The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Dollar Bills 
All $1 bills  in the offering plate this Sunday will go to the Discretionary Fund.     
St. Peter's Episcopal Church 2018 Vestry
 
Leigh Ann Warriner - serves through 2018
Tom Renten - serves through 2018
Christy Garrett-Jones - serves through 2018
Marilyn Larson - serves through 2019
Chris Odom - serves through 2019
Tracy Simpson - serves through 2019
Genie Davis - serves through 2020
Brett Hardison - serves through 2020
Carolyn Scott - serves through 2020
 
***Officers will be elected at this Sunday's Vestry Meeting.  
Taylor Tennison
Rector Search Committee Member

My name is Taylor Tennison, I am 20 years old and I am currently a sophomore pursuing a degree in Communication at the University of Central Arkansas. There, I am a brother of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), and a Student Ambassador. I volunteer with Arkansas Children's Hospital, the March of Dimes, and Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY.)
I grew up in the Hoxie United Methodist Church for 18 years. There, I was a lay minister for 4 years, where I had a hand in planning our VBS, after school programs, and our backpack program. I moved into my dorm room on August 18, 2016 and found my church home 2 days later here at St. Peter's.
During my time at St. Peter's, I have participated in a discernment committee, college bible study, and started the College Finals Ministry, where we open up the church during finals week for college students to have a quiet place to study. 

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.

Lenten Noonday Prayers
The Daughters of the King will be leading Noonday Prayer and Stations of the Cross at 12:00 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during Lent (beginning Feb. 16).  Compline will be led each Tuesday and Thursday evening at 5:00 p.m. (beginning Feb. 15).  All are invited to participate.
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, Jerry Adams, The Imogen Chapter of the Daughters of the King, 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.***

Have you ever wished to deepen your relationship with God?

To experience a warm friendship with God? Maybe even fall in love with God - again - or for the very first time?
Then I want to invite you to join us for a very special Lenten experience here at St. Peter's - Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John.   
During Lent various members will be hosting Lenten Home Groups on either Sunday and Wednesday nights in their homes, where you will be using the beautiful prayer Meeting Jesus journals, receiving guidance from the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, and watch videos from the monks of SSJE.
In order to help prepare our leaders and host, please sign-up in advance using THIS link or by filling out a form in this Sunday's bulletin.  
If you have any questions, or if you would like to host a group, please feel free to contact me, Jerusalem.Greer@stpetersconway.com
 
 
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 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 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

The kick off for the Medical Mission to Guatemala fundraiser began on Monday January 22nd at 10 AM, with the artists creating their displays of artwork in the Parish Hall. That evening the St. Peter's staff, Art Pray Love committee members and special guests gathered together to meet each other, view amazing artwork and listen to an inspiring gallery talk with John Vanderslice, UCA Professor and noted author....and a member of St. Peter's. Mission leaders Marianne Black and Dr. Doug Stroud shared stories of past trips which further connected Art Pray Love to the wonderful people of Guatemala. Throughout the evening, Chef Jinnings provided delicious refreshments.
 
And now onto the big event which begins on Saturday January 27th 6-9 PM.
 
After purchasing your tickets, be sure to visit the Marketplace where items created by Guatemalan artists and artisans can be purchased. Photographs and memorabilia from previous mission trips will be on display as well.
 
As you make your way to the Parish hall through a walkway of colorful lights, be sure to stop (at the nursery room) to view the art demonstrations. Artists Caren Garner and Karen Samuhel will show you how their creative processes result in beautiful artwork. As you enter the Parish Hall you will be greeted by the beautiful sound of Pat Qualls playing the harp....and you will know that you have arrived at Art Pray Love 2018.
 
The walls are covered with amazing art work created by the following artists.
Kateri Balogh                           Abstract paintings
Nicolle and Micah Boswell        Mixed Media and woodworking
Don Byram                              Photography
Jeanetta Darley                        Mixed Media
Scott Mattson                          Photography        
David McRoberts                      Ink Drawings
MiChelle Moore                        Pourings
Robin Parrish                           Watercolor paintings                         
Sheila Parsons                         Watercolor paintings
Susan Peterson                        Pottery
Dr. David Pope                         Oil and Ink paintings
Virginia Potter-Verdeveld           Watercolor paintings
Tommy Wallace                        Photography
 
Silent Auction items ranging from beautifully hand painted furniture, dinners and gift certificates occupy the center aisle of the hall.
 
Work your way to the back of the hall to purchase a ticket for the ever popular wine and scotch pull or enjoy a beverage from the open bar nearby. Enjoy the delicious heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts from the 2 round tables prepared by Chef Jinnings Burruss and his committee.
 
All of this and more for a $30 ticket!
Ages 5-11, half price and ages 4 and under free.  
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
January 25
January 26
January 27
January 28
January 29
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
7:30am
Rite I
8:50am
Adult Forum
9:00am
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
10:00am
Adult Forum
Choir Practice
Church in a Changing World
Family Formation
11:00am
Rite II
12:30pm
EV Training
(Library)
1:00pm
Vestry
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
(Classroom 4)
 

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





 













Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
January 30
January 31
February 1
February 2
February 3
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
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)










Parish Office
Closed

9:00am
Church Women United
(Morgan House)
4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
5:30pm
Girl Scouts 6057
(Morgan House)






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















The Parish Office will be closed on Fridays between January 5 through February 10.
Save the Date!
                            
