May 26, 2016, 7:53 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church                  Sunday, May 29, 2016


 ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, May 29, at 9:00 am. We will continue to focus on the study of Matthew and finish Chapter 26 (N.T. Wright’s book).

 SUNDAY SCHOOL: Will meet at 9:00 at the First United Methodist Church.

 WORSHIP: May 29TH, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.

 READINGS for this Sunday (Second Sunday after Pentecost) are: 1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43;

Psalm 96:1-9; Galatians 1:1-12; Luke 7:1-10.

MIDWEEK EUCHARIST will be on Thursday, June 2nd, at Noon.


Please keep the following in your prayers: Marie Simon, Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Carol Jennings, Blanche Choate, Sam Harris, Leslie Galloway, Jim Howe, Jr., Nina Zachary, Janet Juengel, William Millard, Susan Gibbs Worrell, George Webster, Gibson Turley, Walt Morris, Bunny Russian, Jeffrey Mink, Ruth Howe, and the family of Connie Lodice.

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.


 The next ECW meeting will be in the undercroft on June 13th at 5:00. Please bring items for boys or girls ages 2- 4 so we can start filling boxes for Operation Christmas Child. If anyone needs boxes to fill on their own, please contact Bennette Morris (870-338-1340).

Suggestions: Clothes - underwear, shorts, shirts, dresses, shoes/sox, pajamas

            Toys – dolls, cars & trucks (no guns, tanks, military)

            Hygiene – soap, wash cloths, toothpaste & brush, powder

            Paper products – books (coloring & illustration), easy puzzles, tablets, pencils,

                                     scissors, crayons, Etc.

             sunglasses, sand buckets & shovel, harmonicas, horns (ALL MUST FIT IN SHOE



Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission Ministry: The item from their wish list this week is toilet paper.  A plastic tub for each is located at the stair landing just outside the chapel.

Humane Society of the Delta: Donations needed are laundry detergent, cat litter and large bath towels (used). A large donation tub has been placed with the others. A Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic for dogs and cats is scheduled for June 14th and 15th. Appointments must be made by contacting Darlene at 870-995-9083.


 Thursday, May 26th, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Holy Eucharist in the Chapel.

 Sunday duties May 29th, 2016:

             Acolyte – Mike Fielder

            Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee

            Altar Guild – Susan Carter

Thursday, June 2nd, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Holy Eucharist in the Chapel.

We would like to update our directory information on all members. This includes address, home phone, cell phones, and email addresses. Please let the office know yours by email or text to or call 870-338-8115. Thank you

From Fr. Ray: Last week I visited the Grace Food Pantry just across the street from St. John’s. I enjoyed meeting the many volunteers and their leader Rev. Doris Smith. I was impressed with the energy and organization of this vital ministry and am glad St. John’s supports this wonderful effort to counter food insecurity in our community. I learned that the pantry provides food for 150-180 families each week, making it one of the, if not the largest food pantry in the state of Arkansas. When you consider the fact the families can only receive food once a month, it means the pantry is serving in excess of 600 families each month. I spent part of my time visiting with the many folks waiting in line for food. Over and over again I heard stories about how this monthly assistance makes a huge difference in the lives of their families. Thank you for supporting the Grace Food Pantry! --Fr. Ray +

One Hundredth Birthday Celebration: Plans are underway for the 100th Birthday Celebration of the St. John’s church building on October 21-23 of this year.   The Birthday Committee held its first meeting on Tuesday, May 17. The following persons have volunteered to head up the various teams that will be working to ensure we have a wonderful celebration:

Chairperson of Birthday Committee: Maureen Jones

Invitations and Addresses: Angie Fielder

Food: Julie Pittman

Displays and Memorabilia: Grace Henderson

Decorations: Carla Myers

Please consider which of these groups you would like to help with and let the team leader know. As of this time plans include a Wine and Cheese Reception on Friday evening, Worship Service on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner/reception in the undercroft.   More information will be provided in future newsletters. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7, in the undercroft at 5:30.

Re: St. John's Anniversary  

    We hope to have not only our church family attend our 100th celebration but also many of the cousins, sisters and brothers, and friends of our families.  So, to this end and because it will be great fun, we hope you will bring  to the church office very soon your old photos of St. John's folks' brides and grooms, baby christenings,  Christmas and  Easter celebrations, picnics, Sunday School and the St. John's Kindergarten children. We also need pictures of past priests if you have them as well of photos of our beloved members who have died and any photos you have of the church with the steeple.

   We will make copies (or you can make copies of your pictures for 29 cents each at Walmart where the most delightful Carolyn in the photo department will help you). Your originals will be taken care of ad returned to you.

   We also ask that you attach a sheet with names of those pictured since we may not recognize them if the pictures are vintage. We'll have a Saints' Gallery and a Hope to Be Saints Gallery. If there is enough interest we would like to produce a photo book that will be for sale and possibly a video!

   Our church has produced more than a few priests: Bishop Allen, Lawson Anderson, Peggy Bosmeyer, Danny Schieffler, Chris Hardman and possibly Hank Perrin...please correct me on the last if I am wrong. We need photos of these dear folk.

   Stay tuned for more news as we proceed with plans. It should be a gala time for all of us.

Grace Henderson


   Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262


  St. John’s Church Office:

Phone: 870-338-8115     Fax: 870-338-8519    


Web Site:

Address:   P.O. Box 770, Helena AR 72342