January 17, 2018, 7:25 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, January 21, 2018

From Fr. Ray +


This coming Sunday, January 21, is the date of our Annual Parish Meeting.  All members and friends are invited to stay after church for a potluck lunch.  At our meeting we will be electing three new members to our vestry, as well as reviewing our 2018 budget and taking a look at other plans for the new year. New vestry nominees are Jane Horner, Gina Pillow and Carla Myers.


During worship on the 21st, we will celebrate the baptism of William Henry Fielder.  It is going to be a very special day at St. John’s!


On January 28, Bishop Larry Benfield will be with us for his annual pastoral visit.  Please plan to be present to support our bishop as well as those who will be baptized, confirmed and received on that date.  A catered luncheon will follow worship.


Mr. J. Chester Johnson of New York will be presenting a program entitled Auden, The Psalms and Me on Tuesday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pillow Thompson House.  Mr. Johnson replaced W.H. Auden as the translator of the Psalms for our 1979 Book of Common Prayer.  Copies of his book, which he will be happy to sign, will be available at the discounted cost of $10.  Light refreshments of wine and cheese will be served.

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

Readings for Sunday (Third Sunday after the Epiphany): Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:6-14; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

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, and the family of Frances Keesee.


A couple whose mobile home burned completely on Christmas day is in need of furniture and household items.  If you have any used furniture, please call Fr. Ray at the office.

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

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Jan 19, FRI at 10:30 am - Funeral service for Frances Keesee

JAN 21, SUN at 10:30 am

Acolyte – Ann Lee

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves and Maureen Jones

Altar Flowers – Mike & Angie Fielder

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

Jan 24, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves and Maureen Jones

Jan 28, Sun - at the 10:30 service

Baptism:  Amir Jalil Akins

Confirmations:  Rachel Wright, LaQuenta Baker, and Marzell Moody

Received:  Ben Pittman

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