The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Altar Flowers are given by Chris Odom in appreciation of St. Peter's
and the work it and its people are doing in the world.
The Rev. Greg Warren, Deacon-in-Charge
I returned from General Convention on Monday and, while it was nice to be in a place teeming with enthusiastic Episcopalians, it was great to finally get home. Conventions are, by nature, a bit overwhelming-meetings and exhibits and overpriced convention food-and this one was no exception. The church's social justice DNA was on full display, with a Bishop's March Against Gun Violence, a service at the nearby Hutto Detention Center (where a number of immigrant children are being held, separated from their parents), and a resolution on the Palestine Israel situation made its way through committee and the House of Deputies (and, eventually, the House of Bishops). The high point of the convention, though, was the energetic Revival Meeting held on Saturday night. Presiding Bishop Curry (and his wonderful translator) gave an impassioned sermon. If you missed it, you can find a video of it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXIORXykxv0. Watching it, you get the feeling the Bishop let himself go into full country preacher mode. It's an inspiring message and fun to watch. Take a look and let me know what you think. Blessings.
 
Cottage Visits with The Rev. Greg Warren
Over the course of the next couple of months, we're setting up a number of 'cottage' visits. A cottage visit grows out of an old English tradition of getting to know the new vicar. The idea is to have 8 or so people come together for food, fellowship, and to get to know the new 'guy' (and it was always a guy back then). A number of parishioners have already offered to host. There are sign-up sheets in the lobby, so we encourage you to find a time that works for you and plan on attending. If we need to find more dates/times, let Rev. Greg or John in the office know. Looking forward to getting to know all of you better. And please come with your questions and ideas!
 
Cottage Visits, each starting at 6:00pm 
July 12, Bob and Dee Sanders
July 19, Danny and Dinah Reed
July 24, Kathryn Spinks
July 30, Marianne Black
Aug 6, Eric and Donna Hutchinson
Aug 10, Kristina Burford
Aug 14, Amy Hawkins
Aug 21, Drew Spurgers and Kevin Phelps
Aug 28, Doug Stroud    
Sept 4,  David and Marilyn Larson  
 
 More meetings dates and locations to be announced soon!
"HELLO, my name is __________." 
Whether you are a long-time member, a frequent visitor, or a newcomer, PLEASE put on a name tag as you enter the church on Sundays. This will help EVERYONE (especially our new deacon-in-charge) learn your name. It only takes a moment, but can make a big impact, especially on those who have never joined us for worship before. To those of you who are already setting a great example by using our handy-dandy stick-on tags.
THANK YOU (and keep up the good work)!
~The Rev. Peggy Cromwell
Lunch and Learn
This Sunday's Lunch and Learn, in the Parish Hall, will feature a discussion about General Convention led by The Rev. Greg Warren. In order to provide attendees with lunch, please RSVP for this event to john.churchwell@stpetersconway.com by Saturday at 5:00pm.  
Bible Study
Bible Study of the Book of John meets on Monday at 12:15pm and Thursday  at 7:00pm in the Library. Check poster in lobby for details. Join anytime!

Ministry Team  Training  
Interested in becoming an usher, oblationer, or greeter? Thirty minute training will be offered on July 15, at 9:30am or 10:30am in Classroom 2. (Retraining for current ministry members offered at the same time.)   
Adult Forum for Summer 2018  
Sunday's at 10am , in the Library
Join us for The Gentle Path: Christianity, Spirituality, and the Twelve Steps.  
Using Richard Rohr's book, Breathing Underwater as a guide, leader Shane Montgomery will explore the Twelve Steps as a path to deepening our walk with God and take a look at the Christian roots of this methodology and it's connection to the Gospel.
Cultivating Compassion 
July 12, 2018  
  Summer Offering from Servant Leadership School: Do you want to experience the joy of living with a loving heart? Join June Stewart on Thursday evenings, 6:00 - 8:00, in the Morgan House, beginning July 12, 2018. No books to order, no assignments. $20 fee for snacks and copies of handouts. Childcare and scholarships available upon request. Just email judyhelm77@gmail.com
or click on the link to download the brochure:  
 

All Things VBS
July 29-August 3 is our  Abundant Life Garden Project VBS and you can now register!

To Register Kids (ages 3months-11years) or Adults CLICK HERE

To Register to Volunteer (ages 12-100) CLICK HERE

To View our Supply Wish List CLICK HERE 
 
Stewardship Testimony 
My first act of giving to St. Peter's consisted of a jumbo box of Kleenex.

The only way I knew to express my gratitude was to "give back" and by that time I was pretty sure I had exceeded my allotment of tissues as I was not a member of the congregation, was not an Episcopalian, and had been led to the priest's office by the Holy Spirit manifested through a dear friend - where I just cried and cried and cried some more. I asked the priest why I seemed unable to stanch the flow as I was rarely able to give expression to my misery outside this church building. His answer: "because you feel safe here".

