Read an update about last Sunday's Annual Meeting. Choir Provisions Fundraiser for England Pilgrimage Now online. Make plans to assist with the Greening of the Church. Read all of this week's eNews.
2017 Annual Fund Update

As of Monday, December 5, 286 pledges totaling $798,215 have been received toward our $975,000 goal. The Annual Fund Leadership and Vestry are grateful for each pledge received to-date and will make extra efforts to seek 100% participation from all member households as follow-up to Commitment Sunday, November 6. For campaign information and to pledge online today, visit www.st-peters.org/annualfund , or pledge at the Parish House. It is exciting to watch the  2017 pledgers' list as of December 5 grow as the Treasurer and Finance Committee can complete a 2017 operating budget draft.

Looking back on this year in the life of our parish, I am struck by the many ways we are living into our Vision Statement and to belonging to the "Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement." I see this in the way we express the love of Christ to one another and to our community at large.


This Sunday

View our program guide, Life at St. Peter's, for more information.

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

8:30 a.m. "Holy Chow,"  breakfast in the Community Room. Cost is $4 per person; $15 household maximum.

9:30 a.m. Christian Formation for all ages, locations display on signage throughout the Parish House.

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.

5:00 p.m. Advent Evenings with Holy Eucharist and Music. The liturgy includes a homily, moments of silence, and diverse musical offerings for the season of Advent.

*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.
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Sunday Formation for Youth and Children, weekly.
Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth, ages 13-18, meet in the Youth Suite (basement level, Parish House). Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children, ages 2-12, meet on first floor in the Toddler Atrium and Levels 1-3 Atria (classrooms). 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Parish House.
 
Sunday Formation for Adults, December 11, 9:30-10:30 a.m. In the Parish Hall (second floor, Parish House), an exploratory conversation, "The Gift of Prayer: Praying the Daily Office" will shed more light on the richness of The Book of Common Prayer's provision of prayers for individuals, groups, and households. In the Town Choir Room (basement, Parish House) , Contemplative Prayer will be facilitated by the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, Formation Partner, from 9:30 until 10:15 a.m. Hanneman writes, " The season of Advent is an appropriate time to practice active contemplation as we prepare and wait for the Advent of our Lord."
 
Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's. Spread the word about the remaining " Advent Evenings: Holy Eucharist with Music" at 5:00 p.m. on December 11, and 18. Each liturgy will include moments of silence, diverse musical offerings for the season of Advent, and homilies offered by Mike Hoffman and The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, respectively, at the remaining offerings. On most second and fourth Sundays at 5:00 p.m., we offer Choral Evensong and Holy Eucharist. The last one for Fall 2016 was on November 13, and the next will be on January 8. The complete Fall 2016-January 2017 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's is available by clicking here  .

Festive Advent Potluck Luncheon Draws Large Crowd. Over 150 people attended this year's luncheon on Sunday, December 4 following Advent Lessons and Carols. In addition to all who brought food for the massive spread, the Clergy and Vestry offer appreciation for the work of Vestry Coordinator for Fellowship, Paige Ghareeb and the many "elves" who assisted with setup, hospitality, and clean-up. If you would like to serve at St. Peter's through future fellowship offerings, contact Paige Ghareeb ( paigeghareeb@mac.com , 704-947-8986).
 
Pastoral Notice: Death in our St. Peter's Family. Parishioner Kathy Pritchard, wife of Dr. Bill Pritchard, died on Friday, November 18. A Requiem Eucharist will be offered at St. Peter's on Sunday, December 11, at 2:00 p.m., followed by a Reception in the Parlor. Memorials may be made to St. Peter's online, hand-delivery, or mail to the Parish Administrator at 115 West Seventh Street Charlotte, NC 28202. Kathy's obituary is online. We pray, "into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Kathy. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace,  and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen."

Annual Meeting Briefing. On Sunday, December 4, approximately 200 parishioners gathered for theAnnual Meeting of the Parish before an excellent offering of Advent Lessons and Carols with The Holy Eucharist and Parish Festive Luncheon. New Vestry members (Class of 2019), Elsie Erneston, John Frederick, Maria Long, and Cooper Morrison were elected to follow the Class of 2016: Irma Hoffman, Des Keller, Dave Lavoie, and Nelda Leon. On behalf of the Wardens and Vestry, the Rector extended appreciation for all who serve in a variety of ways in life at St. Peter's, including those whose ministry is to be prayerful, present, engaged, and offer financial resources to support the parish mission, ministry, and vision. To access a copy of the Annual Meeting Report Booklet with insightful ministry area reports and much more, visit www.st-peters.org/annualreport  or pick up a copy in the Parish House lobby. If you would like a copy of the one-page 2016 budget and 2017 preliminary budget presented by Treasurer Dave Lavoie, contact Ministry Associate (Administrative Assistant) contact Elaine Wood (ewood@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Holiday Provisions Provided by The St. Peter's Choir . In preparation for their Summer 2017 residency at St. Alban's Cathedral, England, the fine cooks of our parish choir will offer superb specialties for your home, work, or social celebrations. St. Peter's Choir Provisions is part of the fund-raising efforts required to offset expenses for this continuing education pilgrimage. To learn more and make purchases, visit www.st-peters.org/provisions.

Annual  Greening of the Church, 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. Contact Altar Guild Head, Mary Virginia Woodall ( mava823@gmail.com , 704-367-1017) to sign up or if you have questions.
 
Christmas Memorials Benefit Church Decorations and Special Music If you would like to honor or memorialize loved ones by offering a donation for Christmas greenery, decorations, or special music including guest instrumentalists, the deadline to print acknowledgements is noon on Monday, December 19. To make your donation online, click here You also may mail donations with acknowledgements to Parish Administrator Leigh Dixon, 115 West Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 or use a "Christmas Contribution" envelope available through the Parish House Receptionist. 
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Mark Your Calendars

December 24 : Christmas Eve Liturgies - 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Pageant (nursery provided), 7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (6:45 p.m. Choral Prelude, nursery provided), and 10:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist (10:00 p.m. Choral Prelude, no nursery).
December 25: Christmas Day Liturgies - 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist. No formation classes and no Sunday evening liturgy.
January 6: Feast of the Epiphany (Friday), 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist and Burning of the Greens
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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