The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Dollar Bills 
All $1 bills  in the offering plate this Sunday will go to the Discretionary Fund.     
Rector Search Update:
The Committee has begun meeting, and has a scheduled meeting with Jason Alexander.

For more information feel free to contact members of the 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.
Congrats to the St. Peter's Episcopal Church 2018 Vestry
 
Chris Odom - serves through 2019 - Senior Warden
Genie Davis - serves through 2020 - Junior  Warden 
Leigh Ann Warriner - serves through 2018
Tom Renten - serves through 2018
Christy Garrett-Jones - serves through 2018
Marilyn Larson - serves through 2019
Tracy Simpson - serves through 2019
Brett Hardison - serves through 2020
Carolyn Scott - serves through 2020

Non-Voting Members - 
Taylor Tennison - Secretary
LeRoy Hendrickson  - Financial Officer
John Shute - Finance Committee Chair
Clergy and Staff
God created a nice yard............
For you to walk on and play in, not to park your car on. Please park your cars on pavement areas of the church. Parking your car on the grass, especially behind the Parish Hall, damages our beautiful campus. Reminder that when using the Morgan House, all vehicles will need to be parked on Mitchell Street or in the church parking lot.
Lenten Noonday Prayers
The Daughters of the King will be leading Noonday Prayer and Stations of the Cross at 12:00 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during Lent (beginning Feb. 16).  Compline will be led each Tuesday and Thursday evening at 5:00 p.m. (beginning Feb. 15).  All are invited to participate.
Syrian, Wisdom House Project Update
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 - all are welcome
 
On Sunday, February 11, St. Peter's will have two important visitors from the Syrian Emergency Taskforce present. Since the summer of 2016, St. Peter's has been involved with the Wisdom House project through the established working group that includes St. Peter's members Brett Hardison, Marianne Welch, Nancy Allen, Jerry Adams, The Imogen Chapter of the Daughters of the King, plus other community members.
SETF has been the non-profit that the Wisdom House working group has worked through and has coordinated all of funding and planning that has been involved with both the Wisdom House (school for orphans and the new woman's center) in Idlib Syria.
Mouaz Moustafa, Director of the Syrian Emergency Taskforce (SETF) and Natalie Larrison, the Director of Community Outreach for SETF - will be at St. Peters for a presentation to the joint adult classes at 10am - the meeting will be held in the Parish Hall and all are invited to attend.
At the 11am service, Mouaz will provide and update on the Wisdom House project and discuss how central Arkansas has been strategically helpful to this project.
After the 11am service, Mouaz and Natalie will be available at the 'coffee reception' for questions and comments.
More information - www.thewisdomhouseproject.com

***On February 11, 2018, all 10:00am classes will meet in the Parish Hall for the Syrian Wisdom House Update.***

Have you ever wished to deepen your relationship with God?

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

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS
Do you make an outstanding casserole, bread, or something else tasty?  Do you enjoy meeting  newcomers to St. Peter's and making them feel welcome?  Do you have a heart to help honor those from St. Peter's who have passed?  If so, we have some excellent volunteer opportunities for you!  The Vestry has identified three areas that, due to our congregation's growth, that are in need of some attention.  

Three new committees are being formed and we hope you'll consider (please, pretty please) volunteering some time for them. They are:
 
  1. Casserole / Hospitality Committee - The church is often asked to provide snacks, light meals, or casseroles for groups (funerals, meetings, etc.) and we need a group that would be willing to prepare and heat up these meals as needed.  Please contact Tracy Simpson if you're interested!
  2.  
  3. Newcomer's Committee - We continue to see many new faces each week at St. Peter's and it's critical we establish some great relationships up front.  This group would come up with ways to engage with our newcomer's so they feel the warmth and love that is St. Peter's.  Please contact Jerusalem Greer if this is something you are called to do.
  4. Columbarium Committee - The church has a landscaping master plan for the courtyard, but the Columbarium is in need of some immediate attention, specifically concerning drainage and record-keeping.  Please contact Leigh Ann Warriner if you're willing to help.

