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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. There is not a 5:00 p.m. service this Sunday. See the full 5:00 p.m. service schedule here.

*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.

Life at St. Peter's Winter-Spring 2017 Worship, Programs, and Events Calendar. This key parish life resource of offerings through Summer 2017 is now available online and available for pick-up in all public spaces at St. Peter's. Mark your calendar for any and all of what's in store!

Sunday Formation for Youth and Children, weekly. 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. 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. For more information,  email Director of Children's Formation, Anna Hurdle.

Sunday Formation for Adults, February 5, 9:30-10:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House) will feature a conversation with parishioners Josephine Hicks and Lyn Holt regarding the "North Carolina XII Bishop Search Process." They will share key information about this election and their respective leadership roles in the process. On February 12, join the clergy and lay leaders for a panel regarding the significance of Spiritual Direction, which seeks to help one to claim her/his personal experience of God. Through examination, lay and ordained spiritual directors assist seekers to perceive God's presence in their lives, respond in authenticity, and celebrate the transformations that occur.
What is "Taizé" at St. Peter's? Taizé is a monthly Sunday evening liturgy modeled after the practice of an ecumenical, international community in Taizé, France. The community, founded in 1940 and run by monastic brothers, is a place where lay and ordained pilgrims go year-round for worship, retreat, and spiritual renewal. At St. Peter's, you'll experience a participatory prayer service that combines the music of the Taizé community and silence to help achieve a contemplative state. The altars, sanctuary, chancel, and nave at St. Peter's are adorned with icons and candles, and overhead lighting is reduced significantly; worshippers are invited to light prayer candles and share in songs like "Adoramus te, o Christe" (listen online)  before receiving the Sacrament. If you are interested in this alternative worship experience, parishioners including Tina Coelho, Michael Pawlyk, Elizabeth Richardson, Callina Satterfield, Gene Sloan, and the Clergy invite you to attend or to ask questions. Explore the Taizé community on the web  and bring a guest on the next third Sunday night, February 19.
Pub Theology Resumes Thursday, February 2. Join the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, and friends for a relaxed time of holy conversation beyond the walls of St. Peter's at our first such fellowship for 2017. On Thursday, February 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Rock Bottom Brewery across from St. Peter's, the topic will be "Practicing Hope." If you have fears of any sort, big or small, this casual, drop-in gathering is for you and a guest. Pub snacks and a variety of beverages, including non-alcoholic, are available for purchase. Reservations are not required.  
Young Adults First Sunday Brunch. February 5 at 12:30 p.m., all young adults are invited to gather after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy to walk to   5Church for brunch . To RSVP or with questions, email Mary Gotschall.

The Choir School Serenade Gala is Saturday, February 25, 6:30 p.m. It's Motown plus the MasterSingers at the Charlotte City Club in Uptown Charlotte. Join the fun for an evening of food, great company, and outstanding performances to benefit the Choir School at St. Peter's. Tickets and corporate sponsorships are available at the Choir School website, www.thechoirschool.org . For more information contact Allison Elrod ( aelrod@thechoirschool.org , 704-479-6157).

Annual Shrove Tuesday Festival and Volunteers, February 28. On the eve of Ash Wednesday, the parish family is invited to gather for a Shrove Tuesday Festival on Tuesday, February 28, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Prepare now for an evening of live music and food, including pancakes, The Rector's Gumbo, fresh fruit, King Cake and other desserts, including many child-friendly options. Tickets are $6 for youth and adults, $4 for children, up to a $25 household maximum.  RSVP online . A variety of volunteers are essential to another successful even and sign ups will begin next week. Contact Vestry Coordinator for Fellowship, Paige Ghareeb, via email or call her at 704-947-8986.
Diocesan Bishop Search Candidates, Details, and Charlotte Whistle Stops. On Saturday, March 4 at The Canterbury School in Greensboro, the twelfth Bishop Diocesan will be elected during a Special Convention from among four nominees: the Reverends George Adamik, Charles Dupree, Canon Michael Buerkel Hunn, and Samuel Rodman. All parishioners are invited to meet and greet the nominees, and listen to a panel discussion among them in Charlotte on Monday, February 13 at one of two Whistle Stops: 1:00- 2:30 p.m. at Galilee Center (Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte), 3601 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205   or 7:00- 8:30 p.m. at Thompson Child and Family Focus, 6800 Saint Peter’s Lane, Matthews, NC 28105 . St. Peter's Clergy and five Delegates plan to attend one of the Whistle Stops and will represent the parish at the upcoming convention. All are encouraged to become informed about this important part of our life by learning more here or through information available in the Parish House lobby.
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Mark Your Calendars

February 28: Annual Shrove Tuesday Festival in the Parish Hall, 6:00 p.m. RSVP Now.
March 1: Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent
March 18: " Papa Pietro's" Italian Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction Youth Pilgrimage Fundraiser, 6:00 p.m. RSVP Now.
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