The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Altar Flowers are given in Honor of The Rev. Robert C. Brown (Bob), by his wife, Jill Brown.
St. Peter's Preaching Schedule
June 17      The Rev. Dr. Robert C. Brown
June 24      The Rev. Greg Warren
In Celebration of The Rev. Dr. Robert C. Brown

To the St. Peter's family,
Please join your fellow parishioners at church this Sunday, June 17, when we will celebrate and give thanks to the Rev. Robert Brown!  Bob's tenure with St. Peter's came at a time when we needed him the most as we bridged the gap between full-time priests.  He has provided comfort, compassion, and guidance over the past year and for that we are very grateful.  A reception will be held in his honor following the 11:00 service in the Parish Hall-please come and help show our appreciation to both Bob and Jill.
 
Blessings,
Chris

PS - We will be celebrating Father's Day in the Parish Hall as well.
Evening Prayer in June

During the month of of June, the Daughters of the King will be leading Evening Prayer on Wednesdays at 7:00pm.
All are welcome to join!
A Note from The Rev. Dr. Linda Brown, Deacon
 
The Transitional Deacon and Eucharist
 
What is a transitional deacon?
Ministers who are to be ordained priests are ordained deacons prior to priesthood. They are referred to as "transitional" deacons, because they are in the process of transition into priesthood. Others who are ordained deacons and remain so, are sometimes referred to as "permanent" deacons. Both transitional and permanent deacons share in the Order of Deacon. Ordination to the priesthood is approximately six months after ordination as transitional deacon.
 
How does this relate to St. Peter's?
Reverend Greg Warren, as our chosen priest-in-charge, will be a transitional deacon until ordination into the priesthood. So, as a deacon, whether transitional or permanent, he cannot consecrate elements (bread and wine) for the sacrament of Holy Eucharist. However, he is allowed, with permission and under the supervision of the Bishop's office, to administer Holy Communion if consecrated Sacrament is made available.
 
What is the source of the consecrated Sacrament?
Permission to take consecrated Sacrament must always be received from the priest at whose church the Eucharist is being celebrated. Persons taking it are to inform the priest when the administration will take place (for example, later in the day or the week). When such a procedure is not possible due to the times of worship services or the distance involved, deacons or lay ministers may take consecrated Sacrament from a celebration of the Holy Eucharist on a Sunday or weekday at one congregation, place it in an aumbry or tabernacle at the church where no priest is present, and administer it no later than the following Sunday.
 
Clergy from Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Little Rock, will assist us by being the church celebrating and consecrating the Eucharist. One of us will pick it up before services on Sunday after consecration on Wednesday night.  
 
How is the service different with elements already consecrated?
The order of service should clearly state that the member of the clergy who is administering Communion is a deacon.  
 
The worship service begins with the Liturgy of the Word, either Rite I or Rite II, (p. 323 or p. 355) for the Holy Eucharist. Transitional deacons assigned to a congregation prior to ordination to the priesthood may officiate. Members of the laity should read lessons and psalms. A deacon reads the gospel.
Following the Liturgy of the Word (and the receiving of the people's offering), The deacon reverently places the consecrated Sacrament on the altar, during which time a communion hymn may be sung.
The Lord's Prayer is said, the transitional deacon first saying, "Let us pray in the words our Savior Christ hath (has) taught us."  
 
And then, omitting the breaking of the Bread, the transitional deacon proceeds with what follows in the liturgy as far as the end of the postcommunion prayer, with a deacon dismissing the people. Note that until one is ordained as a priest, deacons
do not Absolve, Bless or Consecrate. Only bishops and priests can perform these functions.  
 
The service will be recorded in the service book as "Liturgy of the Word and Administration of Holy Communion."
 

Brown Bag Book Study

Brown Bag Book Study will begin a new study May we, 2018, and meet every Wednesday at noon in the church library. Please join us for the reading of our own parishioner's book! Donna will be glad to sign copies and be available as a resource for us. 
 
