The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Altar Flowers are given by Fereshteh Maynard.  
Glory to God in the Highest, Peace on Earth. Praise the Lord for His Goodness and Mercy.  
Bishop Sunday!
Did you know that Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation are rooted in the baptismal covenant? Well they are! Which is why we all get the chance to reaffirm our vows during these special services!  Additionally, Confirmation is increasingly understood in terms of a mature, public affirmation of an individual's Christian faith and their dedication to the baptismal promises.

Those who have returned from a time of religious inactivity to an active practice of faith may publicly reaffirm their baptismal vows through the act of Reaffirmation. Others who have experienced a renewal of faith or desire to renew their Christian commitment may also reaffirm their baptismal vows in this way. Baptized members who were confirmed in churches that are in communion with the Episcopal Church will be Received instead of being "re-confirmed."

This Sunday, during the Bishop's visit (a necessity for Confirmation and Reception) we will celebrate the Confirmation and Reception of the following members:

9:00 AM -
John Churchwell, Confirmation
Stephanie Johnson, Reception

11:00 AM -
Jackie Hollis, Confirmation
Shane Montgomery, Confirmation
Xandra Sharpe, Confirmation
Matthew Sharpe, Confirmation
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
 
Addiction: The Church's Role in Recovery
FREE ½ Day Seminar
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017   
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Place: Parish Hall, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1000 North Mississippi, Little Rock
Who: All people interested in the work of recovery

Join us on Saturday, October 21, 2017, when St. Mark's Episcopal Church will present a free half day seminar from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. The seminar will feature the Rev. Stuart Hoke, former assistant rector at St. Mark's, former rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, Harrison, adjunct professor at General Seminary in New York City, who pioneered a tremendously successful course of study on the Church's role in the treatment of alcoholism and addictive illness. Over the past 30 years of his work in recovery, Stuart has shared his expertise and energy with more than 350 students at the seminary and adapting that course for an audience in dioceses and parishes across the country. The Rev. Stuart Hoke also works with congregations and dioceses where there are issues with impaired clergy. 
Call, email or text Joanna Seibert 501 4258525 joannaseibert@me.cm for reservations/ questions

Sunday October 22, 2017
The Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke will be Guest Preacher at the 8 & 10:30 am services
And speaking at the Forum 9:30-10:15, "The Infinite Value of a Painful Past"
In the Forum presentation, Stuart Hoke will focus on the miracle of Redemption-so visibly and actively at work in circles of Recovery. Twelve-step spirituality emphasizes that our difficult (and sometimes dark) past-in God's Hands-becomes the best resource we have when it comes to helping others. Interweaving his personal experience as a recovering person with the principles of Christian living, Dr. Hoke will "unpack" the great promise of the twelve-step program: "Showing others who suffer how we were given help is the very thing which makes life seem so worthwhile to us now."

Memorial Banners
St. Peter's Imogene Chapter of The Daughters of the King will once again be hanging memorial banners to commemorate the lives of St. Peter's Saints as a part of our November 5th All Saints Sunday celebration.  Creating the banners brings back many wonderful memories, reminding us that we truly stand on the shoulders of the Saints. If you would like to make a banner in memory of a loved one to be part of this ministry, please call or email Dinah Reed (501-730-8354) ( dinahreed@conwaycorp.net) for information.

Brotherhood of St. Andrew Lecture Series
Monday, October 16, 2017,7pm
Parish Hall
Dr. Jay McDaniel will discuss "Living Spiritually in a Multifaith World."  He will explore the challenges and opportuties that present themselves to Christians and other faiths as they seek to live spiritually.  He will talk how we can learn from and with one another in a multifaith context that helps create a more just, sustainable, and joyful world for all people, animals, and the earth.
CONVERSATIONS ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
        You are invited to come be a part of "Conversations on Servant Leadership" on Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning October 19, 2017. We will explore a fresh understanding of power that integrates the religious and secular dimensions of life through a study of Bennett J. Sims' book Servanthood: Leadership for the Third Millennium. Steve Zeltmann, a professor at UCA, will be the facilitator.
        Books are available on Amazon, or on loan by contacting Judy Helm ( judyhelm77@gmail.com ) or Carolyn Scott (carolynscott44@yahoo.com). At the first meeting, we will begin with a discussion of questions such as "Who is a leader?" and "What is a servant leader?" then continue for the next four Thursdays.
        There is no cost to register, but we would appreciate knowing how many are planning to attend, so please let either Judy, Carolyn, or Steve know of your interest. This event is being sponsored by the Servant Leadership School of Conway. We will meet in St. Peter's Parish Hall, 925 Mitchell Street, Conway.

