The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, March 15, 2018

 Vestry Calls New Priest-in-Charge

Dear St. Peter's Faithful,
 
On behalf of the Vestry, I am very excited and pleased to announce the calling of The Rev. Greg Warren to be Priest-in-Charge of St. Peter's Episcopal Church.
 
On Saturday, March 17, 2018, Greg will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock as he is wrapping up his final year attending the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. He will graduate in May with his Masters of Divinity degree. His most recent field assignment has been a bilingual (English/Spanish) post at St. James' in Austin. Greg will attend the 2018 General Convention this summer to help with the Episcopal Peace Fellowship's "Palestine Israel Initiative."
 
Prior to Greg being called to the ministry, he lived in Bentonville, Arkansas, where he attended All Saints' Episcopal. Greg brings an extensive background in corporate advertising and management from his previous employment with Walmart, MediaVest Worldwide, and the Leo Burnett and Landor Associates advertising firms. He holds both a BA in Psychology and French and an MBA with emphasis in Marketing from Indiana University. When not studying, Greg reads, journals, exercises, gardens, and enjoys daily walks with his partner, Mark Lamb, and their two pets.
 
The Vestry, following the recommendation of the Search Committee, voted unanimously to invite Greg to be St. Peter's Priest-in-Charge at a special meeting held Sunday, March 11. Amy Hawkins, chair of the search committee, had this to say, "The committee unanimously and wholeheartedly believes Greg is the ideal person to lead St. Peter's at this time in our church's collective life." God willing, Greg will join us to lead his first worship services at St. Peter's in mid-June, with a specific date to be announced very soon.
 
The Vestry is grateful to all who prayed and helped during this time of transition. We also offer considerable thanks to our Rector Search Committee who devoted much time, energy, and prayer to this process. Please join us in thanking Amy Hawkins, chair, and members Scotty Bell, Jane Harris, Karen McNutt, Amanda Moore, Dinah Reed, Jay Ruud, Brad Teague, and Taylor Tennison.
 
I know we all look forward to welcoming Greg and Mark to St. Peter's in June, as we begin a new journey together for the church and parish we love and cherish.
 
Faithfully yours,
Chris
 
ON BEHALF OF YOUR VESTRY
Chris Odom, Senior Warden
Tracy Simpson, Junior Warden
Genie Davis
Christy Garrett-Jones
Marilyn Larson
Tom Renten
Carolyn Scott
Tracy Simpson
Leigh Ann Warriner  

A note from Greg to the St. Peter's congregation:
 
Mark and I are incredibly excited about the opportunity to join the loving family of St. Peter's.  You are doing great things to spread the kingdom of God in Conway, and I am looking forward to being a part of that work.  My interactions with the Search Committee underscored the passion, love, commitment and enthusiasm that is St. Peter's.  We look forward to getting to know and work with all of you.  Thank you and blessings to all.
 
Greg Warren

Ordination of Deacons

On Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m., at Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock, David Sims will be ordained a deacon, and the following people will be ordained transitional deacons:
Josh Daniel, Stephanie Fox, Mark Harris, Michaelene Miller, and Greg Warren.
All are invited.
Holy Week Schedule
March 25: Palm Sunday, 7:30am, 9:00am, 11:00am
March 26: Holy Monday, 7:00pm
March 27: Holy Tuesday, 7:00pm
March 28: Holy Wednesday, Tenebrae Service, 7:00pm
March 29: Maundy Thursday, 7:00pm
March 30: Good Friday, 12:00pm, 7:00pm
March 31: Easter Vigil, 8:00pm

Acolyting
Do you like to play with fire? Do comfy loose fitting robes look appealing? Would you like to be an integral part of serving Eucharist?
Then ACOLYTING is for you!

St. Peter's is in need of some additional acolytes, and if you are between the ages of 8 and 80, we would joyfully welcome your help!
Acolytes typically serve once a month at the service of their choice. Training is free, and encouragement is bountiful! 
To help out with this ministry, please contact Jerusalem at jerusalem.greer@stpetersconway.com.




March topic for Adult Forum  
Library, 10:00 a.m
Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the "Kingdom of God." The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was executed as a state criminal. Within decades after his death, his followers would call him God.
   
For the next three Sundays we will continue to prepare for Holy Week, Palm Sunday and Easter by delving into Reza Aslan's 2013 book  Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Having read Zealot in 2013 when it was released, Kevin Mequet will facilitate our discussion of who this historical Jesus was and how did Christianity form from Reza's perspective. Obviously, this discussion is not definitive, but rather speculative and illuminative yet grounded in historical evidence that allows us to think deeply about our faith. Please join the conversation in preparation during the season of Lent for the coming of Holy Week.
 
