The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Annual Parish Meeting
 
The fun begins at 12:00 noon with a Meet-and-Greet with our Rector Search Committee members in the Lobby. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served.
 
The Annual Meeting will be from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in the Nave. We will hear reports from our Vestry, Staff, Clergy, and Finance Committee. New Vestry members will be voted on and we'll get an update on our Rector search. Childcare will be provided for children through 10 years of age. This meeting is an important one as we continue to move forward as a congregation, and we hope that you will attend.

Pledge Cards for 2018 Budget
 
To date pledged:              $325,000
Remaining pledge gap:    $200,000  
Goal:                                $525,000
Dollar Bills 
All $1 bills  in the offering plate this Sunday will go to the Discretionary Fund.     
Bank Draft Form
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
 
Dr. Amy Hawkins
Rector Search Committee Chair

Dr. Amy Hawkins is the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Central Arkansas where she is also an Associate Professor of Public Relations in UCA's School of Communication. Amy is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) through the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She served as Interim Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at UCA during its inaugural year and continues to mentor doctoral students. Amy, her 13-year-old son Paxson, and their eight-pound Maltipoo Luby live in Conway. She's been a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church since 2014.
Rector Search Committee
Amy Hawkins, Chair
Brad Teague
Scotty Bell
Dinah Reed
Taylor Tennison
Jay Ruud
Amanda Moore
Jane Harris
Karen McNutt

PRAYER FOR DISCERNMENT
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, one who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
God created a nice yard............
For you to walk on and play in, not to park your car on. Please park your cars on pavement areas of the church. Parking your car on the grass, especially behind the Parish Hall, damages our beautiful campus. Reminder that when using the Morgan House, all vehicles will need to be parked on Mitchell Street or in the church parking lot.
A Note from Jerusalem Greer

Dear St. Peter's Families -
Happy New Year to each of you!  Goodbye 2017, hello 2018!

For a lot of us, 2017 was a year of change and transition - we celebrated our beloved priest Teri as she left for new adventures, many of us started new jobs, new schools, or moved to new homes. Several of us said heartbreaking goodbyes to loved ones, lost employment, or relationships, while others welcomed happy surprises and unexpected joys. In some way all of us entered into seasons of change - many of which we neither predicted, nor wished for, or even completely understand, but regardless, change came and found us all.

Sometimes  the way to brave change is to keep routines the same - it is a way to provide continuity, and security in uncertain circumstances. And yet other times, change can be a catalyst for innovation, for imagination, for rebirth. And always, good or bad, happy or sad, change brings with it an invitation to grow. Which is where we are as a church. We have all been invited to grow deep roots of togetherness, service, and love in Christ, as we enter this new season as a congregation.

So, what does this mean for Family Ministries? Well, it means that some things will stay the same (security in uncertain times) and it means that there are some things that will change (in order that we might grow deeper roots.)

What is staying the same:
Sunday Mornings - We will continue to have Formative Childcare from 9am -12pm on Sunday Mornings, Family Formation from 10:00am-10:50am, and Children's Chapel during the 9am and 11am services for all children and youth. Sunday mornings is working well, and we are have had a lot of fun expanding our Sunday Morning ministry through Children's Chapel, so we will "keep on keeping on" where those ministries are concerned.

What is changing:
EYC.
In the life cycle of every church there is an ebb and flow to the age demographics of the kids in youth ministry. Some years there are a lot of middle school kids, some years there are a lot of tenth graders. Because of this, what works well from year to year, has be tweaked in order to best meet the size, personality, and needs, of each group of kids.
This year we have seen a huge increase in Middle School and Junior High students, particularly in our number of boys, and a natural drop-off in Sr. High kids at our Wednesday meetings. We have also seen an great increase in kids coming straight from school to the church. Also, this past semester we experimented with a Sunday lunch for Sr. High kids, and did sent out some feelers for what it might look like to have a monthly supper club for just our girls.  All of this has led  (after much consideration, prayer and discussion with parents and clergy) to a new schedule for Youth Engagement as follows:

NEW EYC Times for Winter/Spring 2018 -

Wednesdays (beginning Jan 10)
Flipside 45 - 3:30-4:15 (Pre-EYC supervised hangout/homework time)
EYC* - 4:15-6:00 pm (We will do heavy snacks instead of dinners)

2nd Sunday Seniors
Sr. High Lunch at Bob's Grill, 2nd Sunday of each month, 12:30-1:30, beginning Jan 14.

