The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, June 28, 2018
The Altar Flowers are given by and in Memory of Col. Alton Dugan,
longtime member of St. Peter's.
The Rev. Greg Warren, Deacon-in-Charge
From July 2 through the 9
th I will be at the Episcopal Church's 79
th General Convention in Austin, Texas. It's the culmination of a year-long internship I've been working on with the Episcopal Peace Fellowship's (EPF) Palestine Israel Initiative. The goal has been to motivate the National Church to make a formal statement on the situation in Palestine, specifically the occupied territories in the West Bank and the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip. By making an official statement, the Episcopal Church would join with our Methodist, Quaker, Presbyterian, and Lutheran counterparts (among others) in calling for change.
I signed up for this internship following a two-week pilgrimage Mark and I made to Israel in 2017. It was an eye-opening event, and I felt especially compelled to act after seeing the state of apartheid that defines Israel today. I also thought it might be interesting to report back to you at St. Peter's what a General Convention is like. While I hate taking off so soon after arriving here, I promise I'll have great things to bring back from this unique experience.
Cottage Visits with The Rev. Greg Warren
Over the course of the next couple of months, we're setting up a number of 'cottage' visits. A cottage visit grows out of an old English tradition of getting to know the new vicar. The idea is to have 8 or so people come together for food, fellowship, and to get to know the new 'guy' (and it was always a guy back then). A number of parishioners have already offered to host. There are sign-up sheets in the lobby, so we encourage you to find a time that works for you and plan on attending. If we need to find more dates/times, let Rev. Greg or John in the office know. Looking forward to getting to know all of you better. And please come with your questions and ideas!
Cottage Visits, each starting at 6:00pm
July 12, Bob and Dee Sanders
July 19, Danny and Dinah Reed
July 24, Kathryn Spinks
July 30, Eric and Donna Hutchinson
Aug 6, Marianne Black
Aug 10, Kristina Burford
Aug 14, Amy Hawkins
More meetings dates and locations to be announced soon!
Lobby Art Display
We hope you are enjoying the artwork displayed on our newly painted walls in the church foyer. The paintings are the work of Suzanne Waggoner, a well-known local artist. Suzanne paints with watercolor, pastels and colored pencils and has received many awards and recognition for her artwork.
If you are interested in seeing more of her work, call Suzanne at 501-849-4078 and ask for directions to Vinebrook Gallery in Mt. Vernon, Arkansas, where her studio walls are filled with portraits, landscapes, still lifes and much more.
Suzanne is also a member of the Arkansas Artist Registry supported by the Arkansas Arts Council.
where more information and images can be viewed.
Summertime Sunday Continental Breakfast
Please plan to join your fellow St. Peter's parishioners each Sunday during the summer for a continental breakfast served in our newly remodeled lobby area! Each Sunday a different group at St. Peter's will provide goodies for us to share. Help yourself starting after the 7:30 service with food and drink provided throughout the morning. This will be an excellent time to catch up with folks you might not have seen in a while AND greet any newcomers as well. Let's share some of that St. Peter's love over coffee, fruit, and muffins!
This Sunday's continental breakfast will be provided by the St. Peter's Vestry. Our Vestry is made up of 9 volunteers who, after being elected by the congregation at the Annual Meeting in January, serve for 3 years (3 members are elected each year). The Vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The presiding officer of the Vestry is the deacon/priest-in-charge or the rector. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector. The junior warden has responsibility for church property and buildings. The Vestry chooses its treasurer and a secretary whom may or may not be Vestry members. The basic responsibilities of the Vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church's mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.
Stall Door Repair in Men's Room
The door for the men's bathroom stall was recently damaged by what appears to have been someone playing/hanging on it. Unfortunately, the repair isn't something we can do ourselves and the hinges that must be replaced are very pricey and specialized in order to support the weight of the door. We have engaged Nabholz to complete the repairs at an estimated cost of $532. A gentle reminder that care should be taken with our church property.
Jr Warden's Grounds and Building Update
It has been a busy summer and it is only the third week of June. Hopefully you have noticed that the sidewalks in front of the church and parish hall that were broken due to tree roots have been repaired. Also, a new drainage system has been placed in the columbarium to help manage standing water after a heavy down pour. If you see Ric Readnour, please give him a big hug and a "Thank you!". Ric and his crew completed both of these tasks for us.
Current projects to be completed are;
Painting of the hallway
Resetting of the plaques in the columbarium
Repair of windows that are leaking in the lobby
Installation of a new playground - to be done in July prior to Rally Day,
a workday will be announced after the
July 4th holiday.
