January 31, 2018, 1:55 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, February 4, 2018

From Fr. Ray +

We are barely a month past the joyful beauty of Christmas and already we are on the cusp of the quiet introspection of Lent.  Like our lives, the cycle of the Christian Year can be a bit of a roller coaster ride. There are “up” times such as Christmas and Easter and “down” times such as Lent and Holy Week.  There are long stretches of, hopefully growth, such as the Season after Pentecost and brief bursts of glory like the Day of Pentecost. God is at work in our world and in our lives in all of these times!  We will begin the Season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, February 14 with a service at 5:30 p.m. at the church.  The day before Ash Wednesday is Shrove Tuesday, which we will observe with a traditional pancake supper from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church.   I invite you to walk with your church family as together we walk with our Lord through this tumultuous, yet ultimately victorious, period in his life.



I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who helped make the bishop’s visit last Sunday such a wonderful time in the life of St. John’s Church!  Thank you to those who arranged the luncheon, decorated the tables, made desserts, prepared baptismal and confirmation certificates and supported those who were baptized, confirmed and received.  Congratulations to our confirmands, Rachel Wright, Marzell Moody and LaQuenta Baker, our newly baptized member Amir Akin and to Ben Pittman who was received into The Episcopal Church.


Blessings, Fr. Ray+


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

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:  February 4, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Canon Jason Alexander

Readings for Sunday (Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany): Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-12, 21; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

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, Sarah Myers, and Sheila Fraiser.

Outreach News:

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

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 31, WED - Midweek Evening Prayers (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Feb 4, SUN at 10:30 am

Acolyte – Ben Pittman

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder & Jayne Morris

Altar Flowers – Charlie Tappan Family

Feb 7, WED - Midweek Eucharist Healing Service (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder & Jayne Morris

Feb 9, Fri - St. Mary’s Mardi Gras Seafood Dinner (See 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