And here I am, nearly 20 years later, a tithing member of the congregation who still "feels safe here".

Through the years I have learned to give back through what time, treasure, and talent has been given to me.
I experience a deep sense of joy that comes from helping to ensure that this church, this place where I first felt safe, continues to be the place where all are welcome, all may feel safe, and there is an inexhaustible supply of Kleenex!
~Carolyn Scott

Stewardship Report
  Offering for July 3: $3,235.00

*The average weekly need to fully fund the St. Peter's operating budget is $8,445.00.
 
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. 

"As you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in [love] - so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking..." (2 Corinthians 8: 7-15)
 
This week's epistle reading is Paul's exhortation to the Corinthians to support the church not only with their spiritual gifts, but also with their considerable means. The Discretionary Fund is money used by the clergy to meet immediate needs that arise on a day-to-day basis. For many months now, the Discretionary Fund at St Peter's has been struggling to meet the demands and requests of those in our parish community. We currently put all $1.00 bills into the Discretionary Fund, but often that amount falls far short of what is needed. This means that those in our parish who need assistance of a monetary nature must be turned away. In the coming weeks, as Greg's new ministry gets started, I encourage you to prayerfully consider contributing specifically to the Discretionary Fund. Any little bit will help - to the end that "...at the present time your plenty will supply what they need..." (2 Cor. 8: 14)
 
~The Rev. Peggy Cromwell 
Dear potential Book,
 
The Faulkner County Library and City of Hope Outreach (COHO) welcome you to the Human Library Project. We are excited that you want to be a part of this inspiring effort to bring people together and to create greater understanding in your community.
 
We encourage you to research more about The Human Library at your leisure, but here is a quick overview of the project and its goals.
 
The Human Library is a concept created by Ronni Abergal, Dany Abergel, Christoffer Erichsoen, and Asma Mouna of the Danish your organization Stop the Violence in 2000, and is now operational on five continents. It is a library of human beings, individuals, each representing a group in the community that are somehow exposed to stigma, prejudice and/or discrimination. The Human Library was developed to challenge societal prejudices wherever and whatever reasons they occur, and help people form a better understanding of those with whom they share their communities.
 
The goal of The Human Library is to establish a safe conversation space, where difficult questions are expected, appreciated, and hopefully answered by the Human Book on loan.
 
You are invited to attend an organizational meeting on Aug. 18 at 2:00 PM at the Faulkner County Library. At that time, you will have a chance to decide on a title for your "Book", learn how the event is meant to proceed, meet the people who are going to be your librarians, and to prepare for the big day. We want you to feel as comfortable and supported as possible, because we know that in volunteering to be a Human Book, you are making yourself vulnerable.
 
The big day itself is Aug. 25 from 1:00-4:00.
 
Please R.S.V.P to Nancy at 501-327-7482 or email nancy@fcl.org
Parish Calendar

Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
July 12
July 13
July 14
July 15
July 16
6:00pm
Servant Leadership
(Morgan House)
6:00pm
Cottage Meeting
(Dee Sanders)
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Library)

4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)



7:30am
Rite I
8:50am
Library Class
9:00am
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
10:00am
Adult Formation
11:00am
Rite II
12:30pm
Lunch and Learn
(Parish Hall)
6:30pm
MacBeth Rehesarsal
(Parish Hall)
12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
6:30pm
MacBeth Rehesarsal
(Parish Hall)


Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
July 17
July 18
July 19
July 20
July 21
5:00pm
Wisdom House
(Morgan House)
6:30pm
MacBeth Rehesarsal
(Parish Hall)
1:30pm
Library Reserved
2:00pm
Staff Meeting
6:30pm

Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
6:30pm
MacBeth Rehesarsal
(Parish Hall)
7:00pm
Evening Prayer and Prayers for Healing
6:00pm
Servant Leadership
(Morgan House)
6:00pm
Cottage Meeting
(Danny Reed)
6:30pm
Finance Meeting
(Classroom 2)
6:30pm
MacBeth Rehesarsal
(Parish Hall)
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Library)

4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)


9:00am
Food Pantry
10:00am
SCA
(Parish Hall)

Save the Date!  
            
