July 11, 2018, 7:03 AM



St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, July 15, 2018

From Fr. Ray+


Last Sunday following worship we enjoyed a wonderful lunch with the Together For Hope volunteers staying at St. John’s.  Many thanks go out to Angie Fielder and her crew who did such an outstanding job putting this luncheon together on short notice.  If you missed it, don’t worry!  We are doing it again this coming Sunday, July 15!  I encourage you to stay for lunch next Sunday and meet some of the folks who are spending their summer vacation making a difference in Helena-West Helena.

The triennial convention of The Episcopal Church is happening this week in Austin, Texas.  Our own Susan Carter is a delegate from the Diocese of Arkansas.  Please keep her in your prayers this week.

We’re getting close to the date of our first Men’s Group hamburger supper at the church!  On Thursday, July 26, all men are invited to come to the church at 6 p.m. for this supper.  We’ll enjoy some excellent fellowship and spend a few minutes talking about ways the men of St. John’s can make a difference in our church and community.  For more information call West Hornor or myself.

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. 

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

Readings for Eighth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 10; 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:   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, Gwen Newkirk, Blake Robertson, P.J. Clay, Rev. Mike Wilkie, Kelly Namour, Rita Merritt, Tommy McCormick, David Obenchain, Jeffrey Hinderer, and the family of Buddy Wheeler.


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 paper towels.

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 Pantry: plastic 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:

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

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

July 15, SUN at 10:30 am – Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharist Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers – Jimmy Mixon

     A lite luncheon will be served in the chapel immediately after the service.

July 18, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves


                  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



Saint John's Episcopal Church

625 Pecan Street

Helena, Arkansas  72342

June 19, 2018


Dear Friends of the Pantry:


Grace Food Pantry gratefully acknowledges your continued 

financial support to our ministry.


With the summer here food insecurity continues to grow in

our area, especially at this time of year when the youth are 

home from school.


Thank you again for supporting Grace Community Food Pantry.

We do not take your giving for granted.  Please let the

congregation know we appreciate their giving to Grace.




Doris Smith

Grace Community Food Pantry


  "I was hungry and you gave me something to eat."  (Matthew 25:35)