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January 23, 2018, 1:55 PM

Newsletter


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, January 28, 2018


From Fr. Ray +

 

This coming Sunday, January 28, Bishop Larry Benfield will be making his annual pastoral visit to St. John’s.  It will be a wonderful Sunday for our congregation!  Amir Akin will receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism.  Rachel Wright, La Quenta Baker and Marzell Moody will be confirmed and Ben Pittman will be received as a member of The Episcopal Church.  Following the worship service, everyone is invited to the undercroft for a delicious catered lunch.  All you have to bring is yourself!

When the bishop comes for a visit, the custom in the church is to contribute to The Bishop’s Fund.  This fund focuses on outreach to assist people, congregations, and organizations that could use additional financial support for things ranging from medical expenses to camp scholarships to funding for special programs that merits support.  You can give to it by placing cash in the offering plate or writing a check to the church that is noted, “for the Bishop’s Fund.”

I encourage all St. John’s members and friends to be here this Sunday to give Bishop Benfield a warm Arkansas Delta welcome!      

 

At the Annual Parish Meeting last Sunday, three new members were elected to a three-year term on the St. John’s vestry.  These new members are Jane Hornor, Gina Pillow and Carla Myers.  Jack Hornor is our new Senior Warden.  Tait Owens will be continuing as Junior Warden and Gibson Turley will continue as Clerk of the vestry.


Mr. J. Chester Johnson of New York will be presenting a program entitled Auden, The Psalms and Me on Tuesday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pillow-Thompson House.  Mr. Johnson replaced W.H. Auden as the translator of the Psalms for our 1979 Book of Common Prayer.  Copies of his book, which he will be happy to sign, will be available at the discounted cost of $10.  Light refreshments of wine and cheese will be served.

Mark your Calendars for these February events!

 

Tuesday, February 13, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in the undercroft

Wednesday, February 14, 5:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service

 

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am. 

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  January 28, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Bishop Larry Benfield

Readings for Sunday (Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany): Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Carla Myers, Ray Worley, Louis Hardman, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Jane Barker, Donna Rohrscheib, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald Wayne Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Martha Buchanan, Courtney Turner, and Sarah Myers.

 

A couple whose mobile home burned completely on Christmas day is in need of furniture and household items.  If you have any used furniture, please call Fr. Ray at the office.


Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is dish soap.

Humane Society of the Delta Donation needed is dog & puppy food. 

               Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantry – plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

     Thank you for your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Jan 24, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves and Maureen Jones

Jan 25, Thur - Altar Guild new member training at 4:30 in the chapel

JAN 28, SUN at 10:30 am

Acolyte – Ben Pittman

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Susan Carter & Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers – Keesee Family

Jan 28, SUN at the 10:30 service

Baptism:  Amir Akin

Confirmations:  Rachel Wright, LaQuenta Baker, and Marzell Moody

Received:  Ben Pittman

Jan 31, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Susan Carter & Julie Pittman


St John’s professional church photos are now available for purchase on the internet at stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com. Beautiful interior and exterior pictures of St. John’s were taken by Nolan Dean and are available in either 5X7 or 8X10 prints.  All proceeds from sales will go to support Young Life of Phillips County. Photographs can also be viewed on the table at the back of the nave on Sunday mornings or the church office during the week.

ST. JOHN’S T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!  The St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 


Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262    

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org                                          

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115    

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org




January 17, 2018, 7:25 AM

Newsletter:



St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, January 21, 2018


From Fr. Ray +

 

This coming Sunday, January 21, is the date of our Annual Parish Meeting.  All members and friends are invited to stay after church for a potluck lunch.  At our meeting we will be electing three new members to our vestry, as well as reviewing our 2018 budget and taking a look at other plans for the new year. New vestry nominees are Jane Horner, Gina Pillow and Carla Myers.

 

During worship on the 21st, we will celebrate the baptism of William Henry Fielder.  It is going to be a very special day at St. John’s!

 

On January 28, Bishop Larry Benfield will be with us for his annual pastoral visit.  Please plan to be present to support our bishop as well as those who will be baptized, confirmed and received on that date.  A catered luncheon will follow worship.

 

Mr. J. Chester Johnson of New York will be presenting a program entitled Auden, The Psalms and Me on Tuesday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pillow Thompson House.  Mr. Johnson replaced W.H. Auden as the translator of the Psalms for our 1979 Book of Common Prayer.  Copies of his book, which he will be happy to sign, will be available at the discounted cost of $10.  Light refreshments of wine and cheese will be served.

Mark your Calendars for these February events!

  • Tuesday, February 13 - Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in the undercroft 
  • Wednesday, February 14 5:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service

 

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


 

Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am. 

