The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Altar Flowers are given in Honor of the Ordination of Robert C. Brown,
by Nadine Carter Russell, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.    
Ordination Celebration!
Saturday, October 7th our own Jon Musser and Bob Brown will be ordained to the priesthood.  Immediately following the service there will be a reception.  St. Peter's has been asked to provide 125 finger sandwiches.  We need 6 people to make 24 finger sandwiches and deliver them to the church Saturday morning, Oct 7th no later than 8:45 a.m.  We request that they be packed in disposable containers.  Clothing gift boxes lined with wax paper seems to work well.  If you can help, please contact Leigh Ann Warriner at or call 501-908-3172
All Parish Meeting
Church-Wide Gathering with The Rev. Canon Jason Alexander regarding Rector Search - Wednesday, October 11, 5:30pm
All members of St. Peter's are invited to attend this Appreciative Inquiry Meeting with Rev. Jason. During this meeting, we will come together, as a community, in order to seek, identify, and voice our vision for the future of St. Peter's, in a collaborative and highly participatory way. This gathering is a very important step in the search process for our new Rector, as the information gathered from our conversation will help craft our vision, and guide us for the future. We are excited about taking this next step in the search process, and we look forward to seeing you there.
~St. Peter's Vestry

Dollar Bills 
All $1 bills  in the offering plate this Sunday will go to the Discretionary Fund.     
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
Addiction: The Church's Role in Recovery
FREE ½ Day Seminar
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017   
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Place: Parish Hall, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1000 North Mississippi, Little Rock
Who: All people interested in the work of recovery

Join us on Saturday, October 21, 2017, when St. Mark's Episcopal Church will present a free half day seminar from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. The seminar will feature the Rev. Stuart Hoke, former assistant rector at St. Mark's, former rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, Harrison, adjunct professor at General Seminary in New York City, who pioneered a tremendously successful course of study on the Church's role in the treatment of alcoholism and addictive illness. Over the past 30 years of his work in recovery, Stuart has shared his expertise and energy with more than 350 students at the seminary and adapting that course for an audience in dioceses and parishes across the country. The Rev. Stuart Hoke also works with congregations and dioceses where there are issues with impaired clergy. 
Call, email or text Joanna Seibert 501 4258525 for reservations/ questions

Sunday October 22, 2017
The Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke will be Guest Preacher at the 8 & 10:30 am services
And speaking at the Forum 9:30-10:15, "The Infinite Value of a Painful Past"
In the Forum presentation, Stuart Hoke will focus on the miracle of Redemption-so visibly and actively at work in circles of Recovery. Twelve-step spirituality emphasizes that our difficult (and sometimes dark) past-in God's Hands-becomes the best resource we have when it comes to helping others. Interweaving his personal experience as a recovering person with the principles of Christian living, Dr. Hoke will "unpack" the great promise of the twelve-step program: "Showing others who suffer how we were given help is the very thing which makes life seem so worthwhile to us now."

Brotherhood of St. Andrew Lecture Series
Monday, October 16, 2017,7pm
Parish Hall
Dr. Jay McDaniel will discuss "Living Spiritually in a Multifaith World."  He will explore the challenges and opportuties that present themselves to Christians and other faiths as they seek to live spiritually.  He will talk how we can learn from and with one another in a multifaith context that helps create a more just, sustainable, and joyful world for all people, animals, and the earth.
        You are invited to come be a part of "Conversations on Servant Leadership" on Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning October 19, 2017. We will explore a fresh understanding of power that integrates the religious and secular dimensions of life through a study of Bennett J. Sims' book Servanthood: Leadership for the Third Millennium. Steve Zeltmann, a professor at UCA, will be the facilitator.
        Books are available on Amazon, or on loan by contacting Judy Helm ( ) or Carolyn Scott ( At the first meeting, we will begin with a discussion of questions such as "Who is a leader?" and "What is a servant leader?" then continue for the next four Thursdays.
        There is no cost to register, but we would appreciate knowing how many are planning to attend, so please let either Judy, Carolyn, or Steve know of your interest. This event is being sponsored by the Servant Leadership School of Conway. We will meet in St. Peter's Parish Hall, 925 Mitchell Street, Conway.

Happy Birthday to GUS BLUM! He's going to be 100!
A long & loyal member of St. Peters, Gus Blum left us years ago to move to Michigan to be with his daughter, Sue (an extended-family member of St Peters!).  He left us, but his works are still all around us in the 100s of photos he took recording momentous events at the church, the shelves in the parking lot entry for the trophies won by our volleyball & softball teams, the little tables we use for collecting pledge cards, Eucharist Elements & a zillion other things, and the stand/holder for the votive candles we use in front of the altar at Christmas and Easter!  It may also be remembered that he loved those pretzel-things with peanut butter inside!  He was a lovely member of the parish and is greatly missed! Send him a birthday card!
His actual birthday is October 19:
Gus Blum
1151 Grandview Drive
Grass Lake, MI 49240-9314.

