February 1, 2017, 6:44 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, February 5, 2017


Annual Parish Meeting a Big Success!

Thanks to all who helped make Our Annual Parish Meeting last Sunday a blessing!  The food was abundant and delicious.  The fellowship was even better and what a joy it was to have to set up two extra tables as attendance surpassed expectations.  The first meeting with our new vestry members will be Monday, February 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the church. 

Following the Annual Meeting last Sunday, the vestry confirmed that Tait Owens will be continuing as Jr. Warden.  Walter Morris, Jr. will continue as Treasurer and Gibson Turley will continue as Clerk.

I look forward to working with our vestry and officers as we begin a new year of ministry and mission at St. John’s.                                                Blessings, Fr. Ray +

Outdoor Chairs Challenge!

With the dedication of the Gloria Y. Tappan Memorial Walkway, we are looking forward to using our lovely Garden more in the coming year. We would like to purchase 48 folding outdoor style chairs for such events.  A challenge gift has been made for the purchase of these chairs.  Every dollar given will be matched, up to $500.00.  The cost per chair is approximately $25, so your gift of $25 will actually enable the purchase of two chairs.  Chair purchases or donations can be made by placing a check in the offering plate on Sunday (be sure to note that it is for purchase of chairs) or by sending your gift to or dropping it off at the church office.

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 two delegates.  If you would like to attend as an alternate, please call Fr. Ray at 870-338-8115.  Your registration and overnight lodging will be provided.

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:  February 5, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany): Isaiah 58:1-9; Psalm 112:1-9; 1 Corinthians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:13-20

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, 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, Jeannie Turley, David Henderson, Lena Cunningham, Duke Drennon, and Aiden Hyslip.

Outreach News:

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

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, 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

Sunday, February 5, duties:                     

Acolytes – Ned Pillow, Mary Pillow, Eli Pillow, & Jack Pillow

        Lay Eucharist Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

Altar Flowers – Charlie Tappan Family

Wednesday, Feb 8,  Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Thursday, Feb 9,  Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00

Saturday, Feb 11, Altar Guild polish day at 10:00 am

Tuesday, Feb 28,  Pancake supper from 5:00 – 6:30 pm on Shrove Tuesday


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