July 4, 2018, 7:19 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, July 8, 2018

From Fr. Ray+

Whenever the little red wagon shows up in the church narthex, you know our ECW is up to something good!  Up until the start of the new school year, our ECW is collecting supplies for Helena-West Helena teachers.  By providing these much needed supplies we are able to help both teachers and students. Many teachers go above and beyond in buying supplies for their classrooms.  Hopefully, our support will remind them that we value all they do for the students of our community.  The following items are being collected this summer and can be placed in the red wagon in the narthex:

  • #2 Wooden Pencils (Ticonderoga brand are best)
  • Wide-ruled notebook paper

Any donations of money designated for “Teacher Supplies” will be used to purchase pencils and paper.

We will bless these donations of pencils and paper, along with our student’s backpacks, at our August Ice Cream Social

ATTENTION ALL MEN!  We are starting a men's group at St. John's!  Our first gathering will be Thursday, July 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the church.  Hamburgers and beer will be served and we will spend a little time talking about where we want to go from here.  More info will be coming soon.  In the meantime, please put the date on your calendar.  If you have any questions, call West Hornor or Fr. Ray.

When I was a kid growing up in rural Tennessee, it was always a big deal when we had “company coming.”  Mom would cook and clean for days to make sure our “company” received a warm welcome. Well, we have some “company” coming to St. John’s in July.  As in past years, mission team members with Together For Hope will be staying in our undercroft.  The first team of 17 volunteers will be with us July 10-16 and the second team of 19 volunteers will be with us July 17-23.  These volunteers will be spending their days working on various projects in our community.  When you see them be sure to let them know how glad we are to have them in Helena-West Helena for a few weeks.  While we don’t have to do any “cooking” or “cleaning” for them, we can reach out to them and make sure they receive a warm Delta welcome.

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:  July 8, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Seventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 9; Ezekiel 2:1-5; Psalm 48; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13

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, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Samantha Webb, Donald Knapp, Katy Mouritsen, Gwen Newkirk, Blake Robertson, P.J. Clay, Rev. Mike Wilkie, Kelly Namour, Rita Merritt, and Tommy McCormick.

Outreach News:

ECW is sponsoring a Summer Pencil & Paper Drive for area students.  No. 2 wooden pencils (Ticonderoga brand) and wide-ruled notebook paper.  Please donate by placing in the red wagon in the narthex.

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

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed are dog & puppy food and large used towels. 

                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:

HAPPY JULY 4th!  Have a great and safe holiday.

July 4, Wed - No Midweek service this week

July 8, SUN at 10:30 am – Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte –Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharist Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers – Susan Carter

July 11, Wed at 5:30 pm- Midweek Healing Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

August 12 & 19 are available for altar flowers.


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