The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Altar Flowers are given in celebration of the marriage Lauren Crymes and Ryan Boswel. 
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!
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 20:        $ 2808.00 
August Giving: $12,388.00

Operating Budgetary need remaining for August: $22,394.00 
                                            
Current Food Pantry Account Balance: $5600.82
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
This 10:00 discussion group will not meet Sunday, August 27 or Sunday, September 3.
Sunday, September 10 will begin a new discussion.
Books are available in the office to borrow or purchase.
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 with The Rev. Robert Brown
Rev. Bob Brown will lead his first Vicar's Forum in the library for the Adult Forum class open to all members and visitors of St. Peter's  this Sunday 08/27/17. The subject is Rev. Brown's choice telling his faith journey and vision for St. Peter's.
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

Time is running out!  Please consider signing up for this life-changing course.  There are scholarships available, and
childcare will be available is requested ahead of time.
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.   
Sanctuary Spotlights
It's not as bright as the eclipse we had on Monday, August 21, but it's bright! The Memorial Fund Committee approved paying for replacing the spot lights in the sanctuary. The old fixtures were original to the building, which is now 24 years old. Most of these fixtures were burned out and needed to be replaced. The lighting system itself is still in good condition, just the spotlights themselves were replaced.
This project was funded through the Memorial Committee Fund, no Operating Expenses were used to fund this project.
CALENDAR
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
August 24
August 25
August 26
August 27
August 28
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


7:30am
Rite I
8:40am
Nursery Opens
8:50am
Jesus/Jewish Influences
(Library)
9:00am
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
10:00am
Vicar Forum
11:00am
Rite II
4:30pm
Girl Scouts
6057
(Parish Hall)
4:30pm
Vestry Meeting
(Library)
7:00pm
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
(Classroom 4




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

Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)


Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
August 29
August 30
August 31
September 1
September 2
7:00am Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
7:00pm
Circle of Trust
(Morgan House)





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

7:00am
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
2:00pm
SLS Planning
(Library)
7:00pm
Enneagram
(Library)
9:00am
Church Women United
(Morgan House)
4:00pm

Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)











9:00am
Food Pantry



Save the Date!
     
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
                       Ice Cream Social - 10:00am 
                       The Rev. Robert Brown preaching in all three services.

September 12   Canterbury Coffeehouse starts for the Fall! 7:00pm, Parish Hall 
 
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   
 Potluck Lunch
 
October 16       Brotherhood of St. Andrews Lecture, 7:00pm, Parish Hall
 
October 25       Trunk or Treat! 5:00pm, Parish Parking Lot 
 
October 29       The Rev. Robert Brown leading Adult Forum, Library  
 
November 5      All Saints Day
 
November 21    Turkey Basket Day 
 
November 23     Parish Office Closed
 
November 24     Parish Office Closed
 
December 10    Choir Cantata, 11:00am 
 
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   
 
December 26 through December 29  Parish Office Closed  
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 tuna/water; 2 pkgs of pasta; 2 cans of pasta sauce
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
In 2008, Kathleen Norris' book Acedia and Me was published. It is an interesting book especially in view of the fact that acedia is one of, perhaps the deadliest of, the seven deadly sins. We do not talk about these categories of the Middle Ages much any more if at all. It is a word that appears to have no English equivalent or synonym, and as an example of this problem, Norris devotes pp. 287-329 to quotations concerning the meaning of acedia by writers throughout history. The meaning of acedia is broad and difficult to pen down which in large part makes the beginning of her book difficult. One of the best definitions that I found in these pages was that by Dorothy Sayers sloth, she says,: "is the sin that believes nothing, cares to know nothing, seeks to know nothing, loves nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing . . . and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die." Sloth is not just laziness and sloppy living. It is finding nothing, no thing, not a single thing, in which to put one's energy. It is so bad that you cannot even find a reason to die. That is pretty bad! I wonder how and why Norris found the courage to write this book, and why it hits a chord with some of us. I can understand how the long, lonely hours that a writer or researcher puts in can lead to some strain on their faith, but to lead to believing in nothing . . . ? Do we live in a time in which there is such a sense of abundance that we are no longer challenged to work? Do we live in a time when all feel entitled to have their desires met? Have we grown so cynical as a society that there are no values left to fight for? Are our lives so empty that we can find no meaning? -Ann Drake
SUNDAY SERVICE AND
LITURGICAL INFORMATION 
Scripture Readings for Sunday, August 27, 2017
The 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm and read from Romans.    
Isaiah 51:1-6
Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness,
you that seek the Lord.
Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
and to the quarry from which you were dug.
Look to Abraham your father
and to Sarah who bore you;
for he was but one when I called him,
but I blessed him and made him many.
For the Lord will comfort Zion;
he will comfort all her waste places,
and will make her wilderness like Eden,
her desert like the garden of the Lord;
joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the voice of song.
 