St. Peter's Text Messaging

Soon, the Parish Office will start sending text alerts to your cellphone. We promise that we will not overwhelm you with texts, but will only use it for emergencies (services cancelled due to inclement weather, last minute times and changes to programs). Please make sure John Churchwell has your correct cell number. You can also tell John if you do not want to receive text messages from the office. Send your number to John at john.churchwell@stpetersconway.com or call the Parish Office at 501-329-8174.
All Hands Ministry Team Meeting!
 All Current (and those interested) Lectors, Greeters, Ushers, Oblationers, and Hospitality Members are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming Ministry Team Refresher Trainings! We will be going over information such as Ultimate Ushering: Mastering Mixed Doubles and To Bow or not to Bow, that is the Question.
These 30 minute meetings will be held in Classroom Two at 9:30am and 10:30am on February 18.
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
February 1
February 2
February 3
February 4
February 5
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)
Parish Office
Closed

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





9:00am
Food Pantry
9:00am
Community of Hope Training
(Lobby)
7:30am
Rite I
8:50am
Adult Forum
9:00am
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
10:00am
Adult Forum
Choir Practice
Church in a Changing World
Family Formation
11:00am
Rite II
12:30pm
EfM
(Classroom 2)
7:00pm
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
(Classroom 4)
  
12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
6:00pm
Search Committee
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)





 













Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
February 6
February 7
February 8
February 9
February 10
5:30pm
EfM
(Classroom 2)  

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

Staff Meeting
3:30pm
EYC
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Holy Eucharist and Prayers for Healing
7:00pm
Canterbury Coffeehouse
(Parish Hall)
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)










Parish Office
Closed

4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
5:30pm
Foyers
(Morgan House)






9:00am
Food Pantry
9:00am
Community of Hope Training
(Lobby)
9:00am
Girl Scouts 6057
(Morgan House)















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

February 13    Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper  
 
February 14    Ash Wednesday 

February 16    Diocesan Convention

February 17    Diocesan Convention 
 
February 18   First Sunday in Lent   
 
April 1           Easter Sunday 
February 4 - February 10  Birthdays
   
Stephanie Vanderslice
2/4
Elena Wiltgen
2/4
Suzanne Sprague
2/5
Catie Pinal
2/7
Abigail Woods
2/7
Walker Bowles
2/9
Adam Stengel
2/9
O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on your servants, as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, page 830
This week's Food Pantry Need

2 mac and cheese; 2 corn muffin mix; 2 cans of green beans
Pantry Musings
February 4
February 14 is Ash Wednesday. Yep!! that's right folks! Lent is upon us. It seems like only yesterday that we celebrated Christmas. Well, now we are going to celebrate Lent (and then Easter) beginning with Ash Wednesday. We will use the curriculum developed by the monks at SSJE, "Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John". It is a six week offering of prayer and reflection in a helpful booklet which is available at no cost by contacting the Brothers of SSJE at www.meetingjesusinjohn.org. This study consists of six exercises a week which give a verse from John or I John for private reflection and a seventh for small group reflection. The small groups will meet on Sunday or Wednesday evenings and you can sign-up online or through the office. I've read some of the material and I must confess that it sounds personal and interesting. It is personal in that we are asked to be vulnerable and responsive to the Gospel. It is interesting because we will need to respond to the only Gospel that is written at a time that the Christian community is being separated from the Jewish community and that the Jewish community is being transformed from a sacramental community centered in the temple to a rabbinic community in diaspora located in synagogues. This fact alone leads John to paint the Jews in a monolithic manner that becomes a mistaken tool in the hands of antisemitism such as that of Nazi Germany. One of the exercises that Br. Keith Nelson was asked to do by his spiritual advisor was to look at his own face as a reflection of Jesus' face, an exercise that we might try for ourselves if we can remember that Jesus does not look like us. In other words Jesus is found in each of us and in many of our relationships, but is not of the same race or religion. He is not our personal property. His message is in us and with us but not from us. We are not from a super race. We are among many through whom God speaks. -Ann Drake


