The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Altar Flowers are given for the survivors and victims of the 2 Year Anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre, Orlando, Florida, by Shane Montgomery, Kev Mequet, and Drew Spurgers.
St. Peter's Preaching Schedule
June 10      The Rev. Jason Alexander, Canon to the Ordinary
June 17      The Rev. Dr. Robert C. Brown
June 24      The Rev. Greg Warren
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. Peggy Cromwell, Deacon

The Episcopal Church has gotten a lot of good press in the last couple of weeks, thanks in large part to the visibility of our Presiding Bishop, the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry. Bishop Curry "wowed" the world with his sermon at the Royal Wedding. Millions of people around the world heard his message of Love.  
 
More recently, the Bishop co-led a march on the White House with other faith leaders, saying, ""This is not a protest march, this is a procession of Christian people. This is what they did on Pentecost. This is a Pentecostal moment and we are committed to following the way of Jesus....Maybe the spirit is helping us to reclaim Christianity, not as ideology, not as anybody's political party. Jesus can't be bought. But to re-center Christianity and have it named and heard and understood as grounded in the teachings of Jesus, who said blessed are the poor, blessed are the poor in spirit, the Jesus who taught us love God and love your neighbor, the Jesus of the parable of the Good Samaritan ... to re-center ourselves on this Jesus...And as that happens, not in high lofty terms, as that happens to the average Christian, the average person sitting in churches, Protestant, Catholic, evangelical, I dare say they become the movement that actually can move forward." 
 
If you're like me, you've probably been proud to say, "He's OUR guy!" But we cannot be content to sit around and feel good about ourselves just because our Presiding Bishop is making us look good. Our task is to take his words of Love and the Jesus Movement and PROVE THEM right here in our community. I am confident that we will be seeing some new folks who have heard Bishop Curry's words and may check us out. We must be ready to welcome without pressure, listen without judgment, and love without condition when they do come.
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."
 

A Note From Your Jr. Warden

It is an exciting time for our church family.  This Sunday The, Rev. Jason Alexander, The Canon to the Ordinary, will be at St. Peter's preaching at all three services.  Next Sunday, June 17th, will be Rev. Dr. Bob Brown's last service. The following Sunday, June 24th will be Rev. Greg Warren's first service.  In the St. Peter's tradition a reception will be held after the services on June 17th and June 24th as we say "goodbye" and "hello".  The receptions will be held in the Parish Hall following the 11:00 service.

We continue to update the lobby as well as relocating the nursery and classrooms.  For the summer we would like to try something.  After June 24th we will be moving our coffee hour to the Parish Hall rather than the lobby.  We will be offering a continental style breakfast from 8:30 - 11:00 each Sunday.  Our hope is that the 7:30 crew will linger and visit with the 9:00 folks, and the 9:00 will stay and meet the 11:00.  Rather than asking each team to be responsible for bringing food, Claire Losardo will be leading a group that will plan each weeks menu which will be purchased from donations made each week.

The St. Peter's community is a strong, loving and faithful family.  Please join us each Sunday in the Parish Hall to meet and welcome our new priest as well as new members and visitors.  Come a bit early and linger a bit longer. Make connections. Build community. Go forth in love.
--

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 Days
Youth Work Days,  June 7 and 21, 10am-2pm, $5 for lunch.
It's summer so that means it's time for YOUTH WORK DAYS!
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

Camp Mitchell for Kids
It's that time again - time to send kids to Camp Mitchell! The cost of camp is $425 and as you can imagine this is
cost prohibitive for families especially those sending
more than one child. Camp Mitchell is a life changing experience and contributes greatly to the faith of your kids. Any support you can give would be much appreciated! To donate, please place a check in offering plate or in the office with "Camp Fund" in the memo line. Thank you!
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
Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. The tradition of giving back to God and to the church comes from the Biblical practice of "tithing," which means to give back a tenth of our earnings to God (Numbers 18:26). The Episcopal Church sees stewardship as more than simply contributing money to the church; it's also about contributing time and talents, and volunteering for ministry and mission. It's about reaching out to build relationships from a perspective of abundance instead of scarcity. - https://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/stewardship
 
When I first came to St. Peter's I had lots of time, but not much money so I volunteered anywhere and everywhere. I tended to over extend myself in the beginning and had to learn the lesson of balance. First of all I learned to balance my time to where I could focus my energy in a couple of areas so I could be effective and not burn out. Then I had to learn to balance my time/talents with financial support. Financial support didn't come easy at first because church giving had never been part of my budget.
I started out giving a few dollars in the offering plate, but did not sign a stewardship pledge card. I didn't understand how important the pledge cards were for St. Peter's to plan for the coming year. In time, I learned what it takes to keep St. Peter's going and finally understood how important regular financial support is to continue the mission of St. Peter's. I'm a fan of St. Peter's direct deposit. My tithe is in my budget and I don't have to work about getting a check in the offering plate.
 
Peace be with you,
Brett Hardison
St. Peter's vestry member
Stewardship/Offering
 
Ending 6/7/18 Plate offering $6,300.22
" Direct Deposit $5,464.00
Ending 5/31/18 Plate Offering $2,905.00
Ending 5/24/18 Plate Offering $2,065.00
" Direct Deposit $3,275.00
Ending 5/17/18 Plate Offering $2,670.00



*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 7
June 8
June 9
June 10
June 11

10:00am
EYC Work Day
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Library)

**Lobby and Nursery Work Day**




4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)



  **Lobby and Nursery Work Day**





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
Senior High Lunch
(Bob's Grill)
12:30pm
Walk In Love
(Parish Hall)
12:30pm
DOK
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship


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






 














Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
June 12
June 13
June 14
June 15
June 16
1:30pm
Compassionate
Communication
(Library)
6:00pm
Faulkner County
Social Justice
(Morgan House)





       

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

















7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Library)

 
4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)




9:00am
Food Pantry
11:00am

Journey Group
(Morgan House)












 
 














Save the Date!  

