June 29, 2016, 3:40 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church                        Sunday, July 3, 2016




ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, July 3rd, 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: July 3rd, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.


READINGS for this Sunday (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost) are: Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalm 66:1-8; Galatians 6:1-6, 7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20.


MIDWEEK EUCHARIST will be on Thursday, July 7th, at Noon.




THE CALL a DVD study and discussion of the life of St. Paul will meet Wednesday, July 7th. Meeting times are: 10:30 A.M. and 6:30 P.M. and will continue through July 13th. 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: Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Carol Jennings, Sam Harris, Jim Howe, Jr., Janet Juengel, William Millard, Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Richard Hargraves, Walt Morris, Katy Mouritsen, and Elena Hinderer.




The Samaritan’s Purse: Donations that will fit in a shoe box can be placed in the basket by front door. Donations for July:   Clothes for boys and girls 5 to 9


Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission Ministries: The item from their wish list this week is toilet tissue. Plastic tubs are located at the stair landing just outside the chapel.


Humane Society of the Delta: Donations needed are dog food, cat litter and large used bath towels. There is a plastic tub for them also.


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. We 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 29th, at 10:30 AM and at 6:30 PM, THE CALL will meet.


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


Sunday duties July 3rd, 2016:


Acolyte – Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

Altar Flowers – There are two open dates in August (Sunday the 14th and the 21st).


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


Thursday, July 7th, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Eucharist in the Chapel.


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


The Freeman Playground groundbreaking 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, will provide hot dogs, chips, watermelon, and water. Come meet your neighbors, have lunch, and find out more about the Freeman Playground.



Beginning July 8th – July 22nd St John’s will host two groups from the Together for Hope that will be working throughout the community of Helena-West Helena on various projects. While staying in our undercroft, they will teach swimming lessons, repair several buildings and work on various projects in the community. We have hosted them over the past several years and they are always a delight to have with us. Many of them join us for the adult education class. On Sunday, July 10th and July 17th we will provide a Fun, Food and Fellowship time in the chapel immediately following the service where we will have the opportunity to share food, stories and meet these wonderful people. So please mark your calendars for these Sundaysand share in the light lunch and wonderful gathering of God’s people.



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.

The Celebration Committee needs names and addresses of family members, relatives and/or acquaintances that should be notified about our birthday celebration. Families such as Andersons, Schrantz, Pillows, Gist, Nicholls, Leach, etc. and many more. Your help will be appreciated.


Freeman Playground: 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.


The next Cherry Street Fair will be July 9th from 5-8 pm. This is a great place to visit with friends and neighbors, enjoy some delicious food or cool off with a cold brew in the beer garden.


Office: If you know anyone that needs to be on the prayer list please contact the office in order to include them in the newsletter and the bulletins. We also need to know when someone should be taken off. Email, text or call, your help is greatly appreciated.


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