr. & Mrs. Bert Miano; Lena Miano; Samuel Miano; Sarah Minter; Mr. George Monroe; Mrs. Antonia Moore; Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Moore; Mr. and Mrs. North Moore; Mr. & Mrs. Peter Morgan; Mr. & Mrs. Micah Morrison; Mr. & Mrs. George Mundle; Mr. Todd Murphy; Mrs. Mary Margaret Myers; Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Nicholson, III; Charles Noe & Randy Peacock; Mr. & Mrs. John Norton, II; Daniel Oller & Julie Viveros; Mr. & Mrs. C.J. O'Neill; Trey Owen & Wes Thompson; Mr. & Mrs. James Owens; Mr. James Padgett; Mr. T. Haughton Pardee; Dr. Leland Park; Mr. & Mrs. James Partington, III; Michael Pawlyk & Elizabeth Richardson; Ms. Betty Payne; Miss Edith Pearson; Mr. & Mrs. Tim Pechar; Mr. Donald Peeler; Mr. Randy Penninger; Dr. William Pfischner; Mr. Donald Philemon; Mr. Robert Pinkston, Jr.; Dr. & Mrs. William Pritchard; Mr. Patrick Ratchford; Ms. Kristine Reid; Maximillian Reid; The Rev. & Mrs. Ollie Rencher; Mr. & Mrs. Michael Restaino; Mr. & Mrs. Adam Reynolds; Ms. Rosalie Reynolds; Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Ringley; Mr. Greg Robbins; Mr. & Mrs. Manley Roberts; Oneisha Sanders; Shianece Sanders; Linda Sarazen & Patrick Hickert; Ms. Nancy Sarazen; The Rev. Joslyn and Dr. Brian Schaefer; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Schroeder; Mrs. Yvette Seaton; Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Sepko, IV; Mr. & Mrs. John Shumate; Ms. Anita Smith; Mr. & Mrs. Edward Smith, II; Edward Smith, III; The Rev. & Mrs.Murdock Smith; Mason Smith; Miles Smith; Mr. Nathan Smith; Rob Smith & Maria Long; The Rev. & Mrs. Jonathan Soyars; Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Spinazzolla; Mr. Michael Spivey; Mr. & Mrs. Tate Sterrett; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stigall; Jan Keny and Wesley Sturgis; The Rev. Carl Synan; Mrs. Avery Teichman; Mrs. Norveline Thomas; Gabriella Thomas; Mr. & Mrs. Willie Thomas; Dr. John Thompson, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Tindle; Mrs. Mary Anna Turner; Mr. Andrew Uglehus; John Vandiver &  James  Baker; Amanda Vann & Sharon Roberts; Ms. Kristine Wade; Ms. Grazia Walker; Dr. George Waterhouse; Mrs. Eulada Watt; Nathan Webb; Mr. & Mrs. J. McDonald Welch; Mr. & Mrs. Edward Wellman, Jr.; Hope Westerfield & Marti Henderson; Mr. Bill Wheeler; Mrs. Cynthia White; Catherine White; Ms. Carole Whittington; Mrs. Hunt Williams; Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Williamson; Mr. & Mrs. William Williamson, III; Mr. & Mrs. Mike Wilson; Ms. Lindie Wilson; Mary Virginia and Dan Woodall; Mrs. Ruth Woodend; Mrs. Chrys Woodson; Mr. Alec Yale; Mr. & Mrs. Peter Young; Mr. & Mrs. Philip Zulick; Children of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

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