The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Altar Flowers are given by Pam Holt in Thanksgiving for St. Peter's, Family and Friends,
and for Tyler and Pat's Birthdays.

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.


Calling all Young Women
You are invited to Time for J.O.Y.!
April 27 - 29, 2018 Camp Mitchell 

This is a weekend set apart for rest and recreation provides the perfect opportunity to see what role joy plays in our lives. Maybe you could use (or want!) a little more joy, and if that's the case, join us as we consider some questions to see what seeds Spirit has already planted in our lives and what tools will help us be fruitful gardeners of this gift.
The Rev. Sara Milford (a 2005 Time for JOY alumna) serves as Vicar at All Saints'/Todos los Santos in Bentonville will be the retreat speaker/



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.

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

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. 


Ministry Team  Training
April 15
May 20
June 17

Classroom 2
10:30am
Fred Petrucelli's 100th Birthday Celebration
Fred Petrucelli 100 th  Birthday Celebration
4-6 p.m.
Saturday, April 7, 2018 
Mike's Place in Downtown Conway - Party room
Champagne and appetizers
Dollar Bills 
All $1 bills  in the offering plate this Sunday will go to the Discretionary Fund.     
FINANCIALS

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
Ending 3/17/18        Plate Offerings           $2,950.00
                       
*these amounts include operating funds only                 


Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
April 5
April 6
April 7
April 8
April 9

7:00pm
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House
4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)



 





9:00am
Food Pantry
4:00pm
Fred Petrucelli's Birthday Celebration
(Mike's Place)
6:00pm
Faulkner County
Social Justice
(Morgan House)




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
DOK
(Morgan House)
2:00pm
Walking the Mourner's Path
(Library)
 7:00pm
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
(Classroom 4)
  
12:15pm
After-Noon Bible Study
(Library)
5:30pm
Hendrix Meal
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)












 






Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
April 10
April 11
April 12
April 13
April 14
1:30pm
Compassionate
Communication
(Library)
5:30pm
EfM
(Classroom 2)
6:00pm
Faulkner County
Social Justice
(Morgan House)





       

  
 
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)





9:00am
Food Pantry

 
















Save the Date!

April 15       Ministry Team Training

May 20         Pentecost Sunday

August 12     Rally Day/Blessing of the Packbacks

 April 1 through April 7 Birthdays 
Andreas Oeste
4/11
Eric Bryan
4/12
Arrin Sharpe
4/12
Amy Rice
4/14

This week's Anniversaries
Bob and Dee Sanders 4/13    
 
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 reading for today, John 20.19-31, gives accounts of two of Jesus appearances to his disciples after his death. They are essentially the same except that Thomas is not in the first encounter and he is the focus of attention in the second because he specifically stated that he could not believe unless he saw the marks that the nails had made in Jesus' hands and the mark in his side. Thomas wanted to touch the places where there were wounds. Jesus offered Thomas his body to touch so that he might believe. As he offers himself to Thomas, Jesus comments that Thomas believes because he has seen Jesus' body. But, those who have not seen Jesus and believe anyway are truly blessed. Jesus does not make individual appearances, he always shows up where there are two or more disciples gathered together. This is so that they can share their experience of his presence with each other and with others. John writes his accounts so that we might believe and in believing we might have life in Jesus' name. Because Jesus shares his life in community, we can continue to participate in his life through community. John's record of Jesus' acts of love give us models through which we may discover our own capacity for love and in our efforts own weaknesses. I like Thomas long to see the side of Jesus and his hands, but unlike Thomas I was born too late. I am one of those who believes without seeing, and because of this fact of birth, I must depend on others to share the story with me and continue to support me in my belief as I support them in their belief. John wrote his gospel with this community of believers in mind and told those stories that he, about a century and half after Jesus lived, thought would be helpful to those who were not contemporary with anyone who knew Jesus personally. He also knew that community was important in belief and tells us that over and over again. -Ann Drake
 
Scripture Readings for Sunday, April 8, 2017.
   The 9:00am service lead the Psalm and read from 1 John.  

Acts 4:32-35
Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Psalm 133
1 Oh, how good and pleasant it is, *
    when brethren live together in unity!
2 It is like fine oil upon the head *
   that runs down upon the beard,
3 Upon the beard of Aaron, *
   and runs down upon the collar of his robe.
4 It is like the dew of Hermon *
   that falls upon the hills of Zion.
5 For there the Lord has ordained the blessing: *
   life for evermore.

1 John 1:1-2:2
We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life-- this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us-- we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

John 20:19-31
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
 
 

 
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 


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: Dinah Dudley; Craig, Monica, and Angela Dunn, Isabel and Hannah Ruckle; Steve Eddy and John Phillips; Will Elder; Linda Ellis; Sandra Epsy; Bob and Mary Essert.
We give thanks for the Central Baptist Church.    
We give thanks for the Muslim Student Association at Hendrix.
We give thanks for our Walking the Mourner's Path Instructional Class.
We give thanks for the companionship of the churches in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Western Guatemala.
We give thanks for The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean and The Most Revd James Richard Wong Yin Song Archbishop, Province of Indian Ocean & Bishop of the Seychelles he 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
Ann Drake Donna Bowman Jane Harris - OT
Andrea Woods - NT
Greeters

Bob Essert
Patsy Evans
Marylin and David Larson
Ushers

Melissa Felty
Andrea Savage
Eric and Donna Hutchinson 
Oblationers

Tom and Melissa Courtway Bev Freiley
Eucharistic Visitors

Tanya Buchanan
Beth Brady
Doug Stroud
Eucharistic Ministers
Pam Holt
Leigh Ann Warriner
Alcolytes

Cady Gray Kathryn Spinks
Isabel Ruckle
Jackson Wirtz
Vestry Counters


Leigh Ann Warriner
Marilyn Larson
Altar Guild


Team 2






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