The EYC and volunteers have worked to clean out the old EYC room and the nursery. Over the next couple of weeks the food pantry will be moved to the old nursery space and the old parish hall building that housed the food pantry and the EYC room will be closed and used for storage due to a rotting floor. It is our goal to have all work completed before Rally Day and our return to a regular schedule.
The Parish Office Needs Your Info
Please take a moment to email John Churchwell (email@example.com) any personal information that has been changed (mailing address, email address, phone number).
Volunteers are needed to help paint the educations wing hallway.
Working dates: July 9th, 10th, and 11th, starting at 9:00am each day.
Please contact Brett Hardison if you can help: firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-472-2449
Independence Day Celebration
July 3, 2018, 6:00pm
St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, Little Rock
We are pleased to announce that the Honorable Joyce Williams Warren will be our guest homilist for our annual Independence Day celebration and picnic. This is one of our favorite traditions at St. Margaret's... we invite the whole convocation of Episcopal Churches in the area to join us as we reflect on the gift of freedom and its disciplines, pray for our nation, and enjoy a patriotic picnic with food and fun for everyone. Judge Warren, whom you can read about in the Encyclopedia of Arkansas, was the first black female judge in Arkansas, and for many years has been a passionate advocate for children and families, and for strengthening our communities. Please mark your calendars and invite your friends to join us on Tuesday, July 3rd at 6:00 p.m.
Bible Study of the Book of John meets on Monday at 12:15pm and Thursday at 7:00pm in the Library. Check poster in lobby for details. Join anytime!
Interested in becoming an usher, oblationer, or greeter? Thirty minute training will be offered on July 15, at 9:30am or 10:30am in Classroom 2. (Retraining for current ministry members offered at the same time.)
The Steele Hays
A Labyrinth in the Neighborhood
~The Labyrinth is a sacred design.
~It is unicursal, there is a single pathway leading in and out.
~Unlike a maze, Labyrinths do not confuse or bewilder.
~You cannot get lost in it.It presents one profound choice.
For Christians in the Middle Ages, the one binding commitment in their lives was to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. When it became too dangerous to make this journey, the church allowed Christians to travel to one of the great cathedrals of Europe, where a sacred Labyrinth was inlaid in the floor.
Walking the Labyrinth was a ritual end to a long journey. In reaching the center of New Jerusalem, the Christians fulfilled their duty. The most famous of ancient Labyrinths is at Chartres Cathedral near Paris.
The Labyrinth can be a walking meditation that will provide for you a profoundly moving experience. It can be for you a Spiritual experience.
A Guide to Walking the Labyrinth
One approach is taking a "three-fold" path. These stages are:
From the entrance of the labyrinth to the goal is the path of releasing or "letting go." It produces an opportunity for emptying oneself of worries and concerns.
At the center, the second stage, there is a receiving illumination, insight, clarity, and focus. Here you will find you are in a receptive, prayerful, meditative state.
Stage Three -
The third stage is one of renewing and one of integrating. Empowerment is often seen as a gift that comes at this point. The way out of the Labyrinth is becoming grounded and integrating the insight we have received. We are empowered to make what we received manifest in the world. There are three stages but one path, and it is different for everyone.
The Steele Hays Memorial Labyrinth is located in the courtyard and is open every day, from dusk to dawn; excluding special church events or funerals.
Brown Bag Book Study will begin a new study, we meet every Wednesday at noon in the church library. Please join us for the reading of our own parishioner's book! Donna will be glad to sign copies and be available as a resource for us.
This Homebrewed Christianity Guide explores how Christian theology can address our rapidly changing paradigms of human existence. Donna Bowman argues that theology can contribute to our knowledge of the human self as gained through the sciences, that a theological perspective on humanity is useful in contemporary pluralistic and global settings, and that there's theological significance to work and play. She also tackles issues of gender, sexuality, creativity, and human expression--with jokes!
"Too often the church is answering questions no one is asking. This book answers questions people are asking. It is relevant, welcoming, and enjoyable!" --Gregory H. Rickel, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia
"This book is written for many audiences, young and old and in-between; scholarly and non-scholarly, Christians and Nones. If there's a study group at the local pub, they'll come if this book is the option." --Jay McDaniel, Hendrix College
Please contact Rev. Dr. Linda Brown, Deacon, with any questions.
Adult Forum for Summer 2018
, in the LibraryJoin us for The Gentle Path: Christianity, Spirituality, and the Twelve Steps.
Using Richard Rohr's book, Breathing Underwater as a guide, leader Shane Montgomery will explore the Twelve Steps as a path to deepening our walk with God and take a look at the Christian roots of this methodology and it's connection to the Gospel.
