January 27, 2017, 7:58 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church           Sunday, January 29, 2017


Annual Parish Meeting This Sunday, January 29

Our Annual Parish Meeting and Potluck is this coming Sunday, January 29 following worship.  At this meeting, we will hear brief reports from myself, our wardens and our treasurer.  We will elect three new members to our vestry and I will announce our Senior Warden for 2017.  This is a wonderful opportunity to share in a meal together and celebrate the many good things that have occurred in our parish life in the past year. 

Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share.  No desserts are needed since we will have a cake to celebrate the marriage of Dagmar Bergan and Hank Boudinot.

I hope you will make plans to attend this once-a-year event in the life of our congregation.  Good food and warm fellowship await!   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 and one alternate to the convention.  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 members who have completed their three-year terms.  Those going off the vestry are Mike Fielder, Lorraine Ferryman and Jack Myers.  Their service to St. John’s is greatly appreciated! 


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

Readings for Sunday (Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany):

Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12

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’s son Kuba, Alex Ferryman, Jeannie Turley, David Henderson, and Duke Drennon (grandson of Mark & Melody Rogers).

Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is laundry detergent & bleach.

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

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

Sunday,  January 29, 2017 duties:       

Acolytes – Katherine & Rachel Wright

Lay Eucharist Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

Altar Flowers – Frances Keesee

Kitchen – Julie Pittman

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

Wednesday, Feb 1, Midweek Holy Unction & Prayers for Healing (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Thursday, Feb 2, Noonday Holy Unction & Prayers for Healing (chapel) at 12:00



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