August 4, 2016, 8:35 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church                          Sunday, August 7, 2016




ADULT EDUCATION:  Sunday, August 7th, at 9:00 am.  We will continue to focus on the study of Matthew with Chapter 30 (N.T. Wright’s book).


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


WORSHIP:  August 7th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 


READINGS for this Sunday (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost): Genesis 15:1-6; Psalm 33:12-22; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40.


MIDWEEK EUCHARIST will be on Thursday, August 11th, 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., William Millard, Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Richard Hargraves, Katy Mouritsen, Elena Hinderer, Sharon Hinderer, Belinda Hyslip, Walter Morris, Sr., Walt Morris, Pat Wheeler, Carol Simmons, and Dr. Marion McDaniel.




The ECW meeting this month will be at church in the undercroft on August 8th at 5:00.  Please bring items for boys or girls ages 5-9 so we can fill more boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  If anyone needs boxes to fill on their own, please contact Bennette Morris (870-338-1340).

The Samaritan’s Purse:  Donations that will fit in a shoe box can be placed in the basket by front door. 


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




Thursday, August 4th, at 12:00 Noon, Holy Unction & Prayers for the Healing in the Chapel.


Sunday duties August 7, 2016:


Acolyte – Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Allison Biederman

Altar Flowers – Betty Bush


Monday, August 8th, at 5:00, ECW will meet at the church in the undercroft.


Thursday, August 11th, 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 next 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 "Back in the day" (as they say), children were awarded pins if they had perfect attendance at Sunday School. Not so today, so if we hurt Tom Miller’s or Jack Hornor's feelings by telling that when they were just little boys in 1955 they missed 9 or 10 Sundays out of 52 in a year, we apologize, and we admit that our own adult attendance isn't perfect, either.  To have been in Sunday school 41 and 42 out of 52 weeks is actually mighty good

The Women's Missionary Society in 1879 paid the monthly salary for the organist. The salary was $8.00 per month.


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