The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Altar Flowers are given in loving memory of Alice DePontier,
 by Lynn and Pam Neuhofel and Family.
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!
A Note from the Senior Warden
-Chris Odom
 
Greetings, St. Peter's Family!
Once again it's time for Conway's annual festival honoring everyone's favorite amphibian:  Toad Suck Daze!  This also means that we are quickly approaching the end of the school year and summertime. 
 
On June 18, our new deacon-in-charge, the Rev. Greg Warren will have his first day in the office and his first Sunday services will be June 24.  Mark your calendars now! 
 
Also, keep in mind that we all need to be cognizant of keeping up with our stewardship pledges.  If you've fallen behind, can you commit to catch up?  Maybe you've had a better financial year than you planned:  now would be an excellent time to increase your giving to St. Peter's!  We are a vibrant, active church, but our pledges often don't reflect this.  I ask you to prayerfully consider a pledge to St. Peter's: 
 
Abundant God, you made us in your image and breathed in us a spirit of generosity that is both gift and response. Move us, we pray, to give as we have received-abundantly, generously, and joyfully that our common ministry my ever bear witness to your unfailing grace. In the name of the Three in whom we are One, Amen.
Jr. Warden's Report  
Grounds update & Closing of EYC/Food Pantry Building 
Spring is here and like many of you St. Peter's is cleaning house and making repairs after a soggy, cold winter. Over the next couple of months there will be several projects taking place on the grounds of the church as well as in the building. The grounds work will be addressing our drainage issues and also an effort to create a new, safe playground area for our younger children. A donation of $1,000 has been given towards the playground project. We will be replacing the wooden privacy fence with a wrought iron fence that will allow a clear line of sight, as well as new playground equipment, ground cover and a gate. Eight sections of the fence and posts have also been donated. We estimate the total playground project to run around $2,000. If you would like to help by either giving of your time, talent or treasure, please contact me or Jerusalem Greer.

As I mentioned above we have drainage issues. For many years water has been running underneath the EYC/Food Pantry building. After consulting with two different local companies and receiving a confirming opinion from an architect the vestry has voted to no longer use the building for anything other than storage. By the end of May the nursery and Youth/Children's Church will be relocated.

The nursery will be combined, in the double classroom, with the preschool class effective June 3. 

Family Formation will meet in the Parish Hall Chapel until May 27 (their last class of the ministry year)

Children's Chapel (during the 9 and 11 am services) will meet in the Parish Hall Chapel through the summer.     
The Food Pantry will be moving by the end of June to our current nursery space.

EYC will end on May 9, and until better solution arises, their items will be moved to Classroom 8, which is currently the "storage/junk room." Over the next two weeks the room will be cleaned and prepared for the youth items. Anything remaining in the room after Sunday, May 13th will be donated or thrown away. If you have stored items in this room please come and pick them up asap.  
Being a good steward of aging property can be a challenge. Many years ago when our new church was dedicated, Archdeacon Rev. Richard F. Milwee challenged us to "wear this place out". He urged us to not treat it like a museum, but rather a place where the finish is worn off the pews from years of corduroys and woolens sliding in and out, for the hinges on the doors to squeak from opening wide to greet each other, and for the yard to have dirt paths where children chase around the grounds. We have met that challenge and it is my prayer we will continue to "wear this place out" and be what God is calling us to be in Conway and the surrounding community.
 
 
Leigh Ann Warriner, Junior Warden

Smoke on the Mountain
is coming to St. Peter's!
Featuring two dozen rousing bluegrass songs and the efforts of a young and enthusiastic pastor who is trying desperately to bring his tiny congregation into the modern world, Smoke on the Mountain will make it's way throughout central Arkansas this May and June as RCT takes this adult community theatre production on the road to local churches and community centers. Join us as the Sanders Family, a traveling bluegrass group, reveal their true and hilariously imperfect natures, endearing themselves to us by revealing their weaknesses and allowing us all to share in their triumphs.
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:00pm
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Conway, AR
Benefiting St. Peter's Youth Ministries and Camp Scholarships!
Popcorn, Soda Pop, and Hot Dogs will be sold as concessions at intermission. 
Pentecost, May 20, 2018
Come celebrate Pentecost with us on May 20!
Wear red, bring some spicy to set our tongues on fire, and be prepared to celebrate the Holy Spirit!

Cultivating Compassion  
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: 
 
 

Bible Study
The Spring/Summer Bible Study of the Book of John meets on Monday Afternoons in the Library or Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Morgan House.  Check poster in lobby for details. Join anytime!
Mother's Day Celebration  
May 13 
The St. Peter's Vestry is proud to sponsor cake, mimosas (and a non-alcoholic option), and flowers to honor the mothers and mother figures who grace our church family with their love and support.  Please join us in the lobby on May 13th!

