The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, January 4, 2018

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
 
Nominations for Vestry 2018
 Nominations are now being accepted for members of St. Peter's who would like to serve on the Vestry.  The opportunity is a 3-year commitment/term, which includes monthly meetings and other duties.
 
Qualifications to serve on the Vestry (from Arkansas Canon 24, Section 6c):
  • A confirmed communicant of the Parish in good standing of not less than 18 years of age
  • A frequent attendant upon the services of the Parish for the six months preceding the election.
  • A regular contributor or a member of a family unit which is a regular contributor for the support of the Parish.
  • Spouses shall not both be members of the Vestry at the same time.
  • Members of the full-time paid staff (including clergy) and their spouses shall not be eligible to serve.
The vestry is the legal representative of the Parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property.  The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation, to support the church's mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.
 
During the Annual Meeting in January, we will elect 3 new Vestry members (3-year term) and 1 to replace a resignation due to health (1-year term).  Please prayerfully consider if this is something you feel called to do.  If you believe someone else at St. Peter's should serve, be sure to ask him/her before submitting a nomination.
 
All nominations should be sent to John Churchwell, Parish Administrator, and received no later than Friday, January 5, 2018

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.
A Special Thank You

Thank you for the support and prayers for our family after the death of my father, Harry Readnour.  I especially want to thank everyone who sent flowers and cards, prepared and delivered food, and helped with the service and reception.
 
Warren Readnour
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 7: What is premillennialism dispensationalism, and why is it living rent-free in my head?
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 4
January 5
January 6
January 7
January 8
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)





9:00am
Food Pantry
9:00am
Community of Hope Training
(St. Nicholas, Maumelle)

7:30am
Rite I
9:00am
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
10:00am
Adult Forum
11:00am
Rite II
1:00pm
Vestry
(Morgan House)
 

12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
5:30pm
The Fledglings Writing Group
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Circle of Trust
(Classroom 4)




Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
January 9
January 10
January 11
January 12
January 13
5:30pm
EfM
(Classroom 2)  

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

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










 
Parish Office
Closed

4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
9:00am
Food Pantry
9:00am
Community of Hope Training
(Morgan House)













The Parish Office will be closed on Fridays between January 5 through February 10.
Save the Date!
                       
January 7         Vestry Meeting, 1:00pm, Morgan House 
 
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 1 - January 13  Birthdays
   
Peggy Cromwell
1/1
Melanie Reynolds
1/1
Ashlyn Readnour
1/2
Nelda Readnour
1/4
Rachel Lance
1/6
Gloria Parker
1/6
Samuel Burnham
1/7
Kevin Mequet
1/8
Lilith Douglas
1/9
Kathryn Spinks
1/10
Emma Daily
1/11
Jean Kearns
1/13
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
This is the second Sunday after Christmas and the day after Epiphany. Epiphany is the day that the wise men realized the importance of the star that they had been following. This great revelation, as Matthew records it, was when they found the child with Mary and realized he was the one that ended their search. They had found the child who would become the ruler of the Jews, the Son of God. This epiphany is the heart of Matthew's gospel. He wants us to realize the unique qualities of Jesus as a man and as the Son of God. This story provides us with the acknowledgment by men of wisdom and of means that this child is important in their lives. For a sudden moment there was a revelation, a break in the darkness that allowed the light to shine through so that clarity of vision, of thought was realized by these men. They had gone to Herod, the king of darkness, to ask directions to find the ruler of the Jews and now found a break in the darkness when they found Mary with the child. A break in the darkness, a brief moment of light, in our lives which gives us clarity of thought is rare for most of us. It was so unusual for the men of wisdom that they returned home by another way. They broke their plans. These Middle Easterners did not give Herod his due as a king. They chose to embrace their vision of the kingship of Jesus and forgo another audience with the Roman appointee. On the strength of their epiphany, they risked their lives and let go of a possible honor. How would we react to the sudden realization of a truth? Would we risk our lives for it? -Ann Drake
 
Scripture Readings for Sunday, January 7, 2017.
 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm and read from Acts.  

Genesis 1:1-5
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
 
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.
 
Acts 19:1-7
While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?" They replied, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." Then he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" They answered, "Into John's baptism." Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus." On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied- altogether there were about twelve of them.
 
Mark 1:4-11
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."
 
 
   
 
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
 

In Loving Support for:
Jenny, Doug, and Odessa; Micah; Sam; Mouaz; Natalie.

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

Thanksgivings:
We give thanks for the people of St. Peter's and visitors with us this week.
We give thanks for James "Doug" Stroud; Mark, Dawn Marie, Laura, and Lillian Sullivan;
   Brad, Gina, Parker, Berris, Cooper, and Hutson Teague; Taylor Tennison; Joshua Terry,
   CourtneyCollins-Terry.
We give thanks for New Jerusalem Baptist Church.      
We give thanks for the Islamic Center of Little Rock.
We give thanks for our Rector Search Committee Chair, Amy Hawkins.  
We give thanks for The Most Revd Winston Halapua Bishop of Polynesia and Primate and Archbishop
   of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, The Most Revd Philip Richardson, The Anglican Church in  
   Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia, New Zealand and Polynesia Bishop of Taranaki - (Aotearoa NZ
   & Polynesia).
We give thanks for The Right Rev. Carlos Lainfiesta, Suffragan Bishop of Western Guatemala.
We give thanks for the Diocesan Delegates at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.
 
The Departed:   
 

 


Ministry Team 1
7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Nathan Greer
Jeff Ward
Amy Hawkins
Warren Readnour
Ushers
Jerusalem Greer
Miles Greer
Kristina Ward
Stephanie Johnson
Jaylee Garrett-Jones
Claudia Wiltgen
Oblationers
 
Ella Johnson
Charlotte Ward
Ashlyn Readnour
Julia Readnour
Greeters
Miles Greer
Nathan Greer
Andrea Savage
Melissa Felty
Shari Readnour
Tracy Simpson
Eucharistic Visitor

Dan Allen
Deana Weindorf

Eucharistic Minister
George Coleman
Wylie Greer
Ellen Stengel
Acolytes


AM:Wylie Greer
CB: Madolyn Ward

AM: Wylie Greer
C: Harper Sobel
T1: Elise McGarrity
T2: Austin Losardo
Vestry Counters


Christy Garrett-Jones
Chris Odom
Altar Guild


Team 3

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