August 1, 2018, 6:02 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, August 5, 2018

From Fr. Ray+


All children and school teachers are invited to bring their backpack (or briefcase) to church this coming Sunday, August 5, for a blessing!  We will observe the Blessing of the Backpacks as well as the blessing of the paper and pencils we have been collecting all summer for the teachers in our community.  Following worship we will enjoy a wonderful lunch of cold-cut sandwiches and an ice cream bar with lots of toppings.  Everyone is encouraged to wear their St. John’s t-shirts to this time of blessing and celebration!  Please think about the children and teachers in your family or neighborhood who you could invite to come to church with you next Sunday.

Last Thursday evening 17 men from St. John’s gathered for a hamburger supper and our first St. John’s Men’s Group meeting.  The food and fellowship was terrific and we look forward to gathering again on Thursday, October 18.  A big THANK YOU! goes out to West Hornor for organizing this gathering and cooking up some really great burgers!


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 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:  August 5, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 13; 2 Samuel 11:26—12:13a; Psalm 51:1-13; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35

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.  The donations will be blessed this Sunday.

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The items from their wish list this week are dish soap.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donations needed are dog & puppy food. 

       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:

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

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

AUG 5, SUN at 10:30 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolytes – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright & Angie Fielder

Altar Flowers – Betty Bush

A lite lunch and ice cream bar will be served in the undercroft following the service.  Wear your St. John’s shirts this Sunday!  The t-shirts are available at the church for $15.

Aug 8, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek  Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright & Angie Fielder


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