The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Altar Flowers are given by Pam Holt, in Thanksgiving for her Family and her Church.
St. Peter's Preaching Schedule
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
Conway Pride Parade and Festival     
Sunday, June 3 

Ways you can help:
  • Donate water - bring bottled water to the church Wednesday - Friday
  • March in the parade  - those who want to march will meet in the church lobby at 12:30 and walk to the Pink House at 12:45
  • Hand out water at our tent - after the parade help hand out bottled water.
  • Wear your St. Peter's shirt and strike up conversations - let others know that there is a church in town that lives what we "preach" - Everyone is welcome, God's love is for EVERYONE!
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."
 

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 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!
Note from your Jr. Warden
Excuse our mess!
This week you will notice some changes in the lobby as we prepare for a much needed fresh coat of paint.  Mike King is heading a team who will be repainting the lobby and I will be repairing the water damage on the wood trim around the lobby windows.  June 7th and 8th we will be moving the nursery and updating the classroom space across from the choir room.  If you have time available and can help I would love to have 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
My family stumbled upon St. Peter's in the fall of 2012 during a time when we were feeling lost in God and in church. After having attended a mega church in Conway for 5 years and turning a blind eye to the fact that our family was only tolerated there, we decided it was time to find a place where we could grow in God without having to change who we were. St. Peter's was that place. The members of the church, the priest and all other lay people welcomed our family with open arms. They have embraced the diversity of our family unit and have supported us along our journey of fostering over 15 children. This is a safe place for all of us and we know we are loved here just as we are. The acceptance we feel is only one of the reasons we are faithful in our stewardship at St. Peter's. We give so others can walk through those doors and feel God's love through the hands and feet of all those in this church.
~Christy Garrett-Jones
Stewardship/Offering
 
Ending 5/31/18 Plate Offering $3,065.00
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
Total May 2018 Operating Giving $25,295.00
Total May 2018 Operating Expenses $33,206.27
May 2018 Deficit  
- $7,911.00
 

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 31
June 1
June 2
June 3
June 4

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
12:00pm
Walk In Love
(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 5
June 6
June 7
June 8
June 9
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
Holy Eucharist and
Prayers for Healing

















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

 
4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)




11:00am
Journey Group
(Morgan House)












 
 














Save the Date!  
 
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

 June 3 through June 9 Celebrations 

Birthdays
Genie Davis
June 5
Tully Caddel
June 8
Ruth Clayton
June 8
Donna Haller
June 8
Jennifer Hodge
June 8
Janssen Weidower
June 8

Anniversaries

Cecil and Nelda McDermott June 4

Joe and Diana Arn June 9
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
 We have done Pentecost and Trinity Sunday and we are finally in Ordinary Time. It is green and there are no church holidays until fall. During this period of time we will hear stories about the life of Jesus and his disciples as they walk through the county side eating and teaching and healing. They are primarily stories that give us a sense of what Jesus wanted us to know about God and his love and compassion for us. This Sunday Jesus breaks two laws that make the Pharisees, those persons within the Jewish community who had become the custodians of the laws, take note for a future confrontation. They were primarily concerned with keeping the Sabbath and laws which focused of food, Purity Laws. In both readings, the disciples and Jesus broke the laws about the Sabbath. First by picking and eating grain of wheat as the walked through a field. Now, they had to be hungry to eat heads of wheat without getting rid of the chaff. Eating an unprocessed head of wheat is not a very fruitful way of consuming it. It is stiff, scratchy, and sharp edged stuff. Not something comfortable in the mouth. The point of this story is not so much about gathering food or eating on Sunday as it is about a law that has been made to be broken by those in need. The same is true of healing a man on Sunday. The man had suffered all of his life with a deformed hand. Jesus sees it, heals it, and makes the man whole for the first time in his life. Jesus acted out of compassion and broke the Pharisees' law, and they took note of it. -Ann Drake
    Scripture Readings for Sunday, June 3, 2017

1 Samuel 3:1-20
Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.
At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, "Samuel! Samuel!" and he said, "Here I am!" and ran to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call; lie down again." So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, "Samuel!" Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call, my son; lie down again." Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me." Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, 'Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening." [Then the Lord said to Samuel, "See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever."
Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, "Samuel, my son." He said, "Here I am." Eli said, "What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you." So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, "It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him."
As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the Lord.]
 
Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17
     Lord, you have searched me out and known me; *
        you know my sitting down and my rising up;
        you discern my thoughts from afar.
2      You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
        and are acquainted with all my ways.
3      Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
        but you, O Lord, know it altogether.
4      You press upon me behind and before *
        and lay your hand upon me.
5      Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
        it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
12    For you yourself created my inmost parts; *
       you knit me together in my mother's womb.
13    I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *
        your works are wonderful, and I know it well.
14    My body was not hidden from you, *
       while I was being made in secret
       and woven in the depths of the earth.
15    Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;
       all of them were written in your book; *
       they were fashioned day by day,
        when as yet there was none of them.
16    How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *
       how great is the sum of them!
17    If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; *
       to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.
 
2 Corinthians 4:5-12
We do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus' sake. For it is the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.
 
Mark 2:23-3:6
One sabbath Jesus and his disciples were going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?" And he said to them, "Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions." Then he said to them, "The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath."
Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, "Come forward." Then he said to them, "Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?" But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy 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: 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 1
Jeffrey Ward, Team Leader

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



Greeters



Ushers



Oblationers



 
Eucharistic Visitors

Rita Mackintosh
Tanya Buchanan
Doug Stroud
Eucharistic Ministers
Pam Holt
Dan Allen
Kathryn Spinks
Jay Ruud
Kelley King
Alcolytes


AM:Michael Moses
CB: Madolyn Ward








AM: Michael Moses
C: Jack Wirtz
Vestry Counters


Genie Davis
Christy Garrett-Jone
Altar Guild


Team 4






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