2017 Annual Fund Update

As of Friday, December 30, 325 pledges totaling $858,210 have been received toward our $975,000 goal. The Annual Fund Leadership and Vestry Class of 2016-2019 are grateful for each pledge received and seek 100% participation from all member households. To pledge online today and offer your support, visit  www.st-peters.org/annualfund , or you may pledge at the Parish House. Our total amount pledged continues to grow for the completion of a 2017 budget to be presented by the Treasurer and Finance Committee to the Vestry on January 17.

Resolution: Look Well To The Growing Edge
The 2017 th  Year of Our Lord presents us with new opportunities to live in love and service in thanksgiving for Christmas and Epiphany. We begin, again, on the discipleship journey, which comes with a cost, changes, and turns, albeit worth the reward promised us at the end. Amid the gray, rainy, and cold days of January in Charlotte, growth constantly happens and has the potential to occur within us.

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 Burli Singers lead this moving, contemplative service of song and praise.

*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.

Today, January 4, at 7:00 p.m.: Waking Up White Book Discussion.  St. Peter's has an ongoing commitment to racial justice, viewing it as essential to God's work of reconciling all people to Godself through Christ. We are starting off 2017 with an accessible and provocative book about one white woman's journey to discover how being white has affected every part of her life. We will be discussing book themes on two Wednesday nights, January 4 and 11, 7:00-8:00 p.m. If you plan to read the book and attend one or both of these clergy-led discussions, contact Ministry Associate, Elaine Wood (ewood@st-peters.org, 704-749-6141).

Friday, January 6, 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. B ring one or two small sprigs or branches from your Christmas tree, wreath, or garland to add to the "Light of Christ" fire that will be lit after the liturgy in the churchyard. Last year, this occasion was a powerful scene that drew passersby as well people dining at nearby restaurants. Families with children, in particular, have enjoyed this special feast.

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 8, 9:30-10:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House) will feature an "instructed Baptism," in which we'll talk through the Baptism liturgy and unpack the deeper meaning of this foundational sacrament of Christianity.
Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's Resumes January 8 with Evensong. 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. January 8 will launch the new year with Choral Evensong led by the Clergy and the Burli Singers. The January 2017 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's is available by clicking here .
Weekday Morning Prayer and Noon Eucharist. 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. On Tuesdays at Noon, we offer a 30-minute celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the Chapel. All are most welcome and encouraged to bring guests to join them for any and all of these weekday offerings.

"Try On" Evensong at St. Peter's. One of many things that makes life at St. Peter's both unique and meaningful is our commitment to offering the rich historical liturgies of the Episcopal/Anglican tradition. In 2017, the Clergy and the Director of Music and Organist invite all members to "try on" Evensong, which is offered most second and fourth Sundays at 5:00 p.m. Evensong is sung Evening Prayer and draws on the vast Anglican musical tradition. If you've missed the morning liturgy, or simply want to try something new, join us! On Sunday, January 8, our Associate Rector, The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, will serve as the Officiant and Celebrant before her leave-taking for new ministry in Western North Carolina. Our Rector, The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, will serve as a chorister with the Burli Singers, directed by St. Peter's Choir member Rob Burlington. What are people saying about Evensong? Read an article from The Living Church, "More Evensong, Please
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 in the Parish Hall after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy. All are invited to this festive thanksgiving occasion. On December 5, our Rector shared news that our Associate Rector has accepted the call to serve as the Rector of a parish in the Diocese of Western North Carolina. Her last Sunday at St. Peter's will be January 8. Read their letter to the parish family at conta.cc/2hBOGLN or pick up a copy in the Parish House lobby.

Thanksgiving Purse in Honor of the Associate Rector.
If you would like to offer a financial gift in thanksgiving for the ministry of The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, you may join others in filling a "purse" for her journey. Checks should be made payable to "St. Peter's Church" (Memo: Associate Rector's Ministry) and directed to Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon.
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Mark Your Calendars

January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday 11:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist followed by Center City Concert at Noon featuring the Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble Gospel Choir
February 28: Annual Shrove Tuesday Festival in the Parish Hall, 6:00 p.m.
March 1: Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent
April 21-23, 2017: Women's Retreat at Valle Crucis Conference Center with St. Martin's Charlotte
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