May 3, 2017, 8:11 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, May 7, 2017


From Fr. Ray

In Ephesians 6:2 we are called to “bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” In order to better do that we are starting a new ministry known as “One Call.”  This new program will allow us to send text messages, emails and voicemails when there is a prayer request or as reminders when there is a church event coming up.  In order to participate in this new ministry the church office will need to know your preferred way of receiving messages, i.e. text, email, voicemail or a combination of those methods.  Of course, your cell number, email address and/or home phone number will be needed, too. You can participate in this new ministry by calling Marjie at the church office at 338-8115 or by signing up on the sheet on the table at the back of the church.  For your convenience you can tear off the form at the bottom of the newsletter, fill it in and email or mail it to the church office.              Blessings, Fr. Ray +

I will be leading a six week class on The Apostles’ Creed beginning Wednesday, May 17 at 6:15 p.m. and Thursday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. These times allow those who so desire to attend both the class and one of the mid-week Eucharists.  I will also be leading the same class during the Adult Sunday School at 9:15 on Sunday mornings.  The Apostles’ Creed is an excellent summary of our Christian faith.  The subjects of each class will be as follows:

  • Week 1:  God
  • Week 2:  Jesus Christ
  • Week 3: The Holy Spirit
  • Week 4:  The Church and the Communion of the Saints
  • Week 5:  The Forgiveness of Sins
  • Week 6:  The Resurrection of the Body

Each class will include a brief video by Rev. Adam Hamilton. We have used his material before and found it both inspiring and challenging.      Blessings, Fr. Ray+

Commemorative Coffee Table Book - We are looking into the possibility of publishing a commemorative coffee table book at St. John’s.  The book would be hardcover and contain around 125 pages of beautiful pictures of the interior and exterior of our building. Also included would be pictures of all of the memorial kneelers along with an index of who created each one of them.  The approximate cost of the book would be between $75 and $100 depending on how many were ordered.  If this is something you would purchase if it was produced, please let Marjie know by calling the church office at 870-338-8115 or emailing  There is also a sign-up sheet on the table at the back of the church.

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:  May 7, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.

Readings for Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Easter):  Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10

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, Debra Richardson, Donna Rohrscheib, Nic Cole, Kuba Friedlander, David Henderson, Lena Cunningham, Kathy Sullivan, Joann Hargraves, and the family of Jason Rowlett.

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.

UTO collection will be taken up during offertory on Mother’s Day, May 14.  Boxes are located at the back of church on the table.  Checks are also accepted.

Church Office News and Announcements:

May 3, Wed - Midweek Unction (chapel) at 5:30 pm

May 4, Thur - Noonday Unction (chapel) at 12:00

May 7, SUN:

Acolytes – Katherine Wright & Rachel Wright

Lay Eucharist Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

Altar Flowers – West & Jane Hornor

Baby shower in the garden honoring Jackie & Nolan Dean will be immediately after the service. Lots of fun and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Warfield Free Concert and Outdoor Picnic is happening Sunday, May 7, at 6:00 on the PCCUA lawn.  Bring your own chair and picnic and wear your St. John’s t-shirt.

May 8, Mon - ECW will meet at Carla Myers house at 5:00 on Monday, May 8.

May 10, Wed - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm       

May 11, Thur - Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00

Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262                                


St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115         


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


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