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  January 21, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Third Sunday after the Epiphany): Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:6-14; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Carla Myers, Ray Worley, Louis Hardman, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Jane Barker, Donna Rohrscheib, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald Wayne Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Martha Buchanan, and the family of Frances Keesee.

 

A couple whose mobile home burned completely on Christmas day is in need of furniture and household items.  If you have any used furniture, please call Fr. Ray at the office.


Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is laundry detergent & bleach.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food. 

               Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantry – plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

      Thank you for your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Jan 17, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Jan 19, FRI at 10:30 am - Funeral service for Frances Keesee

JAN 21, SUN at 10:30 am

Acolyte – Ann Lee

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves and Maureen Jones

Altar Flowers – Mike & Angie Fielder

Jan 21, Sun at the 10:30 service - William Henry Fielder will be baptized.

Jan 24, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves and Maureen Jones

Jan 28, Sun - at the 10:30 service

Baptism:  Amir Jalil Akins

Confirmations:  Rachel Wright, LaQuenta Baker, and Marzell Moody

Received:  Ben Pittman

Feb 10, SatSt. Mark’s one-day Forgiveness Retreat information is below.


St John’s professional church photos are now available for purchase on the internet at stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com. Beautiful interior and exterior pictures of St. John’s were taken by Nolan Dean and are available in either 5X7 or 8X10 prints.  All proceeds from sales will go to support Young Life of Phillips County. Photographs can also be viewed on the table at the back of the nave on Sunday mornings or the church office during the week.

ST. JOHN’S T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!  The St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 


Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262    

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org                                          

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115    

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org





January 11, 2018, 7:50 AM

Newsletter:



St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, January 14, 2018


From Fr. Ray +

 

January is a month of blessings at St. John’s!  On Sunday, January 21 we will celebrate the baptism of William Henry Fielder during our regular Sunday morning Eucharist. Then, following worship we will have our Annual Parish Meeting at which we will elect three new vestry members and take a quick look back at 2017, as well as a look forward to our life together in 2018.  Then, on Tuesday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pillow Thompson House, Mr. Chester Johnson will be presenting a program entitled Auden, The Psalms and Me.  Sunday, January 28 is the date of Bishop Benfield’s annual parish visit. Bishop Benfield will be baptizing, confirming and receiving several folks into the Episcopal Church during his visit.  Following worship we will have a potluck lunch with the bishop in the undercroft. Special music on the 28th will be by Everett Long, so we know we are in for some beautiful music!

 

 

The St. John’s vestry will meet on Monday, January 15 at 5:30 p.m.  This will be our final meeting with those vestry members whose three-year terms are ending when we elect three new members at our Parish Meeting on January 21.  Those going off the vestry this month include Melody Rogers, Maureen Jones and Julie Pittman. Each of them have been faithful vestry members who brought much insight and wisdom to our vestry.


 

Mark your Calendars for these February events!

  • Tuesday, February 13  Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in the undercroft
  • Wednesday, February 14 5:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service

 

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


 

Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am. 

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  January 14, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Second Sunday after the Epiphany):1 Samuel 3:1-20; Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Carla Myers, Ray Worley, Louis Hardman, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Jane Barker, Donna Rohrscheib, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald Wayne Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Martha Buchanan, Frances Keesee, and the family of Kay Pillow.


Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is cleaning supplies.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food. 

               Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantry – plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

Thank you for your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Jan 10, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

JAN 14, SUN at 10:30 am

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Jan 17, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Jan 21, Sun at the 10:30 service William Henry Fielder will be baptized.

Feb 10, SatSt. Mark’s one-day Forgiveness Retreat information is below.


St John’s professional church photos are now available for purchase on the internet at stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com. Beautiful interior and exterior pictures of St. John’s were taken by Nolan Dean and are available in either 5X7 or 8X10 prints.  All proceeds from sales will go to support Young Life of Phillips County. Photographs can also be viewed on the table at the back of the nave on Sunday mornings or the church office during the week.

ST. JOHN’S T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!  The St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 


Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262    

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org                                          

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115    

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org





January 6, 2018, 6:49 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, January 7, 2018


From Fr. Ray +

 

The liturgical season of Christmas comes to an end on January 5, the twelfth day of Christmas.  The next day, January 6, is Epiphany.  We will observe Epiphany with a service of Lessons and Music at 5:30 p.m. at the church. This service does not include a sermon or Holy Communion. The name “Epiphany” is derived from a Greek word meaning “manifestation” or “appearing” and is a celebration of the light of Christ “appearing” to the entire world.

