February 8, 2017, 10:13 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, February 12, 2017


Lentat St. John’s

It seems like we just celebrated Christmas and here we are less than a month away from the beginning of Lent.  In the Book of Common Prayer we are called "to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word" (BCP, p. 265).  I wanted to let you know some of the things happening at St. John’s as we seek to experience a “holy Lent.” Though not technically part of Lent, we will be having a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at the church on February 28 5-6:30 p.m. The next day, March 1, our Ash Wednesday Service will be at 5:30 p.m. As we did last year, we will have a Picnic in the Pews luncheon and Eucharist on Thursdays at noon beginning March 2. On Sundays at 9:15 a.m. I will be leading a course called Beloved: Marks of Mission, Marks of Love.    Sunday worship will follow Rite I with Eucharist. So, please mark your calendar as you plan for a “holy Lent.”           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.

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

Readings for Sunday (Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany): Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 119:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37

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, Mike Brandt, Doug & Anna Freelander’s son Kuba, David Henderson, Lena Cunningham, Duke Drennon, John Moore, and Connie Johnston.

Outreach News:

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

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 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

Sunday duties - February 12, 2017                        

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers & Angie Fielder

Altar Flowers – Jack & Carla Myers

Monday, Feb 13, ECW will meet at 5:00 pm at the home of Suzanne Brothers

Wednesday, Feb 15,  Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Thursday, Feb 16,  Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00

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