2017 Annual Fund Update, All Saints' Sunday plans, Advent Devotional writing opportunity and more in this week's eNews.
2017 Annual Fund Update

As of the early morning on Wednesday, October 26, 81 pledges totaling $286, 596 have been received toward our $975,000 goal. The Annual Fund Leadership and Vestry are extremely grateful for each individual and household pledge received to-date and eagerly look forward to 100% from all parish members and newcomers before or on November 6, Commitment Sunday. Many are increases of last year's pledge and include those of newcomers. For more information and to pledge online, visit www.st-peters.org/annualfund or pick up an annual fund packet in the public spaces at St. Peter's. It will be exciting to watch the following pledgers' list grow in financial support of life at St. Peter's. 

Effecting Good Change for the World
Maybe now more than ever, today is an important time to be doing God's work through life at St. Peter's. Almost daily, I learn from and am encouraged by members and newcomers about their commitment to our Parish Vision 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. Recently, including the October 14-16 Outreach Challenge Weekend, I have been moved by the many meaningful ways by which we serve.

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.

*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 30, 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, completes a four-week series on themes in Jesus' ministry. The final session, October 30, considers the topic, "Messianic Resurrection: Got Hope?" Whether you have attended past sessions or not, this offering will present huge insight about Christian hope. 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). Mark your calendar for November 6, when the Clergy along with members Carl King and Nelda Leon will facilitate a 9:30 a.m. conversation about the parishwide read of "Spirituality and Money" at the Parish Hall Forum.
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. Mark your calendar and spread the word about "Advent Evenings: Holy Eucharist with Music" to be offered November 27, December 4, 11, and 18. Each liturgy will include a homily by parish clergy or guest preachers, intentional 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  .
Music on All Saints' Sunday, November 6 at 10:45 a.m. To celebrate All Saints' Sunday, the 10:45 a.m. liturgy will include an anthem by C. V. Stanford and Grayston Ives' "Missa Brevis" for the service music. Ives, an original member of The King's Singers, set the mass in a joyful and contemporary style. Incense (hypoallergenic) also will be included in this worship experience.
Parish Racial Reconciliation Initiatives. Life at St. Peter's includes a myriad of racial reconciliation-focused initiatives, which have been offered and engaged by a significant number of parishioners. The current state of race matters suggests that while we reflect on what we have been doing to effect good change for the world, there also are things that we individually and collectively can do to further the cause. Take a moment to review  Parish Racial Reconciliation Initiatives, October 2016 At-a-glance , Diocesan Racial Justice and Reconciliation Resources, and watch for information about opportunities, such as participation in an upcoming "Dismantling Racism" workshop. Designed by the Greensboro-based Racial Equity Institute (REI), "Dismantling Racism" is a thorough program designed to assist adults and youth in understanding how racial inequities affect our community as well as ways to begin eliminating disproportionality and disparities within our society. Meanwhile, if you have questions, comments, or want to reflect on race matters as part of your faith journey,  contact a member of the Clergy .

Casseroles from Pastoral Care. By way of prayers, calls, cards, visits, and food, our Pastoral Care Ministry Team serves persons in need throughout our parish family. If you are able to prepare casseroles to assist in their ministry, please contact Casseroles Coordinator Kay Keller (kaykeller1122@gmail.com) for details about how you can serve.

Pub Theology on Thursday, November 3. Our second Pub Theology for Fall 2016 is Thursday, November 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at The Liberty, 1812 South Boulevard. The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, will facilitate this month's topic, "Remembering Our Saints: On Earth And In Heaven." Pub snacks and a variety of beverages, including non-alcoholic, are available for purchase at this casual, drop-in event. Spread the word and bring a guest. Next gathering will be December 1.

Advent Devotional Writing Opportunity. We invite all who are interested to participate in writing a brief reflection on one of the daily scripture readings for the Advent season, which begins on November 27 (no prior writing experience required). This resource will be made available in print and online in a variety of ways. To participate, email Ministry Associate Elaine Wood ( ewood@st-peters.org) by Monday, November 7, to be assigned a reflection date and given further instructions. The deadline to receive the reflections will be Friday, November 18.
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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 (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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