The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Altar Flowers are
given by Mathilda Hatfield, in memory of Gene and Nicole Hatfield. 
The Rev. Amber Carswell

The Rev. Amber Carswell will be preaching and Celebrating with us in all three services
on August 20, 2017.

A Letter from Bishop Benfield

Evangelism in Its Best Sense

This past week's horrific march-and subsequent deadly attack-by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, was an event about which the church must not remain silent. A person's worth in the eyes of God does not depend on skin color or religion or any of the other variables by which some people try classify and stigmatize others. It is a truth that the United States has found particularly hard to accept, even though we so strongly try to identify with our Judeo-Christian roots.
But the events of this week are also a reminder that, as much as we Christians deplore naked hate, we must also be a people who are self-reflective and who remain centered in the midst of the violence around us. We must not allow ourselves to be drawn into the same vortex of destruction. At this moment, we remind ourselves that Christians are called to evangelism in its best sense.
If we want an evangelism message, here it is: We Christians see the risen Christ in everyone-and we will treat each person as if he or she is indeed Christ walking beside us. Take that message to heart. Evangelize our friends. Evangelize our fellow employees. Evangelize our political leaders. The church and the nation need our witness now more than ever.
Larry R. Benfield
Bishop of Arkansas

Updated Staff Email List
Robert Brown          robert.brown@stpetersconway.com
Peggy Crowmell      peggy.cromwell@stpetersconway.com
Linda Brown            linda.brown@stpetersconway.com
Jerusalem Greer      jerusalem.greer@stpetersconway.com
John Churchwell      john.churchwell@stpetersconway.com
Mike King               bookkeeper@stpetersconway.com
Tammy Heffington    tammy.heffington@stpetersconway.com
Pastoral Care
If you or any church member or friend of St. Peter's is in need of any Pastoral Care, due to family illness or death, or if you will be admitted to the hospital, please let the church office know so that we can pray for you, as well as take care of you as a church.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
School Supplies
The Food Pantry at St. Peter's is one of our most successful and MUCH needed ministries in our community. As you can imagine, families that are struggling to put food on their tables are also struggling to get adequate school supplies for their kiddos.
Family Ministries is collecting SCHOOL SUPPLIES for our Food Pantry friends - Packs of markers, glue sticks. mechanical pencils, Kleenex, and paper are all needed. And as you are shopping, please consider giving a short prayer for a good school year on behalf of the kids who will receive these items.
You can bring any and all supplies to the Little Red Wagon in the Lobby or to the church office!
Annual EYC Splash Bash!
All Youth in grades 5 and up (and their families) are invited to our Annual EYC Splash Bash Back-to-School Celebration!
When: Sunday, August 20, 4-6pm
Where: Donna and Eric Hutchinson's Home - 175 Beavorfork Road, Conway AR 72032
What to Bring: A side or dessert. The main dish will be provided by Donna and Eric, and the church will provide drinks and ice.
Have questions? Conact Jerusalem.greer@stpetersconway.com
CHURCH FINANCIALS 
Dollar Bills 
All $1 bills  in the offering plate this Sunday will go to the Discretionary Fund.     
Budget Information
The weekly Operating Budget needs $8830.00 each week to meet our budget obligations. For the month of August, St. Peter's will need $35,322.00 to meet our budgetary needs. .

Summer is traditionally a time when giving is down.  We ask everyone who is able to please catch up on your annual pledge, and, if possible, to give ahead. Our current level of giving does not meet our operating expenses.  
 
August  6:         $ 7667.00                   
August 13:        $ 1913.00 
August Giving:   $9580.00

Operating Budgetary need remaining for August: $25,742.00                                                 

Current Food Pantry Account Balance: $5523.82
Bank Draft Form
Did you know that you can have your tithe to St. Peter's automatically taken out of your checking our savings account? The Bank Draft Form is located in the link below. Print this form out and give it to the church office. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mike King at
 
