The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Altar Flowers are given by Pam Holt in Thanksgiving for St. Peter's Episcopal Church
and her Family.
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!

Lunch-n-Learn This Sunday
Windows of our Faith
Join Joe Arn this Sunday following the 11am service for this very special Lunch-n-Learn.
Come enjoy lunch in the Parish Hall, then join Joe for an informative tour about the meaning and history of our beautiful windows! This an event for the whole family to enjoy together.

St. Peter's Preaching Schedule
May 20       The Rev. Dr. Robert C. Brown
May 27       The Rev. Dr. Linda Brown
June 3        The Rev. Toby Rowe
June 10      The Rev. Jason Alexander, Canon to the Ordinary
June 17      The Rev. Dr. Robert C. Brown
June 18      The Rev. Greg Warren
Smoke on the Mountain
is coming to St. Peter's!
May 19, 2018 
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. 
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!
Brown Bag Book Study
May 23, 2018


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
Adult Forum will resume this Sunday with a Deacon's Forum with Peggy Cromwell, who will answer the question "what is a deacon exactly?"
May 27: Homebrewed Christianity: Guide to Being Human. Becoming the best bag of bones you can be with author and podcaster Donna Bowman.
June- July: The Gentle Path: Christianity, Spirituality and the Twelve Steps, led by Shane Montgomery.   
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: 
 
 

Bible Study
The Summer Bible Study of the Book of John meets on Monday Afternoons and Thursday Evenings 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 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.)
Stewardship/Offering
Ending 5/17/18 Plate Offering $2,670.00
Ending 5/10/18 Plate Offering $5,796.00
Ending 5/10/18
Direct Deposit $5,139.00
Ending 5/3/18 Plate Offering $3,160.00
Ending 5/3/18
Direct Deposit $125.00
Ending 4/26/18 Plate Offering $2,106.00
Ending 4/26/18
Direct Deposit $3,325.00



*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
May 17
May 18
May 19
May 20
May 21

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



4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)



 





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







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
Lunch and Learn
(Parish Hall)
2:00pm
Walking the Mourner's Path
(Library)
 
  
12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)




 














Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
May 22
May 23
May 24
May 25
May 26
1:30pm
Compassionate
Communication
(Library)








       

 
1:30pm
Library Reserved
2:00pm

Staff Meeting
5:30pm
Fledglings Writing
Group
(Library)
6:00pm
Vestry
(Classroom 2)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Holy Eucharist and
Prayers for Healing








7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Library)

 
4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)




9:00am
Food Pantry










 
 














Save the Date!  
 
May 20         Pentecost Sunday

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

May 28         Parish Office Closed

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

July 4           Parish Office Closed

August 12     Rally Day/Blessing of the Backpacks

September 3  Parish Office Closed

October 7      Bishop Sunday

November 4   All Saints Sunday

November 25  Christ the King Sunday

December 2   First Sunday of Advent

 May 20 through May 26 Celebrations 

Birthdays
John Krebs
May 23
Becky Haynes
May 24
Els Strickland
May 29
John Vanderslice
May 29
Andrea Woods
May 17
Scotty Bell
May 29

