Festive Advent Potluck Luncheon, Sunday, December 4. Join the parish family to celebrate the Advent Season with food and fellowship in the Parish Hall following the 9:30 a.m. Annual Meeting of the Parish and 10:45 a.m. Advent Lessons and Carols. Click here for sign-up to bring a dish and/or help out with this annual parish life event by responding on our parish website . Questions? Contact Vestry Coordinator for Fellowship, Paige Ghareeb ( paigeghareeb@mac.com , 704-947-8986).
2017 Annual Fund Update

As of Monday, November 28, 277 pledges totaling $776,115 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 www.st-peters.org/annualfund , or pledge at the Parish House. It is exciting to watch the 2017 pledgers' list as of November 28 grow so that the Treasurer and Finance Committee can complete a 2017 operating budget draft for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Parish on December 4.

Every year, the St. Peter's Parish family convenes for the Annual Meeting of the Parish on the first or second Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the Church New Year. The assembly elects new Vestry members, receives written ministry area reports from Vestry coordinators, reviews a draft operating budget for the coming year, and hears remarks from the Wardens and Rector. More than anything, it is an important annual time to celebrate life at St. Peter's by reflecting on the past, focusing on the present, and imagining the future.

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. Annual Meeting of the Parish.

10:45 a.m. Advent Lessons and Carols with 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, December 4, 9:30-10:30 a.m. In the Parish Hall (second floor, Parish House), the Annual Meeting of the Parish will be conducted. All adult offerings are suspended on this day. On December 11, the Parish Hall Forum presents "The Gift of Prayer: Praying the Daily Office" and in the Town Choir Room (basement, Parish House), Contemplative Prayer will be facilitated by the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, Formation Partner, from 9:30 until 10:15 a.m. Hanneman writes, "Contemplation in the Christian tradition has a passive aspect and an active aspect. The first happens to you-maybe in a moment of high joy, or of deep sorrow, maybe in a seemingly everyday moment. Something flashes forth, a moment of oneness; then it recedes. Contemplation becomes active when we assume a certain stance that offers the least resistance to the potential return of the experience of oneness. The new season of Advent is an appropriate time to practice active contemplation as we prepare and wait for the Advent of our Lord."
Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's: "Advent Evenings" Spread the word about "Advent Evenings: Holy Eucharist with Music" at 5:00 p.m. on 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, and 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.
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 www.st-peters.org/vestry-nominees and voting will be available during parish office hours, Monday-Friday, November 21-December 2; and on Sunday, December 4.
Learn How to Lead Morning Prayer : The Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer will meet with parishioners interested in learning how to officiate Morning Prayer, which is offered daily, Monday-Friday at 8:00 a.m. in our chapel. The training will last about an hour and begin immediately following Morning Prayer on Tuesday, December 13. Questions or to reserve a spot contact jschaefer@st-peters.org.

Children's Christmas Pageant Preparation. Our pageant will be offered as the Liturgy of the Word for the 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist on Christmas Eve. Children take on various roles as active participants in the Gospel of Luke. All children, ages 2 through 12, are encouraged to join the cast of this annual tradition. We will meet on Saturday, December 17, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., for costume and script distribution and rehearsal. A final rehearsal will be held on December 24 from 2:30 p.m. until the beginning of the service. If you are unable to attend the first session, alternative arrangements can be made. Snacks will be provided at both rehearsals. In addition to the Holy Family, angels, sheep and shepherds, we would like young readers for the lessons. Teens are needed to help herd the shepherds and fly with the angels. If your child or children would like to participate in the pageant, or if you would like to assist in the production of the pageant, contact Director of Children's Formation, Anna Hurdle ( ahurdle@st-peters.org , 704-749-6156).
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. All are invited to read Waking Up White by Debby Irving over the holiday season. We will be discussing themes from this book on two consecutive Wednesday nights, January 4 and 11, 7:00-8:00 p.m. If there is interest in a daytime group, please email the Reverend Joslyn Schaefer ( jschaefer@st-peters.org), and we'll get one together. The discussions will be facilitated by St. Peter's clergy.
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Community Dinners at Galilee Center, Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

Mark Your Calendars

December 11: Service Opportunity & Lunch for Families with Young Children (Parish Hall 12:30 p.m.)
December 24: Christmas Eve Liturgies - 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Pageant (nursery provided), 7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (6:45 p.m. Choral Prelude, nursery provided), and 10:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist (10:00 p.m. Choral Prelude, no nursery).
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
April 21-23, 2017: Women's Retreat at Valle Crucis Conference Center with St. Martin's Charlotte

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