July 6, 2017, 8:36 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, July 9, 2017


From Fr. Ray +


Beginning July 7th – July 21st St John’s will host two groups from the Together for Hope that will be working throughout the community of Helena-West Helena on various projects.  While staying in our undercroft, they will teach swimming lessons, repair several buildings and work on various projects in the community.  We have hosted them over the past several years and they are always a delight to have with us.  Many of them join us for the adult education class.  On Sunday, July 9th and July 16h we will provide a Fun, Food and Fellowship time in the chapel immediately following the service where we will have the opportunity to share food, stories and meet these wonderful people.  So please mark your calendars for these Sundays and share in the light lunch and wonderful gathering of God’s people.


Our Neighborhood Back-To-School Event will take place in the garden at St. John’s on Saturday, August 5 at 11 a.m.  More volunteers have stepped forward to help with this event.  Two teams were formed at our meeting Monday. The “Meal Team” consists of Susan Carter, Jack & Nancy Horner and Anna Barry. The “School Supplies Team” includes Carla Meyers, Grace Henderson and Melody Rogers. Maureen Jones is helping Father Ray with some of the overall logistics of the event. If you would like to assist with one of these teams, please contact one of the current volunteers.


There is a box labeled “School Supplies” in the narthex. You can participate in this ministry by purchasing new school supplies such as notebooks, pencils and Crayola crayons and placing them in the box. A full school supply list will be put in our weekly newsletter in the near future.


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:  July 9, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Louis Hayden.

Readings for Sunday (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 9): Zechariah 9:9-12; Psalm 45:11-18; Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30


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, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Joann Hargraves, Bennett Morris, Walter Morris, Sr, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Bill Hanson, Gareth Vaughan (Peace talks diplomat in Iraq), Margaret Dean, and Otis Howe.


Outreach News:

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


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


United Thank Offering (UTO) collections this year totaled an impressive $469.12. 


Church Office News and Announcements:

July 5, Wed - Midweek Evening Prayers (chapel) at 5:30 pm

July 7, Fri - Together For Hope group #1 returns to St. John’s (Stay until July 14)

July 8, SAT - At 10:00 a.m. - All Altar Guild members will polish silver and brass

July 9, SUN                

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Jeannie Turley

Altar Flowers – Susan Carter

July 9, SUN -Fun, Food and Fellowship time in the chapel immediately following the service to share with the Together for Hope group.

July 12, Wed - Midweek Evening Prayers (chapel) at 5:30 pm


The next Cherry Street Fair will be July 8th from 5-8 pm.  This is a great place to visit with friends and neighbors, enjoy some delicious food and the free concert.


Fr. Ray & Royce will be on vacation from July 3 and returning July 17.  Rev. Louis Hayden will be our visiting priest on July 9 and July 16.


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