The Labyrinth Walk
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Altar Flowers are given by Norma Smothers in Thanksgiving for the lives of
Sherman Smothers and Richard Boosey.

The Rev. Dr. Stuart Hubbard Hoke will be Preaching and Celebrating the Full Eucharist this Sunday, July 8, 2018, in all three services, while Rev. Greg Warren is in Austin, Texas
at General Convention.

The Rev. Greg Warren, Deacon-in-Charge
Thank You for Your Service
As I make my way to Austin and General Convention I am reminded of the community of military and first responders that we depend on. My carrier, American Airlines, has a practice of asking members of the military to board alongside first class, allowing the rest of us pass them by as we make our way to our seats. More often than not, a fellow passenger will stop and offer a quick thanks to the service man or woman for their service. It's a quick interaction and it gives both speaker and listener a moment of connection, and joy.
Mixing our faith and the military can be a dangerous enterprise when done on a national stage. And the Apostle Paul reminds us in Galatians of the irrelevance of our man-made divisions (3:28 There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.) But in these small interactions of appreciation on the plane, I can't help but feel pride. Pride for the freedom that we take for granted, that these men and women help ensure. And pride for those who stop, and give thanks, for making sure we don't take it for granted, at least in that moment. Thanks to all for their service.
I wish you all a happy and safe Independence Day.  

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   
 
 More meetings dates and locations to be announced soon!
The Parish Office Needs Your Info
Please take a moment to email John Churchwell (john.churchwell@stpetersconway.com) any personal information that has been changed (mailing address, email address, phone number).

Painters Needed
Volunteers are needed to help paint the educations wing hallway.
Working dates: July 9th, 10th, and 11th, starting at 9:00am each day.
Please contact Brett Hardison if you can help: bhardi@axciom.com or 501-472-2449

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 
So it's my turn to write about why stewardship is important to me. I wrote something up and emailed to Chris and Taylor to get their feedback, and I received "crickets" back for both of them. I got the hint and started over. I'm not good at this type of thing- the writing thing. I'm much better at talking. And the congregation all says Amen to that. I do like to talk especially about things I'm passionate about. Why is stewardship important? Cause it is!! Is it easy to talk about? No. Should we be better about talking about it? Yes. Does it make me uncomfortable to talk about? Yes! Planned, monthly giving and giving of my time and talent 
to St. Peter's are important aspects of my faith. I believe in the vision and the mission of St. Peter's and that's why I give. During the most chaotic periods of my life, I knew St. Peter's- the church house and the people and the community- would be there for me. A true constant for my soul. I knew every Sunday I could sit on the left side, 4 pews back and feel my soul calming. That's why I give because my life is not so chaotic, but I still have that calming feeling wash over me when I'm at St. Peter's. And I want that soul calming feeling for others.  

~Genie Davis

Stewardship Report
Offering Date
Offering
Amount Given
Amount Needed
Difference
Ending 7/3/2018
Offering+Direct Deposit
$8,509.00
$8,455.00
$74.00
Ending 6/27/18
Offering
$12,495.00
$8,445.00
$4050.00
Ending 6/20/18
Offering+Direct Deposit
$7,730.00
$8,445.00
$-715.00
Ending 6/14/18
Offering
$5,563.48
$8,445.00
$-2881.52
*These amounts include operating funds only.
*The average weekly need to fully fund the St. Peter's operating budget is $8,445.00.
 
Quarterly Stewardship Statements
Your personal Stewardship Statements will be generated soon. These statements will be emailed to you on the email that has been given to the Parish Office. If you want your statement mailed to you (paper statement), please contact Mike King this week. (bookkeeper@stpetersconway.com)

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 
Parish Calendar

Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
July 5
July 6
July 7
July 8
July 9
 
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Library)

**Parish Office Closed**

4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)

**Parish Office Closed**
9:00am
Food Pantry
7:30am
Rite I
8:50am
Library Class
9:00am
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
10:00am
Adult Formation
11:00am
Rite II
12:30pm
Walk in Love
(Parish Hall)
12:30pm
DOK
(Morgan House)
9:00am
Morgan House Reserved
9:00am
Painting Project
12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)


Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
July 10
July 11
July 12
July 13
July 14
9:00am
Painting Project

9:00am
Painting Project
1:30pm
Library Reserved
6:30pm

Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Evening Prayer and Prayers for Healing
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)




Save the Date!  
            
July 2 - 9      The Rev. Greg Warren in Austin, TX for General Convention

July 3 -13     General Convention, Austin, Texas

July 3           Annual Independence Celebration and Picnic, St. Margaret's Little Rock

July 4           Parish Office Closed, Wednesday Night Service Cancelled

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 8  Jerra Linn
July 9   Tony Hodge
July 9   Bill Tsutsui
July 11   Shane Montgomery
July 13   Carl Purdy

Anniversaries
July 10   Jerry and Mary Southard

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 of soup; 1 16oz peanut butter; 1 jelly (no glass)
    Scripture Readings for Sunday, July 8, 2017
Ezekiel 2:1-5
The Lord said to me: O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you. And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. He said to me, Mortal, I am sending you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants are impudent and stubborn. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, "Thus says the Lord God." Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.
 
Psalm 123
     To you I lift up my eyes, *
        to you enthroned in the heavens.
2      As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, *
        and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
3      So our eyes look to the Lord our God, *
        until he show us his mercy.
4      Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy, *
        for we have had more than enough of contempt,
5      Too much of the scorn of the indolent rich, *
        and of the derision of the proud.
 
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven-whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows. And I know that such a person-whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows- was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat. On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness." So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
 
Mark 6:1-13
Jesus came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, "Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, "Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house." And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.
Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, "Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them." So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
 
 

 
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.  
 
Thanksgivings:
We give thanks for the people of St. Peter's and visitors with us this week.
We give thanks for: Emily Madden; Dani Maddox; Veronica and Simon Makepeace; Rowena Malone; Tiffany Matthews and Tiffany Bonds.;Roger, Fereshteh and Nicolas Maynard; Ron McConnell; Jay and Kathy McDaniel; Cecil and Nelda McDermott.
We give thanks for our Altar Guild.
We give thanks for First Baptist Church.    
We give thanks for the Muslim Student Association at Hendrix.
We give thanks for The Rev. Roberto Armas and St. Mark's, Quetzaltenango (ketz-al-ten-ango).
We give thanks for The Church of Pakistan (United), The Most Revd Humphrey Peters Bishop of Peshawar & Moderator of the Church of Pakistan.
We give thanks for Vacation Bible School and Choir Camp at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia. 
    
The Departed:



Ministry Team 2
Jerusalem Greer, Team Leader

7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Douglas Young
Kathryn Spinks
Jane Harris
Andrea Woods
Greeters

Tom Courtway
Melissa Courtway
Jane Harris
Carolyn Scot
Ushers

Bob Essert
Patsy Evans
Bev Freiley
Kelley King
Oblationers

Tom Courtway
Melissa Courtway
Dave Larson
Marilyn Larson
Eucharistic Visitors

Dan Allen
Doug Stroud
Eucharistic Ministers
Cody Blackmon
Tanya Buchanan
Ellen Stengel
Alcolytes

AM: Wylie Greer
CB: Cady Gray



AM: Wylie Greer
C: Harper Sobel
G: Ashlyn Readnour
Vestry Counters


Chris Odom
Claire Losardo
Altar Guild


Team 1






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