March 1, 2017, 7:35 AM

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


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 +

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 each Sunday morning.    Fr. Ray +

Outdoor Chairs

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.  Chair donations can be made by 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:  March 5, the Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with Rev. Ray Brown.

Readings for Sunday (First Sunday in Lent): Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

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, and Janet Juengel      

Outreach News:

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

Tuesday, Feb 28,    Pancake supper from 5:00 – 6:30 on Shrove Tuesday  (Buff Brothers)

Wednesday, Mar 1,     Lenten Listening at Helena United Methodist Church at 12:00 noon - The speaker is Kelsey Riley with special music by Caroline Stephens.         

Wednesday, Mar 1,    Ash Wednesday Service (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Thursday, Mar 2,   Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00 followed by “Picnic in the Pews” luncheon - ECW Hosts Angie Fielder and Royce Brown

Sunday, March 5, 2017                    

Acolytes – Katherine Wright and Rachael Wright

Lay Eucharist Minister – Jack Myers

Reader – Nolan Dean

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers – John & Sylvia Darnell

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

Wednesday, Mar 8,      Lenten Listening at Helena United Methodist Church at 12:00 noon

Thursday, Mar 9,    Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00 followed by “Picnic in the Pews” luncheo - ECW Hosts Bennett Sellers and Carla Myers


The United Methodist Women of the Helena United Methodist Church cordially invite everyone to attend Lenten Listening services beginning Ash Wednesday March 1st  at 12:00 Noon each week.  These services will continue each week on Wednesday through April 12, 2017.  Bring a sandwich, and we will furnish beverage and dessert.  A nursery will be provided.

Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262         Email:

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115        Fax: 870-338-8519                 


Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 770, Helena, AR 72342