June 17        The Rev. Robert C. Brown's last Sunday

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

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

 June 3 through June 9 Celebrations 

Birthdays
Claire Losardo
June 10
Wolfgang Oeste
June 10
John Shute
June 10
John Robert Shute
June 10
Bob Sanders
June 11
Madison Weidower
June 11
Katie Larson
June 13
Bob Essert
June 15
Matt Sharpe
June 15
Susannah Stengel
June 15
Nancy Thompson
June 15
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 of soup, 1 16oz peanut butter, 1 jelly (no glass)
Pantry Musings 
Discipleship is often thought of as a matter of following your leader; and, you would be right to think of it in such a manner. Sometimes, we are not very diligent about this. Often we forget about our fellows needs : But, there is another side to discipleship;we need to support each other. Often we forget about our fellows need or we do not ask about people as much as we should.
Although I think we are pretty good about our care for each other, it is important to remind ourselves of such responsibilities, especially as we look at the demography of our congregation. I am reminded of this in a quote from The Book of Bibb by Frederick Buechner: "'Friends, Jesus came down to a place where every last man, woman, and is living on death row. You'd think the least we could do was draw close and comfort each other, but no. Except for a few loved ones, we close the doors of our hearts and bolt them tight on each other.'" Bibb, in preaching a sermon and then he goes on to say, "'This world Jesus came down to, it's got good things in it too, praise God. It's got love in it and kindness in it and people doing brave and honest things, not just hateful things. It's got beauty in it. It's got the silver light of the moon by night and the golden beams the sun by day. It's got ... .Jesus was homesick for the place he came from. Brothers and sisters, the whole planet was a prison for Jesus. He got born here like the rest of us and did the work here he come to do, and he died here. But it was never like it was home to him.'" Bibb would remind us that Jesus called his disciples together at the end and left them in charge reminding them to love themselves and their neighbor. As disciples we too must love our neighbor and our selves. Being a Christian is doing what Christians do. Love and Christian are verbs not systems of belief. To love our neighbor we must take care of our selves. Taking care of our selves means taking care of our community, each other. Loving our selves is not a selfish activity, it is caring for ourselves so that we are able to love our neighbor.--Ann Drake
    Scripture Readings for Sunday, June 10, 2017
 
1 Samuel 8:4-20, 11:14-15
All the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, "You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations." But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to govern us." Samuel prayed to the Lord, and the Lord said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. Just as they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you. Now then, listen to their voice; only-you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them."
So Samuel reported all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, "These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots; [and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his courtiers. He will take one-tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and his courtiers.] He will take your male and female slaves, and the best of your cattle and donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the Lord will not answer you in that day."
But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, "No! but we are determined to have a king over us, so that we also may be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles."
Samuel said to the people, "Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingship." So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king before the Lord in Gilgal. There they sacrificed offerings of well-being before the Lord, and there Saul and all the Israelites rejoiced greatly.
 
Psalm 138
1       I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; *
        before the gods I will sing your praise.
2      I will bow down toward your holy temple
        and praise your Name, *
       because of your love and faithfulness;
3      For you have glorified your Name *
        and your word above all things.
4      When I called, you answered me; *
       you increased my strength within me.
5      All the kings of the earth will praise you, O Lord, *
        when they have heard the words of your mouth.
6      They will sing of the ways of the Lord, *
        that great is the glory of the Lord.
7      Though the Lord be high, he cares for the lowly; *
         he perceives the haughty from afar.
8      Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; *
        you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;
        your right hand shall save me.
9      The Lord will make good his purpose for me; *
        O Lord, your love endures for ever;
        do not abandon the works of your hands.
 
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture-"I believed, and so I spoke" -we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
 
Mark 3:20-35
The crowd came together again, so that Jesus and his disciples could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, "He has gone out of his mind." And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons." And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.
"Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin"- for they had said, "He has an unclean spirit."
Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, "Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you." And he replied, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" And looking at those who sat around him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."
 
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: Brian and Lenka Johnson; Stephanie and Ella Johnson; B.T. and Debbie Jones; Dunn and Molly Jones; Eric Jones and Paul McCowan; Frank and Betty Jordan.
We give thanks for the First Assembly of God Church.  
We give thanks for the Better Together Multifaith Initiative.
We give thanks for our Community of Hope.  
We give thanks for The Anglican Church of Melanesia, The Most Revd George Takeli Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia and Bishop of Central Melanesia.
We give thanks forThe Rev. Tomas Calel & The Holy Cross of Mt. Calvary in Balanya .
We give thanks for the Night Out For Parents at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.


The Departed:




Ministry Team 2
Jerusalem Greer, Team Leader

7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors



Greeters



Ushers



Oblationers



 
Eucharistic Visitors

Deana Weindorf
Dan Allen
Doug Stroud
Eucharistic Ministers
Erin Weindorf
Judy Helm
Paul McCowan
Ellen Stengel
Beth Brady
Alcolytes


AM: Wylie Greer
CB: Cady Gray







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




Vestry Counters


Leigh Ann Warriner
Claire Losardo
Altar Guild


Team 4






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