The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Altar Flowers are given by Nancy Thompson, in honor of her daughters,  
Linda, Katie,and Catherine.      
St. Peter's October Stewardship

October's Monetary Giving
Sunday, October 1, 2017 $4,509.00
Thursday, October 5, 2017 $3,598.00
Sunday, October 8, 2017 $1,870.00
Sunday, October 15, 2017 $3,883.00
Friday, October 20, 2017 $3,730.00
Sunday, October 22, 2017 $1,445.35
October Giving to Date:
$19,035.35

October's Outstanding Bills
Middleton Heat and Air (Morgan House AC Repair) $800.28
Morris Communications (Log Cabin Ad) $50.00
Central Ar Pest $179.45
1517 Media (wall calendar/planner) $44.40
Central Ar Pest (termite contract) $99.51
One License $260.00
Coleman Office (paper) $320.66
Cox & Creswell (CPA) $2,500.00
J.W. Pepper (sheet music) $58.35
Myers Chemical (cleaning supplies) $190.64
C.M. Almy (altar guild supplies) $511.00
Diocese (DDP loan-4 sanctuary AC units) $211.00
Diocese (monthly commitment) $3,786.75
Ricoh (copier lease) $534.70
Church Pension Group (life, health ins) $4,969.20
Church Ins Agency Corp (commercial ins) $2,803.00
Visa
$5933.00
Balance of Outstanding Bills*
$23,251.94

*These are the bills yet to be paid for the month. All other bills and expenses have been paid with the offering from  October Monetary Giving.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Mike King or John Churchwell at the Parish Office.
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
 
Adult Forum
October 29, 2017 - 10:00am, Library
The Rev. Robert C. Brown will be leading the Adult Forum this Sunday, at 10:00am, in the Library. All are welcome!

Central Convocation All Saints' Day Eucharist
November 1, 2017
7:00pm
Central Convocation All Saints' Day Eucharist
All churches in the central convocation of the Episcopal Church in Arkansas are invited to an All Saints' Day Eucharist at Christ Church, Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. The Christ Church choir will sing John Rutter's "Requiem," a musical setting of the mass for the dead, accompanied by guest musicians Marian Payne, soprano; Barry McVinney, flute; Alex Williams, oboe; J. B. Cross, timpani; Bryan Gray, glockenspiel; Candace McCallister, harp; Felice Farrell, cello; and Thomas Alexander, organ. On this special occasion, we will honor Steve Bullock's 30th anniversary as choirmaster and organist at Christ Church. The Rt. Rev. Larry Benfield will be the celebrant. A reception follows, and childcare will be provided.

EYC Sr. High Lunch
November 5, 2017
All Sr. High kids (10th-12th grade) are invited to the EYC Sr. High Lunch on November 5 at Bob's Grill Downtown at 12:30. The meal is dutch and open to all 10th-12th graders!
Contact Jerusalem for more info: jerusalem.greer@stpetersconway.com
Memorial Banners
November 5, 2017
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.

Community of Hope Training
November 5, 2017 Deadline
Community of Hope International equips lay people to serve in all forms of pastoral care. Pastoral care is when a person is being "present" in a listening, compassionate, non-controlling manner to an individual or group for the purpose of consciously or unconsciously representing God to them and seeking to respond to their spiritual needs.

The fourteen modules used in training cover topics both theoretical and practical, ranging from teaching participants the tenants of Benedictine Spirituality to practical instruction to be used while on a pastoral care visit. It is COHI's goal that this training awaken participants to God's call on their lives by discovering and understanding their spiritual gifts for ministry.  
 
Our training will be held over 6 Saturday morning sessions (9:00 - noon) on the following dates: January 6, 13, 20, and 27, and February 3 and 10. We will cover 2 modules per week. We will be doing the training in conjunction with St Nicholas' Episcopal Church in Maumelle. Half of the sessions will be held at St Peter's and half will be held at St Nick's. There will be a nominal fee to cover incidental costs.  
 
