Christmas and Epiphany at St. Peter's

Friday, December 23
The Greening of the Church, beginning at 10:00 am

Saturday, December 24 - Christmas Eve

4:00 pm Holy Eucharist with Pageant
a nursery is provided during this service

7:00 pm Holy Eucharist
preceded by a 15-minute Christmas Prelude by the St. Peter's Choir and
Chamber Orchestra (6:45 pm)

a nursery is provided during this service

10:30 pm Holy Eucharist
preceded by a 30-minute Christmas Prelude by the St. Peter's Choir and Chamber Orchestra (10:00 pm)
a nursery is not provided during this service

Sunday, December 25 - Christmas Day
8:00 am and 10:45 am Holy Eucharist

Sunday, January 1 - The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ
8:00 am and 10:45 am Holy Eucharist

Friday, January 6 - The Feast of the Epiphany
6:00 pm Holy Eucharist with the Burning of the Greens

Sunday, January 8 - The First Sunday after the Epiphany:
The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ

8:00 am and 10:45 am Holy Eucharist
"Holy Chow" breakfast resumes at 8:30 am
Formation classes for adults, youth, and children resume at 9:30 am

5:00 pm Choral Evensong and Holy Eucharist
Creating A Better WorldChristmas, The Nativity of Our Lord, invites us to be and do better in the name of the One for whom we wait during Advent. The birth of Christ the Savior, who was born into conditions that paradoxically mirror modern forms of darkness, poverty, and exclusion, was the mysterious delivery of who we are called to follow. Today, we ponder how we might respond to the Christmas with our own lives.

2017 Annual Fund Update

As of Monday, December 19, 299 pledges totaling $824,620 have been received toward our $975,000 goal. The Annual Fund leadership and Vestry are grateful for each pledge received and seeks 100% participation from all member households. To pledge online, visit, or you may pledge at the Parish House. Our total amount pledged and the 2017 pledgers' list continue to grow for the completion of a 2017 operating budget being drafted by the Finance Committee and approved by the Vestry.

Sunday Formation for Adults, Youth and Children and Holy Chow Breakfast will be suspended on December 25 and January 1 and resume on January 8. Watch the eNews, service leaflet notices, website, and bulletin boards in the Parish House lobby for what's in store for Winter - Spring 2017 Formation Offerings. The Parish Hall Forum on January 8 will feature an "instructed Baptism," in which we'll talk through the Baptism liturgy.
Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's will resume on January 8 with Choral Evensong and Holy Eucharist at 5:00 p.m. The complete Fall 2016 - January 2017 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's is available by clicking here .
The Feast of Epiphany and the Burning of the Greens: On Friday, January 6, after the Twelfth Day of Christmas, all are invited to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany with Holy Eucharist and Burning of the Greens at 6:00 p.m. Families with children, in particular, have enjoyed this special feast.
Weekday Morning Prayer and Noon Eucharist Holiday Schedule. Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel of the Saints is a beautiful offering for the start of the day. Spread the word that this liturgy of The Book of Common Prayer will not be offered December 26 - 28 and January 2. Our Tuesday Noon Eucharist, which also draws parishioners and visitors alike, will not be offered on December 27. All are most welcome and encouraged to bring guests to join them for any and all of these weekday offerings.
Annual Greening of the Church, Friday, December 23. On Friday, December 23, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending 2:00 p.m. or until finished, all ages are invited to share in an annual fun occasion of cleaning, polishing, decorating, and preparing our sacred space for Christmas with candles, wreaths, garlands, and poinsettias. Come for the entire time or when your schedule permits. Refreshments will be provided. Note: Volunteers also are needed to assist the Altar and Flower Guilds with the removal of the greenery and basic cleanup during the week of December 26. Contact Altar Guild Head, Mary Virginia Woodall ( ) to sign up or if you have questions.
Children's Christmas Eve Pageant. Our pageant will be offered as the Liturgy of the Word for the 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist on Christmas Eve. Children take on various roles as active participants in the Gospel of Luke. All children, ages 2 through 12, are encouraged to join the cast of this annual tradition. A final rehearsal will be held on December 24 from 2:30 p.m. until the beginning of the service. If your child or children would like to participate in the pageant, or if you would like to assist in the production of the pageant, contact Director of Children's Formation, Anna Hurdle ( , 704-749-6156).
Supporting Center City Concerts. The Board of Directors for this non-profit organization based at St. Peter's is seeking donations to support the offering of "free" concerts at St. Peter's. If you are interested and able, read a letter from Board Chairman Paul Keller and click here to donate . Learn more at .
Leave-taking Reception for The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, Sunday, January 8. A reception to honor the ministry of The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer will take place Sunday, January 8 after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy. If you would like to offer a financial gift in thanksgiving for her ministry and fill a "purse" her journey, checks should be made payable to "St. Peter's Church" (Memo: Associate Rector's Ministry). Stay tuned for more reception information including how you might help.
Parish Intern to Serve at St. Peter's in 2017. Beginning the week of January 1, Mrs. Robin Sands will become a part of the parish family as part of the 10-month internship required for the diocesan ordination process for Vocational Deacons. As Parish Intern, Robin will collaborate with the Parish Clergy to learn, support, and serve in ministry areas, such as liturgy, pastoral care, outreach, social justice, and congregational development, and be among us on a weekly basis. Stay tuned for more from the Rector about Robin and her family, who are active members of St. John's Episcopal Church in Charlotte.
Associate Rector Search Advisory Circle Appointed. The Rector has appointed Carolyn Carlburg, Sue Coonen, Phyllis Ferguson, Irma Hoffman, Des Keller, Paul Keller, Ann Luszcz, Bert Miano, Cooper Morrison, and Dan Moore to assist his process of calling the next Associate Rector after the leave-taking of the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schafer in January. Stay tuned for process updates from the Rector. If you have questions, contact him at 704-749-6140. 
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Mark Your Calendars

January 6-7: Vestry Retreat and New Vestry Member Orientation
April 21- 23, 2017: Women's Retreat at Valle Crucis Conference Center with St. Martin's Charlotte
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