The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Easter Lily Donations
-Tom and Melissa Courtway, in Memory of Bob and Betty Courtway, Susie Courtway,
in Thanksgiving for Barbara Broadhurst.
-Danny and Dinah Reed, in Thanksgiving for Reed, Cole, Gracie and Mary.
-Warren and Shari Readnour, Julia and Ashlyn, in Memory of Harry Readnour.
-Mary W. Ferguson, in Memory of Joseph P. Wilkerson, Frank Wilkerson, and W.C. Ferguson, Jr.
-Claire Losardo, in Memory of Albert and Irma Rogers.
-Jeff and Andrea Woods, in Memory of Patti and Don Grimes, Frances Kathryn Orr, and Rodney -Scott Grimes, and in Thanksgiving for Cullen and Abby Woods.
-Sara Galvin and Kevin Mequest, in Memory of Capp and Ella Myrl Shanks.
-Brett Hardison, in Memory of Robey Davidson.
-Angie Cutler, in Memory of Brooks Meek and Gina Cutler.
-Norma Smothers, in Memory of Sherman and Richard.
-Joseph LaFace, in Memory of Frances, Mary, Captain John, and Fawn and in 
Thanksgiving of Fawn, Heather,Michael, Caroline, Laura Jane, and Andrew.
-Sondra Gordy, in Memory of Dr. Fred Gordy.
-David and Marilyn Larson, in Thanksgiving for our Family and Neighbors.
-Sandra Hamilton, in Memoryof J.B. and Mattie Fulmer, Michelle Jungkind.
-Rob and Tricia O'Connor, in Memory of Mary O'Connor and Mike Smyers.
-Jan, Genie and Glenda Davis, in Memory of Maudie and Dan Christenson, Carl, Louise
and Eugenia Davis and Pat Davis, and in Thanksgiving for St. Peter's.
-Liz Adams and Peggy Cromwell, in Memory of the lives cut short by gun violence,
and in the Thanksgiving for the young people who participated in the March for Our Lives.

Easter Lunch
Everyone is invited to a church-wide Easter Potluck Lunch following the 11am service. If you can, please bring a side dish to share. The church will provide a meat and bread.

You may also RSVP by calling or emailing the church. 
We will also need assistance!         
          Set-up tables and decorate/ Saturday, March 31st  -  4 people
          Prep and cook -  Easter morning, starting at 7:30 a.m.  -  3 people
          Line Servers - 4 people
          Clean up crew -  4 people
For more info contact or text Leigh Ann Warriner 501-908-3172,or email her at  oasismassage7@gmail.com
NEEDED: Easter Egg Candy!
Family Ministries is in need of candy to fill our eggs for our annual egg hunt! To donate, please bring bags of individually wrapped pieces of candy to the church office by Maundy Thursday.

THE EASTER EGG HUNT WILL BE AT 10:15 at THE MORGAN HOUSE
Toddler - 10yrs old may hunt!

Thanks!

Lunch-n-Learn
Lunch-n-Learn is an opportunity to learn more about things such as - What is the Liturgical Calendar and why is it round? Why do the linens on the altar change? What is the history of the windows in the church? What is a columbarium? Join us for the first in this 3rd Sunday series on April 15 for lunch and we will begin answer these questions by tackling the Liturgical Calendar and Vestments! Visitors, new and long-time members are invited. 
For questions please see Jerusalem Greer or
Carolyn Scott.

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.


Columbarium News
I wanted to take a moment and update everyone regarding the status of our columbarium.  The vestry and office staff have heard your concerns.  As you may have noticed, we have a drainage issue.  Those who live in the downtown Conway area will confirm that we have terrible soil that does not drain. In fact, when our current church was built we went way over budget as a result of having to dig out all the soil and replace it before a foundation could be laid.  
 
We are at looking at options to correct the problem, but be advised it will most likely be early summer before we are able to do any major work.  At the moment we are hitting water at about 3 - 4 inches depth.  Any dirt work to be done now would result in an even bigger, smelly mess.  We have been advised to wait until early summer when we have had 4-5 weeks of no rain to allow the water level to subside and the ground to dry.  
 
In the meantime, we are asking for volunteers to serve on a Columbarium Guild.  Much like the Altar Guild, the Columbarium Guild will be charged with keeping the area clean, including the markers and trimming of shrubs, etc.  All ages are welcome. In fact, I believe this to be a lovely way for a family to give of their time, working together at the church.  Stewardship takes many forms. One of which is being good stewards of our grounds and caring for the memories of those in our church family who have passed.  Let us gather together in the garden and share their stories.  
 
