March 28, 2018, 8:55 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, April 1, 2018

From Fr. Ray+


During Holy Week, we walk with Jesus to the cross. All are welcome to participate in this journey at the following services this week:

On Maundy Thursday, we will gather at 5:30 p.m. to remember the night when Jesus gave his followers the new commandment that “they love one another.”  We will partake of Holy Communion, which Jesus instituted on this night.  The stripping of the altar will be the concluding action of this solemn service.

On Friday, we will gather at Noon to observe the liturgy of Good Friday. Before we sing with joy on Easter we will weep over our own sins and the sins of the world that led our Savior to the cross.  At 5:30 p.m. we will walk the Stations of the Cross.

We will gather at our usual worship time of 10:30 on Easter to celebrate our Lord’s resurrection.  Children will gather at 10:00 a.m. for the Flowering of the Cross.  A festive reception with joyful music and refreshments will take place in our garden immediately following worship.  There will also be an Easter Egg hunt for the children.

During this week, we will walk with Jesus through his betrayal, final meal with his followers and crucifixion.  Then, on Easter morning, we will celebrate the victory of life over death and renew our commitment to follow him as Lord.

Blessings,  Fr. Ray+

Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School & Sunday School:   No class Sunday April 1 and will resume on April 8

The Flowering of the Cross will be at 10:00 am.

Worship:  April 1, the Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday:  Easter Day Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18

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 Jordan, Ray Worley, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Jane Barker, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald W. 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 cleaning supplies.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food. 

                  Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantryplastic 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 boxes.  These will be collected on Easter and the children of the parish will bring them forward during offertory.

Church Office News and Announcements:

Mar 26 Mon at 5:30 pm - Evening Prayer (chapel)

Mar 27, Tues at 5:30 pm - Evening Prayer (chapel) Fr. Ray

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

        At 5:30pm - we walk the Stations of the Cross

Mar 31, Sat at 9:30 amALL ALTAR GUILD will set up and decorate for Easter.

Mar 25, Sun at 10:00 am The flowering of the cross in the sanctuary, followed by Easter Mass

MAR 25, SUN at 10:30 amEASTER SUNDAY

Acolytes – Ned Pillow, Mary Pillow, Eli Pillow, Katherine Pillow & Jack Pillow

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – All Altar Guild

Mar 25, SunEgg hunt and reception will immediately follow the service in the garden.

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

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