March 14, 2018, 7:02 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, March 11, 2018

From Fr. Ray +


CONGRATULATIONS to Marzell Moody on receiving the Thrive Volunteer of the Year award!  All of us at St. John’s are very proud of this young man’s accomplishment!  (See his picture on page 3)


Lent, Holy Week and Easter at St. John’s

Our Lenten Journey this year includes Evening Prayer on Mondays and Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel.  Our Wednesday Eucharist continues on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., followed by a simple soup supper and program in the undercroft.  Our Holy Week Schedule is:


  • Maundy Thursday Service at 5:30 p.m.
  • Good Friday Service at Noon
  • Good Friday Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m.


Our Easter Service will be at our usual time of 10:30 a.m.  Following Easter Worship we will gather in the garden for refreshments and an Easter Egg Hunt for the children.  An added blessing this year will be an ensemble of Memphis musicians providing joyful music during our Easter reception in the garden. We are grateful for the generosity of one of our members in making this ensemble part of our celebration of Easter.  Be sure to invite your family and friends to celebrate our Lord’s resurrection with you at St. John’s!

I am facilitating two meetings at which you are 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!


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 11, the Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Fourth Sunday in Lent): Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2: 1-10; John 3:14-21

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, Rev. Arnold Hearn, Beverly Lee (Meghan’s grandmother), and Allen Loveless.

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:

The Easter Lilies 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.

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, Congregational 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 & Melody Rogers

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

MAR 11, SUN at 10:30 am - (Daylight Savings begins)

Acolyte – Ben Pittman

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers – Lyle & Lisa Wheeler

Mar 12, Mon at 5:30 pm, Evening Prayer (chapel) Fr. Ray

Mar 13, Tues at 5:30 pm, Evening Prayer (chapel)

Mar 14, Wed at 12:00 Noon, Lenten Listening at the Helena First United Methodist Church.  The speaker is Rev. Rodney Corbin and special music by Christina Crowley.

Mar 14, Wed at 5:30 pm, Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Soup Supper – Nancy Hornor & Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Mar 24, Saturday at 9:30 am - Altar Guild will polish and make palm crosses. 

Mar 29, Thurday at 5:30 pm – Stripping of the altar

Mar 31, Saturday at 9:30 am – Set up and decorate for Easter

The website to purchase St John’s church photos is  All proceeds will go to support Young Life of Phillips County.  Photographs can also be viewed in the church office.

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