July 28, 2016, 7:37 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church                          Sunday, July 31, 2016




ADULT EDUCATION:  Sunday, July 31st, at 9:00 am.  We will continue to focus on the study of Matthew with Chapter 29 (N.T. Wright’s book).


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


WORSHIP:  July 31st, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 


READINGS for this Sunday (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost): Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23; Psalm 49:1-11; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21.


MIDWEEK EUCHARIST will be on Thursday, August 4th, at Noon.




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, Katy Mouritsen, Elena Hinderer, Belinda Hyslip, Walter Morris, Sr.,

Walt Morris, Pat Wheeler, Carol Simmons, and Dr. Marion McDaniel.




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 on the stair landing.


Grace Food Pantry labeled container in the narthex is for any plastic bags you might want to donate.




Midweek Eucharist is cancelled for Thursday July 28.


Sunday duties July 31st, 2016:


Acolyte – Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Jeannie Turley

Altar Flowers – Gill & Jessica Pillow


Thursday, August 4th, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Eucharist in the Chapel.


Hope For The Future is a program offered through Alzheimer’s Arkansas.  While living in Little Rock I attended this event and found in to be greatly helpful as I dealt with family members of persons with dementia.  When my mother was diagnosed with dementia and I moved her from Florida to Arkansas I found Alzheimer’s Arkansas, and particularly Hope For The Future, to be a tremendous resource.  If you have a loved one with dementia, or if you just want to know more about caring for those with dementia, I enthusiastically recommend this program.  It will be a half-day well spent.  Please call me if you would like to know more about this opportunity that is coming to Helena on Friday, September 9 at UAMS East.  Additional information about this event can be found in this week's newsletter.  Blessings! -- 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 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. 

St John’s historical records According to the Sunday School attendance records of 1955, Tom Miller missed Sunday School 9 times but Jack Hornor missed 10 times!


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.




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