The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Altar Flowers are given by Melissa Felty in loving memory of Mary Alice Barkley.

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.

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 Carolyn Scott, Jerusalem Greer and other St. Peter's members in attending the INVITE WELCOME CONNECT Conference, being held at St. Mark's in Little Rock on May 5.  

Wondering why this is an important event? This is what PB Curry says:

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry:
"Evangelism is about sharing the journey into a deeper relationship with God and with each other, and not about us controlling the end result. It's not increasing our market share, and it's not just propping up the institution. If we believe the relationship with a living God does matter, and that loving relationship with each other matters, then evangelism and anything that helps us to come closer as human children of God matters."
 
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.

The cost is $30, scholarships are available through the church office.
 Email jerusalem.greer@stpetersconway.com for more info.


 
Walk in 
Episcopal Beliefs and Practices
 
Sundays (beginning April 22)   12:30pm (after the  11am service) in Classroom 2.
Please bring a brown bag lunch and an expectation to stay 1-2 hours for lunch and discussion.
We  will not meet on the third  Sunday of each month (this time is reserved for the new Lunch & Learn). 
We  will not meet Memorial Day weekend, 
Our anticipated meeting dates as of now: 
4/22/18
4/29/18
5/6/18
5/13/18
6/3/18
6/10/18
6/24/18
7/1/18

Books are available at the church office on WednesdayThey are $19. Please make your check out to Drew Spurgers. 

Please contact deacons Peggy Cromwell or Linda Brown if you have any questions.
If you need help with childcare, please contact Jerusalem.Greer@stpetersconway.com
Blessing our Graduates
We will honor our Graduates with a blessing in all services on May 6.
If you know of someone graduating this May, please email Jerusalem.Greer@stpetersconway.com by April 22.

April topic for Adult Forum  
Library, 10:00 a.m
 
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. " 

4/22 - '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.

Walk in Love - New Formation Class

Peggy and Linda, our Deacons, plan to explore with all interested parishioners, what being an Episcopalian means.
 
This adult formation class is for new or potential Episcopal church-goers, as well as seasoned, long-standing and seldom attend church-goers.  It is for anyone interested in knowing more about our faith and what guides us.

We will take a journey through  The Book of Common Prayer , the Christian life, and basic beliefs of our faith. We will walk through the liturgical year, the sacraments of the church, habits of daily prayer, and the teachings of Anglican Christianity. See how our prayer shapes our belief and our lives and how our beliefs lead us into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. The book we will use, Walk in Love , is a comprehensive look at the practices and beliefs found within the Episcopal faith.

We invite you to attend one of the informational meetings to discuss meeting times, and class format on April 8.  We will meet in the Ministry room (Classroom 4) at 10:00 and again immediately after the 11:00 service.  Feel free to contact Peggy or Linda with any questions.
 
To check out the book online click HERE 
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.
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
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.

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

Ministry Team  Training
April 15
May 20
June 17

Classroom 2
10:30am
Stewardship Giving

Ending 4/12/18            Plate Offering             $3219.00

Ending 4/5/18               Plate Offerings            $6,501.11
          Direct Deposit             $5,339.00

Ending 3/31/18        Plate Offerings                 $6,275.00

Ending 3/24/18        Plate Offerings                 $2,081.25
          Direct Deposit             $4,075.00
                   
*these amounts include operating funds only                 
Dollar Bills 
All $1 bills  in the offering plate this Sunday will go to the Discretionary Fund.     
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
April 12
April 13
April 14
April 15
April 16

5:30pm
EfM
(Classroom 2)
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





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
Lunch and Learn
(Parish Hall)
2:00pm
Walking the Mourner's Path
(Library)
 7:00pm
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
(Classroom 4)
  
12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)












 






Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
April 17
April 18
April 19
April 20
April 21
1:30pm
Compassionate
Communication
(Library)
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 Eucharist and
Prayers for Healing
7:00pm
Canterbury Coffehouse
(Parish Hall)
6:30pm
Finance Meeting
(Library)
7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)

 










4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
6:00pm
Wedding Rehearsal





9:00am
Food Pantry
12:00pm
Morgan House Reserved
3:30pm
Charlson/
Herrington
Wedding
 
















Save the Date! 

