January 6, 2018, 6:49 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, January 7, 2018

From Fr. Ray +


The liturgical season of Christmas comes to an end on January 5, the twelfth day of Christmas.  The next day, January 6, is Epiphany.  We will observe Epiphany with a service of Lessons and Music at 5:30 p.m. at the church. This service does not include a sermon or Holy Communion. The name “Epiphany” is derived from a Greek word meaning “manifestation” or “appearing” and is a celebration of the light of Christ “appearing” to the entire world.

Our Annual Parish Meeting will take place Sunday, January 21 following worship. Please plan to join your church family as we share a pot-luck meal and reflect a bit on the past year.  Of even greater importance, we will elect three new vestry members and I will discuss some of my hopes and thoughts for St. John’s in 2018 and beyond.

Bishop Larry Benfield will be making his annual pastoral visit to St. John’s on Sunday, January 28.   An all-church potluck lunch will follow worship. I hope everyone who considers St. John their church “home” will be present to give our Bishop a warm Delta welcome.

Finally, thank you to our Altar Guild and the other volunteers who decorated our church building for Christmas.  You did a great job!  Approximately 110 worshippers were present for our 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Service. 


Blessings, Fr. Ray+

On Tuesday, January 23 St. John's is hosting a program entitled "Auden, The Psalms, And Me." The speaker will be Mr. Chester Johnson of New York. Mr. Johnson is a poet, essayist, and translator whose poem "St. Paul's Chapel" remains the memento card for the thousands of weekly visitors to the chapel, at Trinity Episcopal Church Wall Street, that survived the 9/11 attacks at Ground Zero. He replaced W.H. Auden as the poet on the drafting committee for the 1979 retranslation of the Psalms contained in the current edition of the Book of Common Prayer.


This free program will be held at The Pillow Thompson House and begins at 5:30 p.m. Wine and cheese will be served and Mr. Johnson will be signing copies of his book, "Auden, The Psalms, And Me".


Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am. 

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  January 7, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (First Sunday after the Epiphany):Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Carla Myers, Ray Worley, Donna Rohrscheib, Louis Hardman, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Jane Barker, Sara Hornor, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald Wayne Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, and the family of Kay Pillow

Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is laundry detergent & bleach.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food. 

                 Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantry – plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

     Thank you for your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.

Church Office News and Announcements:

Jan 6, Sat - Funeral Service for Kay Pillow at 2:00 pm

Jan 6, SAT - The Epiphany Service at 5:30 pm

Crucifer – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

JAN 7, SUN at 10:30 am

Acolyte – Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gini Pillow

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

Jan 10, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

St John’s professional church photos are now available for purchase on the internet at Beautiful interior and exterior pictures of St. John’s were taken by Nolan Dean and are available in either 5X7 or 8X10 prints.  All proceeds from sales will go to support Young Life of Phillips County. Photographs can also be viewed on the table at the back of the nave on Sunday mornings or the church office during the week.

ST. JOHN’S T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!  The St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 

Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262    


St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115