The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, April 19, 2018



Do you wish more people knew about St. Peter's 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.  

Pre-Conference Sessions (Friday, May 4, 3-5pm) 
Social Media Evangelism
The Episcopal Theology of Evangelism
Reaching Millennials
Evangelism for Skeptics

Main Conference (Saturday, May 5, 9am-3pm)
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.
More info is available here.

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


Starting Sunday:
Walk in Love - New Formation Class

Peggy and Linda, our Deacons, plan to explore with all interested parishioners, what being an Episcopalian means.
 
Sundays (beginning April 22)  12:30pm (after the 11am service) Classroom 2 on the Education Hallway.
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). 

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.

Please contact deacons Peggy Cromwell or Linda Brown if you have any questions.
If you need help with childcare, please email   Jerusalem.Greer@stpetersconway.com

 
To check out the book online click HERE 
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.

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.
ASCENSION DAY PICNIC
(a day early)

MAY 9

Everyone is invited to our Second Annual Ascension Day Picnic which includes Kite Flying and a Farm Eucharist at Preservation Acres! 

Rev. Marna Franson from St. Nicholas in Maumelle will be presiding, and Jeannie McCabe from St. John's Fort Smith will be leading us in song.

Kite flying begins at 5PM, followed by Eucharist and a Picnic Dinner at 6pm.

The church will provided smoked pork loin, paper products and drinks. Please bring a side to share.
All ages are welcome!

Location: Preservation Acres, 41 Union Road, Greenbrier 72058

Contact jerusalem.greer@stpetersconway.com for more info.

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.
Ministry Team  Training 
Interested in becoming a usher, oblationer, or greeter, 30-minute training will be offered May 20 , June 17 , or July 15 at 9:30 or 10:30 in Classroom 2.  (Retraining for current ministry members offered at same time.)

May 20
June 17

Classroom 2
10:30am
Stewardship Giving

Ending 4/19/18 Plate Offering $2,849.00
Ending 4/12/18 Plate Offering $3,219.00
Ending 4/5/18 Plate Offerings $6,501.11
Ending 4/5/18  Direct Deposit $5,339.00
Ending 3/31/18 Plate Offerings $6,275.00

                  
*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 19
April 20
April 21
April 22
April 23

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





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
12:30pm
Walk in Love
(Library, Classroom 2)
2:00pm
Walking the Mourner's Path
(Library)
 7:00pm
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
(Classroom 4)
  
9:00am
Morgan House Reserved
12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)














Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
April 24
April 25
April 26
April 27
April 28
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
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)

 
4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
5:30pm
Girl Scouts 6057
(Morgan House)


***Parish Office Closed***



9:00am
Food Pantry
9:00am
Vestry Retreat




 
 
















Save the Date! 

May 6          Graduation Sunday

May 9          Ascension Celebration

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 Backpacks

October 8      Bishop Sunday

 April 22 through April 28 Celebrations 

Birthdays
Stephany Hernandez
April 23
Chris Odom
April 23
Laura Sullivan
April 23
Jon Collins
April 24
Tricia O'Connor
April 26
Jacquie Seroy
April 26
Sam Stroth
April 26
Monica Dunn
April 28
Leigh Ann Warriner
April 28
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 tuna/water; 2 pkg pasta; 2 cans pasta sauce
Pantry Musings  Resurrection is not confined to the four Gospels and their authors' understanding. Actually before they had articulated a "bodily resurrection" the Apostle Paul had articulated a different understanding of resurrection, whether he called it that or not. For Paul, what was important for all of us is the transforming power of Christ in the lives of all who invite him into their lives. In fact the resurrected Jesus is referred to as spirit in Paul's writings and he understands that the freedom in the spirit is transforming. That is what we want from our relationship with Christ in the long run. We desire new life in Christ, a realization of God's power in our lives to make all things new. Paul actually refers to this as a freedom from enslavement to the law. This freedom comes through grace.  But, it may cost us a great deal more than our self inflicted enslavement to the law.  For to follow Christ may mean to suffer as he suffered, but it is a suffering that we are willing to take on as followers of the Way, Christ. This grace given transformation leads us to our salvation. We know this because Paul knew it and shared his vision of a grace filled transforming experience with his readers and with us in all of his writings. -Ann Drake

Scripture Readings for Sunday, April 22, 2017.
The 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm and read from Acts.

Acts 4:5-12
The rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, "By what power or by what name did you do this?" Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is
`the stone that was rejected by you, the builders;
it has become the cornerstone.'
There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved."

Psalm 23
     The Lord is my shepherd; *
        I shall not be in want.
2      He makes me lie down in green pastures *
        and leads me beside still waters.
3      He revives my soul *
        and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.
4      Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
        I shall fear no evil; *
        for you are with me;
        your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5      You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *
        you have anointed my head with oil,
        and my cup is running over.
6      Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, *
        and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

1 John 3:16-24
We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us-- and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?
Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.
And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.

John 10:11-18
Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away-and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father."
 
    
 
 
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
Nikki; Meredith; Shannon; Anisa; Jan and Clem; Dave; John; Enderlin Family; Jim.

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: Sarah, Christy, Jaylee and Julian Garrett-Jones; Tina Garrow; Jeremy, Shaina, Rosalie Goodman, and Lily Smalling; Sondra Gordy; Stephanie Marie Gray; Nathan, Jerusalem, Wylie, and Miles Greer.
We give thanks for the New Life Church.  
We give thanks for the Conway Islamic Center.
We give thanks for our Canterbury Coffeehouse.
We give thanks for The Rev. Alberto Cuc & St. Mary, Mother of God, Solola.
We give thanks for The Nippon Sei Ko Kai (The Anglican Communion in Japan) and The Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu Primate of The Nippon Sei Ko Kai & Bishop of Hokkaido.
We give thanks for the Prayer, Actually Podcast at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.

The Departed:

Jeff



Ministry Team 4
Claire Losardo, Team Leader

7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Ann Drake
Nancy Thompson
Jay Ruud
Stacey Jones
Greeters
Sandra Hamilton
Austin Losardo
Daniel Grayling
Austin Losardo
Ushers
Pam Holt
Deana Weindorf
Erin Weindorf
Claire Losardo
Dalton Losardo
Oblationers

Claire Losardo
Dalton Losardo
Austin Losardo

Eucharistic Visitors

Rita Mackintosh
Doug Stroud
Eucharistic Ministers
Dee Sanders
Tanya Buchanan
Jay Ruud
Alcolytes

AM: Mike Moses
C: Harry Lance


AM: Mike Moses
C: Kathryn Spinks
T1: Harper Sobel
T2: Ashlyn Readnour
Vestry Counters


Chris Odom
Marilyn Larson
Altar Guild


Team 2






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