June 8, 2018, 6:58 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, June 10, 2018

From Fr. Ray+


Last Sunday we kicked off a new Adult Sunday School class entitled “Short Stories of Jesus.”  The brief video of Dr. Amy-Jill Levine was excellent, as was the discussion by the class.  This week we will be taking a fresh look at the parable of The Good Samaritan. Dr. Levine helps us better understand these familiar parables by broadening our understanding of the cultural context in which Jesus first spoke them.  These parables of our Lord have a timeless quality that speaks to our world just as they did to Jesus’ first listeners.  Please consider joining us at 9:15 on Sunday mornings!

Sunday, June 17 is Father’s Day and is also the date of our next Fellowship Gathering at St. John’s.  Our Fellowship Committee is hosting a Baked Potato Luncheon in the undercroft immediately following worship.  Hot baked potatoes and delicious toppings will guarantee no one leaves hungry!

By way of reminder, we celebrate a mid-week Eucharist in the chapel every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. On the first Wednesday of the month we conduct a Healing Eucharist with unction (anointing with oil). Wednesday, June 6 is the date of our next Healing Eucharist.


Do you have a tux, or other men's formal wear, that has "shrunk" over the years or that you no longer wear?  If so, please consider donating it to the Pop Up Prom Shop.  Last year this group started collecting used prom dresses and they are now expanding their mission to include formal wear for young men. Sarah Melby, who is on the staff at Thrive, along with others from area schools, are coordinating this worthwhile project.  Back in the dark ages I paid $16 to rent a tux for prom.  The cost today is close to $200. If you would like to donate clothes or money to this project you can email Sarah at or drop off your donation at the church and we will deliver it for you.  Thank You!  


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:  June 10, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Third Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 5 Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1; Mark 3:20-35

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, 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,  Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Melinda Roberts, Samantha Webb, Donald Knapp, Katy Mouritsen, Gwen Newkirk, Blake Robertson, 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 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:

Jun 6, Wed at 4:00 pm - Altar Guild Polish Day

Jun 6, Wed at 5:30 pmMidweek Healing & Eucharist (chapel)

June 10, SUN at 10:30 am –

Acolytes – Ned Pillow, Mary Pillow, Eli Pillow, Katherine Pillow & Jack Pillow  

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Carla Myers & Royce Brown

Altar Flowers – Mrs. Frank Jeffett

Jun 11, Mon at 5:00 - ECW will meet at Susan Carter’s house

Jun 13, Wed at 5:30 pmMidweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Carla Myers & Royce Brown

Jun 14, Thu from 5:30 - 7:00 pm - Helena Museum of Phillips County invites you to celebrate another successful year.  A special honoree will be Otis Howe. (Invitation below)

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