The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Altar Flowers are given by Fereshtah Maynard To The Glory Of God and in Tribute to the People of Houston and Surrounding Area. Continued Prayers for Their Safety.
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.
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:         $  7,667.00                   
August 13:        $  1,913.00
August 20:        $  2,808.00
August 27:        $ 10,975.00
August Giving:  $ 23,363.00

Operating Budgetary deficit for August: $11,959.00

 Current Food Pantry Account Balance: $5,130.87
Current Turkey Basket Acct Balance   : $7,011.67
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
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.

Adult Forum, Library, 10:00am

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.
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.
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.
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
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.
New State of Arkansas Law
In accordance with a new State of Arkansas law that will take on September 1, 2017, the Vestry voted in it's meting on August 27, 2017, to have signs placed at the entrances to the Church prohibiting firearms in our Sanctuary and all buildings, including the Morgan House. If you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office. 
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.
August 31
September 1
September 2
September 3
September 4
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
SLS Planning
Church Women United
(Morgan House)

Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)

Food Pantry
Rite I
Nursery Opens
Jesus/Jewish Influences
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
Adult Forum
Rite II
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
(Classroom 4)

Parish Office Closed for Labor Day

Centering Prayer
(Side Chapel)

Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)

September 5
September 6
September 7
September 8
September 9
7:00am Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
(Classroom 2) 
Circle of Trust
(Morgan House)

Noon Book Club
Staff Meeting 
(Parish Hall)
Fledglings Writing Group
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)  
Holy Eucharist and Prayers for Healing

Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
SLS Planning
(Parish Hall)
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)

Food Pantry

Save the Date!
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 and The Rev. Jon Musser''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.
                       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 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  
September 1st - September 9th  Birthdays

Chandler Henderson 9/1
Lucia Redditt 9/3
Phillip Bryan 9/4
Leah Darling 9/4
Jaylee Garrett-Jones 9/4
Ted Warriner 9/4
Woody Cummins 9/6
Lisa Buck 9/7
Tripp Walter 9/7
Shari Readnour 9/8
Stacey Jones 9/9
Douglas Young 9/9

September 1 - 9 Anniversaries
Allen, Dan and Nancy, September 4  
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.
Arkansas Food Bank
The Food Pantry is in need of a volunteer or volunteers, with a truck and trailer to go to the Arkansas Food Bank in Little Rock next Wednesday, September 6, to pick up our food order for the Food Pantry. We will have volunteers to unload for you. If you can help out, please call the church office 501-329-8174 and let John Churchwell know.
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 mac and cheese; 2 corn muffin mix; 2 cans green beans
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
Charlottesville has been before us for several days now. It has been a major political issue, for some and for others it is a racial issue. There are some religious, social ethical, spiritual, and value issues that are of great importance as well. What are we as Christians called to do in response to groups of people who organize around issues of hate leading to violence toward people of color and of different ethnic or religious groups? Some of these hate groups claim to be christian and claim to be purifying the race for God. Where are our values? How do we love our neighbor in the face of such groups who maybe watching us to see what we will do? It is not easy to go against the power of very vocal groups. Which brings me to a second, not so obvious of my concerns. Often we find a majority of our population that sits in silence on the sidelines saying nothing in face of such social issues. They are just trying to ride out the storm created by hate and those attempting to counter it. They say that both sides created the turmoil not examining their own values in the face of the turmoil. They do not acknowledge that those who threaten violence do it against our values, political and social institutions. This threat is the core issue. If they do recognize it they are not willing to say anything. They play it safe. Hence, they just sit there. They say those who address the violence in an effort to build community are as responsible for the turmoil as the hate groups. Last week I talked about acedia. This attitude, found in churches and in society as a whole, is an example of acedia. Folks who accept this posture, and there are many more than I would like to believe, find nothing worth giving their life's energy toward. They may say that they love their neighbor, but if you are a neighbor in need of someone to put their life on the line,do you need passive representative? I'd rather have some one willing to stand in front of the hater, maybe getting hurt, representing me. What about you? Is this the way we were taught? -Ann Drake
Scripture Readings for Sunday, September 3, 2017
The 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm and read from Romans.    
Jeremiah 15:15-21
Lord, you know;
remember me and visit me,
and bring down retribution for me on my persecutors.
In your forbearance do not take me away;
know that on your account I suffer insult.
Your words were found, and I ate them,
and your words became to me a joy
and the delight of my heart;
for I am called by your name,
Lord, God of hosts.
I did not sit in the company of merrymakers,
nor did I rejoice;
under the weight of your hand I sat alone,
for you had filled me with indignation.
Why is my pain unceasing,
my wound incurable,
refusing to be healed?
Truly, you are to me like a deceitful brook,
like waters that fail.
Therefore, thus says the Lord:
If you turn back, I will take you back,
and you shall stand before me.
If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless,
you shall serve as my mouth.
It is they who will turn to you,
not you who will turn to them.
And I will make you to this people
a fortified wall of bronze;
they will fight against you,
but they shall not prevail over you,
for I am with you
to save you and deliver you,
says the Lord.
I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked,
and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.
Psalm 26:1-8
1 Give judgment for me, O Lord,
   for I have lived with integrity; *
   I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.
2 Test me, O Lord, and try me; *
   examine my heart and my mind.
3 For your love is before my eyes; *
   I have walked faithfully with you.
4 I have not sat with the worthless, *
   nor do I consort with the deceitful.
5 I have hated the company of evildoers; *
   I will not sit down with the wicked.
6 I will wash my hands in innocence, O Lord, *
   that I may go in procession round your altar,
7 Singing aloud a song of thanksgiving *
   and recounting all your wonderful deeds.
Lord, I love the house in which you dwell *
   and the place where your glory abides.
Romans 12:9-21
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." No, "if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Matthew 16:21-28
Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, "God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you." But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."
Then Jesus told his disciples, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?
"For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 

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: Mary Ferguson; Jim Fowler; Ruth Frankenberger; Ken, Bev and Melissa Freiley, Meghan, David and Alex Repp; Sara Galvin; Sarah, Christy, Jaylee and Julian Garrett-Jones; Tina Garrow; Ashley Gillam, Wills Phillips, Tully Caddel.
We give thanks for Robinson and Center Church of Christ.    
We give thanks for Temple B'Nai Israel.
We give thanks for our Interim Vicar, Robert C. Brown.
We give thanks for Rev. Roberto Armas and St. Mark's, Quetzaltenango (ketz-al-ten-ango.
We give thanks for The Rt Revd James Mathes, Diocese of San Diego.
We give thanks for 8:00am Holy Eucharist Service at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.
The Departed:  

Team 1
Nathan Greer
Jeff Ward
Amy Hawkins
Tracy Simpson
Jerusalem Greer
Miles Greer
Veronica Makepeace
Stephanie Johnson
Tracey Simpson


Nathan Greer
Miles Greer
Ella Johnson
Madolyn Ward
Charlotte Ward
Ashlyn Readnour
Julia Readnour
Shari Readnour
Eucharistic Visitor

Rita Mackintosh

Eucharistic Minister
Stacey Coleman
Sam Buchanan

Dee Sanders


Vestry Counters

Tracy Simpson
Karen McNutt
Altar Guild

Team 2