The FriYay Supper Club
St. Peter's young ladies, grades 7-9. Times and dates coming soon!

*note - there will still be childcare from 5:30--7:00 on Wednesday for Fledglings

So there you have it - what is new and what is old for Winter/Spring 2018! We will give it a whirl this semester and see how we grow in togetherness and service through smaller, more intentional gatherings, alongside our "regularly scheduled programming."

I am so very grateful for each of you - St. Peter's is a joyous place to serve because of you and your family, and I am looking forward to growing deep roots together in 2018.

Much love and hope for the New Year,
Jerusalem
 
PS: If you have any questions, concerns or want to volunteer to help with any of these gatherings please feel free to give me a shout!
 
Adult Forum in January
Sundays, 10:00am, Library
 
Donna Bowman, Ph.D., Professor, UCA, will be bringing us a study of the book of Revelation. 

Reading Revelation in the Upside Down

The early church fathers weren't keen on Revelation. Martin Luther wanted it out of the canon. But no other single book of the Bible has influenced Bible Belt culture more. We Southern natives have grown up marinating in that influence, especially in the interpretation called premillennial dispensationalism.  As a result, we non-evangelicals tend to prefer ignoring Revelation altogether. Does it have a unique message for us in these times, though, when so much of what we counted on has been upended? Together we'll take a fresh look at premillennialism- how it arose, what it teaches, and how the world looks through that lens. We'll rewind to discover the actual historical context and message of Revelation. And finally we'll ask whether that message has a surprising challenge for us in the current moment, enabling us to make a radical reinterpretation not only of this book but also of those in our culture who have so enthusiastically embraced it.
 
January 14: What did Revelation mean to its original author and audience?
January 21: What does Revelation say to us today?
January 28: Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

St. Peter's Text Messaging

Soon, the Parish Office will start sending text alerts to your cellphone. We promise that we will not overwhelm you with texts, but will only use it for emergencies (services cancelled due to inclement weather, last minute times and changes to programs). Please make sure John Churchwell has your correct cell number. You can also tell John if you do not want to receive text messages from the office. Send your number to John at john.churchwell@stpetersconway.com or call the Parish Office at 501-329-8174.
All Hands Ministry Team Meeting!
 All Current (and those interested) Lectors, Greeters, Ushers, Oblationers, and Hospitality Members are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming Ministry Team Refresher Trainings! We will be going over information such as Ultimate Ushering: Mastering Mixed Doubles and To Bow or not to Bow, that is the Question.
These 30 minute meetings will be held in Classroom Two at 9:30am and 10:30am on January 21, and February 18.
Brown Bag Book Club
Start Date: November 29
Time: 12:00 Noon - 1:00 pm
Place: St. Peter's Library

Kathleen Norris, the author of Dakota and Cloister Walk offers up her meditation on Mary, collecting sixty images of the mother of Jesus, from Raphael to Leonardo da Vinci--from Virgin, to peasant girl, to anxious parent, to Mother of God.
 
The Brown Bag Book Club will read and discuss Norris' beautifully illustrated book as their Advent Study. I hope you will make time in your busy Advent lives to come and focus on Mary, Mother of Jesus.
 
The book may be obtained through Amazon for approximately, $15.
 
Rev. Dr. Linda Brown, Deacon
 

Art, Pray, Love
 
Save the date! January 27, 2018. The Art, Pray, Love  
Fundraiser for the Guatemala Medical Mission.
 
