Vestry Nominees Announced. Youth Advent Fair Begins Sunday. Annual Meeting of the Parish is December 4.
2017 Annual Fund Update

As of Monday, November 14, 260 pledges totaling $735,095 h ave 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 , or please pledge at the Parish House this week. It will be exciting to watch the 2017 pledgers' list as November 14 grow for the Treasurer and Finance Committee to begin their work for the budget draft presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Parish.

Advent is an occasion for us to slow down, if only for a little while, so that we can pay attention to the One for whom we wait. Likewise, Advent is an intentional season for the parish family to gather more, celebrate our life together, and encourage one another in ministry.

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. Taizé Holy Eucharist, including time for contemplative silence, song, and prayer.

*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.

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, November 20, 9:30-10:30 a.m. In the Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House), Congregational Development leaders will conclude a two-week series on providing parishioners with an opportunity to explore the spiritual gifts they were given in their baptism, and how they might use the gifts to build up God's Kingdom "on earth as it is in heaven." The series features teaching about spiritual gifts, a personal inventory to help you identify your gifts (available at ), and conversation about how those gifts might be used in our community. Whether or not you attended the first session on November 13, this offering is for you. On November 27, the first Sunday of Advent, the Parish Hall Forum will feature a clergy-led presentation, "Entering The Liturgical Year," to explore theological themes, scripture, and customs associated with the "Church New Year" and subsequent cycle of seasons. Note: Weekly "Contemplative Prayer" is facilitated by the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, Formation Partner, in the Town Choir Room (basement, Parish House).
Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's: November - December: 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. The next will be on January 8. On every third Sunday, such as November 20, a piano-enhanced, meditative TaizĂ© Holy Eucharist is offered. Spread the word about the new offering of "Advent Evenings: Holy Eucharist with Music" on November 27, December 4, 11, and 18. Each liturgy will include a homily, moments of silence, and diverse musical offerings for the season of Advent. The complete Fall 2016-Janury 2017 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's is available by clicking here  .
Advent Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 4: During the 10:45 a.m. service, the St. Peter's Choir, clergy, and readers present our annual festival of Advent Lessons and Carols. This Episcopal/Anglican liturgy dates back to 1880 in England when Christians gathered to reflect on the gift of creation and humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus. Lessons are interspersed with congregational carols, choral anthems, and music for organ. This service sets the tone for a deeply meaningful holiday season and will include the Holy Eucharist. Afterwards, all are invited to the Parish Festive Advent Potluck Luncheon in the Parish Hall. Click here for sign up to bring a dish and/or help out with this annual parish life event.
Service Opportunity for Parents with Young Children: On Sunday, December 11, parents and their young children are invited to lunch in the Parish Hall followed by making Advent and Christmas cards for parishioners who have difficulty getting to Church. Don't miss out on this time of fellowship and service. Please let Anna Hurdle (, Director of Children's Formation, know if you plan to attend.
Annual Meeting of the Parish: Sunday, December 4. The Rector, Wardens, and Vestry invite all members and newcomers to attend the Annual Meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall, an important one-hour occasion to undertake key business matters. The meeting will include the election of new Vestry members, ministry area reports, a 2017 operating budget draft, and brief remarks from the Wardens and Rector. The Vestry Nominees for 2017-2019 are Carolyn Carlburg, Elsie Erneston, John Frederick, John Hurst, Maria Long, Thayer Moeller, and Cooper Morrison, presented by the Vestry Nominating Committee (Irma Hoffman, Des Keller, Dave Lavoie, Nelda Leon). All communicants in good standing may vote for Vestry Nominees and on other business concerns. Communicants in good standing are baptized members, at least sixteen years of age, who for the previous year have been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and have been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God. You may read profiles of each candidate at  and voting will be available on Sundays, November 20 and 27, during parish office hours, Monday-Friday, November 21-December 2, and on Sunday, December 4. Spread the word about this important parish gathering.

Annual St. Peter's Choir Retreat: November 18- 20. For a time of fellowship, rest, refreshment, and preparation for the upcoming seasons of the Church Year, the St. Peter's Choir will gather for its annual choir retreat at Valle Crucis Episcopal Conference Center, November 18- 20. On November 20, they will serve as guest choir at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock, while our parishioner and organist Michael Grant will serve as guest organist at our morning liturgies. Let us keep the choir in our prayers and give thanks for their extraordinary commitment to worship, the central aspect of life at St. Peter's from which we are dismissed from God's Table to love and serve the Lord.
Room in the Inn starts December 7. Our parish coordinators of Room in the Inn (RITI) of Urban Ministry Center are actively seeking to connect with new volunteers for this seasonal in-house ministry. Each Wednesday evening through March, St. Peter's Church provides a warm, welcoming place where twelve neighbors can share a meal and sleep in our Parish Hall. Volunteers handle every aspect of this ministry, from providing and serving meals, making sack lunches, setting up beds, cooking and serving breakfast, staying overnight, and doing laundry. To learn more, come to the Room in the Inn Potluck Kickoff Dinner on Wednesday, November 30 at 5:30 p.m. and let one of our team members show you the ropes. If you would like to get involved RSVP for the RITI Potluck, contact Bert Miano ( , 205-222-7527).

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Mark Your Calendars

November 27-December 18: Advent Evenings: Holy Eucharist with Music at 5:00 p.m. (Sundays)
December 4: Annual Meeting of the Parish and Vestry Elections (9:30 a.m.); Advent Lessons and Carols with Eucharist (10:45 a.m.); Festive Advent Parish Potluck Luncheon (12:15 p.m.)
December 24: Christmas Eve Liturgies - 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Pageant, 7:00 p.m. (6:45 p.m. Choral Prelude) Holy Eucharist, and 10:30 p.m. (10:00 p.m. Choral Prelude) Holy Eucharist.
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
April 21-23, 2017: Women's Retreat at Valle Crucis Conference Center with St. Martin's Charlotte

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