September 5, 2019

In June, Deacons Peggy and Linda and our Community of Hope members were asked to help with an event (a multi-agency site called MARC for short) in Conway. Consequently, on June 24-25, thirteen volunteers, representing Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church along with members of the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas Disaster Relief Team, partnered with other faith-based groups, community organizations, and governmental agencies to respond to needs of persons affected by historic flooding in the Faulkner County area. These volunteers delivered 90 hours of service over the two-day period and served at least 143 individuals and family members who attended the Conway “one-stop shop” or MARC (Multi-Agency Resource Center).
The mission of our Saint Peter’s group was and continues to be serving others through compassionate listening. Community of Hope members have received specialized training in the skills and practices of spiritual life to prepare them to respond in disaster relief efforts through the provision of pastoral care to those affected by the flooding disaster.
In addition, Walmart gift cards were distributed by volunteers as additional support towards recovery. The gift cards were made available through a national grant from Episcopal Relief and Development and Bishop Benfield. We recognized immediately the likelihood of a number of additional persons residing in Faulkner County who were not in attendance at the Conway MARC event. These individuals and families were in need of both short-and-long-term relief and recovery assistance.
The Saint Peter’s family and clergy are still helping some of those individuals. One Hispanic family was adopted by the Daughters of the King who gave them an additional Walmart Card as well as gathered school supplies for the children. The clergy are also trying to help a man and his wife who lost everything in a mobile home located at Toad Suck along the river. Please be on the lookout for how you can help this family in the near future.
Thank you, Saint Peter’s Family, for always being the congregation who welcomes the needy and downtrodden.
Grace and Blessings to all,
Linda+
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
Hebrews 13:2

August 8, 2019 – “Thoughts and Prayers”

By now, you’ve grown numb to the frequent calls for ‘thoughts and prayers’ that politicians call out following the latest mass shooting. After this past weekend’s events in El Paso and Dayton, it seems the discourse may, finally, be shifting. Calls of thoughts and prayers were drowned out by demands to ‘do something.’ This shouldn’t make us forget that prayer is still an important response to evil acts.

On Wednesday night, about 20 of us gathered in the sanctuary for a special prayer service following the weekend’s events. While we read the seemingly endless remembrance of mass gun violence in this country over the past few years, it was overwhelming. But we continued praying.

Today, we pray, but tomorrow we act. A number of members of our community are organizing letter writing campaigns, marches to the capitol, and other ways to make our voices heard.

Today we pray, knowing that God hears us, and tomorrow we act, knowing that God counts on us to do his work in the world.

Amen.

July 25, 2019

Lucy (not real names) lost her husband a year ago. She thought she was doing well and then suddenly things got worse! She’s sadder than she was, angry at her husband for not watching his health; and really tired of hearing that she should have ‘moved on by now’.

And then there’s Jody who is grieving the death of his son. His wife worries that he has not really dealt with his grief because he doesn’t cry or talk about his feelings.

We all will have loss and grief in our lifetime. It’s a universal situation. However, there is no ‘normal’ or timeline. It is an individual reaction to losing someone you loved. I remember and repeat often what one of my favorite mentors and priest told me, “God never said you wouldn’t have pain; He did say that he would always be with you.”

Please feel free to join our next grief support meeting at Morgan House on Sunday, August 18, at 2:00, or see me with questions. Everyone is welcome.

With Love and Grace, Linda+

June 27, 2019

Did you know that the ONLY age requirement for being an acolyte is that you actually have an AGE? No matter what your age or ability, there is a place for you to serve. Acolytes have a long and distinguished history in the Christian Church, mentioned as a minor order as early as a letter of Pope Cornelius to Fabius of Antioch in 252. We just graduated one of our largest acolyte classes in May. We need to have some new people trained to serve.

Acolytes include torchbearers, crucifers who carry the Cross, and gospelers who carry the Gospel book. Some acolytes assist with setting the table, washing the priest’s hands before communion, and ringing the Sanctus bells during the Eucharist.

Our needs for acolytes at Saint Peter’s on Sunday mornings are these:
7:30 am – 1 acolyte
9:00 am – 1 or 2 acolytes
11:00 am – 3 or 4 acolytes

Please consider taking on this important service in the life of the church. Training will be provided. Contact Rev. Peggy for more information.