March 24, 2018, 6:45 AM

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

From Fr. Ray +


A big THANKS to all who attended the Listening Meeting and Lunch following worship last Sunday! Special appreciation goes out to West Hornor for cooking the pulled pork and baked beans and to Angie Fielder for lining up the delicious side items.

Three general values emerged from our discussion. Those three values are:

  1. Discipleship and Spiritual Development is seen as vital to our life as a congregation. There was agreement that our central purpose is to worship God and help our members and friends grow in their relationship with God through Christ and then to encourage them as they live out that relationship in every area of their lives.
  2. Worship and Liturgy is deeply valued by our congregation. There was particular interest in exploring ways we can enhance our worship services by  strengthening/expanding our music program.
  3. Outreach and Ministry to Our Community is considered a visible expression of our commitment to Christ. This includes both evangelism as we encourage others to follow Jesus and ministries aimed at meeting human needs.

This meeting did not include designing specific plans or programs related to these three primary values. Three groups will be created for the purpose of designing specific plans related to each value. Please prayerfully consider being part of one of these groups, then call or email me and let me know which group is of interest to you.

We will enjoy our final Soup Supper this Wednesday, March 21 following our Eucharist at 5:30. Thanks to all who have prepared delicious soups!


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.  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.  Children will gather at 10:00 a.m. for the Flowering of the Cross.  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!

Blessings, Fr. Ray+     

Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  No class Sunday March 25 or April 1 and will resume on April 8

Sunday School:   No class Sunday March 25 or April 1 and will resume on April 8

The Liturgy of the Palms will be held in the Helena First United Methodist Church garden at 10:00.

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

Readings for Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Philippians 2:5-11;Mark 14:1--15:47

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, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald Wayne Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Melinda Roberts, Samantha Webb, Donald Knapp, Rev. Arnold Hearn, Beverly Lee, Katy Mouritsen, Allen Loveless, Gwen Newkirk, Blake Robertson, and Nellie Hopper.

Outreach News:

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

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.


Be sure to fill your Mite Boxes.  These will be collected on Easter and the children of the parish will bring them forward during offertory.

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

Mar 21, Wed at 12:00 Noon, Lenten Listening at the Helena First United Methodist Church.  The speaker is Betsy Wright and special music by Elizabeth Stephens.

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

Soup Supper – Munnie Jordan

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

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

Mar 25, Sun at 10:00 am, The Liturgy of the Palms will be held in the Helena First United Methodist Church garden.

MAR 25, SUN at 10:30 am - Palm Sunday

Acolyte – Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

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

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

Mar 28, Wed at 12:00 Noon, Lenten Listening at the Helena First United Methodist Church.   The speaker is Nancy Fewell Downey and special music by Don Eastman.

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

Mar 29, Thurs at 5:30 pmMaundy Thursday service will be in the sanctuary.

Mar 30, Fri at 12 noonGood Friday service and at 5:30pm we walk the Stations of the Cross

Mar 31, Sat at 9:30 am – Altar Guild will 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