Happy Birthday to GUS BLUM! He's going to be 100!
A long & loyal member of St. Peters, Gus Blum left us years ago to move to Michigan to be with his daughter, Sue (an extended-family member of St Peters!).  He left us, but his works are still all around us in the 100s of photos he took recording momentous events at the church, the shelves in the parking lot entry for the trophies won by our volleyball & softball teams, the little tables we use for collecting pledge cards, Eucharist Elements & a zillion other things, and the stand/holder for the votive candles we use in front of the altar at Christmas and Easter!  It may also be remembered that he loved those pretzel-things with peanut butter inside!  He was a lovely member of the parish and is greatly missed! Send him a birthday card!
His actual birthday is October 19:
Gus Blum
1151 Grandview Drive
Grass Lake, MI 49240-9314.

There will be a BIG card in the lobby for all to sign to send Gus for a  Blum family celebration on October 22, but if you knew & loved him, send him one with your own best wishes.  He's a great guy!
The Daughter's of the King encourages people to use the prayer box in the Narthex for any prayer requests they might have.  We check it regularly and will add these to our prayers."


Daughter's of the King will host noon day prayer in the chapel on September 21 in honor of the fasting day that the Bishop has declared on this day. The 21st of the month is when most food benefits run out.
Jesus and His Jewish Influences
8:50am Discussion in Library
This set of 24 30 minute lectures by Dr Jodi Magness, Dept. of Religion. U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks to provide an understanding of how Jesus's teachings and views were shaped by his Jewish background and context.Jodi Magness PhD is an archaeologist who has done distinguished work in Israel and Greece, participating in 20 excavations. Her primary research interests center on the archaeology of the Holy Land from the destruction of Solomon's Temple to the Muslim Conquest.
Guatemalan Market
The Committee responsible for developing the Guatemalan Medical Mission will begin with a fundraiser sale of Guatemalan and Mexican merchandise after each service on Sunday, November 12. Doug Stroud will be in charge of the sales.
The Medical Mission is headed by Marianne Black who had been our trip leader for at least 8 mission trips. We go to the rural areas of Guatemala to provide Clinics for the people in western Guatemala, where there is extreme poverty and a lack of access to health care. Our Clinic Group will provide a clinical setting, usually within the Episcopal Churches in the area where we will complete eye examinations as well as fit over 400 people with eyeglasses or sunglasses, provide clothing for children. We will provide examinations for at least 500 patients and give them appropriate medications to manage acute infections and a variety of medical problems. This trip will have 18 to 20 volunteers scheduled for arrival in April of 2018.
The surgical team will provide Nasal and Sinus surgeries at St. Francis' Hospital and Orphanage in Putan in February of 2018. We will have a surgeon, and anesthesiologist and several operating room nurses to complete a number of surgeries in this small rural hospital.
Our fundraiser is only one part of our effort to defray the cost of the trip. The sale in November will be jewelry and textiles, some pottery to be displayed and sold in our lobby area. The Art, Love and St. Peter's event will be held in late January.
The Medical Mission Funding is owned by the Diocese and is not a part of St. Peter's Budget, we only manage the money for the Diocese. We are not the only church who participates in this trip but we are the organizer through Marianne Black.
Church's Teachings for a Changing World
Parish Hall Chapel, Sundays at 10:00am.
Books are available in the office to borrow or purchase.
All are welcome at any time.
Carolyn Scott will be happy to answer your questions.

Brown Bag Book Club
Well-known in Catholic circles for her willingness to take on anybody-even the pope-in defense of women's rights, Chittister, now in her 70s, examines how it feels "to be facing that time of life for which there is no career plan." Clearly, getting older has not diminished the controversial nun, activist, lecturer, and author of nearly 40 books on feminism, nonviolence and Benedictine wisdom. This collection of inspirational reflections, "not meant to be read in one sitting, or even in order, bot one topic at a time," abounds in gentle insights and arresting aphorisms, she ponders topics such as feat, mystery, forgiveness and legacy.
The Brown Bag Book Club begins again on August 9, 2017, at noon in St. Peter's Library. Please come and enjoy lively discussion to make the second half of life even better than the first!
Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Attention Men:  Give one hour a month as part of your Christian experience.  Join the Brotherhood of St. Andrew which meets for one hour the third  Monday of each month.  The Brothers pray, study scripture, and serve together.  Check the lobby bulletin board for this month's meeting.
Morning Prayer
Join us every Tuesday and Thursday for Morning Prayer at 7 am in the Side Chapel, 
 led by The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew.
Fall Bible Studies
The Fall Bible Study is a discussion of the Gospel of Luke.  Check lobby bulletin board for additional information or telephone Joe Arn.
Afternoon Bible Study: Mondays, 12:15 pm, Church Library.
Evening Bible Study: Thursdays, 7 pm, Morgan House
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
October 12
October 13
October 14
October 15
October 16
7:00am
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
2:00pm
SLS Planning
(Library)
7:00pm
Enneagram
(Library)
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)

