Advent Begins November 27. 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 Monday, November 7, 215 pledges totaling $653,378 have 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 please pledge at the Parish House this week. It will be exciting to watch the 2017 pledgers' list grow for the Treasurer and Finance Committee to begin their work for the budget draft presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Parish.

When we use our Spiritual Gifts, we are becoming, more and more, the Body of Christ on earth always seeking and serving the Common Good. For the next two Sundays at the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum, parishioners Michael Koppenal and Ginny Brien will be teaching about Spiritual Gifts - how to have confidence in what they are what they mean; how these gifts can contribute to the mission and ministry of St. Peter's and beyond; and the theology of Spiritual Gifts.


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, led by the St. Peter's Clergy and the Burli Singers, conducted by parishioner Rob Burlington.

*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.
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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 13 and 20, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 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 TaizĂ© Holy Eucharist, with the next one scheduled for November 20, Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King. "Advent Evenings: Holy Eucharist with Music" will 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  .
 
St. Peter's Hosts Opportunity Char-Meck Listening Session Luncheon: Sunday, November 13.  Reserve a spot  by Thursday, November 10 to attend a timely session with community leaders from Opportunity Char-Meck . Opportunity Char-Meck's call to action follows results of a Harvard University and University of California-Berkeley study that looked at the upward mobility for children living in large metropolitan areas. The report revealed that the Charlotte area ranked 50th out of the 50 largest US cities (97th in the 100 largest US cities). Sponsored by St. Peter's Social Justice Ministry Team, from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m., in Martha Bowles Parish Hall (second floor of Parish House), all are invited to participate and learn more about what can be done to effect good change for the world beginning in Charlotte. Share this event with others and be sure to RSVP.
 
Annual Youth Advent Fair begins Sunday, November 20. Prepare your hearts and homes for Advent with an assortment of items. Advent candle sets (purple or blue) with necessary rings and wreaths, and calendars will be available. On the first three Sundays of Advent, additional items will be for sale, including handmade Anglican rosaries with prayers and velvet pouch, gift-boxed beaded earrings and bracelets, hand-crocheted towels, Chico reusable grocery bags, Episcopal shield stickers, Episcopal shield car tags, baked goods, St. Peter's t-shirts (long and short sleeved), and more. AutoBell tickets will be available each week. Christmas shopping at St. Peter's will benefit our Youth Pilgrimage Fund.
 
Next Center City Concert, Monday, November 21. At Noon on third Mondays, St. Peter's hosts a free concert in the church. This month the Saxton-Olsen Duo, organ and trumpet, features a program of classical and jazz favorites -the wide range possible between the organ's vast registration and a variety of different trumpets creates a sonically supercharged performance. Learn more at www.centercityconcerts.org.
 
Advent Tree Supports Supportive Housing Communities. Again this year, our youth will collect and prepare donated items for the "White Beard Project," started several years ago by Christa Lineberger, to provide a filled stocking of toiletries for the residents of McCreesh Place. McCreesh Place is a Supportive Housing Communities residence for formerly addicted men who are transitioning to improved lives. Watch the Parish House lobby for the Advent-Christmas tree with "ornaments" to take and bring back with donated gifts for the stockings after which the youth will stuff the stockings for delivery in mid-December. 
 
Save the Date: Youth Advisory Committee to Host Panthers Party. Make arrangements for a "tailgate" and game viewing party on St. Peter's Parish House Rooftop on Sunday, December 11 after the 10:45 a.m. liturgy. Three kinds of chili, bratwurst and slaw, and chips will be served; assorted beverages including beer and wine will be available for donations. Tickets will be available at the Advent Fair on November 20 and 27 and December 4 and 11. Adults - $10, teens 12-18 - $6, children 6-11 - $4, and 5 and under - no charge. A play area for young children will be set up in the Parish Hall. 
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Mark Your Calendars

November 18-19: 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

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