The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Altar Flowers are Given to the Greater Glory of God and in Thanksgiving for Life's Blessings
and Prayers Answered.


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.


May Friendship Day

Faulkner County Church Women United invite you to May Friendship Day.
Friday May 5, 10:00, Grace UMC, 1075 Hogan Lane
Smoke on the Mountain
is coming to St. Peter's!
Featuring two dozen rousing bluegrass songs and the efforts of a young and enthusiastic pastor who is trying desperately to bring his tiny congregation into the modern world, Smoke on the Mountain will make it's way throughout central Arkansas this May and June as RCT takes this adult community theatre production on the road to local churches and community centers. Join us as the Sanders Family, a traveling bluegrass group, reveal their true and hilariously imperfect natures, endearing themselves to us by revealing their weaknesses and allowing us all to share in their triumphs.
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:00pm
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Conway, AR
Benefiting St. Peter's Youth Ministries and Camp Scholarships!
Popcorn, Soda Pop, and Hot Dogs will be sold as concessions at intermission. 

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. " 

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
July 15

Classroom 2
10:30am
Dollar Bills 
All $1 bills  in the offering plate this Sunday will go to the Discretionary Fund.     
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
April 26
April 27
April 28
April 29
April 30

7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)

11:00am
Sara Galvin Memorial
4:00pm

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



 





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






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)
  
12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)




 














Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
May 1
May 2
May 3
May 4
May 5
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)
6:00pm
Morgan House Reserved






9:00am
Food Pantry
9:00am
Morgan House Reserved




 
 
















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 29 through May 5 Celebrations 

Birthdays
Diane Arn April 29
Tommy Trussell April 29
Charlie Redditt
May 2 
Chris Walters 
May 2 
Annette Bell 
May 3 
Kim Kelley 
May 5
 

Anniversaries 
Charlie Redditt and Carla Bell    May 3
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
canned fruit; potatoes; onions
Pantry Musings
Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE, describes an icon for the resurrection as a figure of the risen Lord standing at the entrance to hell and putting out his hand and grabbing the arms of those below and hauling them up to life. This, he declares as "a wonderful image of salvation." I must agree with him. I'm sorry that I do not have a copy of the icon to share. It is indeed a visual image, as he describes it, of liberation. We are offered a hands up by the very person who gave his life for us and overcame the powers of death by rising of the third day. More than the resurrection, this icon points to salvation as a gift freely given. There is no sorting out between the people pulled out of hell, all are pulled out as they come. Jesus just puts out his hand and grabs the arms of those below and pulls them up. All are welcome in the arms of salvation to a new life in Christ. This, it seems to me, suggests that transformation of our lives is bound to happen in any and all saving acts. We are 'born again' as some would say. And this new birth is a transformed self. But this is not a slavish obedience to a set of rules or life of piety. It is rather an open embrace of a way of life, of actions grounded in love. Love of neighbor is love of God and of self; for we loose our selves in our love of our neighbor and we find God when we loose ourselves in our love of another. As we practice love for our neighbor and our selves, we become new or transformed selves. -Ann Drake
Scripture Readings for Sunday, April 29, 2017.
The 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm and read from Acts.

Acts 8:26-40
A n angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over to this chariot and join it." So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" He replied, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:
"Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, 
and like a lamb silent before its shearer, 
so he does not open his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him. 
Who can describe his generation? 
For his life is taken away from the earth."
The eunuch asked Philip, "About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?" Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?" He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Psalm 22:24-30
24  M y praise is of him in the great assembly; *
     I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.
25 The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
     and those who seek the Lord shall praise him: *
     "May your heart live for ever!"
26 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, *
     and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
27 For kingship belongs to the Lord; *
    he rules over the nations.
28 To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; *
     all who go down to the dust fall before him.
29 My soul shall live for him;
     my descendants shall serve him; *
     they shall be known as the Lord'S for ever.
30 They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
     the saving deeds that he has done.

1 John 4:7-21
B eloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.
God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, "I love God," and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

John 15:1-8
J esus said to his disciples, "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples."
 
 
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
Declan and Family; Shannon; Anisa; Nikki; Meredith; David; Daniel; Kaden; Freda; James; Brandon; Aaron; Jenn; Luna and Autumn; Fred; Kay; Liz; Nancy; Susan; Andy; Sara; Lisa; Madison; Angie; Chauncey; George; Leah and Family; Kevin; Enderlin Family; Octavia; Tanya and 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: Ashley Groves; Carol Gulas and Casey Quast; Grady and Grace Gunter and John Futrick; Mike, Kathy, and Sarah Gunter; Daniel Grayling; B.J. Haller; Donna Haller; Sandra and Cleve Hamilton.
We give thanks for the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.  
We give thanks for the Congregation Agudath Achim.
We give thanks for our Senior Warden, Chris Odom.
We give thanksfor Rev. Roberto Armas & St. Mark's, Quetzaltenango (ketz-al-ten-ango).
We give thanks for The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East; The Most Revd Suheil Dawani Archbishop, Jerusalem & the Middle East & Archbishop in Jerusalem.
We give thanks for the Earth Day EvenSong at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.

The Departed:

Sara, Barbara, Sherri, Mae



Ministry Team 1
Jeffrey Ward, Team Leader

7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors



Greeters



Ushers



Oblationers




Eucharistic Visitors

Dan Allen
Doug Stroud
Eucharistic Ministers
Stacey Coleman
Judy Helm
Jim Fowler
Alcolytes

AM: Miles Greer
C: Madolyn Ward



C: Christopher Walters
T1: Miles Greer
T2: Ashlyn Readn ou r
Vestry Counters


Tom Renten
Carolyn Scott
Altar Guild


Team 2






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