January 11, 2018, 7:50 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, January 14, 2018

From Fr. Ray +


January is a month of blessings at St. John’s!  On Sunday, January 21 we will celebrate the baptism of William Henry Fielder during our regular Sunday morning Eucharist. Then, following worship we will have our Annual Parish Meeting at which we will elect three new vestry members and take a quick look back at 2017, as well as a look forward to our life together in 2018.  Then, on Tuesday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pillow Thompson House, Mr. Chester Johnson will be presenting a program entitled Auden, The Psalms and Me.  Sunday, January 28 is the date of Bishop Benfield’s annual parish visit. Bishop Benfield will be baptizing, confirming and receiving several folks into the Episcopal Church during his visit.  Following worship we will have a potluck lunch with the bishop in the undercroft. Special music on the 28th will be by Everett Long, so we know we are in for some beautiful music!



The St. John’s vestry will meet on Monday, January 15 at 5:30 p.m.  This will be our final meeting with those vestry members whose three-year terms are ending when we elect three new members at our Parish Meeting on January 21.  Those going off the vestry this month include Melody Rogers, Maureen Jones and Julie Pittman. Each of them have been faithful vestry members who brought much insight and wisdom to our vestry.


Mark your Calendars for these February events!

  • Tuesday, February 13  Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in the undercroft
  • Wednesday, February 14 5:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service


Blessings, Fr. Ray+


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 14, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Second Sunday after the Epiphany):1 Samuel 3:1-20; Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51

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, Louis Hardman, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Jane Barker, Donna Rohrscheib, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald Wayne Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Martha Buchanan, Frances Keesee, and the family of Kay Pillow.

Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is cleaning supplies.

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

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

JAN 14, SUN at 10:30 am

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Jan 17, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Jan 21, Sun at the 10:30 service William Henry Fielder will be baptized.

Feb 10, SatSt. Mark’s one-day Forgiveness Retreat information is below.

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