This Homebrewed Christianity Guide explores how Christian theology can address our rapidly changing paradigms of human existence. Donna Bowman argues that theology can contribute to our knowledge of the human self as gained through the sciences, that a theological perspective on humanity is useful in contemporary pluralistic and global settings, and that there's theological significance to work and play. She also tackles issues of gender, sexuality, creativity, and human expression--with jokes!
 
"Too often the church is answering questions no one is asking. This book answers questions people are asking. It is relevant, welcoming, and enjoyable!" --Gregory H. Rickel, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia
 
"This book is written for many audiences, young and old and in-between; scholarly and non-scholarly, Christians and Nones. If there's a study group at the local pub, they'll come if this book is the option." --Jay McDaniel, Hendrix College
 
Please contact Rev. Dr. Linda Brown, Deacon, with any questions.  
Email: linda.brown@stpetersconway.com       cell: 501.590.0631

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 fill out the registration form below: 
 
 


Youth and Families Fundraiser!
During the Month of May, St. Peter's Youth and Kids will be selling greeting cards in the lobby to raise money for Youth and Family programing (such as lock-in's, bowling, camping, splash bash etc.) Cards are $1 each or 12 for $10!  Lots of retro stock and Disney themes!
Youth Word Day
Youth Work Day,  June  21, 10am-2pm, $5 for lunch.
It's summer so that means it's time for A YOUTH WORK DAY!
Youth, 5th grade- 12th grade are invited to come help out with projects around the church.

 
Volunteers Needed for VBS!
July 29-August 3
is our  Abundant Life Garden Project VBS!

St. Peter's is hosting our first VBS here on our campus this year and we need YOU! Can you read? Garden? Make snacks? Greet visitors? Teach science experiments?

Then we need YOU! To sign-up follow this link:  https://goo.gl/forms/EIdWjDkpqN5QAlqc2

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 a usher, oblationer, or greeter, 30-minute training will be offered on June 17 , or July 15 at 9:30 or 10:30 in Classroom 2.  (Retraining for current ministry members offered at same time.)
Find Us Faithful in Stewardship
When my parents passed away, as an only child I had the daunting task of sorting through everything in their home.  It was overwhelming both emotionally and physically.  One day as I sat in the middle of their living room floor trying to decide what to keep, what to sale, what to give away, I broke down.  Looking at well worn nightgowns and carpenter jeans, mom's collection of blown glass paperweights and dad's treasured duck calls, old greeting cards, handwritten recipes and china and silver, I had two epiphanies.  The first was I would trade it all to have more memories of times spent together.  The second one? Nobody owns anything. We truly are stewards of all for the short time we are on this earth. No one gets to take it with them. We can leave our stuff to family and friends but they in turn have to leave it to someone else.

As sad as this might seem, it gave me great peace. I began to look at things differently. I began to give away my own stuff and I increased my personal giving to the church.  I give to St. Peter's because I believe in the work we do as a community. We care for each other and we care for those around us.  I believe that in Conway we are an island. We are unique and offer a safe place for all who seek God's love.  In this crazy world that is no small thing.  To be that island, that safe haven, we need leadership and a place to gather.  We need music and worship services to restore us and send us back to the world stronger knowing God loves us, just because.  We need a place for children and youth to learn about God's unfailing love.  Does this mean I don't also give to other groups? Absolutely not. I give to other charities, friends and people I don't know.  But it is important to me that St. Peter's doors are always open, the roof stable and the people underneath dry, there is food in the pantry and our staff have what they need to nurture us.

In short, I don't give because I like the priest or deacon, or even that is an Episcopal church, but because I believe in and love this community we have built together and it is important to me that this community is here for my children and their children, and your children and all the people that are searching for everything that St. Peter's has come to represent; God's table, where no one is denied and all welcome.  Thanks be to God.

