The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, May 24, 2018

St. Peter's Preaching Schedule
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 24      The Rev. Greg Warren
A Note from Rev. Dr. Linda Brown, Deacon
May 21, 2018
It is with delight and great joy that I share the news that I am staying at St. Peter's as your Deacon after the Rev. Greg Warren arrives. I visited with the Bishop a couple of weeks ago and told him that I would like to stay with the parishioners at St. Peter's. It is always the Bishop's decision to place Deacons as he sees the need; but he whole-heartedly agreed that it would be good for me to stay at St. Peter's. So, just as in a marriage, 'for better or worse', you have me for a while longer.  
 
The congregation at St. Peter's has become very special and particularly dear to my heart. The sincere welcome extended to my wife, Leigh, and I, has been tremendously rewarding. The Cathedral is her home church, but she attends here often and feels very much at home. Some of you remember that I came here for my intern/field assignment under Rev. Teri Daily in 2014, while in seminary. That never changed; I just increased my participation each year until I graduated. At my Ordination, Bishop Benfield told me that he wanted me to continue at St. Peter's during your interim time. The bottom line is that I have been attending St. Peter's since 2014 and have become more involved with each of you during transitions of the church and my education. I have so much gratitude in my heart for all that you have taught me!
 
I also wanted you to know that Leigh and I will be on a pilgrimage to England, Scotland, and Iona, led by Rev. Danny Schieffler, Rector at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Little Rock; from June 1-13. I will return for Rev. Bob Brown's last Sunday and of course be here from then on to welcome and work with Greg.
 
St. Peter's is on the verge of new and exciting times, increasing the love that already exists for each other and our neighbors. I am fortunate and blessed by God to be part of that!
 
In Christ's Peace,
Linda


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
Starting 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
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: 
 
 

 
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 many 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.)
Stewardship/Offering
 
Ending 5/24/18 Plate Offering $2,065.00
Ending 5/24/18
Direct Deposit $3,275.00
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.     
The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018, in observance of Memorial Day.
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
May 24
May 25
May 26
May 27
May 28

7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Library)



4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)



 





9:00am
Food Pantry








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
7:00pm
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship


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

**Parish** **Office** **Closed**


 














Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
May 29
May 30
May 31
June 1
June 2
1:30pm
Compassionate
Communication
(Library)








       

 
1:30pm
Library Reserved
2:00pm

Staff Meeting
5:30pm
Fledglings Writing
Group
(Library)
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 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

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

 May 27 through June 2 Celebrations 

Birthdays
Els Strickland
May 29
John Vanderslice
May 29
Andrew Woods
May 29
Christy Garrett-Jones
June 2

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
 What happens to a person or group of persons when they are forced out of their social group by some means or another? We are not sure how these early Christians were ostracized or by what means. Some hypothesize that they were forced to expose themselves in the saying of the "Benediction against Heretics" others say that this was not possible because the Benediction was not specifically Christian enough to expose people. It seems that at least some of the Pharisees were actively involved in the ouster. This exclusion meant that families and friends turned against you. You were shunned by those who loved you and were your support system. What do you do then? Are your ties to the new group strong enough to support you? You no longer have a worshiping community or holidays to celebrate. Does this have an impact on you? The answer for this group was: yes. When a group of people are ostracized from their home group there is a tendency to turn inward and lick your wounds, maybe cry over your loss. You have a lot of anger at those who ousted you, maybe some paranoia develops. The pain of loss is immobilizing. Anger at the perpetrator follows. What is needed is a leader who can help replace some of the lost institutions such as worship. In the mean time, the perpetrators are given a name and usually it is exaggerated. In this case they were Pharisees, who became all "Jews", not just those who were the perpetrators. There is no check on this exaggerated thinking among the victims. Paranoia sets in; victims see enemies behind every bush. When you are cut off from the world, you loose your skills in navigating the world. Social skills are lost or muted. You realize that one of the problems you had was what you thought about Jesus as the Messiah. So over time, you develop your thinking. John has a very developed understanding of Christ, the Messiah. Do you know people in communities similar to the one in John? -Ann Drake
    Scripture Readings for Sunday, May 27, 2017
The 9:00am Service will read from Romans and lead the Psalm.

Isaiah 6:1-8
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:
"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; 
the whole earth is full of his glory."
The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: "Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!"
Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: "Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out." Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I; send me!"

Psalm 29
1 Ascribe to the Lord, you gods, *
   ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his Name; *
   worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;
   the God of glory thunders; *
   the Lord is upon the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice; *
   the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees; *
   the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, *
   and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord splits the flames of fire;
   the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; *
   the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
8 The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe *
   and strips the forests bare.
9 And in the temple of the Lord *
   all are crying, "Glory!"
10 The Lord sits enthroned above the flood; *
    the Lord sits enthroned as King for evermore.
11 The Lord shall give strength to his people; *
    the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

Romans 8:12-17
So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh-- for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba! Father!" it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ-- if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

John 3:1-17
There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God." Jesus answered him, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above." Nicodemus said to him, "How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother's womb and be born?" Jesus answered, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, 'You must be born from above.' The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit." Nicodemus said to him, "How can these things be?" Jesus answered him, "Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?
"Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
"Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
 
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: Jackie and Max Hollis; Pam Holt; Steve, Denise, and Christian Hurd; Eric and Donna Hutchinson; George, Barbara Ann, Erik, and Ren Jenson.
We give thanks for the Wesley United Methodist Church.  
We give thanks for the The Baha'i Community in Conway.
We give thanks for our Tuesday Office Volunteer, Xandra Sharpe.
We give thanksThe For Rev. Tomas Calel &The Transfiguration in Chumanzana (choo-man-zahna) and St. Bartholomew's in Chucalibal (choo-caly-ball).
We give thanks for The Anglican Church of Korea, The Most Revd Onesimus Dongsin Park Primate of the Anglican Church of Korea & Bishop of Busan.
We give thanks for the Good Neighborhood Grants at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.

The Departed:




Ministry Team 4
Claire Losardo, Team Leader

7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Ann Drake
Claire Losardo
Dave Campbell
Greeters
Norma Smothers
Dalton Losardo
Austin Losardo
Kent Ballew
Austin Losardo
Ushers
Sandra Hamilton
Erin Weindorf
Deana Weindorf
Claire Losardo
Dalton Losardo
Oblationers

Joe Arn

Daniel Grayling
Nancy Thompson 
Eucharistic Visitors

Tanya Buchanan
Dan Allen
Doug Stroud
Eucharistic Ministers
Stacey Coleman
Kathryn Spinks
Leigh Ann Warriner
Alcolytes

AM: Miles Greer
C: Harry Lance








C: Elise McGarrity
T1: Miles Greer
T2: Harper Sobel

Vestry Counters


Claire Losardo
Brett Hardison
Altar Guild


Team 3






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