July 24, 2018, 6:53 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, July 29, 2018

From Fr. Ray+


All St. John’s men are invited to a hamburger supper this Thursday, July 26 at 6 p.m. at the church! While there is no program planned, we will take a few minutes to talk about what we, as the men of St. John’s, might want to do moving forward.  Your ideas and suggestions are encouraged!

Our next all-church social event will be after church on Sunday, August 5!  We will have a light lunch of cold-cut sandwiches followed by a variety of ice cream and toppings for dessert.  During worship on the 5th we will have a Blessing of the Backpacks for all children and teachers who are preparing to start the new school year.  Also, we will bless the paper and pencils we have been collecting for Helena-West Helena school teachers.

The last of the Together For Hope volunteers left at the end of last week.  I appreciate St. John’s willingness to host these energetic folks from North Carolina and Texas.  They make a big difference in our community and I’m glad we can be a part of their efforts. Especially, thanks go out to those who provided lunch for the volunteers on July 8th and 15th.   Also, thanks to Paulette Parker for providing ice cream treats for the workers on July 11th.


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.

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

Readings for Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 12; 2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21

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, Jennie Topp, and Vivian Wright.

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 items from their wish list this week are laundry detergent & bleach.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donations 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:

July 25, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

July 26, Thur at 6:00 pm: St. John’s men hamburger supper

July 29, SUN at 10:30 am:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharist Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

Altar Flowers – Gill & Jessica Pillow

Aug 1, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Healing Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Susan Carter


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