July 12, 2018
Summer Offering from Servant Leadership School: Do you want to experience the joy of living with a loving heart? Join June Stewart on Thursday evenings, 6:00 - 8:00, in the Morgan House, beginning July 12, 2018. No books to order, no assignments. $20 fee for snacks and copies of handouts. Childcare and scholarships available upon request. Just email
or click on the link to download the brochure:
Volunteers Needed for VBS!
All VBS Volunteers are invited to an info meeting,
July 1 at 10am in the Choir Room.
July 29-August 3 is our Abundant Life Garden Project VBS!
St. Peter's is hosting our first VBS here on our campus this year and we need YOU! Can you read? Garden? Make snacks? Greet visitors? Teach science experiments?
When I came to Conway for college, one of the first things I Googled (besides if there was a Krispy Kreme nearby) was a list of churches in the city. Finding a church home was very important to me, seeing how I was asked to leave my church of 18 years because the Pastor at that time found out I was gay. I went through my senior year of high school, one of the most stressful times in a high school career, without a church, church family, and honestly, sometimes it felt like God had left me too.
I moved into my dorm at UCA on a
Saturday, and I walked through the doors at St. Peter's the very next day. Words cannot begin to describe how nervous I was. I was entering not only a church I had never been to, but also a whole
denomination that was just as foreign. I found my seat, and 4 people approached me within the first 5 minutes. All were saying how happy they were that I was worshiping with them that day, and I'll never forget what one said to me before returning to her seat. She said, "Welcome to the St. Peter's family, Taylor." And that is exactly what it is: a family. St. Peter's has been there for me when I felt no one else was. St. Peter's has helped me not only grow spiritually, but grow as a person.
So here we are, almost
2 years later, and I'm still here. I've been on a discernment committee, I was on the search committee for a new rector, and I'm serving on the Vestry; all because of a Google search. Folks, that's why stewardship is so important. We are a beacon of hope to so many in our community; but we have to keep the lights on and the doors open to BE a beacon. I give because I am welcomed. I give because I am loved. I give because I believe everyone needs a church like St. Peter's in his or her life. Thanks be to God.
|Four Week Total
Total June Expenses $31,448.74
Balance for June $ 6,073.96
*These amounts include operating funds only.
*The average weekly need to fully fund the St. Peter's operating budget is $8,445.00.
Quarterly Stewardship Statements
Your personal Stewardship Statements will be generated soon. These statements will be emailed to you on the email that has been given to the Parish Office. If you want your statement mailed to you (paper statement), please contact Mike King this week. (email@example.com)
Tithing to St. Peter's Using Direct Draft from Bank Accounts
Did you know that you can have your tithe to St. Peter's automatically taken out of your checking or 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use the link below to print a withdrawal form and return it to the Parish Office.
All $1 bills in the offering plate this Sunday will go to the Discretionary Fund.
"As you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in [love] - so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking..." (2 Corinthians 8: 7-15)
This week's epistle reading is Paul's exhortation to the Corinthians to support the church not only with their spiritual gifts, but also with their considerable means. The Discretionary Fund is money used by the clergy to meet immediate needs that arise on a day-to-day basis. For many months now, the Discretionary Fund at St Peter's has been struggling to meet the demands and requests of those in our parish community. We currently put all $1.00 bills into the Discretionary Fund, but often that amount falls far short of what is needed. This means that those in our parish who need assistance of a monetary nature must be turned away. In the coming weeks, as Greg's new ministry gets started, I encourage you to prayerfully consider contributing specifically to the Discretionary Fund. Any little bit will help - to the end that "...at the present time your plenty will supply what they need..." (2 Cor. 8: 14)
Evening Bible Study
Conway Locally Grown
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
Walk in Love
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
After-Noon Bible Study
Wisdom House Project
**Parish Office Closed**
Evening Bible Study
**Parish Office Closed**
Conway Locally Grown
**Parish Office Closed**
July 2 - 9 The Rev. Greg Warren in Austin, TX for General Convention
July 3 -13 General Convention, Austin, Texas
July 3 Annual Independence Celebration and Picnic, St. Margaret's Little Rock
July 4 Parish Office Closed, Wednesday Night Service Cancelled
July 8 The Rev. Peggy Cromwell, preaching in all three services
July 22 DOK Installation
July 30 - Aug 3 Vacation Bible School
August 12 Rally Day/Blessing of the Backpacks
September 3 Parish Office Closed
October 21 Bishop Sunday
November 4 All Saints Sunday
November 25 Christ the King Sunday
December 2 First Sunday of Advent
This Week's Celebrations
July 2 Mike Gunter
July 3 Sarah Gunter
July 3 Cullen Woods
July 4 Marcia Bernauer
July 4 Martha Denson
July 6 Paul McCowan
July 7 Savannah Wirtz
July 2 John and Stephanie Vanderslice
July 4 David and Leah Darling
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 mac and cheese; 2 corn muffin mix; 2 cans green beans
