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Monthly Newsletter for St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Conway, AR

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  • Peters Pence October 2013

    The Vision of St. Peters Episcopal Church is to Love All as Christ Loves Us. Our Mission is to be a Joyful, Welcoming Community that Expresses the Redeeming Love of God in Christ

    through the Ministry, Gifts and Spiritual Development of Every Person.

    October 2013

    Dear St. Peters, Three years ago St. Peters purchased the property and home at 1926 Prince Street. It was an act of faithfaith that one day a new parish hall would be built at 925 Mitchell Street and we would need more green space, faith that we could invest existing funds for the future of St. Peters, and, most of all, faith that God was calling us into ministry in new and exciting ways. In 2012 we began our capital campaign, Catch the Vision. Through the generosity of the people of St. Peters and of Charles Morgan, we raised enough funds to proceed with the renovation of what has been known as the Ledbetter House. On October 6th at 4 pm, following the Blessing of the Animals, the bishop will bless the renovated home, the work that has been done there, and the ministry that will take place in that location for years to come. From now on, the home will be called the Morgan House, in memory of Don and Betty Morgan. I did not have the honor of knowing Don or Betty; Betty passed away a few months before I came to St. Peters. However, through the stories I hear of their dedication and service to this church, I feel I have a sense of them. More than once Ive heard the first pew of the transept described as the place where Betty Morgan sat. Don and Betty Morgan have left an indelible stamp on this congregation even as new people enter and become part of the St. Peters community. Building on their generosity and welcoming presence, we dedicate the Morgan House to be a place of learning, gathering, and community. So many people have spent countless hours working on this project. I give thanks for the Ledbetter Committee: Chris Odom, Marianne Welch, Steve Hurd, Katie Kilpatrick, Jerry Adams, Dale Walker, Ric Readnour, Mike King, Tom McNutt, Carolyn Scott, and Jeff Hulett. Ric Readnour has served as our general contractor for the renovation, and Dale Walker has spent more hours in physical labor on this project than one can imagine. And, finally, much gratitude goes to Andrew Hybl for overseeing this project with diligence, patience, and faith. Without the work of these people and countless others, this home could never have become the place of ministry that we now celebrate. Many thanks to you all. As we look forward with excitement to the possibilities in front of us, please join us on October 6th at 4 pm for the blessing of the Morgan House!

    Peace, Teri

  • October 2013 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

    1 7pm College Dinners PH 8pm Canterbury College Ministries

    2 1:30-3:30pm Homeschoolers 2pm EFM 5:30pm EYC & JEYC 5:30pm The Fledglings 7pm Eucharist with Prayers for Healing

    3 12:30pm Noonday Prayer 5pm Servant Leadership School 7pm Prince St Pipe Band. PH

    4 4pm Conway Locally Grown/ PH

    5 9am Food Pantry

    6 7am-12pm Services 2pm Inquirer Classes 3:30pm Blessing of the Animals 4pm Morgan House Blessing

    7 8am-4pm Homeschoolers 12pn Bible Study 6pm NA/ Library 6:30pm EFM 7pm Journey Into Silence

    8 5:30pm DOK 7pm College Dinners PH 8pm Canterbury College Ministries

    9 1:30-3:30pm Homeschoolers 2pm EFM 5:30pm EYC & JEYC 5:30pm The Fledglings 6pm Cursillo 7pm Eucharist with Prayers for Healing

    10 12:30pm Noonday Prayer 5pm Servant Leadership School 7pm Prince St Pipe Band. PH

    11 4pm Conway Locally Grown/ PH 6:30pm DYSC/ Rm#6

    12 9am Food Pantry

    13 7am-12pm Services 12:30pm Youth Confirmation Classes 2pm Inquirer Classes

    14 8am-4pm Homeschoolers 12pn Bible Study 6pm NA/ Library 6:30pm EFM 7pm Journey Into Silence

    15 7pm Finance Meeting 8pm Canterbury College Ministries

    16 1:30-3:30pm Homeschoolers 2pm EFM 5:30pm EYC & JEYC 5:30pm The Fledglings 7pm Eucharist with Prayers for Healing

    17 12:30pm Noonday Prayer 5pm Servant Leadership School 7pm Prince St Pipe Band. PH

    18 4pm Conway Locally Grown/ PH

    19 9am Food Pantry

    20 7am-12pm Services 8am-1pm Stoby's Pancake Fundraiser 12:30pm Youth Confirmation Classes 2pm Inquirer Classes

    21 8am-4pm Homeschoolers 12pn Bible Study 6pm NA/ Library 6:30pm EFM 7pm Journey Into Silence

