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February 20, 2015, 10:49 AM

Newsletter


St. John’s Episcopal Church                      Sunday, February 2 2, 2015
 
WORSHIP& EDUCATION NEWS:
 
ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday at 9:00 am continues its study of Matthew.
SUNDAY SCHOOL (for ages kindergarten through the 4th grade): Sunday at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church continues its study on Jonathan.  
 
WORSHIP: February 22nd, Holy Eucharist at 10:30 am with the Rev. Angie Tharakan from All Saints Russellville as our celebrant.
 
Readings Sunday, Feb. 22nd: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15.
 
LENTEN EVENING PRAYER: All Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during Lent at 5:30 in the chapel.  This week’s worship leader is Jack Myers.
 
WEDNESDAY, February 25th we will have Holy Eucharist at 5:30 in the chapel led by Arnold Hearn followed by a light meal hosted by Jayne and Walter Morris.
 
FELLOWSHIP NEWS:
 
WEDNESDAY Feb. 25th following the 5:30 Eucharist we will have our first LENTEN MEAL hosted by Jayne and Walter Morris. 
 
PASTORAL NEWS:
 
St. John’s Good Samaritans (ECW):  Please feel free to call Maureen Jones (404-697-7197) or Jeannie Turley (870-816-6387) if you are in need of some help with errands or transportation or food, or if you would just like some company.  These and other members of the ECW have graciously offered their time to assist anyone needing help.  If you would like to volunteer services, please let Maureen or Jeannie know. 
 
Please keep the following in your prayers: Mike Hayes, Ruth Howe, Diana Reeves, Tom Choate, Buddy Wheeler, Jaxson Robertson, Buddy & Wanda Byrd, Carol Jennings, Carvill Fitzhugh, Nina Zachary, Debra Frazier Richardson, and Annie Lindsey.
 
 
EVANGELISM:
 
OUTREACH NEWS:
 
Outreach meeting at Bennette Morris’s home, February 23rd at 4:00 pm.
 
The Samaritan’s Purse: The Samaritan’s purse category for donation for this month is hygiene.  A basket for the collection of these items will be in the narthex every Sunday. Items included in hygiene are: tooth brush, tooth paste, soap, wash rags, shampoo and comb & brush.
 
Angels of Grace –The item from their wish list this week is paper towel for the women’s shelter. Their office is on 406 Pecan Street.
 
CHURCH OFFICE NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENS:
 
Vestry Meeting on Monday, February 23rd.
 
New church address! We now have a P O Box 770, Helena AR 72342. 
 
Please note church’s email address is:  office@saintjohnshelena.org.
 
Our web site is: http://saintjohnshelena.org.
 
The women of the Helena United Methodist Church cordially invite everyone to attend “Lenten Listening” services beginning Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18th at 12:00 noon each week.  These services will continue on Wednesday through April 1st.  Bring a sandwich and they will furnish beverage and dessert.  A nursery will be provided.  This week’s speaker will be Randy Brister.



February 10, 2015, 4:00 PM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church                      Sunday, February 15, 2015
 
Please come to St. John’s for worship and fellowship this Sunday, Feb. 15th.  The 9 a.m. Adult Class will continue to study the Gospel of Matthew and share homemade baked goodies during class.  Sunday school for kindergarten through 4th grade will its study of Jonathan and friendship and will meet at the Methodist church. Our celebrant for the 10:30 service will be Rev. Arnold Hearn. 
 
Readings Sunday, Feb. 15th: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9.
 
FELLOWSHIP NEWS:
 
Immediately following the service there will be food and fellowship in the chapel.
 
Next week’s schedule:
Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper on Tuesday, Feb. 17th at 6:00 pm.  Cost is $5.00 per person.
ASH WEDNESDAY, February 18th: Holy Eucharist with the disposition of ashes at 5:30 with Rev. Arnold Hearn from Marianna as our celebrant.
 