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



























7:30am
Rite I
8:40am
Nursery Opens
8:50am
Jesus/Jewish Influences
(Library)
9:00am
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
10:00am
Adult Forum
Family Formation
Choir Practice
11:00am
Rite II
12:00pm
Parish Potluck
7:00pm
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
(Classroom 4)
11:30am
Centering Prayer
(Side Chapel)
12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Circle of Trust
(Classroom 4)
7:00pm
Brotherhood Lecture
(Parish Hall)

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
October 17
October 18
October 19
October 20
October 21
7:00am  
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
5:30pm
EfM  
(Classroom 2) 
7:00pm
Canterbury
Coffee House
(Morgan House)
 



12:00pm
Noon Book Club
(Library)
1:30pm
Library Reserved 
2:00pm
Staff Meeting 
5:00pm
EYC
(Parish Hall)
5:30pm
Fledglings Writing Group
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)  
7:00pm
Holy Eucharist and Prayers for Healing
7:00am
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
2:00pm
SLS Planning
(Library)
6:30pm
Finance Meeting
(Classroom 2)
7:00pm
Enneagram
(Library)
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
SLS
(Parish Hall)
4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)





















9:00am
Food Pantry



Save the Date!
   
October 15       Bishop Sunday   
 Potluck Lunch
 
October 16       Brotherhood of St. Andrews Lecture, 7:00pm, Parish Hall
 
October 22       The Rev. Robert C. Brown preaching in all three services 
 
October 25       Trunk or Treat! 5:00pm, Parish Parking Lot 
 
October 29       The Rev. Robert Brown leading Adult Forum, Library  
 
November 5      All Saints Day
 
November 21    Turkey Basket Day 
 
November 23     Parish Office Closed
 
November 24     Parish Office Closed
 
December 3      Advent Event/Family Feast, 5:00pm, Parish Hall 
 
December 10    Choir Cantata, 11:00am 
 
December 24    Christmas Eve
                       11:00am Service (only service for the morning)
                       5:00pm Christmas Eve Service   
                       8:00pm Christmas Eve Service
 
December 25   9:00am Christmas Day Service   
 
December 26 through December 29  Parish Office Closed  
October 15 - October 21  Birthdays
Banyon Reid
10/15
Rachel Lott
10/16
Ed Evans
10/17
Tom McNutt
10/18
Micaela Oeste
10/18
Peggy Price
10/18
Julia Readnour
10/18
Gus Blum
10/19
Will Elder
10/20
October 8 - October 14  Anniveraries
Roger, Dale and Kitson
10/20
Eric Jones and Paul McCowan
10/21
Thanksgiving Dinner Day
Thanksgiving Dinner Day will be upon us very soon. So it's time for everyone to start thinking of ways you can help with that. We will obviously be asking the youth to help with coordinating the events of the day and getting the dinners distributed to the families. This is also the time of year where I start standing up in front of you on Sundays asking you for money. This year is going to be a little different. We have been very blessed the past two years with great pricing from our vendors, food donations from outside organizations as well as extremely generous monetary donations to fund this amazing day. So blessed, that we've had funds left over. Those leftover funds are transferred to the food pantry account as needed to carry us through the year and allow us to continue providing food to our pantry clients. With the number of clients we serve decreasing and the continued monetary donations coming in from our parishioners, we haven't had to draw from the leftover Thanksgiving funds, which has left us a balance to put towards the purchase of the Thanksgiving dinners for this year. That doesn't mean I'm not still going to ask you for donations - because I am. With the transition of Teri leaving and the search for a new Rector beginning, things may seem a little out of sorts right now. But it won't stay that way because we have a strong family at St. Peter's! A family that cares about the people inside these walls. A family that cares about the people in our community who are hurting, or hungry, or feel like they just don't belong. And that family is going to do whatever it takes to extend the hand of Christ and walk in love.
I think the vestry has been very forthright in the church's current financial status and our operating funds are in a sensitive state of being. I believe that a better use of the excess funds from this year's Thanksgiving donations would be to go directly into the operating account. Your donations will still be funding this wonderful project because without all of the hard work from our amazing church staff, without heat and electricity, without the bills getting paid, the Thanksgiving Dinner Day wouldn't be able to exist. Making sure the day to day operations are taken care of is a major part in continuing to extend our ministries to the people in our community.
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 whole kernel corn; 1 box of cereal; 1 pkg of ramen
Diapers, Feminine Hygiene Products    
**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
In his discussion of Jacob's Ladder (Gen. 28:16)], Kushner observes that one possible interpretation of the angles in Jacob's dream is: "The angels did not reside in heaven at all. They lived on earth. They were ordinary human beings. And, like ordinary human beings, they shuttled back and forth between heaven and earth. The trick is to remember, after you descend what you understood when you were high on the ladder. (Kushner, Lawrence. God was in this Place &I, i did not know. Woodstock, Vt.,:Jewish Lights, 2016. p. 15.)." Have you ever known an angle? Do you remember what they did for you? Who were they? Where were you in your life? What were you doing? Did you need an angle? I have received the love and support of many angles in my life, and I am certain that I do not remember who many of them were or what they did for me. I know that they must have been there because I am alive today and without at least a few angles I would not have reached my eightieth year. Those that I do remember I cherish. I also remember what they did and what I needed from them whether I knew it at the time or not. They were messengers from God whether either one of us realized it or not. They were able to open up a new vision of relationships and their love and compassion for me brought a vision of the holy. Does place have anything to do with your experience of God? It did for Jacob. Does your encounter with God and with angles make a place sacred? Is the place sacred, and therefore, important to your experience? In other words, can you mark that place and return there to find God and perhaps the angles again?  
--Ann Drake 

