Seeking the Presence of God

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is grounded in an understanding that God and the child have a unique relationship with one another particularly before the age of six and that the growth of this relationship should be assisted by an adult, but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child. The religious needs and capacities of older children are no less great or essential from those of the younger children. Their religious potential is equally strong as they seek the presence of God in a tangible way. Children need their own place to foster that presence and the growth of that relationship. 

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 1, 9:30 a.m. The Parish Hall Forum will feature parishioners Candace Armstrong, Sue Coonen, Toni Moore, and Ellison Clary as they share a history of St. Peter's from the 1960s, entitled "A Great Cloud of Witnesses: Storytelling about St. Peter's and the Civil Rights Movement" and highlights from a new book, "St. Peter's Episcopal Church: A Comprehensive History, 1834-2017." In the Tower Room, Rob Smith will begin a three-week study of The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso. On October 8, the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Associate Rector, will facilitate a program titled, "Bible Study: The Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount," in the Parish Hall.

Sunday Book Study on "The Woman Next Door." On Sundays, October 1, 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."   Notify Rob Smith that you plan to attend.

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 (

Blessing of the Animals: Sunday, October 1, 5:00 p.m. As one way to commemorate the October 4th feast day of  St. Francis of Assisi, Friar, 1226, St. Peter's will offer a Blessing of the Animals service and Holy Eucharist in the Churchyard on October 1 at 5:00 p.m. 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.

TONIGHT - Social Justice Film and Discussion Night - America Divided: Democracy for Sale. Tonight, the Social Justice Team is hosting a film and discussion, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. In the provocative, award winning documentary "America Divided: Democracy for Sale," Zach Galifianakis, the comic star of "The Hangover" movies, travels back to his home state to investigate how North Carolina has become a bellwether for how the money of a few has come to dominate our democracy and influences those in power. Sponsored by our Social Justice Ministry, the free event will include a facilitated discussion of the issues and what ways we can bring about change. RSVPs are encouraged through Paula Savich (, 828-467-3188).

Young Adults Fellowship Picnic: Fourth Ward Park, Sunday, October 1. After the 10:45 a.m. service on October 1, all young adults, including any children, significant others, and friends, are invited to meet in the churchyard for a five-minute walk to Fourth Ward Park for a picnic. Bring your own food and blanket and any lawn games. This fellowship exists to foster connections through seasonal social events, promote outreach opportunities, and offer formation classes for parishioners ages 21 and older who are single, married, partnered, parents or non-parents. For more information, email  Mary Gotschall or  Julia Hughes.

Pub Theology: Thursday, October 5. 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.

Anti-Racism Seminar at St. Peter's: Seeing the Face of God in Each Other, October 7. On Saturday, October 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., The Bishop's Committee for Racial Justice and Reconciliation will offer a regional gathering at St. Peter's for adult and youth parishioners and non-parishioners to learn skills and acquire 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 or pick up a registration form at the Parish House reception desk. For more information, contact Martha Waters, Diocesan Coordinator (, 919-469-5154).

The Choir School Cabaret Night Concert, Friday, October 13. Join The Choir School at St. Peter's for a very special evening to celebrate the beginning of its 25th Season. This 7:30 p.m. performance in the worship space at St. Peter's will feature an exceptional program, including guest performers Kelsey Harrison, Dareion Malone, and Carla Thomas. Individual and season tickets are available at  or by calling 704-749-6146.

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,

Giving with Gratitude: Support Life at St. Peter's - Make A Pledge.  On September 18, a letter announcing our annual fund-raising campaign, Giving with Gratitude , was mailed to members and non-members affiliated with St. Peter's. The letter requests the offering of pledges for the 2018 operating budget by Commitment Sunday, November 5, and includes significant financial facts. Each pledge gift will offer support of parish worship, in-reach and outreach initiatives, formation programs for all ages, music, staff and clergy, operations and administration, and the care of our sacred facilities in Center City Charlotte. To learn more about annual giving, offer your pledge for 2018 and/or for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year, visit  . If you did not receive the mailing, contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon ( , 704-749-6142).

Realm Tutorial for Ministry Team Leaders and Group Facilitators. If you lead or help lead a group at St. Peter's, chair a committee, or serve as the secretary for a committee, join St. Peter's parishioner Rob Smith for a 45-minute tutorial about features in our new parish database system and community connection tool, Realm. Rob will help you get set up on Realm and guide you through its use for your group. Step One: RSVP for one of two meetings: after work on Wednesday, October 11, 6:00-6:45 p.m.; or after Church on Sunday, October 22, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
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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.
  • Sunday Evenings at St. Peter's: Next Evensong is Sunday, October 8
  • Remain after weekday Morning Prayer or Tuesday's Noon Eucharist for a 30-minute time of conversation with the Clergy.
  • Acolyte Training and Lunch, October 8 after the 10:4 a.m. service.
  • Reminder: Sign up for Realm
  • Habitat for Humanity Build is October 14: Sign up online.
  • Annual CROP Walk is October 14: Sign up online.
  • Augustine Literacy Project is Seeking Tutors
  • Give Altar Flowers or Eucharistic Supplies in Honor or Memory of Loved Ones.
  • Check out the parish's monthly financial update.
Mark Your Calendars

October 13: Choir School Cabaret Night, 7:30 p.m.
October 15: Bishop's Visitation for Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation.
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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