PASTORAL NEWS:
 
St. John’s Good Samaritans (ECW):  Please feel free to call Maureen Jones (404-697-7197) or Jeannie Turley (870-816-6387) if you are in need of some help with errands or transportation or food, or if you would just like some company.  These and other members of the ECW have graciously offered their time to assist anyone needing help.  If you would like to volunteer services, please let Maureen or Jeannie know. 
 
Please keep the following in your prayers: Mike Hayes, David and Grace Henderson, Ruth Howe, Diana Reeves, Tom Choate, Buddy Wheeler, Jaxson Robertson, Buddy & Wanda Byrd, Carol Jennings, Carvill Fitzhugh, Nina Zachary, Debra Frazier Richardson, and Annie Lindsey.
 
OUTREACH NEWS:
 
The Samaritan’s Purse: The Samaritan’s purse category for donation for this month is hygiene.  A basket for the collection of these items will be in the narthex every Sunday. Items included in hygiene are: tooth brush, tooth paste, soap, wash rags, shampoo and comb & brush.
 
Angels of Grace –The item from their wish list this week is toilet paper for the women’s shelter. Their office is on 406 Pecan Street.
 
New church address! We now have a P O Box 770, Helena AR 72342. 
 
Please note church’s email address is:  office@saintjohnshelena.org.
 
Our web site is:          http://saintjohnshelena.org
 
 
 
Lent starts February 18th at 5:30 pm in the chapel with Holy Eucharist and the disposition of ashes.  Arnold Hearn with be our celebrant.
 
We will have our regular Evening Prayer services on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during Lent.  On Wednesdays we will have Holy Eucharist followed by a light meal.  Jayne and Walter Morris will host our first meal after Eucharist on Wednesday, February 25th..
 
Parish news: 
 
Grace Henderson has retired from her many years of service at St. John’s as a worship leader and lay Eucharistic minister.  We appreciate all her years of dedication and devotion to our Lord.  Thank you Grace.  You will be missed.



February 4, 2015, 2:30 PM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church                      Sunday, February 8, 2015
 
Please come to St. John’s for worship and fellowship this Sunday, Feb. 8th.  The 9 a.m. Adult Class will continue to study the Gospel of Matthew and share homemade baked goodies during class.  Sunday school for kindergarten through 4th grade will study Jonathan and friendship and will meet at the Methodist church. Our celebrant for the 10:30 service will be Canon Jason Alexander from Little Rock.
 
Readings Sunday, Feb. 1st: Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-12, 21c; 1 Corinthians9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39.
 
Next week’s schedule: Monday, Feb. 9th ECW meeting at the home of Andrea Clark, 107 Green Acres Helena.
 
Wednesday, Feb. 11th we will have Holy Eucharist at 5:30 with Rev. Arnold Hearn from Marianna as our celebrant.
 
St. John’s Good Samaritans (ECW):  Please feel free to call Maureen Jones (404-697-7197) or Jeannie Turley (870-816-6387) if you are in need of some help with errands or transportation or food, or if you would just like some company.  These and other members of the ECW have graciously offered their time to assist anyone needing help.  If you would like to volunteer services, please let Maureen or Jeannie know. 
 
Please keep the following in your prayers: Mike Hayes, David and Grace Henderson, Ruth Howe, Diana Reeves, Tom Choate, Buddy Wheeler, Jaxson Robertson, Buddy & Wanda Byrd, Carol Jennings, Carvill Fitzhugh, Nina Zachary, Debra Frazier Richardson, Phil McCarty and Annie Lindsey.
 
Angels of Grace –The items from their wish list this week are cleaning supplies for the women’s shelter. Their office is on 406 Pecan Street.
 
New church address! We now have a P O Box 770, Helena AR 72342. 
 
Please note church’s email address is:  office@saintjohnshelena.org.
 
The Diocesan Convention will be held on Friday, February 13th and Saturday, February 14th     
Susan Carter and Lorraine Ferryman are our delegates.
 
Lent starts February 18th  at 5:30 pm in the chapel with Holy Eucharist and the disposition of ashes.  Arnold Hearn with be our celebrant.
 
