The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, September 14, 2017

The flowers on the altar are provided by Cleve and Sandra Hamilton,
to the glory of God and Thanksgiving for their children and grandchildren.
What is our prayer?
September, 2017

When I get to that part every morning in my private saying of the Office of Morning Prayer, where I pray for others; I am finding myself with face in hands and not exactly knowing where to start. What is happening in our world? We are witnessing hate crimes, violent behavior seemingly out of control, and now entire areas of our country suffering from natural disaster. It feels helpless some days to watch all of this and wonder what is happening to our nation that has been a beacon to the rest of the world as a refuge of safety and diversity. It is obvious to me that the hatred of people different from us is not new, only newly unleashed. I am so heart-broken that after all these past years of humanitarians and political leaders giving their lives because they wanted us to see each other as one family was for naught! I am fearful because I have a grandson whose skin color is different from his parents and mine and I supposed that his world would be unlike it was 50 years ago. I've never felt so keenly the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
Where are we now? What do we pray? David Lose, a well-known Lutheran preacher in Minneapolis, shared the following prayer. He writes weekly on preaching, Christian faith in a postmodern world, and biblical interpretation. I offer it to you and me when we feel so lost and need to express our ominous feelings about our current status in the world. May it bring you comfort.
A Prayer after Charlottesville, based in part on St. Francis' "Peace Prayer."
Lord God, we pray that you would arm us with courage and compassion sufficient to the challenges of these days and make us heralds of your grace and instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is harm, let us bring healing;
where there is prejudice and intolerance, let us offer understanding;
where there is enmity, let us be agents of reconciliation;
where there is despair, let us speak hope;
where there is doubt, let us spark faith;
where there is fear, let us kindle courage;
and wherever there is darkness, let us offer the light of your mercy that enlightens the whole world.
Meet us in our fear, Lord God, and embolden us to side always with the defenseless. Protect all who put themselves in harm's way to keep others safe. Thwart the plans of those who harbor hatred and plot violence. Grant our elected leaders the wisdom to know what it is right and the courage to do it. And bless this nation and people that we might be a blessing to the world you love so much.
This we pray in Jesus' name. Amen

Dollar Bills 
All $1 bills  in the offering plate this Sunday will go to the Discretionary Fund.     
September Budget
September Budgetary Need:  $27,341.70
September Offering to Date:   $12,344.30
Remaining September Need:  $14,997.40

Reminder that you can tithe using a credit or debit card on Sundays in the Parish office.
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
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.
The Monday After-Noon Bible Study Group enjoyed a nice lunch at Mike's Place this Monday to kick off their Fall Study!
The Monday After-Noon Bible Study Group meets at 12:15pm in Library.
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
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

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.
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.   
September 14
September 15
September 16
September 17
September 18
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
(Parish Hall)
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
Girl Scouts 6057
(Morgan House)
Food Pantry
Wisdom House Project
(Morgan House)
Rite I
Nursery Opens
Jesus/Jewish Influences
Enriching our Worship Eucharist
Adult Forum
Choir Practice
NewComer's Brunch
Rite II
Contemplative Quaker Fellowship
(Classroom 4)

Centering Prayer
(Side Chapel)
After-Noon Bible Study
Mission Trip
(Classroom 2)

Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
Circle of Trust
(Classroom 4)
Brotherhood of St. Andrew

September 19
September 20
September 21
September 22
September 23
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
(Classroom 2) 
Coffee House
(Morgan House)

Noon Book Club
Library Reserved 
Staff Meeting 
(Parish Hall)
Fledglings Writing Group
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)  
Communion and Prayers for Healing
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
SLS Planning
(Parish Hall)
Finance Meeting
(Classroom 2)
Evening Bible Study
(Morgan House)

Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
Girl Scouts
(Morgan House)