ADULT SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
Acolyte Training
All current and wannabe Acolytes are invited to a special training August 27th! We will meet at 12:30 in the Lobby for lunch and then proceed to the training!
Contact Peggy Cromwell for more info.
Jesus and His Jewish Influences
8:50am Discussion in Library
This set of 24 30 minute lectures by Dr Jodi Magness, Dept. of Religion. U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks to provide an understanding of how Jesus's teachings and views were shaped by his Jewish background and context.Jodi Magness PhD is an archaeologist who has done distinguished work in Israel and Greece, participating in 20 excavations. Her primary research interests center on the archaeology of the Holy Land from the destruction of Solomon's Temple to the Muslim Conquest.
Church's Teachings for a Changing World
You are invited to participate in the discussion at 10:00 am, Sundays, in the Parish hall chapel.   
These discussions follow the Episcopal Church's Teaching Series which seeks to engage newcomers, members, and leaders in faithful, thoughtful conversation.
On August 20, the discussion opens with "Church Meets World" which will explore Episcopal engagement with contemporary social issues. Books will be available for purchase or on loan.
All are welcome at any time.Carolyn Scott will be happy to answer your questions.
Brown Bag Book Club
Well-known in Catholic circles for her willingness to take on anybody-even the pope-in defense of women's rights, Chittister, now in her 70s, examines how it feels "to be facing that time of life for which there is no career plan." Clearly, getting older has not diminished the controversial nun, activist, lecturer, and author of nearly 40 books on feminism, nonviolence and Benedictine wisdom. This collection of inspirational reflections, "not meant to be read in one sitting, or even in order, bot one topic at a time," abounds in gentle insights and arresting aphorisms, she ponders topics such as feat, mystery, forgiveness and legacy.
The Brown Bag Book Club begins again on August 9, 2017, at noon in St. Peter's Library. Please come and enjoy lively discussion to make the second half of life even better than the first!
Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Attention Men:  Give one hour a month as part of your Christian experience.  Join the Brotherhood of St. Andrew which meets for one hour the third  Monday of each month.  The Brothers pray, study scripture, and serve together.  Check the lobby bulletin board for this month's meeting.
Morning Prayer
Join us every Tuesday and Thursday for Morning Prayer at 7 am in the Side Chapel, 
 led by The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew.

Adult Forum                                                                            Violence Divine:                                                                  Overcoming the Bible's Betrayal of Its Non-Violent God

Is the only path to shalom through a valley of capricious divine bloodshed?
One of the world's foremost historical Jesus scholars helps the church and its alumni/ae rise above the greatest of Christian treasons: that everlasting peace can only be achieved through the onslaught of divine violence.Filmed before a live audience in a workshop setting, professor and author John Dominic Crossan summarizes the essence of his bestselling HOW TO READ THE BIBLE & STILL BE A CHRISTIAN: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation and shows the way forward for those seeking an authentic Christianity for the 21st century.Violence Divine is an eight-session DVD-based program. The basic format for each 1 - 1.5 hour session includes chapter breaks and discussion questions related to each 40-minute video segment.
Session Titles:
    1. An Epic Matrix
    2. Sin and Escalatory Violence
    3. The Heart of the Torah
    4. Deuteronomy Rules
    5. Undecided Justice
    6. Not, not, not, not, not, NOT the End of the World
    7. The "Violentization" of Jesus
    8. Overcoming the Bible's Betrayal of Its Non-Violent God 
Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at De Paul University, John Dominic Crossan is generally acknowledged to be the premier historical Jesus scholar in the world. He has written twenty books including Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, Who Killed Jesus? and The Birth of Christianity. A Roman Catholic monk for nineteen years and a priest for twelve years, Crossan is a former co-chair of the Jesus Seminar and chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.
Fall Bible Studies
The Fall Bible Study will be a discussion of the Gospel of Luke.  Check lobby bulletin board for additional information or telephone Joe Arn.
Bible Study Fall Luncheon, September 11, 11 am, Mike's Place
Afternoon Bible Study starts September 18, Monday, 12:15 pm, Church Library.
Evening Bible Study starts September 21, Thursday, 7 pm, Morgan House
Library Information
LibraryThing is a fun tool for getting disturbingly organized with your own home libraries (a free personal library account will allow you to enter a few thousand titles of your own).  A few years ago, we set up our church library with a lifetime membership which allows our church library to add up to 10,000 books.   So far we've entered about one tenth of the existing church library in our account, StPeteLibrary.  Sadly, I am still the only Librarything "friend" of the church library.  I would like some help getting the popularity rolling along.   If you get the techie urge to set up a LibraryThing account (it's like a facebook for library enthusiasts and readers where you can recommend titles, etc.), I invite you to "friend" StPeteLibrary!  If that's too intense, please feel free to visit the public view, which allows you to browse and search the catalog as well.   Here's the public view of StPeteLibrary on Librarything

Servant Leadership
C/YA!
August Hiatus: C-YA will NOT meet during the month of August. We will be doing some planning for the future, so be on the lookout for new information later this month. If you are interested in more information or have questions, please email Rev. Peggy.
NewComer's Brunch
New or New-ish to St. Peter's? Bring your questions and your appetite and join us for a light brunch. Meet other St. Peter  newcomers as well as long-time members and  learn a little bit more about our mission and ministries!
Sunday September 17, 10 AM at The Morgan House
Childcare Provided in Main Building
Questions? Contact Jerusalem Greer Jerusalem.greer@stpetersconway.com
Inquirer's Class

