February 28, 2017, 7:16 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, February 26, 2017


Dear St. John’s Family and Friends,

I received this lovely note in the mail this week from a young man who lives out of town, but is a regular visitor.  I wanted to share his kind words with you.  Fr. Ray +   (Copy on the last page.)

Lenten Class

During Lent I will be leading a class entitled “5 Marks of Love”, which has been described as “A discipleship offering inspired by the Anglican Marks of Mission.”  Each class will include a brief video presentation as well as questions and discussions of what it means to live life marked as Christ’s own. The class will meet in the undercroft at 9:15 each Sunday morning beginning February 26.    Fr. Ray +

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday and falls on February 28 this year. This date, of course, is also known as Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday.  We will observe Shrove Tuesday with a pancake supper from 5 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. at the church.  All are invited!

Lent at St. John’s

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).  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.  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.  Chair donations can be made by placing a check in the offering plate, mailed or dropped 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 26, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.

Readings for Sunday (The Last Sunday after the Epiphany): Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9

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, Carol Jennings, Donna Rohrscheib, Nic Cole, Mike Brandt, Doug & Anna Freelander’s son Kuba, David Henderson, Lena Cunningham, Duke Drennon, John O Moore, Connie Johnston, Stephanie Arnold, Kathy Sullivan, Janet Juengel, and the family of Martha Loraine Cline

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:

Wednesday, Feb 22     Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Thursday, Feb 23    Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00

Friday, Feb 24   St. Mary’s Catholic Church Mardi Gras Seafood Dinner 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Sunday, February 26, 2017     

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharist Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder

Altar Flowers – Jim & Betty Bush


Harry Stephens will be here to share about the work of the

Gideons during the service. 


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

Wednesday, Mar 01   Ash Wednesday Service (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Thursday, Mar 02  Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00 followed by “Picnic in the Pews” luncheon  -  ECW Hosts Angie Fielder and Royce Brown

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