January 23, 2018, 1:55 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, January 28, 2018

From Fr. Ray +


This coming Sunday, January 28, Bishop Larry Benfield will be making his annual pastoral visit to St. John’s.  It will be a wonderful Sunday for our congregation!  Amir Akin will receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism.  Rachel Wright, La Quenta Baker and Marzell Moody will be confirmed and Ben Pittman will be received as a member of The Episcopal Church.  Following the worship service, everyone is invited to the undercroft for a delicious catered lunch.  All you have to bring is yourself!

When the bishop comes for a visit, the custom in the church is to contribute to The Bishop’s Fund.  This fund focuses on outreach to assist people, congregations, and organizations that could use additional financial support for things ranging from medical expenses to camp scholarships to funding for special programs that merits support.  You can give to it by placing cash in the offering plate or writing a check to the church that is noted, “for the Bishop’s Fund.”

I encourage all St. John’s members and friends to be here this Sunday to give Bishop Benfield a warm Arkansas Delta welcome!      


At the Annual Parish Meeting last Sunday, three new members were elected to a three-year term on the St. John’s vestry.  These new members are Jane Hornor, Gina Pillow and Carla Myers.  Jack Hornor is our new Senior Warden.  Tait Owens will be continuing as Junior Warden and Gibson Turley will continue as Clerk of the vestry.

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 28, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Bishop Larry Benfield

Readings for Sunday (Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany): Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28

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, Courtney Turner, and Sarah Myers.


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 dish soap.

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

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves and Maureen Jones

Jan 25, Thur - Altar Guild new member training at 4:30 in the chapel

JAN 28, SUN at 10:30 am

Acolyte – Ben Pittman

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Susan Carter & Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers – Keesee Family

Jan 28, SUN at the 10:30 service

Baptism:  Amir Akin

Confirmations:  Rachel Wright, LaQuenta Baker, and Marzell Moody

Received:  Ben Pittman

Jan 31, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Susan Carter & Julie Pittman

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