Would you like to learn more about the Episcopal Church and how to join? Whether you are new to our congregation or have been a part of St. Peter's for a long time, you're invited to attend this Inquirers Workshop hosted by our clergy and lay ministers! This day workshop is full of lively discussions, fellowship and connection. This workshop are especially important (and required) for those planning to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church when the bishop visits St. Peter's in October.  A continental breakfast and light lunch will be served. 
Childcare is available upon request.
FACILITIES
Narthex and Nave Doors 
In the next couple of weeks, you will notice that the Narthex and Nave doors will be removed for some updating! When they return from Kordsmeier Remodeling Service, we will have a new experience upon entering the narthex and the nave at St. Peter's.
The existing doors into these areas will be enhanced by glass panels which will maintain the delineation of the spaces while allowing in more light and the ability to view activities without interruption. This long-awaited improvement is made possible through the generous donations to the Memorial Funds Account. 
Memorial Funds Account may be contributed to at any time and are given in someone's name who has recently passed away. Some funds are for designated purposes, some are left to the discretion of the Memorial Funds Committee.
Contact the church office for further information on memorial funds and enjoy our new doors!
Reminder that this project is not being paid through the Operating Budget.   
CALENDAR
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
August 17
August 18
August 19
August 20
August 21
7:00am
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
11:00am
Lessons and Hymns
2:00pm
SLS Planning
(Library)
6:30pm
Discernment Committee
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Enneagram
(Library)



4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)


9:00am
Food Pantry
1:00pm
Parish Hall Reserved


7:30am
Rite I
8:40am
Nursery Opens
8:50am
Jesus/Jewish Influences
(Library)
9:00am
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
10:00am
Adult Formation
Church in a Changing World
11:00am
Rite II
4:00pm
EYC Back to School Bash
7:00pm
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
(Classroom 4




11:30am
Centering Prayer
(Side Chapel)
6:30pm

Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
7:00pm
Brotherhood of St. Andrew
(Side Chapel)

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
August 22
August 23
August 24
August 25
August 26
7:00am Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
12:00pm
Bethlehem House Meeting
(Library)
7:00pm
Circle of Trust
(Morgan House)





12:00pm
Noon Book Club
(Library)
5:00pm
EYC
(Parish Hall)
6:30pm
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)  
7:00pm
Holy Eucharist and Prayers for Healing

7:00am
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
2:00pm
Enneagram
(Library)
6:30pm
Finance Meeting
(Classroom 2)
5:30pm
Morgan House Reserved
7:00pm
Enneagram
(Library)
4:00pm
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
6:00pm
Wedding Rehearsal


9:00am
Food Pantry
4:30pm
Wedding


Save the Date!
     
  August 20        Church in the Changing Word begins, Parish Hall Chapel.
                       The Rev. Amber Carswell, Trinity Cathedral, preaching and Celebrating                                          in all three services.

August 23        EYC Starts! 
 
August 27        The Rev. Robert Brown will lead Adult Forum.  
                       The Rev. Robert Brown preaching in all three services.  
                       Acolyte Training
                       Vestry Meeting, 4:30pm, Library
 
August 30        The Rev. Robert Brown helping to lead EYC.  
 
September 3    The Rev. Linda Brown preaching in all three services.  

September 4    Parish Office closed for Labor Day.

September 10   Rally Day
                       The Rev. Robert Brown preaching in all three services.

September 17    The Rev. Peggy Cromwell preaching in all three services.  
                        NewComer's Brunch, 10:00am, Morgan House.

September 24   The Rev. Robert Brown preaching in three services.  
 
September 30   Inquirer's Workshop, 9:00am, Morgan House.

October 4         The Feast of St. Francis Celebration

October 7         The Rev. Robert Brown's Ordination, Trinity Cathedral, Little Rock.

October 8         The Rev. Peggy Cromwell preaching in all three services.
                       The Rev. Robert Brown Celebrating  in all three services.
 
