June 22, 2016, 4:52 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church                        Sunday, June 26, 2016




 ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, June 26th, at 9:00 am. We will continue to focus on the study of Matthew with Chapter 27 (N.T. Wright’s book).

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

WORSHIP: June 26TH, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.

READINGS for this Sunday (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost) are: 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21; Psalm 16; Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62.

MIDWEEK EUCHARIST will be on Thursday, June 30th, at Noon.




 THE CALL a DVD study and discussion of the life of St. Paul will meet Wednesday, June 29. Meeting times are: 10:30 A.M. and 6:30 P.M. and will continue through July 13th. The books are here and will be available on Wednesday. For further information, call Fr. Ray or Marjie at the church office.

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.

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, Jeffrey Mink, Ruth Howe, Walt Morris,

Gibson Turley, and Kati Mouritsen.




 The Samaritan’s Purse: Donations that will fit in a shoe box can be placed in the basket by front door. Suggestions: (ALL MUST FIT IN SHOE BOX)

            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

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission Ministries: The item from their wish list this week is cleaning supplies.Humane Society of the Delta: Donations needed are dog food, cat litter and large used bath towels. Aplastic tub for each is located at the stair landing just outside the chapel.

There is a new outreach project at St. John’s. As you know, we support Grace Food pantry financially each month and with volunteers from the church. Each week the food is packed in plastic grocery/Walmart bags and handed out. These bags are donated by individuals and various churches so no money is used for bags, but can be used to purchase food for the recipients.

We will have a labeled container in the narthex for any plastic bags you might want to donate. It is a great way to recycle, help Grace Food pantry and those in need in our community.

Thanks for your bags and support. Father Ray will take the bags to the pantry on the days he volunteers.




 Wednesday, June 22nd, at 10:30 AM and at 6:30 PM, THE CALL will meet.

 Thursday, June 23rd, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Holy Eucharist in the Chapel.

 Sunday duties June 26th, 2016:

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Carla Myers & Bennett Sellers

Altar Flowers – Mrs. Frank Jeffett

Wednesday, June 29th, at 10:30 AM and at 6:30 PM, THE CALL in the undercroft.

Thursday, June 30th, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Holy Eucharist in the Chapel.

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 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.

Blood Drive:  Life Blood will be at PCCUA on July 7, 2016, from 1:00 pm till 6:00 pm. Please contact Julie Pittman ( or 870-714-0358) to participate.

Freeman Playground: Join Will and Misti Staley for the groundbreaking of the Freeman Playground in honor of their son Freeman Ellis Staley. Freeman passed away in February at 10 months old, after spending all but 5 weeks of his short life at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. Will and Misti spent every day by his side making his life full of love and as fun as possible.

“The Freeman Playground will not only honor Freeman’s life, but the lives of all the children in Helena-West Helena that have left this world a little too soon,” said Misti Freeman Staley, Freeman’s mother. “The mission of Freeman Playground will be to provide children and families of all ability levels with a safe, healthy, and fun place to play.”

The nearest American Disabilities Act (ADA) playground with ramps in Arkansas is 87 miles away in Jonesboro, which will make the Freeman Playground the first of its kind in Phillips County - allowing wheelchair bound children the freedom to play alongside children without disability,” said Will Staley, Freeman’s Father.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Freeman Playground is set for Friday, July 8th, Noon-1:30pm at the corner of Beech and Market Streets in downtown, Helena. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3 blocks from the Freeman Playground, will provide hot dogs, chips, watermelon, and water. Come meet your neighbors, have lunch, and find out more about the Freeman Playground.

 Fundraising will continue for the Freeman Playground in hopes of an opening this Fall.

 To keep up with the progress of the Freeman Playground, like their Facebook page: For more information on how to donate, make an in-kind donation, or volunteer contact Misti Freeman Staley at 770-490-9973.

Office: 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 the office. Thank you.


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