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Peters Pence September 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.
September 2013 Dear St. Peters,
I have been at St. Peters for only five years, and yet it seems that in some way I know people who were gone before I ever arrived. I hear of their love for the church, where they sat during services, and their dedication to the vestry, altar guild, building projects, or other parishioners. I see the smiles on the faces of those who talk about them, and the affection becomes contagious. It is palpable, this feeling of connection with a St. Peters past that I have never personally experienced.
And I am filled with gratitudegratitude for the work and funds that went into building our beautiful worship space, gratitude for difficult decisions that had to be made and perseverance during hard times, gratitude for past laughter that still permeates these walls, and gratitude for the many hours hands have arranged flowers, pushed a lawnmower, carried a cross in an opening procession, cared for our children at St. Peters, made beautiful sounds on an organ, stuffed envelops, and been folded in prayer. All of these acts of love done in this place over the past seventy years have made us who we are today.
As each of these members of St. Peters lovingly cared for this place and those in it, they were, in essence, paying it forward to all of us. In the words of a well-known saying, they were planting trees under whose shade they would not sit.
Later this month you will receive a letter announcing the establishment of the St. Peters Endowment Fund, a fund set aside to enable future ministries at St. Peters. You will be offered the opportunity to learn about the ways you can plant a tree under whose shade you may not sit. For just as we think and plan for the futures of our families, we are called to do the same for our church.
I invite you to learn about the St. Peters Endowment Fund in the coming months, and to prayerfully consider the many and diverse ways available to participate in the future ministry of St. Peters. The members of the St. Peters Endowment Fund BoardEric Hutchinson, Jerry Adams, Tom Grumbles, Jeannie Stroth, and Andrea Woodswill be wonderful resources as we move forward together. May we pass on to the generations who will come after us the same love, blessings, and possibilities for ministry that we have received from the faithful hands of those who came before us. Gods peace, Teri
September 2013 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1
3 7pm College Dinners PH
4 5:30pm The Fledglings 7pm Eucharist with Prayers for Healing
5 12:30pm Noonday Prayer 7pm Prince St Pipe Band. PH
6 4pm Conway Locally Grown/ PH
7 9am Food Pantry 1:30pm Homeschoolers Open House
8 Rally Day 7am-12pm Services 2pm Inquirer Classes
9 8am-4pm Homeschoolers 6pm NA/ Library 7pm Journey Into Silence
10 5:30pm DOK 7pm College Dinners PH 8pm Canterbury College Ministries
11 1:30-3:30pm Homeschoolers 5:30pm EYC & JEYC 5:30pm The Fledglings 6pm Cursillo 7pm Eucharist with Prayers for Healing
12 12:30pm Noonday Prayer 5pm SLS 7pm Prince St Pipe Band. PH
13 4pm Conway Locally Grown/ PH 6:30pm DYSC/ Rm#6
14 9am Food Pantry
15 7am-12pm Services 12:30pm Youth Confirmation Classes 2pm Inquirer Classes
16 8am-4pm Homeschoolers 6pm NA/ Library 7pm Journey Into Silence
17 7pm Finance Meeting 7pm College Dinners PH 8pm Canterbury College Ministries
18 1:30-3:30pm Homeschoolers 5:30pm EYC & JEYC 5:30pm The Fledglings 7pm Eucharist with Prayers for Healing
19 12:30pm Noonday Prayer 5pm SLS 7pm Prince St Pipe Band. PH
20 4pm Conway Locally Grown/ PH
21 9am Food Pantry
22 7am-12pm Services 12:30pm Youth Confirmation Classes 2pm Inquirer Classes
23 8am-4pm Homeschoolers 6pm NA/ Library 7pm Journey Into Silence
24 8pm Canterbury College Ministries
25 1:30-3:30pm Homeschoolers 5:30pm EYC & JEYC 5:30pm The Fledglings 6pm Cursillo 7pm Eucharist with Prayers for Healing
26 12:30pm Noonday Prayer 5pm SLS 7pm Prince St Pipe Band. PH
27 4pm Conway Locally Grown/ PH 6:30pm DYSC/ Rm#6
28 9am Food Pantry
29 7am-12pm Services 12:30pm Youth Confirmation Classes 2pm Inquirer Classes 4:30pm. Vestry Meeting. Lib
30 8am-4pm Homeschoolers 6pm NA/ Library 7pm Journey Into Silence
Please join us in celebrating Rally Day on Sunday, Sept. 8! We will have hot dogs and hamburgers after the 11:00 service. Please bring a side item or dessert to share. We will once again be entertained by The Boomers!! If you are willing to help with set up or clean up please contact the office.