October 15       Bishop Sunday  
 
November 4      All Saints Day
 
November 23     Parish Office Closed
 
November 24     Parish Office Closed
 
December 24    Christmas Eve
                       11:00am Service (only service for the morning)
                       5:00pm Christmas Eve Service   
                       8:00pm Christmas Eve Service
 
December 25   9:00am Christmas Day Service  
FOOD PANTRY 
Help Out the Food Pantry
Don't forget your items to bring this Sunday!  You may also drop off items in the church lobby anytime during the week.  With your help we are able to provide food to those in need.
2 cans whole kernel corn; 1 box of cereal; 2 pkgs ramen
Diapers, Feminine Hygiene Products    
**If you are bringing fresh produce to donate, please contact someone with a key and see that it is placed in the Food Pantry refrigerators. 
Pantry Musings
 Today we often hear the phrase: "I'm spiritual but not religious." It is a phrase that my cynical self wants to say you are lazy and not really interested in service. But then, I try to listen. It is a phrase that Diana Butler Bass takes seriously as she examines the current movement of people away from the institutional church and their claims of spirituality. It is true that institutions decay and die or are reformed in  new ways. This may be such a time in our history. There were many, during the sixties and seventies, who found the church a hindrance to the goals of the Civil Rights Movement, yet it was through the institution that many were called into action and were supported in their actions. The church as we knew it paid a price for this use of it. Many programs lost their funding. Many left the church because of their disappointments in these failures to support the civil rights of others. These have grown to include, not only people of color, but women, homosexuals, transgendered persons, and others. These movements for inclusion have caused a disruption in the usual. They have forced us to face ourselves in more inclusive and different ways than the usual whether we want to our not. Is our God big enough to accept people who live their lives in a different manner than that which we had previously thought that God approved? That seems to be a big question at the heart of not trusting 'religion', the institutional church, and confessing some sort of spirituality. Another seems to be an interest in various forms of prayer and meditation. I am most familiar with meditation as the Buddhist or Quakers practice it along with what is called centering prayer. Many congregations now support such groups along with the liturgical practices found in the Prayer Book. I would suggest that there have been many issues that have brought about the transformation of the institutional church and there will be a great many more. What do you think?
-Ann Drake
 
SUNDAY SERVICE AND
LITURGICAL INFORMATION 
Scripture Readings for Sunday, August 20, 2017
The 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm and read from Genesis.    
Genesis 45:1-15
 
Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, "Send everyone away from me." So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come closer to me." And they came closer. He said, "I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, 'Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. I will provide for you there-since there are five more years of famine to come-so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.' And now your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that it is my own mouth that speaks to you. You must tell my father how greatly I am honored in Egypt, and all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here." Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, while Benjamin wept upon his neck. And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.
 
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.
 
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
                       
I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.
 
Matthew 15: 10-28
 
Jesus called the crowd to him and said to them, "Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles." Then the disciples approached and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?" He answered, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit." But Peter said to him, "Explain this parable to us." Then he said, "Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile."
Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon." But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, "Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." He answered, "It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed instantly.
  
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
  Nikki and Jim; Shannon; Margie; Octavia; Mildred; The Watts Family; Kris and Duncan; May and Norah; John; Larry; Carl; Beth; Enderlin Family; Rebecca and Aidan.

In Loving Support for:
Jenny, Doug, and Odessa; Micah; Sam; Mouaz; Natalie.

Thanksgivings:
We give thanks for the people of St. Peter's and visitors with us this week.
We give thanks for: Dave Campbell and Kent Ballew; Melanie and Chrissy Cavender; Alice Church; Sylvia Classic and Matthew Hrenchir; Ruth Clayton; Betty "B" Cockrell; George and Stacey Coleman; Jon, Karen and Ian Collins, Riannon Walker, Miles and Elliot Wiebe; Kristi Connell and Sam Epps; Peggy Cromwell and Liz Adams; Woody and Cora Cummins; David, Teri, Emma and Wilson Daily; David and Leah Darling, Kathryn, Stewart, and Mitchell; Genie Davis; Jan Davis; Zay Davis; Alexandr, Jennifer and Darina Dementyeva; Martha Denson
We give thanks for Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.    
We give thanks for the Unitarian Universalist Church in Little Rock.
We give thanks for our Library.
We give thanks for Rev. Alberto Cuc St. Mary, Mother of God, Solola.
We give thanks for The Rt Revd Prince Singh, Diocese of Rochester.
We give thanks for Barbara Ballenger,  Associate for Spiritual Formation & Care,at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.
 
The Departed:  
                           
 

Team 3
7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Pam Holt
Susan Sobel
Kevin Mequet
Ellen Stengel
Ushers
Pam Holt
Dinah Reed
Danny Reed
Wayne Stengel
Jerry Adams
Oblationers

Dinah Reed
Danny Reed
Gloria Parker
Amy Parker
Greeters

Katrina Wilcox
Leo Wilcox
Madelyn Adams
Lynne Rich
Eucharistic Visitor

Deana Weindorf

Eucharistic Minister





Acolytes

AM:Wylie Greer
CB: Harry Lance



AM:Wylie Greer
C: Kathryn Spinks
T1: Christopher Walters

Vestry Counters


Dan Allen
Sam Buchanan
Altar Guild


Team 1



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