The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Altar Flowers are given by Beth Brady.
Cottage Visits, each starting at 6:00pm 
Sept 4,  David and Marilyn Larson - FULL
Sept 10, Ted and Leigh Ann Warriner - FULL
Sept 18, Kathryn Spinks - 4 Slots open 
Sept 24, Jerry and Madelyn Adams - FULL
 
St Peter's Sermons
All of St. Peter's Sermons are archived on our website. You can listen to the sermons by clicking the following link:

http://stpetersconway.org/worship-2/weekly-podcast/

The Sermons are also posted on the church's Facebook page each Monday.
Stewardship Report
We have started tracking our weekly giving versus what it takes to keep St. Peter's running.  Each week you will see how the past weeks have fared.  For July, we started off very strong, but have seen a decline in recent weeks.  This is not uncommon in the summer months, but is something we need to pay attention to.  Please help us keep St. Peter's going...and growing.  And thanks for your support!    
     
Offering Date Offering Amount Given Amount Needed Difference
Ending 8/29/2018 Offering $4,175.44 8,455.00 -$4,279.56
Ending 8/22/2018 Offering + Direct Deposit $8,142.30 8,455.00 -$312.70
Ending 8/15/18 Offering $2,456.18 8,455.00 -$5,998.82
Ending 8/8/18 Offering + Direct Deposit $11,679.56 8,455.00 $3,224.56
Four Week Cumulative Operating Income $26,453.48 33,820.00 -$7,366.52
 
Tithing to St. Peter's Using Direct Draft from Bank Accounts
Did you know that you can have your tithe to St. Peter's automatically taken out of your checking or savings account? The Bank Draft Form is located in the link below. Print this form out and give it to the church office. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mike King at bookkeeper@stpetersconway.com.

Use the link below to print a withdrawal form and return it to the Parish Office.

http://stpetersconway.org/wp-content/uploads/ACH-Authorization-Form.pdf

Discretionary Fund 
All $1 bills  in the offering plate this Sunday will go to the Discretionary Fund. 

Sign-Up for Small Groups
Do you seek community?
Do you seek a life centered on Jesus? 
Do you seek to explore and live his Way of Love?
Join a St. Peter's Small Group and grow in the loving, liberating, life-giving way of Jesus  - a way that has the power to change your life, our church, and the world!  Small Groups typically meet twice a month in a home, include a meal, a time of fellowship, and follow an outline of discussion around a topic or book. This year we will be talking about The Jesus Movement: Walking the Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-centered life from The Episcopal Church Center.
Small groups are a wonderful way to know and be known in the community of St. Peter's.

Sign-Up for a Small Group using this link or look for the forms in church on Sunday

https://goo.gl/forms/21eiK2zIiQeck26n2

When pain is real, why is God silent?
Frederick Buechner has grappled with the nature of pain, grief, and grace ever since his father committed suicide when Buechner was a young boy. He continued that search as a father when his daughter struggled with anorexia. Frederick Buechner finds that the God who might seem so silent is ever near. Buechner says that loss will come to all of us, but he writes that we are not alone. Crazy and unreal as it may sometimes seem, God's holy, healing grace is always present and available if we are still enough to receive it.
Please come and explore this meaningful book by one of today's outstanding theologians with the Brown Bag Book Club. We will begin discussion on Wednesday, August 29, at noon, in the library. If you need a book, contact Linda Brown, Deacon, at linda.brown@stpetersconway.com.  
The Journey - A short course in living the Christian Life
Journey weekend is scheduled for Friday, November 2 nd through Sunday, November 4 th at Camp Mitchell. It is open to all from any denomination, and non-Episcopalians. The weekend is a retreat designed to enliven the faith of interested Christians so they may begin to discover Jesus' will for their lives, then return home and work to strengthen and bless their local church and communities in light of the Kingdom of God.
The cost for the weekend is $150.00. There are partial scholarships available. Please contact Nancy Thompson at 428-2236 or email nancythompson50@gmail.com for more information. Brochures and applications are in the lobby.
Altar Flowers
There are still several open dates for altar flowers in Sept., Oct., and Nov.
The sign up sheet is on the bulletin board by the restrooms. You may also call the church office to sign up. A member of the Altar Guild will contact you regarding the size of arrangement you would like to purchase. Also, please keep in mind, that it is customary to leave the arrangement at the church so that they flowers can be given to shut-ins and those that are ill.
Tuesday Noonday Prayer for Challenging Times
Join us in the Parish Hall Chapel on Tuesdays at Noon for a brief, quiet service.
Sunday Morning Lobby Food Schedule
August 26   Claire Losardo
Eucharistic Visitors Needed
Eucharistic Visitors (EVs) are licensed lay persons who take Holy Communion, following the Eucharist, to those who are either sick or shut-in. Not only is this a rewarding experience for the EV but provides an invaluable service to those who because of illness or an inability to leave home, are still given the opportunity to share this Sacrament with their church family.
 
