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St. Francis Church

Sunday, October 21st was the twentieth Sunday after trinity. Bishop Hartley was away to do a confirmation ceremony at our sister Anglican Church in Heber Springs, Arkansas so instead of our usual communion service we had a morning prayer service conducted by our lay leader, Joe Criswell, who also read a sermon based on the gospel for the day, Matthew 22:1. In this passage Jesus tells the parable of the wedding feast in which the wedding and feast are a symbol of God’s covenant, to which “many are called, but few are chosen.”

We had as our guest our friend Ken Brown, an Ava native who is very interested in Ava history, and after the service and lunch at Larkin’s with my sister, Marilyn Alms, and the Connell family, Ken and I got together with Edwin Hailey, who took us on a very enjoyable tour of some old cemeteries and the site of the old Pilot Knob School, where he has placed a historic marker. Then we ended up at Logan and Cinita Brown’s house for more genealogy and, as is usual at Cinita’s excellent food.

Services at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church are 10:30 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays led by Bishop Glen Hartley and lay leaders, Joe Criswell and Tom Berthold. Our website is

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