Stewardship/Offering
Ending 6/14/18 Plate offering $5,563.48
Ending 6/7/18 Plate offering $6,300.22
Ending 6/7/18  Direct Deposit $5,464.00
Ending 5/31/18 Plate Offering $2,905.00
Ending 5/24/18 Plate Offering $2,065.00
Ending 5/24/18  Direct Deposit $3,275.00
     
*these amounts include operating funds only
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 our 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
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
Dollar Bills 
All $1 bills  in the offering plate this Sunday will go to the Discretionary Fund.     
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
June 14
June 15
June 16
June 17
June 18

7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Library)






4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)



 





9:00am
Food Pantry
11:00am

Journey Group
(Morgan House)








7:30am
Rite I
8:50am
Library Class
9:00am
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
10:00am
Adult Forum
Choir Practice
Family Formation
11:00am
Rite II
12:00pm
Reception for The Rev. Bob Brown (Parish Hall)
7:00pm
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship


 
  
12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)






 














Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
June 19
June 20
June 21
June 22
June 23
1:30pm
Compassionate
Communication
(Library)
5:00pm
Wisdom House Project
(Morgan House)





       

 
12:00pm
Brown Bag Book Club
(Library)
1:30pm
Library Reserved 
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Evening Prayer



















10:00am
EYC Workday
6:30pm
Finance Committee
(Classroom 2)
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Library)

 
4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
5:00pm
FriYay Supper Club
(Morgan House)
 
















 
 














Save the Date!  

June 17        The Rev. Robert C. Brown's last Sunday
                    Celebrating Bob and Father's Day in the Parish Hall all morning between services

June 18        The Rev. Greg Warren's first day in the office
            
June 24        The Rev. Greg Warren's first Sunday at St. Peter's and Reception

June 24        Vestry Meeting, Morgan House, 1:00pm

July 3 -13     General Convention, Austin, Texas

July 4           Parish Office Closed

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
Levi Sharpe
June 17
Kelly Wirtz
June 17
Ashley Gilliam
June 22
Kelley King
June 22
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
Food Pantry Schedule Change

Dear St. Peter's Family,

Beginning with the first Saturday in June, the food pantry will be open on the 1 st and 3 rd Saturday of each month. The hours of operation will still be 9:00 a.m. to noon on those Saturdays.

This change is due to the decrease in the number of people we are serving in the food pantry each month. The decrease in numbers could be due to the access of other pantries in our community that are open to our members, the number of members who are more financially stable due to new employment or other unknown reasons.

The first Saturday of the month has always been the busiest, but other Saturdays have become very infrequently used by our pantry members. Some of those Saturdays, we are only serving 10 to 15 people. The food pantry is still a vital ministry that we need at St. Peter's as there are families who need our assistance. Our volunteers are very dedicated and I am extremely grateful for all that you continue to do for the pantry. I am hopeful that this change will give our volunteers an opportunity to continue serving those who need our pantry each month, but will also be a better use of your time on the days you do volunteer.

A notification will be posted on the food pantry door and copies of the notification will go in all bags for the members who visit the pantry in May so they are aware of the changes. 

Please contact me at cdjones1976@yahoo.com with any questions or concerns you may have.

Peace be with you,
Christy Garrett-Jones


This week's Food Pantry Need
2 cans tunaw/water; 2 pkgs of pasta; 2 cans pasta sauce
Pantry Musings
I have been in the Bible study group on Monday's at noon. We have been working our way through the Gospels, and John is the book for this summer. It is not clear who wrote the work, or who his audience was, but some things are clear. Someone who claims to be the Beloved Disciple is the author although that would be impossible as the book was written about 100 years after the death of Jesus, and the Beloved Disciple was the one who lay on Jesus' chest. Just so that we are clear about the fact that he really did not write the gospel, I will refer to this person as the Beloved Disciple. At the very end of the Gospel, 21. 15-25, there is a discussion about the successor to Jesus. There are two candidates the Beloved Disciple and Peter, but there is no conclusive answer. The Beloved Disciple tells us about love, indeed someone that I read recently called John 'The Gospel of Love', and he is insistent that we love each other. There is a dark side to this Gospel; however, it is exclusive, so much so, that it is thought that people throughout history have used it to justify their actions in the Crusades, pogroms, and the Holocaust. The premise of this gospel is that you must adhere to its Christology to be a person of faith. There is no room for differences, and throughout the history of Christendom it has been used to exclude the nonbeliever. Peter on the other hand is a rough, crude, laborer who has all the attributes of a successful fisherman. Hardly a bishop in dress, habit or speech. He is a rough and tumble sort of guy who is known to have betrayed Jesus at his trial. Not the ideal resume for the leader of the church. At the end of the gospel Jesus leaves the Beloved Disciple and goes off taking Peter with him. Jesus makes no selection of a leader. We are left to make some assumptions. Neither of the candidates is a perfect one. We must choose between them. Who will be able to help us do what we need to do. ~Ann Drake
    Scripture Readings for Sunday, June 17, 2017
 