3/18/18 Part III: "The Spirit of the  LORD  G-d is upon me."  A man who was a sole proprietorship proselytizer and another man who was a promoter of franchising his proselytizing.
 
3/25/18 Part IV: "Blow a trumpet in Zion!" A man within whom G-d was/is found ...
St. Peter's Text Messaging
The Parish Office is 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.
Wednesday Brown Bag
Book Club
 
Is an impostor robbing you of God's love? We've bought into the lie that we are worthy of God's love only when our lives are going well. If our families are happy or our jobs are meaningful, life is a success. But when life begins to fall through the cracks and embarrassing sins threaten to reveal our less-than-perfect identity, we scramble to keep up a good front to present to the world and to God.
 
Brennan Manning encourages us to let go of the impostor lifestyle and freely accept our belovedness as a child of the heavenly Father. In Him there is life.
 
Join us Wednesdays, at noon, for Brown Bag Book Club. We will start Bennan Manning's book, Abba's Child, on February 21. Please contact Rev. Dr. Linda Brown, Deacon, with any questions.
Email: linda.brown@stpetersconway.com      
cell: 501.590.0631

Stewardship Report
March 11- March 17
Plate Offerings
$2,950.00

Direct Deposits
0

Weekly Total
$2,950.00



March 4 - March 10
Plate Offerings $4,062.00

Direct Deposit $5,389.00

Weekly Total
$9,451.00



February 25 - March 3
Plate Offerings $3,649.67

Direct Deposit $125.00

Weekly Total
$3,774.67



February 18 - February 24
Plate Offerings $2,639.47

Direct Deposit $4,125.00

Weekly Total
$6,764.47



     *these amounts are only for operating funds

Dollar Bills 
All $1 bills  in the offering plate this Sunday will go to the Discretionary Fund.     
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
March 15
March 16
March 17
March 18
March 19

12:00pm
Lenten Lunch
(Wesley UMCl)
2:00pm
SLS
(Library)
5:00pm

Compline
6:30pm
Finance Meeting
(Library)
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)
12:00pm
Noonday Prayers
4:00pm

Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
4:30pm
Wilson/Bush Wedding Rehearsal
5:30pm
Wilson/Bush Rehearsal Dinner
(Morgan House)

 





9:00am
Food Pantry
11:00am
Ordination
(Trinity LR)
3:00pm
Wilson/Bush Wedding




7:30am
Rite I
8:50am
Library Class
9:00am
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
10:00am
Choir Practice
Adult Forum
Family Formation
Church in a Changing World
11:00am
Rite II
12:00pm
Handbell Rehearsal
(Balcony)
 7:00pm
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
(Classroom 4)
  
12:00pm
Noonday Prayers
12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)










 







Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
March 20
March 21
March 22
March 23
March 24
5:00pm
Compline  
       

  
 
12:00pm
Noonday Prayers
12:00pm
BrownBag Book Club
1:30pm
Library Reserved
2:00pm

Staff Meeting
3:30pm
EYC
5:30pm
Fledglings Writing Group
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Holy Communion and Prayers for Healing
7:00pm
Canterbury Coffeehouse
(Parish Hall)
12:00pm
Lenten Lunch
(First Presl)
5:00pm
Compline
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)










12:00pm
Noonday Prayers
4:00pm

Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
5:00pm
FriYay Supper Club
(Morgan House)






9:00am
Food Pantry
9:00am
Parish Hall Reserved All Day

















Save the Date!
March 17      Deacon Ordination, Trinity Cathedral, Little Rock

March 19 - March 23 Spring Break

March 25       Vestry Meeting

March 25 - March 31    Holy Week            
April 1           Easter Sunday

April 2           Parish Office Closed 
 March 18 - March 24 Birthdays 
Richard Boosey
3/18
Judy Helm
3/19
Mary Etta Qualls
3/19
Nathan Ziegler
3/20
Beth Brady
3/21
Sara Galvin
3/22
Valerie Lunsford
3/23
Fred Petrucelli
3/24
Jeannie Stroth
3/24
    