If you are interested or want more information, please contact me. My phone number is 501-908-3172 or you may contact me by email at oasismassage7@gmail.  I am open to your comments and suggestions.

Leigh Ann Warriner, Junior Warden
Bible Study
The Spring/Summer Bible Study of the Book of John starts April 9 for Monday Afternoon Study or April 12 for Thursday evenings.    Check poster in lobby for details.
Walking the Mourner's Path registration is open
 Walking the Mourner's Path is an 8-week grief group for anyone who has suffered a loss due to the death of a loved one and would like to process it in a group setting. This is a Christ-centered bereavement support program started in the Episcopal Church.
 
Sessions will begin April 8 through May 20. Group meetings are set for Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm. Facilitators for the group will be Dr. Linda Brown, Tanya Buchanan, and Sam Buchanan. The cost is $80 for materials, payable to St. Peter's Episcopal Church; however, scholarships are available. Space is limited.
 
If this is something in which you might be interested, please contact Linda Brown, Deacon. She will be glad to clarify anything and offer you more information. You can reach her at linda.brown@stpetersconway.com or (501)-590-0631.

Episcopal Evangelism
Conference

Do you love St. Peter's? Do you wish more people knew about our warmth, ministries, and outreach? Want to learn how to share this love authentically and without pressure to conform? Then this conference is for you!  You are invited to join Jerusalem Greer and other St. Peter's members in attending  this conference being held at St. Mark's in Little Rock. 

Invite | Welcome | Connect is a transformational ministry that equips and empowers congregations and individuals to cultivate intentional practices of evangelism, hospitality, and connectedness rooted in the Gospel imperative to go and make disciples of all nations.
Presented by founder Mary Parmer, and recommended by The Episcopal Church, the program is designed to accommodate congregations of all sizes and crosses all social, economic boundaries. Participants will learn to use assessment tools, surveys, checklists, and other ministry materials adaptable for the interests and needs of their parish.

April topic for Adult Forum  
Library, 10:00 a.m
 
Four Sundays: Four O'Connor Short Stories in the Adult Forum @ St. Peter's. 

Our Jay Ruud, retired professor English Dept. Chair @ UCA, will lead us in a series of Flannery O'Connor short stories.
Here is Jay's Curriculum Vitae: 
http://uca.edu/english/files/2012/01/Vitafull2013.pdf

20th Century writer, Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), hailed originally from Savannah, GA. She  is considered one of America's greatest fiction writers and one of the strongest apologists for Roman Catholicism in the twentieth century. Born of the marriage of two of Georgia's oldest Catholic families, O'Connor was a devout believer whose small but impressive body of fiction presents the soul's struggle with what she called the "stinking mad shadow of Jesus." 

4/8 - 'A Good Man is Hard to Find'
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~drbr/goodman.html

4/22 - 'Everything That Rises Must Converge'
https://thomasaquinas.edu/pdfs/alumni/everything-that-rises.pdf
 


A short bio of Flannery O'Connor:
All are welcome. Please join us for this interesting and fun reading circle and discussion. Please read each short story before Jay's presentation each Sunday.

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

Pilgrimage for Peace , 2018

Pilgrimage for Peace, 2018, organized by a coalition of ecumenical faith and community organizations, will be held on Sunday, April 8 at 2:00 P.M. Walkers will gather in the circle outside Heifer International Village, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock and pass the Clinton Presidential Library and the River Market, cross the Junction Bridge to the Beacon of Peace and Hope at 120 Riverfront Drive, N.L.R. There, walkers and others will gather for:

A Remembrance Service at 3:00 P.M. to "mourn the violence committed in our community, nation and world, and to walk together as active peacemakers."  The ecumenical service will be led by young people offering prayers, reflections from literature and scriptures, songs and the reading of names of homicide victims in Pulaski County in the past year.  All ages are welcome.  
For more information, call 501-232-7283or visit the website where you'll find a list of sponsoring groups from last year, the program and photos. 


Dollar Bills 
All $1 bills  in the offering plate this Sunday will go to the Discretionary Fund.     
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
March 29
March 30
March 31
April 1
April 2

7:00pm
Maundy Thursday
Service
12:00pm
Good Friday Service
4:00pm

Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
5:30pm
Girl Scouts
6057
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Good Friday Service


 





9:00am
Food Pantry
8:00pm
Easter Vigil




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
Easter Lunch
 7:00pm
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
(Classroom 4)
  
12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)

Parish Office Closed










 






Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
April 3
April 4
April 5
April 6
April 7
1:30pm
Holy Tuesday Service
5:30pm
EfM
(Classroom 2)





       

  
 
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 Wednesday Service/Tenebrae








 
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)

 










4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)






9:00am
Food Pantry
6:00pm
Faulkner County
Social Justice
(Morgan House)
 
















Save the Date!
        