Listen to me, my people,
and give heed to me, my nation;
for a teaching will go out from me,
and my justice for a light to the peoples.
I will bring near my deliverance swiftly,
my salvation has gone out
and my arms will rule the peoples;
the coastlands wait for me,
and for my arm they hope.
Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look at the earth beneath;
for the heavens will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment,
and those who live on it will die like gnats;
but my salvation will be for ever,
and my deliverance will never be ended.
 
Psalm 138
1 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; *
   before the gods I will sing your praise.
2 I will bow down toward your holy temple
   and praise your Name, *
   because of your love and faithfulness;
3 For you have glorified your Name *
   and your word above all things.
4 When I called, you answered me; *
   you increased my strength within me.
5 All the kings of the earth will praise you, O Lord, *
   when they have heard the words of your mouth.
6 They will sing of the ways of the Lord, *
   that great is the glory of the Lord.
7 Though the Lord be high, he cares for the lowly; *
   he perceives the haughty from afar.
8 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; *
   you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;
   your right hand shall save me.
9 The Lord will make good his purpose for me; *
   O Lord, your love endures for ever;
   do not abandon the works of your hands.
 
Romans 12:1-8
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God-- what is good and acceptable and perfect.
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.
 
Matthew 16:13-20
When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
Nikki and Jim; Shannon; Anisa; Lori; Dianne; Freda; Delorse; Ray; Fred; Kay; Liz; Nancy; John; Madison; Angie; Chauncy; Charlie; Enderlin Family; Tyler; Margie; Malia; Linda; Claire; Beth; John; Carl.

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: Stuart, Elissa, David and Lily Douglas; Ann Drake; Jason, Cristin, Gabriel, and Silas Dubose; Dinah Dudley; Craig, Monica, and Angela Dunn, Isabel and Hannah Ruckle; Steve Eddy and John Phillips; Will Elder; Linda Ellis; Bill Eshelman; Bob and Mary Essert; Ed and Patsy Evans; Melissa Felty.
We give thanks for the University Church of Christ.  
We give thanks for the Lubavitch Center for Jewish Learning.
We give thanks for our Ministry Team Leaders.
We give thanks for Rev. Roberto Armas , St. Mark's, Quetzaltenango (ketz-al-ten-ango).
We give thanks for The Rt Revd Maternus Kapinga, Ruvuma, Tanzania.
We give thanks for Erik Meyer, Music Director at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.
 
The Departed:  
                           
 

Team 4
7:30am
9:00am
11:00am
Lectors
Norma Smothers
Mary Etta Qualls
Jay Ruud
Stacey Jones
Ushers
Joe Arn
Nancy Thompson
Mary Etta Qualls
Tracey Simpson
Walker Simpson
Oblationers



Greeters
Pam Holt
Austin Losardo
Nancy Thompson
Austin Losardo
Wylie Greer
Eucharistic Visitor

Tanya Buchanan

Eucharistic Minister
Stacey Coleman
Paul McCowan

Charles Tyrone

Acolytes

AM:Wylie Greer
CB: Miles Greer
G: Aidan Hill

AM: Wylie Greer
C: Jack Writz
T1: Amy Rice
T2:Wade Simpson
Vestry Counters


Christy Garrett-Jones
Chris Odom
Altar Guild


Team 1



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