Anniversaries 
Nathan and Jerusalem Greer
May 24

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 whole kernel corn; 1 box of cereal; 2 pkgs ramen
Pantry Musings
Today we traditionally celebrate Pentecost, the eighth sunday after Easter, the birthday of the church. Birthdays are happy celebrations, generally. But I doubt that they were very happy days for the early church which started as a movement within the Jewish synagogues, and was later expelled from the Jewish faith. They were considered heretics early on but by the 4th century C.E. they were called heretics in Jewish liturgical material. We have the story of this process in the Gospel of John. In and around the time of Jesus there is a conflict with the Jewish community which caused a split in its power structure. The community became somewhat secularized and begins to split with the Pharisees gaining more power and the temple and role of the high priests diminishing. As you had a rising population of Jews in diaspora the synagogue became more and more important, and the temple lost its central role in Judaism. Johannine Christianity was born during this period of time, and situations in the Jewish places of worship became more complicated. Finally, those confessing Jesus as the Messiah were forced to leave. The Johannine community formed what amounts to a sect in sociological terms today. The Johannine community is isolated from their Jewish home creating a group that looks inwardly for its identity and is formed around their  newly confessed religious community. At this time in the history of Judaism a person's religious identity was established by his tribal identity. All the rest of what we think of as factors determining status, i. e., political, economic, and social, had no impact on social status - only one's birth into a particular tribe. Because they felt lost, as individuals and as a group, they turned in upon themselves seeking comfort and identity from one another. They probably reached out to some other Christians, namely, Gentiles and Samaritans, but their inward focus helped produce a high christology, one which caused them further alienation from the Jewish community. They interpreted the Old Testament through the acts of Jesus, and converted all of the Jewish holidays into Christian ones. The expulsion caused breaks within families and between friends, as well as, resulting in oppression of the Christian community. This meant that the Christian community saw their former family members and neighbors as oppressors, and saw the world as irredeemable and evil, thus, they developed a dualistic world view. ---Ann Drake 
      Scripture Readings for Sunday, May 20, 2017.

Ezekiel 37:1-14
The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, "Mortal, can these bones live?" I answered, "O Lord God, you know." Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord."
So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
Then he said to me, "Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.' Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act," says the Lord.

Psalm 104:25-35, 37
25    Lord, how manifold are your works! *
        in wisdom you have made them all;
        the earth is full of your creatures.
26    Yonder is the great and wide sea
        with its living things too many to number, *
        creatures both small and great.
27    There move the ships,
        and there is that Leviathan, *
        which you have made for the sport of it.
28    All of them look to you *
        to give them their food in due season.
29    You give it to them; they gather it; *
        you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
30    You hide your face, and they are terrified; *
        you take away their breath,
        and they die and return to their dust.
31    You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *
        and so you renew the face of the earth.
32    May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; *
       may the Lord rejoice in all his works.
33    He looks at the earth and it trembles; *
        he touches the mountains and they smoke.
34    I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; *
       I will praise my God while I have my being.
35    May these words of mine please him; *
        I will rejoice in the Lord.
37    Bless the Lord, O my soul. *
        Hallelujah!

Acts 2:1-21
When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs-- in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power." All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" But others sneered and said, "They are filled with new wine."
But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
`In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.' "

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Jesus said to his disciples, "When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.
"I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?' But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
"I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
 
 
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: LeRoy and Frances Hendricks; Rosemary Henenberg; Stepheny and Madison Hernandez; Kim Herrington and Joseph Charlson; Alice Hines; Guy Hobbs; Tony, Jennifer and Nathan Hodge.
We give thanks forOak Bowery Baptist Church.    
We give thanks for the Hillel Association at Hendrix.
We give thanks for our Wednesday Office Volunteer, Gloria Parker.
We give thanks for The Rev. Jose Morales P. & St. Matthew"s, Chuguexa (choo-yakes-ah).
We give thanks forThe Diocese of Colorado, The Rt Revd Robert O'Neill.
We give thanks for Worship with Children 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
Susan Sobel
Kevin Mequet
Wolfe Oeste
Greeters
Pam Holt

Lisa Crowson
Katrina Wilcox
Madelyn Adams
Lynn Rich
Ushers
Pam Holt
Danny Reed
Dinah Reed
Jerry Adams
Gloria Parker

Oblationers



Lynn Neuhofel
Pam Neuhofel   
Eucharistic Visitors

Rita Mackintosh
Beth Brady
Deana Weindorf
Doug Stroud
Eucharistic Ministers
Erin Weindorf
Tanya Buchanan
Jim Fowler
Alcolytes

AM: Mike Moses
Dove:
C: Madolyn Ward







AM: Mike Moses
Dove: Berris Teague
C: Cooper Teague
T1: Hutson Teague
T2: Ashlyn Readnour





Vestry Counters


Christy Garrett-Jones
Chris Odom
Altar Guild


Team 3






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