There will be a BIG card in the lobby for all to sign to send Gus for a  Blum family celebration on October 22, but if you knew & loved him, send him one with your own best wishes.  He's a great guy!
The Daughter's of the King encourages people to use the prayer box in the Narthex for any prayer requests they might have.  We check it regularly and will add these to our prayers."

Daughter's of the King will host noon day prayer in the chapel on September 21 in honor of the fasting day that the Bishop has declared on this day. The 21st of the month is when most food benefits run out.
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.
Guatemalan Market
The Committee responsible for developing the Guatemalan Medical Mission will begin with a fundraiser sale of Guatemalan and Mexican merchandise after each service on Sunday, November 12. Doug Stroud will be in charge of the sales.
The Medical Mission is headed by Marianne Black who had been our trip leader for at least 8 mission trips. We go to the rural areas of Guatemala to provide Clinics for the people in western Guatemala, where there is extreme poverty and a lack of access to health care. Our Clinic Group will provide a clinical setting, usually within the Episcopal Churches in the area where we will complete eye examinations as well as fit over 400 people with eyeglasses or sunglasses, provide clothing for children. We will provide examinations for at least 500 patients and give them appropriate medications to manage acute infections and a variety of medical problems. This trip will have 18 to 20 volunteers scheduled for arrival in April of 2018.
The surgical team will provide Nasal and Sinus surgeries at St. Francis' Hospital and Orphanage in Putan in February of 2018. We will have a surgeon, and anesthesiologist and several operating room nurses to complete a number of surgeries in this small rural hospital.
Our fundraiser is only one part of our effort to defray the cost of the trip. The sale in November will be jewelry and textiles, some pottery to be displayed and sold in our lobby area. The Art, Love and St. Peter's event will be held in late January.
The Medical Mission Funding is owned by the Diocese and is not a part of St. Peter's Budget, we only manage the money for the Diocese. We are not the only church who participates in this trip but we are the organizer through Marianne Black.
Church's Teachings for a Changing World
Parish Hall Chapel, Sundays at 10:00am.
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.
Fall Bible Studies
The Fall Bible Study is a discussion of the Gospel of Luke.  Check lobby bulletin board for additional information or telephone Joe Arn.
Afternoon Bible Study: Mondays, 12:15 pm, Church Library.
Evening Bible Study: Thursdays, 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

October 5
October 6
October 7
October 8
October 9
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
SLS Planning
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)

Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)

Food Pantry
(Trinity LR)
Widsom House
(Morgan House)

Rite I
Nursery Opens
Jesus/Jewish Influences
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
Adult Forum
Family Formation
Choir Practice
Rite II
(Morgan House)
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
(Classroom 4)
Centering Prayer
(Side Chapel)
After-Noon Bible Study
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
Circle of Trust
(Classroom 4)

October 10
October 11
October 12
October 13
October 14
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
(Classroom 2) 
Coffee House
(Morgan House)

Noon Book Club
Faulkner County
Social Justice
(Morgan House)
Library Reserved 
Staff Meeting 
(Parish Hall)
Fledglings Writing Group
Parish Wide Meeting
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)  
Holy Eucharist and Prayers for Healing
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)

Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
Girl Scout 6057
(Morgan House)

Food Pantry

Save the Date!
October 7         The Rev. Robert Brown and The Rev. Jon Musser's Ordination,  
                       Trinity Cathedral, Little Rock, 11:00am

October 8         The Rev. Peggy Cromwell preaching in all three services.
                       The Rev. Robert Brown Celebrating  in all three services.
                       The Rev. Jon Musser helping to lead in all three services.  
October 15       Bishop Sunday   
 Potluck Lunch
October 16       Brotherhood of St. Andrews Lecture, 7:00pm, Parish Hall
October 22       The Rev. Robert C. Brown preaching in all three services 
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 3      Advent Event/Family Feast, 5:00pm, Parish Hall 
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  
October 8 - October 14  Birthdays
Shaina Goodman
Jayme Stone
October 8 - October 14  Anniveraries
Stroth, Scott and Jeanie
Thanksgiving Dinner Day
Thanksgiving Dinner Day will be upon us very soon. So it's time for everyone to start thinking of ways you can help with that. We will obviously be asking the youth to help with coordinating the events of the day and getting the dinners distributed to the families. This is also the time of year where I start standing up in front of you on Sundays asking you for money. This year is going to be a little different. We have been very blessed the past two years with great pricing from our vendors, food donations from outside organizations as well as extremely generous monetary donations to fund this amazing day. So blessed, that we've had funds left over. Those leftover funds are transferred to the food pantry account as needed to carry us through the year and allow us to continue providing food to our pantry clients. With the number of clients we serve decreasing and the continued monetary donations coming in from our parishioners, we haven't had to draw from the leftover Thanksgiving funds, which has left us a balance to put towards the purchase of the Thanksgiving dinners for this year. That doesn't mean I'm not still going to ask you for donations - because I am. With the transition of Teri leaving and the search for a new Rector beginning, things may seem a little out of sorts right now. But it won't stay that way because we have a strong family at St. Peter's! A family that cares about the people inside these walls. A family that cares about the people in our community who are hurting, or hungry, or feel like they just don't belong. And that family is going to do whatever it takes to extend the hand of Christ and walk in love.
I think the vestry has been very forthright in the church's current financial status and our operating funds are in a sensitive state of being. I believe that a better use of the excess funds from this year's Thanksgiving donations would be to go directly into the operating account. Your donations will still be funding this wonderful project because without all of the hard work from our amazing church staff, without heat and electricity, without the bills getting paid, the Thanksgiving Dinner Day wouldn't be able to exist. Making sure the day to day operations are taken care of is a major part in continuing to extend our ministries to the people in our community.
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 soup; 1 16oz peanut butter; 1 jelly (no glass)
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
When I lived in Atlanta, I attended St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. We had a homeless shelter on the property with several families living there. Once in a while the people from the shelter would come up the hill to the church. One Sunday a woman come to the main service and very quietly began to dance the liturgy. Her movements were appropriate, quiet, fluid, and dignified. She was from the homeless shelter! People in the congregation were incensed; maybe one should say they were outraged. If they had let go of the fact that she was homeless, and focused on her movements, their worship could have been enriched for there was a vision of God that came through her that Sunday and she shared it with us. She was the stranger among us and we needed to open our hearts and minds to her in such a way that we let God enter into us through the radiance of her vision expressed in her dance. Christ was in her. She was God's messenger, a stranger, our neighbor. - Ann Drake