Check out the Community of Hope website at www.cohinternational.org 
If you are interested in this training, or want more information, please contact Rev Peggy or Rev Linda. Please respond by Sunday, November 5.
Guatemalan Market
November 12, 2017
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.
The Arkansas Episcopal Church Women Fall Gathering
Camp Mitchell Retreat Center
November 17-18, 2017
 "Embracing the Strength of Each Stage of Life"
Our featured speaker is the Rev. Patricia Matthews, Asst. Rector St. Mark's Episcopal Church, LR. Together we will explore all different stages of our lives as women, with the goal of discovering and embracing the strength of each age. We will look at stories of women from the Bible and from myth. The Rev. Patricia Matthews serves at St Mark's in Little Rock. She previously served as the Director of Children and Youth Formation at Christ Church Little Rock. All women of the church are invited! Please pick up a brochure on the table outside the church office. You can go to the ECW website ( http://arkansasecw.org) or contact Rev. Peggy Cromwell or Rev. Dr. Linda Brown with any questions.

Turkey Day is coming!
Tuesday, November 21,2017
11:30am-5:30pm
Calling All Youth!
All youth, ages 10 and up, are invited to come help stuff and hand-out Thanksgiving Baskets! Lunch will be provided for youth volunteers.
To sign-up please use this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4eaead22abf49-turkey
Advent and Christmas
Is your small group or class having a special get-together in the month of December? Be sure and email John Churchwell at the Parish Office john.churchwell@stpetersconway.com, to ensure that your special event is posted on the Parish Calendar!
What is the Eucharistic Visitor?
Eucharistic Visitors are called and licensed to minister to the ill and infirm in their congregations by taking them the Eucharist 'in a timely manner' after communion service. Early Christian writers tell about a regular practice of laity taking the sacrament home from the Sunday service.
 
Today, our Eucharistic Visitors not only visit and help those unable to attend church services, but especially they bring the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, using the 'Communion under Special Circumstances' service found in the Book of Common Prayer. Eucharistic Visitors represent the whole church community to those who cannot worship with us.
 
Reverend Dr. Linda Brown will conduct training for anyone who desires to serve in this ministry. Rita Mackintosh and Dan Allen assist trained EVs with coordination and organization of visits.
 
If you feel called to this ministry and would like to know more about it and possibly be trained, please contact Linda, Rita or Dan.  We would like to offer the two hour training session as soon as possible for all interested parishioners.
 
Contact information:
  • Rev. Linda Brown, (501) 590-0631; or linda.brown@stpetersconway.com

Gluten Free Communion Wafers
Did you know that you can be given a Gluten Free Wafer during Communion? Please tell the priest as you approach the Communion Rail if you need a Gluten Free Wafer.
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.
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 26
October 27
October 28
October 29
October 30
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)






 

1:00pm
Middle School Choir Rehearsal
4:00pm

Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
5:30pm
Girl Scouts
6057
(Morgan House)
 









9:00am
Food Pantry
11:00am
Girl Scouts
(Parish Hall)








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
4:30pm
Vestry
(Morgan House)
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)

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
October 31
November 1
November 2
November 3
November 4
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)
7:00pm
Enneagram
(Library)
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)








 
4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
 




















9:00am
Food Pantry
9:00am
Parish Clean Up


Save the Date!
     
October 29       The Rev. Robert Brown leading Adult Forum, Library . 
                The Rev. Linda Brown, preaching in all three services.  
 
November 5      All Saints Day
 
November 12    Guatemalan Market  
 
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  
Don't forget to set your clocks back on November 4th!
October 29 - November 4  Anniversaries
Gunter, Mike and Kathy   11/3
 
