Pastoral Care at St. Peter's

The dozen of us at the chronic care meeting (sometimes more, sometimes fewer), as any other random dozen might be, bring unique hurts, joys, sources of strength, roots of pain, disappointments and triumphs, our tears and our laughter, and we find support, needed support. There's more than a whiff of Jesus' command to love one another in that room. It's sweeter than the aroma of baking bread or the perfume of  incense at the Easter vigil.

This Sunday

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," a hearty breakfast for all ages in the Community Room, second floor of the Parish House. The cost is $4 per person or a maximum of $15 per household.

9:30 a.m. Christian Formation (education) for all ages.

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.

Just after the 10:45 a.m. service , continue celebrating our common life at Coffee Hour, held in the Parish House Lobby.

5:00 p.m. Blessing of the Animals, held in the Churchyard. Everyone is invited to bring animals of all sorts (on leashes) to receive a special blessing. There also will be time in the service to remember animals who have died. 
*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 Christian Formation for Adults, October 8, 9:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum will feature the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector, facilitating a program titled, "Bible Study: The Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount." In the Tower Room, the three-week study of The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso continues. On October 15, a "Conversation with the Bishop" will feature the Right Reverend Samuel Sewall Rodman III, who was consecrated on July 15 as XII Bishop Diocesan of North Carolina.

Sunday Book Study on "The Woman Next Door." On Sundays, 8 and 22, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Tower Room, Rob Smith will facilitate a study of  The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso. For decades, two strong-willed women were committed enemies. One is black, one is white, both are widows, and they are next door neighbors in an affluent section of Cape Town, South Africa. The author explains while the women do come together through an accident, they do not become friends. She suggests it is okay that they try and plod along because it means that "we're always trying and always attempting, which I think is more important than feeling like we've arrived somewhere."

Sunday Christian Formation for Children and Youth, Weekly, 9:30 a.m. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children, ages 2-12, meet on first floor in the Toddler Atrium and Levels 1-3 Atria (classrooms) in the Parish House. For more information, email Director of Children's Formation, Anna Hurdle ( Journey to Adulthood (J2A) youth, ages 13-18, meet in the Youth Suite (basement level, Parish House). For more information, email Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt (

Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's. At 5:00 p.m., on most second and fourth Sundays, we offer the service of Choral Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) with Holy Eucharist. The MasterSingers teen ensemble of  The Choir School at St. Peter's will offer musical leadership on October 8. On the third Sunday of every month, a meditative service of Holy Eucharist is offered, patterned after the TaizĂ©, France community. This offering includes music for piano, time for contemplative silence, and candle-lighting as a prayer form.  The complete Fall 2017 schedule for Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's is available online.

October 5 Registration Deadline for Anti-Racism Seminar at St. Peter's: Seeing the Face of God in Each Other. Registration closes tomorrow, October 5, for this regional seminar to be hosted Saturday, October 7, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at St. Peter's by The Bishop's Committee for Racial Justice and Reconciliation. Adult and youth parishioners and non-parishioners will learn skills and acquire some of the tools to dismantle systemic and institutional racism. Hosted several times per year throughout the diocese, the seminar provides an opportunity for honest and open communication, and an opportunity for personal growth, understanding, and healing. The registration fee is $15 including lunch. Childcare will be available upon request at registration.  To register, click here. For more information, contact Martha Waters, Diocesan Coordinator (, 919-469-5154).

Pub Theology: Tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. On first Thursdays through December, 6:00-8:00 p.m., a member of the clergy will host Pub Theology. Pub snacks and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at these casual, drop-in, formation events. On October 5, the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, will host a discussion about "Making Peace and Finding Hope in a Violent World" at  Rock Bottom Brewery across from St. Peter's. Each gathering is a great way to introduce friends, coworkers, and others to an alternative approach to Christian formation.

Vestry Nominations Open through Sunday, October 29. You can now nominate yourself or someone else to serve as member of the 2018-2020 Class of 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 through Sunday, October 29 and the election will take place on Sunday, December 10 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 26 and December 3 and during parish office hours Monday - Friday from November 27 - December 8. 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) to the Rector. 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.

Nominee Requirements: All nominees must fill out a Nominee Information Form, which can be found online  or at the Parish House reception desk, by Friday, November 3. Any additional questions about serving on vestry or the election process can be directed to the vestry members serving on the nominating committee: Candace Armstrong, Abigail Cudabac, Paul Keller, or Kristine Reid

Shrimp and Suds Fall Rooftop Benefit, October 14. Join fellow adult parishioners on Saturday, October 14, 6:30-9:00 p.m., on the rooftop of the Parish House for a delicious fellowship dinner, featuring low country shrimp boil, sides of grits and bread, dessert, and assorted refreshments including craft beers from Charlotte, all for $35 per person.  Prepaid reservations required by Wednesday, October 11 online or pre-pay at the Parish House reception desk. All funds raised will benefit the 2019 youth pilgrimage. Our new Bishop Diocesan, The Right Reverend Sam Rodman, plans to join us for this event on the eve of his visitation to St. Peter's. For questions or special dietary concerns, please call or text Director of Youth Formation, Lyn Holt (704-763-3564,

Bishop's Visitation and Reception, October 15. Our XII Bishop Diocesan, the Right Reverend Samuel Sewall Rodman III will make his visitation to St. Peter's on Sunday, October 15, when candidates for baptism, confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation will be presented. "Bishop Sam" will have breakfast at Holy Chow, facilitate a conversation at the Parish Hall Forum, preside and preach at the 10:45 a.m. service, and spend a moment at the festive post-worship reception in the Parish Hall before meeting with the Vestry. For the reception, parishioners are invited to bring favorite finger foods or desserts in a serving dish. Serving dishes may be deposited in the Parish Hall kitchen prior to the 10:45 a.m. service. If you are interested in assisting with set up or clean up or have questions, please  email new Fellowship Special Events Team Leader, Logan Smith (, 704-488-4436).
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  • Life at St. Peter's and the Fall Program Calendar are online or available to pick up at the Parish House.
  • Acolyte Training and Lunch, October 8 after the 10:45 a.m. Service
  • Choir School Cabaret Night, Friday, October 13, 7:30 p.m.
  • Next Community Potluck is Sunday, October 22 after Evensong
  • Next Social Justice Film Night, Wednesday, October 25, 6:30 p.m.
  • Sign up to Help with Habitat Build or CROP Walk
  • Make A Pledge to the 2018 Annual Fund
  • Realm Tutorial for Group Leaders: Wednesday, October 11 or Sunday, October 22
  • Choir School to Launch Holiday Greenery Sale Soon
  • Christa Lineberger Appointed to Vestry
Mark Your Calendars

October 22 and 29 : Parish Hall Forum Series - Becoming a Jesus People: Episcopalians as Agents and Instruments of God's Reconciliation and Servant Ministry Opportunities through St. Peter's, 9:30 a.m.
October 22: God's Tapestry Storytelling and Potluck Dinner, 6:00 p.m.
November 5: All Saints' and 2018 Annual Fund Pledge Commitment Sunday.
November 17-18: 202nd Annual Convention of the Diocese, Winston-Salem.
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