March 28, 2019, 7:28 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, March 31, 2019


From Fr. Ray+

Week three of our Lenten Program will take place March 27.  We will gather in the chapel at 5:30 p.m. for a brief Eucharist before going to the undercroft for a simple homemade soup supper and program. Week three of our Lenten program is called Learn Wisdom and Live.  In the Bible, wisdom is an active and powerful force present even at the beginning of the world.  Sometimes personified in feminine imagery, Wisdom does not want anyone to be left without knowledge of God and refuses to deny God’s love to anyone who is willing to learn.  All are invited to join us as we consider how wisdom is not simply studying a book or memorizing a few facts.  Indeed, wisdom goes beyond mere knowledge into action.

Blessings, Fr. Ray +



Evening Prayer is being offered in the chapel on Mondays and Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. during Lent.   Fr. Ray will lead EP on Mondays.  The leader schedule on Tuesdays is as follows:

April 2.............Jack Myers

April 9.............Allison Biederman

  • Wednesdays in Lent, March 13 - April 10, Brief Eucharist, Soup Supper and Lenten Program, The Way of Love, 5:30-7 p.m. in the chapel and undercroft. 
  • Evening Prayer will be offered on Mondays and Tuesdays during Lent at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel
  • Maundy Thursday Service at 5:30 p.m.
  • Good Friday Service at Noon and Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m.

On behalf of the St. John’s Spiritual Development Group, I am pleased to let you know that our next event will be led by Rev. Stuart Hoke on Saturday, May 11, in the undercroft.  Currently on staff at Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock, Rev. Hoke was on staff at Trinity Church Wall Street on 9/11.  He will be speaking to us about his experiences on that horrible day.  During the attacks he was at Trinity’s St. Paul’s Chapel, which was practically in the shadows of the twin towers.  I believe you will be deeply blessed by his presence in our midst.

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 31, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for the Fourth Sunday in Lent: Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:   Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Carol Jennings, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, P.J. Clay, Rita Merritt, Mary Hamm, Mary Helen Lagarde, Jo Boone Wild, Richard Hargraves, Gloria Higginbotham, Pat Wheeler, Jan Hickey, Kelly Faye Parker,  Violet Hargraves, Carla Myers, Rev Ray Brown, Jeffery Mink, Jack Myers, John Hargraves, Vivian Wright,  Madge Saba, and Al Martin.


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:  Donations needed are dog food & puppy food.

Collections this week for Operation Christmas Child boxes:  Toothbrush Holders, Little Brushes & Combs, Barrettes & Hair Bows, Band-Aids, Water Bottles for GIRLS 2 – 4

  Please place all of these donations in the red wagon at the back of the church to be blessed.

Grace Food Pantryplastic 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 tables at the back of the church and the chapel. They need to be turned in by April 14 to be recognized in the booklet.

Mar 27, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist in the chapel followed by Soup Supper & Lenten Program in the undercroft.  (Jayne Morris & Angie Fielder)

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

Mar 27, Wednesday, at 12:00 Noon: Helena First United Methodist Church Lenten Listening services.  The speaker will be Fr. Ray Brown and special music by Royce Brown.

Mar 31, SUN at 10:30 am:

Acolyte – Ben Pittman

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

Altar Flowers – Jack & Nancy Hornor

Apr 1, Mon at 5:30 pm: Evening Prayer in the chapel, led by Rev. Ray Brown

Apr 2, Tues at 5.30 pm: Evening Prayer in the chapel, led by Jack Myers

Apr 3, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist in the chapel followed by Soup Supper & Lenten Program in the undercroft.  (Ann Lee, Bennette Morris & Bennett Sellers)

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

Apr 3, Wednesday, at 12:00 Noon: Helena First United Methodist Church Lenten Listening services.  The speaker will be J.J. Doughtie and special music by Reba Russell.




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 April 15.