The 2017 Annual Fund campaign is underway: pledge now. This Sunday is Welcome Sunday, celebrating all those who have become members in 2016. See an update of last weekend's Outreach Challenge.
2017 Annual Campaign Underway

Every member and newcomer household is invited to participate in "Support Life at St. Peter's: Pledge 2017." The ministry of giving support to the dedicated worship, outreach, year-round programs and events, staff, clergy, administration, and facilities and buildings maintenance of St. Peter's Church is a substantial component of parish life. For more information and to pledge online, visit or pick up an annual fund packet in the public spaces at St. Peter's.

On Spirituality and Money
As someone whose professional work has been in the field of philanthropy for over 30 years, I have seen the joys and pressure that money can bring. Ironically, sometimes the more money someone has, the increased isolation they can feel. As parents, my husband and I wrestle with the anxiety that can come from trying to balance life, paying for college for our girls, doing meaningful work and living a comfortable life.

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 , the MasterSingers (teen choir) of the Choir School at St. Peter's, with the St. Peter's clergy, lead this service of sung evening prayers, followed immediately by a brief service of Holy Eucharist.

*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.
This Week

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 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).
Sunday Evening at St. Peter's, October 23. The 5:00 p.m. service offering will be our Choral Evensong with Holy Eucharist led by the MasterSingers of the Choir School at St. Peter's and the St. Peter's Clergy. Note: The next 5:00 p.m. service is the second Sunday of November, November 13, with Choral Evensong led by the Clergy and the Burli Singers.
Baptism Offered November 6: St. Peter's will offer the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. liturgies on All Saints' Sunday, November 6. Visit  (scroll down to find Baptism Registration form) or contact the Reverend Joslyn Ogden Schaefer to register ( A rehearsal and preparation class will be offered on Saturday, November 5 at 9:00 a.m.

Welcome Sunday, October 23 : This Sunday we are celebrating all those who have become members of our parish since the beginning of 2016. One way to welcome folks is to know one another's names. Please stop by a nametag station before the 10:45 a.m. service near both the Tryon and 7th street entrances. St. Peter's has become the spiritual home for over 40 new members so far this year. In addition to listing our new members' names in our leaflet and asking them to stand up prior the Passing of the Peace, they will also be wearing special printed nametags (available for pick-up at the Receptionist's Desk). Take a moment to start getting to know these folks and the many gifts they bring.
St. Peter's Outreach Volunteer Weekend Update: Well over 200 St. Peter's parishioners supported or participated in various outreach events the weekend of October 14 - 16 - including a packed house for the Cabaret Night performance by the Choir School, siding put up on a local Habitat House, and over $4,000 raised for the CROP Hunger Walk. Click here to read a more thorough update from Des Keller, Vestry Liaison for Outreach.

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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

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