May 6          Graduation Sunday

May 13         Mother's Day

May 20         Pentecost Sunday 

June 17        The Rev. Robert C. Brown's last Sunday

June 18        The Rev. Greg Warren's first day in the office

June 24        The Rev. Greg Warren's first Sunday at St. Peter's

August 12     Rally Day/Blessing of the Packbacks

 April 15 through April 21 Celebrations 

Birthday
John Phillips April 16

Anniversary
Lynn and Pam Neuhofel April 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 whole kernel corn; 1 box of cereal; 2 pkgs ramen
Pantry Musings  
Easter is the time of the year that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus that occurs three days after his death just as he promised. It is a somewhat difficult idea to fix our minds on; yet, it does separate Christianity from the other faiths finding their roots in Abraham: Judaism and Muslim. Without the doctrine of the resurrection Christianity would not be unique and our belief that Christ did overcome the powers of death would be silenced. In the synoptic gospels and John there a few accounts of Jesus' appearances to the disciples and to Mary Magdalen. These accounts are always in a group, except his appearance in the garden to Mary Magdalen and in some cases through locked doors. There is no real story, Jesus is suddenly just there. Christ is risen! Now if you were assigned this topic in a mock trial you would have no words to defend your topic. It is a matter of faith not a matter to be defended by logical argument. We hold the resurrection to be true because we have heard the accounts of the disciples and of Paul concerning Jesus' visitation after his death. These accounts show the scars made by the nails and the sword, Jesus prepared breakfast and eats, he calms a storm, takes a nap, he visits with them on the way and serves them the Eucharist. In other words, he conducts himself in an 'everyday manner'; his conduct is believable because it is the usual. -Ann Drake
Scripture Readings for Sunday, April 15, 2017.
 
Acts 3:12-19
Peter addressed the people, "You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.
"And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out."

Psalm 4
     Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *
        you set me free when I am hard-pressed;
        have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2      "You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; *
        how long will you worship dumb idols
       and run after false gods?"
3      Know that the Lord does wonders for the faithful; *
        when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.
4      Tremble, then, and do not sin; *
        speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.
5      Offer the appointed sacrifices *
        and put your trust in the Lord.
6      Many are saying, "Oh, that we might see better times!" *
        Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O Lord.
7      You have put gladness in my heart, *
        more than when grain and wine and oil increase.
8      I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *
        for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

1 John 3:1-7
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

Luke 24:36b-48
Jesus himself stood among the disciples and said to them, "Peace be with you." They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, "Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have." And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.
Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you-that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
 
 
 
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
Nikki; Meredith; Shannon; Anisa; John; Mary Lee; Jolyon; Freda; David, Kadenl Daniel; James; Jim; Sarah.

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: Ed and Patsy Evans; Melissa Felty. Mary Ferguson; Jim Fowler; Ruth Frankenberger; Ken, Bev and Melissa Freiley, Meghan, David and Alex Repp; Sara Galvin.
We give thanks forBrumley Baptist Church.    
We give thanks for the Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock.
We give thanks for our Lunch-n-Learn Informational Class.
We give thanks for The Rev. Pascuala Ventura & St. John the Apostle, Chichicastenango (chee-chee-castin-ango.
We give thanks forThe Church of Ireland and The Most Revd Richard Lionel Clarke Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland and Metropolitan.
We give thanks for Compline Services at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.

The Departed:





Ministry Team 3
Jerry Adams, Team Leader

7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Ann Drake
Susan Sobel
Wolf Oeste
Kevin Mequet
Greeters
Pam Holt
Lisa Crowson
Madelyn Adams
Lynne Rich
Ushers
Pam Holt
Danny Reed
Dinah Reed
Jerry Adams
Wayne Stengel
Oblationers


Gloria Parker
Katheleen Van Lierop
Eucharistic Visitors

Elizabeth Walters
Beth Brady
Doug Stroud
Eucharistic Ministers
George Coleman
Paul McCowan
Ellen Stengel
Alcolytes

AM: Wylie Greer
CB: Xaiden Sharpe


AM: Jaylee Garrett-Jones
C: Jaylee Garrett-Jones
T1: Elise McGarrity
T2: Harper Sobel

Vestry Counters


Christy Garrett-Jones
Genie Davis
Altar Guild


Team 2






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