We will have our regular Evening Prayer services on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during Lent.  On Wednesdays we will have Holy Eucharist followed by a light meal.  Jayne and Walter Morris will host our first meal after Eucharist on Wednesday, February 25th..
 
St. Mary’s Catholic Church is hosting its annual Mardi Gras Seafood dinner and raffle event again this year on February the 6th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Contact their church office to purchase tickets which are $15.00.
 
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is offering a one-day Lectio Divina Workshop on Saturday, March, 7 2015.  The cost is $25 which includes lunch. It runs from 8:30am-3:00pm.  St. Mark’s is located at 1000 N. Mississippi, Little rock, AR.  Lectio Divina is a way of paying the scriptures. It is a means of listening to the word of God in Scripture and a traditional way of cultivating a friendship with Christ.  You can register by calling their church office at 501-225-4203.



January 28, 2015, 2:36 PM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church                      Sunday, February 1, 2015
 
Please come to St. John’s for worship and fellowship this Sunday, Feb. 1st.  The 9 a.m. Adult Class will study the Gospel of Matthew and continues to share homemade baked goodies before class.  Sunday school for kindergarten through 4th grade will study Jonathan and friendship and will meet at the Methodist church. Our celebrant for the 10:30 service will be Rev. Arnold Hearn, from Marianna.
 
Readings Sunday, Feb. 1st: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28.
 
Next week’s schedule: We will celebrate the Eucharist on Wednesday, February 4th at 5:30 with Rev. Arnold Hearn from Marianna as our celebrant.
 
St. John’s Good Samaritans (ECW):  Please feel free to call Maureen Jones (404-697-7197) or Jeannie Turley (870-816-6387) if you are in need of some help with errands or transportation or food, or if you would just like some company.  These and other members of the ECW have graciously offered their time to assist anyone needing help.  If you would like to volunteer services, please let Maureen or Jeannie know. 
 
Please keep the following in your prayers: Mike Hayes, David and Grace Henderson, Ruth Howe, Diana Reeves, Tom Choate, Buddy Wheeler, Jaxson Robertson, Buddy & Wanda Byrd, Carol Jennings, Carvill Fitzhugh, Nina Zachary, Sarah Mouritsen, Sammy Elardo, Debra Frazier Richardson, Phil McCarty and Annie Lindsey.
 
Angels of Grace –The items from their wish list this week are laundry detergent and bleach for the women’s shelter. Their office is on 406 Pecan Street.
 
New church address! We now have a P O Box 770, Helena AR 72342. 
 
Please note church’s email address is:  office@saintjohnshelena.org.
 
The Diocesan Convention will be held on Friday, February 13th and Saturday, February 14th     
Susan Carter and Lorraine Ferryman are our delegates.
 
Lent starts February 18th  at 5:30 pm in the chapel with Holy Eucharist and the disposition of ashes.  Arnold Hearn with be our celebrant.
 
We will have our regular Evening Prayer services on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during Lent.  On Wednesdays we will have Holy Eucharist followed by a light meal.  Jayne and Walter Morris will host our first meal after Eucharist on Wednesday, February 25th..
 
St. Mary’s Catholic church is hosting its annual Mardi Gras Seafood dinner and raffle event again this year on February the 6th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Contact their church office to purchase tickets which are $15.00.



January 24, 2015, 5:06 PM

Sr. Warden’s Report For Annual Parish Meeting


 2015 SR. WARDEN’S REPORT FOR ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

First, let me say again how glad I am to see all of you today and for being together in worship, fellowship and love.  I am not quite sure what I am supposed to address or say as your Sr. Warden.  I wish I had words of wisdom or inspiring visions to share.  I can only share what I see when I look out at each one of you.  You are God’s beaming love reflecting Christ and nourishing my soul.  I couldn’t say this a year ago even though we were feeling safe and secure with Russ as our interim rector.  We were coming out of a trial and time of spiritual stress, but had Russ to lean on for direction.  Quietly, gently, and lovingly Russ led us out of brokenness into wholeness; out of darkness into Christ’s light; from uncertainty into conviction and strength.  We felt Christ’s love for us through Russ and in Russ.  It is through Christ’s love and healing power we became whole again.  We became Christ’s church alive through the Holy Spirit.  This is what I see in all of your faces – joy, strength, faithfulness and commitment.

