The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Update on Rector Search
After 8 years of wonderful leadership by the Rev. Dr. Teri Daily, and an interim period led by the Rev. Dr. Bob Brown, with God's help, St. Peter's Episcopal Church is searching for a new Rector. Anyone interested in learning more about the parish, its ministries, and its community may consult our  
Parish Profile here .  Clergy interested in the position may sign onto the Office of Transitional Ministries web site and consult St. Peter's OTM Portfolio. The search will continue until the position is filled, but consideration of candidates has begun. Please direct questions about the search process to the search committee chair, Amy Hawkins.

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.

Spring Forward One Hour Saturday Night! 

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
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.
 
3/11/18   Part II:   "Arise! Arise! O, Zion!"  A plentiful landscape of proselytizing throughout Palestine. 
 
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 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



February 11 - February 17
Plate Offerings $28,386.00

Direct Deposit $0.00

Weekly Total
$28,386.00
     *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 8
March 9
March 10
March 11
March 12

12:00pm
Lenten Lunch
(Parish Hall)
5:00pm

Compline
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)
12:00pm
Noonday Prayers
4:00pm

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

 





9:00am
Food Pantry
3:30pm
Moms Demand Action
(Parish Hall)
9:00pm
Parish Hall Reserved




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)
12:00pm
Senior High Lunch
(Bob's Grill)
12:30pm
DOK
(Morgan House)
 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 13
March 14
March 15
March 16
March 17
5:00pm
Compline
5:30pm
EfM
(Classroom 2)
6:00pm
Faulkner County
Social Justice
(Morgan House)       

  
 
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
(Parish Hall)
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
1:00pm
Wisdom House
(Morgan House)
3:00pm
Wilson/Bush Wedding


















Save the Date!
 
March 11      Spring Forward - Time Change

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 
March 11 - March 17 Anniversaries
Scotty and Debbie Bell  3/12 
Brad and Gina Teague  3/12 
Liz Larson and Tammy Tucker  3/17 


 March 11 - March 17 Birthdays
   
Melissa Felty
3/11

Madeline Leicht
3/12
Rita Mackintosh

3/13
Jim Fowler
3/14
Cooper Teague
3/15
Pam Holt
3/16
LIllian Petrucelli
3/16
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 of soup; 1 16oz peanut butter; 1 jelly (no glass)
Pantry Musings  
The Lenten series this year focuses on our ability to meet Jesus in some more active way than a 'head trip'. The hope is that we will develop an encounter which will involve the heart. Now that is a bit difficult for twenty first century persons who have no physical relation to the man, Jesus, and no second hand, even, information. Some of us have had what we claim is a religious experience which seems to reveal information about God's will for us, but many of us have not had such experiences. Does that mean that we are doomed? Not in my humble opinion, nor in the opinion of many others. Teresa of Avila put it this way: "We cannot know whether we love God, although there may be strong reason for thinking so; but there can be no doubt about whether we love our neighbor or not. Be sure that, in proportion as you advance in affection for sisters and brothers, you are increasing your love of God." To love God is to love our neighbor. If we desire more than a superficial relation with God we will become a better listener, more vulnerable person, build relationships with the other, be more giving, more open. These are all social skills that we have acquired.  Now we apply them not just our family and loved ones, but in relation to those who may not appear to be lovable. Even the unlovely, and perhaps the unsafe, are our sisters and brothers. Caution is sometimes advised, but remember they too are children of God and they too need our love and can give us love in return. - Ann Drake
 
Scripture Readings for Sunday, March 11, 2017.
 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm and read from
Ephesians.

Numbers 21:4-9
From Mount Hor the Israelites set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. The people spoke against God and against Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food." Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us." So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, "Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live." So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
     Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, *
       and his mercy endures for ever.
2      Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim *
       that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.
3      He gathered them out of the lands; *
       from the east and from the west,
       from the north and from the south.
17    Some were fools and took to rebellious ways; *
       they were afflicted because of their sins.
18    They abhorred all manner of food *
       and drew near to death's door.
19    Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, *
       and he delivered them from their distress.
20    He sent forth his word and healed them *
       and saved them from the grave.
21    Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy *
       and the wonders he does for his children.
22    Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving *
       and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.

Ephesians 2:1-10
You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-- by grace you have been saved-- and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God-- not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

John 3:14-21
Jesus said, "Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
"Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God."
 
 
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
David, Kaolen; Daniel; Nikki; Meredith; John; Freda; Karl; Porcaro Family; Carisa; Derrick; Charlotte; Daniel; Amin; Fereshteh; Kamran; Kip; John; Ward; Glenn; Sandy; Enderlin Family; Beth. 

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:Linda Brown and Leigh Cole; Nita Brown; Eric, Sarah, Russell and Phillip Bryan; Sam and Tanya Buchanan; Lisa Buck; Sara and Carlin Buck; Hannah and Braelyn Buck.
We give thanks for the Oak Bowery Baptist Church.    
We give thanks forthe Temple B'Nai Israel.
We give thanks for our Priest in Charge, The Rev. Robert C. Brown.
We give thanks for The Rev. Tomas Calel and The Transfiguration in Chumanzana and St. Bartholomew's in Chucalibal.
We give thanks for The Church of England, The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury.
We give thanks for Choral Evensong at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.
 
The Departed:

Ministry Team 2
Jerusalem Greer, Team Leader

7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Mathilda Hatfield
Donna Bowman
Andrea Woods
Jane Harris
Ushers

Melissa and Tom Courtway
Bev Freiley
Kelley King
Oblationers
 
Judy Helm
Robert Wickser
Carolyn Scott
Greeters

Bob Essert
Patsy Evans
David Larson
Marilyn Larson
Eucharistic Visitor

Tanya Buchanan
Beth Brady
Doug Stroud
Eucharistic Minister
George Coleman
Paul McCowan
Ellen Stengel
Acolytes

AM: Wylie Greer
CB: Cady Gray
G: Ashlyn Readnour
AM: Wylie Greer
C: Christopher Walters
T1: Xaiden Sharpe
T2: Austin Lasardo
Vestry Counters


Brett Hardison
Christy Garrett-Jones
Altar Guild


Team 1

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