February 28, 2018, 6:56 AM


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

From Fr. Ray +


Men’s Retreat at Camp Mitchell


I encourage all men at St. John’s to consider attending an upcoming Men’s Retreat. Perhaps we could get a group and ride over together to Camp Mitchell.  Details are as follows:

The Second Annual Episcopal Men’s Retreat will be held at Camp Mitchell, April 6, 7, 8, led by Rev. Danny Schieffler and Rev. Carey Stone.   The theme is “Jesus: Toward a Healthy Model of Masculinity:  Coming to this weekend will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses as a man and introduce you to the psychological foundations of a mature, authentic, and revitalized masculinity.  Space is limited. Cost is $190 and includes the program, lodging and six meals.  For reservations e-mail or call 501-727-5451.


Evening Prayer continues on Mondays and Tuesdays during Lent at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel.  On Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., we will have Holy Communion, followed by a simple soup supper and brief program in the undercroft.  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:  March 4, the Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Third Sunday in Lent): Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22

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, Samantha Webb, Mari Askew, Donald Knapp, and Rev. Arnold Hearn.

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:

The Easter Lilies 2018 order form is included below and on the table at the back of the church. They need to be turned in by March 26 to be recognized in the booklet.

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

Feb 28, Wed at 12:00 Noon - Lenten Listening at the Helena First United Methodist Church.  The speaker is John Killion and special music by Royce Brown.

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

Soup Supper – Maureen Jones

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

MAR 4, SUN at 10:30 am

Acolyte – Rachel Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers – John & Sylvia Darnell

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

Mar 6, Tues at 5:30 pm - Evening Prayer (chapel)

Mar 6, Tues at 6:00 pm - Meeting with Fr. Ray

Mar 7, Wed at 12:00 Noon - Lenten Listening at the Helena First United Methodist Church.  The speaker is Julie Lewis and special music by Paige VonKanel.

Mar 7, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Soup Supper – Elena Hinderer & Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

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.


Given by:____________________________________________




In Memory of: ________________________________________




In Honor of/ In Thanksgiving for: _________________________



Please turn in by March 26