The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Altar Flowers are  Given to the glory of God for my children, Lauryn and Christopher, and for all the joy they bring to our lives.  We pray their days are filled with God's love, patience, and grace.     
 
Stewardship 2018
As we start making our Parish budget for 2018, there will be several Stewardship meetings for you to choose to attend to learn about Stewardship and the Budget process, as well as an update on the new Rector Search:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 6:30pm
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:30pm
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 12:00pm
These meetings, located in the Lobby, will not be a "lecture" on our budget, but a fun time to learn about our Parish and its mission. Also, we will talk about the Rector Search process and the budget that needs to go along with that search and hiring process. Please plan to attend one of these meetings!

Heavenly Father, many years ago your Spirit moved in Conway. Those who heard your call acted and faithfully created a place for your children to gather and grow in faith and Love. As the years past, your Spirit continued to move us and once again we stepped out in faith by building a larger sanctuary; an earthly retreat made of arches of wood and glass proclaiming your word, a place with red doors and a brass rail open to all. The Spirit is moving us,  challenging us to continue the work that was started seventy-five years ago. As we move forward in the calling of our priest and the planning of your works, we pray that once again you Find Us Faithful. Amen
Stewardship Moment

Find Us Faithful through Direct Withdrawal
 
Working hard is important - but I sure enjoy the benefits of working smart.  Regarding stewardship to St. Peter's, the surest way I have found to work smart is using Direct Withdrawal.  In setting up an automatic withdrawal from my bank account I don't worry about remembering to bring my checkbook to church on Sundays and hurriedly writing a check before the plate passes by.  I am never out of sync or late with a payment for my portion of the church's financial obligations; yet can still use the offertory plate for other donations.  Because there are two dates each month - the 5 th and 20 th - available for withdrawal, you may select which date you prefer or take advantage of both to split the 'hit' to your funds.  And unlike collections on Sunday, the church knows exactly what monies will be received on those withdrawal days.  It's smart stewardship through direct withdrawal to ensure that my portion helps to grow the church, and grow my spiritual discipline of tithing.
 
                                                                         In Faith,
                              
                                                                         Tracy Simpson


75th Anniversary Pictures

Pictures from the 75th Anniversary Celebration on All Saints Day, has been uploaded to the Parish's Facebook page as well as the Parish's website. Below are the links to both. 
Appreciative Inquiry Results
Each week, the Labyrinth Walk will have the results to a different question that Rev. Jason Alexander asked us in the Appreciative Inquiry that will be used to help search for a new Rector. Below are the answers you gave to him regarding the question:

Name two things that you value most about St. Peter's

Tolerance
Unconditional love
Compassion
We are a sucking vortex of love
Ability to get involved on any level
Rector will offer but ask for feedback
Open
Supportive of all
Ability to disagree but still support each other
Inclusiveness
Concern for all
Openness to discussion, disagreement
Non-doctrinarian
Love of others
Tradition
Genuineness
Bible-based
Working beyond walls
Easy to enter
Diversity of personalities
Accepting and encouraging
Breakfast buffet
Community as defined by BCP
Action
Welcoming
Don't feel straitjacketed
Diversity
Outreach programs
Community involvement
Warmth
Church is full of heroes
Reflexivity
Reason
Ballsiness
Choir and music
Responsive to needs
Grace
Intellectual conversation
Room for creative solutions
Magnetic
Everyone contributes
Small enough to know everyone
Fellowship
Incredible priest
Worship
Episcopal tradition
Treat each other like family "fights and all"
Lack of judgment
Ability to reach working consensus
Welcomes everyone
Community
Allowing others to use building
LGBT included at altar
Willingness to rethink and change
St. Peter's Giving Totals

October 1       $3,678,00
October 8       $5,853.10
October 15     $8,645.00
October 22     $4,091.00
October 29     $9.563.60
November 5  $13,799.00

Reminder that the weekly need for giving to the Operating Budget is $9,262.77
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
 
Art, Pray, Love 2018
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 in the Episcopal Churches in the area, where we will complete eye examinations as well as fit over 400 people with eyeglasses or sunglasses, and 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, an 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, Pray, Love 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  organize it through Marianne Black.
Art, Pray, Love
The newly formed Art, Pray, Love committee has begun planning the 2018 Art Show and Sale fundraiser, held annually, to help purchase medical supplies for a mission trip to Guatemala. As in previous years, this event hopes to raise money through purchases generated by the sales of tickets, artwork, silent auction items, bottles of wine and the handicrafts in the Guatemalan Marketplace.
 
