The Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Altar Flowers are given
by Sarah Gavin and Kevin Mequet,  
in Memory of Ella Myrland Capp F. Shanks.
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.     
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
Will not meet on September 10.

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

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.
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.   
September 7
September 8
September 9
September 10
September 11
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
SLS Planning
(Parish Hall)
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)

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

Bible Study Luncheon
(Mike's Place)
Centering Prayer
(Side Chapel)

Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)
Circle of Trust
(Classroom 4)

September 12
September 13
September 14
September 15
September 16
Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
(Classroom 2) 
Canterbury Coffee House
(Morgan House)

Noon Book Club
Faulkner County Social Justice
(Morgan House) 
Staff Meeting 
(Parish Hall)
Fledglings Writing Group
Narcotics Anonymous
(Morgan House)  
Communion and Prayers for Healing

Morning Prayer
(Side Chapel)
(Parish Hall)
Conway Locally Grown
(Parish Hall)
Girl Scouts
(Morgan House)

Food Pantry
Girl Scouts
(Parish Hall)

Save the Date!
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 10th - September 16th  Birthdays

Stuart Douglas
Ann Shult
Ellen Stengel
Karen Collins
Leaetta Odgen
September 10 - 16 Anniversaries
Smothers, Will and Toni Carter - September 10
Thompson, Truitt and Nancy - September 16
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 stop to think about those "flaws and passions" that are often referred to as seven deadly sins, I am struck by the fact that they are all self-centered desires. Here is the list: pride: anger, envy , lust, gluttony, covetousness, and sloth or acedia. The antidote to each of the "flaws and passions" lies at the heart of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths. It is to love our neighbor, and as it turns out, our neighbor is not just the person next door but includes those that we might not like so much, even our enemies. We are not always very good at loving our neighbor. Yet, there are times when we are exceptionally good. I think of the victims of Harvey's rain, floods, and destruction, especially in Houston. The way that folks are helping everyone they can. In times of crisis, we see a need and do not stop to think about helping, we just pitch in and help. Other times we think about it. Who are they? Will it help me? What will others think if I help or say anything? Do I have the time or energy? How much will it cost? Is our neighbor worthy? On and on our considerations may go. Loving our neighbor is not such an easy task it turns out. It requires energy, time and risk! That is quite a bit. The cost of not loving our neighbor can be great, however. None of the "passions and flaws" listed above are thought to be desirable to most of us, and many will make us physically ill, as well as, spiritually deplete. I suspect that we want to be remembered for more than a state of adolescent narcissism. I suspect that we want to be remembered for our disposition and attitude. To have people remember us with favor, we need to be generous towards them. Including, all of those who are God's children. "ALL, ALL of God's children-ALL!", as Bishop Tutu says. Otherwise we turn into a sour old lemon, hateful and dried up. A person without humor or perspective. Loving our neighbor is good for our health, our soul, our life, our spirit. It may cost us, as well. Certainly, it will be a challenge and require risk. Often we will be required to go against the social norm. - Ann Drake
Scripture Readings for Sunday, September 10, 2017
The 9:00am Service will lead the Psalm and read from Romans.    
Ezekiel 33:7-11
Y ou, mortal, I have made a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, "O wicked ones, you shall surely die," and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but their blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from their ways, and they do not turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but you will have saved your life.
Now you, mortal, say to the house of Israel, Thus you have said: "Our transgressions and our sins weigh upon us, and we waste away because of them; how then can we live?" Say to them, As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?
Psalm 119:33-40
33    T each me, O Lord, the way of your statutes, *
        and I shall keep it to the end.
34    Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; *
        I shall keep it with all my heart.
35    Make me go in the path of your commandments, *
        for that is my desire.
36    Incline my heart to your decrees *
        and not to unjust gain.
37    Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless; *
        give me life in your ways.
38    Fulfill your promise to your servant, *
        which you make to those who fear you.
39    Turn away the reproach which I dread, *
        because your judgments are good.
40   Behold, I long for your commandments; *
       in your righteousness preserve my life.
Romans 13:8-14
O we no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet"; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, "Love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Matthew 18:15-20
J esus said, "If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them."
Prayers of the People 
Prayers and Petitions: 
Sam; Terry; Candy; Linda; Cat; Katie; James; Teresa and Family; Susan; Fred; Kay; Liz; Nancy; Chauncey; Madison; Angie; Charlie; Freda; Shawn; Carl; John; Beth; Harry; Victims of Harvey; Those in the Path of Wildfires; Those in the Path of Irma; Mike and Kelley; Wanda. 

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:Jeremy, Shaina, Rosalie Goodman, and Lily Smalling; Sondra Gordy; Stephanie Marie Gray; Nathan, Jerusalem, Wiley, and Miles Greer; Ashley Groves; Carol Gulas and Casey Quast; Grady and Grace Gunter and John Futrick; Mike, Kathy, and Sarah Gunter; B.J. Haller; Donna Haller; Sandra and Cleve Hamilton; Chris, Suzanne, Ryleigh, and Aiden Hansen; Jason, Caroline, Sylvia, Lena, and Franklin Hansen; Brett and Brandon Hardison.
We give thanks for the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.  
We give thanks for the Muslim Student Association at Hendrix.
We give thanks for our Bookkeeper, Mike King.    
We give thanks for The Rev. Tomas Calel and the Transfigurationin Chucalibal (choo-caly-ball).
We give thanks for The Most Revd James Richard Wong Yin Song Archbishop, Province of Indian Ocean & Bishop of the Seychelles
We give thanks for the Stephen Ministry at St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia.
The Departed:  
Morris; Sherry; Bettye; Jim                           

Team 2
Douglas Young
Donna Bowman
Bev Freiley
LeRoy Hendricks

Melissa Courtway
Tom Courtway
Patsy Evans
Kelley King


Bob Essert
Judy Helm

Eucharistic Visitor

Dan Allen

Eucharistic Minister
Pam Holt

Wylie Greer


AM: Jaylee Garrett-Jones
CB: Cady Gray Murray.

AM: Jaylee Garrett-Jones
C: Christopher Walters
T1: Jaylee Garrett-Jones
T2: Wade Simpson
G: Kido
Vestry Counters

Chris Odom
Jane Harris
Altar Guild

Team 2