Invitation: Observing Personal Sabbath
Dr. Matthew Sleeth, author of 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life, encourages our individual call to make sabbath by the meditative practice of subtracting one word at a time from Psalm 46:10. "Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am. Be still and know that I. Be still and know that. Be still and know. Be still and. Be still. Be."

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. Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist. The St. Peter's Clergy and the MasterSingers (teen ensemble of the Choir School at St. Peter's) lead this beautiful service of prayer, psalm, and song. A brief service of Holy Eucharist takes place just after Evensong.

*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. The online version of the Events Calendar is online now and accessible from the website menu by selecting "Learning" and "Winter-Spring 2017 Program Calendar or  by following this link. Throughout the season, watch for a special eNews, service leaflet notices, website updates, and bulletin boards in the Parish House lobby to discover a host of offerings for adults, youth, and children between January and June.

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, January 29, 9:30-10:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House) will feature "Observing Personal Sabbaths and Sabbaticals." The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, and Senior Warden Bert Miano will discuss the Christian spirituality invitation to observe daily, weekly, and seasonal times for rest and renewal, and share insight about The Rector's upcoming sabbatical (March 6-May 31) made possible by a grant from the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program. On February 5, parishioners Josephine Hicks and Lyn Holt will host "North Carolina XII Bishop Search Process" to share detailed information about this election and their respective leadership roles in the process.

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's, January 29. Spread the word about a great contemplative way to begin the week: worship on most Sundays at 5:00 p.m. On most second and fourth Sundays, Choral Evensong and Holy Eucharist is offered. On every third Sunday, a piano-enhanced, meditative TaizĂ© Holy Eucharist is offered. On January 29, a special, fifth Sunday Choral Evensong will be led by the Clergy and MasterSingers, the teen ensemble of The Choir School at St. Peter's, after which a 15-minute service of Holy Eucharist is celebrated. The January-June 2017 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's is available by clicking here  .

Welcome New Associate Rector: The Reverend Jacob Evan Pierce.
On January 25, our new Associate Rector, Father Jacob Pierce will commence his ministry at St. Peter's. January 29 will mark his first Sunday, and parishioners will have the opportunity to welcome him during Holy Chow breakfast or Coffee Hour. Our congregational development, fellowship, formation, and pastoral care ministry areas will benefit from his gifts and receive his primary focus. Read a letter from the Rector or pick up a copy in the Parish House lobby. 

Name Tags at St. Peter's: An Invitation from Congregational Development. The Clergy and Vestry encourage everyone to consider wearing a name tag button when at St. Peter's. Names are important for identifying the story of how God is at work in our life. In John 10:3, Jesus describes the Good Shepherd as one who "calls his own sheep by name."  Name tag buttons are another way of demonstrating what a radically welcoming congregation St. Peter's is. Knowing someone's name invites conversation: who doesn't like hearing one's own name called out? To request a free button, sign up at the receptionist desk in the Parish House on the main floor and pick it up the following Sunday at or near the reception desk. To learn how to make buttons for your ministry for fellowship or fundraising, or to join the Button Ministry, contact Payson Adams ( , 857-719-7152) or a member of the Congregational Development team.

Vestry Coordinators for Parish Ministry Areas. During the January 14 Vestry Retreat, the Wardens, Vestry, Treasurer, and Clergy reflected on who will serve as Coordinators for our several ministry areas and partner with their respective ministry area teams. To learn about a particular area and get involved, click on the corresponding names below, pick up a "Ministry Areas Overview List" in the Parish House lobby, or visit the Ministry Areas webpage . Congregational Development: Michael Koppenal (, Cooper Morrison (; Fellowship: Paige Ghareeb (; Formation: Kristine Reid (; Outreach: Elsie Erneston (; Pastoral Care: John Hall (; Social Justice: John Frederick (; Stewardship: Candace Armstrong (; Worship & The Arts: Abigail Cudabac (, Paul Keller (; Senior Warden/Administration: Bert Miano (; Junior Warden/Property: Maria Long (; Clerk: John Hall (; and Treasurer/Non-Vestry Member: Dave Lavoie ( . Consider how you might share in the mission, ministry, and vision of St. Peter's and stay tuned for 2017 Vestry Goals and Objectives that will involve all parishioners.
Weekday Volunteer Receptionists Needed. Parish Administrator Leigh Dixon is recruiting additional volunteers to serve as daytime Parish House receptionist on a weekly basis. Duties include welcoming guests, answering phone calls, accepting package deliveries, and occasional administrative tasks. In addition to regular weekly shifts, volunteers may serve as substitutes on occasions when a receptionist may need to be away. If you are interested in serving, email Leigh Dixon  or call Leigh at 704-749-6142.
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Mark Your Calendars

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