The event is scheduled for January 27, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9 PM. Tickets will go on sale in December, in plenty of time to help stuff your Christmas stocking. The price of each ticket remains at $30 each or 2 for $50. Purchase your tickets before January 15th and save...$25 per ticket or 2 for $45. Ages 5-11 pay half price. Ages 4 and under are free.
 
Committee member, Dr. Doug Stroud, is launching Art, Pray, Love this coming Sunday with a pre-event sale of merchandise from Guatemala. The Marketplace will be open between church services for everyone to begin their Christmas shopping early. See you at the market!

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
Notes from The Rev. Dr. Linda Brown   
 
The Altar party; Who is up there?
 
I'm not sure what we might call the entire group of liturgical ministers who represent all of us as we celebrate the Eucharist. Surely we are not a 'gaggle' since we usually know what we are doing! Seriously, the liturgical ministers, all who participate in the liturgy, are both ordained and laity who represent the entire church assembly, as emphasized by the Book of Common Prayer. Patrick Malloy, an Episcopal priest and well-respected professor of liturgics, has made this statement,
 
"The liturgy mirrors and rehearses the life of the church: a community based in a baptismal equality in which, as the Catechism and the Baptismal Covenant make clear, all the members share in the ministry".
 
The life of the church represents the Body of Christ to the world. The liturgical ministers then have the responsibility of serving, leading, and facilitating the experience of Christ's prayer for the Church for all of its members.
 
The Celebrant or Presider
This is an ordained priest, the Bishop (if present), the Rector, or assisting priests. They become the 'presider' of the service, leading the congregation through the Eucharist service.
 
Deacon(s)
In the Eucharistic service, the Deacons have specific roles: (1) bid the people to do something (confess sins and to 'go out into the world...', (2) proclaim the Gospel (read from center aisle usually), (3) bid the Prayers of the People, (4) prepare the altar for the Liturgy of the Eucharist, and (5) be the assistant to the Presider.
 
Readers
These are laypersons who read assigned scripture for the day. They will do this before the Gospel is read.
 
Eucharistic Ministers
According to the Canons of the Church, "A Eucharistic Minister is a layperson authorized to administer the consecrated elements at a Celebration of the Holy Eucharist". Eucharistic Ministers must be trained (under the direction of the Deacon) and licensed by the Bishop. Although it is the norm for them to serve the wine, the Canons no longer distinguish this and hence they are called Eucharistic Ministers (not Chalice Bearers).
 
Acolytes
It will surprise many Episcopalians that the BCP does not mention Acolytes, not even once. Acolytes cover a wide range of roles: thurifer (when incense is used), crucifer, torch bearers, one who holds the Gospel for the reading, assistant in washing the hands of the Presider, assistant to Deacons and Eucharistic Ministers to move the auxiliary vessels needed at the appropriate time to the Eucharistic Table. The Acolyte 's role is to make the liturgy unfold effortlessly. However, to do this, they must invest tremendous focus and effort.
Verger
The Verger is the master of ceremonies, the coordinator of the liturgy. Before the procession starts, the Verger determines that all assigned for the particular service are present, and that all know their role and how to perform that role. The Verger also checks with the Ministers for any special directions and sees that any needed materials to be used in the liturgy are in place. Most of the time, the Verger will lead the procession.

