Advent Begins this Sunday. Learn about the range of activities for the new season, the Annual Meeting of the Parish on December 4, and more.
2017 Annual Fund Update

As of Wednesday, November 23, 273 pledges totaling $762,215 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 pledge at the Parish House. It is exciting to watch the 2017 pledgers' list as of November 23 grow for the Treasurer and Finance Committee to complete a 2017 operating budget draft for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Parish on December 4.

The first Sunday of Advent, November 27, marks the beginning of our "count down" to the Feast of the Nativity (also known as Christmas). Many of us already have "visions of sugar plums dancing our heads," as we anticipate the holiday season with the requisite menu planning, shopping lists, family feuds, and airport lines. But I hope we might also find some quiet each day to ask ourselves: "How am I preparing to receive Jesus?"

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. Advent Evenings with Holy Eucharist and Music. The liturgy includes a homily, moments of silence, and diverse musical offerings for the season of Advent.

*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 27, 9:30-10:30 a.m. In the Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House), "Entering The Liturgical Year" will be presented by the clergy to explore theological themes, scripture, and customs associated with the "Church New Year" and subsequent cycle of seasons. Weekly "Contemplative Prayer" is facilitated by the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, Formation Partner, in the Town Choir Room (basement, Parish House). On December 4, the Annual Meeting of the Parish will be conducted in the Parish Hall. All adult offerings are suspended on this day.
Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's: "Advent Evenings" Spread the word about the new offering of "Advent Evenings: Holy Eucharist with Music" at 5:00 p.m. 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. 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. The complete Fall 2016-January 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. Afterward, 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 .
Early Voting for 2017-2019 Vestry Nominees. Profiles of vestry nominees are available online now: click here to view. In preparation for the Annual Meeting of the Parish on December 4, early voting will be available on Sunday, November 27, and during Monday-Friday parish office hours through December 2. On Sunday, December 4, you may vote at the voting table located at the entrance to the Parish Hall before the start of the 9:30 a.m. meeting.
Pub Theology, Thursday, December 1: Holiday Traditions, Trials, and Triumphs . This month's Pub Theology will be hosted on Thursday, December 1, 6:00- 8:00 p.m. at Chez Ferguson (3131 Fairfax Drive, 28209, 704-442-5529, home of Phyllis Ferguson). The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, Associate Rector, will facilitate a conversation about "Holiday Traditions, Trials, and Triumphs." Bring your own beverage. Soup and light snacks will be provided at this casual, always lively, drop-in event. Spread the word and bring a guest. 
Choir School Present its Annual Christmas Concerts. December 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m., all of the choirs from the Choir School at St. Peter's come together for this beloved holiday tradition. The concerts, presented on two consecutive nights, will feature traditional and contemporary Christmas selections. Advance general admission tickets are $15 or $5 for children under 12. Reserved blocks of four tickets are available for $100. More information is available online:

201st Annual Convention Highlights. "Equipping the Saints" was the theme for the November 18-19 Convention of the Diocese of North Carolina in Raleigh. Our parish delegation was composed of the Rector, the Associate Rector, and five lay delegates: Mark Boyd, John Budall, Josephine Hicks, Des Keller, and Amy Dillon King. Each will gather again on March 4, 2017 for a special convention at Canterbury School in Greensboro to elect our twelfth Bishop Diocesan. Also representing St. Peter's were Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt, a member of the Bishop Search Transition Committee; and Congregational Development Ministry Team Leader, Cooper Morrison, a participant on a panel of young adults and youth dedicated to reconciliation and addressing injustice. Read a recap of convention highlights or learn more about the search for the XII Bishop of North Carolina. Paper copies of each are available in the Parish House lobby.

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Mark Your Calendars

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 11: Service Opportunity & Lunch for Families with Young Children (Parish Hall 12:30 p.m.) Panther Tailgate Roof Party to benefit youth (Third Floor Roof 1230 p.m.)
December 24: Christmas Eve Liturgies - 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Pageant, 7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (6:45 p.m. Choral Prelude), and 10:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist (10:00 p.m. Choral Prelude).
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
January 6-7: Vestry Retreat and New Vestry Member Orientation at St. Peter's.
April 21- 23, 2017: Women's Retreat at Valle Crucis Conference Center with St. Martin's Charlotte
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