Scripture Readings for Sunday, October 8, 2017
The 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm and read from Philippians.     
Isaiah 5:1-7
Let me sing for my beloved
my love-song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard
on a very fertile hill.
He dug it and cleared it of stones,
and planted it with choice vines;
he built a watchtower in the midst of it,
and hewed out a wine vat in it;
he expected it to yield grapes,
but it yielded wild grapes.
nd now, inhabitants of Jerusalem
and people of Judah,
judge between me
and my vineyard.
What more was there to do for my vineyard
that I have not done in it?
When I expected it to yield grapes,
why did it yield wild grapes?
And now I will tell you
what I will do to my vineyard.
I will remove its hedge,
and it shall be devoured;
I will break down its wall,
and it shall be trampled down.
I will make it a waste;
it shall not be pruned or hoed,
and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns;
I will also command the clouds
that they rain no rain upon it.
For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts
is the house of Israel,
and the people of Judah
are his pleasant planting;
he expected justice,
but saw bloodshed;
but heard a cry!
Psalm 80:7-14
7 Restore us, O God of hosts; *
   show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
8 You have brought a vine out of Egypt; *
   you cast out the nations and planted it.
9 You prepared the ground for it; *
    it took root and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered by its shadow *
     and the towering cedar trees by its boughs.
11 You stretched out its tendrils to the Sea *
     and its branches to the River.
12 Why have you broken down its wall, *
     so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?
13 The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it, *
     and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it.
14 Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven;
     behold and tend this vine; *
     preserve what your right hand has planted.
Philippians 3:4b-14
If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 21:33-46
Jesus said, "Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance." So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time."
Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures:
'The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord's doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes'?
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls."
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
Carl; Beth; Mike, Kelley, Zack, Tiffany; Suzanne; Susie; Fred; Kay; Liz; Nancy; Madison; Angie; Chauncey; Charlie; Carisa; David; Kaden; Daniel; Thomas Family; Enderlin Family; Regina; The People of Las Vegas and All Suffering such a tragic loss; Amy and Gloria; James. 

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

In Constant Prayer for our Future Rector, whomever God leads to us.

We give thanks for the people of St. Peter's and visitors with us this week.
We give thanks for:Rosemary Henenberg; Stepheny and Madison Hernandez; Kim Herrington and Joseph Charlson; Alice Hines; Guy Hobbs; Tony, Jennifer and Nathan Hodge; Pam Holt; Steve, Denise, and Christian Hurd; Eric and Donna Hutchinson
We give thanks for the House of Refuge and Deliverance.  
We give thanks forthe Islamic Center of Little Rock.
We give thanks for our Junior Warden, Chris Odom.    
We give thanks for Right Rev. Charles Benninson Jr., Bishop of Pennsylvania and the Right Rev. Carlos Lainfiestra, Suffragan Bishop of Western Guatemala
We give thanks for The Rt Revd Alan Smith, St. Albans, Canterbury, England
We give thanks for the All Species Welcome! Pet Blessing at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.
The Departed:  

Team 2
Douglas Young
Donna Bowman
Marianne Black
LeRoy Hendricks

John Phillips
Patsy Evans
Bev Freiley
Robert Wickser

Bob Essert
Judy Helm
Dave Larson
Marilyn Larson

Tom Courtway
Melissa Courtway
Dave Larson
Marilyn Larson
Eucharistic Visitor

Dan Allen

Eucharistic Minister
Stacey Coleman
Dan Allen

Ellen Stengel


AM: Jaylee Garrett- Jones
CB: Cady Gray

AM: Jaylee Garret-Jones
C: Kathryn Spinks
T1: Elise McGarrity
T2: Isabel Ruckle
G: Kido Carmargo
Vestry Counters

Jane Harris
Chris Odom
Altar Guild

Team 3