Last week I made a statement: "There are no happy endings in the bible." That was incorrect and I realized it in time to change it before publication, I elected to let it go in order to write this Musing today in order to correct my error. There are happy endings! Certainly not of the fairytale style, but there are happy endings. And some of them happen in the Old Testament! Often they have to do with "taking in the stranger", a custom extended to strangers by nomadic, desert cultures. Persons traveling for any distance across these dry, deserted, desolate landscapes needed food and water that they probably could not carry with them and were obliged to depend on residents that they encountered in their journey. Failure to grant the traveler hospitality was to invite the same treatment in your travels. Often the stranger would bestow on their host a gift in response to their hospitality. One such gift was the promise to Abraham and Sarah a son. Now I wonder if it was a welcome gift as Sarah and Abraham were in their nineties, and I am in my eighties would not welcome a squalling infant in my home. But this infant came with a promise to Abraham that he would father many nations. That was an important gift in Abraham's time and culture. The United States has benefited by taking in the stranger. I'm not sure the Native American would see it that way, and they took us in before any European settled here. Once the Europeans became the hosts, by pushing the Native Americans out of the way, they have managed to take in some remarkable strangers: leaders, scientists, writers, musicians, inventors, technicians, of all races and classes. I know that is not biblical, but is does have to do with taking strangers into our national borders. I know it is scary, but sometimes people need to be loved because they have lived dry, desolate lives of fear that is far beyond our ability to imagine. They come together because to leave anyone behind is to loose them. It is a long journey full of fear for one's life and for the group that has taken the risk of travel. For us it is scary to take in people who do not look like us, speak like us, eat like us, do things differently, dress differently, raise their kids differently, use lots of garlic and peppers, and have a different skin color. Put yourself in their place: how would you feel after coming a thousand miles on foot to face a sea of European faces? "Take the stranger in?" We are told and to fail to do so is to fail 'to love your neighbor.' -Ann Drake
Scripture Readings for Sunday, July 1, 2017
Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15; 2:23-24
God did not make death,
And he does not delight in the death of the living.
For he created all things so that they might exist;
the generative forces of the world are wholesome,
and there is no destructive poison in them,
and the dominion of Hades is not on earth.
For righteousness is immortal.
God created us for incorruption,
and made us in the image of his own eternity,
but through the devil's envy death entered the world,
and those who belong to his company experience it.
1 I will exalt you, O Lord,
because you have lifted me up *
and have not let my enemies triumph over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried out to you, *
and you restored me to health.
3 You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead; *
you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.
4 Sing to the Lord, you servants of his; *
give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.
5 For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, *
his favor for a lifetime.
6 Weeping may spend the night, *
but joy comes in the morning.
7 While I felt secure, I said,
"I shall never be disturbed. *
You, Lord, with your favor, made me as strong as the mountains."
8 Then you hid your face, *
and I was filled with fear.
9 I cried to you, O Lord; *
I pleaded with the Lord, saying,
10 "What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit? *
will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
11 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me; *
O Lord, be my helper."
12 You have turned my wailing into dancing; *
you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.
13 Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; *
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever.
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
As you excel in everything-- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you-- so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.
I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something-- now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has-- not according to what one does not have. I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is written,
"The one who had much did not have too much,
and the one who had little did not have too little."
When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live." So he went with him.
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, "If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well." Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my clothes?" And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, 'Who touched me?'" He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease."
While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader's house to say, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?" But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe." He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, "Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha cum," which means, "Little girl, get up!" And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
Prayers of the People
Prayers and Petitions:
In Loving Support for:
Sam; Mouaz; Natalie.
In Continued Prayers for:
Sara Edmondson, Helen Snipan, Jacquie Seroy, Martha Denson, Fred and Lillian Petrucelli,
We give thanks for the people of St. Peter's and visitors with us this week.
We give thanks for Jack, Debra and Matt Looney; Raymond, Claire, Dalton, and Austin Losardo; Valerie Lunsford; Jami, Drew, Cade and Porter Lupkey; Rita Mackintosh.
We give thanks for Ric Readnour, for his work and dedication to our Parish.
We give thanks for Central Baptist Church.
We give thanks for the Temple B'Nai Israel.
We give thanks for Rev. Alberto Cuc. and St. Mary, Mother of God, Solola.
We give thanks for The Church of North India (United), The Most Revd Dr Prem Chand Singh Moderator of CNI & Bishop of Jabalpur.
We give thanks for the Kids' Big Event at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.
Ministry Team 1
Jeff Ward, Team Leader
||AM: Michael Moses
C: Madolyn Ward
|AM: Michael Moses
C: Jack Wirtz
G: Austin Losardo