Scripture Readings for Sunday, October 15, 2017
All Services will do all the Readings.    
Isaiah 25:1-9
Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you, I will praise your name;
for you have done wonderful things,
plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
For you have made the city a heap,
the fortified city a ruin;
the palace of aliens is a city no more,
it will never be rebuilt.
Therefore strong peoples will glorify you;
cities of ruthless nations will fear you.
For you have been a refuge to the poor,
a refuge to the needy in their distress, 
a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat.
When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm,
the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place,
you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds;
the song of the ruthless was stilled.
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, 
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
And he will destroy on this mountain
the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
the sheet that is spread over all nations; 
he will swallow up death forever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, 
for the Lord has spoken.
will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. 
This is the Lord for whom we have waited; 
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
 
Psalm 23
1 The Lord is my shepherd; *
   I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures *
   and leads me beside still waters.
3 He revives my soul *
   and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
   I shall fear no evil; *
   for you are with me;
   your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *
   you have anointed my head with oil,
   and my cup is running over.
6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, *
   and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Philippians 4:1-9
My brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
 
Matthew 22:1-14
Once more Jesus spoke to the people in parables, saying: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, 'Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.' But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, 'The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.' Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
"But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?' And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' For many are called, but few are chosen."  
 
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: George, Barbara Ann, Erik, and Ren Jenson; 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; Shelby Jordan and Anna Hill, Delia and Daniel Jordan.
We give thanks for Turnpointe Church of Conway.  
We give thanks for the Vedanta Society of Arkansas.
We give thanks for our Music Director, Patty Oeste.
We give thanks for Rt. Rev. Armando Guerra, Boshop of Guatemala and the Primate of the Anglican Church of Central America.
We give thanks fo rThe Rt Revd Ellinah Ntfombi Wamukoya, The Diocese of Swaziland, Southern Africa.
We give thanks for The Ministry of Reconciliation at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.
 
The Departed:  
                   
 

Team 3
7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Pam Holt
Mary Etta Qualls
Kevin Mequet
Dee Sanders
Ushers
Pam Holt
Danny Reed
Dinah Reed
Jerry Adams
Wayne Stengel
Oblationers

Katrina Wilcox
Leo Wilcox
Pam Neuhofel
Lynn Neuhofel
Greeters

Lisa Crowson

Lynne Rich
Madelyn Adams
Eucharistic Visitor



Eucharistic Minister
Nathan Greer
Paul McCowan
Judy Helm
Leigh Ann Warriner
Jim Fowler
Acolytes

AM:Wylie Greer
C: Wylie Greer
T1: Jaylee Garrett-Jones
T2: Miles Greer
AM:Wylie Greer
C:: Berris Teague
T1: Cooper Teague
T2: Hutson Teague
Vestry Counters


Dan Allen
Marilyn Larson
Altar Guild


Team 3



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