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Parish Announcements 3/26/20

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Join us on the St. Theodore's Facebook page this Sunday, March 29th, at 10:00 AM for Morning Prayer

You can use your Book of Common Prayer or go to to download Morning Prayer Rite II.  Join fellow parishioners Colleen Whitney and Chris Schaefer as we all come together to pray for the Church, each other and the world.

St. Theodore's Facebook page:

From our Comfort Food cooks 

There is soup available in the freezer. More, and possibly even tastier, tomato soup has been added.

Since the church is now officially closed, if you'd like some soup, call me.  I will do my best to either meet you at the church or find a way to deliver to you:  Annette (479) 903-6371

Prayer request

To follow up on the news of Terry McCormack's health, Rosemary tells us he is home and doing very well. Though this is great news, let's keep Terry and his family in our prayers.

8th Street Ministry

The intrepid group of cooks and food packers for the 8th Street Motel ministry have been working this week to prepare meals to be pre-packaged and given out this evening (Thursday).  If you have cookies for the meals, you can bring them to the church around 2:00 PM this afternoon.

We know that we have some members who do not have email, so we are sending a paper copy of the weekly emails as well as our prayer list and other materials that can be used for personal prayers (Readings and Prayers for Our Times) to members that we know of that currently do not use email. 

I'm sure that many of you receive the weekly Communique from the diocesan office, but for those who do not, a letter sent by Bishop Benfield this week is below.  If you would like to receive the Communique subscribe here: 

Letter from Bishop Benfield: Thank you for being the church

COVID-19, as nefarious as it is, has had at least one positive effect: it is bringing out the best of the people in our churches. I am hearing stories of outreach ministries, such as feeding programs, that continue to operate under new and challenging circumstances, and I know that our members are making concerted efforts to contact all the people connected with our churches with a deliberateness that I have never before seen. Thank you so much for being the church even when church buildings are not the focus of our church lives.

The diocesan Executive Council met Tuesday, and we talked about the concerns that we have—and I am sure that man of you have as well. I am also trying to stay in touch with the clergy and the primary lay contacts in all our congregations. Let me share a couple of items with you.

Tuesday, the focus of my email to clergy was how to prepare for Holy Week and Easter, as well as how to focus on pastoral issues, such as how funerals might take place when we are being required to stay distant from one another. It is a situation that we will indeed face.

The focus of my email this week to church offices is how the day-to-day business of the church can continue in uncertain times. We are working as hard as we can to discover how legislation being passed by Congress might help churches keep employees paid if absences from work are required. We want to make certain that congregations have the money necessary to pay needed bills. And we want to be sure that our buildings are kept safe and secure even when people are not in them every day.

I am sure that that there will be more challenges in the coming days. We have
confidence, though, that the love of God will get us through these times as we
remain concerned for others and creative in our responses to whatever it is that this situation throws at us. The church has been through tougher times than these in its two-thousand-year history, and it still has a witness. And it will continue to do so long after this epidemic is over.

Larry Benfield
Bishop of Arkansas