June 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, June 25, 2017


From Fr. Ray +

Please Note: The 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Eucharist and the Wednesday evening book study on The Apostles’ Creed are canceled this week, June 21, due to Fr. Ray attending an ordination service in Lake Village.


Last Sunday I preached on the good news of justification by faith.  That simply means we are made right with God through faith and faith alone. However, the faith that saves is never “alone.” Those who have come to God through Christ make their faith known by serving others in his name. Please take a moment to consider the following information and invitation.

We are planning to provide a simple supper and school supplies for some of our neighborhood children just before school starts in August. I believe this is one way we can witness to our community about God’s love and grace.

At our next meeting on Monday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the church, we will decide on specifics such as date, time and exactly who, and how many children and family members will be invited to this event. Volunteers are needed to assist with gathering school supplies and preparing a simple supper.


Guest Soloist This Sunday!

This coming Sunday, June 25 we are delighted to have a guest soloist at St. John’s! Everett Long is a familiar face to anyone who has attended PCCUA musicals. We are happy he will be sharing his beautiful voice and enriching our worship experience.


I am leading a six-week class on The Apostles’ Creed each Wednesday, 6:15 p.m. The Apostles’ Creed is an excellent summary of our Christian faith.  The remaining classes are as follows:

  • 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+

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:  June 25, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.

Readings for Sunday (Third Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 7): Jeremiah 20:7-13; Psalm 69:8-11, [12-17], 18-20; Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Sharon Hinderer, Debra Richardson, Donna Rohrscheib, Nic Cole, Kuba Friedlander, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Joann Hargraves, Bennett Morris, Walter Morris, Sr, Jimmy Billingsley, and Larry Bryant.

Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is paper towels.

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.

Thank you for all your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.


Church Office News and Announcements:

June 21, Wed - No Midweek Eucharist and Study Class - Both cancelled this week.

June 25, SUN  

Acolytes – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder & Carla Myers

Altar Flowers – Mrs. Frank Jeffett

June 28, Wed - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

June 28, Wed - Study Class (The Apostles’ Creed) at 6:15 pm in the undercroft


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