March 8, 2017, 12:00 AM








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


Lenten Opportunities

We have several opportunities for you to express your devotion to our Lord and grow your spiritual life during the season of Lent. While we often speak of “giving up” something for Lent, sometimes it can also be helpful to add something for Lent. Any of the following would be a meaningful addition to your Lenten discipline:

Picnic in the Pews on Thursdays at noon provides a mid-week opportunity to participate in the Holy Eucharist and afterwards enjoy the fellowship of others with the light lunch provided free of charge.  If your schedule permits you can “picnic in the pews”, or, if you are on a tight schedule, we will gladly put your lunch in a sack that you can take with you.

Wednesday Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m.

Evening Prayer on Monday and Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. 

Sunday School Class on The 5 Marks of Love at 9:15 a.m.

Please pick up a Hope Chest box to be filled with money for Episcopal Relief & Development at the back of the church.

Finally, you are welcome to meet with me to make your personal confession. The order for personal confession is call “Reconciliation of a Penitent and can be found in the Book of Common Prayer on page 447. Of course, your confession will be kept in the strictest confidence.

Blessings, Fr. Ray +

Outdoor Chairs

We are still taking garden chair donations that may be made by offering plate, mailed or dropped off at the church office.  We are looking forward to using our lovely garden this year.

Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am, The 5 Marks of Love

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  March 12, the Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with Rev. Ray Brown.

Readings for Sunday (Second Sunday in Lent): Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17

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 Ruth Howe

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:

Tuesday, Mar 7,      Evening Prayer (chapel) at 5:30 pm  

Wednesday, Mar 8,     Lenten Listening at Helena United Methodist Church at 12:00 noon - The speaker is Martin Rawls with special music by Vivian Hoskins.

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

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

SUNDAY, March 12

Acolyte – Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharist Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers – Lyle & Lisa Wheeler

Monday, Mar 13,    ECW will have monthly meeting 5:00 at Susan Carter’s house.

Monday, Mar 13,    Evening Prayer (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Tuesday, Mar 14,    Evening Prayer (chapel) at 5:30 pm

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

Wednesday, Mar 15,    Lenten Listening at Helena United Methodist Church at 12:00 noon.  The speaker is Lynn Chadwick with special music by Paige VonKanel.

Thursday, Mar 16,   Noonday Holy Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00 followed by “Picnic in the Pews” luncheon - ECW Hosts Melody Rogers and Nancy Hornor

Thursday, Mar 23,        Invitation below


The Easter Lilies 2017 order form will be distributed this Sunday. 



The United Methodist Women of the Helena United Methodist Church cordially invite everyone to attend Lenten Listening services each week on Wednesday through April 12, 2017 at 12:00 Noon.    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