to become a community of bold followers of Jesus, a crowd that effects good change for the world, a place known for radical love and welcome, and a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte
The Power of Community:
Support Life at St. Peter's
In the community of St. Peter's, I pray, sing, reflect, learn, grow, receive, vent, grieve, laugh, cry, and celebrate life, while appreciating the faith family's help to my journey. In this extraordinary community, I give time, talents, and skills. In this vibrant community, I give financial support to our annual fund in thanksgiving for our parish vision with a 10% tithe as my goal. In preparation for Commitment Sunday, November 6, I am prayerful and excited about the power of what we can do through our communal ministry of giving to "Support Life at St. Peter's: Pledge 2017."
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. Holy Eucharist,
in the style of the Taizé, France community.
*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, October 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m. In the Parish Hall Forum (second floor, Parish House) Dr. Suzanne Henderson, a New Testament Scholar from Queens University, continues a four-week series on themes in Jesus' ministry. October 16's topic is "Messianic Power: Can we talk about 'miracles'"? October 23's is "Messianic Suffering: How do we take up the cross every day? The final session, October 30, considers the topic, "Messianic Resurrection: Got Hope?" You won't want to miss these stimulating sessions. During this offering, weekly "Contemplative Prayer" will be facilitated by the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman, Formation Partner, in the Town Choir Room (basement, Parish House).
Young Adult Study:
Join Parishioner Josiah Daniels and others for light refreshments and scintillating discussion on
"Spirituality and Money."
The group will meet for four consecutive weeks on Sunday evenings from 6:00 - 7:30 pm in members' homes beginning Sunday, October 23.
Readings are available here
. RSVP to Riley Beetner (
to get details about where the group will be meeting.
Lunch & Serve for Families with Young Children this Sunday
: Families are invited to join the St. Peter's CROP Hunger Walk team for lunch following the 10:45 am service this Sunday, October 16 in the Parish Hall. In addition to fellowship, there will be activities to help children understand the reality of hunger in our community.
Sign-up here to bring a dish to share
. Consider walking in or donating to the
CROP Hunger Walk
as a family, and/or bring some food for the Loaves & Fishes pantries to Catechesis.
Beacon of Hope in Center City Charlotte: Conversations with Parish Clergy, October 16
. Join the clergy on Sunday, October 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Parlor for a conversation about how St. Peter's has been responding and can respond to the most recent unrest, cries for justice, and need for healing and reconciliation in our city. How might we become a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte as our Parish Vision suggests? For related reflections and more, visit our website's
God's Tapestry blog
. All are welcome.
2017 Annual Fund Campaign Launch: Friday, October 14:
Every member and newcomer household will have the holy opportunity to participate in "Support Life at St. Peter's: Pledge 2017." The ministry of giving financial support to the dedicated worship, outreach, year-round
programs and events, staff, clergy, administration, and facilities maintenance of St. Peter's Church is a substantial component of life at St. Peter's. Watch for a "Support Life at St. Peter's: Pledge 2017" letter and related information at www.st-peters.org, in the Parish House lobby, and in the mail. 2017 Annual Fund Team Co-Chairmen, Mike Wilson and Jay Norton, collaborating with the Vestry, Treasurer, Staff, and Clergy extend their advanced appreciation for each parishioner's engagement in the faithful ministry of giving to the sacred presence, purpose, and vision of St. Peter's Church in Center City Charlotte. Pledge Commitment Sunday is November 6, All Saints' Sunday, in order for the Treasurer, Finance Committee, and Vestry to prepare a 2017 operating budget draft for the Annual Meeting of the Parish on Sunday, December 4.
Extraordinary News! St. Peter's Capital Campaign Outreach Funds Advisory Committee Report (October 2016).
This Vestry-established committee completed its work in late September to distribute $178,856.71 in capital campaign remaining funds to five local organizations: St. Peter's Soup Kitchen at Urban Ministry Center, Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte, YWCA, Housing First Charlotte-Mecklenburg, and SABER at Urban Ministry Center. Established in April and co-convened by the Rector and Senior Warden, this 15-person committee was charged with discerning how surplus funds from the recent parish capital campaign, for restoration and renovation of the church, might be both managed and employed for the sole purposes of outreach and social justice ministries. For more information about this news and the power of
what our parish community can do with financial resources, click here or pick up a copy in the Parish House lobby.
Vestry Nominations Now Open. You can now nominate yourself or someone else to serve on the Vestry of St. Peter's Episcopal Church. The Vestry is the lay leadership team of 12 people elected to work with the clergy and staff to lead the parish in matters spiritual and financial, helping to discern, articulate, and work to realize the vision toward which God is drawing the parish. Vestry members are elected to three-year terms with four positions up for election each year.
- Nominations are open until the end of business Monday, October 31 and the election will take place on Sunday, December 4 at the Annual Meeting of the Parish at 9:30 a.m. Eligible members will also have the option to vote early on Sundays, November 20 and 27 and during parish office hours Monday - Friday from November 21 - December 2.
- Consider prayerfully whom to nominate, and speak to that person before completing a nomination form: online or in hard copy. Paper forms are available at the reception desk of the church office and can be submitted there (via receptionist) or to Senior Warden Irma Hoffman. If you are considering running for vestry or nominating someone, be sure to read more about the qualifications and responsibilities online at the same location.
- Required of Nominees: All nominees must fill out a Nominee Information Form online.
Any additional questions about serving on vestry or the election process can be directed to the vestry members serving on the nominating committee: Irma Hoffman (firstname.lastname@example.org), David LaVoie (email@example.com), Nelda Leon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Des Keller (email@example.com).
Personnel News: Elaine Wood, Ministry Associate (Administrative Assistant):
On Friday, October 7, the Clergy and Staff welcomed Elaine Wood to serve in the new administrative assistant role of Ministry Associate. Elaine is a devout member of Church of the Holy Comforter (Charlotte) with experience as librarian at local universities, administrative assistant at a landscape architecture firm and non-profit organization, and executive director of a local historical home. Elaine will collaborate with the Rector, Associate Rector, and Staff, on the various administrative matters associated with our parish ministry areas: Congregational Development including membership, Fellowship, Formation, Outreach, Pastoral Care, Social Justice, Stewardship, and Worship and The Arts, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Elaine can be reached at 704-749-6141 or
. Welcome aboard, Elaine!
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Mark Your Calendars
November 6: All Saints' Sunday and Commitment Sunday for 2017 Annual Fund Campaign
November 13: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force Listening Session/Luncheon
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; Advent Lessons and Carols with Eucharist; Festive Advent Parish Potluck Luncheon