While St. Peter's does NOT have many members who require this benefit on an on-going basis, our current number of EV's has dwindled and we desperately need more people to participate. If we secure a bigger group of Eucharistic Visitors, they would go no more than once a month, allowing them to fully participate in the other Sunday programs.  
 
I firmly believe that when you share the sacrament of Holy Communion with our homebound community, you are truly on sacred ground.
Rev. Dr. Linda Brown, Deacon
Phone #: 501.590.0631

Bible Study
Bible Study of the Gospel of John meets on Monday at 12:15pm and Thursday  at 7:00pm in the Library. Check poster in lobby for details. Join anytime!

This week's Food Pantry Need

2 mac and cheese; 2 corn muffin; 2 cans green beans

Pantry Musings
There are anti-immigrant stories, Ezra and Nehemiah, and laws in the Bible, but there are stories that accept immigrants, too. The Book of Ruth is a beautiful story of a Moabite, Ruth, a particularly contentious group for the Israelites as they are reputed to be the heirs of Lot and band from the Lord's assembly. [Deut. 23.3] Ruth, the Moabite, is widowed by her husband an Israelite with no one to care for her. Her mother-in-law, Naomi, is also left with no one to support her. Ruth promises Naomi that she will go with her and help her wherever she goes. Naomi, an Israelite, decides to return to Israel where some of the laws will allow her to glean the harvest and help her survive. She tells Ruth what her plans are and releases Ruth from her promise. Ruth insists on keeping her promise. When they arrive in Israel the two women become involved in settling in, including getting to know Boaz. In these efforts, Boaz gains an appreciation of the two women. He observes that Ruth is a diligent worker, that she is protecting Naomi, and that she is familiar with the ways of his country. Before long, he decides to take both women in as a part of his household. Boaz gives the Moabite woman protection under the laws and customs of his society. When I think of all the people who live in this country or are recent immigrants, many of whom have fled their homes because living conditions were so bad, so dangerous that they needed a place that was safe to raise their children, to live, and to work, I think about this story. Some of these immigrants have children who have known no other home, language, customs and now as adults have no path to citizenship and are regarded as illegal residents of the only home they have ever known. I think of all the undocumented persons who are blamed for criminal behavior solely because of their skin color or language. I think about hateful treatment of people target based on their language, skin color, hair color and texture, and their customs. I think about my childhood in a small town on the border of Mexico and Arizona not knowing the difference in our cultures or the rationing of the Second World War because goods and food were available just a couple of blocks away. A wall would violate our culture interfering with many of the rich learning experiences of children living in the area as well as the economies of both nations.
-Ann Drake
This week's Celebrations
Birthdays
September 3    Lucia Redditt
September 4    Phillip Bryan
September 4    Leah Darling
September 4    Jaylee Garrett-Jones
September 4    Ted Warriner
September 5    Harry Lance
September 6    Woody Cummins
September 7    Lisa Buck
September 7    Tripp Walter
September 8    Shari Readnour

