August 27, 2018, 6:37 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, September 2, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

St. John’s is hosting a welcome party for Teach For America teachers and supporters.  The party will be held at the home of Lindalu and Alan Hargraves on Thursday, August 30 at 5:30 p.m.   Please save the date and drop by to welcome these new teachers!  Several of them have already visited our Sunday morning worship service.  Let’s make sure they know how glad we are to have them in our community and how welcome they are at St. John’s!

If you receive the diocesan newsletter, The Communique, you may have seen Bishop Benfield’s appeal for financial support for clergy in the Diocese of Cuba.  At the recent General Convention of the Episcopal Church, the Diocese of Cuba was welcomed back into the Convention after an absence of over fifty years.  During this time, faithful clergy have continued to serve the Cuban Church.  However, the political realities in Cuba meant that none of them have any pension or retirement support.  Each diocese in The Episcopal Church has been asked to contribute $6,500 to the Church in Cuba for the specific purpose of providing pensions for elderly Cuban priests and deacons.  Contributions can be made to St. John’s and earmarked for “Cuban Church.”

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:  September 2, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 17; Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Psalm 15; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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, Ginny 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 toiletries (women & children).

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

              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:


I will not be in the office this week until Thursday.  I will be attending the funeral of my last aunt in Booneville.  Ray has a doctor’s appointment Monday afternoon.  He can be contacted here or on his cell phone if needed.  Marjie


Aug 29, 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, 

117 Highland Park Dr.

SEP 2, SUN at 10:30 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Drew Fielder 

Lay Eucharist Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild –

Altar Flowers – Gibson & Jeannie Turley

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

Altar Guild –

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