Ministry Engagement

Our Vision Statement isn't just words. As the recent ministry fair demonstrates, parish members are committed to putting actions to words because that is what we are called to do. Whether we are helping feed and house our homeless neighbors, comforting a friend in times of trouble, or serving at our worship service, we are all ministers in Christ.  
Read this week's reflection by Elaine Wood, Ministry Associate.
This Sunday

8:00 a.m. Holy Communion* in the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer (Rite I), including sermon, organ music, and hymns.

9:30 a.m. Christian Formation (education) for all ages.

10:45 a.m. Holy Communion* in the contemporary language of the Book of Common Prayer (Rite II), including sermon, choral and organ music, and hymns.

*Nursery Care - 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Infants and toddlers, ages 0-3 are welcome in St. Peter's professionally staffed nursery. The nursery area is accessible from the Church by walking through the Chapel, and proceeding up the steps to the left.

September Parish Retreat at Kanuga: DEADLINE TODAY. Our annual retreat to Kanuga Conference & Retreat Center  in the mountains of Western North Carolina, will take place from dinnertime on Friday, September 15 through lunchtime on Sunday, September 17. "Unopened Gifts" is this year's theme. During a balanced weekend of fun, fellowship, rejuvenation, and recreation for infants to our oldest parishioners, those on retreat will have occasions to share and explore the things that bring joy in our lives. What gifts has God given that make our days and weeks brighter? How might God be calling us to use our gifts to serve others?  Register online  or for more detailed information,  contact Eleanor Shell ( . The registration deadline is today, Wednesday, August 30. Scholarships are available for individuals and households who may need assistance in order to attend this community-building weekend. For information regarding scholarships,  contact Fr. Jacob Pierce, Associate Rector ( . Requests are confidential.

Episcopalians Respond to Hurricane Harvey. Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with dioceses throughout the affected areas in Texas and Louisiana as they assess the ongoing impact of Hurricane Harvey and prepare to respond. Learn more at the Episcopal Relief and Development website by clicking here.

Life at St. Peter's Fall 2017
is here
. Our parish magazine and calendar of formation, worship, programs, and events is available in all public spaces at St. Peter's. View the magazine online at and the events calendar online at .
Sunday Christian Formation for Children, Youth, and Adults begins September 3, 9:30 a.m.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children, ages 2-12, meet on first floor in the Toddler Atrium and Levels 1-3 Atria (classrooms) in the Parish House. For more information, email Director of Children's Formation, Anna Hurdle ( . Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth, ages 13-18, meet in the Youth Suite (basement level, Parish House). For more information, email Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt ( ). Adults meet in the Parish Hall (second floor, Parish House) and other designated areas according to schedule.
Sunday Christian Formation for Adults, September 3, 9:30 a.m.  The Parish Hall Forum will feature "Conversation with the Clergy: What Does it Mean to Participate in the Faith of Christ" hosted by the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector. In the Town Choir Room, the "Becoming Episcopalian" 8-week Inquirers/Confirmation Class continues. On September 10, the Parish Hall Forum will feature "The Ministry of Healing in a Polarized Culture: Life after 9/11" led by the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector.
Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's. In addition to 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., at 5:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month, a meditative service of Holy Eucharist is offered, patterned after the TaizĂ©, France community. This year-round liturgical offering includes music for piano, time for contemplative silence, and candle-lighting as a prayer form. Mark your calendars for September 17 (TaizĂ©) and September 24 (first Choral Evensong for Fall 2017).

Weekday Morning Prayer and Tuesday Noon Eucharist followed by Conversation Time. Monday-Friday, 8:00-8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel is a quiet and beautiful offering for the start of the day. On Tuesdays at Noon, we offer a 30-minute celebration of the Holy Eucharist without music in the Chapel. All are invited, especially when unable to attend our Sunday morning or evening offerings. Each weekday liturgy is followed by a time to gather with the worship leader and fellow worshippers for a 30-minute informal conversation in the Parlor.
Pub Theology returns on Thursday, September 7, 6:00 p.m.  All adults are invited to join the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector, for this fall's first Pub Theology, 6:00-8:00 p.m. on September 7 at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery. "Signs and Symbols: Reflecting on Confederate Imagery in the Wake of Charlottesville" will be the conversation topic. On first Thursdays through December, Pub Theology will be hosted by a member of the Clergy. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual, drop-in, formation events. Watch the parish news and notices for future locations and topics. The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, will host next month's gathering on October 5.

Center City Concert on Sunday, September 10. Mark your calendar, spread the word, and bring guests to the first 2017-2018 free performance hosted by Center City Concerts at St. Peter's. "Music for Organ and Orchestra" with Nicolas Haigh, organist and conducted by William Osborne will be presented at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Center City Concerts website .
More News

  • Young Adults Fellowship Fall Kickoff is this Sunday: Brunch after the 10:45 a.m. service.
  • Next Community Potluck is sponsored by the St. Peter's Choir: September 10.
  • Holy Chow Breakfast is back! $4 per person; $15 family maximum.
  • Log on to Realm, St. Peter's new online directory and community platform.
  • Donate Altar Flowers or Eucharistic Supplies in memory or honor of someone you love or admire.
  • Not Receiving the Diocesan Magazine. Sign up online.
  • Augustine Literacy Project is recruiting tutors.
  • Prayer Shawl Knitting Group meetings first and third Tuesdays at St. Peter's.
  • Want to know how the St. Peter's budget is doing in 2017. Check online.
Mark Your Calendars

October 14: St. Peter's Habitat for Humanity House Build.
October 14: Shrimp and Suds Youth Fundraiser on the Parish House Rooftop, 6:30 p.m.
October 15: Bishop's Visitation for Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation.
November 17-18: 202nd Annual Convention of the Diocese, Winston-Salem.
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