Although 1st through 12
grades meet each Wednesday evening for Christian formation, our preschool- and kindergarten -aged children will continue to meet each Sunday morning from 10-10:45 am in Room 5 on the Christian Education hallway. Erika Windsor will be leading the class, and they will be following the Living the Good News curriculum. All children from three years of age through kindergarten are invited to attend, so please join us for a fun time learning about God!
EYC & JEYC (Episcopal Youth Community & Jr. Episcopal Community) meet on Wednesday nights from 5:30pm-7pm for grades 1-12 and are led by The Rev. Andrew Hybl. The Rev. Andrew Hybl will be leading a youth confirmation class beginning on Sunday, September 15th from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Throughout this six week course our youth will explore their faith on a deeper level. As a group we will explore the History of the Episcopal Church, Holy Scripture, Sacraments, spirituality, and service in the world. Confirmation with Bishop Benfield will be on Sunday, October 27th at 11:00 a.m.
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 University of Louisville. The format will include a 30 min. lecture, followed by discussion of how ancient practices have influenced our thoughts today. All are invited to attend and join conveners Ann Drake, Douglas Young, and LeRoy Hendricks in consideration of many lively & fascinating topics throughout the coming year. 9:50 am Adult Forum (Library) September 1 Labor Day Weekend No Adult Forum Scheduled September 8, 15, 22 The Concept of God Leader: Dr. John Sanders, Professor of Religious Studies, Hendrix College September 29 Evil and Suffering: A Philosopher of Religions Perspective Leader: Dr. Peg Falls-Corbitt, Professor of Philosophy, Hendrix College
Sharing Our Bounty Stewardship in the Diocese of Arkansas works according to the 10/10/10 guidean individual/family gives 10% of their income to the local parish, the local parish then gives 10% of the gifts it receives to the diocese, and the diocese gives 10% of what it receives to the national church. Sharing Our Bounty is a program to fund specific ministries in the Diocese of Arkansas by gifts from the parish that are above and beyond that congregations tithe. In other words, we give to these ministries out of the remaining 90%--out of our abundance. In addition to our tithe to the diocese, St. Peters has pledged $2000 to be given to the Sharing Our Bounty ministries, $500 to each ministry. This is money that does not come from our operational budget. The Sharing Our Bounty ministries consist of the following:
1) Camp Mitchell Gifts to this ministry provide additional upkeep and operational funds for this beautiful camp that has touched the lives of so very many Episcopalians in this diocese, as well as those who come from other dioceses.
2) The New Generation Fund The New Generation Fund is designed to support curates in
Arkansas, build new congregations, and enrich our diocese through education for both lay and clergy.
3) Youth and Young Adult Ministries This fund supports many ministries for youth and young
adults in this diocese, including St. Peters college dinners.
4) Hispanic Ministries -- Some congregations in our diocese are developing Hispanic ministries; All Saints in Bentonville is one of these congregations with a large Hispanic presence within the congregation.
Please prayerfully consider if you would like to support our $2000 pledge to Sharing Our Bounty with monetary gifts in addition to those you have already pledged to St. Peters operating or capital funds. If so, simply write a check with Sharing Our Bounty on the memo line and drop it in the offering plate, or mail it to St. Peters. Thank you!
June2013 (Final) Total Households 193 Adults 65+ 47 Adults 18-64 292 Children 0-17 209 New Households 67 Adults 65+ 8 Adults 18-64 102 Children 74
July2013 Total Households 150 Adults 65+ 40 Adults 18-64 235 Children 0-17 169 New Households 50 Adults 65+ 2 Adults 18-64 43 Children 38 St. Peters Food Pantry will be inspected by the Arkansas Food
Bank, Tuesday, August 17. The Pantry appreciates the many fresh vegetables received from the garden behind the Faulkner County Library and Armstead Farms (a vendor through Conway Locally Grown).
Help Out the Food Pantry
Jesus fed a crowd with five barley loaves and two fishes. He did not state that there was