 October 29 - November 4  Birthdays  
Debbie Bell
10/30
Mike Schaefer
10/30
Susan Sobel
10/30
Catherine Thompson
10/30
Brian Johnson
10/31
Matt Looney
10/31
Patsy Evans
11/1
Sarah Bryan
11/2
Jay Ruud
11/3
Wayne Stengel
11/4
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
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 tuna w/water; 2 pkgs pasta; 2 cans pasta sauce
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
This is the Sunday before Halloween and All Saints Day, two holidays that need to be seen together if they are to make much sense to the person in the pew or on their knees. Halloween began as a Celtic holiday which was an eve to chase off the evil spirits and later adopted by the Christians in Europe. People would build large bond fires, wear masks and costumes made of animal skins to ward off the evil one. After Pope Benedict IV declared the following day All Saints Day in which the lives of martyrs, dead saints and other dead persons were to be celebrated, the two holidays became combined in the United States. We still dress in costumes and try our hand at getting treats on All Hallows Eve, Halloween. Young people dress as their favorite character, dead, alive or imaginary. I suppose some may project a hoped for realization of a characteristic of their chosen dress alike, but mostly it is just a fun evening of collecting candy. We no longer frighten off evil spirits and goblins. The holiday has become domesticated taken over by the candy industry. I sometimes wonder if we don't need to be more cognizant of the evils which bedevil us even if they are largely of our own making. Would that not give us a clearer way to celebrate the day of those saints that have gone before us? I think of the saints in my own family, far from perfect, but saints nonetheless. It might be helpful to remember the evils the night before. Run them off. Celebrate the lives of the dead the next morning. That would do wonderful for my psyche. I think I'll try it on for size on the 31st of October and 1st of November. I won't build bonfires and I'm a little old for trick-o-treating, but I'm able to name the evils of my own making and some of those done to me. Naming them should conquer them and clear the way for a celebration of the lives the saints who have gone before me. How about you? Being Wonder Woman might just work for a worn out model as well a young girl.                 -Ann Drake

Scripture Readings for Sunday, October 29, 2017
The 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm and read from
1 Thessalonians.   
 
Leviticus 19:1-2,15-18
T he Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
You shall not render an unjust judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbor. You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbor: I am the Lord.
You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbor, or you will incur guilt yourself. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
 
Psalm 1
1  H appy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, *
nor lingered in the way of sinners,
nor sat in the seats of the scornful!
2 Their delight is in the law of the Lord, *
and they meditate on his law day and night.
3 They are like trees planted by streams of water,
bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; *
everything they do shall prosper.
4 It is not so with the wicked; *
they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes, *
nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, *
but the way of the wicked is doomed.
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Y ou yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.
 
Matthew 22:34-46
W hen the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: "What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?" They said to him, "The son of David." He said to them, "How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,
'The Lord said to my Lord,
 
"Sit at my right hand, 
until I put your enemies under your feet"'?
If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?" No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.
   
 
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
Bev (safe travels); Anisa; Jonathan; Mike; John; Jessica; Susan; Carisa; Freda; Robert; Rachel; Amy; Suzanne; Susie; Enderlin Family; Debbie; Matt and Sasha; Anita; Kelley; Marianne, Jan, Bobbie (safe travels); John

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: Joe LaFace; Camille LaGrossa; Steve, Dee, Rachel, and Harry Lance; David and Marilyn Larson; Liz Larson, Tammy Tucker, Jolyon, Katie and Olivia Larson; Gary Lee; Josh, Hallie, Madeline, and Dillon Leicht; Jack, Debra and Matt Looney; Raymond, Claire, Dalton, and Austin Losardo; Rachel Lott; Valerie Lunsford; Jami, Drew, Cade and Porter Lupkey
We give thanks forCalvary Missionary Baptist Church.    
We give thanks for the The Baha'i Community in Conway.
We give thanks for our volunteers who make dinner for EYC on Wednesday nights.
We give thanks for The Rev. Alberto Cuc of St. Mary, Mother of God, Solola.
We give thanks The Rt Revd Samuel Devasahayam Ebenezer Clement Tirunelveli Thoothukudi, Anglican Church of Nazareth, South India.
We give thanks for The Choral Evensong at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.
 
The Departed:  
           
 

Team 4
7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Pam Holt
Mary Etta Qualls
Dave Campbell
Jay Ruud
Stacey Jones
Ushers
Norma Smothers
Tracy Simpson
Wade Simpson
Leigh Ann Warriner
Ted Warriner
Oblationers

Nancy Thompson
Claire Losardo
Erin Weindorf
Deana Weindorf
Greeters
Norma Smothers
Nancy Thompson
Austin Losardo
Dalton Losardo
Austin Losardo
Eucharistic Visitor



Eucharistic Minister
Dee Sanders
Wylie Greer
Jay Ruud
Acolytes

AM:Wylie Greer
C: Aiden Hill



AM: Wylie Greer
C: Christopher Walters
T1: Wade Simpson
T2:
G:Ashlyn Readnour
Vestry Counters


Karen McNutt
Marilyn Larson
Altar Guild


Team 3



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