August 16, 2018, 7:36 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, August 19, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

Last Sunday we had an unexpected visitor at our worship service.   Shortly after the service started, a disheveled man and his dog entered the church and sat down on the back pew. We learned later that he was a canoer on his way to Louisiana and had stopped to spend the night at the boat ramp at the Helena Harbor.   Due to the sad situation with the murder/suicide that happened at the harbor while he was there, he had to leave the park until the police finished their investigation.   After leaving the park he found his way to St. John’s.   I am so proud of the way he was welcomed by our congregation!   He was warmly greeted, invited to come forward for Communion, given some cash and provided with a hotel room for two nights.   On Tuesday I picked him up at the hotel and took him back to his canoe so he could continue his trip down the river.   Whenever opportunities like this arise I am reminded of Hebrews 13:2

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for bydoing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

Teach For America Party!   On Thursday, August 30 at 5:30 p.m. St. John’s is hosting a party for Teach For America teachers at the home of Lindalu and Alan Hargraves. Everyone at St. John’s is invited to come out and welcome these young folks who have come from all around the country to teach in our local schools.   More information will be provided as we get closer to the date of the party.

Attention all Vestry Members!  Our next meeting will be held Monday, August 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the undercroft.


Blessing 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 19, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 15; 1 Kings2:10-12; 3:3-14; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58

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, Gwen Newkirk, Blake Robertson, P.J. Clay, Rev. Mike Wilkie, Kelly Namour, Rita Merritt, Tommy McCormick, Jennie Topp, Vivian Wright, Winston Carter, and Jerry Staley.

Outreach News:

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

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

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers & Jayne Morris

AUG 19, SUN at 10:30 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Ben Pittman

Lay Eucharist Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Melody Rogers & Nancy Hornor

Altar Flowers – Virginia Topp

Aug 20, Mon at 5:00 pm: Vestry meeting in the undercroft

Aug 22, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek  Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Melody Rogers & Nancy Hornor

Aug 30, Thur at 5:30 pm: Party for Teach For America at Lindalu & Alan Hargraves

Sep 7, Fri:  Save The Date (See 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