January 19, 2017, 7:26 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church         Sunday, January 22, 2017


Are you aware that we have two mid-week Eucharistic Services at St. Johns? These services, which last about 25 minutes, are held on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays at noon in the chapel.  On the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month, the service is A Public Service of Healing, with anointing with oil for those desiring it. In addition to Holy Communion, each service includes scripture lessons, prayers and a brief homily.  There is no music. These services are helpful to those who cannot attend our principal service on Sunday and for those who want to include a mid-week Eucharist as part of their spiritual discipline.  As always, all are welcome.  Blessings, Fr. Ray

Annual Diocesan Convention is February 17-18

The 2017 Arkansas Diocesan Convention will be held Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18 in Little Rock.  St. Johns is allowed two voting delegates to the convention.  It has been our practice to also send one alternate delegate.  As of this writing, we have one delegate. If you would like to attend as a voting delegate or alternate, please call Fr. Ray at 870-338-8115.  Your registration and overnight lodging will be provided.

Vestry Nominations

Three new vestry members will be elected to a three-year term at our Annual Parish Meeting following worship on January 29.  The three persons who have been nominated are Jack Hornor, Tap Jennings and Buff Brothers.  They will replace three persons who have completed their three-year terms and are going off the vestry.  Those going off the vestry are Mike Fielder, Lorraine Ferryman and Jack Myers.  Their service to St. John’s is greatly appreciated!  I will be announcing a new Senior Warden at the parish meeting and the 2017 Jr. Warden will be selected by the vestry at their first meeting. 

Our annual meeting will be a joyful time of looking back at 2016 and looking forward to 2017 and beyond.  I look forward to seeing you there.


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 22, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (Third Sunday after the Epiphany): Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 5-13; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23


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., Sarah Myers, Debra Richardson, Lena Cunningham, Richard Hargraves, Carol Jennings, Donna Rohrscheib, Nic Cole (brother of Mary McCain Morris’s fiancée), Mike Brandt (friend of Liz & Lane Carter), Doug & Anna Freelander & newborn baby girl, Alex Ferryman, and Jeannie Turley.


Dagmar and Hank Are Getting Married!  The St. Johns family is invited to remain after worship on Sunday, January 22 for the marriage ceremony of our organist, Dagmar Bergan and Hank Boudinot.  They will be leaving after the ceremony for a reception later in the day in Memphis.  We will continue our celebration with them at the Annual Parish Meeting and Potluck following worship on January 29.  A box for your well wishes, cards and monetary gifts will be placed on the table with a cake celebrating their marriage. 

Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is dish soap & 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:

Wednesday, Jan 18, Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Thursday, Jan 19, Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00

Sunday duties January 22, 2017,   

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

        Lay Eucharist Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers – Martha Lambert

Wednesday, Jan 25, Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Thursday, Jan 26, Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00

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


I would like to thank everyone at St. John’s for including my sister-in-law, Donna Drewry, in your prayers all these months after her accident in September 2016.  The power of prayer is a glorious thing.  She has done remarkably well considering the multiple injuries she received.   Donna is now at home, with a rigorous rehab schedule three times a week.  She still has a long way to go to achieve her goal.  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, Marjie


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