February 22, 2018, 6:35 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, February 25, 2018

From Fr. Ray +


The Ash Wednesday liturgy that we observed last week, invites us to “…the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word.”


Part of our common Lenten experience this year includes the following:

Monday Evening Prayer led by Father Ray

Tuesday Evening Prayer led by laity

Wednesday Eucharist followed by a simple soup supper


All services will take place in the chapel at 5:30 p.m.  The Wednesday soup suppers will be served in the undercroft immediately following the Eucharist.  Instead of a homily during the Eucharist, Father Ray will share a brief message at the soup supper.


I encourage you to make some or all of these weekly services part of your Lenten journey this year. 


I will be facilitating two meetings at which you will be invited to share those things you appreciate about St. John’s.   It is from the things that we appreciate that we will determine our most important values and begin the process of better understanding where the Lord is leading us at this time in our journey of faith as a congregation.  These two meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 18 at 4 p.m.  Each meeting will last approximately two hours.  I look forward to hearing your input!


Young Life is in need of meals for their weekly meeting (Club night).  If you would like to provide a meal, please go to  for additional information and to sign up.


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:  February 25, the Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Second Sunday in Lent): Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:22-30; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38

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, 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, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Melinda Roberts, Rita King, Samantha Webb, and Mari Askew.

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:

The Easter Lilies 2018 order form is included below.

Feb 19, Mon at 5:30 pm - Evening Prayer (chapel) Fr. Ray

Feb 20, Tues at 5:30 pm - Evening Prayer (chapel) Susan Carter

Feb 21, Wed at 12:00 Noon - Lenten Listening at the Helena First United Methodist Church. The speaker is Rev. Melissa Maskell and special music by Denise VonKanel.

Feb 21, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Soup Supper – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Carla Myers

Feb 25, SUN at 10:30 am

Acolyte – Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright/Melody Rogers

Altar Flowers – Jim & Betty Bush

Feb 26, Mon at 5:30 pm - Evening Prayer (chapel) Fr. Ray

Feb 27, Tues at 5:30 pm - Evening Prayer (chapel) Ann Lee

Feb 28, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

St John’s professional church photos are now available for purchase on the internet at  All proceeds from sales will go to support Young Life of Phillips County.  Photographs can also be viewed in 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    



Easter Lilies 2018


I/We would like to order _________ Easter Lilies at $18 each.


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