            But what now?  Where do we go from here?  Russ, our priest is not here to guide us.  Like I said, I do not possess the gift of wisdom or have profound answers, but I do know that God does not want us to look back or hold onto the past.  We are to take this new life of abundant love into God’s kingdom.  We are to be the beams of God’s infinite light and love especially to those who wouldn’t otherwise know it.  We have been changed, made anew and re called by God to share his gift of life triumphant.  We must as St. Paul said to the Philippians, “forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.  Press toward the goal for the prize, of the heavenly call of God, in Christ Jesus.”

We are to strain forward, to reach out and extend ourselves beyond our brick and mortar.  We are to love one another as Christ loved us.  We can love because he first loved us. This is our source of strength which we receive from Christ and pass to others.  We can offer hope and courage because of the hope and courage we have found in Christ.  We can lift up others because we have been lifted up out of dispiritedness & despondency by the infusion of grace.  We can encourage and cherish because we have been encouraged and cherished by the one who calls all mankind to be his friend, his beloved, his church.  We are the source of Christ’s indwelling light and love in the world.  We are not to hide this tremendous love and hold onto it as if it is ours alone.  We are called to share the good news in gratefulness for God’s unconditional love he bestowed on us through and in Christ.

            I tried to figure out a way St. John’s might do this.  I know the first call is to prayer.  To offer ourselves to God in prayer and allow him to lead and transform us into what he intends for us to be.  I encourage each of you to keep our parish in your daily prayers and especially the Search process and committee.  The second is action.  I came up with 4 action groups and each group with a team of leaders.  On each table there are cards with the name of each group and its leaders.

Pastoral…….Maureen Jones & Jayne Morris

Outreach……Bennette Morris & Pat Wheeler

Evangelism…Melody Rogers & Ed Pat Wright

Fellowship….Carla Myers &

Before you leave today, each one of you will be asked to commit to serving our Lord by signing the card where you feel you can best serve St. John’s, the community, and God’s Kingdom.  It is up to each one of us to do the work God has given us to do.  We can only become a vibrant and growing church if we share this amazing love and fellowship.  The love will fade and the fellowship will dwindle if we do not nourish it by sharing it with others.

Explain groups:

PASTORAL: To give aid to those who are sick or in need; to offer rides to church and the doctor’s offices.  But not just for the members of St. John’s.  This will extend out to our friends and the community.  This group will visit the sick, the shut-ins, & those in nursing homes.  They will send cards to the lonely and visit members of St. John’s who haven’t been in church for some time.  To communicate to the parish those in need. To help us care for Christ’s own.

OUTREACH: To give of our time, talents and resources to help those that are less fortunate and in need whether it be food, clothes, shelter or a hundred other ways.  They will reach out to the community and take Christ’s love and aid into his kingdom where it is needed most.

Evangelism: To share our faith, our joy and our gratefulness with each other and our community; to invite all to worship with us; to reach out and inform our community what St. John’s is all about and share the God we all worship and adore.  This is not in order to get converts (although that would be a welcomed result) but to express and share God’s love with those who might not know him or ever experienced his love.

Fellowship: Provide opportunities for us to gather outside worship to celebrate our faith, our church community and to enjoy the love we have for one another and share it with strangers.

 These four groups (and there can be more) will meet for a SHORT time each month to brainstorm, to strain forward, to reach beyond and figure out how St. John’s can take Christ’s love into the world.  We may be small in numbers, and old in age, but that matters not to God who can accomplish all things through willing and open hearts. We do not have to be greatly successful or affect a multitude of lives.  It is enough that our efforts be known to God.  We only need humbly offer our works, ourselves  to God and He takes care of the rest.

In closing, may we, who have been given and blessed with so very much, joyfully and obediently, give ourselves to God through Christ for the work of His Kingdom.  Let us go forth to love and serve the Lord through the power of the Holy Spirit.

 


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