    22 7pm College Dinner 8pm Canterbury College Ministries

    23 1:30-3:30pm Homeschoolers 2pm EFM 5:30pm EYC & JEYC 5:30pm The Fledglings 6pm Cursillo 7pm Eucharist with Prayers for Healing

    24 12:30pm Noonday Prayer 5pm Servant Leadership School 7pm Prince St Pipe Band. PH

    25 4pm Conway Locally Grown/ PH

    26 9am Food Pantry

    27 BISHOP VISIT

    7am-12pm Services OKTOBERFEST

    4:30pm. Vestry Meeting. Lib

    28 8am-4pm Homeschoolers 12pn Bible Study 6pm NA/ Library 6:30pm EFM 7pm Journey Into Silence

    29 8pm Canterbury College Ministries

    30 1:30-3:30pm Homeschoolers 2pm EFM 5:30pm EYC & JEYC TRUNK-r-TREAT

    5:30pm The Fledglings 7pm Eucharist with Prayers for Healing

    31 12:30pm Noonday Prayer 5pm Servant Leadership School 7pm Prince St Pipe Band. PH

  • Catch the Vision Campaign Update Its time for another quarterly Catch the Vision capital campaign update. The collection phase of the campaign continues to go well, thanks to all of you. At this writing, nine months into a three-year campaign, weve collected 44% of the $766,000 pledged amount. That is simply stupendous. As always, whats more important than any figure on dollars collected is our ability to enhance important ministries because of these funds. A desire to sustain and improve the many important ministries and outreach initiatives of St. Peters has always been the driving force behind the campaign, and through your generosity weve been able to do exactly that. These ministries include:

    The Morgan House: After years of hoping and planning and dreaming, the Morgan House, directly across from St. Peters on Prince Street, is about to become a beautiful new actuality. Remodeling work that began in earnest over the summer is almost finished, and the house is just about ready for its grand opening celebration on October 6. A small list of all the improvements carried out this summer would include: making level the foundation; putting in new dry wall; installing new windows; sanding, staining, and reinstalling the flooring; painting the interior; installing new siding on the exterior; and installing all new bathroom fixtures and kitchen appliances. All these improvements were paid for out of capital campaign funds.

    The Morgan House will be a lovely, comfortable space for St. Peters to use in a variety of ways but none more important than as a classroom area, hang out space, first class kitchen, and effective headquarters for our youth and young adult ministries. With the Morgan House as its base there is almost no limit to how these ministries can grow. And none of this would have been realized without funds from Catch the Vision.

    Music Ministry: You may have noticed on recent Sundays that our fabulous St. Peters choir is sounding even better! Thanks to infusion of Catch the Vision funds, and with some expert recommendations from our Music Director Patty Oeste, the choir has added two powerful new vocalists that make an already exquisite listening pleasure a palpable honor.

    Community Awareness: This summer, supported by Catch the Vision funds, St. Peters kicked off a new web site that features some beautiful photographs taken at St. Peters by local pro Mike Kemp. The web site is designed to heighten awareness of who we are and all that we do. Check it out at: stpetersconway.org.

    In addition to enhancing these vital ministries, capital campaign contributions have played a crucial role in staff development and the maintenance and repair of our core facilities. To recognize the value of Catch the Vision to St. Peters staff development one need look no further than the presence of our curate Andrew Hybl, half of whose salary is paid for out of CTV funds. Andrew not only plays a vital role every Sunday in our worship services but he has been the single most important factor in the growth of, and long term planning for, our youth and young adult ministries. Speaking of staff development, capital campaign contributions have also allowed the church to replace some extremely dated office equipment. Our parish administrator and bookkeeper are now able to do their vital jobs with the help of their equipment rather than having to fight with that equipment. In regards to facility upkeep, St. Peters has been a hive of activity in recent months as weve made important repairs to our equipment and given dearly needed facelifts to our buildings. This maintenance work includes repairs to the window frames in the parish hall, new paint inside and outside the parish hall, new paint on outside of the church, and, especially appreciated during the warm months, repairs to our air conditioning system. Without the latter it would have been a very hot summer indeed! As you can see, because of your generosity, St. Peters has not only been able to perceive a better future but to live more effectively, actively, and healthily in the present. Please remember to stay up to date on your capital campaign pledges, so we can keep the momentum going. Thank you! Jeannie Stroth John Vanderslice Catch the Vision BRIDGE team leaders

  • Sunday Morning Adult Christian Education 8:45 am - Exploring the Roots of Religion (Library) This year we are listening to and discussing a course in Exploring the Roots of Religion by Professor John Hale of the