1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel.
The Lord said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons." Samuel said, "How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me." And the Lord said, "Take a heifer with you, and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.' Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you." Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, "Do you come peaceably?" He said, "Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice." And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, "Surely the Lord's anointed is now before the Lord." But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, "Neither has the Lord chosen this one." Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, "Neither has the Lord chosen this one." Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, "The Lord has not chosen any of these." Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all your sons here?" And he said, "There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here." He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, "Rise and anoint him; for this is the one." Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.
 
Psalm 20
1 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble, *
   the Name of the God of Jacob defend you;
2 Send you help from his holy place *
   and strengthen you out of Zion;
3 Remember all your offerings *
   and accept your burnt sacrifice;
4 Grant you your heart's desire *
   and prosper all your plans.
5 We will shout for joy at your victory
   and triumph in the Name of our God; *
   may the Lord grant all your requests.
6 Now I know that the Lord gives victory to his anointed; *
   he will answer him out of his holy heaven,
   with the victorious strength of his right hand.
7 Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses, *
   but we will call upon the Name of the Lord our God.
8 They collapse and fall down, *
   but we will arise and stand upright.
9 O Lord, give victory to the king *
   and answer us when we call.
 
2 Corinthians 5:6-17
We are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord-- for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.
[Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.] For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
 
Mark 4:26-34
Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come."
He also said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade."
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
 
 

 
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 


In Loving Support for:
Sam; Mouaz; Natalie.

In Constant Prayer for our upcoming Priest in Charge, The Rev. Greg Warren, and his partner, Mark Lamb.

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: John Krebs, Liz Gron, Bryan and Erik Urban; Joe LaFace; Camille LaGrossa; Steve, Dee, Rachel, and Harry Lance; David and Marilyn Larson.
We give thanks forCalvary Missionary Baptist Church.    
We give thanks for the Lubavitch Center for Jewish Learning.
We give thanks for our Thursday Evening Bible Study.
The Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma), The Most Revd Stephen Than Myint Oo Archbishop of Myanmar and Bishop of Yangon
We give thanks for The Right Rev. Armando Guerra, Bishop of Guatemala and Primate of The Anglican Church of Central America.
We give thanks for The Treble Choir at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.


The Departed:




Ministry Team 3
Jerry Adams, Team Leader

7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Pam Holt
Susan Sobel
Wolfe Oeste
Norm Moyer
Greeters
Ann Drake
Lisa Crowson
Katrina Wilcox
Madelyn Adams
Lynn Rich
Ushers
Pam Holt
Danny Reed
Dinah Reed
Jerry Adams
Kevin Mequet
Oblationers



Gloria Parker
Pam Neuhofel 
Eucharistic Visitors

Rita Mackintosh
Deana Weindorf
Doug Stroud
Eucharistic Ministers


Leigh Ann Warriner
Alcolytes


AM: Miles Greer
C: Harry Lance






AM: Wylie Greer
C: Wylie Greer
T1: Miles Greer
T2: Elise McGarrity
G: Austin Lasardo
estry Counters


Brett Hardison
Tom Renten
Altar Guild


Team 4






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