We would like to introduce a partial list of several artists who will be participating in the event. They are working hard creating new work to display and sell.
 
We welcome back:
Don Byram - Photography
Michael Church - Collage and Mixed Media
Jeanetta Darley - Color pencil and Mixed Media
Brandon Hudson - painting
Scott Mattson - Digital and Oil Painting
Sheila Parsons - Watercolor Painting
Dr. David Pope-Painting
 
New to Art, Pray, Love:
Kateri Balogh - Abstract Paintings
Nicole Boswell - Painting
Micah Boswell - Wood Working
Tommy Wallace - Photography
 
Introducing the St. Peter's Table
We would like our St. Peter's artists to participate as well. We have heard several of you say that you would like to help raise funds for Guatemala by selling your artwork, but that you do not have enough inventory to fill a space or a table. For this reason we are adding something new for 2018...a St. Peter's Artist Table! So if you have only a few pieces ready for display and sale, you have a place at the table. The guidelines for participating will be the same whether you are displaying on the walls of the Parish Hall or on the St. Peter's table. You will be invited to attend the Meet the Artist Dinner on January 22nd, where we honor the participating artists with a delicious dinner, sharing stories and talking about the medical mission to Guatemala. Best of all, you will be helping to fund the 2018 Medical Mission Trip.
 
Please contact Marilyn Rishkofski for guidelines.

 
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
January 11
January 12
January 13
January 14
January 15
2:00pm
SLS Planning (Library)
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)
Parish Office
Closed
 
4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
6:30pm
Girl Scouts 6057
(Morgan House)

 





9:00am
Food Pantry
9:00am
Community of Hope Training
(Lobby)

7:30am
Rite I
9:00am
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
10:00am
Adult Forum
Choir Practice
Church in a Changing World
11:00am
Rite II
12:30pm
DOK
(Morgan House)
12:30pm
Vestry
(Library)
7:00pm
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
(Classroom 4)
 

Parish Office
Closed

12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Circle of Trust
(Classroom 4)





Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
January 16
January 17
January 18
January 19
January 20
5:30pm
EfM
(Classroom 2)  

  
  
12:00pm
Brown Bag Book Club
(Library)
1:30pm
Library Reserved
2:00pm

Staff Meeting
3:30pm
EYC
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Holy Eucharist and Prayers for Healing
2:00pm
SLS Planning
(Library)
6:30pm
Finance Meeting
(Classroom 2)
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)













 
Parish Office
Closed

4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
5:30pm
Girl Scouts 6057
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Girl Scouts 6342
(Parish Hall) 
9:00am
Food Pantry
9:00am
Community of Hope Training
(Maumelle)
11:00am
SGA
(Parish Hall)
















The Parish Office will be closed on Fridays between January 5 through February 10.
Save the Date!
                          