January 27      Art Pray Love   
 
February 11    Syrian Wisdom House Presentation 

February 13    Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper  
 
February 14    Ash Wednesday 

February 16    Diocesan Convention

February 17    Diocesan Convention 
 
February 18   First Sunday in Lent   
 
April 1           Easter Sunday 
January 28 - February 3  Birthdays
   
Kristina Ward
1/29
Betty Long
1/31
Elizabeth Walters
1/31
Jay Burford
2/1
Barbara Ann Jenson
2/2
Rose McGarrity
2/3
Marjorie Swann
2/3
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
This week's Food Pantry Need

2 cans tuna/water; 2 pkgs pasta; 2 cans pasta water
Pantry Musings
This is the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany. Last Sunday, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette had an article entitled "State's working poor face hunger" in which the writer, Emily Walkenhorst, reports that Arkansas has at least 13.5% of its working population that do not know where their next meal is coming from, 'food insecurity'. Only three other states report a more severe problem: Louisiana, Mississippi, and New Mexico. People are most often faced with the choice of food or medication. Of course this is not a healthy situation because if you are sick enough to need medication you probably need to eat a healthy diet which is more expensive than chips and soda and taking the medication without the food reduces its effectiveness. Hence, we have a situation where there is no choice because one without the other is not effective. The report states that most people who are faced with such a choice, 'food insecurity', are retired, disabled or sick. They are likely to live in a family of two or three and the majority of people in Arkansas are white. Many have completed high school, around 41%, some, 12.6%, have a two year college degree, others have some college, and 5% have a degree. Around 25% did not finish high school. The working poor are often single parents who receive no child support. The jobs they have are often limited to 38 hours per week so that employers do no have to pay for their benefits. This is not only true for the corner grocery gas station; it is also true for large box stores such as Walmart. With minimum wages at $8.50 an hour, that leaves mom and the children 'food insecure' and without health insurance. The article does point out that there is a program, Arkansas No Kid Hungry, that targets students from families with limited resources. I wonder if it is reaching the children. Hunger leaves us listless and unable to focus. It makes us edgy, sometimes angry. We are more susceptible to disease and have a difficult time recovering. We are tired and sleepy.  We lose our alertness. I know we do a great deal to address this problem with the Food Pantry. Do we need to do more? Ann Drake

 
Scripture Readings for Sunday, January 28, 2017.
 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm and read from
1 Corinthians.  
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Moses said: The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. This is what you requested of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: "If I hear the voice of the Lord my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die." Then the Lord replied to me: "They are right in what they have said. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command. Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable. But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak-that prophet shall die."
 
Psalm 111
1 Hallelujah!
   I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, *
   in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.
2 Great are the deeds of the Lord! *
   they are studied by all who delight in them.
3 His work is full of majesty and splendor, *
   and his righteousness endures for ever.
4 He makes his marvelous works to be remembered; *
   the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
5 He gives food to those who fear him; *
   he is ever mindful of his covenant.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works *
   in giving them the lands of the nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; *
   all his commandments are sure.
8 They stand fast for ever and ever, *
   because they are done in truth and equity.
9 He sent redemption to his people;
   he commanded his covenant for ever; *
   holy and awesome is his Name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; *
     those who act accordingly have a good understanding;
     his praise endures for ever.
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that "all of us possess knowledge." Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; but anyone who loves God is known by him.
Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that "no idol in the world really exists," and that "there is no God but one." Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth-as in fact there are many gods and many lords- yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some have become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. "Food will not bring us close to God." We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols? So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed. But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.
Mark 1:21-28
Jesus and his disciples went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God." But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, "What is this? A new teaching-with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him." At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.
    

 
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
Shannon; Anisa; Liza; Fred; Kay; Nancy; Andy; Susan; Heather; Fawn; Jeff; John; Stacey (safe travels); Beth; Kip; Morgan and Nick (loss of unborn child); Vanderslice Family (safe travels); John; Susan; Jessica; Margaret; Michelle; Chris; Karl; The Reid Family; Glenn; Sandy; David; Nancy. 

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, Rowena Malone.  
 
Thanksgivings:
We give thanks for the people of St. Peter's and visitors with us this week.
We give thanks for: Ted, Leigh Ann, Sophia Allison and Steven Warriner; Deana Weindorf; Erin Weindorf; Pansy Westrich; Leo and Katrina Wilcox; Louise Wilcox; Michael, Rebekah, Liam and Jocelyn Wilkins.
We give thanks for the Zion Temple.  
We give thanks for the Vedanta Society of Arkansas.
We give thanks for our Rector Search Committee Member, Dinah Reed.
We give thanksfor The Most Revd Francisco De Assis Da Silva Primate of Brazil & Bishop of South-Western Brazil.
We give thanks for The Rev. Roberto Armas & St. Mark's, Quetzaltenango (ketz-al-ten-ango).
We give thanks for James Kent, Sexton, at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.
 
The Departed:  
Dorothy; Gwen; Asher; Ray.  
 

Ministry Team 4
7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Ann Drake
Dave Campbell
Nancy Thompson
Leigh Ann Warriner
Ushers
Norma Smothers
Tracy Simpson
Wade Simpson
Dalton Losardo
Claire Losardo
Oblationers
 
Joe Arn
Mary Etta Qualls
Deana Weindorf
Erin Weindorf
Greeters
Norma Smothers
Drew Spurgers
Kevin Phelps
Carolyn Scott
Austin Losardo
Eucharistic Visitor

Rita Mackintosh
Eucharistic Minister
Norma Smothers
Judy Helm
Jay Ruud
Acolytes

AM: Miles Greer
C: Harry Lance






AM: Christopher Walters
C:: Christopher Walters
T1: Isabel Ruckle
T2: Wade Simpson
G: Kido Carmagio
Vestry Counters


Karen McNutt
Chris Odom
Altar Guild


Team 3

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