Food Pantry

Save the Date!
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 17th - September 23rd  Birthdays
Dee Sanders
Julian Garrett-Jones
Liz Larson
Madelyn Adams
Debra Looney
Lauryn Walters
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 whole kernel corn; 1 box of cereal; 2 pkgs ramen
Diapers, Feminine Hygiene Products    
**If you are bringing fresh produce to donate, please contact someone with a key and see that it is placed in the Food Pantry refrigerators. 
Pantry Musings
When I was a seminarian, my Old Testament professor clarified the meaning of sin for us. In the Old Testament, sin meant: to turn away from God . That is a very good definition for all of the events that were to bring about God's judgements on the people of Israel as the prophets declared. And the punishment usually came in the form of a political invasion by the Egyptians, the Assyrians, or the Babylonians. Always the covenant had been broken which caused the punishment and always God promises to form a new covenant with his people. It is a pattern of behavior that is repeated until the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God who accomplished our salvation once and for all. The definition of sin as turning away from God is still a good one. But now we have a new covenant with God. Paul was able to articulate this best for us in his letters to the churches that he served. He understood that it is through God's grace that we are forgiven [See Galatians for a full discussion.] The problem with the covenants found in the Old Testament was that they were based on the law, and no matter how simple the law, we are bound to break them. We become so self centered or absorbed that we forget that we are children of God and we turn away. That seems to be built into our DNA. We seek to be the best, the most powerful, the center of attention. It is me not God that controls, creates, decides. We judge. You are a sinner. When Jesus heard the criminal on the cross next to him ask for forgiveness, he offered him salvation and in doing so he did the same for all of us. A new covenant was created. A covenant that promises salvation through God's grace.-Ann Drake
Scripture Readings for Sunday, September 17, 2017
The 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm and read from Romans.    
Genesis 50:15-21
Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph's brothers said, "What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?" So they approached Joseph, saying, "Your father gave this instruction before he died, 'Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.' Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father." Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, "We are here as your slaves." But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones." In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.
Psalm 103:1-13
1      Bless the Lord, O my soul, *
        and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.
2      Bless the Lord, O my soul, *
        and forget not all his benefits.
3      He forgives all your sins *
        and heals all your infirmities;
4      He redeems your life from the grave *
        and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;
5      He satisfies you with good things, *
        and your youth is renewed like an eagle's.
6      The Lord executes righteousness *
        and judgment for all who are oppressed.
7      He made his ways known to Moses *
        and his works to the children of Israel.
8      The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, *
        slow to anger and of great kindness.
9      He will not always accuse us, *
        nor will he keep his anger for ever.
10    He has not dealt with us according to our sins, *
        nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
11    For as the heavens are high above the earth, *
        so is his mercy great upon those who fear him.
12    As far as the east is from the west, *
        so far has he removed our sins from us.
13    As a father cares for his children, *
        so does the Lord care for those who fear him.
Romans 14:1-12
Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God.
We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written,
"As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God."
So then, each of us will be accountable to God.
Matthew 18:21-35
Peter came and said to Jesus, "Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
"For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.' And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, 'Pay what you owe.' Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?' And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart."
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
Octavia; Jo; Susie; Suzanne; Manny; Harry; Matt; Allison; Peyton; John; Beth; Tracy; Enderlin Family; Bill; Linda; Cat; Katie; Sam; Tanya; Wanda; Justin; Carl; Harry. 

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: Dave Campbell and Kent Ballew; Melanie and Chrissy Cavender; Alice Church; Sylvia Classic and Matthew Hrenchir; Ruth Clayton; Betty "B" Cockrell; George and Stacey Coleman; Jon, Karen and Ian Collins, Riannon Walker, Miles and Elliot Wiebe; Kristi Connell and Sam Epps; Peggy Cromwell and Liz Adams; Woody and Cora Cummins; David, Teri, Emma and Wilson Daily; David and Leah Darling, Kathryn, Stewart, and Mitchell; Genie Davis; Jan Davis; Zay Davis; Alexandr, Jennifer and Darina Dementyeva; Martha Denson
We give thanks for Wesley United Methodist Church.  
We give thanks for the Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock.
We give thanks for our Sexton, Tammy Heffington.
We give thanks for The Rev. Tomas Calel and The Holy Cross of Mt. Calvary in Balanya.
We give thanks for The Rt Revd Peter Eagles, Dicoses of Sodor & Man, York, England.
We give thanks for the Recovery Groups at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.
The Departed:  
Carole, Elmer                       

Team 3
Ann Drake
Dinah Reed
Kevin Mequet
Ellen Stengel
Pam Holt
Katrina Wilcox
Leo Wilcox
Jerry Adams
Wayne Stengel

Pam Holt
Lisa Crowson
Madelyn Adams
Lynn Rich
Eucharistic Visitor

Eucharistic Minister
George Coleman
Erin Weindorf

Ellen Stengel


AM:Wylie Greer
CB: Harry Lance


AM:Wylie Greer
C:: Berris Teague
T1: Cooper Teague
T2: Hutson Teague

Vestry Counters

Marilyn Larson
Karen McNutt
Altar Guild

Team 2