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 cans whole kernel corn; 1 box of cereal; 1 pkg ramen
Pantry Musings  
In the past few weeks we have focused on a way of knowing God as found in the Gospel of John. This week we consider the ways that Jesus modeled his friendship with those closest to him. He went to great lengths to reaffirm his relationship to his disciples, including appearing to them in a locked room after his resurrection, and having Thomas feel the marks on his body, especially his side where the sword had pierced it. Only then did Thomas admit that Jesus lived, responding with "My Lord and my God!" (John 20.28). Jesus also prepared breakfast for the disciples who were fishing (John 21.15) and assumed the identity of a gardener outside the tomb in order to meet Mary Magdalene, who was charged with getting word to the disciples that Jesus lived - even after his crucifixion and burial. 
All these events happened after Jesus' death and resurrection, but there were other relationship affirming events even before his death - one of which was his anointing with a costly oil by another Mary. She was roundly criticized by some of the disciples and other guests at dinner because she spent her money on oil for Jesus and not for feeding the poor and supporting the Jesus Movement. Jesus rebuked them knowing his death was to come soon and her anointment was in anticipation of that event. It was a sacred event in anticipation of the sorrow to come. An event which occurs during a supper party  - which appears to be one of Jesus' favorite ways of spending time with his friends. He knew that food was a draw that would bring humans together, where they could get to know one another and continue their relationships with one another. I sometimes think that we do not pay attention to similarity between these situations and  our lives because they are couched in unusual stories about Jesus appearances after his death. But Jesus loved a party and he loved to eat with friends, even before he died. We don't pay attention to the obvious or the familiar but maybe we should. I suppose that the unusual is important, but I think the familiar is equally, if not more important, because it gives us a way of continuing Jesus' love for us in our ordinary lives. -Ann Drake
Scripture Readings for Sunday, March 18, 2017.
 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm and read from
Jeremiah.
  
Jeremiah 31:31-34
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt-a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, "Know the Lord," for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

Psalm 51:1-13
     Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; *
        in your great compassion blot out my offenses.
2      Wash me through and through from my wickedness *
        and cleanse me from my sin.
3      For I know my transgressions, *
        and my sin is ever before me.
4      Against you only have I sinned *
        and done what is evil in your sight.
5      And so you are justified when you speak *
        and upright in your judgment.
6      Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, *
        a sinner from my mother's womb.
7      For behold, you look for truth deep within me, *
        and will make me understand wisdom secretly.
8      Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; *
        wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.
9      Make me hear of joy and gladness, *
        that the body you have broken may rejoice.
10    Hide your face from my sins *
        and blot out all my iniquities.
11    Create in me a clean heart, O God, *
       and renew a right spirit within me.
12    Cast me not away from your presence *
       and take not your holy Spirit from me.
13    Give me the joy of your saving help again *
        and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
 
 Hebrews 5:5-10
Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,
"You are my Son, 
today I have begotten you";
as he says also in another place,
"You are a priest forever, 
according to the order of Melchizedek."
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

John 12:20-33
Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.
"Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say-'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again." The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him." Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself." He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

 
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
David, Korden; Daniel; NIkki; Meredith; Ata; Kamran; Amin; Farzan; Porcaro Family; Rosemary; Dee; Jeff; Farideh; Shannon; Anisa; Kim; Fred; Kay; Liz; Nancy; Susan; Andy; Aaron; Jenn; Luna and Autumn; Angie; Madison; Bill; Zack; Alan; Kim; Jim, Gene, Claudia (safe travels); Glenn; Sandy; Enderlin Family; Brett and Family; Christine; Beth. 

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

In Constant Prayer for our upcoming Priest in Charge, The Rev. Greg Warren.

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: Kristina, Jay and Anna Burford; Lisa Burks; Jennings Burruss; Chad and Melissa Butler. Alice Church; John Churchwell; Ruth Clayton; Betty "B" Cockrell; George and Stacey Coleman; Jon, Karen and Ian Collins, Riannon Walker, Miles and Elliot Wiebe.
We give thanks for Church of Christ at Prince Street.    
We give thanks for the Muslim Student Association at Hendrix.
We give thanks for our Deacon, The Rev. Dr. Linda Brown.
We give thanks for The Rev. Thomas Calel and The Holy Cross of Mt. Calvary in Balanya.
We give thanks for Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, The Most Revd Paul Kwong Archbishop of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui & Bishop of Hong Kong Island.
We give thanks for Compline Services at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.
 
The Departed:
Robey  


Ministry Team 3
Jerry Adams, Team Leader

7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Ann Drake
Mary Etta Qualls
Ellen Stengel
Wolf Oeste
Ushers
Pam Holt
Danny Reed
Dinah Reed
Wayne Stengel
Lynn Neuhofel
Oblationers
 
Danny Reed
Dinah Reed
Pam Neuhofel
Lynn Neuhofel
Greeters

Lisa Crowson
Katrina Wilcox
Lynn Rich
Gloria Parker
Eucharistic Visitor

Rita Mackintosh
Doug Stroud
Eucharistic Minister
Dee Sanders
Tanya Buchanan
Jay Ruud
Acolytes

AM: Miles Greer
C: Aiden Hill

AM: Beth Brady
C: Kathryn Spinks
T1: Miles Greer
T2: Jackson Wirtz
Vestry Counters


Marilyn Larson
Leigh Ann Warriner
Altar Guild


Team 1

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