January 7, 2017, 10:08 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church                      Sunday, January 8, 2017

From Fr. Ray

2016 was a year of changes and blessings for many of us. Of course, for Royce and me, the biggest change was also one of the biggest blessings of the year as we moved to Helena and became part of the St. John’s family!

As we begin this New Year I wanted to let you know some of the things that will be coming up at St. John’s. The following list is not exhaustive, and a few things may change as we continue to tweak them. However, this is a general overview of what is coming up at St. John’s this winter and spring:

  • January 29th   Annual Congregational Meeting with potluck following worship
  • February 28th Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at church
  • March 1st Ash Wednesday Services (times to be announced)
  • Thursdays in Lent (March) @ Noon Picnic in the Pews in the chapel
  • Mondays and Tuesdays in Lent Evening Prayer
  • Holy Week Services: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
  • Easter Worship on April 16 with mimosas and Easter Egg Hunt following worship
  • To be determined date in May will be Graduation Sunday and potluck


New Year’s Blessings! -- Fr. Ray


Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  January 8, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (First Sunday after Epiphany): Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Jim Howe, Jr., Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Sharon Hinderer, Walter Morris, Sr., Dr. Marion McDaniel, Sarah Myers, Donna Drewry (Marjie’s sister-in-law), Debra Richardson (BZW’s co-worker), Ruth Howe, Lena Cunningham, Richard Hargraves, Carol Jennings, and the family of Jane Spivey Montgomery.


Outreach News:

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

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food.  Their plastic tub is also on the stair landing.

Grace Food Pantry – plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Jan 4, Wednesday:  Midweek Unction and Prayers for the Healing (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Jan 5, Thursday:  Noonday Unction and Prayers for the Healing (chapel) at 12:00

Jan 8, 2017 Sunday duties :                      

Acolyte – Mike Fielder

        Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves 

Altar Flowers – Otis & Ruth Howe and Jim & Nancy Howe


Jan 11, Wednesday: Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Jan 12, Thursday: Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00

Jan 29, Sunday: Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, January 29, 2017.  There will be a potluck following worship, and the first meeting of the vestry with the three new members will follow the potluck.


Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262



St. John’s Church Office:    

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


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