Our Annual Parish Meeting will take place Sunday, January 21 following worship. Please plan to join your church family as we share a pot-luck meal and reflect a bit on the past year.  Of even greater importance, we will elect three new vestry members and I will discuss some of my hopes and thoughts for St. John’s in 2018 and beyond.

Bishop Larry Benfield will be making his annual pastoral visit to St. John’s on Sunday, January 28.   An all-church potluck lunch will follow worship. I hope everyone who considers St. John their church “home” will be present to give our Bishop a warm Delta welcome.

Finally, thank you to our Altar Guild and the other volunteers who decorated our church building for Christmas.  You did a great job!  Approximately 110 worshippers were present for our 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Service. 

 

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


On Tuesday, January 23 St. John's is hosting a program entitled "Auden, The Psalms, And Me." The speaker will be Mr. Chester Johnson of New York. Mr. Johnson is a poet, essayist, and translator whose poem "St. Paul's Chapel" remains the memento card for the thousands of weekly visitors to the chapel, at Trinity Episcopal Church Wall Street, that survived the 9/11 attacks at Ground Zero. He replaced W.H. Auden as the poet on the drafting committee for the 1979 retranslation of the Psalms contained in the current edition of the Book of Common Prayer.

 

This free program will be held at The Pillow Thompson House and begins at 5:30 p.m. Wine and cheese will be served and Mr. Johnson will be signing copies of his book, "Auden, The Psalms, And Me".


 

Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am. 

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  January 7, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (First Sunday after the Epiphany):Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Carla Myers, Ray Worley, Donna Rohrscheib, Louis Hardman, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Jane Barker, Sara Hornor, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald Wayne Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, and the family of Kay Pillow


Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is laundry detergent & bleach.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food. 

                 Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantry – plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

     Thank you for your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Jan 6, Sat - Funeral Service for Kay Pillow at 2:00 pm

Jan 6, SAT - The Epiphany Service at 5:30 pm

Crucifer – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

JAN 7, SUN at 10:30 am

Acolyte – Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gini Pillow

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

Jan 10, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Susan Carter


St John’s professional church photos are now available for purchase on the internet at stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com. Beautiful interior and exterior pictures of St. John’s were taken by Nolan Dean and are available in either 5X7 or 8X10 prints.  All proceeds from sales will go to support Young Life of Phillips County. Photographs can also be viewed on the table at the back of the nave on Sunday mornings or the church office during the week.

ST. JOHN’S T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!  The St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 


Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262    

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org                                          

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115    

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org





December 28, 2017, 6:42 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, December 31

 


From Fr. Ray +

 

I want to draw your attention to the New Year and ask that you save some dates on your calendar for January. 

On Saturday, January 6, we will have an Epiphany Service at St. John’s at 5:30 p.m.  Epiphany, also Theophany or Three Kings' Day, is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally the visit of the Magi to the Christ child, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles.

Sunday, January 21, is the date for our Potluck and Annual Parish Meeting following worship.

On Tuesday, January 23, 5:30-7:00 p.m. St. John’s is hosting a program by Mr. Chester Johnson at the Pillow-Thompson House. Mr. Johnson will be presenting a brief program about his role in translating the Psalms for our 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Copies of his book, Auden, The Psalms, and Me, will be available for purchase at a discount. Wine and cheese will be served.

On Sunday, January 28, we will welcome Bishop Larry Benfield for his annual pastoral visit. A potluck will follow the worship service. It is always a pleasure to welcome our Bishop. Please make plans to be part of worship on this special occasion.

Thank you saving these dates on your calendar!

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am. 

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  December 31, Christmas Lessons and Carols, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (First Sunday of Christmas):  Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7; John 1:1-18; Psalm 147 or 147: 13-21

 


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Carla Myers, Ray Worley, Donna Rohrscheib, Louis Hardman, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Jane Barker, Sara Hornor, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald Wayne Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, and Annie Fielder.


Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is cleaning supplies.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food. 

               Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantry – plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

  Thank you for all your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Dec 27, WED  -   No Midweek Eucharist

Dec 31, SUN  - Christmas Lessons and Carols at 10:30 am.

Acolyte – Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister -

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright 

Jan 3, WED - Midweek Eucharist(chapel) at 5:30

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

Jan 6, SAT - The Epiphany Service at 5:30 pm

 

St John’s professional church photos are now available for purchase on the internet at stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com. Beautiful interior and exterior pictures of St. John’s were taken by Nolan Dean and are available in either 5X7 or 8X10 prints.  All proceeds from sales will go to support Young Life of Phillips County. Photographs can also be viewed on the table at the back of the nave on Sunday mornings or the church office during the week.

ST. JOHN’S T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!  The St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 


Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262    

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org                                          

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115    

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org



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