January 15       Parish Office Closed for Mr. Luther King Jr. Day  
 
January 21       All-Parish Meeting, 12:30pm   
 
January 27      Art Pray Love  
 
February 14    Ash Wednesday  
 
February 18   First Sunday in Lent   
 
April 1           Easter Sunday 
January 14 - January 20  Birthdays
   
Beverly Freiley
1/14
Mary Southard
1/16
Kassidy Knowles
1/22
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
Help Out the Food Pantry
Don't forget your items to bring this Sunday!  You may also drop off items in the church lobby anytime during the week.  With your help we are able to provide food to those in need.
2 cans of soup; 1 16oz peanut butter; 1 jelly (no glass)    
**If you are bringing fresh produce to donate, please contact someone with a key and see that it is placed in the Food Pantry refrigerators. 
Pantry Musings
The Second Sunday after Epiphany.
I receive the daily posts from the Brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE). They recently discussed gratitude and peace on two different days of their posts for the Twelve Days of Christmas. I thought that some of what they posted for each day was appropriate for the other. Br. Geoffrey Tristram wrote " God loves to be thanked. When we give thanks, God changes us; God softens our hearts, and we become more generous towards others and towards ourselves. We are converted through thanksgiving." This gratitude is necessary for all of us to learn who we are in relation to each other and to ourselves. It is through gratitude that we become aware of God, others and ourselves. We realize that the gifts of others make us into the people we are. We are grateful for their presence and humbled. We are not a unit unto ourselves; we are only a person as we relate to others. It is gratitude that enables us to enter into peaceful relations with each other. ". . . The kingdom of God is a peaceable kingdom, a transformed society in which each member is valued and treated with dignity. The weak and the strong live together in harmony, each caring for the other. . . ." written by Br. David Vryhol as part of his discussion of peace. In order for us to enter into peaceful relations with other, our hearts must be at peace with themselves. We are only able to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. If we are at war with ourselves, than it is difficult not to carry that over in relation to others. Peace comes when our hearts are converted, are softened, so that we become more generous towards ourselves and others. -Ann Drake
 
Scripture Readings for Sunday, January 14, 2017.
 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm and read from 1 Samuel.   
 
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
1 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.
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
"All things are lawful for me," but not all things are beneficial. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be dominated by anything. "Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food," and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, "The two shall be one flesh." But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.
 
John 1:43-51
Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, "Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!" Nathanael asked him, "Where did you get to know me?" Jesus answered, "I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you." Nathanael replied, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."

 
 
   
 
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
Shannon; Anisa; John; Lou; Maria; Sharp sisters; Aiden, Amaris, Malik, and Matt; Joshua; Enbar; Sam; Johnny; Paul; David; Glenn; Leigh;  Fred; Kay; Nancy' Andy; Susan; Glenn; Sandy; David; Jessica; Susan.

In Loving Support for:
Micah; Sam; Mouaz; Natalie.

In Constant Prayer for our Future Rector, whomever God leads to us.

In Continued Prayers for:  
Sara Edmondson, Helen Snipan, Jacquie Seroy, Martha Denson, Fred and Lillian Petrucelli,
Richard Boosey.
 
Thanksgivings:
We give thanks for the people of St. Peter's and visitors with us this week.
We give thanks for:Truitt, Nancy, Katie, Dustin, Ace and Catherine Thompson, Linda Jones; Rita and Nick Toal; Tommy Trussell and Amanda Moore; Bill Tsutsui and Marjorie Swan; Kathleen and Henrey Van Lierop, Kate Marie Shute, John Shute, Sean Van Lierop and Connor Van Lierop.
We give thanks for the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints.    
We give thanks for the Congregation Agudath Achim.
We give thanks for our Rector Search Committee Member, Brad Teague.
We give thanks for The Most Revd Philip Leslie Freier Archbishop of Melbourne & Primate of Australia, The Anglican Church of Australia.
We give thanks for The Rev. Alberto Cuc & St. Mary, Mother of God, Solola.
We give thanks for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Events at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.

 
The Departed:   
Dorothy   

Ministry Team 2
7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Douglas Young
Donna Bowman
Marianne Black
Jane Harris
Ushers

Tom Courtway
Melissa Courtway
Eric Hutchinson
Donna Hutchinson
Oblationers
 

Kelley King
Carolyn Scott
Greeters

Bob Essert
Patsy Evans
David Larson
Marilyn Larson
Eucharistic Visitor

Tanya Buchanan
Rita Mackintosh

Eucharistic Minister
Erin Weindorf
Kathryn Spinks
Dan Allen
Kelley King
Jim Fowler
Acolytes


AM: Jayelle Garrett-Jones
CB: Cady Gray



AM: Jaylee Garrett-Jones
C: Jaylee Garrett-Jones
T1: Jack Wirtz
T2: Miles Greer
Vestry Counters


Leigh Ann Warriner
Marilyn Larson
Altar Guild


Team 3

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