Ministry Team  Training 
Interested in becoming a usher, oblationer, or greeter, 30-minute training will be offered May 20 , June 17 , or July 15 at 9:30 or 10:30 in Classroom 2.  (Retraining for current ministry members offered at same time.)
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
May 10
May 11
May 12
May 13
May 14

6:00pm
Moms Demand Action
(Parish Hall)
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)


4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
5:30pm
Wedding Rehearsal



 





9:00am
Food Pantry
10:00am
Community of Hope
(Morgan House)
5:00am
Sakevicius/
Compton Wedding







7:30am
Rite I
8:50am
Library Class
9:00am
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
10:00am
Choir Practice
Family Formation
11:00am
Rite II
12:00pm
Senior High Lunch
(Bob's Grill)
2:00pm
Walking the Mourner's Path
(Library)
 7:00pm
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
(Classroom 4)
  
12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)




 














Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
May 15
May 16
May 17
May 18
May 19
1:30pm
Compassionate
Communication
(Library)
5:30pm
EfM
(Classroom 2)







       

  
 
12:00pm
BrownBag Book Club
1:30pm
Library Reserved
2:00pm

Staff Meeting
3:30pm
EYC
5:30pm
Fledglings Writing
Group
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Holy Eucharist and
Prayers for Healing




6:30pm
Finance Meeting
(Library)
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)

 
4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)





 
9:00am
Food Pantry
7:00pm
Smoke on the Mountain
(Parish Hall)



 
 














Save the Date!  
 
May 9          Ascension Celebration
 
May 13         Mother's Day

May 20         Pentecost Sunday

May 23         Vestry Meeting, 6:00pm, Classroom 2

June 3         Conway's Gay Pride Parade 

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

August 12     Rally Day/Blessing of the Backpacks

October 8      Bishop Sunday

November 4   All Saints Sunday

November 25  Christ the King Sunday

December 2   First Sunday of Advent

 May 13 through May 19 Celebrations 

Birthdays
Jerry Adams
May 13
David Stone
May 14
Sandra Epsy
May 15
Liz Gron
May 17
Linda Jones
May 17
Scotty Bell
May 18
Katie Thompson
May 18

Anniversaries 
John Krebs and Liz Gron
May 13
Rob and Nikki Reid
May 14
Fred and Lillian Petrucelli
May 16
Woody and Cara Cummings
May 17

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
This is the final week of Easter and the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.  This week we add the celebration of the Ascension, May 10. Resurrection establishes the corporeal immortality of Jesus, he is divine, and the Ascension establishes Jesus' divinity: he is the Son of God. The body of Jesus that died was the same body that rose from the dead. We have witnesses to his death. burial and the empty tomb with burial cloths present. His body was his body. Thomas touched him, and felt the scars. He ate with the disciples, went fishing with them, cooked for them, served them the Eucharist. He also did strange things like coming into locked rooms and making sudden appearances or disappearances. The strongest indication of deification in the ancient world was ascension. In Christian thought, ascension and resurrection are linked so that Easter begins with the celebration of Jesus' resurrection, and then, ten days before Pentecost, we celebrate Jesus' Ascension. Just prior to his ascension Jesus told the disciples that everything written about him in the law of Moses, in the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled. That the resurrection has happened. And the they are to interpret the scriptures and continue to preach repentance and forgiveness (Luke 24:44-53). After these instructions, he blessed his disciples and then withdrew from them into the heavens. The disciples began their ministry as accounted for in the synoptic gospels and Acts. John is written a bit later and presents his own problems in establishing Christianity as separate from Judhism.
-Ann Drake
  
Scripture Readings for Sunday, May 13, 2017.
The 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm and read from Acts.  
   
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, "Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus-- for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry. So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us-- one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection." So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place." And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

Psalm 1
     Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, *
        nor lingered in the way of sinners,
        nor sat in the seats of the scornful!
2      Their delight is in the law of the Lord, *
        and they meditate on his law day and night.
3      They are like trees planted by streams of water,
        bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; *
        everything they do shall prosper.
4      It is not so with the wicked; *
        they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
5      Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes, *
        nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.
6      For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, *
        but the way of the wicked is doomed.
1 John 5:9-13
If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
John 17:6-19
Jesus prayed for his disciples, "I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth."
 
 
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: Kim, Noah and Isaac Head; Molly, Kevin and Pippa Hegemann; Rick and Judy Helm; Russell, Shelley, Hayden, Miranda, and Chandler Henderson.
We give thanks for the One Church of Conway.    
We give thanks for the Vedanta Society of Arkansas.
We give thanks for our Monday Office Volunteer, Mark Sullivan.
We give thanks for the companionship of the churches in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Western Guatemala.
We give thanks for the work of the Anglican Centre in Rome, Christchurch, Aotearoa NZ & Polynesia, The Rt Revd Victoria Matthews.
We give thanks for A Talk With Trudy Rubin, A Discussion about the Syrian War, 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
Donna Bowman
Marianne Black
Andrea Woods
Greeters

Bob Essert
Patsy Evans
Carolyn Scott
Ushers

Judy Helm
David Larson
Marilyn Larson
Oblationers

Tom Courtway
Melissa Courtway
Bev Freiley
Kelley King
Eucharistic Visitors

Deana Weindorf
Dan Allen
Doug Stroud
Eucharistic Ministers
George Coleman
Dan Allen
Ellen Stengel
Alcolytes

AM: Wylie Greer
CB: Cady Gray




AM:
C: Chris Walters
T1: Kido Camargo
T2: Isabel Ruckle
Vestry Counters


Marilyn Larson
Leigh Ann Warriner
Altar Guild


Team 3






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