 
Scripture Readings for Sunday, February 4, 2017.
 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm and read from
1 Corinthians.  
Isaiah 40:21-31
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning? 
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to live in;
who brings princes to naught,
and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.
Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows upon them, and they wither,
and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
To whom then will you compare me,
or who is my equal? says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high and see:
Who created these?
He who brings out their host and numbers them,
calling them all by name;
because he is great in strength,
mighty in power, 
not one is missing.
Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
"My way is hidden from the Lord,
and my right is disregarded by my God"?
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.

Psalm 147:1-12, 21c
1 Hallelujah!
   How good it is to sing praises to our God! *
   how pleasant it is to honor him with praise!
2 The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem; *
   he gathers the exiles of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted *
   and binds up their wounds.
4 He counts the number of the stars *
   and calls them all by their names.
5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; *
   there is no limit to his wisdom.
6 The Lord lifts up the lowly, *
   but casts the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; *
   make music to our God upon the harp.
8 He covers the heavens with clouds *
    and prepares rain for the earth;
9 He makes grass to grow upon the mountains *
   and green plants to serve mankind.
10 He provides food for flocks and herds *
   and for the young ravens when they cry.
11 He is not impressed by the might of a horse; *
   he has no pleasure in the strength of a man;
12 But the Lord has pleasure in those who fear him, *
   in those who await his gracious favor.
21 Hallelujah!

1 Corinthians 9:16-23
If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel! For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel.
For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law) so that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.

Mark 1:29-39
After Jesus and his disciples left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, "Everyone is searching for you." He answered, "Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do." And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
 

 
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
 

In Loving Support for:
Micah; Sam; Mouaz; Natalie.

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

In Continued Prayers for:  
Sara Edmondson, Helen Snipan, Jacquie Seroy, Martha Denson, Fred and Lillian Petrucelli,
Richard Boosey, Rowena Malone.  
 
Thanksgivings:
We give thanks for the people of St. Peter's and visitors with us this week.
We give thanks for Susanne, Jim, John, Elena and Claudia Wiltgen;
Kelly, Stephany, Savannah, and Jackson Wirtz; Robert Wickser; Jeff, Andrea, Abigail and Cullen Woods; Douglas Young; Steven Zeltmann; Nathan Ziegler.
We give thanks for Woodland Heights Baptist Church.      
We give thanks for the Hillel Association at Hendrix.
We give thanks for our Rector Search Committee Member, Taylor Tennison.  
We give thanks for Rev. Pascuala Ventura & St. John the Apostle, Chichicastenango (chee-chee-castin-ango).
We give thanks for The Anglican Church of Burundi, The Most Revd Martin Nyaboho Archbishop of Burundi & Bishop of Makamba.
We give thanks for the Remember St. Martin's Planned Giving Program at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.
 
The Departed:     
 

Ministry Team 1
7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Nathan Greer Jeff Ward Erin Weindorf
Deana Weindorf
Ushers
Wylie Greer Andrea Savage
Melissa Felty
Claudia Wiltgen
Shari Readnour
Oblationers
 
Charlotte Ward
Ella Johnson
Ashlyn Readnour
Julia Readnour
Greeters

Kristina Ward
Veronica Makepeace
Amy Hawkins
Walker Simpson
Eucharistic Visitor


Doug Stroud
Eucharistic Minister
Nathan Greer Leigh Ann Warriner Ellen Stengel
Acolytes

C: Madolyn Ward






AM: Wylie Greer
C:: Harper Sobel
T1: Elise McGarrity
T2: Austin Lasardo

Vestry Counters



Altar Guild


Team 4

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