May 23, 2018, 8:40 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, May 27, 2018

From Fr. Ray+


John 13:35 says,

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

It was a great joy watching the many expressions of love last Sunday at St. John’s!  Our members and friends went out of their way to make sure graduating senior Marzell Moody knows that he is loved by his church family.  Members of our Fellowship Committee did a great job preparing and serving Marzell’s favorite foods and decorating the undercroft. Recognizing Marzell’s need for a phone, the ECW gave him a new phone along with six months of pre-paid service.  That will be a huge help when he starts college in a few months.   Also, many folks provided encouragement to Marzell with congratulatory cards and cash gifts.  Please accept my sincere THANK YOU to all who did so much to make the reception for Marzell such a wonderful experience!  In his sermon at the royal wedding last week, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said that only love has the power to change our world.  He was right.  May we, by God’s grace, continue to change the world by the power of love. 


Earlier this year we gathered for lunch after worship and discussed those things we value and appreciate about St. John’s Church.  Based on that discussion, we have created three teams that will consider how we focus our future ministries on those three dimensions of our life together. Several folks have agreed to serve on each team, but others are certainly welcome. If you would like to be part of one, or more, of these teams, please let Fr. Ray know. The three teams are:

  • Worship and Liturgy
  • Mission and Outreach
  • Discipleship and Spiritual Development


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 27, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17

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, Aiden Hyslip, and P.J. Clay.

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

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

May 27, SUN at 10:30 amTrinity Sunday

Acolyte – Ben Pittman

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers – Ned, Jill, Mary, Eli, & Katherine Pillow

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

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

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