July 11, 2017, 2:38 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, July 16, 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 9 and July 16, 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 16, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Louis Hayden.

Readings for Sunday (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 10):  Isaiah 55:10-13; Psalm 65:1-14; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23


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, Otis Howe, Eddie Maples, Linda Everhart Worstell, Jimmy Gordon, and Madge Saba.

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.


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


Church Office News and Announcements:

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

July 15, SatTogether For Hope group #2 returns to St. John’s (Stay until July 21)

July 16, SUN              

Acolytes – Katherine Wright & Rachel Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers – Jimmy Mixon

July 16, SUN - Fun, Food and Fellowship time in the chapel immediately following the service to share with the Together for Hope group.

July 17, Mon - Vestry will meet at 5:30 at the church.

July 19, Wed - Midweek Evening Prayers (chapel) at 5:30 pm


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


There is an opening for Altar Flowers on August 20.  Please contact Ann Lee or the church.


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