May 10, 2017, 7:29 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, May 14, 2017


From Fr. Ray:

Our Fellowship Committee met a few weeks ago to plan our Summer 2017 fellowship events. Please put the following on your calendar:

  • Sunday, May 21st we will honor high school graduate Katherine Wright with a reception and meal following worship. Special music at worship will be provided by oboist/clarinetist Mr. Drew Spencer-Bell.
  • Sunday, June 11th we will have a picnic at Heritage Trail following worship.
  • We are hoping to host a reception for Teach For America teachers in August, but are waiting to hear from the directors of the program before finalizing plans.
  • September 17 we will have a Picnic in the Pews following worship.  This will be similar to what we do during Lent.


In addition to these events, the Vestry will be sponsoring a lite supper and bingo night at the church on the second Thursday of every month. More information will be coming soon regarding the start date for this monthly fellowship opportunity.

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 are ordered.  If this is something you would purchase if it was produced, please let Marjie know by calling or emailing the church office.  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 14, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.

Readings for Sunday (Fifth Sunday of Easter): Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14


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, and Joann Hargraves

Outreach News:

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.

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:

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

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

May 14, SUN : 

Acolytes – Rachel Wright & Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharist Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Jeannie Turley

Altar Flowers – Altar Guild




May 15, Mon - Vestry will meet at 5:30 at the church

May 17, Wed - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

May 17, Wed - Class (The Apostles’ Creed) at 6:15 pm

May 18, Thur - Class (The Apostles’ Creed) at 10:30 am

May 18, 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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