July 3 -13     General Convention, Austin, Texas

July 22         DOK Installation

July 30 - Aug 3    Vacation Bible School

August 12     Rally Day/Blessing of the Backpacks

September 3  Parish Office Closed

October 21    Bishop Sunday

November 4   All Saints Sunday

November 25  Christ the King Sunday

December 2   First Sunday of Advent

 This Week's Celebrations   
Birthdays
July 15    Corey Readnour
July 15    Xandra Sharpe
July 15    Katrina Wilcox
July 15     Leo Wilcox
July 16     Charlie Schmieder
July 20     Miles Greer
July 20     Xander Phifer
July 21     Eric Hutchinson
July 21     Rob Reid
O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on your servants, as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, page 830
This week's Food Pantry Need

2 cans whole kernel corn; 1 box of cereal; 2 pkgs ramen

Pantry Musings
A couple of weeks ago, the group studying Donna Bowman's book "Homebrewed Christianity: A Guided to Being Human: Becoming the Best Bag of Bones You Can Be," discussed problems raised by the question of salvation. Among these were questions of freedom including election and the existentialist view. Perhaps the existentialist is the easiest to grasp. Some say that we are free to do what we want to do. Others say that we are free from responsibility. "I'm only human, I cannot be held responsible." Cop outs! We are responsible for the way that we exercise our freedom. The existentialist did perform a number of important things to us for they reminded us of our freedom in choosing a course of action, of behavior. But it is freedom to choose, to be responsible for what we do, or as Bowman puts it"'we are condemned to freedom.'" If we are free then the question is: how do we use that freedom as responsible Christians? What does that mean for our salvation? What is our guide? If we are free to act responsibly then we must own our behavior. "I did it." "We did it". In the Old Testament we see a people who are free to make their own decisions so long as they maintain their covenant with God. That covenant included the laws as we know them in the Torah. The New Testament, we are told, is a new covenant which means that Christ died for our salvation. According to Paul, this means that we are freed from enslavement to the law. It is the grace of God through Christ that our salvation is accomplished. -Ann Drake
    Scripture Readings for Sunday, July 15 2017
Amos 7:7-15
T his is what the Lord God showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord said to me, "Amos, what do you see?" And I said, "A plumb line." Then the Lord said,
"See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass them by;
the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate, 
and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste, 
and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword."
T hen Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, "Amos has conspired against you in the very centre of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. For thus Amos has said,
'Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
and Israel must go into exile
away from his land.' "
And Amaziah said to Amos, "O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom."
Then Amos answered Amaziah, "I am no prophet, nor a prophet's son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycomore trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'"
 
Psalm 85:8-13
I  will listen to what the Lord God is saying, *
   for he is speaking peace to his faithful people
   and to those who turn their hearts to him.
9 Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, *
   that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth have met together; *
    righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth shall spring up from the earth, *
     and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed grant prosperity, *
    and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him, *
     and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.
 
Ephesians 1:3-14
B lessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God's own people, to the praise of his glory.
 
Mark 6:14-29
K ing Herod heard of Jesus and his disciples, for Jesus' name had become known. Some were saying, "John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him." But others said, "It is Elijah." And others said, "It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old." But when Herod heard of it, he said, "John, whom I beheaded, has been raised."
For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife." And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it." And he solemnly swore to her, "Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom." She went out and said to her mother, "What should I ask for?" She replied, "The head of John the baptizer." Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter." The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John's head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

 
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 


In Loving Support for:
Sam; Mouaz; Natalie.

In Continued Prayers for:  
Sara Edmondson, Helen Snipan, Jacquie Seroy, Martha Denson, Fred and Lillian Petrucelli,
Rowena Malone, Betty Long.  
 
Thanksgivings:
We give thanks for the people of St. Peter's and visitors with us this week.
We give thanks for: Joe, Tracy, Rose and Elise McGarrity; Tom and Karen McNutt; Kevin Mequet; Virginia and Wayne Miller; Shane Montgomery; Mike Moses; Norma and Bonda Moyer.
We give thanks for our Morgan House.
We give thanks forCalvary Missionary Baptist Church.    
We give thanks for the Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock.
We give thanks for the Episcopal Church in Guatemala, Diocese of Western Guatemala.
We give thanks forThe Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea, The Most Revd Allan Migi Archbishop of Papua New Guinea.
We give thanks for the Children, Youth, and Family Overview at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia
    
The Departed:



Ministry Team 3
Jerry Adams, Team Leader

7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Ann Drake
Mary Etta Qualls
Ellen Stengel
Kev Mequet
Greeters
Pam Holt
Lisa Crowson
Leo Wilcox
Madelyn Adams
Gloria Parker
Ushers
Pam Holt
Dinah Reed
Katrina Wilcox
Jerry Adams
Wayne Stengel
Eucharistic Visitors

Elizabeth Walters
Doug Stroud
Eucharistic Ministers
Stacey Coleman
Paul McCowan
Nathan Greer
Jim Fowler
Leigh Ann Warriner
Acolytes

AM: Mike Moses
C: Xiaden Sharpe
AM: Mike Moses
C: Kathryn Spinks
G: Kido Carmago
Vestry Counters


Genie Davis
Taylor Tennison
Altar Guild


Team 1






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