April 25, 2018, 6:51 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, April 22, 2018

From Fr. Ray+


Beginning this coming Sunday, April 29, the Adult Sunday School Class will be using material from the DVD and book Fear of the Other, by retired Methodist Bishop Will Willimon.  The publisher describes this book as follows:

Tolerate one another.  Wait.  Isn’t that supposed to be love one another?  It’s one thing to genuinely love people who are more or less the same as we are, but what about those who are not only strangers, but people who live completely different lives?  Reliable spiritual guide Will Willimon invites you to look more closely at the gospel’s command to love—because to genuinely love those considered to be "Other" may be the hardest thing for people of faith to do.

Melody Rogers and I will be sharing responsibility for leading this class on Sunday mornings.  If there is sufficient interest, I am willing to lead the class in a weekday setting, too.  If interested, please let me know.

What is the Christian response in a world that is increasingly polarized by politics, religion, economics, race, class and other “isms?”  How do we go about loving those who are different from us, whether they be across the street or on the other side of the globe?  These and other questions will be considered.  You are invited to join us at 9:15 on Sunday mornings.

Blessings, Fr. Ray +


Young life of Phillips County is actively sharing the gospel with area teens.  They want to share their mission and story with local residents.  Ben and I are hosting a table at a banquet for Younglife.  It is Thursday, April 26, from 6:30 - 8:00pm in the fine arts center at PCCUA.  We can invite 6 people to sit at our table.  If anyone is interested in hearing what Younglife is about and how they are impacting the lives of local teens, please give me a call.  My number is 870-714-0358.  We are fortunate to have this organization in our area!  We will have the pleasure of listening to some of the teenagers that attend, and I can't wait to hear how God is working in their lives!

Thanks!  Julie Pittman


Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am. 

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  April 29, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Fifth Sunday of Easter: Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:24-30; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald W. Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Melinda Roberts, Samantha Webb, Donald Knapp, Katy Mouritsen, Gwen Newkirk, Blake Robertson, Jerry Wenzel, Harper Pittman, Rev. Arnold Hearn, and Virginia Topp.

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 tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantryplastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

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


Church Office News and Announcements:

Apr 25, Wed at 5:30 pmMidweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers/Nancy Hornor

Apr 26, Thur – Younglife Banquet from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Fine Arts Center at PCCUA

APR 29, SUN at 10:30 am - Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acolyte – Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

Altar Flowers – Bob & Vivian Wright

May 2, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

The website to purchase St John’s Church photos is  All proceeds will go to support Young Life of Phillips County.  Photographs can also be viewed in the church office.

St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 

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