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 How to Be Heard Over Crying Babies, Ultimate Ushering: Mastering Mixed Doubles , and To Bow or not to Bow, that is the Question.
Also, there will be snacks!.
These refreshing meetings will be held in Classroom Two on
November 12 and November 19 at 10:30 AM.
A Special Holiday Session, which will include, Surviving the Christmas Eve Obstetrical Course,will be held at the same time on December 10.
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

Christmas Meals Coordinator
In the past, St. Peter's had a ministry of delivering Christmas Meals on Christmas Day through the Meals on Wheels Program. We, again, have been asked to start up this program, but we are in need of a coordinator for this very special program. If you are interested, please contact Jerusalem Greer for more details.
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.
Adult Forum
James Fowler will give the conclusion to The Bestiary of both the Anglican and Episcopal Churches @ 10:00 am in The Library. 
The bestiary, or collection of descriptive entries on animals (along with a few plants and stones) was a popular medieval genre. Originating from a Greek manuscript in the first centuries of the Common Era, these volumes grew in size as more species-actual and imagined-were added. The medieval tendency to think of the world in spiritually symbolic terms is reflected in the interpretations that accompany many of the descriptions. This two-session class will present a sample of moralized beasts with lessons for reflective readers.Please join us for this lively discussion
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!
No Shave November

Attention Men:   Join the fun as well as promote men's health.  Enter the Best Beard Contest promoting awareness to men's health issues.  Check details on the "No Shave November" flier on the Brotherhood of St. Andrew table in the Church lobby.
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
November 9
November 10
November 11
November 12
November 13
7:00am
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
10:00am
Tai Chi
(Parish Hall)
2:00pm
Enneagram
(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
11:00am
Girl Scouts
(Parish Hall)








****Guatemalan**** ***Market***
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
10:30am
Ministry Team
Training
(Classroom 2)
11:00am
Rite II
12:30pm
DOK
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
(Classroom 4)
11:30am
Centering Prayer
(Side Chapel)
12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
6:00pm
Men's Group
(Parish Hall)
6:30pm
Stewardship Meeting
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Circle of Trust
(Classroom 4)

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
November 14
November 15
November 16
November 17
November 18
7:00am  
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
5:30pm
EfM  
(Classroom 2)  
6:30pm
Find Us Faithful  
(Lobby)  
7:00pm
Canterbury
Coffee House
(Morgan House)
 



12:00pm
Noon Book Club
(Library)
12:30pm
Faulkner County  
Social Justice
(Morgan House)  
1:30pm
Library Reserved 
2:00pm
Staff Meeting 
5:00pm
EYC
(Parish Hall)
5:30pm
Fledglings Writing Group
(Library)
6:30pm
Find Us Faithful
(Lobby)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)  
7:00pm
Holy Eucharist and Prayers for Healing
7:00am
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
12:00pm
Find Us Faithful
(Lobby)
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
Wisdom House
Project
(Morgan House)


Save the Date!
 
November 12    Guatemalan Market   
 
November 14     Find Us Faithful Stewardship Meeting, 6:30pm, Lobby
 
November 15     Find Us Faithful Stewardship Meeting, 6:30pm, Lobby
 
November 16     Find Us Faithful Stewardship Meeting, 12:00pm, Lobby 
                        
November 21    Turkey Basket Day 
 
November 23     Parish Office Closed
 
November 24     Parish Office Closed
 
December 3       First Sunday of Advent 
                        Find Us Faithful Stewardship Sunday  
                        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    
 
January 15     Parish Office Closed for Mr. Luther King Jr. Day 
 
January 27      Art Pray Love 
November 12 - November 18  Birthdays
 
Robert Redditt
11/12
Mila Shult
11/13
Guy Hobbs
11/15
Taylor Tennison
11/17
Amanda Moore
11/18
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 of soup; 1 16oz peanut butter; 1 jelly (no glass)
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
One of the optional Old Testament readings for this Sunday is Micah 3.5-12. We do not know much about this prophet except that his message is clearly in line with most of the Old Testament prophets. God has made a Covenant with his people. Basically the Covenants that are made repeatedly say that God will take care of his people and in return they are to take care of each other by doing justice, establishing equity, feeding and clothing the poor. Thus, they are to love God and their neighbor. This does not seem like much to ask unless you have to live it. Jacob's people were never able to do it, hence, the repeated renewals of the Covenants after the people had been exiled. The final promise and Covenant was made in the life and death of Jesus, the Messiah. I am ahead of my story. Micah is scolding the people of Israel for once again they have demonstrated that they abhor justice and pervert equity. They cry peace when the have food, yet the hungry go unfed. Micah promises that Jerusalem, the center of life, will fall for it is corrupt to the core. God's house, the temple, will be a pile of rubble and the mountain on which the temple is constructed will become a wooded height. Micah's message that we are responsible for doing justice and mercy and loving God and our neighbor still holds. I don't know that we have a house that contains God like the ancient Israelites. But as people who follow Christ, we are still responsible for one another - no matter who - and that means feeding hungry, ministering to the sick and caring for the lost. -Ann Drake 
Scripture Readings for Sunday, November 12, 2017
The 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm  
and read from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 
 
