St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Below: This Sunday at St. Peter's 
The 'Why' and 'How' of Social Justice

When making a distinction between social justice and outreach it is helpful to answer two questions. One asks "why" and the other asks "how" when looking at a particular issue. Social justice asks "why is this an issue or need" while outreach asks "how can we respond or help now with this issue." Consider what has been described as food security or hunger. There are immediate needs (which would fall under the category of Outreach) of families running out of food at the end of the month, children getting their main meals at schools, or those who are dependent on meal or food through programs such as the Men's Shelter. Social Justice asks, "Why, with all the abundance around us, are there people who remain hungry and what needs to change so this does not continue?" Outreach asks, "How may I make sure people get food and do not go hungry?" while Social Justice asks, "Why and what must change?"

On Sunday September 27, the Parish Hall Forum will be about the ministry of Loaves and Fishes, an organization involved in connecting people and the needed food. St. Peter's is actively involved with their Food Pantry program at the Galilee Ministry Center (a ministry site of the Diocese of North Carolina). Much can be learned at the class. Parallel to this class is the preparation for the CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 18. CROP Walk is a great way to support Loaves and Fishes and Church World Services. The only requirements are that you walk and/or make a contribution in support of a walker.

CROP Walk is a great response to the "how" question of feeding the hungry, while Loaves and Fishes helps to ask the "why" to the very real issue of hunger in Charlotte. Be part of this adventure and you can be a part of both the how and the why.

~ The Reverend Murdock Smith, Assisting Priest

Sunday, September 27
 at St. Peter's

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite 1
8:30 a.m.
Holy Chow Breakfast -
Community Room

9:15 a.m.
Confimation Class
- Parlor

9:30 a.m.
Addressing Hunger Locally  and Internationally
- Parish Hall

Justice, Injustice, and You (20s & 30s)- Tower Room 
Journey to Adulthood -
Youth Suite, Lower Level
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd -
Children's Atrium
10:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Coffee Hour - Parish House

Small Dinner Groups Potluck - Community Room

5:00 p.m.
Evensong & Holy Eucharist  

Note: Childcare for infants and toddlers up to age two is now available 7:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. in the Infant and Toddler Center, located on the main floor of the Parish House, closest to the worship space.

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eNews from St. Peter's
September 24, 2015 

Give to the Vision: Generous Abundance
Stewardship Campaign Update: Sunday, September 20, launched our campaign to receive 2016 pledges by November 1 from all who call St. Peter's their "church home."  
The 2016 Stewardship Team is composed of Mike Wilson, Chairman; Bobby Beaird; Kristin Hills Bradberry; Donna Budall; John Budall; Sue Coonen; Mary Gotschall; Josephine Hicks; John Hurst; Zack Luszcz; Jay Norton; Linda Raiford; Kristine Reid; Bill Williamson; Sam Bowles, Vestry Coordinator; Mark Boyd, Senior Warden; Dave Lavoie, Junior Warden; and The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector.
This week, pledges are being made by members of the Stewardship Team, Vestry, Finance Committee and Clergy. Together in faith, the parish family can meet if not exceed its necessary $950,000 goal. Learn more about Give to the Vision 2016: Generous Abundance and pledge online today

The Bishop's Visit Next Week
Expect an exciting day next Sunday, October 4, when Bishop Michael B. Curry makes his Visitation to St. Peter's, before being installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.

Bishop Curry will preside and preach at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. liturgies. Also, you can join us in the Parish Hall for a time of Q&A with the Bishop.

And after the service, we will honor Bishop Curry and our candidates for baptism, confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation at a Visitation Reception.  
You may also wish to contribute to the "Celebration Fund" that has been established in order to purchase vestments for Bishop Curry, make a contribution to the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry in his and Mrs. Curry's honor, and give them a farewell gift. You can read more or make a contribution, or checks can be made out to the Diocese of North Carolina, memo line: "Celebration Fund," and mailed to: Diocesan House, 200 W. Morgan St., Ste. 300, Raleigh, NC 27601.

New This Week 
Personnel News from the Rector:  I write to share news that Director of Children's Formation Laurie Burlington has resigned in order to create more space and time in this season of life to be home and with family ... Read More  
Welcome to the New ENews: We hope you enjoy  the streamlined eNews. The goal is to make it easier for you to spot what's fresh and to click through to the website when you want to read more.  Find out more about navigating the new format here. We'll be enhancing this new format in the weeks ahead and welcome your feedback about ways we can make St. Peter's eNews easier for you to use. Contact Communications Administrator Peg Robarchek (704-749-6141).
Equipping Our Kitchen: As we adjust to using our kitchen without a resident caterer to fall back on, equipment and serving needs ... Read More

Food Provisions Needed for Bishop's Visitation Reception For the festive reception to follow the 10:45 a.m. liturgy, food donations are needed by the Fellowship Ministry Team. Sandwiches, cheeses, desserts, veggie trays, and more will be a part of the spread to honor Bishop Michael Curry and our candidates for baptism, confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation. Click here to indicate what you might bring or contact Kathie Knip (704-947-5645).
Habitat for Humanity 2015 Build: Saturday, October 3, is the date St. Peter's parishioners will join 11 other churches to build two Habitat for Humanity homes ... Read more or register to be part of the Habitat build.
Fighting Hunger: You can help fight hunger locally and globally by participating ... Read more
Social Justice Committee: The first meeting of St. Peter's new Social Justice Committee will be Wednesday, October 7, 5:30 p.m. ... Read more and RSVP 
In Case You Missed It
Spiritual Growth Opportunities: If you know your Enneagram type and wish to explore type and wish to explore ... Read more 
Small Dinner Group Potluck: If you've signed up to participate in the new Small Dinner Groups, you're invited to the covered dish luncheon on Sunday, September 27 ... Read more
St. Peter's Member to be Ordained Transitional Deacon: St. Peter's member Linda Mackie Griggs will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons by the Bishop of Rhode Island on Wednesday, October 7, at St. Martin's Church, Providence, Rhode Island.

Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars
  • Sunday, October 11 - Aging as a Spiritual Journey 4-week Adult Formation
  • October 16, 17, and 18 - Bridges Out of Poverty seminar and Parish Hall Forum
  • October 19 - Center City Concerts at St. Peter's, the Bechtler Ensemble Piano Trio
  • October 29, 30 and 31 - The Choir School with Opera Carolina perform Noye's Fludde (Noah's Flood)

St. Peter's Episcopal Church

115 West Seventh Street

Charlotte, NC 28202