Parable of the Sower

Bishop Larry Benfield Grace Church, Pine Bluff July 10, 2011 The Fourth Sunday after PEntecost Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 The latest project around my house has been painting, specifically painting my kitchen cabinets. It is a time-consuming chore, in fact so time consuming that it began last summer before I broke my collarbone and is only now getting into the home … Read More

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Six dioceses explore models for effective congregational development

By ENS staff, June 28, 2011 [Episcopal News Service] Sharing resources and ideas for congregational development across Episcopal Church dioceses is as the heart of a June 26-July 2 conference at the Duncan M. Gray Conference Center in Mississippi. Participants are studying and discussing models for organizational development in congregations, developing leadership, facilitation and assessment skills, and visiting six central … Read More

The Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas Youth Delta Mission

Three churches in Forrest City, Christ Church Episcopal, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, and Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church, will host over 50 youth from five visiting youth groups for the week of June 12-17. The visiting Episcopal groups are from Calvary Episcopal/Bastrop, Texas (in the Austin area), St. Thomas/Springdale, AR, St. John’s/Fort Smith, AR and St. Mark’s & Trinity/Little Rock, AR. … Read More

Ray Brown Ordained to Transitional Diaconate

Ray Brown, a parishioner at St. Michael’s Church in Little Rock, was ordained as a transitional deacon at that church at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31st. Ray was formerly an ordained minister in the Disciples of Christ Church and currently works at Presbyterian Village Residence Center in Little Rock. Ray will become the deacon in charge of St. Nicholas’ … Read More

Stephen Kidd Ordained to Priesthood

On Friday, May 27, Stephen Kidd was ordained as a priest. Bishop Benfield was the ordaining bishop on behalf of the bishop of Dallas, where Stephen is canonically resident. Many of Stephen’s friends from Texas joined the celebration, which was concluded, appropriately, with a barbecue dinner. Stephen will continue to work on the staff of Trinity Cathedral.

Helping with Disaster Relief

When I visited Christ Church in Mena this past Sunday I saw a brown collection plate being passed through the room. It was a wooden plate that was in addition to the brass plate that is the usual way to collect offerings. The brown plate was for donations to help victims of the recent tornadoes in Alabama. Having been through … Read More

“We Will See Jesus.” – Bishop Benfield’s Vision

The Book of Common Prayer tells us that the mission of the church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. That is the reason we exist, and we gather each week for comfort and the strength God gives us for that mission. What undergirds our mission is our trust in resurrection, our trust … Read More