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, "Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors-Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor-lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan and made his offspring many.
"Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."
Then the people answered, "Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God."
But Joshua said to the people, "You cannot serve the Lord, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. If you forsake the Lordand serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm, and consume you, after having done you good." And the people said to Joshua, "No, we will serve the Lord!" Then Joshua said to the people, "You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord, to serve him." And they said, "We are witnesses." He said, "Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel." The people said to Joshua, "The Lord our God we will serve, and him we will obey." So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem.
 
Psalm 78:1-7
1 Hear my teaching, O my people; *
   incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable; *
   I will declare the mysteries of ancient times.
3 That which we have heard and known,
   and what our forefathers have told us, *
   we will not hide from their children.
4 We will recount to generations to come
   the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the Lord, *
   and the wonderful works he has done.
5 He gave his decrees to Jacob
   and established a law for Israel, *
   which he commanded them to teach their children;
6 That the generations to come might know,
   and the children yet unborn; *
   that they in their turn might tell it to their children;
7 So that they might put their trust in God, *
   and not forget the deeds of God,
   but keep his commandments;
 
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel's call and with the sound of God's trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
 
Matthew 25:1-13
Jesus said, "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, 'Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise replied, 'No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, 'Lord, lord, open to us.' But he replied, 'Truly I tell you, I do not know you.' Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour."

 
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
Susannah (safe travels); Jessica; Michelle; Susan; John; Leigh; Tim; Freda; Carisa; John; Carl; Joelle and Family; Katie; Teri; David; Jimmy; Audrea; Nick; Lauren; Rita; Deana (safe travels); Fred; Kay; Liz; Nancy; Andy; Keith; Susan; Johny

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:Rita Mackintosh; Dani Maddox; Veronica and Simon Makepeace; Rowena Malone; Roger, Fereshteh and Nicolas Maynard; Ron McConnell; Jay and Kathy McDaniel; Cecil and Nelda McDermott; Joe, Tracy, Rose and Elise McGarrity; Tom and Karen McNutt; Kevin Mequet; Virginia and Wayne Miller; Sterling Morton; Mike Moses; Noel Murray, Donna Bowman, Archer and Cady Gray Murray; Ann Muse.
We give thanks for the Salem United Methodist Church.    
We give thanks forthe Unitarian Universalist Church in Little Rock.
We give thanks for our Finding Us Faithful Stewardship Program.
We give thanks for The Rev. Heber Ruiz and St. Martin of Tours, Totonicapan (toe-toe-neeka-pan).
We give thanks for The Rt Revd Cyril Odutemu, Bendel, Nigeria.
We give thanks for the Worship and Pledge Ingathering at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia..

 
The Departed:  
           
 

Team 2
7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Douglas Young
Donna Bowman
Marianne Black
Kathryn Spinks
Ushers

Tom Courtway
Melissa Courtway
Eric Hutchinson
Donna Hutchinson
Oblationers

John Phillips
Steve Eddy
Kelley King
Kathryn Spinks
Greeters

Bob Essert
Patsy Evans
David Larson
Marilyn Larson
Eucharistic Visitor



Eucharistic Minister
Dee Sanders
Leigh Ann Warriner
Judy Helm
Ellen Stengel
Jim Fowler
Acolytes

AM: Jaylee Garrett-Jones
CB: Cady Gray
AM: Jaylee Garrett-Jones
C: Jaylee Garrett-Jones
T1: Elise McGarrity
T2: Wylie Greer
Vestry Counters



Altar Guild


Team 4



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