The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Annual Parish Meeting
January 21, 2018
 
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.

Dollar Bills 
All $1 bills  in the offering plate this Sunday will go to the Discretionary Fund.     
Dinah Reed
Rector Search Committee Member

My husband Danny and I have been members of St. Peters for almost 50 years. My daughters, Lisa Crowson and Brooke Melton and their families are both in Conway and have given me four grandchildren who continue to put up with me and keep me young at heart.   I love to travel and do so every chance I get.
After teaching elementary and middle school for 32 wonderful years and retiring in June, 2004, St Peter's became an even larger part of my life. I now had the gift of time to do things I had always wanted to do. More church involvement was one of those things. I have learned so much about the workings of the Church and our Church Family, and in that process, myself! Currently, I am involved in The Order of the Daughters of the King an international order of lay women taking vows of prayer and service to Christ and the Church. We have also formed a Junior Daughters of the King which has 5 amazing young ladies. Other ministries I am actively involved in are St. Peter's Food Pantry, Altar Guild, Guatemala Mission Team, and Community of Hope. I have served on the Vestry. St. Peter's has been such a strong part of the big moments in my life, both sad and joyous. I love St. Peter's and am happy to serve on the Rector's Search Committee. 

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.
Eucharistic Visitors

A Eucharistic Visitor has a special calling to share our church community with those who cannot attend for a variety of reasons. This includes the distribution of consecrated Communion from the service, praying together, and following an abbreviated Eucharist Service as outlined in the Book of Common Prayer.
 
We have a dedicated team of Eucharistic Visitors who go out from our 9:00 service. If you would like to learn more and think you would like to participate in this ministry, please see or call Dr. Linda Brown, Deacon at 501. 590.0631.
 
Training for current Eucharistic Visitors as well as any newly interested will be held at 12:30 on January 28, in the Library. All current members of Eucharistic Visitors and newly interested must attend. I look forward to renewing our commitment to this much-needed calling.

Syrian, Wisdom House Project Update
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 - all are welcome
 
On Sunday, February 11, St. Peter's will have two important visitors from the Syrian Emergency Taskforce present. Since the summer of 2016, St. Peter's has been involved with the Wisdom House project through the established working group that includes St. Peter's members Brett Hardison, Marianne Welch, Nancy Allen and Jerry Adams plus other community members.
SETF has been the non-profit that the Wisdom House working group has worked through and has coordinated all of funding and planning that has been involved with both the Wisdom House (school for orphans and the new woman's center) in Idlib Syria.
Mouaz Moustafa, Director of the Syrian Emergency Taskforce (SETF) and Natalie Larrison, the Director of Community Outreach for SETF - will be at St. Peters for a presentation to the joint adult classes at 10am - the meeting will be held in the Parish Hall and all are invited to attend.
At the 11am service, Mouaz will provide and update on the Wisdom House project and discuss how central Arkansas has been strategically helpful to this project.
After the 11am service, Mouaz and Natalie will be available at the 'coffee reception' for questions and comments.
More information - www.thewisdomhouseproject.com

***On February 11, 2018, all 10:00am classes will meet in the Parish Hall for the Syrian Wisdom House Update.***

 
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 18
January 19
January 20
January 21
January 22
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)
6:30pm
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)
7:30am
Rite I
9:00am
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
10:00am
Adult Forum
Choir Practice
Church in a Changing World
Family Formation
11:00am
Rite II
12:00pm
Rector Search Committee Meet and Greer
12:30pm
Annual Meeting
7:00pm
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
(Classroom 4)
 

Parish Office
Closed

12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
6:00pm
Artists Dinner
(Parish Hall)





Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
January 23
January 24
January 25
January 26
January 27
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)
6:00pm
Moms Demand Action
(Lobby)
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)











Parish Office
Closed


















9:00am
Food Pantry
9:00am
Community of Hope Training
(Maumelle)
2:00pm
Morgan House Reserved
6:00pm
Art Pray Love













The Parish Office will be closed on Fridays between January 5 through February 10.
Save the Date!
                            
