2017 Annual Fund Update
As of Tuesday, November 1, 137 pledges totaling $456,425 have been received toward our $975,000 goal. The Annual Fund Leadership and Vestry are grateful for each pledge received to-date and invite 100% participation from all member households before or on November 6, Commitment Sunday. Many pledges are increases of last year's and include those of some newcomers. For campaign information and to pledge online, visit www.st-peters.org/annualfund or pick up an annual fund packet in the public spaces at St. Peter's. It will be exciting to watch the 2017 pledgers' list grow for the Treasurer and Finance Committee to begin their work after Commitment Sunday in preparation for the Annual Meeting of the Parish.
In community, we humbly work on our own sainthood, as we try to do what is right and glorify God in thought, word, and deed. Life at St. Peter's allows us the sacred space to do this, as an imperfect community, trying to fulfill the mission of God's Church.
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.
*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 6, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
In the Parish Hall Forum, the Clergy and members Carl King and Nelda Leon will facilitate a 9:30 a.m. conversation about the parish-wide read of "Spirituality and Money" at the Parish Hall Forum. To explore questions like,
What is Jesus getting at when he says "You can't serve God and Wealth?" How do Christians learn to think about money in ways that align with our faith? What is "enough" in today's world?
, it's not too late to read or skim one or three brief essays:
available here online
and in the Parish House lobby.
: On November 13 and 20, in the Parish Hall Forum, Congregational Development leaders will provide 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, and conversation about how those gifts might be used in our community.
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 offering on November 13 will be Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist led by St. Peter's Clergy and the Burli Singers, directed by parishioner Rob Burlington. On every third Sunday, we offer a Taizé Holy Eucharist, with the next one scheduled for November 20, Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King. Spread the word about "Advent Evenings: Holy Eucharist with Music" to be offered 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 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's
is available by clicking here
All Saints' and Commitment Sunday, November 6: Two infants will be administered the sacrament of Holy Baptism at the 10:45 a.m. liturgy, which will include Grayston Ives' "Missa Brevis" service music, and incense (hypoallergenic). Commitment Sunday will be observed at both morning liturgies in response to our "Support Life at St. Peter's: Pledge 2017" annual fund campaign. Pledges made online, by paper form, or intended to be made will be consecrated with the bread and wine at the Holy Eucharist.
Young Adult Study about the Ministry of Giving
: Join parishioner Josiah Daniels and others for light refreshments and brilliant discussion on
"Spirituality and Money."
The group will meet for four consecutive weeks, on Sunday evenings, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in members' homes beginning Sunday, October 23.
Readings are available here
. RSVP to Riley Beetner (
for details about where the group will be meeting.
Newcomer Coffee this Sunday, November 6, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. The Congregational Development Team invites all who are new to the Parish or want to get to know newcomers better to a time of fellowship and community building in the Parlor.
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 Nominating Committee (Irma Hoffman, Des Keller, Dave Lavoie, Nelda Leon) will announce the Vestry nominees in coming days and appreciate all nominations received by Monday, October 31.
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.
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.
Pub Theology on Thursday, November 3.
Our second Pub Theology for Fall 2016 is Thursday, November 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at The Liberty, 1812 South Boulevard. The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, will facilitate this month's topic, "Remembering Our Saints: On Earth And In Heaven." Pub snacks and a variety of beverages, including non-alcoholic, are available for purchase at this casual, drop-in event. Spread the word and bring a guest. Next gathering will be December 1.
Advent Devotional Writing Opportunity: November 7 Deadline.
We invite all who are interested to participate in writing a brief reflection on one of the daily scripture readings for the Advent season, which begins on November 27 (no prior writing experience required). This resource will be made available in print and online in a variety of ways. To participate, email Ministry Associate Elaine Wood (
by Monday, November 7, to be assigned a reflection date and given further instructions. The deadline to submit the reflections will be Friday, November 18.
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Mark Your Calendars
: 201st Annual Diocesan Convention at Raleigh Convention Center
November 20: Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King Sunday
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