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Preaching and Practicing Peace

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

On Guns in Arkansas Churches by Bishop Larry Benfield The issue of guns being allowed in Arkansas churches has been at the forefront of newspaper articles and radio commentary this past week. As many of you may know, there is legislation in process at the Statehouse to remove the current ban on carrying concealed weapons […]

Bishop Benfield on Guns in Churches

Friday, January 25th, 2013

There’s an AP story making the rounds today, “Ark. clergy split on allowing guns in church.” Most of the local sources appear to have reprinted only an abbreviated version, but the full story includes a quote from Bishop Benfield (You can read the full AP story at sfgate.com.) Other religious leaders are urging lawmakers to […]

Take a Virtual Tour of St. Mark’s, Jonesboro

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

The Rev. Jesse Perkins just sent this along, in an email with the subject “Geeky Church Stuff.” He says: “It’s still being worked on, but getting better all the time. Hopefully in a month or so, we will have videos with church members speaking about ministries in different parts of our building. Also on the […]

2012 IRA Charitable Rollover Extension

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The deadline for 2012 IRA contributions has been extended until Jan. 31, 2013. That means, if you’re at least 70 1/2 years old, it’s not too late to make a tax-free donation from your IRA to the diocese or to your local Episcopal congregation. The law allows you to convert a taxable 2012 required minimum […]

St. Mark’s, Jonesboro, Shrimp Boil Success

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The St. Mark’s (Jonesboro) annual Shrimp Boil was able to raise $5560 this year, dividing the proceeds between Helping Neighbors Food Pantry, Church Health Center, and St. Mark’s. Each organization received $1,853.