May 11, 2018, 9:12 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, May 13, 2018

From Fr. Ray+


In Acts 2:42 we learn that the early Christian community “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”  Two thousand years later, we still strive to incorporate each of these activities into our life together.   Our fellowship committee plans numerous events throughout the year to promote the “fellowship” part of our life together.  The next event will be a luncheon after church on Sunday, May 20.  Not only is May 20 Pentecost Sunday, it is also the occasion on which we will celebrate Marzell Moody’s graduation from Central High School.  I hope you will join us as we celebrate the Birthday of Church as well as an important milestone in the life of Marzell.    Blessings, Fr. Ray+

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 +


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:  May 13, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Seventh Sunday of Easter: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19

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, and Rev. Arnold Hearn.

Outreach News:

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

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:

May 9, Wed at 5:30 pm, Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

May 13, SUN at 10:30 am – Seventh Sunday of Easter

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

Altar Flowers – Happy Mother’s Day!

May 16, Wed at 5:30 pm, Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

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

Street address: 625 Pecan St., Helena, AR