January 13, 2019, 4:31 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, January 13, 2019


From Fr. Ray+

The funeral service for Otis Howe, Jr. will be held Friday, January 11 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s.   A luncheon will be served in the undercroft following the funeral and brief graveside service.  All are invited to join the family at the luncheon.  Otis loved his Lord and his church.  He was a faithful member of St. John’s for many decades and will be missed.  May Otis rest in peace and rise in glory.

This coming Sunday, January 13, at 7:30 p.m., St. John’s will host a concert by The Memphis Chorale, sponsored by Warfield Concerts.  Our organist, Dr. Gabriel Statom, is Director of this incredibly talented group of singers.  One of the members of the group is Ms. B.J. Webster, who was our soloist at the Christmas Eve Service.

Our annual Parish Meeting and luncheon will be held on Sunday, January 27 immediately following worship.  This is a change from the original date of January 20th. Due to a heavier than usual load in the office this week and next, we will need additional time to prepare. 

At the Annual Meeting we will be electing three new vestry members.  As of now, two persons standing for election for a three-year term on the vestry are Ann Lee and Mike Fielder.  The 2019 St. John’s operating budget will be presented for approval and a few of our leaders will be presenting brief oral reports.

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:  January 13, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for the First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:   Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Carol Jennings, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, P.J. Clay, Rita Merritt, Jerry Robertson, Mary Hamm, Mary Helen Lagarde, Jo Boone Wild, Richard Hargraves, Gloria Higginbotham, Pat Wheeler, Jan Hickey, Paula Oliver, Kelly Faye Parker, Rev. Mike Wilkie, and  the family of Otis Howe.

Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is cleaning supplies.

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

            Please place all of these donations in the red wagon at the back of the church.

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:

Jan 9, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Healing Eucharist

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

Jan 11, Fri at 11:00 am: Funeral service for Otis Howe.

Jan 13, SUN at 10:30 am:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – West Hornor

Lay Eucharist Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers – St. John’s Altar Guild

Jan 16, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Jan 27,  Sunday: Annual Parish Meeting and luncheon following worship

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