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 21 - January 27  Birthdays
   
Kassidy Knowles
1/22
Mary Ferguson
1/24
John Shute
1/27
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 tuna/water, 2 pkgs pasta, 2 cans pasta sauce    
**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
This is the Third Sunday after Epiphany. John is arrested and he proclaims that Jesus is the Messiah.  Jesus begins selecting his disciples by the Sea of Galilee. What will his kingdom look like? He has a strange cast of characters for some sort of power group, unless we are looking for the sort of strength that fishermen had when the used their muscles to pull nets from the water when they were full of fish. Next Sunday we will begin to see the quality of the kingdom that Jesus was about building. This week it is enough to realize that he called people to work with him who were manual laborers, who had no political skills or blood lines that would lead to the sort of power that would threaten Rome. These men would answer the Old Testament prophets expectations. They were hard working, poor people, who had nothing but the ability to work and to love. What a strange group of people to build a kingdom out off? Jesus continues to build his kingdom today and it is composed of equally strange groups of people today. Are you a part of building the kingdom now? - Ann Drake
 
Scripture Readings for Sunday, January 21, 2017.
 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm and read from Jonah.  
   
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
T he word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, "Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you." So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days' walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's walk. And he cried out, "Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!" And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.
When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
 
Psalm 62:6-14
F or God alone my soul in silence waits; *
   truly, my hope is in him.
7 He alone is my rock and my salvation, *
   my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
8 In God is my safety and my honor; *
   God is my strong rock and my refuge.
9 Put your trust in him always, O people, *
   pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
10 Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath, *
    even those of low estate cannot be trusted.
11 On the scales they are lighter than a breath, *
    all of them together.
12 Put no trust in extortion;
    in robbery take no empty pride; *
    though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
13 God has spoken once, twice have I heard it, *
    that power belongs to God.
14 Steadfast love is yours, O Lord, *
    for you repay everyone according to his deeds.
 
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
I  mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.
 
Mark 1:14-20
A fter John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."
As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea-for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
   
 
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
Glenn; Sandy; David; Shannon; Anisa; Jeff; Nikki; Fred; Kay; Liz; Nancy; Andy; Susan; Cody (safe travels); Beth; John; Kip. 

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: Jeanie Vanderbeek; John, Stephanie, Will and Jackson Vanderslice;
Deloris Wade; Tripp, Kim and Thomas Walter; Chris, Elizabeth, Christopher and Lauryn Walters; Jeffrey, Kristina, Madolyn and Charlotte Ward.
We give thanks for Trinity Worship Center.    
We give thanks for the Islamic Center of Little Rock.
We give thanks for our Rector Search Committee Member, Scotty Bell.
We give thanks for The Most Revd Paul Shishir Sarker Moderator, Church of Bangladesh & Bishop of Dhaka, The Church of Bangladesh.
We give thanks for The Rev. Pascuala Ventura & St. John the Apostle, Chichicastenango (chee-chee-castin-ango).
We give thanks for Betsy Wolford, Parish Accountant, at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.
 
The Departed:   
Dorothy  

Ministry Team 3
7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Pam Holt
Mary Etta Qualls
Kevin Mequet
Ellen Stengel
Ushers
Pam Holt
John Vanderslice
Stephanie Vanderslice
Wayne Stengel
Jerry Adams
Oblationers
 
*ushers
Lynn Neuhofel
Pam Neuhofel
Greeters

Lisa Crowson
Madelyn Adams
Lynn Rich
Eucharistic Visitor

Deana Weindorf

Eucharistic Minister
Stacey Coleman
Tanya Buchanan
Paul McCowan
Leigh Ann Warriner
Dee Sanders
Acolytes

AM: Mike Moses
C: Xaiden Sharpe




AM: Mike Moses
C:Berris Teague
T1: Cooper Teague
T2: Hutson Teague
Vestry Counters


Christy Garrett-Jones
Dan Allen
Altar Guild


Team 3

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