Anniversaries
September 4    Dan and Nancy Allen
Parish Calendar

Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
August 30
August 31
Sept 1
Sept 2
Sept 3
6:00pm
Servant Leadership
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Bible Study
(Library)
7:00pm
Homebrewed Christianity
(Parish Hall)



4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)


9:00am
Food Pantry

 

7:30am
Rite I
8:50am
Adult Forum 1
9:00am
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
11:00am
Rite II


 
12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
6:00pm
Conway Buddhist Society
(Parish Hall Chapel)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
*Parish Office Closed*


Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sept 4
Sept 5
Sept 6
Sept 7
Sept 8
12:00pm
Noonday Prayer
(PH Chapel)
5:00pm
Wisdom House
(Morgan House)
6:00pm
Cottage Meeting
(David and Marilyn Larson)
 



12:00pm
Brown Bag Book Club
(Library)
1:30pm
Library Reserved
2:00pm
Staff Meeting
5:00pm
EYC
(Parish Hall)
5:30pm
Fledglings Writing Group
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Evening Prayer and Prayers for Healing
9:00am
Morgan House Reserved
5:30pm
Girl Scouts
6057
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Library)


 
9:00am
Church Women United
(Morgan House)
4:00pm

Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)




Save the Date!  

September 2   The Rev. Dr. Linda Brown, preaching in all three services
 
September 3  Parish Office Closed
 
September 9 Rally Day and Ministry Fair   
                    The Rev. Peggy Cromwell, preaching in all three services  
 
September 15  Vestry Retreat 
 
October 20   The Rev. Greg Warren's Ordination, Trinity Little Rock 
 
October 21    Bishop Sunday
 
October 28    The Rev. Dr. Linda Brown, preaching in all three services 
 
November 4   All Saints Sunday

November 25  Christ the King Sunday
                     The Rev. Peggy Cromwell, preaching in all three services
 
December 2   First Sunday of Advent
 
December 23  The Rev. Dr. Linda Brown, preaching in all three services
 
December 30  The Rev. Peggy Cromwell, preaching in all three services 
    Scripture Readings for Sunday, September 2, 2018
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
Psalm 15
James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
 
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 


In Loving Support for:
The Wisdom House, Mouaz; Natalie.

In Continued Prayers for:  
Sara Edmondson, Helen Snipan, Jacquie Seroy, Martha Denson, Fred and Lillian Petrucelli,
Rowena Malone, Betty Long, Judith McAfee.  
 
Thanksgivings:
We give thanks for the people of St. Peter's and visitors with us this week.
We give thanks for Honey Sharp and Claire; Matt, Xandra, Arrin, Xaiden, and Levi Sharpe.
We give thanks for Christy Garrett-Jones for her leadership in our food pantry.  
We give thanks for Second Baptist Church.
We give thanks for The Better Together Multifaith Initiative.
We give thanks for The Rev. Tomas Calel and the Transfigurationin Chucalibal (choo-caly-ball).
We give thanks St. Theodore's Episcopal Church, Bella Vista; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, McGhee;
The Standing Committee.  
    
The Departed:



Ministry Team 1
Jeff Ward, Team Leader

7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Ann Drake
Bob Essert
Dave Campbell
Claire Losardo
Greeters
Norma Smothers
Joe Arn
Judy Weaver
Kent Ballew
Carolyn Scott
Ushers
Sandra Hamilton
Erin Weindorf
Deana Weindorf
Claire Losardo
Dalton Losardo
Eucharistic Visitors

Deana Weindorf
Tanya Buchanan

Eucharistic Ministers
Stacey Coleman


Acolytes

AM:Michael Moses
CB: Madolyn Ward
 
AM: Michael Moses
C: Jackson Wirtz
G: Austin Lasardo
Vestry Counters


Brett Hardison
Marilyn Larson
Altar Guild


Team 2






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