April 1           Easter Sunday

April 2           Parish Office Closed

May 20         Pentecost Sunday

August 12     Rally Day

 April 1 through April 7 Birthdays 
George Jensen
4/2
Joe LaFace
4/5
Raymond Losardo
4/6
Lynn Neuhofel
4/6
    
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 green beans
Pantry Musings  
All of the Gospels are written as post-Easter statements. This should come as no surprise to any of us, but I find myself often in need of such a reminder so I assume that you also need such a reminder. It is clear that such a statement is true about the gospels not only because all of them include the crucifixion and resurrection (even Mark's shorter ending),but why tell the story of an un-resurrected Jesus to tell such a story misses the whole point of Jesus life. Jesus tells Martha (John 11.25), in their discussion of the resurrection of Lazarus, "I am the resurrection and the life. . . ." He reminds her that belief in him conquers the power of death, a power that he has just demonstrated for all who were present at the house and Lazarus' tomb that day. This event was told in John as a reference to Jesus' own resurrection and Mary Magdalene's discovery (20.1-18). Mary goes to the tomb of Jesus to find it empty. She runs to tell the disciples that Jesus' body has been moved but she does not know where. Peter, the disciple that Jesus loved, and Mary return. Mary is crying. She, after a conversation with two angels, turns around and sees a man. After a brief exchange, he speaks her name and she recognizes him. Then she attempts to hold on to him and he rebuffs her sending her to tell the disciples and saying he must ascend to the Father. Here are some clues for us in our acts of faith. We find God and Jesus in community.  The nature of community is to share. We cannot hold on to God and Jesus. Nor can we control our vision of God. Our discovery is in community and is a part of the life of the community. Mary's belief is confirmed in her turning around and having a conversation with a person, she believed to be the gardener, this gave Jesus an opportunity to reveal himself. She was open and vulnerable in her sorrow. Are we open and vulnerable within our community of faith and have our faith affirmed in a variety of ways? This may be what Easter is for us. -Ann Drake 
Scripture Readings for Sunday, April 1, 2017.
  
Isaiah 25:6-9
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, 
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
And he will destroy on this mountain
the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
the sheet that is spread over all nations; 
he will swallow up death forever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, 
for the Lord has spoken.
It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. 
This is the Lord for whom we have waited; 
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.
2 Let Israel now proclaim, *
"His mercy endures for ever."
14 The Lord is my strength and my song, *
and he has become my salvation.
15 There is a sound of exultation and victory *
in the tents of the righteous:
16 "The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! *
 
the right hand of the Lord is exalted!
the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!"
17 I shall not die, but live, *
and declare the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord has punished me sorely, *
but he did not hand me over to death.
19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the Lord.
20 "This is the gate of the Lord; *
he who is righteous may enter."
21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
and have become my salvation.
22 The same stone which the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord's doing, *
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 On this day the Lord has acted; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.

1 Corinthians 15:1-11
I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you--unless you have come to believe in vain.
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them--though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

Mark 16:1-8
When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you." So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
 
 
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
Ashcraft Family; John; Kip; Ward; Carol; Michael; Madison; Angie; Chauncey; David and Kaden; Daniel; Derrick; Porcaro Family; James; Jerry; Sondra; Clint; Sarah; Kim; Fred; Kay; Liz; Nancy; Minnie; Linda; Aaron; Jenn; Luna and Autumn; Susan; Andy; Robert; Christine; Gene and Family; Jolyon; Darlene (healing); Keith (healing); Bethea Family.

In Loving Support for:
Sam; Mouaz; Natalie.

In Constant Prayer for our upcoming Priest in Charge, The Rev. Greg Warren, and his partner, Mark Lamb.

In Continued Prayers for:  
Sara Edmondson, Helen Snipan, Jacquie Seroy, Martha Denson, Fred and Lillian Petrucelli,
Rowena Malone.  
 
Thanksgivings:
We give thanks for the people of St. Peter's and visitors with us this week.
We give thanks for Genie Davis; Jan Davis; Alexandr, Jennifer, Darina and Mark Dementyeva; Martha Denson; Stuart, Elissa, David and Lily Douglas; Ann Drake; Jason, Cristin, Gabriel, and Silas Dubose.
We give thanks for the Temple B'Nai Israel.
We give thanks for our Daughters of the King, Imogene Chapter.  
We give thanks for The Right Rev. Armando Guerra, Bishop of Guatemala and Primate of The Anglican Church of Central America.
We give thanks for the Easter Sunrise Service at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.      

The Departed:

Dexter


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